Category: Arts and Entertainment

The Fest is Back

Once again, Terres en vue or Lands in Sight is gearing up for another First People’s Festival. This year will be the 14th time they have turned the assimilation tables around. From June 10-21 there will be Native directors showing their latest films and documentaries, Native dancers on the streets ... read more ››

ELMS Art Expedition 2004

Attention Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome aboard Artcreebec destination Expedition 2004, the École Luke Mettaweskum School Visual Arts Show. Our trip will consist of many stopovers, from Kindergarten to secondary 5. We will be flying at an altitude of many ideas. Please fasten your seatbelt and keep your eyes open. We ... read more ››

The Nation Takes Home 7 Newspaper Awards

The Nation took home seven awards at the 24th annual Quebec Community Newspaper Awards held May 14 at McGill’s Macdonald campus in Ste. Anne-de-Bellevue. These awards recognize the best individual writing and photographic entries for the year 2003. In all, there are 32 newspapers from across Quebec that compete in 35 ... read more ››

Filmmakers Making Waves in The Wheat Fields

Two local filmmakers have been nominated for Canada’s Golden Sheaf Awards of the Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival. The awards will be given out on the third and final night of the Canadian content only film festival that takes place in Saskatchewan from May 27-30. It is the longest ... read more ››

Bead Power Gets Mojo Going

A unique art exhibition is at MAI (Montreal Arts Interculturels) until April 24. The Beaded Prayers Project by artist Sonya Clark consists of thousands of beaded packets made by people between the ages of 6 and 90 that each contains a hope, wish, dream or prayer. The concept of the ... read more ››

The Snow Walker

Annabella Piugattuk was born in Iqaluit and was living in Igloolik when she was asked to audition for The Snow Walker. The movie, which opened March 5 across the country, is based on a short story written by Canadian author Farley Mowat. Piugattuk plays an Inuit dying of tuberculosis out on ... read more ››

Aboriginal Music Takes Centre Stage – AMA Gala Launches 10th Annual Canadian Aboriqinal Festival and Pow Wow

It was an evening to celebrate the best in Native music from across the country. The John Bassett Theatre in downtown Toronto was packed November 28 for the fifth annual Aboriginal Music Awards, recognizing both popular and traditional original music. The evening started out on a strong note with hosts Tom ... read more ››

Remedy for What Ails You – Locals Win AMA Award

A group of five guys from Moose Factory made their way to Toronto for the Aboriginal Music Awards. Nominated in the Best Group or Duo category against Native mainstream artists Cheechoo and Martin, and Wolfpack, Remedy came away with the award. Although they have only been playing together as a ... read more ››

The Fast Runner Opens at Cannes

The first Inuit-language feature film will have its world premiere at the prestigious Cannes International Film festival in May, according to newspaper reports. Director Zacharias Kunuk’s historical thriller, Atanarjuat (The Fast Runner) will be shown as part of Un Certain Regard, the festival’s program of work by first-time filmmakers. Atanarjuat is set ... read more ››

Action film alert

Fantasia is back. North America’s biggest Asian, action, kungfu, fantasy, horror and thriller film festival is back in Montreal for the fourth year. The program’s not out yet, but past years have seen a mind-blowing collection of larger-than-life action and kung fu films. This year, it’s expanding to two downtown theatres, the ... read more ››

Film freaks out foresters

Quebec’s forestry industry is in panic mode about the film L’Erreur Boréale. The film, by poet-singer Richard Desjardins, portrays a devastating picture of how clearcutting affects the environment. It has caused a storm of controversy in Quebec, which doesn’t seem to be dying down after many months. La Presse reports the industry has ... read more ››

Benefit CD For Leonard Pelter

Blue Rodeo guitarist Greg Keelor is sending a CD to Justice Minister Allan Rock. It’s entitiled, Pine Ridge: An Open Letter to Allan Rock. The new CD features artists such as the Tragically Hip, Sarah McLauchlan and Jane Siberry. Keelor said he was inspired after meeting an interesting guy in a ... read more ››

Review: Are You Ready For W. O.R. ? Without Rezervation First Nations Music

One can only call the musical style of Without Rezervation angry, Native-oriented Hip Hop. It’s on a par with anything out there in this musical style. There are Native overtures but it’s definitely in the black hip hop mode. Guilty til proven innocent is a strong, in-your-face song guaranteed to reach ... read more ››

Buffie Sainte Marie: Blazing New Trail with Technology

Buffy Sainte-Marie, Up Where We Belong, 1996, EMI With a whirlwind of interviews and photo ops at the Native Friendship Centre Buffy St. Marie came to Montreal to promote her new album. Her latest has proven she is embracing technology and pushing its limits. Her latest album is nothing short of ... read more ››