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Ode'min Giizis 2009


Ode'min Giizis (strawberry moon) is the sixth moon of the Anishnaabe calender. It marks the beginning of summer, the longest day of the year and the harvest of the strawberry in June. The root word of ode'min is ode, which signifies the "heart" in Anishnaabe language. As the strawberry resembles the shape and colour of the human heart it also represents the sweetness and kindest of emotions that bring people together to feast and exchange ideas.

The Ode'min Giizis Festival will celebrate this auspicious time of year and traditional Anishnaabe territory with a four day multi disciplinary arts festival in Peterborough, Ontario featuring local and visiting artists from the four directions. The O'Kaadenigan Wiingashk Collective and Public Energy invite you to come out to experience a diversity of Indigenous artistic expression and events from an Aboriginal perspective - including gallery talks, film presentations, and a music showcase.

Each of the presenting artists are unified by a strong self-determined aesthetic that honours traditional lands, culture and knowledge while also pushing boundaries in their own respective arts forms. Artists will share their work and their dynamic processes in an effort to stimulate greater dialogue and cultural understanding through the arts. Events will take place at various downtown venues, and will be co-presented by local arts organizations in a spirit of creativity, unity and the sweetness of the strawberry.

* Peterborough sits on traditional territory of the Anishnaabe and is originally named and known as Nogojiwanong (Place of the end of rapids). For thousands of years this region was known as a gathering spot where different tribes, families and leaders would converge to exchange ideas and knowledge. Sites such as the petroglyphs, Serpent Mounds Part, and Aboriginal oral traditions confirm this regional history. Today the original territory of the Anishnaabe has been reduced and severed into three distinctive First Nations in the area, however most peoples recognize the traditional boundaries of the Anishnaabe peoples.

Festival Schedule 2009

Monday, June 15


Dr. Marlene Brant Castellano
Sharing Remembrances: Sharing a Future
Peterborough Public Library Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Wednesday, June 17


urated by William Kingfisher

Art Gallery of Peterborough (250 Crescent Street), 7 p.m.

After the opening of Nogojiwanong, art lovers will make their way to exhibiting downtown venues at Black Honey (221 Hunter Street W), Kubo (413 George Street N), Blue Tomato (168 Hunter Street W), Catalina (131 Hunter Street W), and The Sapphire Room (137 Hunter Street W)


Gary Farmer with Brock Stonefish & Battle River Blues Band.

Live at the Historic Red Dog Tavern (189 Hunter St W), 10 p.m
$10 Tickets can be purchased at Showplace.


Thursday, June 18


Rez-Erection: Belle Sauvage, Buffalo Boy and Miss Chief Eagle Testickle set up Camp curated by Wanda Nanibush.

Artspace, 8 p.m.

Stills from Kent Monkman's Shooting Geronimo.




Come dance the night away with DJ Madeskimo and Bear Witness

Kubo Lounge (413 George Street N), 10 p.m.


Friday, June 19


Keith Secola and Special Guests, with opening acts by Peterborough Native Sarah DeCarlo and Drea Nasager.

Market Hall (336 George Street N), 8 p.m.

$15 Tickets can be purchased at Showplace.


Saturday, June 20


Book Reading and Signing
Lighting the Eighth Fire, a collection of essays by Indigenous writers from across Canada edited by Leanne Betasmosake Simpson, a Peterborough native and well-known Nishnaabekwe activist and educator.

Dishonour of the Crown: The Ontario Resource Regime in the Valley of the Kiji Sibi by Dr. Paula Sherman.

Neal McLeod will be reading from his books Gabriel's Beach and Songs to Kill A Wîhtikow.

A signing will also take place with Tomson Highway.

Titles Book Store (379 George N), 1-3 p.m.



Join us in the Charlotte Street Courtyard of Peterborough Square and dance to the uplifting sound of OKA. Help us bring our 12 foot high puppets to life in preperation for the Community Procession on June 21. Many thanks to Red Pepper Spectacle Arts for their participating company of puppetry images and artists.

2 p.m.



Tomson Highway on piano with singer Patty Cano, perform songs from two of Mr. Highway’s own musical plays, The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito and Rose, with opening act Missy Knott.

Market Hall (336 George Street N, 8 p.m.

$15 Tickets can be purchased at Showplace.


