June is the month of the Strawberry Moon, and for Indigenous people the strawberry represents the heart and Indigenous women represent the hearts of their nations. The opening event of Luminato in 2017 pays tribute to the immeasurable power, passion, beauty, and resilience of Indigenous women.
On June 14 from 6 pm in David Pecaut Square, the compelling quality and beauty of Indigenous voices will fill the evening welcoming audiences and participants with a large-scale celebration of contemporary Indigenous music and dance.
The evening will commence inside the intimacy of The Famous Spiegeltent with a Cree Cabaret featuring master pianist, composer and songwriter, Tomson Highway, joined by Patricia Cano, vocals and Marcus Ali on saxophone.
Moving outside onto the square, the event expands into an inclusive and varied night including new poetry by Elder Duke Redbird welcoming guests, and a new production with composer and cellist Cris Derksen known for creating genre-defying music combining western classical and Indigenous classic music with new school electronics. As musical director, Cris will lead the production, Red Tidal Resurgence, featuring a stellar band and an extraordinary lineup of solo women’s voices including Leanne Simpson, Tanya Tagaq, Cheri Maracle, and Jennifer Kreisberg, supported by a full choir of leading and emerging women artists.
Check the website often for announcements on additional artists including more exciting performers and DJ artists who will be taking this uplifting event to its close.
Join us as these diverse artists bring unified messages to honour the importance of the land, the water, and Indigenous women. Together, we will gather in the spirit of generosity, inclusiveness, and kindness and, as the evening light of Ode’min Giizis (Strawberry Moon) illuminates us, Indigenous voices will launch the 2017 Luminato festival.
Note: Ode’min Giizis (pronunced ‘o-DAY-min Gee-zis): meaning the Heart-berry Moon or Strawberry Moon