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2014 Talking Stick Festival

by aanationtalk on December 9, 2013870 Views

Dec. 6, 2013
For Immediate Release

Full Circle First Nations Performance presents 2014 Talking Stick Festival 


February 18 – March 2, 2014

Vancouver, BC – Discover the work of Aboriginal arts and artists at the 13th annual Talking Stick Festival presented by Full Circle First Nations Performance. This years’ festival takes place in venues throughout the city from February 18 – March 2, 2014 with national and international artists.

All areas of the performing arts are represented at the Talking Stick Festival from theatre, dance, drumming, and music to spoken word, and multimedia performance. The artistic disciplines celebrate and honour the traditional Aboriginal culture and heritage and showcase the new evolving contemporary work of today’s artists.

The festival has become a place to honour Aboriginal performance and the artistic wealth of the Aboriginal people. “Nurturing the talents and providing opportunities for our people to share their stories and have their voices heard has been my objective and passion,” stated Margo Kane, Artistic Managing Director.

Performing this year at the newly restored York Theatre will be Full Circle’s own Margo Kane performing in the hilarious and heartrending play For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again by Michel Tremblay. Kevin Loring is the narrator, regaling us with tales about his feisty mother and with Margo Kane, as Nana.

Also performing at the York is the singing sensation and Juno Award winner, Crystal Shawanda. Crystal’s single, “You Can Let Go” was the fastest rising single in Canadian BDS History and reached the top 5 in Canada and top 20 in the US. Her debut album, “Dawn of a new Day” was Billboard’s highest charting album by a Native American in history! Crystal was honoured to perform at the presidential inauguration in Washington, DC in January 2013 and won her first Juno Award for Aboriginal Album of the Year. The Talking Stick Festival is excited to be able to bring her talent to Vancouver.

A powerful work being performed is Quilchina, a story of love and loss, based on the true story of Monica Jack, who went missing from her home community in 1978. Directed and written by Artistic Director Tara Beagan, with a tour de force performance of Sera Lys-McArthur. Another dynamic piece is The Hours that Remain, a Gwaandak Theatre production in association with New Harlem Productions that explores the story of a woman haunted by the disappearance of her sister. Included is Raven Meets the Monkey King, a work by Louise Moon and presented by Axis Theatre Company. It is a story of a young girl who finds a First Nations Raven mask
wrapped in an original Chinese Opera Poster – the story unfolds with the two cultures sharing their respective cultures and stories. Another highlight is Raven’s Radio Hour, a spoof of 40’s style radio shows, which blends traditional Alaska Native stories with song, dance and comedy, written and performed by Ed Bourgeois and Jack Dalton.

Rich with dancers and dance companies from North America, the festival includes dance works by Rosy Simas, Maura Garcia, Santee Smith along with local companies – the Dancers of Damelahamid and Raven Spirit Dance.

On the music front the festival is thrilled to have A Tribe Called Red from Ottawa, a group who has been mixing traditional Powwow vocals and drumming with cutting-edge electronic music, creating a truly unique sound that’s impacting the global electronic scene and urban club culture.

Again this year, the hugely successful and popular Workshops in Schools Series and the Professional Development Series will continue, nurturing future artists in the Aboriginal community.

This years’ festival is not to be missed, – it is rich in all forms of the arts. For a full list of all performers and events visit Talking Stick Festival

Tickets and festival passes are available

Tickets range from $12 – $40 and Pay What You Can performances.

For complete festival line up and ticket information visit Talking Stick Festival


Media Contact:
Bonnie Allan, Bridge Communications
604-739-3120, cell 604-218-9525


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