Events

SHHHH! Secret Electric Pow Wow at Aboriginal Music Week

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ELECTRICAlright, so maybe we’re not the best at keeping secrets; we just don’t want you to miss out! The not-so-secret deets: Wednesday, August 21st at the Kings Head Pub Tickets are $20 Only 200 are available and they must be purchased at the ‪#‎AMW2013‬ shows at the Pyramid Cabaret August 16, 17, and 18th. Make sure you’re at those shows to snag tickets! The fifth annual Aboriginal Music Week will feature 10 concerts with performances by 25 Indigenous artists from Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. The festival is set for August 16 – 21 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Tickets can be purchased online at aboriginalmusicweek.ca and in-store at … Continued

iYellow Wine Club Presents ’54 Wines 1 Summer Solstice’

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54-Wines-Creative-final21When I got the press invite from iYellow Wines to their #54wines event in Liberty Village it was a nob-brainer that I had to attend. I first went to one of their tutored tastings at Drake Hotel in 2010, and went last year for my first Niagara vineyard tour last fall (check out that post right hurrr). Needless to say, I simply always have a  great time at their events, and this last one was no exception … I brought out my favourite drinking partner friend Kateryna (founder and editor of Quip Magazine) and we were off to the races! … Continued

Minaake Awards in Toronto

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MinaakeLast week it was the First Annual Minaake Awards show, which are Toronto’s first Aboriginal Women and Youth’s Community and Achievement Awards put on by the Native Women’s Resource Centre (NWRC) of Toronto and sponsored by TD Bank. I was honoured to be one of the thirty nominations that NWRC received (for the Culture Keeper category). It looks like it was a fabulous event and fun was had by all. I am very glad to see such an initiative started and look forward to celebrating the many talented Native women in Toronto! Krystal Abotossaway, Jessica Yee, Jolene John The award categories … Continued

Feeling Indspired

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Ice-Sculpture1Update (04.19.13): Watch it tonight! Details above. A week ago I attended the 20th annual Indspire Awards (formerly National Aboriginal Achievement Awards) Show in Saskatoon, SK. I was offered a ticket just the week prior while at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business gala in Toronto and made a last minute decision to go take it in. I booked a flight and a hotel and booked myself over to Saskatoon and packed my mukluks and I was on my way. I was especially excited about this event because Wambdi Dance was performing to A Tribe Called Red on the big … Continued

Visiting Vineyards

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HOP-Sign1A few weeks back I got to go on an iYellow wine tour. It was actually my first wine tour ever. Yes, ever. Which is redonculous because I grew up in BC and have been living in Toronto long enough to have made my way over to Niagara to go for a wine tour. It was always “Next summer I am going to do that.” Yet I never did. Part of the problem was I had a car, which meant I was driving and then would need to get a hotel at Niagara-On-The-Lake to be able to properly indulge in … Continued

Brittany Bitternose for Miss Canada Globe ’12

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555659_431109616906148_886495601_nHave you heard? Brittany Bitternose  (Cree, Treaty 4, member of George Gordon First Nation) is running for Miss Canada Globe ’12 today in Toronto. Here are a few questions about her title and her dream this weekend … What inspired you to run for Miss Canada Globe? I never sought out the pageant on  my own, one of their recruiters approached me on Facebook and asked if I would review their website and consider applying. I feel when opportunities present themselves I shouldn’t let them pass by, I would have felt regret if I hadn’t at least gave it a chance to … Continued

Aboriginal Music Week 2012

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Ab12_festival1-300x1991NDN party. AMW 2011. Yesterday the awesomeness was released. The full line up for the Aboriginal Music Week (AMW) in Winnipeg from October 30 to November 4. I know what you are thinking. Winnipeg, really? Trust me, it is dope. I made my way last year for my first time for the AMW, the Manito Ahbee Festival and the Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards (APCMAs) and it didn’t disappoint. I had a fantastic time and the word on the street is that I’m hosting a very precious party during that time this year, so I’ll be on the scene reporting … Continued

Planet Indigenus Roundup

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391288_10151145205870813_595887391_n-300x2251Photo courtesy of Telford Eliot Last weekend I had the honour and the pleasure of hosting the Redpath Stage at Planet Indigenus at the Harbourfront Center. Thanks Marc Merilainen! As I blogged about earlier, Planet Indigenus is the largest contemporary international Indigenous cultural festival in the world, and featured 10 whole days of theatre and dance, music, food, film and visual arts from Canada and around-the-world. And it only happens every three years, which makes it that much more special. It all started on Friday night when I hosted the Sage Paul Fashion Show (but I’ll save that for another entire post). I snuck over … Continued

