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Celebrate & Honour Springtime At Ziigwan, Free Three-Day Indigenous Music & Arts Festival In Toronto
Celebrate and honour springtime at Ziigwan (SEE-gwon), a free three-day Indigenous music and arts festival at Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto March 24 - 26, 2023.
The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund and Downtown Yonge BIA, in collaboration with ELMNT FM Radio, Red Music Rising, and Music Tourism, are pleased to reveal the complete artist and vendor lineup for the festival, featuring some of the most prominent and emerging Indigenous artists, creators, and entrepreneurs.
YONGE-DUNDAS SQUARE MARCH 24 - 26, 2023
BLACKIE & THE RODEO KINGS ⧫ DJ SHUB ⧫ NORTHERN CREE
JULIAN TAYLOR ⧫ DIGGING ROOTS ⧫ AYSANABEE
BOOGEY THE BEAT ⧫ TIA WOOD ⧫ LOGAN STAATS
STATUS/NON-STATUS ⧫ SHAWNEE KISH ⧫ BULLHORN SINGERS W/ SPECIAL GUEST
NOELLE ⧫ SEBASTIAN GASKIN ⧫ NIMKISH
Beginning Friday at 4:30pm and continuing all weekend, the following Indigenous vendors will be serving up food, beadwork, clothing, and more as part of the festival.
Aaniin ⧫ Beadwork by Saga ⧫ Dashmaawaan Bemaadzinjin
The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund ⧫ GoodMinds Indigenous Books
Indigenous Bijoux ⧫ Little Wiggly Art ⧫ Native Arts Society ⧫ Neechi by Nature
Pacha Indigenous Art Collection ⧫ Riksworks ⧫ Theresa Burning
Sunday, March 26 is Family Day at Ziigwan, where GoodMinds Indigenous Books will sell a variety of books catered to children and youth, and the Strong Water Singers will facilitate learning activations so children and families can engage in meaningful conversations about Indigenous cultures.
Later that day, Elder Dr. Duke Redbird will join us to close this important gathering in a good way, sharing his thoughts on Ziigwan (springtime) and our collective journey toward reconciliation. Dr. Redbird is an Elder from the Saugeen First Nation and a celebrated Indigenous Visionary, intellectual, poet, broadcaster, and filmmaker.
Ziigwan, the Anishnaabemowin word for springtime, celebrates the healing and learning power of music and art, the rebirth of spring, and the collective awakening. The festival aims to bring people together in one of the city’s most prominent spaces, collectively reemerging from the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic.