REDTalks celebrates ideas and performances from Indigenous artists, innovators and leaders.


REDTalks celebrates ideas and performances from Indigenous artists, innovators and leaders.

Our REDTalks Series celebrates exceptional ideas and performances from Indigenous artists, innovators and leaders. REDTalks drives ideas, mobilizes action, and serves as a catalyst for social change.

This Series inspires, informs, and builds ongoing engagement with all communities and the Indigenous cultural resurgence in Canada and around the world.

Since 2011, REDTalks has been curated and hosted by award-winning arts innovator Sandra Laronde.

REDTalk: Joy Harjo

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REDTalk: Joy Harjo

WHEN: Monday, September 21 at 2 pm EST (Eastern Time)

On Monday, September 21st at 2 pm EST, join the magical, resilient, and acclaimed U.S.A Poet Laureate Joy Harjo in conversation with Red Sky Artistic Director Sandra Laronde on her life as the nation’s poet laureate, her thoughts on narrative sovereignty and the recent Supreme Court ruling recognizing the lands of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation which is hailed as a historic win for tribes and their long struggle for sovereignty.

In 2019, Joy Harjo was appointed the 23rd United States Poet Laureate, the first Native American to hold this distinction. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Harjo is an internationally respected and award-winning poet, writer, performer, and saxophone player of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is the author of nine books of poetry and a memoir.

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Red Sky Performance’s Wisdom Keepers Series is part of our REDTalks Series which celebrates exceptional Indigenous artists, innovators, and leaders. REDTalks drives ideas, mobilizes action, and serves as a catalyst for social change.

Red Sky gratefully acknowledges Canadian Heritage for their generous support of the REDTalks Series.


REDTalk: Ziindaamagat (“a confined space”)


REDTalk: Ziindaamagat ("a confined space")

WHEN: Sunday, June 21 at 2 pm EST (Eastern Time)

Imposed limitations have always been a source of great innovation and ingenuity. How do we push through our limitations, go beyond our comfort zones, and navigate through a time of lock-down? How do we move from thinking outside of the box to thinking and doing inside of the circle? What does this even mean?

On Sunday, June 21st at 2 pm EST, join performers and cirque artists online as they perform within unbelievable restrictions. You'll see some of the most beautiful, breathtaking excerpts from Red Sky Performance's repertoire followed by a REDTalk with our artistic director Sandra Laronde and performers Jinny Jacintoand Samantha Halas.



REDTalk: Wisdom Keeper Series “Watch Party”


REDTalk: Wisdom Keeper Series "Watch Party"

WHEN: Saturday, June 20th, 2020
2 pm EST (Eastern Time)

WHERE: Online

Due to its popularity online, we're streaming the recording of this special 90-minute event, held on May 20th. Join our "watch party" of this essential REDTalk featuring Senator Murray Sinclair, author Lee Maracle, and artistic director and moderator Sandra Laronde as they delve into the pandemic and the meaning of wisdom.

It's FREE. CLICK HERE TO VIEW on Saturday, June 20th, 2020 at 2 pm EST.

Artwork by Philip Cote


REDTalk: Wisdom Keeper Series

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with Senator Murray Sinclair and Lee Maracle

WHEN: May 20th, 2020 at 2 pm EST

WHERE: Online

During this special 90-minute online REDTalk, join Senator Murray Sinclair, author and activist Lee Maracle, and artistic director and moderator Sandra Laronde as they delve into the COVID-19 pandemic from an Indigenous perspective and context.

While we quarantine at home, nature is starting to restore itself, and a greater balance can be felt. Is this our opportunity to reconnect with the ecology of Indigenous values as a way forward? Could this be the first step towards living in balance with all living beings? Is meaningful transformation on the horizon?

Our Wisdom Keeper Series is part of Red Sky Performance’s REDTalks Series, which celebrates exceptional Indigenous artists, innovators, and leaders. REDTalks drives ideas, mobilizes action, and serves as a catalyst for social change.

Murray Sinclair is a member of the Canadian Senate and a First Nations lawyer who served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in Manitoba and as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Lee Maracle is a poet, novelist, storyteller, and activist on issues pertaining to Indigenous people.

Sandra Laronde is an arts leader, creator, and the Executive & Artistic Director of Red Sky Performance.


Red Sky gratefully acknowledges Canadian Heritage for their generous support of the REDTalks Series.


