Join The No Borders Art Festival on Sunday September 26 on Zoom for exciting online events starting at noon at Petrie Island at the following link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6623752803 Meeting ID: 662 375 2803
Carmel and Patsea would like to welcome you to the 3rd annual No Borders Art Festival on September 19 at the Shenkman Arts Centre!
Performances will begin at 10:30 am in the drum circle featuring the No Borders Drum Circle and friends. The No Borders Drum Circle is hosted by Théo, Carmel and Patsea. Bring your drums and join us – all are welcome on the circle!
Performing at the opening will be some amazing dancers and musicians.
This is Katie Closs!
She will join us in the circle and will be jingle dress dancing at the opening of the No Borders Art Festival on September 19th at the Shenkman Arts Centre.
Katie Closs’s jingle dance journey began in 2019 after reaching out and looking to get back in touch with her ancestral roots. She attended several pow-wows growing up and always felt a strong emotional connection to the dancers. Through the Indigenous community centres in Ottawa, she was able to attend a regalia class and learn the teachings of the dances and making regalia itself. To date, she has made two regalia for her daughters and participated in several dance ceremonies, including the Walk of Sorrow on Parliament Hill. She aspires to follow this path and continue learning and teaching throughout her lifelong journey.
This is Claire Sackaney!
She will join us in the circle and will be jingle dress dancing at the opening of No Borders Art Festival on September 19th at the Shenkman Arts Centre.
“I am happy to dance at every opportunity!”
Claire started dancing in 2005, when she was 44 years old and raising her 2 year old grandson. He inspired her to get back to her cultural roots. She loves sewing and started making her jingle dress which had been calling her for many years! She also made her grandson a grass dancer regalia and she’s been dancing ever since. Now 60. She sews by hand for all her grandkids and her regalia projects. She dances for everyone! She prays for all that are struggling in death, sickness, addictions, and everyday struggles. She believes in the power of this dance and feels truly blessed with its calling. She believes that all prayers are answered. Her amazing dancing skills and sewing techniques are proudly self-taught.
“I will continue to keep dancing for however long the Creator allows me too!” A’HO
This is Nina Sigalowitz!
She will be joining us in the circle and will be performing a traditional drum song.
This is Sid Ameen!
He will be joining us in the circle and will be performing at the opening of the No Borders Art Festival on September 19 at the Shenkman Arts Centre.
Sid Ameen is a sixteen-year old musician raised in Ottawa. He has been playing piano and guitar since his early childhood and has taken up the harmonica and banjo as a way of staying busy at home during the pandemic. A former member of the homeschool choir led by Chris White, he continues to enjoy performing with Chris. Already an accomplished performer, he has played at No Borders Art Festival and with Chris at the Grassroots Festival, Gil’s Hootenanny, senior’s residences and various venues around Ottawa. A favourite experience for Sid during Covid has been assisting Chris over zoom with the sing-along group, Turquoise, for people with dementia and their partners.
This is Larissa Desrosiers!
She will be joining us in the circle and performing at the opening of the No Borders Art Festival on September 19 at the Shenkman Arts Centre.
Larissa is an Anishinaabekwe Singer/Songwriter from Couchiching First Nation in Treaty #3. Her voice is electrifying, and she imbues every song in her repertoire of original and cover songs with uniquely beautiful intensity. She addresses Indigenous contemporary and historical concerns head on, and hearing her, no one can look away or unhear her message. Just one example is her composition Found, telling the story of an Algonquin girl who was raped and murdered behind Parliament Hill in 1827 at the hands of British soldiers, featured in the NAC’s Indigenous Cities Ottawa Project. Larissa is a fearless musician, story teller, community activist, CKCU radio host and artist, with her own beadwork business, Bangishimon Beadwork. Her future aspirations include releasing music, touring and growing her business.
This is Maria Hawkins!
Maria will be joining us in the circle and will be performing at the opening of the No Borders Art Festival on September 19 at the Shenkman Arts Centre.
The performance is going to be amazing and unique as Maria explains:
“In September I’m celebrating 40 years of performing! So grateful for all the support I’ve received from Ottawa and beyond. I’m not performing with a band this time. I’ve chosen a more intimate performance for No Borders with original material written by Mike Thibault and I that will be on our album. I’m performing with Mike who comes from a musical Maritime family and we’ve been working on an album for some time together. Some of the songs are about the world as it is.”