Category: Arts and Entertainment

Third Eeyou Istchee Achievement Awards recognizes artists from across the nation

Third Eeyou Istchee Achievement Awards recognizes artists from across the nation

Cree art, both traditional and contemporary, was on display in Nemaska for the third edition of the Cree Native Arts and Crafts Association’s (CNACA) Eeyou Istchee Achievement Awards. “It’s about recognizing and promoting the artist,” CNACA executive director Gaston Cooper […]

New Cree chamber opera Chaakapesh: The Trickster’s Quest Comes to the North

New Cree chamber opera Chaakapesh: The Trickster’s Quest Comes to the North

The tundra will be alive with the sound of music this month as the world-renowned Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) brings a Cree-language chamber opera to the north. From September 9-19, maestro Kent Nagano and the OSM’s musicians will trace […]

The Nation was well represented at Osheaga

The Nation was well represented at Osheaga

by Dan Isaac and Matt Dessner In its 13th iteration, the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival, the crown jewel of Canadian music festivals, invaded Parc Jean-Drapeau’s Île Notre-Dame August 3-5 for a sold-out musical odyssey while construction continues on new […]

Q052 raps about rez realities on his debut album

Q052 raps about rez realities on his debut album

Music has long been a powerful force championed by movements seeking social change, ranging from subtle messages of empowerment to more explicitly provocative songs that demand action with a heightened sense of urgency. Mi’kmaq rapper Q052 certainly belongs to the […]

Imagining alternate realities at Montreal Comiccon 2018

Imagining alternate realities at Montreal Comiccon 2018

This year Montreal Comiccon celebrated its 10th year anniversary of hosting fantastic to geeky activities for fans of pop culture. Tens of thousands of comic-nerds, sci-fi fans and collectors buzzed around Montreal’s Palais des Congrès July 6-8. Some lined up […]

The Mikw Chiyâm festival launches a new generation of artists

The Mikw Chiyâm festival launches a new generation of artists

The Mikw Chiyâm team held its third annual arts festival June 23 in Nemaska. This is the end-of-year gathering for all students enrolled in the Mikw Chiyâm Arts Concentration Program in the James Bay area. The students displayed artwork, both […]

Indigenous artwork showcased at G7 summit

Indigenous artwork showcased at G7 summit

While the recent G7 Summit of world leaders in Charlevoix may be best remembered for Donald Trump’s parting shots at Justin Trudeau, some commentators lauded its achievements in promoting gender equality and ocean protections. Indigenous leaders hoped that the global […]

Mistissini’s youth centre unveils mural project

Mistissini’s youth centre unveils mural project

As this year’s Goose Break comes to an end, Mistissini youth have another reason to celebrate. On May 16, the community’s youth centre unveiled five powerful new murals that illustrate Cree culture and connection with the land. Catherine Quinn and […]

New role models to empower the youth

New role models to empower the youth

For countless kids around the world, comic books are the gateway to reading for pleasure and an opportunity to project themselves into imaginative stories of powerful heroes. Naturally, they look for characters they can relate to. Finding accurate depictions in […]

From canvas to clothes: how a renowned Cree artist is making her art and designs prêt-à-porter

From canvas to clothes: how a renowned Cree artist is making her art and designs prêt-à-porter

Whapmagoostui’s Natasia Mukash is known as a talented painter and visual artist. Now she is taking her traditionally inspired work in a new direction. She’s making her artwork wearable by designing textiles and printing her designs onto premade garments. “I […]