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Beats and Braids: October 13-15, 2016


Beats and Braids

OCTOBER 13-15, 2016 

Gordon Best Theatre
Market Hall Performing Arts Centre
The Garnet
Tickets: $15 / Pay-What-You-Can
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Under the full light of Biinaakwe Giizis (Falling Leaves Moon), the O’Kaadenigan Wiingashk Collective (OKW) invites audience(s) to gather and to celebrate music from near and far. Beats and Braids is a three day celebration, featuring performances by musicians and songwriters, bringing forth local and national artistic talent, while underscoring vital themes of reconciliation.

Beads and Braids features internationally renown activist and artist Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Alderville F.N.) with the launch of her debut album: f(l)ight. Simpson’s collaborators include acclaimed musicians: A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Tagaq, and Cris Derksen. Performances also include blues/slide guitarist Pura Fe’s solo concert as well as Anishnaabe comedian Ryan McMahon, of CBC’s Red Man Laughing.

A Divine Intervention; features a call-and-response show with Rae Spoon, Al Tuck, Charlie Glasspool and Sean Conway, with Curtis Driedger, Patrick Lefler, Gratia Leitch, Jay Swinnerton, Missy Knott and Evangelene Gentle. OKW also will host a dance party with D.J. Bear Witness (member of Canada’s hottest DJ crew, A Tribe Called Red).

Like the autumn birds that will now begin to gather and prepare for migration, O’Kaadenigan Wiingashk Collective asks you to also gather with purpose, to watch, listen and dance. EVERYONE WELCOME.

A big chi-miigwetch to the artists OKW programmed in Beats and Braids 2006 that supported OKW’s vision: Tanya Tagaq, Kinnie Starr and Skeena Reece.

OKW gratefully acknowledges the support of:

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October 13

3:30-5:30pm artist talk
Rae Spoon
where: Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 140 Charlotte Street
In partnership with the Rainbow Youth Program at PARN
admission: Free

8pm performance
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and Nick Ferrio
Please join us for Leanne Simpson’s Peterborough album release of f(l)ight,
followed by Nick Ferrio’s debut of all new music from his forthcoming album Soothsayer
where: Gordon Best Theatre, 216 Hunter Street W.
tickets: $15. Available in advance at the Only Café, 216 Hunter St. W. beginning Sept 29.

October 14

6-7:30pm workshop
Reconciliation 101: For Settlers with comedian and community energizer, Ryan McMahon
where: Monocle Centre for the Arts, 140 Simcoe St. Upper
In partnership with the Canadian Race Relations Committee
admission: Free

8pm performance
A Divine Intervention. A call and response concert with musicians Rae Spoon, Al Tuck, Sean Conway with musicians Curtis Driedger, Jay Swinnerton, Missy Knott, Patrick Lefler, Gratia Leitch and Evangelene Gentle.
where: Gordon Best Theatre, 216 Hunter Street W.
tickets: $15. Available in advance at the Only Café, 216 Hunter St. W.

10pm performance
Late Night Dance Party with D.J. Bear Witness (A Tribe Called Red) and Joel Davenport
where: Gordon Best Theatre, 216 Hunter Street W.
tickets: $15. Available in advance at the Only Café, 216 Hunter St. W. beginning Sept 29.

October 15

1pm-3:30pm workshop
Canoe Songs Workshop with Pura Fe
Please join us as Pura Fe leads a vocal and harmony workshop, teaching her family’s canoe songs.
where: First Peoples Gathering Space, Trent University. Located at the Enweying Building, the yellow (ochre 33) building on the east bank of the Otonabee River
In partnership with First Peoples House of Learning, Trent University
admission: Free

2pm artist talk
Ann Beam
where: Art Gallery of Peterborough 250 Crescent Street.
admission: Free, refreshments served
Supported by Beats and Braids

3pm performance
Al Tuck
where: Catalina’s, 131 Hunter Street W
tickets: $10 on sale at Catalina’s

6pm-7pm reading and book launch
Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler reads from his new book Wrist. With guest writers Kate Story, Ursula Pflug and Janette Platana
where: Catalina’s, 131 Hunter Street W.
admission: Free

8pm performance
Pura Fe, followed by Anishnaabe comedian Ryan McMahon
In partnership with The First Peoples House of Learning, Trent University
where: Market Hall Theatre, 140 Charlotte Street
tickets:$15. Available from the Market Hall Box Office.
online: / phone: 705-749-1146

10pm performance
Beats and Braids Open Stage
At the Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W.
admission: pay-what-you-can


Read the Artist Bios Here

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