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Voice Of A Nation


Name of Event: VOICE OF A NATION

Start: October 12, 2017 7:30 pm

End: October 12, 2017 10:00 pm

Cost: $42 Adults / $22 Students

Tickets: or Phone: 705-742-7469

Event Category: Performing Arts

Event Description:

Toronto Concert Orchestra in association with Showplace Performance Centre & Market Hall Performing Arts Centre presents the World Premiere of VOICE OF A NATION. 

Inspired by Canada 150, Voice of a Nation is a multi-disciplinary (orchestra, soloist, dance, spoken word, choir, and film) concert program that writes a new chapter in our nation's history by placing the work of innovative and emerging First Nations artists and multi-cultural youth centre-stage.

The Program includes the following works:

Orchestral Songs on poems of Cree/Métis poet Marilyn Dumont by Métis & French Canadian composer Ian Cusson, sung by Métis Canadian Mezzo-Soprano Rebecca Cuddy.

The Pulcinella Suite by Igor Stravinsky will be re-imagined by First Nations choreographer Aria Evans through a truly Canadian lens, re-telling the story of Pulcinella as the shapeshifting, trickster Weesageechek.

Perspectives. A 5-minute choral song performed by the Peterborough Children’s Chorus. The lyrics for this work have come from a workshop with youth from varied cultural backgrounds who explored, and made meaningful, their experiences of Canada. 

Twelve. A documentary film by filmmaker Lester Alfonso, which explores the Canadian experience through the voices of twelve diverse subjects, each of whom moved to Canada at age 12, like himself.

In conjunction with the performance, a collaborative Community Engagement Program will offer the following events: 

Canada 150 Panel - In association with the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies at Trent University, the panel will engage in conversation about the critical importance of art and performance to the shaping of national identities and the emergence of a post-colonial Canada. This relevant and important discussion will include participating VOAN artists and local indigenous artists and intellectuals. David Newhouse, Director, Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies at Trent has graciously agreed to moderate. 

Tuesday, October 10 at 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Showplace Performance Centre. Pay-what-you-can admission.

Pine Tree Talk - As part of the annual lecture series sponsored by the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies at Trent, and in partnership with Public Energy, Indigenous performance artists Brian Solomon and Aria Evans will speak on contemporary dance and curatorial practice, and its ability to tell the story of our lives and bring us together as a society. 

Wednesday, October 11 at 12:00 p.m. at Nozhem: First Peoples Performance Space, Enweying Building/Gzowski College Trent University. Free admission.

Earlier Event: October 12
Kim Beggs House Concert