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July 22 – 30, 2017

Signature Event

The Drum is Calling Festival

Immerse yourself in this nine-day festival of Indigenous and diverse arts and culture. Highlighting the festival will be stellar performances from iconic artists such as singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie, PowWowStep creator DJ Shub, singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, country sensation Crystal Shawanda, northern Ontario rockers Midnight Shine, Juno Award winner William Prince, rising R&B star George Leach, genre-defying artist Kinnie Starr, literary giant Tomson Highway, and powerful spoken word poet Shane Koyczan. For a full list of performers check out our daily calendar below.

Additional highlights will include hands-on workshops and live programming inside the Indigenous housing forms built by the Kanata Festival on Turtle Island. The inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week is the brainchild of former international model Joleen Mitten. The shows will feature the super-stars and emerging artists of Indigenous fashion design and modelling. A spectacular night of intercultural drumming will ignite the thunderous power of dancers and drummers from around the world and is led by renowned percussionist and cultural collaborator Sal Ferraras.

Artistic Director Margo Kane and the curators have themed each day, so festival-goers will experience something new at every return visit. From honouring Elders and Matriarchs to Youth, Warriors, and Friends, the themes bring together cultural presentations such as theatre for young people, play readings, carving and weaving workshops, literary and speaker series, and film screenings. The best of authentic Indigenous artisans, vendors and food will be on site to nourish your mind, body, and soul.

All Drum is Calling Festival events are free but please note the following require registration:

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General Details

  • Date: July 22 - 30, 2017
  • Time: July 22: 9am-11pm, July 23-27 & 30: 1pm-10pm, July 28-29: 1pm-11pm
  • Location:
    • Most of our activities will take place at Larwill Park unless indicated otherwise by (QET), (PT), or (VPL).
    • • Main Festival Site at 688 Cambie + Georgia
    • • Vancouver Playhouse theatre (PT)
    • • Queen Elizabeth Theatre Lobby (QET)
    • • Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
    • • Vancouver Public Library (VPL)
    • Program subject to change.
  • Registration: All the activities are FREE. Indoor events at Queen Elizabeth Theatre (QET) and Vancouver Playhouse theatre (PT) require registration. To register for FREE click the FREE TICKETS link included in the description of each ticketed event
  • Address: 688 Cambie + Georgia
Program Guide

Sample of what's happening Day-by-Day

(For full details, view, download or print the full schedule of events above.)

3-Host Nation Day

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Morning
  •  9:00am    FREE Pancake Breakfast

    Get the party started with the kick off to the Drum is Calling Festival on Saturday July 22 with a pancake breakfast for the first 500 people attending. Breakfast will be served up from 9:00am - 11:00am, so bring your family, friends, neighbours and visitors and get an early start on the first day of festival programming on Host Nations' Day.

  •  9:00am    NFB Curated Short Film Series: Curator - Kamala Todd
  •  9:00am    Kanata Installation

    The Drum is Calling Festival will include some iconic traditional housing forms that will serve as spaces for film, art, workshops, and performances. Built by youth during the Kanata Festival on Turtle Island (June 19 – July 1), the structures include life-size traditional dwellings from Indigenous territories across Canada. These structures were originally created by youth and the Vancouver Native Housing Society for Kanata Festival to share the rich cultural and artistic fabric of Canada's First Peoples.

    Kanata is the Iroquoian word for village and the origin of the name of Canada. The Kanata Festival embodies a profound concept to promote increased understanding of and reconciliation with Canada’s First Peoples to Rename, Reclaim, Reconcile. The Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS) is a non-profit housing provider governed by an all-Aboriginal Board of Directors that owns or operates 18 buildings on Vancouver’s Eastside. While traditionally VNHS focused on the housing needs of the urban Indigenous population, they now provide housing for seniors, youth, women at risk, persons living with mental illness, and the homeless and homeless-at-risk populations.

  • 11:00am    Opening Ceremonies by 3 Host Nations
Afternoon
  • 12:00pm    3 Host Nations Program
  •   1:00pm    Story City: A Vancouver Public Library Project
  •   1:00pm    Tee Pee Stories
  •   1:00pm    Pop-Up City Hall
  •   1:30pm    Cities Changing Diabetes Cooking Stage: Red Chef Revival with Chef Rich Francis
  •  3:00pm    The Drum is Calling Film Series: Colonization Road (PT)

    Colonization Road unearths the history of the Public Lands Act of 1853—its impact on First Nations, treaties, land and the expansion of "Canadian" settlement. Anishinaabe comedian and activist Ryan McMahon follows a few roads, one in his own home town of Fort Frances, Ontario, where the main drag is still called Colonization Road. Ryan meets up with a number of people along the way, exploring the state of relationships, settlers in solidarity and what it means to "decolonize."
    Director Michelle St. John
    Released October 2016

    FREE Tickets
  •  3:30pm    Cities Changing Diabetes Cooking Stage: Red Chef Revival with Chef Rich Francis
  •  5:00pm    Story City: A Vancouver Public Library Project
  •  5:30pm    The Drum is Calling Film Series: Elder in the Making (PT)

    Two young urban dwellers, one a Blackfoot aboriginal named Cowboy and the other a Chinese-Canadian newcomer named Chris, embark on a spiritual journey across traditional Blackfoot territory. Through thousands of years of ancient history guided by the wisdom of modern day elders, they find the beginnings of the long road to reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous people.

    "Elder in the Making" is a feature documentary inviting all residents of North America to explore the tragic and hopeful history of their home. Through the journey of two unlikely travel companions, this film uncovers our responsibility as stewards of the land and of the generations yet to come.
    Director Chris Hsiung
    Co-Producer Cowboy Smithx
    Released 2015

    FREE Tickets
Evening
  •  6:00pm    Íswalh Dance Group
  •  7:00pm    Bitterly Divine

    Hard driving with a swaggering sense of fun over the past decade the band has energized local and international audiences from New Zealand to China. Bitterly Divine performed for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards show where they were nominated for best "New Group", "Rock CD", and "Group or Duo".

  •   8:10pm    Murray Porter

    The Mohawk piano player from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory brings his culture and history to the masses through his music. With a mix of blues, country, and humour, Porter’s gravelly, soulful voice sings not only of the history and contemporary stories of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, but also universal themes of love, lost and found.

