imagineNATIVE Art Crawl Kick-Off

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 5:00pm

imagineNATIVE's Art Crawl Kick-Off

Friday, October 20
5 p.m.

Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
Co-presented with imagineNATIVE Media + Arts Festival

This year's Art Crawl kicks off at Onsite Gallery, with a talk by Jackson 2bears and Janet Rogers of 2Ro Media, the creators of the exhibition For This Land: Inside Elemental. The Art Crawl continues in the historic 401 Richmond building and will end with a special performance off-site at Wallace Studios.

Full event details, schedule and list of galleries here.


For This Land: Inside Elemental
Presented with community partner imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
On view at Onsite Gallery from September 15 to December 10, 2017

For this Land: Inside Elemental is part of a multi-project series by 2Ro Media,  comprised of Jackson 2bears and Janet Rogers—both Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) artists from Six Nations of the Grand River. The artists, who currently live outside their traditional territory, produce work collaboratively about ‘returning home’, which typically involves creating site-specific narratives using video, sound, poetry, performance and multi-media installation.

With Inside Elemental, the artists engage in a series of conversations with the Kana:ta Village on traditional Haudenosaunee territory in order to create an immersive multimedia installation using sound, video, performance and digital languages. Inside Elemental is an exploration of the internalization of one’s traditional territory, and in general about how external environments are deeply intertwined with identity, self-understanding, and the interiority of personal and collective experience.

Jackson 2bears is a Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) multimedia installation/performance artist and cultural theorist originally from Six Nations of the Grand River. He is currently based in Lethbridge, Alberta. Since 1999, 2bears has exhibited his work extensively across Canada in public galleries, museums and artist-run centres, as well as internationally, in festivals and in group exhibitions.

Janet Rogers is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from Six Nations of the Grand River. She was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and has lived in Stoney Creek, Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario. She has been living as a guest on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people in Victoria, British Columbia, since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music. Janet is also a radio broadcaster, a documentary producer, and a media and sound artist.

imagineNATIVE Media + Arts Festival
imagineNATIVE is the international centre for Indigenous-made media arts. Through year-round presentation, promotion and professional development activities, it is committed to a greater understanding by audiences of Indigenous peoples, cultures, and artistic expressions.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
Janet Rogers performance at Onsite Gallery, September 16 2017

Colonization Road

An Evening with Cheryl L’Hirondelle

Cheryl L'Hirondelle
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - 10:30pm

The Faculty of Art of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is pleased to welcome performance artist Cheryl L’Hirondelle for a free public lecture on Wednesday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m.

L’Hirondelle’s lecture is presented in conjunction with her visit to Toronto to perform her latest work, êkâya-pâhkaci (“don’t freeze up”; see description below), at the Toronto Free Gallery on October 16 at 8 p.m. L’Hirondelle is presented by the Fado Performance Art Centre during the 2008 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

Cheryl L’Hirondelle (a.k.a. Waynohtêw, Cheryl Koprek) is an Alberta-born artist and musician of Metis/Cree non-status/treaty, French, German, and Polish descent. Her creative practice is an investigation of the junction of a Cree worldview (nêhiyawin) in contemporary time and space. Since the early 1980s, L’Hirondelle has created, performed and presented work in a variety of artistic disciplines, including music, performance art, theatre, performance poetry, storytelling, installation and new media. In the early 1990s, she began a parallel career as an arts consultant and programmer, cultural strategist/activist, and director/producer of both independent works and projects within national artist-run networks.

L’Hirondelle’s performance work has been featured in various texts including Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women, edited by Tanya Mars and OCAD Professor Johanna Householder, and Candice Hopkin’s Making a Noise: Aboriginal Perspectives on Art, Art History, Critical Writing and Community. In 2004, L’Hirondelle and Hopkins were the first Aboriginal artists from Canada to be invited to present work at Dak’Art Lab as part of the sixth biennale of contemporary African art in Dakar, Senegal. In both 2005 and 2006, L’Hirondelle was the recipient of imagineNATIVE’s Best New Media award for her online projects: treatycard, 17:TELL and wêpinâsowina.

L’Hirondelle’s music has also garnered several nominations and awards, including Best Female Traditional Cultural Roots Album (2006) and Best Group (2007) from the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for Fusion of Two Worlds, the first CD from her Aboriginal women’s ensemble, M’Girl.

êkâya-pâhkaci, a performance by Cheryl L’Hirondelle
Thursday, October 16 at 8 p.m.

Toronto Free Gallery
1277 Bloor Street West, Toronto | 416-913-0461

êkâya-pâhkaci [ee-guy-uh-puck-a-chee] (don’t freeze up) by Cheryl L’Hirondelle operates through an intersection of nomadic site-specificity, visual patterning, language, narrative, movement and rhythm. In this work, Cheryl stages a performance presented under an adaptable traveling tent from where she relates and offers information to the audience using her body, voice and graffiti/tagging. The audience, by proximity and in accepting her invitation to witness her activities ‘comes in from the cold’ and becomes part of her ‘camp’.

About Fado Performance Art Centre
Founded in 1993, Fado was established to provide a stable, knowledgeable and supportive forum for creating and presenting performance art works created by Canadian and international performance artists. Fado is the only artist-run centre in English Canada devoted specifically to this form. Fado’s activities include presenting performances, artist talks, festivals, residencies, exchanges and workshops, as well as publishing in a variety of formats, including video and for the web. For more information please visit

About the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, October 15 to 19, 2008
The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is an international festival that celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio, and new media. Each fall, the festival presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe. The festival’s screenings, parties, panel discussions, and cultural events attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world's Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media. For more information please visit

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Gallery 44 Centre of Contempary Photography presents: Proof on site residency talk

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 10:00pm to Wednesday, July 23, 2008 - 1:00am

Join Gallery 44 Artists in Residence Keesic Douglas and Susan Blight in conversation with ImagineNATIVE's Artistic Director Danis Goulet and Drake Hotel Curator Mia Nielson.

Venue & Address: 
Gallery 44 401 Richmond St. W, suite 120, Toronto, Ontario

INVC Program sponsors ImagineNATIVE's artcrawl and ArctiC Noise exhibition

Friday, October 16, 2015 - 4:00am

Join art lovers on imagineNATIVE’s inspiring, insightful and entertaining Art Crawl of exhibitions and co-presentations with partners A Space Gallery, Trinity Square Video, VMAC Gallery and YYZ Artists’ Outlet in the historic 401 Richmond building. At each stop, engage with exhibition curators and attending artists and enjoy some of the best in contemporary Indigenous media art, commission and retrospectives. Snacks provided. Drinks available for purchase.

Reception begins at 5:00pm at A Space Gallery, with the first artist talk at 5:30pm.

Material Experiments, A Space Gallery, Suite 110, Reception: 5:00–7:00pm, Curator & Artist Talk: 5:30pm

Heather Rae: Photographs, A Space Gallery Windows, Hallway outside Suite 110, Artist Talk: 6:15pm

ARCTICNOISE, Trinity Square Video, Suite 376, Reception: 5:30–7:30pm, Curator & Artist Talk: 6:30pm

For This Land, Vtape/VMAC Gallery, Suite 452, Reception: 6:00–8:00pm, Curator & Artist Talk: 7:00pm (see pg # for full details)


YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Suite 140, Reception: 6:30–8:30pm, Curator & Artist Talk: 7:30pm

Featuring a special performance by Cheryl L’Hirondelle and Joseph Naytowhow at 8:00pm