Place des festivals
The Place des Festivals is transfigured with a scenography by Christine Sioui Wawanoloath in collaboration with Pivot événements; it has been impregnated with the cosmovision of the First Peoples and has drawn inspiration from contemporary Aboriginal artists who translate, in their own way, the rich spiritual and artistic heritage of the territory.
A visual and luminous dressing has been specially designed for the First People’s Festival, including a multimedia creation by various First Nations artists.
Friday 12 August8:30 pm
Digging Roots breathe life into songs from their land, Turtle Island, to raise their voices in solidarity with a global chorus of Indigenous artists, activists and change-makers. For over a decade, JUNO Award winners Digging Roots have traveled the world with a joyful message of resistance, celebrating Anishinabe and Onkwehonwe traditions of round dance and interconnectedness, interwoven with the bedrock sounds of soul, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll.
The beating hearts of Digging Roots, founding duo ShoShona and Raven, have built a home for a talented community of players and collaborators including their son, drummer Skye Polson, and Hill Kourkoutis. More than a band, Diggings Roots have taken their place at the frontline of the fight for equity and representation in the arts, with involvement in industry advocacy and organization, including the International Indigenous Music Summit and Ishkode Records, to empower arts communities worldwide.
Saturday 13 August12 pm
Traditional dances with Sam Ojeda – Guest drummers : Northern Voice
More : Chubby Cree, Owen, Poppeteers and Tupiq
Artisans on site :
- Sedalia and Rita Fazio
- Martin Loft
- Annette Nolette
- Deborah Ratt
Archaeological excavation simulations presented by Archéo-Québec, Musée de Lachine and Maison Nivard-De Saint-Dizier from noon to 5 pm
Various screenings in the Longhouse from 1pm to 7pm