Red Sky Performance

Red Sky Performance

Enjoy in your living room or at the drive-in!

7:30pm - Gates Open

8:30pm - Pre-Concert Talk

9:00pm - LIVE Concert

Featuring Celebrated Canadian Poet Dr. Duke Redbird

Celebrating the creativity and fire of Indigenous artistic expression with Red Sky Performance, Canada’s leading contemporary Indigenous dance group and a very special guest – the established Indigenous poet and historian Dr. Duke Redbird, who will recite carefully-curated poetry from his latest book.

This event also features a screening of the movie “The Water Walker” and time-lapse photography from the Saugeen First Nation taken by our film crew!

Dr. Duke Redbird brings his breadth of cultural knowledge and artistic practice to the benefit of a global audience. He was instrumental in the implementation of innovative multimedia, technologies and beyond, bringing an Indigenous approach to art education that was rooted in his pioneering work at OCAD University.

Touring since 2003, Red Sky Performance has delivered over 2,755 performances across Canada including international performances in 17 countries on four continents: two Cultural Olympiads (Beijing and Vancouver), World Expo in Shanghai, Venice Biennale, and Jacob’s Pillow, among others.

This event also features a screening of the 13-min. documentary “The Water Walker.” Anishinaabe water activist Autumn Peltier travels from Manitoulin Island, Ontario to New York City to address the United Nations.

Click here to learn more about the movie.

Did I see a leaf fall from that tree?
Little leaf, I do not know your name yet I have seen you fall.
You did not fall like a stone from the sky
You did not swoop like a great hawk
You drifted and you sang a song
Your song is in my heart.
– © Duke Redbird


• Introduction by Dr. Duke Redbird on the importance of sharing land resources.
• The Water Walker Movie (13 minutes).
• STAGE I: Poetry by Dr. Duke Redbird accompanied by Native American Flute.
• STAGE II: Red Sky Performance dancers, beginning with and introduction and a series of songs: Grand Entry song, Solo songs, Flute & Hand Drum song and Sneak Up song.

Dr. Duke Redbird, Poetry
Red Sky Performance, Dancing Ensemble
Jason Chamakese, Native American Flute


New Life Church Auditorium, 28 Tracey Lane, Collingwood, ON

Note: This "hybrid" concert will be livestreamed online AND projected outdoors at the church's spacious parking lot (drive-in). The pre-concert talk will be audio-only for digital customers.

This event has been made possible by the kind support of Scenic Caves Nature Adventures and Huronia Alarm & Fire Security Inc.

(Price Per Person)

Live outdoor concert on August 22

(On Demand Viewing)

Available until August 16

Fundraiser for the Actors’ Fund of Canada

Fundraiser for the Actors’ Fund of Canada


Livestreamed: Wednesday June 16 – 4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern

STEP 1: Donate to the Actors’ Fund of Canada:

STEP 2: Click on the player below to watch the archival video (without live Q&A).

Celebrating the Life & Work of Robert Burns

Rabbie Burns Fans! Grab some haggis, whiskey and join us on a fascinating journey that shines a modern light on Scotland’s national poet.

Join our Artistic Director on Wednesday, June 16 at 7pm for a fundraiser to support the Actors’ Fund of Canada, featuring one of Canada’s foremost stage actors – R.H. Thomson. His impressive career spans over 50 years, to which he has received numerous awards and nominations, including Gemini & Genie awards, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award and most recently the Canadian Screen Award, for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama.

In this 1-hour virtual event, we’ll be celebrating the poetry of Robert Burns, narrated by R.H. Thomson with Daniel Vnukowski on the piano. Musical excerpts by Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn, Malcolm Arnold and Led Zeppelin. We explore aspects of Burns’ life & work in four chapters:

  • Chapter 1: Poetry & The Love of Language
  • Chapter 2: Independence & the Rights of Women
  • Chapter 3: The Romantic Man
  • Chapter 4: The People’s Poet

About the AFC

100% of the funds generated from this event will go toward helping Canadian actors and entertainers.

The AFC (formerly the Actors’ Fund of Canada) is a national charity with a mission to help Canadian entertainment professionals maintain their health, dignity, and ability to work. They provide compassionate support to everyone working in theatre, film/TV, dance, music, live performance, and more. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of industry members have turned to The AFC for help to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. During this challenging time, The AFC has responded to the need in the community with $1.4 million (and counting) in emergency financial aid and other vital supports. Learn about The AFC’s programs and services at

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