February is Aboriginal Storytelling Month. For a number of years now, the local arts organization Sakewewak Artist Collective has held a Storytelling Festival to celebrate. Typically, the festival incorporates traditional oral storytelling, along things like music, film and visual art that also have narrative angles.
You can find out more about the 2015 festival, which runs Feb. 24-28, on the Sakewewak website. Here’s some highlights:
Featured is a screening of Welcome to Kanata at Artful Dodger, 7 p.m.
Workshop at the university’s Aboriginal Students Centre with Ryan McMahon from 2-4:30 p.m., followed by a poetry slam and music by InfoRed at Artful Dodger at 8 p.m.
Storytelling by Ryan McMahon, Shauneen Pete and Kevin McKenzie at Artful Dodger, 7 p.m.
Performance by Peter Morin at the MacKenzie Gallery from 4-8 p.m., followed by music at Artful Dodger with Kinder Scout and Snake Oil Salesmen at 9 p.m.
Reading of work by Bill Stevenson and storytelling by Ryan McMahon and others at Sakewewak Artist Collective (2150 Albert) from 3-6:30 p.m., followed by an art opening for Indigenous Survivance at 7 p.m.