June is Indigenous Month
Indigenous Month recognizes the historic contributions of Indigenous peoples to the development of Canada and the strength of present-day Indigenious communities and their promise for the future.
Join us Saturday, June 1st at 2pm, for the opening ceremonies at the Landscape of Nations on Queenston Heights to celebrate the start of Indigenous Month.
Queenston Heights Park
Celebrate Our Nations – An Interactive Experience
10AM-2PM • For Students & Teachers
2PM • All Are Welcome
Experience Indigenous life pre- and post-contact.
Teachings will include sessions on traditional foods, drumming, and the Medicine Wheel. Journey through Indigenous housing styles of the longhouse, teepee, and Métis encampment. Listen to creation stories from both the Haudenosaunee and Annishenabe. Participate in the round dance and the game of lacrosse. And explore replicas of artifacts at hands-on workshops and teachings about wampum belts, horn rattles, cornhusk dolls, baskets, and more.
JUNE 27 • 7 – 9PM
Coast to Coast Speaker Series Featured Author
The Coast to Coast Series highlights Canadian female authors, their unique perspectives and published works, inside the home of one of Canada’s best-known heroines, Laura Secord.
During Indigenous Month, published author Tanya Tagaq speaks about her book, Split Tooth, a story of a girl growing up in Nunavut in the 1970s. Tickets are $10 each.
ABOUT SPLIT TOOTH
Tanya Tagaq’s first book, Split Tooth, folds memoir with fiction, traditional stories with reality and poetry with prose. It is the story of a girl growing up in the Nunavut in the 1970s. Dark and rapturous, Split Tooth does with words what Tagaq’s music often does without, sweeping the reader into a space where life’s artificial constructs hold no claim. Tanya Tagaq has spoken of her musical improvisation as a never-ending thread pulled through the needle’s eye; set in a part of the world where a year can feel like one long day, Split Tooth is a rich and startling expression of this continuum, a striking metaphysics that informs Tagaq’s art across forms.
- Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design – Prose Fiction WINNER 2018
- Amazon Canada First Novel Award SHORTLIST 2019
- Kobo Emerging Writer Prize SHORTLIST 2019
- Scotiabank Giller Prize LONGLIST 2018
JUNE 28 • 8PM
Niagara Stage Concert Series, Queen Victoria Park
Hear Inuk throat singer and Polaris Prize winner Tanya Tagaq live on the Niagara Stage at the brink of Niagara Falls at this free concert.
“Tagaq projects sounds that carry the imprint of the body’s secret contours and recesses, delving far beyond personal utterance, out beyond human identity, to summon voices from the flesh cavity haunts of animal spirits and primal energies.” – The Wire (UK)
JUNE 29 • 8PM
RUMBLE THE CONCERT
Queen Victoria Park
Niagara Parks presents RUMBLE THE CONCERT, produced and directed by Tim Johnson in association with the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and Kakekalanicks Indigenous Consulting.
This unique and timely live music performance reveals the significant contributions Indigenous musicians have made and continue to make to North American popular music. Featuring two-time JUNO Award-winner Derek Miller and other celebrated award-winning musicians, RUMBLE THE CONCERT presents songs that tell the story of Indigenous influences in shaping roots, blues, jazz, folk, and rock music genres.
RUMBLE photos courtesy MarkZelinski.com
Derek Miller is a multi-award winning, artist/producer working in music, film and television. He specializes in eclectic, guitar orientated roots music, with a pop sensibility. He won two Juno Awards in Canada and has recorded for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of The American Indian, resulting in the Juno-nominated album Rumble: A Tribute To Native Music Icons.
Derek is working on his sixth album drawing inspiration from his culture, specifically, The Great Law and the story of the Peacemaker.
Juliet Dunn’s lineage is Jamaican and English. She was born in the UK before emigrating with her family to Vancouver, BC, Canada in 1974.
Juliet now calls Niagara, home. She formed her own jazz band (Juliet Dunn Quintet) and performs around the Niagara region. Along with her husband and musical partner Peter Shea, she performs as a lead jazz vocalist all over the world in both French and English.
Active in the Niagara region, Juliet and Peter run the Twilight Jazz Series in Niagara bringing together both local and international jazz musicians.
Mark LaForme, singer, songwriter, and musician is one of Canada's best-kept secrets. He was born in 1954 and raised on the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation.
At 11-years-old, Mark began playing the guitar and by 14, he learned to play the harmonica. Simultaneously, these two instruments create an astounding sound.
Mark has released five albums consisting of original pieces and interpretations of songs in the true styles of Country, Classic Rock, R&B, and Rockabilly genres.
Born and raised into an Irish/Icelandic family Peter Shea began his lifelong love affair with music surrounded by a family of musicians and music lovers.
Peter Shea’s extensive resume includes performing on keyboards for the hit Toronto Second City dinner theatre show Tony and Tina’s Wedding; touring across Canada with comedian Sean Cullen; performing at the world famous Edinburgh Comedy Festival and a cross-Canada tour with the famous Montreal Just for Laughs Road Show including the Pantages and Massy Hall theatres.
Ritchie Franzen is an Ojibwa musician and mature student who calls Southern Ontario home. Guitar and Bass are his main instruments.
He grew up in and around Chicagoland where his mother’s vinyl collection and the FM Radio were his first music teachers.
Ritchie’s talent and musical repertoire enabled him to find work with many creative artists spanning a wide variety of styles and playing in different countries and continents over the years.
As a professional musician, Rob Lamothe has toured throughout Europe more than 25 times. His songs have appeared on Billboard charts, in award-winning movies and on radio all around the world.
In 2017, Rob flew to Los Angeles where he and his band, Riverdogs, filmed a music video for an album they released world-wide in July.
Rob has devoted much of his musical energies over the last several years to working with some of North America's pre-eminent Indigenous artists.
The Ollivanders are an original jam band from Six Nations of the Grand River and Caledonia, ON that formed during a contentious land claim dispute between their two communities.
Band members include Martin Isaacs (Mohawk), lead guitar and vocals; Ryan Johnson (Oneida), bass; Ryan Mickeloff, percussion; and Roxanne Rendle, rhythm guitar and vocals. Choosing friendship, collaboration, and harmony over the discord, racism, and conflict that darkened their world they emerged as an authentic new generation voice in the Aboriginal and Canadian music scenes.