  •  9:30pm    Buffy Sainte-Marie

    Buffy Sainte-Marie's bold new album, Power in the Blood, begins where it all started more than 50 years ago, with a contemporary version of It's My Way, the title track of her 1964 debut. Its message, about the road to self-identity and the conviction to be oneself, still resonates with the Cree singer-songwriter, activist, educator, visual artist, and winner of countless awards (Oscar, Polaris Music Prize, Juno, and Golden Globe, among them). Perhaps you know Sainte-Marie from her 1960s protest anthems (Universal Soldier͟), or the juggernaut pop hit Up Where We Belong, which Sainte-Marie co-wrote. Whatever the case, every song and every era has revealed new and distinctive shades of an artist revered for her pioneering and chameleon ways.

  • 10:45pm    Light at Play presented by Integral Light Studio + Kasian

Our Elders Day

Sunday, July 23, 2017
Afternoon
  •   1:00pm    NFB Curated Short Film Series: Curator - Petie Chalifoux

    Our Elders Day curated by Petie Chalifoux

    Our community partners at the National Film Board have been producing Indigenous films since 1968, which have evolved and grown over time to now include 280 Indigenous films, documentaries, animation, and features. The NFB's long-standing commitment to Aboriginal films and filmmakers provides Canadians a rich cultural resource: a comprehensive body of films inviting us all to share in the Aboriginal experience. Throughout the course of a number of NFB initiatives, like Studio One, the Aboriginal Filmmaking Program, and First Stories, the Indigenous Voice has evolved and the body of Indigenous work in Canada continues to expand.

    During the Drum is Calling Festival, selected short films from the NFB’s Indigenous collection will be screened in rotation in a unique and intimate filmhouse: an iconic traditional housing form built by youth during the Kanata Festival.

  •   1:00pm    Kanata Installation

    Our Elders Day curated by Petie Chalifoux

    Our community partners at the National Film Board have been producing Indigenous films since 1968, which have evolved and grown over time to now include 280 Indigenous films, documentaries, animation, and features. The NFB's long-standing commitment to Aboriginal films and filmmakers provides Canadians a rich cultural resource: a comprehensive body of films inviting us all to share in the Aboriginal experience. Throughout the course of a number of NFB initiatives, like Studio One, the Aboriginal Filmmaking Program, and First Stories, the Indigenous Voice has evolved and the body of Indigenous work in Canada continues to expand.

  •   1:00pm    Pop-Up City Hall
  •   1:00pm    Story City: A Vancouver Public Library Project
  •   1:00pm    Tee Pee Stories
  •   1:30pm    Daily Welcoming by Musqueam Nation
  •   1:30pm    Workshop: Baby Moccasin Making with Donna Roach
  •   1:30pm    Cities Changing Diabetes Cooking Stage: Red Chef Revival with Chef Rich Francis
  •  2:00pm    Thunderbird at Library Square (VPL)
  •  2:00pm    Kwakwaka’wakw Dance Group
  •  3:20pm    Sandy Scofield
  •  3:30pm    Cities Changing Diabetes Cooking Stage: Red Chef Revival with Chef Rich Francis
  •  4:00pm    Canada 150+ Downtown Walking Tour
  •  4:20pm    Tzo’kam - Lil’wat Singers
  •  5:00pm    Story City: A Vancouver Public Library Project
  •  5:30pm    JJ Lavallee
  •  5:45pm    Words of Our Chiefs - 1910 Petition to Sir Wilfred Laurier
Evening
  •  6:25pm    William Prince

    JUNO Award-winner William Prince is singer-songwriter from Peguis First Nation who sidesteps clichés and creates emotionally-charged experiences that linger in memories. His rich baritone vocals and acoustic melodies offer warmth and hope so that we might forgive life's shortcomings, as he relates them through his songs.

  •  7:25pm    Crystal Shawanda

    Crystal Shawanda is a soulful powerhouse vocalist with a voice that's reminiscent of a time gone by. Crystal grew up on the Wikwemikong Reserve and was signed to a record deal with RCA records which produced a top 20 song on the American billboard chart.

  •  8:45pm    Tom Jackson

    For over 40 years, actor, singer, producer, activist, Tom Jackson has crafted a compassionate stage of caring. He has championed for the marginalized, and entertained a continent of concert-goers and TV watchers. Tom has recorded 16 albums and is a 2014 recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement.

  •  9:45pm    Light at Play presented by Integral Light Studio + Kasian

Matriarch Day

Monday, July 24, 2017
Afternoon
  •  1:00pm    NFB Curated Short Film Series - Curator: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

    Matriarch Day curated by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

    Our community partners at the National Film Board have been producing Indigenous films since 1968, which have evolved and grown over time to now include 280 Indigenous films, documentaries, animation, and features.

    The NFB’s long-standing commitment to Aboriginal films and filmmakers provides Canadians a rich cultural resource: a comprehensive body of films inviting us all to share in the Aboriginal experience. Throughout the course of a number of NFB initiatives, like Studio One, the Aboriginal Filmmaking Program, and First Stories, the Indigenous Voice has evolved and the body of Indigenous work in Canada continues to expand.

    During the Drum is Calling Festival, selected short films from the NFB’s Indigenous collection will be screened in rotation in a unique and intimate filmhouse: an iconic traditional housing form built by youth during the Kanata Festival.

  •  1:00pm    Kanata Installation

    The Drum is Calling Festival will include some iconic traditional housing forms that will serve as spaces for film, art, workshops, and performances. Built by youth during the Kanata Festival on Turtle Island (June 19 – July 1), the structures include life-size traditional dwellings from Indigenous territories across Canada. These structures were originally created by youth and the Vancouver Native Housing Society for Kanata Festival to share the rich cultural and artistic fabric of Canada's First Peoples.

    Kanata is the Iroquoian word for village and the origin of the name of Canada. The Kanata Festival embodies a profound concept to promote increased understanding of and reconciliation with Canada’s First Peoples to Rename, Reclaim, Reconcile. The Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS) is a non-profit housing provider governed by an all-Aboriginal Board of Directors that owns or operates 18 buildings on Vancouver’s Eastside. While traditionally VNHS focused on the housing needs of the urban Indigenous population, they now provide housing for seniors, youth, women at risk, persons living with mental illness, and the homeless and homeless-at-risk populations.

