February 6, 2017 – Throughout the sesquicentennial year, CAPACOA will feature members' Canada 150 Stories. Here is how Red Sky Performance intends to celebrate the confederation and the rich Indigenous cultures that existed long before our more recent colonial history.

Red Sky Meets the TSO

Dancers under the northern lightsAs part of Canada 150, Red Sky Performance partners with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to celebrate a singular concert curated and directed by Sandra Laronde, founder and artistic director of Red Sky Performance. Adizokan is a new genre-bending creation that explores Indigenous connections to ancestral origins. The Canadian composer Eliot Britton is providing the score to this an image-rich potent experience of dance, video, electro-acoustic and orchestra.

The world premiere of Adizokan will be presented Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto.

The Breath of Life and the Great Lakes

Female dancer under water.Fusing contemporary Indigenous dance with athleticism, Miigis explores the catalysts for the Anishinaabe (Ojibway) journey to the Great Lakes and the seven prophecies marked by Miigis.

In Anishinaabe (Ojibway) culture, the miigis shell represents the perfect breath of life, and informs our travel to the Great Lakes and to a place where food grows on the water known as Manoomin (wild rice). The Anishinaabe called the Great Lakes: Gitchigami (Shining Big Sea Water). Lake Ontario, Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, Lake Erie; together form the largest freshwater system on the planet.

Miigis will be presented on June 18 in Toronto, as part of Canada 150th celebrations.


Share your Canada 150 StoryCanada 150

We want to know about your plans to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the confederation. Whether they are splashy or modest, they are all worth sharing.

Here's how it works:

  1. You email us a short blurb about the activity/event and a photo (with credits) – it can be either plans about an upcoming event or a short report about an event that already took place.
  2. We feature your story on our website, in social media and in All Access.


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