The Drum is Calling Festival – July 22-30, 2017

The City of Vancouver, in partnership with our three Host Nations, the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, is hosting Canada 150+. This year-long focus on Indigenous arts and culture includes large-scale Signature Events this summer including the Drum is Calling Festival.

Highlighting the festival will be stellar performances from iconic artists such as singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie, PowWowStep creator DJ Shub, singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, country sensation Crystal Shawanda, northern Ontario rockers Midnight Shine, Juno Award winner William Prince, rising R&B star George Leach, genre-defying artist Kinnie Starr, literary giant Tomson Highway, and powerful spoken word poet Shane Koyczan.

Additional highlights will include hands-on workshops and live programming inside the Indigenous housing forms built by the Kanata Festival on Turtle Island. Including the inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week, a spectacular night of dancers and drummers from around the world led by renowned percussionist and cultural collaborator Sal Ferraras. Theatre for young people, play readings, carving and weaving workshops, literary and speaker series, and film screenings. Authentic Indigenous artisans, vendors and food will be on site to nourish mind, body, and soul.

Date: July 22 – 30, 2017
Time: 1:00-10:00pm (with some exceptions)
Location: Larwill Park, Playhouse Theatre, Vancouver Public Library Atrium, Queen Elizabeth Theatre Lobby, and QET Plaza. At the intersection of Cambie and Georgia Streets in downtown Vancouver, BC.

For full festival details Click Here.

If you’re interested in volunteering at the Drum is Calling Festival please Click Here for details & registration.

3 Responses to The Drum is Calling Festival – July 22-30, 2017

  1. Sharon Eyford June 16, 2017 at 5:49 pm #

    Thanks for the information. Sounds good !!!!

    Metis Elder

  2. Metis citizen June 16, 2017 at 10:14 pm #

    Out of respect for our first nations ancestors, but this site is advertising more FN events than Metis events. Where are the Metis events?

    Canada 150 we are not apart of, that is what I’m feeling.

    • Keith Henry June 17, 2017 at 8:38 am #

      Thanks Metis citizen,

      There is Metis culture as part of this event. Canada 150 did not approve Metis cultural events for our organization though, which is unfortunate.

      We are disappointed with that but we still try to share information about cultural events regardless.

      We have also posted many Metis events for people to attend if they can.

      Thank you

      Keith Henry
      President

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