COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Red Sky facilitates workshops, company classes, lecture presentations and dialogue, and open rehearsals to enrich our communities.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Red Sky engages in both short and long term projects with communities. We offer arts development, educational outreach, mentoring and community development through workshops, company classes, lecture presentations and dialogue, open rehearsals, and behind-the-scenes to enrich our communities.

While on tour, we facilitate opportunities for communities to engage in dialogue on art and culture, and we offer lively Get on Your Feet workshops for children, youth and adults in dance, music, theatre and Indigenous culture.

COMMUNITY INITIATIVES

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The Mayor's Evening for the Arts

November 18, 2019

 

Red Sky Artistic Director Sandra Laronde was invited to join the honourable Mayor John Tory’ head table at the Mayor’s Evening for the Arts at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The event raised $1.48 million dollars for Arts in the Parks and the Creative City Initiatives of the Toronto Arts Foundation.

 

Getting On Your Feet

October 11, 2019

 

Getting on Your Feet workshop facilitated by Associate Artist Eddie Elliott with Grade 4 children from Leo Nickerson Public School in St. Albert, Alberta. Twenty-four children and three teachers learned about traditional culture, movement games, and voice in a fun and inspiring workshop.

Leo Nickerson Public School

St. Albert, Alberta

 

Getting On Your Feet

October 8, 2019

 

While on tour in Western Canada, Red Sky Associate Artist Jera Wolfe and dancer Lindsay Harpham led a movement workshop for local community in partnership with Free Flow Dance and Dance Saskatchewan.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

 

Fall for Dance North

October 3, 2019

 

Red Sky Associate Artist Jera Wolfe participated in Fall for Dance North’s “What is Indigenous Dance?” Panel Discussion on October 3, 2019 at Ryerson Theatre in Toronto, ON. The event was moderated by Michael Greyeyes (Artistic Director, Signal Theatre) and included an international mix of artists.

 

Honouring of Truth & Reconciliation

September 30, 2019

 

Red Sky Performance was honoured to be part of the "Honouring of Truth and Reconciliation" event at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, QC commemorating the thousands of children who did not make it home from residential schools. We led the procession of the ceremonial cloth bearing the names of over 2,800 children. This special event was broadcasted by APTN on September 30, 2019.

 

Indigenous Place-Making

September 26, 2019

 

Red Sky Artistic Director Sandra Laronde and General Manager Kathy Morrison attended a reception in honour of the Visit of a Sydney Delegation of Indigenous Place-Making in Urban Centres, hosted by Her Honour Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell at Queen's Park.

 

Getting On Your Feet: Haka, Movement, and Storytelling

September 26, 2019

 

Red Sky Associate Artist Eddie Elliott led a workshop based in both contemporary movement and traditional Maori dance forms and storytelling methodologies. In partnership with Laurentian University.

Sudbury, Ontario

 

Re-Shaping How We Understand the Impact of Arts

September 23, 2019

 

Red Sky’s Artistic Director Sandra Laronde and General Manager Kathy Morrison participated in Re-Shaping How We Understand the Impact of Arts at the Globe and Mail Centre in Toronto, ON which focused on the outcomes of the AHRC Cultural Value Project followed by an illuminating arts panel discussion and round table talks among Toronto’s arts community.

 

International Indigenous Performing Arts Touring Network Global Discussion

September 15-16, 2019

 

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde attended the International Indigenous Performing Arts Touring Network Global Discussion and the Moshkamo Indigenous Arts Festival at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, ON.

 

John F. Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts

September 10, 2019

 

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde had the honor to be invited to the John F. Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts in Washington D.C. for the REACH Opening festival for First Nations Cultures. This year’s festival focused on celebrating First Nations cultures: The People We Are with special guest speaker Yalitza Aparicio Martínez, Academy Award-nominated actress for her debut role in Alfonso Cuarón's 2018 film Roma.

