Tickets on sale for the world’s first Indigenous Fringe festival in Peterborough-Nogojiwanong


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DB Mcleod is an Anishnaabe Kwe comedian whose hometown is the Sagamok Anishnaabek First Nation on the north shore of Lake Huron. One of six performers at the Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival, which runs June 23-27, 2021 at Trent University, she will be presenting her stand-up show “ Denis with an E ”. (Photo via Ontario Performing Arts Presenting Network)

Live performances return to Peterborough-Nogojiwanong this summer at the world’s first Indigenous Fringe Festival, taking place in June at Trent University, and tickets are now available online at tickets.showplace.org.

The first Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival (NIFF), initially scheduled for 2020, is taking place this year despite the pandemic, as organizers have ensured the festival is protected from COVID.

“We all miss the performances,” says festival founder Joeann Argue in a press release. “We miss the powwows. We just miss being in the company of others; to be in community. That’s why we’ve decided to go ahead with NIFF this year as an all-outdoor festival.

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From Wednesday, June 23 through Sunday, June 27, six Indigenous artists will perform 35 shows at four outdoor venues at Trent University, with a maximum of 10 tickets available for each show.

Tickets for all shows cost $ 10 each, with all proceeds from ticket sales going directly to performing artists. Trent University’s outdoor performance spaces include the East Bank campus, around the Enwayaang building (home of the Chanie Wenjack School of Indigenous Studies) and outside Gzowski College.

As per the tradition of fringe festivals, the six performers were chosen by lot and include DB McLeod (comedy), Jennifer Alicia Murrin (theater), Stephanie Pangowish (comedy), “Tiger” Will Mason (music and stories) , Vanguardia Dance Projects (dance) and Zaagi’idwin Collective (theater). A schedule of all performances is provided below.

“Tiger” Will Mason is an Upper Cayuga Mohawk actor and musician who has been on stage for more than half of his life as an underground folk, rock, native rock and country rock musician. One of six artists at the Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival, which runs June 23-27, 2021 at Trent University, he will perform “ The Music and Stories of a Modern Mohawk. ” (Photo: Tiger ”Will Mason)

“Think of it as a practice for those bright days to come when we can get together in larger groups and hug our friends and family,” says Argue. “Think of it as a taste of the upcoming NIFF, when indigenous artists from all over Turtle Island can converge here, it’s Nogojiwanong.”

“Most of all, think of the excitement of this year’s NIFF artists to be able to perform live, for you, with no screen in between. We are very happy too and look forward to welcoming you. “

For more information about the festival, including performances and artists, visit www.indigenousfringefest.ca. To order tickets for individual shows, visit tickets.showplace.org.

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Performance Calendar

Wednesday 23 June

Bagnani Gardens

  • Vanguardia Dance Projects: Hybrid Women at 8 p.m.

Fireplace

  • Jennifer Alicia: Restor (Y) ing Identity at 8 p.m.

Gzowski staircase

  • Zaagi’Idiwin collective: Streetheart at 7 p.m.

Stone circle

  • Tiger Will Mason: The Music and Stories of a Modern Mohawk at 6 p.m.
  • Stephanie Pangowish: Stand Up Comedy at 7:30 p.m.
  • DB McLeod: Denis with an “E” at 8:30 p.m.
Stephanie Pangowish is an Anishnaabekwe comedian from Wiikwemkoong on Manitoulin Island and co-founder of Manifest Destiny's Child, the first Canadian collective of Indigenous comedians.  She will perform at the Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival, June 23-27, 2021 at Trent University.  (TedX video screenshot)
Stephanie Pangowish is an Anishnaabekwe comedian from Wiikwemkoong on Manitoulin Island and co-founder of Manifest Destiny’s Child, Canada’s first Indigenous actress collective. She will perform at the Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival, June 23-27, 2021 at Trent University. (TedX video screenshot)

Thursday June 24

Bagnani Gardens

  • Vanguardia Dance Projects: Hybrid Women at 6 p.m.

Fireplace

  • Jennifer Alicia: Restor (Y) ing Identity at 7 p.m.
  • Stephanie Pangowish: Stand Up Comedy at 9 p.m.

Gzowski staircase

  • Zaagi’Idiwin collective: Streetheart at 6 p.m.

Stone circle

  • Tiger Will Mason: The Music and Stories of a Modern Mohawk at 8 p.m.

Friday June 25

Bagnani Gardens

  • Vanguardia Dance Projects: Hybrid Women at 8 p.m.

Fireplace

  • Jennifer Alicia: Restor (Y) ing Identity at 6:30 p.m.
  • Tiger Will Mason: The Music and Stories of a Modern Mohawk at 9 p.m.

Gzowski staircase

  • Zaagi’Idiwin collective: Streetheart at 7:30 p.m.

Stone circle

  • Stephanie Pangowish: Stand Up Comedy at 7 p.m.
  • DB McLeod: Denis with an “E” at 8 p.m.

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Saturday June 26

Bagnani Gardens

  • Vanguardia Dance Projects: Hybrid Women at 4 p.m.

Fireplace

  • Jennifer Alicia: Restor (Y) ing Identity at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • DB McLeod: Denis with an “E” at 9 p.m.

Gzowski staircase

  • Zaagi’Idiwin collective: Streetheart at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Stone circle

  • Tiger Will Mason: The Music and Stories of a Modern Mohawk at 12 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • DB McLeod: Denis with an “E” at 1:30 p.m.
  • Stephanie Pangowish: Stand Up Comedy at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Tiger Will Mason: The Music and Stories of a Modern Mohawk at 8 p.m.
Norma Araiza and Olga Barrios from Vanguardia Dance Projects will present `` Mujeres Hibridas (Hybrid Women) '' at the Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival, which will take place June 23-27, 2021 at Trent University.  Araiza is Mexican of Yoeme / Basque descent and Barrios is from Bogotá, Colombia.  (Photo: Vanguardia dance projects)
Norma Araiza and Olga Barrios from Vanguardia Dance Projects will present “ Mujeres Hibridas (Hybrid Women) ” at the Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival, which will take place June 23-27, 2021 at Trent University. Araiza is Mexican of Yoeme / Basque descent and Barrios is from Bogotá, Colombia. (Photo: Vanguardia dance projects)

Sunday June 27

Bagnani Gardens

  • Vanguardia Dance Projects: Hybrid Women at 6 p.m.

Fireplace

  • Jennifer Alicia: Restor (Y) ing Identity at 3 p.m.

Gzowski staircase

  • Zaagi’Idiwin collective: Streetheart at 4 p.m.
  • Closing ceremony at 8 p.m.

Stone circle

  • Stephanie Pangowish: Stand Up Comedy at 4 p.m.
  • DB McLeod: Denis with an “E at 5 pm”
  • Tiger Will Mason: The Music and Stories of a Modern Mohawk at 6:30 p.m.

NIFF supporters include Government of Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, City of Peterborough, Fringe Festivals, Trent University, TD, Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha, the New Stages Theater, Mississaugas of Scucog Island First Nation, Nish Tees, The Peterborough Foundation and Showplace Performance Center.

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