Cantabile pays tribute to Canada’s indigenous peoples with North Star

Cantabile presents Tribute to Truth and Reconciliation

North Star
Saturday November 3, 7:30 PM, The Spire
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Cantabile pays tribute to Truth & Reconciliation and Canada’s indigenous peoples in North Star. The opening concert of the season will feature Words, Stories, Truth, awarded Choral Canada’s ‘Outstanding Composition 2018′, by Anishinaabe poet Vera Wabegijig & Mark Sirett. The Trilogy, which was commissioned by Canada 150 for the choirs of the Western University, was recently awarded “Outstanding Choral Composition 2018” by Choral Canada.

On the Programme

The Children’s Choir, Young Women, Young Men, Men’s Choir and Women’s Chorus are joined by an ensemble of flute, oboe, violin, cello, bass, percussion and pianists Michel Szczesniak and Clare Miller in this special concert inspired by Canada’s indigenous peoples, which marks the opening of Cantabile’s 23rd season of choral activities.

The programme includes the iconic Canadian soundscape, Miniwanka, by Canada’s venerable R. Murray Schafer, plus works by a host of contemporary Canadians that display a wide variety of compositional styles and techniques. These include three young, inventive composers, Sarah Quartel, Mishaal Surti and Kelly-Marie Murphy, and well-known established composers such as Srul Irving Glick and Brian Tate. The poetry set by these composers includes words by the celebrated Mohawk author, Pauline Johnson, Inuit poet, Rae Witvoet, plus a number of anonymous Inuit, Algonquin and Salish poets.

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Special guest for the evening will be Vera Wabegijig, who will offer a Q and A prior to the show.  As a poet, writer and film-maker, Vera has received awards from the Canada Council, BC Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council and most recently was recipient of the 2016 Chalmers Arts Fellowship award. Her writing has been printed in many anthologies; she has been featured at the Ottawa International Writers Festival, Canadian Spoken Word Festival, VerseFest, Talking Stick Festival and the Banff Centre for the Arts.