Sunday, June 21


Ode’min Giizis Traditional Gathering
Storytellers, drummers, hoop dancers, regional cuisine, art vendors and a 30-foot performance tipi.

A community procession is gathering at 12pm from Peterborough City Hall to Del Crary Park for grand entry around the drum.


Monday, June 22


Waterlife (Fresh from its premiere at the Hot Docs festival). Directed by Kevin McMahon and featuring Elder Josephine Mandamin.

Market Hall (336 Geroge Street North), 7 p.m.

$10 Tickets can be purchased at Showplace.

Co-presented by ORCA & ReFrame Peterborough International Film Festival.


Tuesday, June 23


An Intimate Evening with Elaine Bomberry in conversation with the multimedia artist, activist, Academy Award winner, singer songwriter, Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Market Hall (336 George Street N), 8 p.m.

$20 Tickets can be purchased at Showplace.

Supported by the Pine Tree Lecture Series in association with the Department of Indigenous Studies at Trent University and the Peterborough Community Race Relations Committee.



Buffy Sainte-Marie at the Festival of Lights.

With NYC-based a cappella trio

In partnership with The Peterborough Festival of Lights

Del Crary Park (George Street N.
see directions...)
, 8 p.m.


Kaha:wi Dance Theatre A Story Before Time


Market Hall and Peterborough New Dance present
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre
A Story Before Time
May 13 at 7pm
Market Hall
336 George Street North, Peterborough

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ATTENTION SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS: Learn about our school shows, May 13 & 14...

During this family show written by renowned playwright Drew Hayden Taylor the ancient Iroquoian creation story comes to life through music, dance and theatre. Animal characters swim across the stage, trees grow from silk and characters Sky Woman, Hanging Flower, West Wind, The Bent One and Holder of Heavens tell how life started on a turtle's back.

Choreographer: Santee Smith
Writer: Drew Hayden Taylor
Composer: Donald Quan
Narrator: Cheri Maracle

Adults: $16 / Students & seniors: $12 / 12 and under: $8 / Family: Buy 3 or more, get one child free. Available at the Showplace Box Office, 742-7469

Emergency #17


Peterborough New Dance presents
Emergency #17 
Festival of New Dance and Performance by Peterborough-area Artists

April 2 to 4, 2009.
Market Hall
336 George Street North, Peterborough

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See the review from the Peterborough Examiner: Something for Everyone at Emergency #17

Emergency: An annual festival of new dance and performance by Peterborough artists
Emergency: Showcasing veterans and newcomers
Emergency: One of the most popular performance events in Peterborough
Emergency: Serving multidisciplinary performance fans for 17 Years
Emergency: Our collective body emerging from our collective unconscious …for one very singular experience






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Programs A & B:
Brian Mitolo: Recent Dance Films: Free with ticket to Programs A or B, or pay-what-you-can
Weaver Bird Collective: $7
Available by reservation or at the door.
Call 745-1788

Thursday April 2
7 pm: Program A
9 PM: Program B

Friday April 3
7pm: Program B
9pm: Program A
10:30pm: Brian Mitolo: Recent Dance Films

Saturday April 4
2pm: Weaver Bird Collective
7pm: Program A
9pm: Program B

Program A: Thurs 7pm, Fri 9pm, Sat 7pm
Allyson Booth
Sophia Darling
Wayne Elliott
Deb Reynolds
Emma Lu Romerein
Trent Dance Team
Hilary Wear

Program B: Thurs 9pm, Fri 7pm, Sat 9pm
Jenn Cole
Contact Dance Troupe
Sophia Cooper
Shawn Fisk
anya gwynn
Leigh Macdonald
Hartley Stevenson

Brian Mitolo: Recent Dance Films Fri 10:30pm
The Bus Ballet: a short film about dancing buses, featuring Peterborough public transit workers. Director: Brian Mitolo
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Jarret Prescott
Special thanks to Art Gallery of Peterborough, Ontario Arts Foundation, and Peterborough Transit workers.

Dae For Non: an experimental short video based on the play Dae For Non by Patrick Walsh.
Director: Brian Mitolo
Music: Jay Swinnerton

Dance Documents (Reap Just What You Sow by Ryan Kerr): a dance document of three selections from Ryan Kerr's Reap Just What You Sow, featuring Ryan Kerr, Wes Ryan and Anne Ryan
Shot by Lester Alfonso, An Etherington, Brian Mitolo.
Edited by Brian Mitolo.

