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Arts Commons: Mini Pow Wow for Indigenous Peoples Day

  • Arts Commons 205 8 Avenue Southeast Calgary, AB, T2G 0K9 Canada (map)

Arts Commons, in partnership with Sled Island, Treaty 7 Film Collective, IRIM (Indigenous Resilience in Music), Drum Beat and CBC Calgary are proud to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples day with a free Mini Pow Wow featuring traditional drumming, song and dance, a meet and greet, workshop and mini-performance with Hip-Hop duos Snotty Nose Rez Kids and Mob Bounce, and a selection of films from imagineNATIVE – the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous film. Join us for these free, all-ages events! No ticket or RSVP is needed.

Mob Bounce is a Hip Hop duo that formed in 2010 with the release of their, “Mixed Blood Mixtape.” Before the mixtape release, Travis Adrian Hebert and Craig Frank Edes had been writing & recording music since 2004. Craig is Gitxsan and Travis is Cree/Metis. The two Aboriginal artists are experienced guitar and drum players, and have blended their musicianship with elements of Electronic Dance Music (E.D.M.), and Hip Hop production; they incorporate aspects of their cultural identity with an artistic identity by experimenting with free toning (chanting), and a cultural soundscape influenced by sounds of Nature.

Snotty Nose Rez Kids (SNRK) are an Indigenous hip hop duo currently based out of Vancouver, BC. Proudly hailing from the Haisla Nation, SNRK creates music that pays homage to their upbringing on the Rez in Kitimaat Village while also touching upon larger themes related to Indigenous identity, politics and resistance in ways that engage a diverse audience. . SNRK’s album The Average Savage has just been recognized in the Polaris Prize long list, one of Canada’s most prestigious music prizes, which is judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre or record sales.

ImagineNATIVE’s Journey Through Turtle Island touring 2018 shorts programme:
Holy Angels Dir. Jay Cardinal Villeneuve, Canada, 2017, 13 min, short documentary
KEEWAYDAH Dir. Terril Calder, Canada, 2017, 9 min, animation
Three Thousands Dir. Asinnajaq, Canada, 2017, 14 min, short documentary
Kewku Dir. Sean Stiller, Canada, 2017, 10 min, short documentary
Lelum Dir. Asia Youngman, Canada, 2017, 9 min, short documentary
Creatura Dada Dir. Caroline Monnet, Canada, 2017, 4 min, experimental

We’re also pleased to present two short films from director Trevor Soloway, including his narrative short Indian Giver (2016) and an episode from his new documentary music series The Intertribal Series (2018), produced in collaboration with CJSW 90.9FM. We’ll be screening the first episode in the series featuring singer-songwriter Armond Duck Chief. Both Trevor and Armond will be in attendance for a Q&A.

11:30am – 1:00pm: Mini Pow Wow
    • Outside Centre Court on 8th Ave.
        o Grand entrance
        o Blessing and welcome
        o Traditional drumming and dance

1:00pm – 4:00pm: Rhythm of the People Workshop
    • Arts Learning Centre
        o Snotty Nose Rez Kids and Mob Bounce (Sled Island artists) meet & greet, artist talk, writing workshop, and mini-performance.

4:00pm – 5:00pm: Break

5:00pm ImagineNATIVE Film & Video Tour
    • Arts Learning Centre
        o A selection of Indigenous-made film and video works from the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous film.