Pan Am Games: Five indigenous acts you should see
From music artists to visual artists and comedians the Aboriginal Pavilion has something for everyone
It is being billed as the largest Indigenous arts, culture and sports festival ever. The Aboriginal Pavilion is a 17-day celebration that runs concurrent to the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in Toronto.
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But with this many days to take in the festival, where does one begin? CBC Aboriginal has the answer for you.
Here are our recommendations:
The Arts Marketplace
While you're there take a look for up-and-coming painter Loretta Gould. This Mi'kmaq artist made a living making quilts. Then in 2013, her sewing machine broke and she took up painting. Gould uses bright, bold colours to depict "her spiritual feelings on canvas," according to her bio.
On July 19, comedy troupe The 1491s take over the mainstage at the Cultural Village at Fort York. This sketch group of comedians is best known for the YouTube videos they make. One of their most popular ones entitled "Slapping Medicine Man" has over 750,000 views. But the video that kicked off The 1491s career is the "New Moon Wolf Pack Audition." Hilarity ensues.
Find your own Inner Elder
Michelle Thrush is best known for her edgy and dark character Gail Stoney in the TV series Blackstone. But did you know she also has a comedic side? Thrush tours around First Nations communities and events with her one woman show Find Your Own Inner Elder.
Thrush bravely dons clothing and make-up to age her while she takes you on a journey of her own memories and the impact her grandmother had on her. She transforms herself from a child to an old Cree woman. Using comedy to break down barriers she doles out sage advice to audience members while they look for their own "Inner Elder."
You can catch the Gemini Award winning actress from July 17 - 19 on the West Stage of the Aboriginal Pavilion at various times.
Paddle Song with Cheri Maracle
Paddle Song encapsulates Johnson's early life from paddling along the Grand River in her home that is now Six Nations in Ontario to earning her place along the literati across North America and Great Britain.
Paddle Song hits the West Stage on July 22 at 4:15 p.m.
Electric/World Fusion/Classical Night
He performs on July 24 along with Iskwé, Cris Derksen and Quetzal Guerrero beginning at 7 p.m.
Tune in to Unreserved on CBC Radio One after the 5 p.m. news in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Nunavut, and after the 4 p.m. news in Yukon and the N.W.T. for more artists performing during the Pan Am Games.