  •  1:00pm    Pop-Up City Hall
  •  1:00pm    Story City: a Vancouver Public Library Project
  •  1:30pm    Workshop: ReciprociTea: Indigenous Tea with story & Song with Cease Wyss (Skwxwú7mesh / Sto:lo)
  •  1:30pm    Cities Changing Diabetes Cooking Stage: Red Chef Revival with Chef Rich Francis
  •  1:30pm    Daily Welcoming by Squamish Nation
  • 2:00pm    The Tree of Life
  • 2:30pm    Workshop: ReciprociTea: Indigenous Tea with story & Song with Cease Wyss (Skwxwú7mesh / Sto:lo)
  • 3:00pm    Storytelling: Her-story with Rebecca Duncan (Skwxwú7mesh) & guests
  • 3:20pm    Red River Special performer by V’ni Dansi's Louis Riel Métis Dancers
  • 3:30pm    Cities Changing Diabetes Cooking Stage: Red Chef Revival with Chef Rich Francis
  • 4:00pm    Canada 150+ Walking Tour
  • 4:40pm    Dani and Lizzy

    Dani and Lizzy have been making music together since they were kids. Their breakthrough came in 2013, when a video of Lizzy singing in front of her computer went viral. The song was “Dancing in the Sky,” a soulful vocal tribute to close friends and its message of hope continues to spread, with 12 million YouTube views and counting.

  • 5:00pm    Story City: A Vancouver Public Library Project
  • 5:00pm    Storytelling: Her-story with Rebecca Duncan (Skwxwú7mesh) & guests
  • 5:30pm    Women in the Round

    Is a group of four seasoned women who have come together to sing traditional first nations and original songs.

Evening
  • 6:00pm    Storywaves: Remembering Our Sacred Responsibilities - Presented in Partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation (PT)

    A multimedia tribute to our generous Mother Earth. Presented in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation

    FREE Tickets
  •  6:15pm    Amanda Rheaume

    Amanda Rheaume is an award-winning Métis singer-songwriter with a powerful, slightly gritty, deeply personal, and instantly accessible roots-pop Americana sound. In 2014 Amanda received a Canadian Folk Music Award for Aboriginal Songwriter of The Year as well as a Juno Nomination for Aboriginal Album of the Year.

  • 7:25pm    Susan Aglukark

    Singer / songwriter Susan Aglukark is one of Canada’s most unique artists and a leading voice in Canadian music. She blends the Inuktitut and English languages with contemporary pop music arrangements to tell the stories of her people, the Inuit of Arctic Canada. Susan was awarded the Governor General's Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award in June of 2016.

  • 8:45pm    Tanya Tagaq

    The Arctic-born artist is an improvisational performer, avant-garde composer and experimental recording artist who won the 2014 Polaris Music Prize for an album called Animism. Tagaq contorts elements of punk, metal, and electronica into a complex and contemporary sound that begins in breath, a communal and fundamental phenomenon.

  • 9:45pm    Light at Play presented by Integral Light Studio + Kasian

7 Generations - Youth Day presented by Shaw Communications Inc.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Afternoon
  •  1:00pm    NFB Curated Short Film Series - Curator: Jules A. Koostachin

    7 Generations - Youth Day curated by Jules A. Koostachin

    Our community partners at the National Film Board have been producing Indigenous films since 1968, which have evolved and grown over time to now include 280 Indigenous films, documentaries, animation, and features. The NFB’s long-standing commitment to Aboriginal films and filmmakers provides Canadians a rich cultural resource: a comprehensive body of films inviting us all to share in the Aboriginal experience. Throughout the course of a number of NFB initiatives, like Studio One, the Aboriginal Filmmaking Program, and First Stories, the Indigenous Voice has evolved and the body of Indigenous work in Canada continues to expand.

    During the Drum is Calling Festival, selected short films from the NFB’s Indigenous collection will be screened in rotation in a unique and intimate filmhouse: an iconic traditional housing form built by youth during the Kanata Festival.

  •  1:00pm    Kanata Installation

    The Drum is Calling Festival will include some iconic traditional housing forms that will serve as spaces for film, art, workshops, and performances. Built by youth during the Kanata Festival on Turtle Island (June 19 – July 1), the structures include life-size traditional dwellings from Indigenous territories across Canada. These structures were originally created by youth and the Vancouver Native Housing Society for Kanata Festival to share the rich cultural and artistic fabric of Canada's First Peoples.

    Kanata is the Iroquoian word for village and the origin of the name of Canada. The Kanata Festival embodies a profound concept to promote increased understanding of and reconciliation with Canada’s First Peoples to Rename, Reclaim, Reconcile. The Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS) is a non-profit housing provider governed by an all-Aboriginal Board of Directors that owns or operates 18 buildings on Vancouver’s Eastside. While traditionally VNHS focused on the housing needs of the urban Indigenous population, they now provide housing for seniors, youth, women at risk, persons living with mental illness, and the homeless and homeless-at-risk populations.

  •  1:00pm    Pop-Up City Hall
  •  1:00pm    Story City: A Vancouver Public Library Project
  •  1:30pm    Cities Changing Diabetes Cooking Stage: Salmon n’ Bannock-ing with Inez and Jeremy
  •  1:30pm    Workshop: ReciprociTea: Indigenous Tea with story & Song with Cease Wyss (Skwxwú7mesh / Sto:lo)
  •  1:30pm    Workshop: Stickgame Interactive Exhibition with SisterClan
  •  1:30pm    Daily Welcoming by the Tsleil - Waututh Nation
  •  1:45pm & 3:45pm    Theatre for Young Audiences presented by Shaw Communications Inc.: Th’owxiya - The Hungry Feast Dish, by Joseph A. Dandurand

    Told through mask and music, six Storytellers from the Kwantlen First Nations Village of Squa’lets, spin the tale of Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish. The mouth of Th’owxiya holds the most wonderful foods from around the world. But if you steal from her, you will pay a terrible price, for Th’owxiya eats children!

  •  3:00pm    Fara and SisterClan

    SisterClan is a heart-warming and wonderfully infectious pack of sisters aged 5-14 years old who, along with their mother, sing and perform a combination of cultural first nations and contemporary pop fusion music. A Family Act. Fara, a vocalist, songwriter and performing artist originating from First Nations and Canadian territories has recorded 3 multi-award winning Pop/R&B albums over the last 16 years.

