The World of Indigenous North America

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Book: The World of Indigenous North America by Robert Warrior
Part IV: Aesthetics (pp. 287)

“The 2009 Native opera Giiwedin. Written in the Anishinaabemowin, French, and English languages by Spy Dénommé-Welch (Algonquin) and Catherine Magowan, Native music sensibilities were applied to both voice and stringed instruments.”

Stage Scenes – Queens Collide in Mary Stuart

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NOW Toronto, article by John Kaplan & Glenn Sumi:

“One of the most exciting events of the Native Earth Performing Arts season is the Weesageechak Begins To Dance Festival, which turns 27 this year…Look for work by Monique Mojica, Spy Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan, Keith Barker, Cliff Cardinal, Tantoo Cardinal, Daniel David Moses, Drew Hayden Taylor, Ken T. Williams and others. That’s a lot of talent.”


Opera Laurier to explore Aboriginal history in Giiwedin

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Wilfrid Laurier University Press Release:

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“Giiwedin (The North Wind), blends Baroque and traditional Indigenous music and aesthetics. It was written and co­composed by librettist Spy Dénommé­Welch, an Aboriginal education consultant at Laurier, and Catherine Magowan. Written in Anishnaabemowin, French and English, and set in Northeastern Ontario, Giiwedin tells the story of Noodin­Kwe, a 150­year­old Aboriginal woman, and her struggle to protect her ancestral land.

“‘This production offers a unique opportunity to our students to engage with First Nations history and culture, most of them for the very first time,’ said Professor Kimberly Barber, administrative coordinator of Opera at Laurier. ‘It also allows us to tell an important and mostly untold story about first contact and its impacts and implications in a way that is both accessible and theatrically intense, while allowing students to collaborate with the Aboriginal community.'”

More Wild Concerts in Southern Ontario

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Orchestras Canada website:

“The Aradia Ensemble presents an innovate concert that features 5-minute works for baroque instruments by contemporary Canadian composers, selected through a competitive process – and the “winning” composer will be invited to write a longer work for Aradia in a future season. The ten composers taking part are: Ian McAndrew, Rose Bolton, Taylor Brook, Catherine Magowan & Spy Dénommé-Welch, Scott Maynard, Chris Meyer, Dustin Peters, Ronald Royer, Caitlin Smith, and Kevin Mallon.”