Artwork by Philip Cote. Artwork commissioned by Scotiabank, Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund Legacy Room.


REDTALK: Truth & (re)conciliation

REDTALK: Truth & (re)concilation: The Creative Context


Friday, February 21, 2020 at 8:00pm-10:00pm (after 7:00pm AF performance)


Rehearsal Hall, Canadian Stage
26 Berkeley Street, Toronto, ON


$15, tickets available at door

Join us for a lively conversation about the role of arts in Truth and (re)Conciliation. Have the arts lagged behind the TRC conversation or is art at the forefront? What is our role as artists and creators and how can it be reimagined?

For this REDTalk, Anishinaabe creative Ryan McMahon, Métis visual artist David Garneau, and Jessica Bolduc, Anishinaabe from the 4Rs Youth Movement will explore the implications of Truth and Reconciliation within the context of the Arts.

Hosted by Sandra Laronde, Artistic Director of Red Sky Performance.

Ryan McMahon (Anishinaabe) is a writer, comedian, media maker and community activator whose storytelling style is irreverent and boundary-pushing.

David Garneau (Métis) is a Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Regina. His practice includes painting, curation, and critical writing.

Jessica Bolduc (Anishinaabe-French) is the Executive Director of the 4Rs Youth movement, which centres the needs and roles Indigenous young people play in moving forward reconciliation between individuals, communities & systems in Canada.

Red Sky gratefully acknowledges Canadian Heritage for their generous support of our REDTalks Series.







Friday, January 24, 2020 at 7:00pm


Artscape Daniels Launchpad, Sugar C

East Tower, 130 Queens Quay E 4th floor, Toronto, ON


$10, tickets available at door only


Duncan McCue (Anishinaabe) is an award-winning journalist, host of CBC Radio One Cross Country Checkup, and author of The Shoe Boy: A Trapline Memoir. A member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation in southern Ontario, he is based in Toronto where his journalism is featured on CBC's The National. McCue's work has garnered several RTNDA and Jack Webster Awards. He was awarded an Indspire Award for Public Service (2017) and a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University (2011). His debut book The Shoe Boy: A Trapline Memoir recounts a season he spent in a hunting camp with a Cree family in northern Quebec as a teenager.

Red Sky gratefully acknowledges Canadian Heritage  for their generous support of our REDTalks Series.




REDTALK with Muriel Miguel: A Retrospective

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Friday, January 10, 2020 at 7:00pm


Artscape Sandbox, 301 Adelaide Street West, Toronto


$20 (via Eventbrite or at the door)

Come and experience the extraordinary life of Muriel Miguel through her engaging stories, photos, and video over the past 60-years! As Founder and Artistic Director of New York City's Spiderwoman Theater, Muriel shares her remarkable journey from her Brooklyn roots to landmark contributions to the contemporary feminist and Indigenous theatre movements in the United States, Canada, and around the world.

Our host will be Candy Palmater, a recovered lawyer turned feminist comic. Candy is the creator and star of her own national, multiple award-winning TV series, The Candy Show (APTN).

Red Sky gratefully acknowledges Canadian Heritage for their generous support of our REDTalks Series.

In association with Nightwood Theatre.




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Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7:30pm


Verity Club, 111d Queen St E, Toronto


$20, tickets available at door only

Tina Keeper joined us in Toronto for a scintillating performance and up-close-and-personal conversation about her remarkable life as an actress, politician, producer, and filmmaker. Tina Keeper is a Gemini Award-winning actress, producer, filmmaker and documentary filmmaker from Norway House First Nation in Northern Manitoba. Best known for her role in the critically acclaimed CBC Television series North of 60, Tina became the first Indigenous person to lead a Canadian television drama. More recently, she performed in the 2018 film, Falls Around Her.

We gratefully acknowledge Canadian Heritage for their generous support of our REDTalks Series.







Friday, August 16, 2019 at 7:30 pm

ArrayMusic, 155 Walnut Street, Toronto

TICKETS: PWYC, Suggested $20, available at door only

Our REDTalks Series celebrates exceptional ideas and performances

REDTalks Series: "Truth 2 Power" is a one-night-only concert on Friday, August 16th at 7:30 pm, featuring 4 award-winning Indigenous women singers and multi-instrumentalists from 3 countries: Canada, New Zealand, and the United States.