  •  3:30pm    Workshop: Singing Children’s Songs with Roy Dawson
  •  3:30pm    Cities Changing Diabetes Cooking Stage: From the Plains with Chef Theresa Contois
  •  4:00pm    Canada 150+ Murals Unveiling
  •  4:30pm    Workshop: Singing Children’s Songs with Roy Dawson
  •  4:50pm    Semoya Dancers
  •  5:00pm    Canada 150+ Walking Tour
  •  5:00pm    Story City: A Vancouver Public Library Project
Evening
  •  6:15pm    Shamik Bilgi

    Shamik is a Vancouver-based producer and beatboxer. He has toured internationally in 15 countries and shared the stage with Tegan & Sara, Method Man & Redman. He has performed at numerous festivals and has a beatbox tutorial video on Youtube which has garnered over 120,000 views.

  •  7:30pm    Boom Booms With Ta’Kaiya Blaney

    The Boom Booms are an Alternative Soul band. Their debut album "Hot Rum" blends Latin, folk, reggae and rock and garnered a dedicated fan base spanning continents and generations. Ta'Kaiya (Special Water) is from the Sliammon First Nation. She is 16 years old and began singing at pow wows and cultural events in both BC and Washington State.

  •  8:45pm    Midnight Shine

    The Northern Ontario foursome is turning heads with a sound that seamlessly mixes roots, classic and modern rock. Anchored by the melodic vocals and eloquent lyrics of Adrian Sutherland from Attawapiskat, their music is not only radio-friendly, but also explores Cree culture, tradition and life in the North with depth and meaning.

  •  9:45pm    Light at Play presented by Integral Light Studio + Kasian

Warrior Day

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Afternoon
  •  1:00pm    NFB Curated Short Film Series - Curator: Doreen Manuel

    Warrior Day curated by Doreen Manuel

    Our community partners at the National Film Board have been producing Indigenous films since 1968, which have evolved and grown over time to now include 280 Indigenous films, documentaries, animation, and features. The NFB’s long-standing commitment to Aboriginal films and filmmakers provides Canadians a rich cultural resource: a comprehensive body of films inviting us all to share in the Aboriginal experience. Throughout the course of a number of NFB initiatives, like Studio One, the Aboriginal Filmmaking Program, and First Stories, the Indigenous Voice has evolved and the body of Indigenous work in Canada continues to expand.

    During the Drum is Calling Festival, selected short films from the NFB’s Indigenous collection will be screened in rotation in a unique and intimate filmhouse: an iconic traditional housing form built by youth during the Kanata Festival.

  •  1:00pm    Kanata Installation

    The Drum is Calling Festival will include some iconic traditional housing forms that will serve as spaces for film, art, workshops, and performances. Built by youth during the Kanata Festival on Turtle Island (June 19 – July 1), the structures include life-size traditional dwellings from Indigenous territories across Canada. These structures were originally created by youth and the Vancouver Native Housing Society for Kanata Festival to share the rich cultural and artistic fabric of Canada's First Peoples.

    Kanata is the Iroquoian word for village and the origin of the name of Canada. The Kanata Festival embodies a profound concept to promote increased understanding of and reconciliation with Canada’s First Peoples to Rename, Reclaim, Reconcile. The Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS) is a non-profit housing provider governed by an all-Aboriginal Board of Directors that owns or operates 18 buildings on Vancouver’s Eastside. While traditionally VNHS focused on the housing needs of the urban Indigenous population, they now provide housing for seniors, youth, women at risk, persons living with mental illness, and the homeless and homeless-at-risk populations.

  •  1:00pm    Story City: A Vancouver Public Library Project
  •  1:30pm    Cities Changing Diabetes Cooking Stage: Salmon n’ Bannock-ing with Inez and Jeremy
  •  1:30pm    Workshop: Sand Painting adapted from First Nations Desert Culture with Raymond McKeown (Métis)
  •  1:30pm    Daily Welcoming by Musqueam Nation
  • 2:00pm    Lax Kxeen Traditional Ts’imshian Dancers
  •  3:10pm    Mob Bounce
  • 3:30pm    Cities Changing Diabetes Cooking Stage: From the Plains with Chef Theresa Contois
  • 4:00pm    Canada 150+ Walking Tour
  • 4:30pm    Workshop: Sand Painting adapted from First Nations Desert Culture with Raymond McKeown (Métis)
  • 5:00pm    Story City: A Vancouver Public Library Project
  •  5:15pm    Dj Kookum

    Dj Kookum is one out of only a few First Nations female DJs in Canada and strives to break sterotypes of women and First Nations people. Her work consists of using creative and technical skills to mix music and create.

Evening
  • 6:00pm    Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week

    Indigenous Fashion Week July 25 – 29 is the brainchild of former international model Joleen Mitton, whose mission is to bring global recognition to local indigenous fashion designers and artisans. The event showcases the power and beauty of authentic Indigenous art and design by creating safe havens for talent development and by staging fashion shows, arts and cultural events. Joleen Mitton, East Vancouver born and bred, is proud of her Plains Cree, French, Scottish heritage. She began modeling at age 15 when a Vancouver talent scout pulled her out of a crowd of people at the PNE. She feels extremely fortunate to have succeeded in her career as a model. Joleen’s passion for sport, art, fashion and design and social justice has lead her to focus on producing Aboriginal Fashion Shows and Basketball Tournaments across the city. She recognizes art and sport have a massive power in transforming and connecting people to their communities. Joleen works with the Aboriginal Urban Butterflies Day Camp - a program for children in foster care, and the Mentor Me program - which is for Native girls aging out of foster care, and manages and plays on All My Relations women’s basketball team.

    FREE Tickets
  • 8:00pm    Slings n’ Arrows - Spoken Word
  • 9:00pm    Snotty Nose Rez Kids
  • 9:45pm    Light at Play presented by Integral Light Studio + Kasian

Friendship Day

Thursday, July 27, 2017
Afternoon
  •  1:00pm    NFB Curated Short Film Series - Curator: Cowboy Smithx

    Friendship Day curated by Cowboy Smithx

    Our community partners at the National Film Board have been producing Indigenous films since 1968, which have evolved and grown over time to now include 280 Indigenous films, documentaries, animation, and features. The NFB’s long-standing commitment to Aboriginal films and filmmakers provides Canadians a rich cultural resource: a comprehensive body of films inviting us all to share in the Aboriginal experience. Throughout the course of a number of NFB initiatives, like Studio One, the Aboriginal Filmmaking Program, and First Stories, the Indigenous Voice has evolved and the body of Indigenous work in Canada continues to expand.

