REDTALKS

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

REDTALKS

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

REDTalks

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

This Series inspires, informs and builds ongoing engagement with the broader communities regarding contemporary Indigenous arts and culture.

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

TANYA TAGAQ and LAAKULUK WILLIAMSON BATHORY

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 7 pm

WHERE:
Berkeley Theatre Downstairs, Canadian Stage

REDTalks features experimental throat-singer Tanya Tagaq and performer Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory for a dialogue on Inuit arts and culture in Canada and Greenland.

INDIGENOUS WAYS OF KNOWING: Land & Culture

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Friday, November 10, 2017 at 5:30 pm

WHERE:
Berkeley Theatre Upstairs, Canadian Stage
26 Berkeley Street, Toronto

FREE Admission

Sandra Laronde, Artistic Director of Red Sky Performance, is an accomplished arts innovator and cultural leader. She has conceived, developed, produced, and disseminated award-winning productions that are Indigenous, multinational, multi and inter-disciplinary, and intergenerational in scope. She will speak about the concept/creative process behind Backbone as it relates to Indigenous Ways of Knowing.

Cowboy Smithx is an award-winning filmmaker of Blackfoot Ancestry from the Piikani and Kainai tribes of Southern Alberta, Canada. Cowboy is the founder and curator of the highly acclaimed International Indigenous speaker series "REDx Talks." He also serves as the Artistic Director of the Iiniistsi Treaty Arts Society.

Gerald McMaster, is a curator, artist, author, and professor of Indigenous Visual Culture and Critical Curatorial Studies at OCAD University, Toronto. McMaster has curated two international biennales: in 1995, he was Canadian commissioner to the Biennale di Venezia; and in 2012 he was an Artistic Director of the 18th Biennale of Sydney. In 2018, he will be Curator for the Canadian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture.

SUPAMAN


WHEN:
Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 12:30 pm

WHERE:
Blue Barracks @ Fort York
250 Fort York Blvd

REDTalks featured Supaman, a hip-hop artist from the Apsaalooke (Crow) Nation in Montana who brings an explosive mix of fancy dance, music, and spoken word to his shows. Known for his motivational lyrics and work with Indigenous youth, Supaman has built a career entertaining young people across North America. Our REDTalk included a short performance, dialogue, and a mix + mingle.

DUKE REDBIRD AND THE RED POWER MOVEMENT

WHEN:
Monday, March 17, 2014 at 7 pm

WHERE:
The Drake Hotel
1150 Queen Street West, Toronto

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RED Talks presented an evening with Duke Redbird and the Red Power Movement, a highly mobilized and vibrant initiative that highlighted issues through social protest in the 1960's and 70's. Poet, scholar, storyteller and television personality Duke Redbird is a member of the Saugeen First Nation and Ontario College of Art & Design's (OCAD) first Aboriginal Advisor/Mentor. He is the author of a collection of poetry and has been published in numerous anthologies in Canada and the United States.

JOCK SOTO and WATER FLOWING TOGETHER

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April 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm

WHERE:
Camera Lounge
1026 Queen Street West (at Ossington)
Toronto

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

Of Navajo heritage, Soto was just 16 when George Balanchine selected him to join the New York City Ballet where he eventually became the most choreographed dancer in the company's history. Soto danced featured roles by George Balanchine, Peter Martins, Jerome Robbins and Christopher Weldon that had often been created for him.

While Jock Soto is an artist who found his medium of expression in dance, the film explores more than Soto's career- it is as much about the complexities of the man, about heritage, identity and transition.

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

Water Flowing Together, a film by Gwendolen Cates.
Jock Soto in attendance

EVERY STEP YOU TAKE

EveryStepYouTakeWHEN:
Thursday April 4, 2013 at 6:30 pm

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

Red Sky presented an evening with acclaimed dancer Jock Soto who read from his intimate memoir Every Step You Take. Jock Soto was just 16 when George Balanchine selected him to join the New York City Ballet company where he eventually became the most choreographed dancer in the company's history.

A principal dancer, his 24-year career included featured roles in over 40 ballets that were created for him by Peter Martins, Jerome Robbins, Christopher Wheeldon and Lynne Taylor-Corbett.

He read from his memoir and joined Artistic Director Sandra Laronde in an up close and personal conversation.

A book signing followed the event.

EVENING WITH LATIN GRAMMY WINNER ALEX CUBA AND DANCE EXCERPT JAVIER DZUL

WHEN:
Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 8:00pm

WHERE:
TIFF Lightbox, Bell Blue Room

350 King Street West, Toronto

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

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ALEX CUBA: With a heart as big as his retro 'fro', Alex Cuba's trademark sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and rock chords cut through cultural barriers like a machete through sugarcane. 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. Listen to the music of Alex Cuba.

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 at 6pm, light refreshments