Dance Documents Two (In The Parlour by Ryan Kerr): dance document of In The Parlour by Ryan Kerr, with Ryan Kerr and Jenn Cole
Music: Clifford McCarten.
Editors: Brian Mitolo and Esther Vincent

Drill: an experimental dance short featuring the Peterborough Petes by Ryan Kerr and Brian Mitolo. Special thanks to Peterborough New Dance, Art Gallery of Peterborough (ArtRight Project), Ontario Arts Foundation, and the Peterborough Petes.

Indigenous Performance Initiatives in association with the Indigenous Studies Department, Trent University presents:
Women Who-Stories Travel: Sat 2pm
Written and performed by The Weaver Bird Collective: Naja Graugaard, Swelen Andari and Karyn Drane
Musicians: Andrew Morrison and Faris Khoury


Emergency #17 is sponsored by:

Black Honey

Christensen Fine Art


Natas   Cafe

The Night Kitchen

The Wine Shoppe












Old Men Dancing: Wiser and Still Gorgeous (Do Not Resuscitate)

Atlas Moves Watching and Peterborough New Dance present


The Old Men Dancing
Wiser and Still Gorgeous (Do Not Resuscitate)
May 7 to 9 at 8pm, May 10 at 2pm
Market Hall
336 George Street North, Peterborough

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Peterborough's Old Men Dancing was formed in 2002 by a group of men who share an interest in creating movement-based performance. With an average age of over 50, these late-blooming dancers have much to give and speak to as men of experience, wisdom and folly. For this program they are working with the professional dance company Atlas Moves Watching on a project that will see them performing 4 works by 4 great Canadian choreographers: Marie-Josée Chartier, Allan Kaeja, D. A. Hoskins and Atlas Moves Watching artistic director Bill James. This is sure to be a remarkable evening of dance from a company that is unique in Canada.

Tickets: $17/$12 students/seniors/underemployed. Available at Showplace

Bill James (far right) in rehersal with Old Men Dancing and choreographer D. A. Hoskins (third from right). Photo by Andy Fox.

Susie Burpee with Dan Wild


Peterborugh New Dance presents
Susie Burpee with Dan Wild
Fidelity’s Edge (world premiere) and Mischance and Fair Fortune (2005)

March 6 & 7 8 pm

Market Hall,
336 George St. N. Peterbrough

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Pre-show chat with writer/choreographer Sara Porter at 7 pm both nights

Meet the artists: reception to follow Friday night performance

Tickets: $17/$12 students/seniors/underemployed. Available at Showplace: call 742-7489


Burpee and Wild’s creative relationship has a lengthy history through their company work together at Dancemakers and as independent artists. Both thrive on emotionally-driven work, and neither shy away from physical ferocity and vulnerability. The development of Fidelity’s Edge and Mischance and Fair Fortune is an investigation of partnership in both the artistic process and content of the work. Their relationship as dancers brings to the stage a raw power and interconnectedness rarely seen in contemporary dance duets.

Original music by Christine Fellows and John K. Samson
Lighting by Jean Philippe Trépanier

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All activities take place at Market Hall Performing Arts, 336 George St. N., Peterborough. Register by calling Peterborough New Dance at 745-1788 or email

Voice and Movement Class with Dan Wild
Sunday, March 1st, 2pm-4pm. $20
Explore breath, vocal, and movement skills. This class helps bring an awareness of the internal body and how this internal awareness helps express ourselves in our pedestrian life as well as theatrical life.

Contemporary Dance Class with Susie Burpee
Tuesday, March 3rd, 6pm-7:30pm. Free
Susie will lead an open contemporary dance technique class.

Lighting Workshop with Jean Philippe Trépanier
Saturday, March 7th, 1pm-3pm. Free.
One of Canada’s foremost dance lighting designers will talk about his techniques for lighting dance in a wide variety of spaces and circumstances. Come with your ideas and questions.

How’d They Do That?
Saturday, March 7th, 4pm-5pm. Free
Inside the creative process with Susie Burpee and company. Moderated by Sara Porter.

Composition Workshop with Susie Burpee
Sunday, March 8th Noon –3pm. $20
Explore improvisation and its relationship to creation. For those interested in drawing out their skills as movers and composers of space, and have an interest in how this communicates something of value to an audience. Open to dancers and non-dancers.

Susie Burpee’s residency made possible by special funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.

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