The 10th Annual Talking Stick Festival (Feb 1-13) – win festival passes!

TSF10 Git Hayetsk Mask

Photo by Chris Randle. Used with permission from the Talking Stick Festival.

I feel lucky and honored to have the opportunity to showcase First Nations’ work. In previous months, I gave away festival passes to the Louis Riel Festival, to Thunderstick (a theatre show) and now I’m very happy to promote the 10th Annual Talking Stick Festival, taking place over 13 days, presented by Full Circle: First Nations Performance.

The 10th Annual Talking Stick Festival will take place in venues across the city. As indicated by the organizers:

The Aboriginal community will gather to partake in a wide range of disciplines – the traditional, contemporary and blend of the two, which include dancing, drumming, hip hop, fiddling, comedy, live music, performance poetry, storytelling, and more. In celebration of the 10th year, the 2011 festival will play its opening week (February 1 – February 6) at the Roundhouse Community Centre before moving into the Commercial Drive area of East Vancouver (until February 13) and will feature diverse programming, highlighting the talents of participating artists from Ontario, the United States and the Yukon Territories, and as well as our talented artists here in Vancouver.

The festival kicks off with the traditional Gala Opening Celebration on Tuesday Feb 1 at 7pm at the Roundhouse. The continuing 13 days are filled with traditional and contemporary Aboriginal arts. There is the ever popular Ab-Original Cabaret – featuring performers like Leanne Goose (Yellowknife), Digawolf (Yellowknife) and Murray Porter (Vancouver) and comedians Ryan McMahon and Elaine Miles. Dance works include the contemporary dance piece Fragments, by Laura Kramer (Quebec) and a Métis social night where you can stomp your feet, clap your hands and kick up your heels. Programming includes a soulful evening of jazz and an evening of slam poetry night, From Talking Stick to Microphone. There are also a number of Professional Development workshops, Artist Talks, and a wide variety of events for the whole family.

Also, on exhibit at the Roundhouse from Feb 1 – Feb 9, is a photographic exhibition by Nadya Kwandibens of Red Works Studio (Toronto). Nadya Kwandibens is of Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) / French heritage from the Northwest Angle #37 First Nation in Ontario, Canada. She is a self-taught, dynamic photographer specializing in artistic natural light portraiture, fashion, promotional sessions, and event photography.

I’m really looking forward to the Talking Stick Festival. For tickets visit or call 604-684-2787 – Ticket prices range from $12 – $25, Festival passes – $96 adults, $77.43 for Seniors/Student. For further details and the full schedule of events visit the Full Circle website.. The organizers have given me 2 full-festival passes (worth $96 each) to a couple of lucky readers of mine. To enter my giveaway, please let me know which one of the events of the Talking Stick Festival are you most looking forward. Seeing as I am a former competitive dancer, I will fully admit I’m keen on checking the traditional dance components. How about you?

For an additional entry, on top of your comment, you can also tweet the sample text below:

Entered to win passes to the Talking Stick Festival from @hummingbird604 – check out the lineup of events!

I will draw 2 random winners on Friday January 28th at 5pm. Good luck everyone, and hopefully you will get a chance to check out the Talking Stick Festival.

UPDATE – I just got a pair of tickets to the opening gala of the Talking Stick Festival at the Roundhouse Community Centre. I will draw these separately, in a Twitter-only contest. You can tweet the sample text below to enter this draw.

Entered to win tickets to the opening gala of Talking Stick Festival from @hummingbird604 – check it out!

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  4. 5th Annual Louis Riel Celebration (A Festival of Métis Culture) [win weekend passes]
  5. Fourth Annual Women in Film Festival

Comments (7)

SanazJanuary 21st, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I’m looking forward to the Ab-Original Cabaret, despite its popularity I’ve never been to such a show

Mike BJanuary 22nd, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I am a Cree Indian from Treaty 4 area in southern Saskatchewan. I am currently learning my language and feel that all of the events at the festival would be amazing, however I am really excited to see the Red Works Studio photo display because I am a huge fan of her work.

JustinneJanuary 23rd, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I am really looking forward to “Inspirations: A Night of Dance and Theatre” because I love the theatre and I think it would be very interesting to hear the story of the aboriginals.
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MaryanneJanuary 23rd, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Would be excited to check out the ongoing Cabaret!

RebeccaJanuary 23rd, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I definitely have agree with many of the comments above – the cabaret sounds really fun!

AlixJanuary 25th, 2011 at 11:17 am

I’d love to see the slam poetry night! Words straight from the soul.

RaulJanuary 28th, 2011 at 9:17 pm

UPDATE: Winner of tickets to opening gala is Rebecca (@rsaloust on Twitter)

UPDATE: Winner of passes to Talking Stick Festival is @AngieDescalza on Twitter.

To both of you – congratulations!

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