#FordEscape

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Plant PictureWe got plants! Pinkie, moi, Casie, Septembre Last Thursday I got to spend the entire day with the @FordCanada team for a #FordEscape day with some fabulous fellow bloggers. The day started in the Distillery District with some foods at a gallery space while we anxiously awaited to hear what the day had in store. I got to see Tamara, first time since our Dove hair commercial! Then we got partnered off and drove in teams. Thank the lucky stars, I got to hang with Casie Stewart! She got the ball rolling and jumped in the driver’s seat as we made our way … Continued

Top Picks for Planet IndigenUS

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planet_indigenusPlanet IndigenUS festival August 10-19, 2012 at Harbourfront Centre is almost upon us. It is the largest contemporary international Indigenous cultural festival in the world, and will feature 10 days of theatre and dance, music, food, film and visual arts from Canada and around-the-world. It only happens every three years, so be sure to take advantage of this event which has close to 300 performers from seven countries. Most of the events are free. I have done a round-up of my  take on the MUST SEE events during the festival. There are also a ton of art exhibits, plays, and screenings to take in as well so check their site for … Continued

Origins: Breaking Beats & Boundaries

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ORIGINS_PRINT-previewOrigins: Breaking Beats & Boundaries: A Native MC competition followed by performances by A Tribe Called Red (including DJ Shub, Red Bull National Champion), Kinnie Starr, and IsKwe. This is taking place at Hard Rock Cafe at 10 PM on Saturday, June 30 as a part of the Manifesto Festival, Canada’s largest hip-hop festival. Tickets are $20 advance and $25 at the door. But, wait. I’ve saved the best for last. The night will be hosted by the ever-handsome, ever-smart Wab Kinew, who you might remember from a little show called 8th Fire. The night is set to be hype! If you want to … Continued

Truth and Reconciliation Toronto 2012

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SmallPosterjpeg_big4Last night The Meeting Place began with keynote speaker Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). This is  three-day gathering focused on Canada’s Indian Residential School system and its legacy. It is expected that approximately 600 people will attend, of whom at least 100 will be residential school survivors and 150 will be Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth. “This is an intergenerational gathering to promote respect, education and engagement,” said Ava Hill, event coordinator for The Meeting Place. “It will give survivors of the Indian Residential Schools an opportunity to tell their stories and have them recorded. It will … Continued

UNG TV Ya Heard?

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SecretI’ve got a secret. Well it’s really only a half of a secret. If you’ve been following me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram than you might just already know … Yes you got it. There is a TV show in the works. Well, it’s still *way* early in the works at this point. I am in the development phase of a documentary series, called Urban Native Girl, which follows my life as I document Aboriginal success, particularly in the fashion and lifestyle arena. I have been so blessed to have this opportunity and when approached by Coptor Productions last fall … Continued

Kaha:Wi Dance Theatre’s TransMigration – TICKET GIVEAWAY!

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HOU0911Tomorrow is opening night! TO WIN a pair of tickets to premiere: tweet #TransMigration to @UrbanNativeGirl Draw at 7pm (Hurry!) Inspired by the life of Norval Morrisseau, TransMigration has it’s world premiere tomorrow at 8pm at the Harbourfront Centre. Co-produced with Planet IndigenUS, the music alone makes this wild: ATCR, Cris Derkson, Tanya Tagaq … the list goes on … an ever expanding tribe composed of the very talented. Here’s a snipped of audio I recorded at the preview: #Transmigration: Kaha:Wi, feat. Cris Derkson This moment was magic when Duke Redbird spoke: Wanna be there? get at us! t: @UrbanNativeGirl #Transmigration to … Continued

Windsor (Why) Not?

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A-Drum-Social-amp-A-Gathering-of-Stories-Poster-2Big ups to Hiro Chavez for creating this poster! I am getting super excited for this event coming up this weekend. The University of Windsor – Aboriginal Education Centre has partnered with St. Clair College – First Nation, Metis, and Inuit Centre to bring you one whole weekend of #NativeAwesome – A Gathering of Stories. Author Joseph Boyden will be there for the keynote followed by A Tribe Called Red. Now you know I am a big supporter of both the author and the DJ group, so of course I am going to make it into a Windsor road trip!! … Continued