Proudly located on the traditional, un-ceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, Full Circle: First Nations Performance presents the 17th Annual Talking Stick Festival. Drawing meaning from the salmon’s journey to their spawning grounds, 2018’s festival is aptly named Scháyilhen (S-ch-eye-yay-lh-un), which translates literally to «Salmon Going Up River»; and speaks to the journey the community is taking towards embracing and celebrating Indigenous art forms and practices.
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SCHAYILHEN VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION
FREE — Exhibition runs all day from February 14-25.
Artist information: fullcircle.ca/festival/events-2018/headliners/schayilhen-visual-arts-exhibition
KW'ACHMIXWTS CHEXW SMEN HAN (SHOW 'N' TELL) — Friday, February 16, 20, 21, 23, 6:30pm
Translated, “Kw’achmixwts Chexw Smen Hants” means “Show me, Tell me.” Gather for a pre-show “Show ‘n’ Tell,” a short performance accompanied by a sharing of its origins and meaning, featuring some of our region’s most engaging performers.
Pay what you can.
REEL RESERVATIONS SHORTS — February, February 23, 7pm
Some of the best shorts from across Canada and Turtle Island are screened in the intimate Vancity Culture Lab. Pay what you can.
INDIAN ACTS WITH TALK-BACK (Dance/Theatre) — Friday, February 23, 7pm
Three exciting short works. Michif Medicines, a new contemporary dance piece in development as a collaboration between Dancing Earth (N.Mexico) and V'ni Dansi (Vancouver). An excerpt from the critically acclaimed Sokalo by ZØGMA Collectif de folklore urbain and a presentation of Standing Sunrise by poet, spoken word artist, actor and monologue-ist, Taran J. Kootenhayoo. Followed by an Artist Talk and a discussion with the artists about what inspires and guides their work.
Talking Stick to Microphone: Indigenous Slam (Poetry/Music) — Friday, February 23, 8:30pm
One of our most beloved events is back! Molly Billows (Metis) pulls together a slam-dunkin’ evening in honour of “East Van ghetto poet” Zaccheus Jackson Nyce (Blackfoot), the original curator of this event. Be prepared for a selection of this country’s best independent musicians and slam poets going head to head! Co-curated by Nyla Carpentier. Pay what you can.
KNOWLEDGE SERIES: Master Class with Rulan Tangen — Saturday, February 24, 9:30-11am
Rylan (Dancing Earth, New Mexico) invites committed creative artists of all forms to explore embodiment of individual within a sense of relationship to the earth and cosmos. Pay what you can.
Talking Stick Festival Pow Wow and Artisan Fair! — Saturday, February 24, 12-5pm
Everyone is welcome to Full Circle Society's annual Talking Stick Festival Pow Wow at the Roundhouse Community Recreation Centre. Pay what you can.
SALMON GIRL by Raven Spirit Dance Society — Saturday, February 24, 2pm
Salmon Girl explores the worlds of water and salmon through theatre, dance, music and puppetry. This visually stunning piece follows the journey of a young girl into this magical world that shares a First Nations perspective on the importance of Salmon. Suitable for family audience’s ages 6+.
REEL RESERVATIONS: CINEMATIC INDIGENOUS SOVEREIGNTY SERIES CLOSING NIGHT — Saturday, February 24, 7pm
Birth of a Family | Director Tasha Hubbard
Removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop, three sisters and a brother, adopted as infants into separate families across North America, meet together for the first time in this deeply moving documentary.
KW'IYILSHSWIT CABARET (Music/Variety) — Saturday, February 24, 8pm
Kw’iyilshswit (kwee-yay-l-sh-swait) translates to ‘they’re dancing!’ – the perfect way to close the festival! Join Beaver T (Cree) for an eclectic evening of entertainment featuring the groovy tunes and antics of the brightest Indigenous talent from across disciplines. Kick back, relax, mingle with artists, and share your memories of the last 2 weeks. 19+.
RED CARPET VIP PASSES include access to Opening Nights and catered receptions at select events for $60-90 plus fees.
NIGHTLIFE PASSES include access to four evening events for $55 plus fees.
Established in 1992, by Margo Kane (Cree/Saulteaux nation), Full Circle is a registered Canadian non-profit, Indigenous Arts organization that provides a platform for Indigenous artists to create, work, and train in the Arts. We engage our community in year-round Indigenous programs (Moccasin Trek: Arts on the Move!, Indian Acts and the Aboriginal Ensemble) in addition to our annual signature event, the Talking Stick Festival.
WAX HOKS EN SHQALAWIN (OPEN YOUR HEARTS) — Thursday, February 15 7pm (VIP Reception at 6pm for pass holders only)
Wax hoks en Shqalawin (Open Your Hearts) Gala Celebration is always a crowd pleaser. Launch Western Canada’s premiere Indigenous Arts festival by kicking up your heels and dancing the night away. True to tradition, first class entertainment is accompanied by a buffet dinner. Cash bar.
INDIGIFEMME (BURLESQUE) — Friday, February 16, 8:30pm
The members of Virago Nation invite you to take a journey into the world of Indigenous sexuality through unapologetic and empowered burlesque performances. Note: 19+ event; sexually suggestive content; no full nudity.