    During the Drum is Calling Festival, selected short films from the NFB’s Indigenous collection will be screened in rotation in a unique and intimate filmhouse: an iconic traditional housing form built by youth during the Kanata Festival.

  •  1:00pm    Kanata Installation

    The Drum is Calling Festival will include some iconic traditional housing forms that will serve as spaces for film, art, workshops, and performances. Built by youth during the Kanata Festival on Turtle Island (June 19 – July 1), the structures include life-size traditional dwellings from Indigenous territories across Canada. These structures were originally created by youth and the Vancouver Native Housing Society for Kanata Festival to share the rich cultural and artistic fabric of Canada's First Peoples.

    Kanata is the Iroquoian word for village and the origin of the name of Canada. The Kanata Festival embodies a profound concept to promote increased understanding of and reconciliation with Canada’s First Peoples to Rename, Reclaim, Reconcile. The Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS) is a non-profit housing provider governed by an all-Aboriginal Board of Directors that owns or operates 18 buildings on Vancouver’s Eastside. While traditionally VNHS focused on the housing needs of the urban Indigenous population, they now provide housing for seniors, youth, women at risk, persons living with mental illness, and the homeless and homeless-at-risk populations.

  •  1:00pm    Story City: A Vancouver Public Library Project
  •  1:30pm    Special Welcome to all Cultures by the 3 Host Nations
  •  1:30pm    Workshop: Feast Days: writing about Food & Family with Rachel Rose - Poet Laureate of Vancouver
  •  1:30pm    Cities Changing Diabetes Cooking Stage: What is Indigenous Food? with Chef Shawn Gardiner
  •  2:00pm    Curtis Clearsky
  •  3:00pm    Matriarchs of the City
  •  3:00pm    Workshop: Feast Days: writing about Food & Family with Rachel Rose - Poet Laureate of Vancouver
  •  3:30pm    Cities Changing Diabetes Cooking Stage: What is Indigenous Food? with Chef Shawn Gardiner
  •  3:30pm    Workshop: Cedar Weaving Bracelet Workshop with Leonard Williams
  •  4:20pm    Sustenance Poetry Collective
  •  5:00pm    Story City: A Vancouver Public Library Project
  •  5:00pm    Workshop: Cedar Weaving Bracelet Workshop with Leonard Williams
  •  5:20pm    Sister Says

    Sister Says is a soulful indie pop duo/group based out of Vancouver fronted by mixed Haida-Tsimshian siblings Gillian and Robert Thomson. Smooth, dreamy, melodic and lyrically rich, Sister Says’s roots stem from the soul, blues and pop music the two grew up around as children.

Evening
  •  6:00pm    Sawagi Taiko with Tzo’kam - Lil’wat Singers
  •  6:00pm    Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week (QET)

    Indigenous Fashion Week July 25 – 29 is the brainchild of former international model Joleen Mitton, whose mission is to bring global recognition to local indigenous fashion designers and artisans. The event showcases the power and beauty of authentic Indigenous art and design by creating safe havens for talent development and by staging fashion shows, arts and cultural events. Joleen Mitton, East Vancouver born and bred, is proud of her Plains Cree, French, Scottish heritage. She began modeling at age 15 when a Vancouver talent scout pulled her out of a crowd of people at the PNE. She feels extremely fortunate to have succeeded in her career as a model. Joleen’s passion for sport, art, fashion and design and social justice has lead her to focus on producing Aboriginal Fashion Shows and Basketball Tournaments across the city. She recognizes art and sport have a massive power in transforming and connecting people to their communities. Joleen works with the Aboriginal Urban Butterflies Day Camp - a program for children in foster care, and the Mentor Me program - which is for Native girls aging out of foster care, and manages and plays on All My Relations women’s basketball team.

    FREE Tickets
  •  7:00pm    xRedx Talks Full Circle (PT)

    xREDx Talks: Full Circle brings together graduates of the Full Circle: First Nations Performance Ensemble Training Program. Lead by Margo Kane, the night will feature a retrospective celebration of performing arts work created by Full Circle alumni and instructors.

    Speakers:
    Kevin Loring
    Margo Kane
    Nyla Charpentier
    David MacMurray Smith
    Cowboy Smithx

    FREE Tickets
  •   7:10pm    The Jerry Cans

    With their unique mix of Inuktitut alt-country, throat singing, and reggae, the Jerry Cans are a distinctly northern, one-of-a-kind group. The band perform many of their songs in Inuktitut and are passionate about preserving the language even as the north and their home community of Iqaluit evolve.

  •  8:30pm    Drums over the Salish Sea

    Renowned drummer and percussionist Sal Ferreras unleashes the forces of a whole new world drumming and rhythm sensation at Larwill Park on Thursday July 27th, 2017. "Drums of the Salish Sea" will light up the night with an outstanding array of Indigenous, AfroCuban, Salsa, African, Brazilian, Punjabi and Japanese drummers and dancers never before seen together onstage in Vancouver. Get ready for some powerful grooves, some serious fun and an electrifying show full of dance, and spectacular, irresistible music. There'll be singing, shouting, jumping, dancing, drums, horns, keyboards, and all the kinds of things that we guarantee will make you move.

  •  9:45pm    Light at Play presented by Integral Light Studio + Kasian

Gathering Our Relations Day

Friday, July 28, 2017
Afternoon
  • 12:00pm    Sports Street: Wheelchair Basketball Session presented by Shaw Communications Inc.
  •   1:00pm    NFB Curated Short Film Series - Curator: Michael Auger

    Gathering Our Relations Day curated by Michael Auger

    Our community partners at the National Film Board have been producing Indigenous films since 1968, which have evolved and grown over time to now include 280 Indigenous films, documentaries, animation, and features. The NFB’s long-standing commitment to Aboriginal films and filmmakers provides Canadians a rich cultural resource: a comprehensive body of films inviting us all to share in the Aboriginal experience. Throughout the course of a number of NFB initiatives, like Studio One, the Aboriginal Filmmaking Program, and First Stories, the Indigenous Voice has evolved and the body of Indigenous work in Canada continues to expand.

