Travel Funds to View Works by Indigenous Artists

Cody Coyote, Leela Gilday, Kaha:wi Dance and A Tribe Called Red

Ontario Presents is pleased to announce a new initiative as part of our ongoing efforts to support the presentation of work by Indigenous performing artists in Ontario.

OP presenter members can now apply for funds to cover the costs of travelling to see Indigenous work.

Adam Moffatt has worked with Ontario Presents to create a list of presentation-ready Indigenous artists currently performing in the province (or nearby). The list is available below and will be updated as new works are identified. Please note: We have included some out-of-province shows for your interest, but are for the most part unable to fund out of province travel (some nearby shows in Manitoba or Quebec may be possible). 

While this listing is publicly available (please feel free to share), the funding program is open to Ontario Presents presenting members only. Funds will cover tickets, accommodation, and a contribution towards travel. To apply, simply complete this form and send it to Ceilidh Wood.

This is an ongoing program with continuous intake until funds are spent.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Ceilidh.  

We encourage you to review OP’s Guiding Principles for Presenting Indigenous work for further guidance on this important topic.

April 2019

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan Group Photo

Mon, Apr 15 & Sat, May 18


Show Dates:
Mon, Apr 15: Phog Lounge, Windsor (Tickets and Info)
Sat, May 18: The Garrison, Toronto (Tickets and Info)

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan is a Noh-Wave prog collective, a black-and-white (and sometimes red) theatre company, an operatic psych cult, rock band and the speculative prophets of humanity’s impending doom.

Find Yamantaka // Sonic Titan on: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Website

Photo by Richmond Lam

May 2019

Leela Gilday Photo by Shawna McLeod

Leela Gilday at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa

Sat, May 4


Born in Yellowknife, on the shores of Great Slave Lake, Leela Gilday writes warm and effortless folk-pop, steeped in the history of her people and the ruggedness of land that created her. Leela Gilday has toured extensively across Canada, the US, Greenland, Denmark, and Europe. A gifted storyteller, NAC Presents welcomes Leela Gilday as she releases her fifth studio album (Spring 2019).

Find Leela Gilday on: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Website

Tickets and Info

Photo by Shawna McLeod 

Inner Elder at the Aki Studio, Toronto

Wed, May 8 - Sun, May 12


Inner Elder takes the audience on a journey of transformation through laughter and real-life memories of Gemini Award-winning Cree artist Michelle Thrush as she explores her own inner elder. Using a delicate blend of Bouffon and Indigenous clowning, this performance offers a magical experience in the theatre and an extraordinary vision of our world.

Find Native Earth Performing Arts on: Facebook | Twitter | InstagramWebsite

Find Nightwood Theatre on: Facebook | Twitter | InstagramWebsite

Tickets and Info

Midnight Shine at the Indigenous Music Awards, Windsor

Wed, May 15 and Fri, May 17

Midnight Shine group photo


Additional, out-of-province show dates (funding not available for these dates):
Fri, Jul 19 - Sat, Jul 20: Vancouver Folk Festival, Vancouver, BC (Tickets and Info)
Sun, Jul 21: Bella Coola Festival, Bella Coola, BC (Tickets and Info)

Turning heads with a sound that seamlessly mixes roots, classic and modern rock with touches of Mushkegowuk Cree, Midnight Shine has been lighting up the music world all the way from Canada’s Far North (Attawapiskat, Moose Factory & Norway House Cree Nation).  Crafting a musical soundscape that gives a glimpse into their remote landscape, Midnight Shine continues to push musical boundaries and boldly take new strides, while staying true to who they are and where they come from.

Find Midnight Shine on: Facebook | Twitter Instagram | YouTube

Tickets and Info

Shanawdithit at the Aki Studio, Toronto

Thurs, May 16 - Sat, May 25


A new opera centered on the story of Shanawdithit (1801-1829), the last recorded surviving member of the Beothuk Nation in Newfoundland, and the extinction and erasure of her people. In the last months of her life, she created a series of coded drawings that speak of the loneliness of survival and lost history.

Collaboratively interpreted by Indigenous artists from across Turtle Island, including Aria Evans, Michelle Olson, Jerry Evans, Jordan Bennett, and Lori Blondeau, Shanawdithit is a work unlike anything in opera.

Find Native Earth Performing Arts on: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Website

Find Tapestry Opera on: Facebook | Twitter | InstagramWebsite

Find Opera on the Avalon on: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Website

Tickets and Info

June 2019

Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools at Luminato, Toronto

Wed, Jun 12 - Sun, Jun 16


Inuk artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and queer theatre-maker Evalyn Parry met on an Arctic expedition from Iqaluit to Greenland. Now they share the stage in Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools; a concert, dialogue, and symbolic convergence between the North and the South of our country. These two powerful storytellers map new territory together in a work that gives voice and body to the lived histories, culture, and climate we have inherited, and then asks how we reckon with these sharp tools.

Find Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools on: Facebook

Tickets and Info 


July 2019

Julian Taylor Band at the Mariposa Folk Festival, Orillia

Sat, Jul 6 

Julian Taylor Band group photo


Additional, out-of-province show dates (funding not available for these dates):
Sat. Jun 22: Indigenous Day Live, Whitehorse, YK (Tickets and Info)
Aug 22: Lethbridge Exhibition, Lethbridge, AB (Tickets and Info)
Aug 24: Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, Oliver, BC (Tickets and Info)

Under front-man Julian Taylor’s direction, the band consistently delivers soulful performances and strives to re-contextualize “soul music,” not as another genre that can be put into a box defined by racial precedent or sound requirements, but as a medium that truly speaks to the soul. The result is solid, unabashedly positive performances of soul, rock and R&B fusion - or rather, a form of modern rhythm and blues infused with rock ‘n’ roll.

The band just release their new album “Avalanche” on March 29, 2019. New single ”Back Again” is climbing the charts on the CBC Music Top 20.

Find the Julian Taylor Band on: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | Website

Tickets and Info 

August 2019

Jeremy Dutcher at Westben, Campbellford

Fri, Aug 2
Jeremy Dutcher Photo


Jeremy Dutcher is a classically-trained Canadian Indigenous tenor, composer, musicologist, performer and activist, who currently lives in Toronto, Ontario. This classically trained operatic tenor takes every opportunity to blend his Wolastoq roots into the music he creates. He is most noted for his album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, which won the 2018 Polaris Music Prize.

Find Jeremy Dutcher on: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube | Website 

Photo by Matt Barnes