TNL’s Gros Morne Theatre Festival will end it’s 25th anniversary season with a three-day celebration and exploration of Newfoundland Mi’kmaq tradition and heritage in Cow Head and Newfoundland and Labrador Aug. 27-29, 2021.
Curated by Ivan J White, Mi’kmaq from Flat Bay, the Sharing Perspectives Festival within the Festival will feature a listening circle, workshops, visual arts exhibit and live performances exploring the intersections of our people’s unique perspectives.
As cultures converge, participants will investigate through honesty, truth and humility our past, present and future through art. This will be a time to breathe, take in our space and appreciate our environment on the shores of Shallow Bay in Cow Head on the Great Northern Peninsula through listening, observing and learning.
Sharing Perspectives will entail a Listening Circle featuring Mi’kmaq voices, from Eileen James, author and resident of Cow Head to painter Nelson White, to Quillwork artist Burl Tooshkenig to visual artist Evan Butler, to 2020 Vice IGBBX Champion Beatboxer Kaden White, stories of family histories, genealogy and the passage of art, culture and music through the generations will be shared.
Workshops will cover art and Indigenous identity and what it’s like to navigate those ethereal worlds on the Island of Newfoundland.
An outdoor song circle at the amphitheatre on the Head (weather permitting) will feature visiting Mi’kmaq artists and TNL’s 2021 Gros Morne Theatre Festival artists and may lead to impromptu performances from the audience.
Mi’kmaq visual art and crafts will be on display and for sale and the three days will culminate on Saturday, August 28th with a concert showcase on the Fortis Theatre stage in the Nurse Myra Bennett Centre for the Performing Arts featuring Mi’kmaq artists.
Schedule of Events
Friday, August 27th
Sharing Circle 2:00pm – 4:00pm (Fortis Theatre)
Saturday, August 28th
Nelson White: 10:00am – 11:30am (BMO Studio)
Evan Butler: 10:00am – 11:30am (Fortis Theatre)
Burl Tooshkenig 11:40am – 1:00pm (BMO Studio)
Kaden White: 11:40am – 1:00pm (Fortis Theatre)
Nelson White: 2:00pm – 3:30pm (BMO Studio)
Evan Butler: 2:00pm – 3:30pm (Fortis Theatre)
Burl Tooshkenig: 3:40pm – 5:00pm (BMO Studio)
Kaden White: 3:40pm – 5:00pm (Fortis Theatre)
Click for a full description of workshops.
Concert Showcase: 10:00pm (Fortis Theatre) (Admission will be Pay What U Can, collected at the door, but seats need to be reserved in advance. Please call 1-877-243-2899 to reserve your tickets.)
Sunday, August 29th
Jam Session: 2:00pm (Amphitheatre)
BIO IVAN J WHITE
Hailing from the Mi’kmaq Community of Flat Bay at heart Ivan J White is an emissary for his culture, heritage, and people. Formally educated in the field of Marketing, and practiced in the areas of Media and Communications, Ivan J has been exploring and communicating the intersections of Business, Arts and Mi’kmaq Identity since his teenage years.
Ivan J seeks to combine his experience in audio and communications with his passion for, and dedication to, the Mi’kmaq community to tell authentic Indigenous stories that contribute to community pride and progress.
He enjoys writing and playing music in his spare time and currently lives in St. George’s with his wife Crystal and their two lovely children; Isabella (11) and Ivan Jr. (8).
Showtimes and Venues
- 10:00pm, Aug 28 2021
Nurse Myra Bennett for the Performing Arts-Fortis Theatre