    During the Drum is Calling Festival, selected short films from the NFB’s Indigenous collection will be screened in rotation in a unique and intimate filmhouse: an iconic traditional housing form built by youth during the Kanata Festival.

  •   1:00pm    Kanata Installation

    The Drum is Calling Festival will include some iconic traditional housing forms that will serve as spaces for film, art, workshops, and performances. Built by youth during the Kanata Festival on Turtle Island (June 19 – July 1), the structures include life-size traditional dwellings from Indigenous territories across Canada. These structures were originally created by youth and the Vancouver Native Housing Society for Kanata Festival to share the rich cultural and artistic fabric of Canada's First Peoples.

    Kanata is the Iroquoian word for village and the origin of the name of Canada. The Kanata Festival embodies a profound concept to promote increased understanding of and reconciliation with Canada’s First Peoples to Rename, Reclaim, Reconcile. The Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS) is a non-profit housing provider governed by an all-Aboriginal Board of Directors that owns or operates 18 buildings on Vancouver’s Eastside. While traditionally VNHS focused on the housing needs of the urban Indigenous population, they now provide housing for seniors, youth, women at risk, persons living with mental illness, and the homeless and homeless-at-risk populations.

  •   1:00pm    Story City: A Vancouver Public Library Project
  •   1:30pm    Workshop: Carving Paddles with Pat Calihou (Métis)
  •   1:30pm    Food Demo: Cities Changing Diabetes Cooking Stage: Clash of Cultures with Chef Shawn Gardiner
  •   1:30pm    Daily Welcoming by Squamish Nation
  •  2:00pm    The Tree of Life
  •  2:30pm    Sports Street: Youth Basketball Clinics presented by Shaw Communications Inc.
  •  3:20pm    M’Girl
  •  3:30pm    Food Demo: Cities Changing Diabetes Cooking Stage: Clash of Cultures with Chef Shawn Gardiner
  •  4:00pm    Sports Street: Youth Basketball Clinics presented by Shaw Communications Inc.
  •  4:00pm    While Having Soup

    The Canada 150+ team is proud to announce that Montréal-based ATSA (When Art Takes Action) will return to Vancouver for the Drum is Calling Festival with their powerful installation, While Having Soup. During Canada 150+, ATSA will engage Indigenous and non-Indigenous Vancouverites in face-to-face-conversation on a variety of relevant and charged topics. Canada 150+ sees some Canadians celebrating 150 years of Confederation while others seek to shine light on the generational trauma resulting from systematic and intentional Indigenous assimilation policies with #Resist150. This presents an opportunity to create direct ties between human beings, each person contributing his or her own story to the Canada 150+ / Resist150 narrative. Over the amount of time it takes to consume a bowl of soup, each participant engages in a "three-course" dialogue. The installation builds a collection of many personal encounters, and provides opportunity to build bridges rather than walls. Join us! The soup is free, in exchange for a conversation! Click on the picture to learn more.

  •  4:50pm    Kathara + Butterflies
  •  5:00pm    Story City: A Vancouver Public Library Project
  •  5:50pm    David Morin
Evening
  •  6:00pm    Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week (QET)

    Indigenous Fashion Week July 25 – 29 is the brainchild of former international model Joleen Mitton, whose mission is to bring global recognition to local indigenous fashion designers and artisans. The event showcases the power and beauty of authentic Indigenous art and design by creating safe havens for talent development and by staging fashion shows, arts and cultural events. Joleen Mitton, East Vancouver born and bred, is proud of her Plains Cree, French, Scottish heritage. She began modeling at age 15 when a Vancouver talent scout pulled her out of a crowd of people at the PNE. She feels extremely fortunate to have succeeded in her career as a model. Joleen’s passion for sport, art, fashion and design and social justice has lead her to focus on producing Aboriginal Fashion Shows and Basketball Tournaments across the city. She recognizes art and sport have a massive power in transforming and connecting people to their communities. Joleen works with the Aboriginal Urban Butterflies Day Camp - a program for children in foster care, and the Mentor Me program - which is for Native girls aging out of foster care, and manages and plays on All My Relations women’s basketball team.

    FREE Tickets
  •  6:00pm    Words of Our Chiefs - 1910 Petition to Sir Wilfred Laurier
  •  6:55pm    Donny Parenteau

    Donny Parenteau is a versatile vocalist & multi-instrumentalist who performs with energy and enthusiasm. This 3 time Juno nominee has also been nominated over 100 times in 7 major award shows in Canada and USA, Donny continues to perform, teach music and motivational speak at schools across Canada.

  •  6:30pm    From Oral to Written presented in partnership with the Vancouver Writers Fest (PT)

    Talonbooks is thrilled to be publishing Tomson Highway’s From Oral to Written A Celebration of Native Canadian Literature, 1980 - 2010 in June of 2017. And as part of this book launch The Drum is Calling Festival presented in partnership with Talonbooks and the Vancouver Writers Fest will be hosting a once in a lifetime evening of literature featuring Tomson Highway and a fabulous line up of Indigenous authors surveyed in Tomson’s book. Richard Van Camp, Michael Kusugak, Marilyn Dumont, Ian Ross and Josephine Bacon will join with Tomson Highway for readings and discussion to celebrate the launch of Tomson’s book.

    FREE Tickets
  •  8:05pm    Sierra Noble

    To some Sierra Noble is recognized first for her already 10-year long solo touring career as a fiddle player, and to others for her voice and songwriting, most notably for her popular 2009 release "Possibility". A mix of upbeat 200-year-old Canadian Metis fiddle tunes, and inspired folk-pop songs leaves audiences wanting more.

  •  9:45pm    Chantal Kreviazuk

    From the urgent, heart-pounding opening chords of her new single "Into Me", to the first time that famous voice surges like a king tide hitting a breakwater, the message is clear Chantal Kreviazuk is back. After seven years, three kids and collaborations with superstars like Drake, Pitbull, Christina Aguilera, Carrie Underwood, Kendrick Lamar and Pink, the JUNO Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter’s latest just-for-herself album, Hard Sail, is like a freshman’s release of jaw-dropping hits all over again. Kreviazuk gained international attention in 1998 with her now-iconic rendition of "Leaving On a Jet Plane". From that moment, there was no doubting her star power as a multi-platinum selling artist with 15 hits in Canada, including "Surrounded" and "All I Can Do".

