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Tributaries: Luminato Opening Event

The opening event of Luminato in 2017 pays tribute to the immeasurable power, passion, beauty, and resilience of Indigenous women.

6–11 PM

FEATURING: Lila Downs, Northern Cree, Tomson Highway, Norma Araiza, Laura Grizzlypaws, Cris Derksen, Cheri Maracle, Iskwe, Tanya Tagaq, Leanne Simpson, Jennifer Kreisberg, Jeremy Dutcher, Bear Witness, Lido Pimienta and many more!

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Featuring over 60 artists who pay tribute to the resilience of Indigenous women and the power of land and water, Luminato opens its second decade with Tributaries. Luminato’s opening evening pays homage and respect to Indigenous creativity, presence, and voice in a large-scale celebratory experience.

The evening launches in The Famous Spiegeltent with A Cree Cabaret, featuring the brilliance of Tomson Highway. From 7pm onwards, David Pecaut Square comes alive as Tributaries moves outdoors with a diversity of performances in a four-part program: Roots, Resurgence, Reclamation, and Emancipation.



  • Bimmadiziwin Tattoo Parlour: Red Pepper Spectacle Arts will offer the emblematic image of the Ode’min/Heartberry in the form of an airbrush tattoo. Free to attending public.
  • Visit The Famous Spiegeltent between 7PM & 11PM and enjoy one of the Featured Specialty Strawberry Drinks (alcohol & non alcohol available)

Born of Luminato’s new Artistic Director Josephine Ridge’s vision to acknowledge the First Peoples of this country by offering space for Indigenous artists and voices, Tributaries is curated and produced by Creative Producer Denise Bolduc and Associate Producer, Erika A. Iserhoff in partnership with Native Women in the Arts. Tributaries represent connectors and for many, artists are the connectors of change.

Note: Ode’min Giizis (pronunced ‘o-DAY-min Gee-zis): meaning the Heart-berry Moon or Strawberry Moon

Artwork for Tributaries is created by Haudenosaunee artist Monique Bedard (Aura).

Ontario 150TD Canada
Native Women in the Arts


“On June 14, Indigenous creativity will engulf David Pecaut Square in a large-scale celebratory experience.”
– Shedoesthecity
“An epic five-hour, open-air performance featuring more than 60 artists”
– The Globe and Mail
“By far the biggest display of Indigenous art and culture the festival has featured in its 10-year history”
– Maclean's


ABOUT DENISE BOLDUC (Creative Producer)
Denise Bolduc is an accomplished creative leader recognized for her significant contributions and involvement within a multitude of diverse arts disciplines locally, nationally and internationally. Notable projects: Beyond 150 Years: An Acknowledgement of Indigenous Film (Vancouver, BC 2017), Miiyuu Pimaatswin (Native Women in the Arts, TO 2016), Songs in the Key of Cree (TO, 2015), Maadaadizi/Summer Journeys (Grand Finale, Pan Am Games Art Relay, TO, 2015), Thunderbird Marketplace (One of Kind Show, TO, 2014), and as the founding Artistic Director, Planet IndigenUS (2004). She is a sought after guest speaker/presenter, host and moderator, an instructor with the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, a consultant, and a mentor to numerous artists and arts leaders. Denise is a member of the Batchewana First Nation / Lake Superior Anishinaabeg.

ABOUT ERIKA A. ISERHOFF (Associate Producer)
Erika A. Iserhoff is a multi-disciplinary artist of Omushkego/Eeyou Cree ancestry. She is the Artistic Producer for Native Women in the Arts, and is founding member of the Chocolate Woman Collective, and the Co-Artistic Director for the Setsuné Indigenous Fashion Incubator Collective. Erika works to collaborate with artists, communities, and reflect Indigenous cultural practices within her art and design work. She is a graduate from the OCADU with a degree in Design where she now teaches as a sessional professional within the Indigenous Visual Culture Program.

Native Women in the Arts was founded in 1993, is a not-for-profit organization for First Nations, Inuit and Métis women who share the common interest of art, culture, community and the advancement of Indigenous peoples.

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