Since 2013, we have welcomed over 1500 community members to share stories and make art about our local rivers and waterways for the Rivers Speak Community Play.
We've visited local towns and reserves - gathering in high schools, community centres, living rooms and around the fire - to meet people, hear their stories, and make art together.
These stories and this art have formed the basis for the Rivers Speak Community Play.
The play will take place at the Mississaugi First Nation Pow Wow Grounds in September 2017.
It will feature over 50 community performers and a team of professional theatre artists.
Together, we'll animate the stories we've heard and the art we've created using song, dance, and storytelling to bring you on a magical river journey you won't soon forget!
So Pack your gear, and hold on tight - you’re about to take the river journey of a lifetime!
Along the way you will encounter a hungry wolf pack, fall through the ice into the frigid waters of Chiblow Lake, dance a logger’s jig in Wharncliffe, participate in an Anishinaabe water offering to the Penewabikong Ziibii, and witness a store explode into flames near Aubrey Falls.
This may sound like a tall tale, but it’s all based on the life stories of your neighbours!
Audience members are invited to join local and visiting artists and community members in this participatory performance which features square dancing, round dancing, puppetry and stilt walking, along with original music incorporating traditional Anishnaabe hand drumming and singing with old time fiddle music.