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Maada'ookii Songlines

A massive choral event with 200 singers from 8 diverse choirs, 4 soloists, and an Indigenous ensemble braiding their songs, styles, voices and cultures, set against Toronto's breathtaking waterfront.

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FREE EVENT
June 23 , 2019

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 8 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. 

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Reviews

“Derksen’s singular and eclectic music…taps her Indigenous roots and classical training, fusing folk-friendly sounds with electronic looping gear.”
– Ottawa Citizen
“The result [of Derksen’s technique] is an album of atmospheric scores unlike anything else.”
– CBC

Creative Team

COMPOSER
cris derksen

DIRECTORS
Tim Albery, Michael Mori

MUSICAL DIRECTOR
David Fallis

DESIGN
Triga Creative (Alexandra Lord, Shannon Lea Doyle and Michelle Tracey) 

LIGHTING DESIGN
Andrew Pye

PRODUCTION/TECH MANAGER
Duncan MacMillan

SOUND
Tony Crea

CHOIRS INCLUDE
Bruised Years Choir
Canadian Arabic Choir
City Choir
Darbazi
Element Choir
Vesnivka Choir
Yip's Children's Choir (Canada)

SOLOISTS
Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie
Jennifer Kreisberg
Alanna Stuart
Maryem Tollar

MUSICAL ENSEMBLE
Jesse Baird (drums)
Shaun Brodie (trumpet)
Darren Creech (piano)
cris derksen (cello)

HAND DRUM CHOIR
Cheri Maracle
Michelle St. John
Patty Shaughnessy
Rebecca Benson
Rosary Spence
Rose Stella
Krysta Williams