 

Advancing Indigenous Performance Program @ APAP

January 4 – 8, 2019

Artistic Director Sandra Laronde provided mentoring experience to US-based Indigenous artists through Western Arts Alliance’s Advancing Indigenous Performance Program (AIP) is a new program established by the Western Arts Alliance with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. AIP deepens support for Indigenous performing artists and touring networks in ways that are rooted in the shared values of openness, inclusion, equity and generosity. The initiative aims to provide educational and professional development resources for US-based Indigenous artists that will build audiences for Indigenous performing arts.

Association of Performing Arts Professionals, The Hilton
New York City

Trace Post-Show Q&A with Sandra Laronde

November 24, 2018

Following the performance of TRACE at Kingston’s Grand Theatre, Red Sky’s Executive & Artistic Director Sandra Laronde and artists engaged with audience members during an extended post-show Q&A.

The Grand Theatre, Kingston, ON

REDTalk: Ishpiming: The Above World

November 8, 2018

Journey across the multiverse with TRACE, a sumptuous new dance and live music creation exploring Anishinaabe sky and star stories at 8 pm, followed by a REDTALK: ISHPIMING: The Above World with Melanie Goodchild at 9 pm. This unique REDTalk featured Melanie Goodchild who spoke to the shifting colonial narratives and about the world above while introducing Anishinaabe cosmology and star knowledge.

Berkeley Street Theatre, Toronto, ON

Adizokan @ TSO School Series

October 29-31, 2018

Red Sky’s Adizokan suite was performed at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s School Series to students from all over the Greater Toronto Area. Students had an opportunity to speak with artists, including soloist throat-boxer Nelson Tagoona, who led an interactive audience participation exercise.

Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Ontario

Getting On Your Feet: Meet The Artists Workshop

October 25-26, 2018

Wrapping up an extensive tour of Northern Ontario, the cast of Mistatim spent 2 days with students at English Catholic Central School in New Liskeard, ON giving them the opportunity to work up close and personal with professional performers in learning basic voice and body warm-ups, confidence building, theatre games, and movement.

English Catholic Central School, New Liskeard, ON

Getting On Your Feet: Meet The Artists Workshop

October 24, 2018

The cast of Mistatim crossed the provincial border to arrive at Kiwetin School, giving them the opportunity to work up close and personal with professional performers in learning basic voice and body warm-ups, confidence building, theatre games, and movement.

Kiwetin School, Timiskaming First Nation, QC

Getting On Your Feet: Meet The Artists Workshop

October 23, 2018

Continuing to tour through Northern Ontario, the cast of Mistatim spent an afternoon with the students of the Laura McKenzie Learning Centre on Bear Island, giving them the opportunity to work up close and personal with professional performers in learning basic voice and body warm-ups, confidence building, theatre games, and movement.

Laura McKenzie Learning Centre, Temagami First Nation

Getting On Your Feet: Meet The Artists Workshop

October 17, 2018

While on tour in Northern Ontario, the cast of Mistatim spent an afternoon with the students of St Basil’s Elementary School, giving them the opportunity to work up close and personal with professional performers in learning basic voice and body warm-ups, confidence building, theatre games, and movement.

St. Basil’s Elementary School, Sault Ste. Marie, ON

An Evening of Learning, Sharing and Exploring Through Conversation the Challenges of Truth and Reconciliation In Canada

September 11, 2018

An evening of conversation and learning about Truth and Reconciliation in Canada with Victoria Grant as moderator, and Special Guests Sandra Laronde, Amos Key Jr and David MacDonald.

David MacDonald grew up in Prince Edward Island. He is a graduate of Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Dalhousie University and Pine Hill Divinity Hall in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Ordained as a United Church minister in 1961, he served as pastor in Alberton, PEI from 1962 to 1965. He is a former Member of Parliament and has served in Cabinet as Secretary of State, Minister of Communications, and Minster Responsible for the Status of Woman. He believes that a process of real reconciliation will require dealing directly with the major issues that have caused a rupture in the relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.

