Debajehmujig Theatre Group
Culture Days is excited to be hosting a national event to kick off the 2018 Culture Days weekend. Together with media partner CBC, we will be welcoming visitors to join us for performances, activities and speeches as we launch Canada’s annual weekend to celebrate arts and culture.
Location: CBC Barbara Frum Atrium, 250 Front St W, Toronto
Time: Doors at 8:30AM. Remarks and performances at 9AM.
Full performer details are listed below.
This launch is made possible thanks to the support of Chicago Title Insurance Company, our broadcast partner CBC and program partners Aga Khan Museum and Civic Theatres Toronto.
Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company: Since 1982, the Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company has been showcasing flamenco and Spanish Classical dance throughout the Toronto area. The company has been recognized for its adherence to traditional styles, while experimenting with a contemporary aesthetic. The EESDC has been recognized for their contribution to the dance community with two Dora Mavor Moore Awards and the title of 2015 Best Dance Company from Toronto’s NOW Magazine. The founder and Artistic Director, Esmeralda Enrique, has been involved in the Spanish dance community for decades, and continues to teach new and established dancers the art of flamenco.
Bam! Youth Slam: Bam! Youth Slam was created to provide a forum for young poets, age 12-22, to present their poetry. The group aims to make a space for youth to practice and develop their skills without the pressure of all ages events against poetry veterans. The group holds regular poetry slams where youth can compete to be on the Bam! Poetry Team, which represents the Toronto Youth Slam at local performances and poetry competitions.
Suzette Vidale, Steelpan Musician: Suzette Vidale is an artist and educator who travels around the GTA to highlight the vibrancy of the steelpan. Suzette has performed at major events in Toronto, including the Mayor’s Art Luncheon, TIFF and the recent Pan Am Games. She also enjoys sharing her passion for her instrument with others through her work as a music teacher. Suzette brings vibrancy to all of her performances with stories and educational lessons on the history of the steelpan and its origin in Trinidad.
Holla Jazz: Holla Jazz is a cool and funky dance company that is known for their fresh take on jazz. Established in 2016, the group has been recognized for their work, including receiving a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in their inaugural production FLOOR’D. The group works to produce fun and engaging performances that aim to inspire a lasting love and appreciation for jazz dance and music. Beyond the live performance, their work can be seen on YouTube, including an educational dance dictionary that leads viewers through a demonstration of the most common jazz dance moves.
Debajehmujig Theatre Group: Debajehmujig is a First Nations performing arts group based out of Manitoulin Island. The group travels throughout Canada performing publiclyand running community arts workshops with the goal of building bridges between cultures. Debajehmujig is the first and only professional theatre company located on a Reserve in Canada. The group also supports the development of Indigenous artists, particularly through their new Creation Centre – a large multidisciplinary arts facility that features media labs and recording studios.