MISE À DAY
The International First Peoples Festival unveiled its program on Tuesday, including concerts and screenings, but also meetings and exhibitions, from August 9 to 18 in Montreal.
Starting August 10, Leonard Summer and Beatrice Deer will give concerts at Place des Festivals, while the duo Digging Roots, Mack MacKenzie and Matiu, who will be releasing their new album Tipatshimushtunan (Racontez -nous), will be on stage the following days.
Les Jardins Gamelin will also host a few concerts, notably by Corey Thomas and the Backwater Township Band, but also those by Esther Pennell and by Mack Mackenzie.
On August 14, a major concert will bring together the Nouvel Ensemble de Montréal and Forestare in the auditorium of the Grande Bibliothèque. Entitled “Somewhere and other places”, this show will also feature Inuk soprano Deantha Edmunds, Lorraine Vaillancourt and poems by Joséphine Bacon, whose texts have been set to music by Tim Brady. This will also be the premiere of Uiesh, a piece conceived for a single voice and fourteen instruments.
The autobiographical piece Uteï, story of a survivor, written and performed in Innu and French by Omer St-Onge of Maliotenam, will be presented on August 15.
Film screenings will also take place at the Cinéma du Musée, in the premises of NFB and at Legion Hall in Kahnawake, while exhibitions will be presented on Sainte-Catherine Street and at the Maison du développement durable.
Several other activities, traditional dance demonstrations and circus shows will take place take place at the Jardins Gamelin as well as at the Place des Festivals.
Akawui and the Naskapi group from Kawawachikamach, Violent Ground, will share the stage at the closing of the Festival, on August 18.