At the forefront of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide.



Red Sky Performance is a leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide.

Led by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water), we are currently in our 19th year of dance, theatre, music, and media.

Our mission is to create inspiring experiences of contemporary Indigenous arts and culture that transform society. We create, produce, and tour original work to expand the ecology of contemporary Indigenous performance.

We drive our passion forward and elevate Indigenous arts and culture in ways that celebrate, uplift, and respect Indigenous culture.

We are dedicated to working with emerging and established artists as they hone their artistic practice, particularly through an Indigenous lens, offering unique opportunities for these practitioners to thrive creatively and professionally.

Touring since 2003, we have delivered over 2,755 performances across Canada including 198 international performances in 17 countries on four continents, including landmark events such as at two Cultural Olympiads (Beijing and Vancouver), opened Canada at World Expo in Shanghai, and opened UNCEDED: Voices of the Land at the Venice Biennale, and Jacob’s Pillow.  At the same time, we have remained deeply rooted and invested on a grassroots level and regularly perform in urban, rural and reserve communities across Turtle Island.

We are the recipient of 12 Dora Mavor Moore awards and nominations, two Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, three International Youth Drama Awards from Shenzhen, China, and the Smithsonian Expressive Award, among other recognitions.



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2019 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination for Outstanding Production for Trace

2019 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography for Trace

2019 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Sound Design & Composition for Trace

2019 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination for Outstanding Lighting for Trace

2018 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Dancer for Backbone

2018 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination for Outstanding Score & Sound Design for Backbone

2018 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design for Backbone

2018 Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation for Miigis

2017 Shenzhen (China) Youth Drama Month Awards (3 Awards) for Best Script, Director, and Props Design for Mistatim

2016 Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for Outstanding Production of Mistatim

2014 Premier's Award for Excellence nomination

2014 Vital Ideas: Toronto Community Foundation

2012 Dora Mavor Moore Award Nomination for The Great Mountain

2011 Smithsonian Institute's Expressive Arts Award

2010 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Tono

2010 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (2 awards) for Tono

2008 Hohhot International Arts Award (China) for Tono

2007 Paula Award for Red Sky's family programming

2006 Dora Mavor Moore Nomination for Shimmer

2004 Dora Mavor Moore Nomination for Dancing Americas



Alex McKay (Anishinaabe)

Don Kavanaugh (Anishinaabe)

Amos Key Jr (Onkwehonweh)

Pauline Shirt (Cree)



Tomson Highway, O.C. (Cree)

Zacharias Kunuk, O.C. (Inuk)

Veronica Tennant, C.C.


Jock Soto (Navajo)


Hillary Thatcher, Chair (Metis)

Amos Key Jr, Vice-Chair (Onkwehonweh)

Aron Fitzgerald (Treasurer)

Karen Tisch

Don Kavanaugh (Anishinaabe)

Elisa Levi (Anishinaabe)

Sandra Laronde (Anishinaabe)


Red Sky Performance acknowledges our creative home on the sacred and traditional territories of the Anishinabek, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat. We recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous people, and that Toronto (Tkaronto) - which means “where there are trees standing in the water” - continues to be home to many Indigenous nations.

Red Sky supports the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and is committed to fostering the strength and diversity of Indigenous art forms, practices, and cultural expression.

What inspired Sandra Laronde to create Red Sky Performance?

“A company is only as big as it dreams” says founder Sandra Laronde. “Red Sky is very exciting, inventive, and fresh because it aligns itself with the future.” Much of Sandra’s inspiration comes from the beautiful and vast land where she is from. Sandra’s vision for Red Sky, in her words, is “to create a leading international company that shapes contemporary world Indigenous performance, and to make a significant contribution to the artistic vibrancy of Canada and the world.”


Where did Red Sky Performance get its name?

“Red Sky” are the first two words of the Ojibway (Anishnaabe) spirit name of our founder and artistic director, Sandra Laronde.


How do I donate to Red Sky?

There are four ways to support Red Sky. You can donate by phone, email, mail and by online payment. For more information, please visit our Support Us page.


Can we take pictures during Red Sky performances?

There are no photos, audio or video recording allowed prior to, during, or after Red Sky performances. Authorized photos require previously written permission from the company and the venue in which they are taken.


What is Red Sky’s most successful performance in terms of attendance?

In 2008, Red Sky toured Tono to China and Inner Mongolia. After a director saw one of our performances at the cultural programming of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, we were then asked to perform as part of the Closing Ceremonies for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The performance was held at the prestigious Great Hall of the People’s Republic of Beijing, a venue which can seat up to 16,000 people.


How many performers are involved in Red Sky’s shows?

The number of performers range from 4 to 15 depending on the project. Red Sky does have core performers who work with our productions on a continual basis, but the size of our cast varies based on artistic vision and scope of our project.


I’m an artist and am interested in working with Red Sky, how can this be made possible?

Red Sky posts job listings on job search databases, and websites such as Work in Culture, Toronto Jobs, and Canadian Actor’s Equity Association. However, if you are interested in working with Red Sky, please forward all inquiries to info@redskyperformance.com.


Where is Red Sky located?

Red Sky Performance, 401 Richmond St. West, Suite 420, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3A8, Canada

We are located on southeast corner of Spadina and Richmond Street West.


Where can I purchase tickets to the show?

Ticket Information is found with the Production that you are interested in.


Do you do workshops on tour?

Yes. Red Sky offers lively, inclusive and instructional workshops that introduce children, youth and adults to the world of theatre, dance and music. Each workshop runs for one-and-a-half hours in length, and is responsive to the interests of the participants. Workshops are participatory and intended to get people on their feet and having fun with movement, voice and music while introducing elements of First Nations culture. We can tailor the workshop to meet your needs.


Is the entire company Indigenous?

Indigenous people are at the core of Red Sky, although we work with people from all backgrounds.


How many employees are there at Red Sky’s office?

There are three full-time employees and one part-time employee.