Joi T. Arcand is an artist from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan, Treaty 6 Territory, currently residing in Ottawa, Ontario. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with Great Distinction from the University of Saskatchewan in 2005. In 2018, Arcand was shortlisted for the prestigious Sobey Art Award. Her practice includes photography, digital collage, and graphic design and is characterized by a visionary and subversive reclamation and indigenization of public spaces through the use of Cree language and syllabics.
Sound / Tracks is a project that brought together Indigenous Artists (Musicians and Media Artists), and provided them a space where they could work together in creative teams (1 Musician + 1 Media Artist) to create new collaborative works. Going beyond the confines of conventional music videos and short films, each of the four creative teams created a "Sound/Track" to experience, that expanded the limits of what live music with video can be, and redefined the very idea of the film soundtrack.
In Partnership with SAW Video Media Art Centre
Hot Culture is an art show focused on Indigenous made fashion, textile and crafts, bringing together designers and creators working with traditional and contemporary materials. Hot Culture is a play on the term “Haute Couture”, meaning "high fashion”, and the creation of priceless, handmade, high-quality, custom-fitted clothing. Excluding the classist implications of this term, these are concepts that strongly match the traditional ways that Indigenous peoples have always created cultural objects, crafts, clothing, jewellery, and regalia, that is, with the utmost skill and attention to detail.
These items are often embedded with knowledge of the cultures from which they originate, in the harvesting of materials, in the methods of creation, and the symbols and stories they tell. They are also reflections of the artists who made them, and the relationships that exist in families and communities, through the collaborative and dialogic ways that they are often designed and created for a specific individual. They are also items that use contemporary materials, and that can challenge stereotypes by engaging with popular culture in playful and ironic ways. They support the continuation of culture, and the affirmation of Indigenous peoples as modern people with ancient and beautiful traditions. They are objects of utility, with meaning and spirit that are created, worn, and displayed with pride. They are “hot” (read as gorgeous, pretty, beautiful) manifestations of Indigenous Culture.
Organized & Directed by Pedro Diaz
Choreography by: Idalia Baltodano
Masters of Ceremonies Darren Sutherland &
Emma Rabbe (Miss Americas in Miss World 1992)
Opening: Shirley Córdova
This show will highlight fashion from North American, South American & Central American Indigenous peoples. It will feature clothing, regalia, accessories, and traditional oufits from various nations, including Wayuu (Venezuela & Colombia), Pemons (Venezuela), Quechua (Peru), Maya (Guatemala), Wankas (Peru), Miskitu (Nicaragua), Hacaritama (Colombia), Cuzco ( Peru), Aruak (Colombia), Shipibo (Peru), and Mexico.
Special performance by::
Fusión Folklorica Esmeraldas DeColombia
Churún Merú: Venezuelan Folklore Dance Group
Indigenous Peruvian attire by: PERU DANZA Ottawa-Gatineau & Other peruvian attire by Sandra HO & Didier Reyes Ho
Indigenous Nicaraguan attire Design: Luis Matamoros modelling by Mariana Montano
Indigenous Guatemalan attire Design by: Doroty Davis-Payne (Miss Multicultural Ottawa Gatineau 2018
Indigenous Mexican attire provided by Fabienne Guindon-Lopez, from Aguila O Sol and Silvia Quintana.
Indigenous Colombian attire designed by Amparo Alsina Hernandez from Héritage colombien & Soky Vasquez from Fusión Folklorica Esmeraldas DeColombia
Dj: Stop Noxs - Angel Ricardo Franco Albornoz
Make Artist: Tammy Fonseca The Art of Beauty By Tammy
Catered by: Pow Wow Cafe
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan are a Noh-Wave prog collective, a black-and-white (and sometimes red) theatre company, an operatic psych cult, and the speculative prophets of humanity’s impending doom. Above it all, though, they’re a thunderous rock band, and on their third album, DIRT, they’re the heaviest they’ve ever been.
Ethnotechnique is an Ottawa-based band featuring Brian Wallin and Ashelita Shellard. They are influenced by Coltrane and Nachos, they play music in the basement laundry room, and it is dope, iconic and legendary.
Gentleman Soundgoods is a Toronto based Anishinaabe post-rock band, they combine slick riffs and melody, with a machine-gun drumbeat that will leave you breathless and pondering life’s mysteries.