Featuring highly acclaimed Indigenous women artists: Ora Barlow-Tukaki (New Zealand), Nadene Rasmussen (New Zealand), Marie Gaudet (Canada), and Raye Zaragoza (United States).

"Truth 2 Power" explores the act of reclamation through song, music, and short film. We invite you to be part of this live music concert and short film performance followed by a scintillating conversation with the artists.

Ora Barlow-Tukaki (Te Whanau-a-Apanui/English, New Zealand) is a highly skilled musician and storyteller who has toured professionally for over 15 years. She co-founded and toured the world with Manuhiri, Planet Woman and Pacific Curls, and has co-created with many international artists. She was the lead vocalist and a multi-instrumentalists n in Red Sky Performance’s Trace and Great Lakes productions.

Nadene Rasmussen (Maori (Ngātiwai)/Irish/Portuguese, New Zealand) is an acclaimed experimental vocalist and violist based in Los Angeles. She has developed an exploratory sound that encompasses poetic lyricism, cross-cultural improvisation, electroacoustic, jazz and classical influences.

Marie Gaudet is Anishinaabe from the Wikwemikong First Nation of Manitoulin Island, Ontario. She teaches singing at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre and traditional dance and shawl-making at the Native Women’s Resource Centre. She is a member of the Eagle Heart Drummers and Dancers and was a lead vocalist in Red Sky Performance’s production of Miigis and Great Lakes.

Raye Zaragoza (Japanese/Mexican/Native American, USA) released her debut EP Heroine in 2015 and gained national attention with her song "In The River" protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. The song was awarded the Global Music Awards 2017 Heretic Award for Protest Music and the Honesty Oscars' award for Best Song. In 2017, she independently released her debut album, Fight For You.

We gratefully acknowledge Canadian Heritage for their generous support of our REDTalks Series.

In partnership with Arraymusic.

Tickets available only at the door.






Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 9 pm

Canadian Stage's Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, Toronto

In this REDTalk, Melanie Goodchild will introduce us to Anishinaabe cosmology and star knowledge and reflect on the themes of Trace.

Dubbed NASA’s Indigenous voice, Melanie Goodchild is a Waterloo researcher who works to bridge Indigenous knowledge with NASA to reduce climate change vulnerability for First Nations communities.

We gratefully acknowledge Canadian Heritage for their generous support of the REDTalks Series.


Thursday, May 31, 6:30pm

Verity, 111 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON

In this REDTalk, we explore multiple knowledge systems of cosmology and the many points of intersection between Indigenous cosmology and Western astronomy.

REDTalks host and curator Sandra Laronde will be joined by cultural astronomers Wilfred Buck (Manitoba First Nations Science Education Resource Centre, Winnipeg) and Michael Wassegiizhig Price (Bemidji State University, Minnesota), astrophysicist Annette S. Lee (St. Cloud University, Minnesota), and astrobiologist Daniella M. Scalice (NASA, Maryland).

Wilfred Buck is a member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and is currently employed with the MFNERC as a Science Facilitator. As a Science Facilitator with MFNERC, Wilfred was given the mandate to add a First Nation perspective in the sciences.

Annette S. Lee is an astrophysicist, artist and the Director of the Native Skywatchers (NSW) research and programming initiative.She has over 28 years of experience in education as a teacher, university instructor, educator, program administrator, professional visual artist, and researcher.

Michael Waasegiizhig Price served as a faculty member in the Indigenous Studies Department at Bemidji State University and dedicated 16 years of service to tribal colleges in Minnesota.

Daniella M. Scalice has been the Education and Communications Lead at the NASA Astrobiology Program since 2001. She co-founded the NASA and the Navajo Nation project with her Diné colleagues in 2005.

We gratefully acknowledge the Department Canadian Heritage and the Ontario Arts Council for its generous support of the REDTalks Series.

Cover Image: Biboonkeonini-Wintermaker, Close up from “Ojibwe Giizhig Anung Masinaaigan”, A. Lee, W. Wilson, C. Gawboy, 2012.


Tuesday, April 24, 7pm

Verity, 111 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON

Join us for an evening with storyteller, culture keeper and residential school survivor, Bea Shawanda. She will share her experiences at St. Joseph Residential School in Spanish, Ontario.

A frontline worker, Bea Shawanda has over 35 years of experience in North America in health, education, social and family development as well as organizational leadership and multi-cultural training. Her work creates a legacy of fortitude, hope, and resilience within First Nations communities and in Canada.


Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 7 pm

Berkeley Theatre Downstairs, Canadian Stage

Celebrate the first day of Spring with the season kick-off of REDTalks featuring creative powerhouses Tanya Taqaq and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory.

Tanya Tagaq is a multi-award winning experimental Inuit throat singer and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory is a trailblazing Greenlandic mask dancer.

Hosted by Sandra Laronde, this intimate evening of dialogue delves into the artists’ work through the lens of their Indigeneity spanning Inuit cultures from Canada to Greenland.

Presented in collaboration with Canadian Stage.


Friday, November 10, 2017 at 5:30 pm

Berkeley Theatre Upstairs, Canadian Stage
26 Berkeley Street, Toronto

FREE Admission

Hosted by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde, join filmmaker Cowboy Smithx and artist and professor Gerald McMaster for an intriguing REDTalk about Indigenous ways of knowing.

Cowboy Smithx is Blackfoot and an award-winning filmmaker and founder of REDx Talks.

Gerald McMaster is a curator, artist, author, and professor of Indigenous Visual Culture and Critical Curatorial Studies at OCAD University in Toronto.

Sandra Laronde is an accomplished arts innovator and cultural leader, and is the Artistic Director of Red Sky Performance.


Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Blue Barracks @ Fort York
250 Fort York Blvd

Join us for an lively REDTalk with celebrated hip-hop artist, Supaman. From the Apsaalooke (Crow) Nation in Montana, USA, Supaman brings an explosive mix of fancy dance, music, and spoken word to his shows. Known for his motivational lyrics and work with Indigenous youth, he has built a career of entertaining young people across North America. Our REDTalk will include a short performance, dialogue, and a mix + mingle.



Monday, March 17, 2014 at 7 pm

The Drake Hotel
1150 Queen Street West, Toronto

REDTalks presents an evening with Duke Redbird and the Red Power Movement, a highly mobilized and vibrant initiative that highlighted issues through social protest in the 1960s and 1970s. Duke Redbird is a poet, scholar, storyteller. and television personality. He is a member of the Saugeen First Nation and is Ontario College of Art & Design's (OCAD) first Aboriginal Advisor. His poetry has been published in numerous anthologies and collections in both Canada and the United States.


April 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Camera Lounge
1026 Queen Street West (at Ossington)

REDTalks will screen the documentary film Water Flowing Together, a compelling and intimate portrait of Jock Soto, one of the most recognized and influential modern ballet dancers in the world.

Of Navajo heritage, Jock Soto was just 16 when George Balanchine selected him to join the New York City Ballet where he became the most choreographed dancer in the company's history. He has danced feature roles created by such choreographers as George Balanchine, Peter Martins, Jerome Robbins and Christopher Weldon.

The film is an in-depth exploration of Soto's heritage, identity, and celebrated dance career.

"Ballet is a man called Jock." ~ The New York Times

Water Flowing Together is a film by Gwendolen Cates.


Thursday April 4, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Toronto Room, Verity Club
111d  Queen Street East (in between Church and Jarvis)

Red Sky presents an evening with acclaimed dancer Jock Soto who will read from his intimate memoir Every Step You Take and then join Artistic Director Sandra Laronde for an up close and personal conversation.

Jock Soto was just 16 when George Balanchine selected him to join the New York City Ballet company where he became the most choreographed dancer in the company's history. His distinguished 24 year career as a principal dancer included roles in over 40 ballets that were created for him by choreographers Peter Martins, Jerome Robbins, Christopher   Wheeldon, and Lynne Taylor-Corbett.

A book signing will follow the event.


Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 8:00pm

TIFF Lightbox, Bell Blue Room

350 King Street West, Toronto

REDTalks presents a special evening with Latin Grammy Award winning musician Alex Cuba and New York City-based dancer and choreographer Javier Dzul.


ALEX CUBA: Alex Cuba's trademark melodies, pop-soul hooks and rock chords cut through cultural barriers. He won a Latin Grammy Award in 2010 for Best New Artist and was nominated for Best Latin Pop album at the 2011 Grammy Awards.

JAVIER DZUL: New York City-based Javier Dzul fuses Indigenous pre-Hispanic ritual and mythology in dance with the undulant muscularity of a jaguar.

Mix + Mingle with light refreshments at 6pm.