Saturday, June 29, 2013

Living Arts Centre - Mississauga ON - Canada Day

Come and check us out at the Canada Day celebration at the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga on Monday.  We will be performing at 1:15, 2:15, & 3:15.  There will be lots to see and do for the whole family.  Come by and say Hi! 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

National Aboriginal Day 2013

The Herbie Fund Benefit - Sick Kids Hospital - Toronto ON

So at the Herbie Benefit we decided to encourage participation in the smoke dance.  Jen was even able to get Gord Martineau from CityTV up to dance.  He was a good sport and I hope that the Benefit was able to raise a lot of money for Sick Kids Hospital. 

Solidarity Day - Chiefswood Park - Ohsweken ON

Carousel of Nations - Milton ON

It was a beautiful day for the Carousel of Nations in Milton Ontario.  Below are some photos from todays event.  There were many interesting groups and performers and we were honoured to be asked to participate once again.


Monday, June 17, 2013

Pen Pal Day - Battlefield House Stoney Creek ON

We had a really fun day at the Pen Pal Day.  The event started out a few years ago after the Reclaimation at Kanenhstaton.  Students from Six Nations were paired up with Students from a school in Caledonia to write to each other through out the year.  This was the brain child of Suzie Miller a teacher and band member of the Six Nations of the Grand River and resident of Caledonia.  The event was a great success and culminated in a day of fun and friendship with different events for the students to take part in.  Over the years since this started in 2007 it has grown and now students in other neighbouring towns also participate.  Today's final activity took place at the Battlefield House and Museum in Stoney Creek ON and the students were able to take part in a whole number of fun activities.  Here are our experiences.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Brockville Tall Ships Festival

Yesterday we were invited to take part in welcoming the Tall Ships to Brockville, Ontario.  Students at  Thousand Islands Secondary School built a birch bark canoe which was used to paddle out to welcome the ships in to the port.  Derek and Leland sang some welcoming songs as the canoe was put in the water.  The ships fired their cannons and the whole experience was quite cool.

Tall Ships 1812 Tour

Chuck and Janet Commanda are pictured here with some of the students who built the canoe.  You can read about their experience here.

The above picture looks like the real life version of the Two Row Wampum.  I bet you didn't even see the canoe at first glance did you?  

When we pulled into Brockville we started to notice a common theme.  In most store windows and in a few lawns people were displaying a pirate flag.  It's going to be an interesting festival me thinks.  

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Canadian International Military Tattoo

We spent the past week participating in War of 1812 commemoration events in Hamilton ON with it culminating at the Canadian International Military Tattoo at Copp's Coliseum.

To be honest we had no idea what a Tattoo was and were quite intriqued to find out what it meant.  We were also really surprised at the diversity in cultures represented.  

You can read the Hamilton Spectator Article about the event.  Derek was thrilled to be asked about his feelings about the event but felt that the writer didn't quite convey what Derek truly felt.  We were honoured to be a part of the event.  

We found these fantastic photos in the paper.  Clearly you can tell the difference between my phone photos and these amazing ones.  

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Organizers of the Tattoo as well as the City of Hamilton staff for including us in the events. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Valley View PS

We visited Valley View PS on Monday morning.  Below is a collage of photos from the show by the Principal Gary Lew. 

Thank you Mr. Lew and Ms. Chatelain for the hospitality we had a great time. 

Monday, June 3, 2013

We've been busy....

Derek was thrilled to be asked to be a part of the cast for the filming of "The Honouring" which is a production of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre.  He played a Haudenosaunee warrior fighting for the american side.  The show premieres June 20, 2013 at Fort York.  

We are also taking part in the City of Hamilton's War of 1812 commemmoration events.  We participated in the History in Action Day and will also be a part of the upcoming Military Tattoo at Copp's Coliseum on June 8 & 9.  This will be our first Tattoo so we are intrigued.  

Below are a few photos from our performance on Saturday at a private event in Ayr, Ontario.