Tickets are now on sale for the second annual Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival taking place this summer at Trent University in Nogojiwanong-Peterborough.
The festival will ceremonially open on Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21) with 34 performances of seven shows over the following five days (June 22 to 26) on the Trent University East Bank campus, at outdoor locations as well as indoors at the Nozhem First Peoples Performance Space.
Tickets for each performance are $10, and are available in advance at Showplace Performance Centre (290 George St. N., Peterborough) or online at tickets.showplace.org. Tickets will also be available at the door (cash only), subject to availability.
The seven shows and performers are:
- Bone, Breath and Sound: Embodiment of the Traumatized and Resilient Form by Aerial Sunday-Cardinal. Showcasing a collection of new and existing works, Aerial Sunday-Cardinal provides the audience with unique, powerful and captivating performances through which she demonstrates a metamorphic timeline of her personal experiences.
- Not Your Sacred Object by Indigibabes Burlesque. This adults-only show invites people to explore, celebrate, and reclaim themselves in ways that honour sexuality and challenge western standards of beauty, colonization and white supremacy.
- Rocko and Nakota: Tales From the Land by Indigenized Indigenous Theatre Company. This one-person show by Josh Languedoc, which won pick of the fringe in Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Vancouver, tells the story of Nakota, a young boy trying to write the best story ever who is whisked away by his grandfather Rocko into a world of stories within the land.
- Poetry on the Powwow Trail by Sarah Lewis. Sarah Lewis, Peterborough’s first poet laureate, takes the audience on a powerful journey through one Indigenous woman’s reclamation of identity, culture, and traditional teachings.
- sean beaver Live by sean beaver. A showcase of original electronic music by independent artist sean beaver of the Driftpile Cree Nation, whose sound is described as a cross between Teenage Mutants, Chemical Brothers, and Richie Hawtin.
- Journey the Beautiful Canoe by the Beautiful Canoe Collective. A group of four Indigenous women, The Beautiful Canoe Collective have made this theatre piece with the goal of creating a collaborative artistic expression of Indigenous birth experiences.
- Songs and Stories from a Modern Mohawk Part 2 by “Tiger” Will Mason. A hit at the inaugural festival, “Tiger” Will Mason returns with more songs and anecdotes. His music combines native contemporary sounds, with bluegrass/newgrass/Americana/Canadiana, country rock, blues rock, folk, and whatever else fits his fancy.
Performances run daily from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22nd, 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 23rd, 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 24th, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 25th, and 1 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 26th.
A complete schedule of performances is available at the Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival website at indigenousfringefest.ca/schedule.html.
The first Indigenous fringe festival in the world, the Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival was founded by a collective including Joeann Argue, Lee Bolton, Drew Hayden Taylor, and Muriel Miguel. The inaugural festival was originally scheduled for summer 2020 but was postponed until 2021 because of the pandemic.
For more information about this year’s festival, including more informaton about the participating artists, visit www.indigenousfringefest.ca.