Canoe

An Unsettled Scores production in collaboration with Native Earth Performing Arts, The Toronto Consort and Theatre Passe Muraille  

Previews: Sept. 12-13 | Sept. 15-16

Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. West

Canoe is a captivating tale of two sisters from Northern Ontario, their ancestral tree, and an old, but familiar, visitor from the past. Through a minimalist aesthetic, this poignant work breaks free from Eurocentric operatic structures, creating an accessible and safe space for diverse audiences to experience the transformative power of Indigenous storytelling and opera.

In the summer of 2018 Native Earth Performing Arts granted Unsettled Scores the opportunity to experiment through the month-long Mskomini Giizis Residency. The creative team explored ways of incorporating new and old technologies to support the story’s overall arc. Canoe delivers an important message about human-to-human relationships, our relationships with the environment, ancestors and the spirit world.

CONTENT WARNINGS:
Language (swearing), mention of self harm, and Mentions of Residential Schools and death and harm in relation to Residential Schools.

CREATIVE TEAM
Libretto/Story
by Spy Dénommé-Welch
 
Music by Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine Magowan
Co-Director Spy Dénommé-Welch
Co-Director
Moynan King
Music Director Catherine Magowan
Assistant Music Director / Lute Ben Stein
Producer for Unsettled Scores Ulla Laidlaw
Production Manager Aden Calvin
Technical Director David Fisher
Stage Manager Meghan Speakman
Assistant Stage Manager Angela Mae Bago
Choreographer Montana Summers
Lighting Designer Siobhan Sleath
Set Designer Lindy Kinoshameg
Costume Designer Sherri Hay
Wardrobe Assistant Aurora Judge
Hair & Makeup Artist  Deandra Wells

CAST
Tree Spirit Conlin Delbaere-Sawchuk 
Constance Kristine Dandavino
Debaajimod Michelle Lafferty
Gladys Nicole Joy-Fraser

MUSICIANS  
Recorders Alison Melville
Violin Kathleen Kajioka
Cello Margaret Jordan-Gay
Harpsicord Paul Jenkins

PRODUCTION KNOWLEDGE HOLDERS
Dr. Catherine Longboat & Morris Lessard

PRODUCTION SUPPORT DOG
Maeve

Previews: Sept. 12 & 13, 7:30 pm
Sept. 15,  7:30 pm
Sept. 16, 2 pm & 7:30 pm

General Admission. Pay what you like: $65 / $45 / $20
Previews: $10

Unsettled Scores creates and produces musical and theatrical works that explore and reflect difficult Canadian and global histories, while being relevant to contemporary issues and subject matter. Unsettled Scores was co-founded in 2006 by Spy Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan, and together they have created and presented solo, chamber, orchestral and opera compositions, as well as theatrical and multimedia works. They have also presented at conferences and festivals, and conducted workshops on topics such as intercultural collaboration, and decolonizing through music.

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Visual Art by Mishiikenh Kwe