Executive & Artistic Director of Red Sky, Sandra Laronde, M.S.C., O.M.C., B.A. (Hon), Hon. LL.D is originally from the Teme-Augama-Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water) in Temagami, Northern Ontario. An accomplished arts innovator and cultural leader, Sandra has conceived, developed, produced and disseminated award-winning productions that are Indigenous, multinational, multi and inter-disciplinary, and intergenerational in scope. Sandra creates exceptional new work and programming that raises the artistic ceiling of contemporary Indigenous artistry, and contributes to building vibrant Indigenous communities across Canada and worldwide.

Amos Key Jr. is a Mohawk from Six Nations of Grand River, born into the Turtle Clan of his Mother. He is an educator and staunch advocate for First Peoples Linguistic and Human Rights and Social Justice. Amos is Founder, Trustee and Chair of the new Gai hon nya ni: The Amos Key Jr E-Learning Institute and Centres of Excellence, a provincial cutting edge ‘synchronous’ E-learning private secondary school where ‘Original Youth’ can achieve their Ontario Secondary School Diploma on line, in real time, with real teachers. Gai hon nya ni: is commited to offering 4 First Nations Language Credits. Amos has been with the Woodland Cultural Centre, in Brantford, celebrating 29 years as the First Nations Languages Director, dedicating his life to supporting and stabilizing Aboriginal/First Nations languages and civilizations. He cannot wait to retire…so he can concentrate of writing and lecturing about his people and in challenging the status quo…so as to crush the glass and class ceiling.

Victoria Grant ICD.d is from the Loon Clan, Teme-Augama Anishnabai Qway, Traditional Territory is the Temagami area in Northern Ontario.
She is a member of the Temagami First Nation, a status given to her through Canada’s Indian Act.
Them most important roles in her life are a Wife, Mother and Grandmother.
Throughout her career, always with a passionate voice, in her work and in her volunteer activities has always been and continue to be an advocate for more robust Indigenous engagement.
She has served on Foundation board of directors, locally, provincially and nationally. She was co-founder and inaugural chair of the Temagami Community Foundation. Currently, she is a Past Chair of Community Foundations of Canada, Past Chair of The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, director with The Counselling Foundation of Canada, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the Governor General’s for the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteerism.

Verity, Toronto, Ontario

Red Sky Presents: Open Dance Class with Jock Soto

September 6, 2018

Red Sky presented an Open Dance Class with Jock Soto. Members of the public were invited to warm-up with Red Sky’s dancers, and participate in an exclusive class with the former principal dancer of the New York City Ballet, Jock Soto.

Pia Bouman School for Ballet & Creative Movement

REDTalk: Mission Songs

July 24, 2018

Mission Songs Project faithfully explored the musical journey of First Nations Australian music as Jessie Lloyd connects the traditional with contemporary, revealing the continuation of cultural practice and song traditions into the 21st Century.

The Baby G, Toronto, Ontario

Getting On Your Feet: Haka, Movement, and Storytelling

June 3, 2018

Facilitated by Red Sky Associate Artist Eddie Elliott, he delivered of a workshop based in both contemporary movement and traditional Maori dance forms/storytelling methodologies.

Guelph Dance Festival, Guelph, Ontario

Getting On Your Feet All-Day Dance Seminar

May 28 & June 1, 2018

The cast of Mistatim spent 2 days with the students of Mississauga Secondary School, giving them the opportunity to work up close and personal with professional performers in learning basic voice and body warm-ups, confidence building, theatre games, and movement.

Mississauga Secondary School, Mississauga, Ontario

REDTalk: An Evening with Bea Shawanda

April 24, 2018

Bea shared her experiences as an ex-student of the St. Joseph Residential School in Spanish, Ontario, contributing to creating a legacy of fortitude, hope, and resilience with First Nations and Canada.

Verity, Toronto, Ontario

Canada-China Creative Industries Trade Mission

Sandra Laronde, Executive & Artistic Director of Red Sky Performance was invited by The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage to join the very first Canadian Creative Industries Trade Mission to China in April 2018. On this exciting trade mission, delegates sought to establish greater commercial ties and export opportunities for Canadian companies across all sectors. Led by Minister Joly, this mission began constructive exchanges that and to see how Canadian Heritage can support Canada’s creative industries expansion in the Chinese market.

