Celebrate International Day of the World’s Indigenous People with a concert at the Carleton University Art Gallery
July 25, 2013
Words and Music with Moe Clark, Melody McKiver, and Vera Wabegijig
Friday, 9 August 2013, 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate International Day of the World’s Indigenous People with the music and words of Montreal-based Moe Clark and Ottawa-based Melody McKiver and Vera Wabegijig. Admission is FREE and everyone is welcome. Doors open at 6:00 so come see the Rebecca Belmore and The Past Is Present exhibitions beforehand. Performances start at 7:00 p.m. Discount parking passes will be available for sale starting at 6:00 p.m. See “visiting” on CUAG’s web site for details.
For more information: http://cuag.carleton.ca
Métis spoken word artist Moe Clark fuses her unique understanding of performance narrative with traditions of circle singing and spoken word. With a background in voice, spoken word, and visual arts, she employs a looping pedal to add multi-layered vocal structures to her performance. Her poetic songs resonate with the power to heal, to celebrate spirit, and to connect with authentic purpose. Apart from performance work, Moe works as a community educator to facilitate voice, writing, and spoken word workshops in high schools and local communities to promote literacy and creative expression. Currently, she acts as director for the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and will be launching her second album of words and music in the spring of 2014. Find more at http://www.moeclark.ca
Melody McKiver is an Anishinaabe multi-instrumentalist, improviser, interdisciplinary media artist, and researcher. As a solo performer, she explores the range of the viola’s possibilities, from minimalist to danceable, often incorporating laptop processing and looping. Within media arts, she works with digital video and photography to capture images of Indigenous resurgence, and uses this footage both editorially and within video and sound art. McKiver is affiliated with Tribal Spirit Music and plays drums with Toronto’s Indigenous hip-hop fusion band Red Slam Collective. She also records and produces digital media under the pseudonym Gitochige. McKiver is currently completing a MA in Ethnomusicology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She holds a BFA Honours Major in Music, Minor in Race, Ethnicity & Indigeneity from York University (2010). She currently splits her time between Ottawa and Toronto.
Vera Wabegijig’s roots come from the Mississauga First Nation and Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve – although never having lived in either community, she has lived in more populated areas among many nations. She is a member of the Bear Clan, Tricksters’ Fireball Society, and also a board member at SAW Video Co-op in Ottawa, where she currently lives. Vera’s nomadic learning style has brought her across this land to foster growth as a contemporary storyteller at the En’owkin Centre, University of Victoria, and Banff Centre for the Arts’ Aboriginal Emerging Writer’s Residency. Her poetry has been printed in many anthologies including Yellow Medicine Review, Honouring Indigenous Women – Hearts of Nations, XXX NDN, Surviving in the Hour of Darkness, Breaking the Surface, Our Words, Our Revolutions, Reclaiming the Future,and Sweetgrass Grows All Around Her. Vera has performed her poetry at many open mics in Ottawa, Vancouver, Victoria, and Penticton and has been a featured poet at the Talking Stick Festival, VerseFest, Uts’am/Witness, The New Canoe, and Voices of Venus. Her collection of poetry, Wild Rice Dreams, will be launched Fall 2013.