EARTH: a Night of Indigenous Expression

fri14apr7:30 pm TEARTH: a Night of Indigenous ExpressionThe third concert of the Elemental Concert Series


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Eagle Eye Theatre

38430 Buckley Ave, Squamish, BC V8B 0E4

Event Details

Join Howe Sound Performing Arts Association for the third concert of the Elemental Concert Series, EARTH: a Night of Indigenous Expression. The evening of growth and revitalization will include performances by Spakwus Slolem – Eagle Song Dancers, Alex Wells hoop dancer, and The Spiritual Warriors, woven together by culture bearer, Kalkalath [Deanna Lewis].
Friday, April 14, 2023
doors open at 7:00 PM
Show at 7:30 PM
Eagle Eye Theatre,
38430 Buckley Ave., Squamish, BC

Tickets: $30 – Click ‘Learn More’ Below


Indigenous Artists for this Event!

  • Spakwus Slolem

    Spakwus Slolem


    Spakwus Slolem, (translated,”Eagle Song Dancers), are members of the Squamish Nation. Geographically located in what is called the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Our traditional territory being the Howe Sound, Vancouver to Whistler area. The Squamish have lived and utilized this area for over 10,000 years, having history traced back to the Great Flood, and an Ice Age.We are a Coastal people, people of the cedar longhouses, of the great sea-going canoes, the racing war canoes, People of the Salmon. Our colourful history speaks of things of legend, of deeds of certain members of the Smylaith Tribe (Sasquatch), legends of the Animal Kingdom(i.e., The Raven, Seagull and Sun), which brings out Teachings of our Squamish People, the History of Takaya, the Wolf Clan, one of our Squamish Family’s History. Spakwus Slolem presentations brings out “Chiax”, the protocol and laws of our canoe culture, for our Longhouses. Some of our Elders today still have memories of early years, travelling across the waters in great canoes to visit Family in distant land , and exercising our Chiax. Spakwus Slolem presents a glimpse into this culture through singing/drumming and dance, and audience participation.


  • The Spiritual Warriors

    The Spiritual Warriors


    The internationally acclaimed music group, The Spiritual Warriors, create music inspired by the land and life in the coastal mountains of the Lil’wat Nation. With their unique blend of indigenous chants and contemporary roots, rock, reggae, the Spiritual Warriors are distinctly west coast. The band perform most of their songs in Ucwalmícwts and are passionate about preserving and promoting their language and culture. The uplifting reggae rhythm only underlines the beautiful harmonizing of the vocals sung bilingually in English and Ucwalmícwts the Lil’wat language. The Spiritual Warriors, formerly known as Kalan Wi, are led by father and daughter, Leroy (vocals, guitar) and Daisy Joe(vocals) and accompanied by founding member Rich Doucet on drums, Mike Rowe on Bass, Cuyler Biller on guitar, Quentin De Lorenzis on keys and Leonard Fisher on percussion. The band regularly collaborates with other first nation artists and musicians to write and perform live. Ancestors’ their debut album was released in 2019 and has received 4 nominations at the Native American Music Awards in New York and won for Best World Recording. This truly unique band will take you on a cultural journey to the natural heartbeat of the Indigenous drum and the St’at’imc people.




Howe Sound Performing Arts Association

Howe Sound Performing Arts Association (HSPAA) is a vibrant and dedicated organization run entirely by volunteers. We are proud of our past and current partnerships in the community. HSPAA was founded by local piano teachers in 1993 as a nonprofit society. The board's goal was to purchase a grand piano for the use and enjoyment of the community. In the early years, even as HSPAA fundraised for the instrument, we gave back. We partnered with Squamish Rotary on several occasions. One such concert/auction at Totem Hall raised $10,000 for a heart monitor for the hospital. We partnered again with the Rotary club in 1996 to host international pianist Janina Fialkowska, performing on a grand piano donated for the occasion by Tom Lee Music in Vancouver. Together we raised $23,000 for the piano fund and Rotary set aside a sizeable amount towards a community park. In 1997, HSPAA purchased the grand piano from Tom Lee Music using: $6000 raised over four years from our local events $6000 matched by the Vancouver foundation $23,000 from the joint HSPAA/Rotary fundraiser and $10,000, from the Tiampo family. For a total investment of $45,000. Since that time, the grand piano has served us well. The HSPAA is known for bringing professional level performers to Squamish. We have presented artists such as Janina Fialkowska (on three occasions), Jon Kimura Parker, Angela Cheng, Sara Buechner, Lorne Elliott, Borealis Quartet, Chor Leoni and Avan Yu to name a few. In addition we produced concerts for local artists and students including Star Search and Festival of the Canadian Arts. Currently, we produce several shows each year that feature talented local performers. The Howe Sound Music Festival (HSMF) is held each spring for pianists, singers and choirs. Performers of all ages -- from Pemberton to Britannia -- are welcome to compete for adjudication by professional adjudicators, scholarships and the chance to compete in the Provincial Music Festival. Performances culminate in a gala showcase of gold medal winning performances. I think it's safe to say that HSPAA has contributed greatly to the culture of our community and indeed, inspired other artists. HSPAA and Squamish Rotary, supported by the District of Squamish, hosted a third major event in 2005: the fundraiser for victims of the tsunami in Indonesia -- Waves of Compassion. We raised $46,000 and the event was a highlight of community cooperation and service. It's worth noting that from start to finish this fundraiser was organized and took place within a three week time period. In the past, we donated several thousand dollars to the Access Music Education fund (AME) which benefitted deserving students in their performing arts endeavors. At present, HSPAA is proud to support a Howe Sound Secondary student financially with our annual performing arts award. What does the future hold for HSPAA? We want to mentor others, especially young people, in production and the technical aspects of sound and lighting. We will continue to support artists at a grassroots level and bring touring artists to play on our quality instrument.

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