  • 10:45pm    Light at Play presented by Integral Light Studio + Kasian

Transformation Day

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Afternoon
  •  9:00am    Sports Street: 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
  •   1:00pm    NFB Curated Short Film Series: Curator - Amanda Strong

    Transformation Day curated by Amanda Strong

    Our community partners at the National Film Board have been producing Indigenous films since 1968, which have evolved and grown over time to now include 280 Indigenous films, documentaries, animation, and features. The NFB's long-standing commitment to Aboriginal films and filmmakers provides Canadians a rich cultural resource: a comprehensive body of films inviting us all to share in the Aboriginal experience. Throughout the course of a number of NFB initiatives, like Studio One, the Aboriginal Filmmaking Program, and First Stories, the Indigenous Voice has evolved and the body of Indigenous work in Canada continues to expand.

    During the Drum is Calling Festival, selected short films from the NFB’s Indigenous collection will be screened in rotation in a unique and intimate filmhouse: an iconic traditional housing form built by youth during the Kanata Festival.

  •   1:00pm    Kanata Installation

    The Drum is Calling Festival will include some iconic traditional housing forms that will serve as spaces for film, art, workshops, and performances. Built by youth during the Kanata Festival on Turtle Island (June 19 – July 1), the structures include life-size traditional dwellings from Indigenous territories across Canada. These structures were originally created by youth and the Vancouver Native Housing Society for Kanata Festival to share the rich cultural and artistic fabric of Canada's First Peoples.

    Kanata is the Iroquoian word for village and the origin of the name of Canada. The Kanata Festival embodies a profound concept to promote increased understanding of and reconciliation with Canada’s First Peoples to Rename, Reclaim, Reconcile. The Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS) is a non-profit housing provider governed by an all-Aboriginal Board of Directors that owns or operates 18 buildings on Vancouver’s Eastside. While traditionally VNHS focused on the housing needs of the urban Indigenous population, they now provide housing for seniors, youth, women at risk, persons living with mental illness, and the homeless and homeless-at-risk populations.

  •   1:00pm    Story City: A Vancouver Public Library Project
  •   1:00pm    Tee Pee Stories
  •   1:30pm    Workshop: ReciprociTea: Indigenous Tea with story & Song with Cease Wyss (Skwxwú7mesh / Sto:lo)
  •   1:30pm    Food Demo: Cities Changing Diabetes Cooking Stage: Urban Rez Food with Chef Shawn Gardiner
  •   1:30pm    Daily Welcoming by Tsleil-Waututh Nation
  •  2:00pm    K’uutsii’xuu (Far South Songbirds)
  •  2:30pm    Workshop: ReciprociTea: Indigenous Tea with story & Song with Cease Wyss (Skwxwú7mesh / Sto:lo)
  •  3:00pm    The Drum is Calling Film Series: All our Father’s Relations (PT)
  •   3:10pm    Honouring Our Matriarchs
  •  3:30pm    Workshop: Drawing with Cheryl Wadhams
  •  3:30pm    Food Demo: Cities Changing Diabetes Cooking Stage: Urban Rez Food with Chef Shawn Gardiner
  •  4:00pm    Sagkeeng’s Finest
  •  4:00pm    While Having Soup

    The Canada 150+ team is proud to announce that Montréal-based ATSA (When Art Takes Action) will return to Vancouver for the Drum is Calling Festival with their powerful installation, While Having Soup. During Canada 150+, ATSA will engage Indigenous and non-Indigenous Vancouverites in face-to-face-conversation on a variety of relevant and charged topics. Canada 150+ sees some Canadians celebrating 150 years of Confederation while others seek to shine light on the generational trauma resulting from systematic and intentional Indigenous assimilation policies with #Resist150. This presents an opportunity to create direct ties between human beings, each person contributing his or her own story to the Canada 150+ / Resist150 narrative. Over the amount of time it takes to consume a bowl of soup, each participant engages in a "three-course" dialogue. The installation builds a collection of many personal encounters, and provides opportunity to build bridges rather than walls. Join us! The soup is free, in exchange for a conversation! Click on the image to learn more.

  •  4:30pm    Workshop: Drawing with Cheryl Wadhams
  •  5:00pm    Story City: A Vancouver Public Library Project
  •  5:05pm    Rhymes for Resistance – Rappers Collective
  •  5:30pm    The Drum is Calling Film Series: Rumble: Indians Who Rocked the World (PT)
  •  5:55pm    Tomson Highway + Guests

    Talonbooks is thrilled to be publishing Tomson Highway’s From Oral to Written A Celebration of Native Canadian Literature, 1980 - 2010 in June of 2017. And as part of this book launch The Drum is Calling Festival presented in partnership with Talonbooks and the Vancouver Writers Fest will be hosting a once in a lifetime evening of literature featuring Tomson Highway and a fabulous line up of Indigenous authors surveyed in Tomson’s book. Richard Van Camp, Michael Kusugak, Marilyn Dumont, Ian Ross and Josephine Bacon will join with Tomson Highway for readings and discussion to celebrate the launch of Tomson’s book.

    FREE Tickets
  •  5:50pm    Rhymes for Resistance - Rappers Collective
  •  6:00pm    Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week (QET)

    Indigenous Fashion Week July 25 – 29 is the brainchild of former international model Joleen Mitton, whose mission is to bring global recognition to local indigenous fashion designers and artisans. The event showcases the power and beauty of authentic Indigenous art and design by creating safe havens for talent development and by staging fashion shows, arts and cultural events. Joleen Mitton, East Vancouver born and bred, is proud of her Plains Cree, French, Scottish heritage. She began modeling at age 15 when a Vancouver talent scout pulled her out of a crowd of people at the PNE. She feels extremely fortunate to have succeeded in her career as a model. Joleen’s passion for sport, art, fashion and design and social justice has lead her to focus on producing Aboriginal Fashion Shows and Basketball Tournaments across the city. She recognizes art and sport have a massive power in transforming and connecting people to their communities. Joleen works with the Aboriginal Urban Butterflies Day Camp - a program for children in foster care, and the Mentor Me program - which is for Native girls aging out of foster care, and manages and plays on All My Relations women’s basketball team.

    FREE Tickets
  •   7:15pm    George Leach

    George Leach is an artist in relentless pursuit of truth. His dedication to songcraft is evident throughout his career, nowhere more so than on his latest album, Surrender. In concert George disappears into the moment, chasing the promise of fleeting transcendence that music offers and taking us all with him.

