Vancouver Moving Theatre presents Artists in the Atrium: Aboriginal Showcase and Art Market from August 1 to October 13. The weekly event will run Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in August and then Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in September, with a special three day event from October 11 to 13 at the same times. All Showcase Performances are from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. with the exception of M’Girl which is from 11:30 am to 12:30 p.m. The free community event takes place at the Woodward’s Atrium (Hastings and Abbott).
Artists in the Atrium will showcase Aboriginal dance and music artists and support the arts and culture of the Downtown Eastside. The corresponding art market will provide Aboriginal visual artists with an opportunity to promote and sell their original, handmade work, such as cedar bark weavings, drums, carvings, paintings, and jewellery. In addition, workshops will support local artists by helping artists to develop their portfolios, teaching social media as a way to promote art, and grant writing skills.
Artists in the Atrium will kick off with an opening ceremony on August 1 at 11 a.m. At 12:30 p.m., Chief Ian Campbell and the Squamish Nation Dance Group will share traditional songs and dances of the Squamish Nation. Chief Ian Campbell is the youngest of 16 hereditary chiefs of the Squamish nation, and he has travelled internationally, empowering audiences while sharing their rich, vibrant history and culture of his people.
Other performance highlights in August include Vancouver-based blues singer Dalannah Gail Bowen (August 8); M'Girl--a collective of indigenous women who share Aboriginal hand drum songs, blending harmonies, and staying true to a gospel style that reflects their expertise of voice and their personal story of home (August 9); Kristi Lane Sinclair--a Canadian Folk Music Award nominee, whose music is an intoxicating mix of grunge, folk and classical, and whose family roots lie in Masset, Haida Gwaii (August 15); Multi-award winning composer, musician and singer Sandy Scofield--a Métis from the Saulteaux and Cree Nations (August 16); Iskwew Singers--powerful singers from the Cree Nation of Canada who bring the songs and sounds of their rich and vibrant culture to the ears of the world (August 23); and the Métis Silver Tip Swingers, whose Métis traditional dances are exciting and full of high spirited energy and looks like a combination of Step Dancing, Irish Jig and Pow Wow fancy steps (August 29).
In September and October confirmed performances include Urban Heiltsuk Dance Group (September 7), Kwhlii Gibaykw Dance Group, Nisga'a (September 14); Bev Lambert, Solo Métis Jigger (September 21); Kwhlii Gibaykw Dance Group, Nisga'a (September 28); Git Hayetsk Dancers (October 12) and Closing Ceremonies (October 13).
For more details and schedule updates, visit the Vancouver Moving Theatre website.