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This year, we gather from all 4 directions to share stories articulated through music, dance, theatre, film and other forms of art presented by the Talking Stick Festival.
This year, we gather from all 4 directions to share stories articulated through music, dance, theatre, film and other forms of art presented by the Talking Stick Festival. We travel on our canoe to journey across our ancestral land bringing you, our audience, with us to explore our Indigenous culture through the arts.
The eagles circle over the travelers blessing them with courage, wisdom, inspiration and strength to persevere across any terrain. The ancestral silhouettes hover above the sky, water and earth watching over them and providing guidance in their journey. While the cedar bough at the “bow” of the canoe is meant to provide protection against negative energies they may encounter during their travels.
The backdrop of this year’s theme is set against the majestic mountains and ocean that meet in the land of the Coast Salish People – a diverse First Nations community. We communicate our theme “Come Together” in the 3 languages spoken in this land: Ḵxwúsem (Squamish), m̓i q̓əq̓aʔt ct (Musqueam) and Qápqúthut (Tsleil-Waututh).
This year’s festival will be a unique experience. Our performances will be a mix of Full Circle produced events and partnerships with other notable local performing arts organizations. From June 12th to July 3rd, we will celebrate National Indigenous History Month by showcasing our talented Indigenous performers and artists.
We invite you to come aboard our canoe and experience our culture and history in Vancouver.
Many of our shows are FREE however, some are ticketed or require an RSVP due to capacity restrictions.
Indigenous Artists for this Event!
DJ O Show
DJ O Show
Orene Askew, aka DJ O Show, brings energy and expertise to every event she hosts and DJ’s. She brings professionalism and passion and remains true to her love for hip hop and R&B, incorporating beats to ensure you never want to leave the dance floor! DJ O Show has experience teaching with an inspired approach. She is an inspirational speaker, having traveled across the country to bring ambition and drive to all generations, and is an elected member of the Squamish Nation Chief & Council. Coming from a diverse background, O Show is driven by her passion. She is Afro-Canadian and First Nations and a proud member of the Squamish Nation. Feeling as though she stood out in a unique way, she has embraced both her cultural backgrounds and incorporates the teachings she has learned into everything she does.
JB The First Lady
JB The First Lady
Jerilynn Webster, aka JB the First Lady, is a member of the Nuxalk & Onondaga Nations. She is a Vancouver-based hip hop and spoken word artist, beat-boxer, cultural dancer and youth educator.
With four studio albums under her belt, JB sees her songs as a way of capturing oral history, and isn’t afraid to write lyrics that speak to challenging subjects like residential schools and missing and murdered indigenous women.
Old Soul Rebel
Old Soul Rebel
Old Soul Rebel is the musical musings of Chelsea D.E. Johnson and Lola Whyte. They offer a raw blend of original soul music and bad ass rock ‘n roll and were featured on the second season of CTV’s “The Launch.”
With a repertoire inspired by their respective First Nations and African American upbringings, Old Soul Rebel’s music vividly recites the honest experiences of human life. Formed in late 2015 by a like-minded need to sing stories of their past, Old Soul Rebel has graced many stages and festivals across Canada. The band was recognized as one of the 11 Best New Bands of 2016 by CBC Radio Music.
“Chelsea Johnson is truly one of the most talented singers Vancouver has ever been blessed with.”
Full CircleFull Circle: First Nations Performance is a non-profit society and registered charity that creates opportunities for Indigenous artists. Margo Kane (Cree/Saulteaux), an interdisciplinary artist and Indigenous arts leader, founded Full Circle in 1992. Upon establishing Full Circle, Kane's vision was to make a profound contribution to the development of Indigenous performance in Canada. In 2018 Full Circle: First Nations Performance launched the Múyuntstut ta Slúlum Live Series. The Múyuntstut ta Slúlum Live Series aims to offer learning and career-enhancing opportunities to Indigenous musical artists through the sharing of ideas and knowledge and through the exploration of contemporary Indigenous music. Múyuntsut ta Slúlum comes from the Squamish Nation and means ‘to submerge/sink/immerse yourself in songs/music’. It is an open invitation to music industry professionals, established, emerging and aspiring, to work in reciprocity and from a strengths-based perspective to support and ensure the ongoing development of Indigenous music. This series has been supported by funding from Creative BC, FACTOR and SOCAN.firstname.lastname@example.org #416-268 Keefer Street Vancouver, BC V6A 1X5