Saturday, September 19, 2015, 5 – 9 pm
Sunday, September 20, 2015, 12:30 – 9:30 pm
Location: In and around the DART Theatre and lobby, 15 Artists’ Common, Other Downtown Locations
5:00 PM Opening Ceremony
5:30 PM Dance, Drumming & Vendor Fair
6:30 PM Historical Talk with Rick Hill
7:00 PM City Treaty Presentation
12:30 PM Perpetual Peace Project Concert
2:00 PM City Treaty Presentation
3:00 PM Workshops
5:00 PM Closing Ceremony
5:30 PM Celebration at Rise Above,
120 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines
Featuring a stage adaptation of Marvin Francis’ epic poem City Treaty, a historical talk with Rick Hill, workshops, dance demonstrations, music, food and more. The event wishes to honour the land the new theatre is built upon and open its doors to all peoples.
Thanks to our partners and sponsors :
Carousel Players, Native Friendship Centre, Rise Above Vegan Restaurant and Bakery, Brock University: Aboriginal Student Services, BSIG Research program, Department of Dramatic Arts and the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Office of Research Services Student Venture Program, Social Justice Research Institute, Tecumseh Centre for Aboriginal Research and Education.
Jessica Carmichael has gathered a St. Catharines Indigenous Theatre Projects Collective and is adapting the poem for performance with Falen Johnson, Steve Baranyai ,Cole Alvis and Shelley Niro. Jessica is an artistic associate at Native Earth who has just started as the new Artistic Director at Carousel Players in St. Catharines, Falen is a respected Six Nations playwright, Cole is the executive director of the Indigenous Performers’ Alliance, Steve is a musician performer with Perpetual Peace Projects, and Shelley is a respected multi-disciplinary visual artist.
Marvin Francis (N. Alberta’s Heart Lake Nation d. 2005) received the John Hirsch Award for City Treaty in 2002. John K. Sampson described it in the Globe and Mail as: “Everything a great poem should be–nasty, rude, sneaky, cranky, smart, truthful and intelligent”.