Maada’ookii is an Ojibway word, with several slightly different meanings. It is a genderless word. He/she distributes something; he/she gifts something; he/she shares something with others.
Songlines in cross-Indigenous tradition are songs that help to find the way.
Stand by the water and close your eyes; listen. Is there a drum-like pulse in the sound of the city? A single voice raising its melody to the stars? Or a noisy fury blaring out a cacophony of frustrations and dreams?
Maada’ookii Songlines features 200 voices from 11 diverse choirs, 4 soloists and a fusion Indigenous musical ensemble in a new massive choral experience composed by Luminato veteran, Juno Award-nominated Cris Derksen. As the sun descends and this free outdoor massive choral event begins, the city will be enveloped in sound coming from the land, water and from above. A soundtrack for the city, the performance comes with a powerful history and a promise:
as long as the sun shines
as long as the waters flow downhill
and as long as the grass is green.
Maada’ookii Songlines is a reminder that whatever our backgrounds may be, we all come from the stars.
Lead image features Bryden Kiwenzie; photo by Heather Manitowabi.