Self-determined Indigenous badassery! A radical offering of dance, music, opera and storytelling from an Indigenous perspective.

A different show every night, Kanata Cabaret Hour features a diverse roster of Indigenous multi talented artists.

Wednesday 21 August, 7pm
Host: Santee Smith (Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre)
Kevin Loring (Artistic Director of Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre of Canada)
Lacey Hill (Deer Woman)
Brian Solomon (Miijin Ki)

Thursday 22 August, 7pm
Host: Santee Smith (Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre)
Kevin Loring (Artistic Director of Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre of Canada)
Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine Magowan of Unsettled Scores
Brian Solomon (Miijin Ki)

Friday 23 August, 7pm
Host: Cherish Violet Blood (Deer Woman)
Lacey Hill (Deer Woman)
Reneltta Arluk (Director of Indigenous Arts at Banff Centre)
Modern Māori Quartet

Saturday 24 August, 7pm
Host: Patti Shaughnessy
Lacey Hill (Deer Woman)
Tai Amy Grauman
Ivanie Aubin Malo (This Time Will Be Different)


Santee Smith is an award-winning director and choreographer. Through her work she celebrates her Onkwehonwe (Iroquois), Kahnyen’kehàka (Mohawk Nation) culture. In 2005, she founded Kaha:wi Dance Theatre. Santee hosts the opening two night of Kanata Cabaret Hour introducing two fantastic lineups talent for an evening of storytelling, music and dance.

Kevin Loring is an accomplished Canadian playwright, actor and director and a Nlaka’pamux from the Lytton First Nation in British Columbia. He was the winner of the Governor General’s Award for English Language Drama for his outstanding play, Where the Blood Mixes in 2009. For Kanata Cabaret Hour will deliver a badass, satirical land acknowledgement.

Lacey Hill is a gifted singer/songwriter and sound designer/composer for ARTICLE 11’s Deer Woman. She hails from the Mohawk community of Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario. Her powerful, yet delicate vocals are full of emotional honesty and are sure to set the CanadaHub stage alight.

Brian Solomon is of Anishnaabe and Irish descent, from the Northern Ontario village Shebahononing-Killarney. He is a multi-award-winning and passionate creator working in visual arts, dance and performance and performs in Lara Kramer’s Miijin Ki at Summerhall.

Unsettled Scores are Spy Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan. Spy is a composer, producer, and librettist/playwright of Anishnaabe identity and Catherine is principal bassoonist of the Sudbury Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Canadian League of Composers. For Kanata Cabaret Hour they perform a fun cabaret-style duet Professor Quack & Grunt’s International Recruitment Tour Extravaganza.

Cherish Violet Blood is an actor, storyteller, comedian, activist and Blackfoot woman. She is a graduate of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Toronto and has performed all over North America. She performs the role of Lila in ARTICLE 11’s Deer Woman currently running at CanadaHub.

Reneltta Arluk is originally from the Northwest Territories, Arluk, and is of Inuvialuit, Dene, and Cree descent. She was the first Indigenous woman to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting degree from the University of Alberta and is now Director of Indigenous Arts. For Kanata Cabaret Hour she performs Grandpa stories inspired by her grandfather’s northern storytelling.

Maori Modern Quartet is made up of James Tito, Matariki Whatarau, Maaka Pohatu and Francis Kora – a Māori foursome with a fresh take on classic Māori showbands. For Kanata Cabaret Hour they put their spin on modern and classic numbers and give us some original waiata (music).

Patti Shaughnessy is co-founder of O’Kaadenigan Wiingashk Collective and co-producer of Indigenous Contemporary Scene. She is a proud activist, actor, director, and artistic producer of a range of theatre and multi-arts projects. Patti hosts the closing night of Kanata Cabaret Hour.

Tai Amy Grauman is Metis, Cree and Haudenosaunee from Ardrossan, Alberta. Tai recently received the Jessie Richardson award for most promising newcomer and she was also Vancouver’s Mayor’s Emerging Theatre Artist of 2015, nominated by Margo Kane. For Kanata Cabaret Hour she presents Cree Girls with Anorexia.

Ivanie Aubin Malo honours her Quebec and Maliseet roots, in dance and collaborates with many multidisciplinary artists. She has a passion for teaching dance to young people while educating them on Indigenous culture. For Kanata Cabaret Hour she performs beautiful traditional fancy shawl and contemporary dance.

Co-presented by CanadaHub. Flag of Kanata by Greg A. Hill


21 - 24 August, 7pm, 1 hour, £11 (£9 concession, £36 family ticket)

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