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Thursday August 29, 2019 | 8 p.m. start | Free Admission

Newmarket Riverwalk Commons (200 Doug Duncan Drive)


 Urban Hip Hop music meets First Nations Pow Wow!  The evening will open with a Traditional Land Acknowledgement by Anishinaabe Grandmother Kim Wheatley. Come experience an unforgettable evening of First Nations and Black Cultures, featuring:

  • Hip Hop Hoop Dance - a dance collaboration between Terrence Littletent, World Champion Hoop Dancer from the Kawacatoose Cree Nation and Chancz Perry, inter-disciplinary and Afro-Caribbean-Canadian Hip Hop artist
  • Strings Across the Sky - Indigenous youth performing drumming, singing, violin and fiddle-playing
  • Selena Vega - Newmarket musician, singer and songwriter

Joined by you in a Choir!Choir!Choir! style audience sing-along

Come early and bring your own chair!


Sponsored by: The Davis Residences I The Rose Corporation and DAVIDs TEA   


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ARTIST BIOS


HipHopHoopDanceHip Hop Hoop Dance is a collaborative dance project between two established Saskatchewan artists: World champion hoop dancer,Terrance Littletent, and interdisciplinary artist, Chancz Perry

The performance piece revolves around an Afro-Caribbean-Canadian Hip Hop artist and a world-renowned First Nations hoop dancer of Cree ancestry. These two artists stumble across each other in an urban park in Saskatchewan. They share their dance forms and musical influences, learning about each other's cultures and customs through dialogue, movement, and mutual exchange. Through performative discourse, they find a common language which brings the two closer together. They realize that a Native "Indian" of Canada and a West Indian of the Caribbean have similar stories and beliefs, that can be illustrated by fusing traditional and contemporary art forms together. Together, they create a melange of urban Hip Hop and traditional Pow Wow: TheHip Hop Hoop Dance.


Terrance Littletent
 is from the Kawacatoose Cree Nation and born in Regina, Saskatchewan. Much of his traditional teachings were inherited through his family and elders, singers and dancers, storytellers and academics. Terrance is an accomplished Grass and Hoop Dancer who has traveled across Canada, the United States, and overseas, sharing his gift of song, dance, and narrative, in humble way. At the age of 6, Terrance had already been introduced to the traditional techniques and movement skills used to create his own dance choreography. By the age of 8, Terrance's uncle, Kirby Littletent, presented him with the gift of the hoop, which inspired Terrance to continue his uncle's legacy of sharing the ways of their people. Eleven years later, Terrance became recognized as a World-Renowned Hoop Dancer. As

an educator, producer, and performer, Terrance continues to find ways to bridge traditional and contemporary dance and music styles. He is also employed as a Cultural Liaison, working with community school students in the public-school system.

 

Chancz Perry
Simon Fraser University; University of Ghana; Broadway Dance Centre; and University of Regina. Aside from spending his time in graduate studies exploring the utility in art therapy programming, Chancz has spent over 30 years in the entertainment industry – on stage, screen, and behind the scenes. This multifaceted performer and choreographer was nominated for two Jessie Richardson Awards and the recipient of the Vancouver Sun Reader's Choice Award for Entertainer of the Year. Some film and theatre credits include Mr. Magoo, Bye Bye Birdie, Charlie Horse Music Pizza, West Side Story, Kiss Me Kate, and Five Guys Named Moe. While continuing his practice as an interdisciplinary artist, Chancz has been a sessional instructor at the University of Regina (Media, Arts, and Performance Department; Kinesiology and Health Studies Department). He also carries several positions at Globe Theatre where he is the Educational Outreach facilitator who helps to bring creation-based theatre programming into schools and community organizations as well as the Shumiatcher Sandbox Series coordinator who helps local artists and production teams to platform theatrical creations.


StringsAcrossTheSkySATS Logo-1.jpgStrings Across the Sky 
(SATS) is an award winning, inspiring music education program for indigenous children, founded in 1989 by the late Andrea Hansen (1938-2014) to rekindle and sustain the rich cultural traditions of fiddle music which once thrived in First Nation, Inuit and Metis communities across Canada.  Andrea was a violinist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and for her Strings Across the Sky work was honoured with the Order of Canada. Today, the organization is guided by similar passion and commitment by her niece, musician, Debra Jones.

For almost 400 years, fiddles and fiddle music were tightly woven into indigenous life, out on the land and in remote communities. Originally adopted from
the Scottish and French fur traders, these musical traditions were interrupted and dying out due to relocation, residential schools and other resulting
social problems.  

With a unique "play based learning method" SATS programs combine skills of the violin with the fun of indigenous fiddling styles, enriching and promoting the overall well being in indigenous youth, families and  communities. The lessons and instruments are provided free to the children and SATS, a registered charity relies on donated instruments, private and corporate funding. Because their ancestors played fiddles SATS helps new generations to learn to continue their own legacy. 

SATS programs are inclusive thereby building cross-cultural bridges between children and reconciliation through the universal language of music. The seeds planted by Ms. Hansen and Strings Across the Sky, 30 years ago, continue to grow today across Canada with thriving fiddling programs such as Aurora Fiddle Society, Kole Crook Fiddle Association and Western Arctic School of Music.

 

SelenaVegaSelena Vega 
has just finished her first year of high school at Sacred Heart Catholic High School. She takes ukulele, vocal & piano lessons at The Arts Music Store. Her goal is to become a professional musician. She regularly participates in coffee houses both at school & with The Arts. She also performs in school events such as talent shows, concerts & plays. This past year she had the honour of singing our national anthem at the Newmarket Business Awards. She has also begun writing & performing her own original music.

 

KimWheatleyKim Wheatley
is a speaker, singer, drummer and Anishinaabe Cultural Consultant who offers Traditional Teachings to Indigenous and non-indigenous communities.