Cultural Performing Arts Series
Featuring diverse musical and dance performances from May to October
Evergreen's Cultural Performing Arts Series will feature four free music and dance performances designed to activate the space, engage the community and highlight Toronto's diverse arts and culture landscape in an accessible and meaningful way.
The Performing Arts Series is generously presented by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
About the performances
May 12 | Rosary Spence, Angus Elliott and Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone
The series kicks-off this year with three amazing and unique artists performing with song, dance and drums at our Ravine Day Celebration.
Originally from the coastal Cree community of Fort Albany First Nation, Rosary Spence is a well-recognized singer, steeped in time-honoured Aboriginal rhythms and styles. She has performed at public events such as the ImagineNative Film Festival, Planet IndigenUS.
Time: 10:30 - 11am
Angus Elliott is an experienced grass dancer who has been dancing since he was four years old. He is from Atikamesheng Aniishnabek First Nation near Sudbury, Ontario and performs at pow-wows every year, bringing his knowledge of traditional dance to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.
Time: 12:30 - 1pm
Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone
Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone is a gifted singer, songwriter, artist, and activist. She is a two-spirit Anishnawbe Kwe~Indigenous Woman of mixed ancestry; Ojibwe Metis with French and Scottish heritage. Aqua is currently working on her new album Red Rhythm & Blues and has been sharing her medicine music with communities all over the country for over a decade.
Time: 2 - 2:30pm
We are honoured to have Citadel + Compagnie join us for a second season with The Man in Black, during Evergreen's Summer Wednesdays. Citadel + Compagnie is a Toronto-based professional dance organization with a mission to have a significant and lasting artistic impact on our society through creation, curation and cultivation.
The Man in Black
Hailed as ‘a masterpiece’ by the Globe and Mail, James Kudelka’s The Man in Black is an unadorned celebration of American working-class grit and of the man whose gravelly voice embodied it so well, Johnny Cash. Kudelka takes six Cash songs and transforms them into outwardly simple yet choreographically sophisticated dances for an ensemble of three men and a woman, all in cowboy boots. The compounded effect is a deeply moving ode to the human spirit.
One of Canada’s premier dance companies, led by artistic director Laurence Lemieux, with resident choreographer James Kudelka (nine-year artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada). This award-winning Toronto-based professional dance organization have a mandate of fostering cultural participation and nurturing creative excellence.
Join us at the Sunday Artisan Market during our annual Harvest Apple Festival for part three of the Cultural Performing Arts Series, with a special music performance by folk group Onion Honey.
Hailing from Kitchener, Ontario, Onion Honey makes folk music - sharp and sweet and mixed in with banjo and mandolin, washboard and double bass, fiddle and warm five-part harmonies. It’s a recipe for a great time and good for what ails, home-cooked comfort food for the ears.
Dave Pike, Esther Wheaton, Alison Corbett, Leanne Swantko and Kayleigh LeBlanc play new-time traditionals, old-time originals and all-time favourites: mountain music as heard from the Grand River Valley. They have performed in dingy pubs and sunny cafés, folk festivals and country weddings, small-town castles and downtown galleries, and once at a hot air balloon festival.
Sunday, October 27 | Musica y Danza at Day of the Dead
Latin American performances take the stage at Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead). These performances bring communities together by creating something big through the arts and sharing Día de Muertos customs to this multicultural country.
10am | Ceremonia de Apertura | Opening Ceremony
10:30am | “Bailando Forever” presenting “Dance of The Monarch Butterflies”
11am | Cuenta Cuento | Story Telling
11:45am | Jarana, Leona y Requinto | Traditional Folk songs from Veracruz by Café con Pan
12:15 | Caminata al Cielo | Parade to Heaven
1pm | Dia de Muertos en Colombia | Day of Dead in Colombia
1:30pm | Jarana, Leona y Requinto | Traditional Folk songs from Veracruz by Café con Pan
2:15pm | The Mexicans Folk Ballet presenting A Chilango on the Day of the Dead
See performance details and all the other activities happening at Day of the Dead here.
Dates & Times
Last Date: October 27, 2019
The Performing Arts Series will happen on four dates from May to October. Check back soon for upcoming performance dates!
Evergreen Brick Works
550 Bayview Ave, Toronto ON, M4W 3X8
This event is wheelchair-accessible.