Previous Events

Nôhkom | March 2 | 8PM – March 3 | 2PM

“There are two halves to every family. We all come from two strains of thought, twin strands of experience,” writes Greyeyes.

From this starting point, an eloquent narrative emerges in which the author and narrator peels away the layers of a family’s oral history, moving from joyous childhood memories, to unspoken truths and the harsh secrets held by every family.

Austere like the land from which this story emerges, Nôhkom remembers the writer’s grandmother, Margaret Greyeyes, but it’s also about the writer’s late father, George Greyeyes. Combining text and dance, this theatre work moves through complex moments in the life of the author’s father, who grew up on the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan during the Great Depression. It revolves around remembered experience, a mysterious affair, and one extraordinary winter, which tested nôhkom to her very soul as she found herself alone, living in a canvas tent caring for her two small children.

Moving through the visceral history of Canada’s Indian Residential school system, the fragile nature of memory, and the exquisite power of dance, Nôhkom is a portrait of resilience and a testament to the potential of forgiveness.

Written by Michael Greyeyes
Directed by Yvette Nolan
Choreography by Michael Greyeyes, with Nancy Latoszewski, Daniel McArthur (and Michael Sean Marye)
Music and Sound Design by Miquelon Rodriguez
Costume Design by Erika Isserhoff
Performed by: Michael Greyeyes, Nancy Latoszewski (Greyeyes) & Daniel McArthur
Produced by: Brittany Ryan

 

Artist Tea & Talk | January 28, 2018 | 2 PM

Join us for this casual round table discussion with several of the artists featured in the exhibitions “Despite all Misconception and Loss” and “…since forever…” We welcome you to sip tea and join in conversation with the featured artists as they discuss their works, artistic processes, and whatever else may come up. This event is open and free to the public.

For more information about the featured exhibitions please visit: Current/Upcoming Exhibitions

 

 

The Mush Hole – Workshop Performance | January 13 & 14, 2018

The Mush Hole – Workshop Performance acknowledges the lives and spirits of Mohawk Institute residential school survivors. Keeping hope as the driving force the performance offers truth and relives the devastating impacts on the students and parents without their children. It is about survival, resilience, and is an embodied way to say: “Enskwakhwahshón:rien” – we will feed your hunger, “kwè:iahre – we remember you, kwanorónhkhwa – we love you. Conceived by Six Nations Artist/Director Santee Smith in collaboration with Onkwehon:wen artists Julianne Blackbird, Montana Summers, Semiah Smith, Brandon A. Oakes, The Mush Hole opens the mind, heart and spirit toward a path of feeling and experiencing. We welcome all to share in dialogue and reflect on the performance during this creative development phase of the work. This presentation is for general audiences.  Please be aware there are mature themes involved and not recommended for ages 12 and under.

The Mush Hole – Workshop Performance Dates:
January 13, 2018 – Matinee @ 3:00PM
January 14, 2018 – Evening @ 6:00PM

Presented as a part of Woodland’s -Tehonkieron:nions (They are Entertaining) series. A performing arts series funded by the generous support of the Department of Canadian Heritage. The Mush Hole creation is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council. Creator Santee Smith is committing her recent REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award to the development of the performance. 

 

Coffee House & Open Mic Night | October 14, 2017 | 7 PM

Join us for an evening of live music with EMCEE Chilly Chase! Doors open at 6:45PM.

The evening will feature music from Murray Porter, Brendt Thomas (Kariwa:the) Diabo and Nick Sherman.

To Register for Open Mic:
Please contact the Fine Arts department at Woodland Cultural Centre at 519 759 2650 ext. 243 or email arts@woodlandculturalcentre.ca for more information. Sign ups will also be in the front lobby prior to the performances. Spots are limited!

 

Smoke Dance Competition | October 7, 2017 | 1 PM

We are pleased to present our 15th Annual Smoke Dance Competition on Saturday October 7, 2017. Presented in years past to much success, the ‘Smoke Dance Competition’ offers a chance to showcase our culture and dance. Visitors are encouraged to come out and see veteran performers, as well as new rising talents.

Smoke Dance Singer: Cam Hill Sr.
Emcee: Dexter Jimerson

VENDORS ARE WELCOME!

Food and drinks will be on sale and don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs!

 

 

“Ęgaenagadat: – They Raise their Voices to the Creator” | March 4, 2017 | 7 PM

The Woodland Cultural Centre is pleased to present “Ęgaenagadat: – They Raise their Voices to the Creator” featuring three phenomenal Indigenous women. The evening will feature live music from artists Cheri Maracle, Genevieve Fisher, and IsKwé who will take the stage and perform at the annual Coffee House event.

To Register for Open Mic: Please contact the Fine Arts department at Woodland Cultural Centre at 519 759 2650 ext. 243 or email arts@woodland-centre.on.ca for more information.
Sign ups will also be in the front lobby prior to the performances. Spots are limited!

 

The Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School Survivor Series 

Every month, a Mohawk Institute Survivor will share their experience and stories of living in The Mohawk Residential School. Pre-Registration is required.

January 16 & 30, 2017 at 10AM & 1PM
February 13 & 27, 2017 at 10AM & 1PM
Admission is $10 per person.

 

Theresa McCarthy Book Launch: In Divided Unity | February 24, 2017 | 7 – 9 PM
‘In Divided Unity’ Haudenosaunee Reclamation at Grand River

In February 2006, the Six Nations occupation of a 132-acre construction site in Caledonia, Ontario, reignited a 200-year-long struggle to reclaim land and rights in the Grand River region. Framed by this ongoing reclamation, In Divided Unity explores community-based initiatives that promote Haudenosaunee traditionalism and languages at Six Nations of the Grand River as crucial enactments of sovereignty both historically and in the present.

For more information:  University of Arizona Press.