Exciting upcoming performances, engagements and events.


1QSdztjoREDTalks series celebrates exceptional ideas and performances from Indigenous artists, catalyzers, innovators and leaders. The discussion around Indigenous Ways of Knowing Land & Culture precedes a performance of Red Sky’s Backbone.

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.



Kicking off the fall season is the World Premiere of Miigis from September 15 - 17, 2017 at Fort York National Historic Site. Fusing contemporary Indigenous dance with powerful live music, Miigis explores the catalysts, trade routes and stories of a journey from the Atlantic Coast to the Great Lakes, and the seven fire prophecies marked by miigis. Miigis received a resounding standing ovation for our preview at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow in Massachusetts on August 26th. Now, we bring Miigis to the Toronto stage at Fort York.

Miigis - World Premiere

September 15 & 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm (Dance and live music)
September 17, 2017 at 3 pm (Miigis music concert only)
Fort York National Historic Site
250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto
Free Admission

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Red Sky Performance and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra have partnered on the World Premiere of Adizokan on October 7, 2017 at Roy Thomson Hall. Adizokan is a one-night only genre-defying creation that includes Indigenous vocals, electro-acoustic, and orchestral music with dance and multimedia to explore Indigenous connections to ancestral origins.

A new genre-defying creation that explores Indigenous, electro-acoustic and orchestral music, with live dance and film. Red Sky Performance partners with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Adizokan features 85 musicians with guest vocalists and dancers.

Listen to interview with Sandra Laronde about the world première of Adizokan—a new genre-bending creation that explores Indigenous connections to ancestral origins.

Adizokan - World Premiere

Red Sky Performance with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, October 7, 2017 • 7:30pm
Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto
Tickets: BOOK NOW

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From November 2 - 12, 2017, Red Sky Performance, in partnership with Canadian Stage, will present the World Premiere of Backbone at Berkeley Street Theatre in Toronto, with a performance at Live Art Dance in Halifax, Nova Scotia on November 17, 2017. Backbone is a cutting-edge new dance show inspired by the ‘spine’ of the Americas, charting the vast and rocky terrain of our human landscape. Through contemporary Indigenous dance and raw athleticism, eight dancers bring to life the electricity and impulses of our rocky mountainous backbone. Red Sky Performance is the Berkeley Street Theatre Company-In-Residence for the 17/18 and 18/19 seasons at Canadian Stage.

Backbone - World Premiere

November 2 - 12, 2017
Thursdays, Saturday, Tuesday at 8pm
Fridays at 7pm, Sunday and Wednesday at 1pm
Canadian Stage, Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street, Toronto
Tickets from $35 and can be purchased online, by phone at 416.368.3110
or in person at the Berkeley Street Theatre Box Office (26 Berkeley Street)
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Friday, November 17, 2017 • 8 pm
Live Arts Dance at the Spatz Theatre, Halifax
Tickets: BOOK NOW

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