  •  8:30pm    Kinnie Starr

    Kinnie Starr is an MC, singer, musician, producer, poet, actress, artist. Starr was celebrated and recognized for some of her many achievements; crowned "Pioneer in Hip Hop" at Toronto’s Manifesto Hip Hop Summit and was also lauded when the Digging Roots album she produced, "We Are", won a Juno Award.

  •  9:30pm    DJ Shub

    DJ Shub, formerly of A Tribe Called Red, is a title earning DJ and award winning music producer. His PowWowStep EP recently picked up an Indigenous Music Award for Best Instrumental Album and his music video for "Indomitable" picked up a nomination at the 2017 Much Music Video Awards.

  • 10:45pm    Light at Play presented by Integral Light Studio + Kasian

Intertribal in Action Day

Sunday, July 30, 2017
Afternoon
  •  9:00am    Sports Street: 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament + Finals
  •   1:00pm    NFB Curated Short Film Series: Curator - Colin Van Loon

    Intertribal In Action Day curated by Colin Van Loon

    Our community partners at the National Film Board have been producing Indigenous films since 1968, which have evolved and grown over time to now include 280 Indigenous films, documentaries, animation, and features. The NFB's long-standing commitment to Aboriginal films and filmmakers provides Canadians a rich cultural resource: a comprehensive body of films inviting us all to share in the Aboriginal experience. Throughout the course of a number of NFB initiatives, like Studio One, the Aboriginal Filmmaking Program, and First Stories, the Indigenous Voice has evolved and the body of Indigenous work in Canada continues to expand.

    During the Drum is Calling Festival, selected short films from the NFB’s Indigenous collection will be screened in rotation in a unique and intimate filmhouse: an iconic traditional housing form built by youth during the Kanata Festival.

  •   1:00pm    Kanata Installation

    The Drum is Calling Festival will include some iconic traditional housing forms that will serve as spaces for film, art, workshops, and performances. Built by youth during the Kanata Festival on Turtle Island (June 19 – July 1), the structures include life-size traditional dwellings from Indigenous territories across Canada. These structures were originally created by youth and the Vancouver Native Housing Society for Kanata Festival to share the rich cultural and artistic fabric of Canada's First Peoples.

    Kanata is the Iroquoian word for village and the origin of the name of Canada. The Kanata Festival embodies a profound concept to promote increased understanding of and reconciliation with Canada’s First Peoples to Rename, Reclaim, Reconcile. The Vancouver Native Housing Society (VNHS) is a non-profit housing provider governed by an all-Aboriginal Board of Directors that owns or operates 18 buildings on Vancouver’s Eastside. While traditionally VNHS focused on the housing needs of the urban Indigenous population, they now provide housing for seniors, youth, women at risk, persons living with mental illness, and the homeless and homeless-at-risk populations.

  •   1:00pm    Pop-Up City Hall
  •   1:00pm    Tee Pee Stories
  •   1:30pm    Food Demo: Cities Changing Diabetes Cooking Stage: From the Plains with Chef Theresa Contois
  •   1:30pm    Storytelling: Water Stories with Rosemary Georgeson & Woody Morriseau
  •   1:30pm    Closing Ceremony by the 3 Host Nations
  •  3:00pm    Intertribal In Action Pow Wow & Salish Dance Exhibitions Gardiner
  •  3:30pm    Food Demo: Cities Changing Diabetes Cooking Stage: From the Plains with Chef Theresa Contois
  •  3:30pm    Storytelling: Water Stories with Rosemary Georgeson & Woody Morriseau
  •  4:00pm    While Having Soup

    The Canada 150+ team is proud to announce that Montréal-based ATSA (When Art Takes Action) will return to Vancouver for the Drum is Calling Festival with their powerful installation, While Having Soup. During Canada 150+, ATSA will engage Indigenous and non-Indigenous Vancouverites in face-to-face-conversation on a variety of relevant and charged topics. Canada 150+ sees some Canadians celebrating 150 years of Confederation while others seek to shine light on the generational trauma resulting from systematic and intentional Indigenous assimilation policies with #Resist150. This presents an opportunity to create direct ties between human beings, each person contributing his or her own story to the Canada 150+ / Resist150 narrative. Over the amount of time it takes to consume a bowl of soup, each participant engages in a "three-course" dialogue. The installation builds a collection of many personal encounters, and provides opportunity to build bridges rather than walls. Join us! The soup is free, in exchange for a conversation! Click the picture to learn more.

Evening
  •  6:10pm    Leonard Sumner

    Leonard Sumner is an Anishinaabe MC/Singer/Songwriter from the Little Saskatchewan First Nation. His music is best described as a fusion of Hip-Hop, Country and Rhythm and Blues. His lyrics are intricate and honest, combined with his message and heart, that growls with a bittersweet existential angst.

  •  7:25pm    Leela Gilday

    Leela Gilday has a voice that comes straight from the heart and weaves her experiences as a member of the Dene nation into a beautiful world that transports the listener. Gilday has numerous awards to her credit, including a Juno, two Western Canadian Music Awards, Aboriginal Female Entertainer of the Year to name a few.

  •  8:45pm    Shane Koyczan and The Short Story Long

    Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long have been creating a buzz since their start in 2006. The band is made up of Shane Koyczan, Maiya Robbie, Jordie Robinson, Glenna Garramone and Jesse Lee. While Shane is responsible for the moving poetry, the band moves right along with him, setting the tone and backdrop of energy that resonates. Together they create a folk/talk-rock sound that keeps the audience wanting more. Shane Koyczan has since been gaining momentum internationally as one of the most talented young poets on the scene. He performed at the Opening Ceremonies for the winter Olympics in 2010.

  •  9:45pm    Light at Play presented by Integral Light Studio + Kasian

How To Get There

BEST's The Bicycle Valet is on site.
Vancouver's Bike Share Program, Mobi by Shaw Go, has nearby bike stations at:

  • • Dunsmuir & Beatty
  • • Hamilton & Robson
  • • Homer & Robson

SkyTrain station is Stadium-Chinatown on the Expo Line
Transit bus numbers #016, 019
Accessible parking at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre parkade with an accessible parking decal. During the festival, enter the underground parking lot from West Georgia Street

Map of Event Locations