Beijing & Shanghai, China

REDTalk: Tanya Tagaq and Laakkuluuk Williamson Bathory

March 21, 2018

Sandra Laronde in conversation with Tanya Tagaq and Laakkuluuk Williamson Bathory look at the artists’ work through a lens of their Indigeneity, spanning Inuit culture from Canada to Greenland.

Berkeley Street Theatre, Toronto, Ontario

Lieutenant Governor recognizes Miigis with Ontario Heritage Award

Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell presented Red Sky Performance’s Miigis project with a Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation on Friday, February 23, 2018.

Red Sky has a strong track record of creating experiences that connect art to nature. Miigis is a shining example of conservation, health, valuing water, culture, science, and the nature of connection.

For almost two decades, Red Sky embodies a deep conservation ethic that is embedded in our programming. We have collaborated with leading Indigenous artists from First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities within Ontario and from Indigenous communities from overseas. The process of exchange has built a platform for sharing Indigenous perspectives of the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island, and our intrinsic understanding of contemporary challenges, and traditional practices of land and water conservation.

Miigis was co-commisioned by the City of Toronto, The Bentway and Fort York Historic Site in September 2017.

Lieutenant Governor’s Suite, Ontario Legislative Building
Toronto

Governor General Awards Meritorious Service Decoration to Sandra Laronde

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, presented a Meritorious Service Decoration to Executive & Artistic Director Sandra Laronde on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 during a ceremony at Fairmount Royal York Hotel. This is an honour that only 1300 people have received to date, and it’s bestowed upon people for “remarkable contributions” and being a positive inspiration to Canadians.

Fairmont Royal York, Toronto

Mistatim Post-Show Talk Backs

November 27 – 28, 2017

The cast of Mistatim answered questions with the help of interpreters from audience members after two performances at the China Luoho International Youth Drama Festival.

Luohu Cultural Centre, Shenzhen, China

Getting On Your Feet: Movement Workshop

November 25 – 26, 2017

Facilitated by Red Sky Associate Artist Eddie Elliott, he delivered of a workshop based in both contemporary movement and traditional Maori dance forms/storytelling methodologies.

National Theatre School of Canada, Montreal, Quebec

Backbone Pre-Show Talk

November 17, 2017

Sandra Laronde was the invited speaker for a pre-show chat in the lobby of the Spatz Theatre.

Spatz Theatre, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Backbone Dress Rehearsal

November 17, 2017

Red Sky Performance held a very well-received dress rehearsal for 350 students at Citadel High.

Spatz Theatre, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Welcome Reception in Halifax

November 15, 2017

Live Art Dance hosted a welcome reception for Red Sky at the Bus Stop Theatre, which showcased local indigenous artists from the Halifax community.

Bus Stop Theatre, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Getting On Your Feet: Movement Workshop

November 15, 2017

Facilitated by Red Sky Associate Artist Eddie Elliott, this young Maori performer was both energizing and refreshing in his delivery of a workshop based in traditional Maori dance forms and traditional storytelling methodologies for Citadel High School students.

Citadel High School, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Panel: Indigenous Ways of Seeing and Making Art

November 15, 2017

Sandra Laronde led a round-table discussion attended by members of the local indigenous community, as well as professors and students, and members from the Halifax artistic community.

St. Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

REDTalk: Indigenous Ways of Knowing

November 10, 2017

Sandra Laronde hosted a REDTalk with Cowboy Smithx, Gerald McMaster, and Mark Phillips about Indigenous Ways of Knowing.

Berkeley Street Theatre, Toronto, Ontario

Backbone Post-Show Talk Back

November 9, 2017

Q&A with Sandra Laronde and dancers following the performance of Backbone.

Berkeley Street Theatre, Toronto, Ontario

Backbone Post-Show Talk Back

November 8, 2017

Q&A with Sandra Laronde and dancers following the performance of Backbone.

Berkeley Street Theatre, Toronto, Ontario