Monthly Archives: August 2015

Free First Story bus tour this Saturday, to “Maadaadizi / Summer Journeys” celebration at Rouge Beach

We’ve had a fun summer collaborating with the Pan Am Path folks. In June we hosted a full week of guided tours along the waterfront and our exciting TALKING TORONTO TREATIES event.

Now, we’re helping with the Grand Finale of the 14-week-long Pan Am Path ART RELAY.

We’re offering free bus shuttles on Saturday to the Grand Finale event at beautiful Rouge Beach, where the Rouge River meets Lake Ontario (Kanadario). A full afternoon of family entertainments wil be followed by a stunning evening presentation.

Please join us for a wonderful celebration of Indigenous arts and the natural beauty of a historic place. See details below about how to book seats on one of our 7 free bus shuttles leaving the Native Centre Saturday afternoon, Aug. 15. One of our tour guides will share Tkaronto stories with you on the trip to Rouge Beach.

Maadaadizi / Summer Journeys
the Grand Finale of the Pan Am Path’s Art Relay

At Maadaadizi (“begin a journey,” in Ojibwe),  and spend a perfect summer day being inspired by Indigenous art in a beautiful area of Tkaronto, Scarborough’s Rouge Beach

The featured sunset event, ‘The Great Chief Star’ is an original 45 minute journey into Indigenous cosmology. This original work is led by visual artist Jason Baerg and includes Santee Smith, Erin Fortier, J-S Gauthier, Michael Red and Tanya Tagaq on a futuristic mission to heal water.

Afternoon family activities include the All Our Relations Métis Women’s Drum Circle, Nimkii Osawamick and hoop dancing, Friends of the Rouge Watershed, Parks Canada Environmental talks and Lantern Making with Red Pepper Spectacle Arts. Culinary arts by: Tea N Bannock.

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FREE. Spend the day at the Beach.

Bring sunscreen, a swimsuit, water and a light coat for the evening. Light your lantern creation and be a part of the Sunset Performance! 

First Story Toronto Tour / Free Shuttle Service:

Explore the Indigenous history of Tkaronto with First Story’s storytellers on a FREE shuttle bus to the event.
Pickup location, Saturday afternoon:
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, 16 Spadina Road (across from Spadina subway stn.)
Free tour shuttle service (buses depart every hour) from 1pm to 7pm.
RESERVE your seat on one of our hourly departures:

For more information:
There will be return shuttle buses leaving Rouge Beach between 10:15pm-11pm.

Indigenous Food Vendors Featuring:

Tea N Bannock:

Directions / Google Map & Parking:

195 Rouge Hills Dr., Toronto ON, M5H 2N2

Parking at Rouge Hill GO Station & West Rouge Community Centre (270 Rouge Hills Drive)

Program Schedule:

Noon to 3:30 PM – Environmental Talks, Parks Canada
Noon to 4:45 PM – Drumming, Singing and Hoop Dance Workshops
2:00 PM – 7:30 PM – Lantern Making Workshop
8:00 to 8:30 PM – Opening Songs with Cheryl L’HIrondelle & Friends and Special Guests
8:30 PM to 9:00 PM – Music Composition, Michael Red
9:00 to 9:45 PM – “The Great Chief Star” ~ Featured Sunset Presentation featuring Tanya Tagaq and Santee Smith. Maadaadizi:Summer Journeys_Aug15_cover

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