Celebration of Cultural Life Award
Thursday, September 23, 2020
We’re so proud to announce that arts leader and innovator Sandra Laronde is the recipient of the 2020 Celebration of Cultural Life Award from the Toronto Arts Foundation and Toronto Arts Council which recognizes excellence and celebrates leadership and life through the arts.
Creative Boost: Countdown to Business
Saturday, July 25, 2020
Sandra Laronde joined an online #CreativeBoost: Countdown to Business panel with Danijela Gorey (Photographer), Daniijela Weddings (Photographer), Gordon Shadrach (Visual Artist), SOLITAIR (Artist/Producer & Songwriter), and moderator Snjezana Pruginic.
The panel is geared towards artists, creatives, and cultural workers who are thinking about starting a creative business during or post COVID-19 and want to learn from experienced creative entrepreneurs. Panelists shared their personal stories on business planning, how they managed challenges like the COVID-19 crisis, and tips on how to prepare a business for the future.
Empatheatre: A Workshop on Empathy and Social Justice Theatre Practices in South Africa
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Empatheatre is a responsive, action-led research and theatre-making process which capitalizes on the potential of the “live” theatre experience to unpack the inner-workings of social rupture. South African theatre-maker Neil Coppen led a workshop examining the history and impacts of South African social-justice theatre movements. Using a variety of case studies from Empatheatre’s more recent body of work, Neil explored the challenges that arise with theatricalizing research and shaping effective storytelling advocacy strategies. The presentation was followed by a question and answer session.
Neil Coppen is a South African theatre-maker and activist who has won several awards for his playwriting, design and direction work including the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Drama 2011 and the 2019 Olive Schreiner prize for Drama.
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
Leo Nickerson Public School, St. Albert, Alberta
Associate Artist Eddie Elliott facilitated a workshop with with Grade 4 children from the Leo Nickerson Public School in St. Albert, Alberta. Students and teachers learned about traditional culture, movement games, and voice in a fun and inspiring workshop.
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 the local community in partnership with Free Flow Dance and Dance 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 at Ryerson Theatre in Toronto. The event was moderated by Michael Greyeyes, Artistic Director of Signal Theatre, and featured an international mix of Indigenous 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 broadcast by APTN on September 30, 2019.
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
In partnership with Laurentian University, Red Sky Associate Artist Eddie Elliott led a workshop based in both contemporary movement and traditional Maori dance forms and storytelling methodologies.
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
Washington, D.C, USA
Artistic Director Sandra Laronde had the honour of being 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.