St. John’s Native Friendship Centre’s Sixth Annual Spirit Song Festival.
This festival is one that showcases the rich, vibrant cultures and music of Indigenous artists of Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as regions across Canada. Spirit Song Festival not only provides the public the opportunity to learn about Indigenous cultures, but also fosters Nations to come together, learn from one another, and celebrate cultural diversity.
This two day festival boasts three workshops as well as a stage show. It is free and open to all members of the public.
The schedule of events is as follows:
Throat Singing Workshop with Jennie Williams and Tama Fost
When: Friday, November 16th from 1:00-3:00pm
Location: SJNFC headquarters – 716 Water Street
Description: Come join Inuit throat singers Jennie Williams and Tama Fost for this one of a kind workshop where you will learn the historical context of throat singing blended with modern techniques. You will learn breathing techniques, the correct sounds to make, and will also enjoy some laughs during this friendly competition style of throat singing.
Ko’jua Dance Workshop with Michael R. Denny
When: Saturday, November 17th from 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: Cochrane Centre – 41 Bannerman Street entrance Description: Following our Ancestors’ dance steps: the Ko’jua, through singing and using the Ji’kmaqn, is a traditional Mi’kmaw social dance. Join in the story, history and dance of our people.
Singer-Songwriter Workshop with Twin Flames
When: Saturday, November 17th from 1:00-3:00pm
Location: Eastern Edge Gallery – 72 Harbour Drive
Description: Dive into a world of poetry and self expression. Learn about lyric writing, melody making. Push yourself to become a songwriter, perhaps you are already one? Join Muliti-Award Winning Twin Flames and get a behind the scenes look at the many ways a song can be written.
Main Stage Concert
When: Saturday, November 17th from 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Cochrane Centre – 81 Cochrane Street entrance
Featuring: Twin Flames, Eastern Owl featuring Shalloway Choir, Kilautiup Songuninga (Strength of the Drum), and Michael R. Denny. Emceed by SJNFC Executive Director, Christopher Sheppard.
Registration is required for all workshops, and space is limited. Online registration begins Wednesday, October 17th at 8:30am. You can complete the online registration here: https://sjnfc.wildapricot.org/
Registration is also available at the same link for the main stage concert. Space is limited for the workshops and the main stage concert, so be sure to register early.
The SJNFC is excited for the sixth annual Spirit Song Festival not only to showcase the talent of the Indigenous artists as well as allowing the public to learn from them through enriching workshops, but also to launch the new branding and name change of the SJNFC. The branding and name change will be launched during the main stage concert.