YVR SPECIAL PERFORMANCE — Saturday, February 17, 12pm
In partnership with Vancouver International Airport, #TSF2018 is proud to announce a special afternoon performance at YVR airport. Located on the International Departures level in front of Bill Reid’s Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe sculpture, those in attendance will experience the expression of First Nations culture through contemporary and traditional mediums. Prepare to be wowed by the exceptional talents of DJ Kookum (MC, DJ), Jb the FirstLady (rap), Miss Christie Lee Charles (rap), Norine Braun (folk), and the Urban Kwakwaka’wakw Dance Group (dance, drums).
TH'OWXIYA: THE HUNGRY FEAST DISH by Axis Theatre Company
Saturday, February 17 12pm AND 3pm
Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish, tells the story of Th’owxiya, whose mouth holds the most delicious foods, but if you steal from her, she’ll eat you and your family. A young mouse has made that mistake, but with the help of two young bears, Raven, and Sasquatch, the creature takes a journey to earn her forgiveness. Recommended for Grades K-6.
HEARTBEATZ! (MUSIC) — Saturday, February 17, 8pm
Get your finger on the pulse of the best Indigenous music around! Hailing from the Yukon, headliner Diyet & The Love Soldiers (Southern Tutchone/Tlingit)'s unique blend of contemporary Indigenous music, soulful loop artist David Morin (Metis), blues-roots artist Norine Braun (Metis), and DJ O Show (Squamish). Suitable for 19+. Cash bar.
SOKALO BY ZØGMA Collectif de folklore urbain
Friday, February 16 7pm and Sunday, February 18 7pm
Hailing from Quebec, [ZØGMA], is a percussive dance company who share their cultural diversity by combining music and choreography with a contemporary approach and aesthetic to folklore. Sokalo is a vibrant gathering place where memories are shared with friends--the simple things of life that we wish not to forget. Collaborating with Vancouver’s own Louis Riel Metis Dancers, Sokalo merges song and dance into a powerful rhythmic work.
METIS KITCHEN PARTY (DANCE/MUSIC/VENDORS) — Sunday, February 18, 1pm
The afternoon includes lively Métis tunes played by fiddles, guitar and piano. There will be finger-weaving workshops, quill workshops, jigging workshops, vendors and an exciting performance by the Louis Riel Métis Dancers. The day will wind up with a square dance called by a Métis Elder.
Pay what you can.
SCHAYILHEN INDUSTRY SERIES — Friday, February 16 — Monday, February 19
The Scháyilhen Industry Series is a 4-day forum which gathers arts presenters, artists, scholars, funders, and audience members to further the development and strength of Indigenous arts.
Insightful, aspirational and inspirational, it builds upon conversations and outcomes from the last three Industry Series to further imagine and develop the strengths and significance of Indigenous performing arts.
SCHAYILHEN POP-UP MUSICAL BISTRO with Curtis Clear Sky & the Constellationz at Talking Stick Festival — Monday, February 19, 7pm
Gather with us at the Scháyilhen Pop-Up Musical Bistro — our mid-festival social. This is the time to fill your plate, (and your glasses), move to Curtis Clear Sky & the Constellationz (Blackfoot and Anishinabe), his nine-piece band and their highly danceable funk grooves. An eclectic mix of poets, musicians and other visiting artists will be featured throughout the night, as well. Includes catered meal. Cash Bar.
KNOWLEDGE SERIES: Dangerous Curves and KISS: Keep it Simple Showgirl by Virago Nation — February 21, 7pm & 8pm
Please see links below for more information; pay what you can.
REEL RESERVATIONS — Wednesday February 21, 7pm
A Mile in our Moccasins — A short film created by Indigenous youth. The film's purpose is to combat HIV stigma and discrimination by giving insight into the realities and challenges faced by young people living with HIV.
Journeys to Adäka | Dir. Fritz Mueller
Journeys to Adäka takes us into carving sheds, kitchens and community halls where artists and their families are reconnecting with their ancestors, healing, and moving personal mountains to each find their light. The process is familiar – rehearsals, training, crafting – but the backdrop of distant northern communities and the intimate access serve up both difficult lessons and inspiration. Journeys to Adäka paints a moving portrait of self-empowered indigenous communities at an inflection point in our history. Produced in association with Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association. Q&A to follow.
Pay what you can.
MAP OF THE LAND, MAP OF THE STARS by Gwaandak Theatre
Tuesday, February 20 7pm, Wednesday, February 21 1pm AND 7pm, Thursday February 22 1pm
Map of the Land Map of the Stars tells the story of how the spirits used to know the map of the stars. but have since lost their way. Can they find the trail home? This is a story of how the gold rush and the Alaska Highway changed connections between land and sky, told through theatre dance, and music.
RED CARPET GALA OPENING & RECEPTION — Thursday, February 22, 7:30pm
C̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city | Director Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Unofficial: No Reservations | Director Trevor Carroll
Reel IndiGenuity! Mentorship program presentation
INDIGI GROOVE (MUSIC) — Thursday, February 22, 9-11:15pm
Stemming from the Badlands of the Rocky Mountain prairies, Blue Moon Marquee is a self-styled gypsy blues band. This authentic duo writes and performs original compositions influenced by early blues, swing, and ragtime. Opening the evening is Zach Saunders Music, a Canadian singer, songwriter, and guitarist. 19+.