Tomson Highway: Songs in the Key of Cree

Tomson Highway: Songs in the Key of Cree

Songs in the Key of Cree with Tomson Highway, Patricia Cano and Trio

Canada’s preeminent Indigenous author/playwright/composer/performer brings his popular cabaret show featuring singer Patricia Cano and saxophonist Marcus Ali to Collingwood.

Tomson Highway is one of the most prominent and influential Indigenous writers in Canada. His works discuss and explore important issues affecting First Nations people, including residential schools, reserve life, Indigenous identity and more. Highway is an Officer of the Order of Canada and in 1998 was named one of the 100 most important people in Canadian history by Maclean’s. Tomson received the Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement at the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards in 2022.


VENUE

First Presbyterian Church Collingwood
200 Maple Street
Collingwood, ON

 This event has been made possible by the kind and gracious support of John Cleghorn and family.

Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music

Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music

MOVED TO SATURDAY, JULY 15

Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music

Twice-Juno nominated composer-singer Beny Esguerra aims to create bridges across musical genres, and across continents. With this, he brings a new and refreshing sound and message to Canada’s music scene.

Beny explores the concepts of tradition and modernity through the production of a multidisciplinary performance featuring spoken word, music, songs, dance and design. The original compositions incorporate ancient instruments such as the 2000 plus year old indigenous kuisi bunsi flute (a.k.a. Colombian gaita) with more recent instruments such as the turntables. He is a PHD candidate (ABD) in Musicology/Ethnomusicology specializing in Colombian traditional music and Hip Hop culture.

Beny is a two-time JUNO nominated multi-instrumentalist/producer, spoken-word poet, arts educator and community worker. in 2021, he was chosen as the laureate of the 2020 Ontario Arts Foundation Arts Educator Award. Most recently, his song from the 2022 JUNO nominated album Northside Kuisi have been nominated for collaboration of the year at the 2022 International Indigenous Hip Hop Music Awards and have won Music to Life’s Hope Rises II song writing contest and international call for songs for social justice.

New Tradition Music delivers an urgent call for justice, environmental healing and respect for ancestors and land treaties through an interactive multi-arts performance.

  • 1pm Opening Act: Sonical Bees (Free)
  • 2pm Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music

To add to the excitement, the event opens with a FREE youth performance at 1pm featuring a family music band from Aurora, Ontario: The Sonical Bees. Inspired by world music, they aspire to blend styles and cultures that will meet the East with the West and the North with the South, using music to send to the world a message of universality and unity.

Esguerra raps about social issues and solidarity over eclectic Latin American sounds blended with hip-hop beats and record scratches.

www.cbc.ca


VENUE

First Presbyterian Church
200 Maple Street Collingwood, ON

This event has been made possible by the kind and gracious support of Sensor Technology and the Prasad Foundation

Inaugural Performance with Special Guest Jeremy Dutcher

Inaugural Performance with Special Guest Jeremy Dutcher

Inaugural Performance with the National Academy Orchestra and Special Guest Jeremy Dutcher

Inaugural Concert featuring the National Academy Orchestra of Canada (full 65-piece orchestra) led by Maestro Alain Trudel with special guest Jeremy Dutcher who performs songs inspired by his Wolastoq First Nation roots.

This event happens rain or shine! Come prepared for time in the sun (hat, sunscreen) ​and pack an umbrella in case of a passing shower. In the event of a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM, the event will have to be cancelled. This will be announced ASAP on social media and the website.

He wowed Canada with operatic arias sung in a near-extinct indigenous language. Now he’s taking his culture to the world.

The Guardian

Program

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
The Barber of Seville (Overture)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Symphony No. 6, Op. 68 “Pastoral”
I. Allegro ma non troppo

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Concerto in E major, Op. 8 No. 1, RV 269
“Spring” from The Four Seasons

Jeremy Dutcher (1990-      )
Honor Song
Mehcinut
Skicinuwihkuk

Hector Berlioz (1803-1869)
Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14
IV. March to the scaffold

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Symphony No. 6, Op. 74 “Pathétique”
Allegro molto vivace

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Boléro

 


VENUE

Millennium Park in Collingwood
45 Heritage Dr.
Collingwood, ON

IMPORTANT! There is no parking available at Millennium Park. You can use the Collingwood Leisure Time Club parking lot at 100 Minnesota St. and then walk over to the park. 

If you require assistance to get to the venue, a shuttle bus will be available for all GOLD pass holders and ticket patrons who have pre-purchased transportation (ticket option #1). The wheelchair-accessible buses will depart every 10 minutes from the corner of Huron St. and Minnesota St. (20 Minnesota St.) from 5-7pm and bring you back after the concert.

Chairs will be provided to all ticket patrons attending this event!

Millennium Park has accessible washrooms, but do keep in mind that the ground is soft (grass).

This event has been co-sponsored by:



The Businesses of Downtown Collingwood

In Memoriam: Pattie Cleghorn and Marg Bridgman
From the Cleghorn Family

iskwē and Tom Wilson

iskwē and Tom Wilson

Starring Juno Award-winning artist, songwriter, and performer, iskwē and Canadian music legend Tom Wilson

*** PLEASE NOTE: We regret to announce that Mr. Highway, originally scheduled on this day, must undergo surgery for a detached retina and in the hopes of a successful recovery he must give his eye complete rest.

In his place, we have invited iskwē and Tom Wilson. Thank you so much, in advance, for your understanding and very kind wishes.

With Mother Love, iskwē | ᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ (Cree Métis) and Tom Wilson | Tehoh’ahake have created an album that’s as powerful as it is personal, a set of songs on which their disparate vocal styles fuse seamlessly and, in doing so, result in a sound uniquely their own.

To some, it may seem an unusual pairing, given iskwē’s high concept recordings and live shows and Wilson’s reputation as a rootsy, no-nonsense storyteller. But the result – a soulful pairing of two of Canada’s most distinctive musical talents – sounds like the two have been performing together for years.

That was obvious to anyone who heard their first performance together (with trumpet player Chuck Copenace) at the 2020 Indspire Awards. A performance that led to the recording of ‘Blue Moon Drive’, ‘Coal Mine’, and ‘Starless Nights’ at Jukasa Studios; tracks that became the foundation for Mother Love.

“We had never sung together so until we actually stepped up to the microphone and started to sing we didn’t know that we had a little bit of magic going on between us. We are able to now share that magic with you.”

Artist Bio

Tom Wilson
iskwē
Jesse O’Brien


VENUE

First Presbyterian Church
200 Maple Street Collingwood, ON

This event has been made possible by the gracious support of Marilyn Knowles.

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