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Aboriginal Day Gala Dinner Fundraiser
Sat, 17 Jun 2017, 10:00 AM – Sun, 18 Jun 2017, 9:00 PM EDT
ABORIGINAL DAY GALA dinner/concert $85 (includes meet and greet), Friday June 16, 2017, 4 pm - 11 pm Alder Recreation Centre Red Rink. Additional tickets will be sold after the Gala dinner, concert ONLY beginning at 7 pm ARENA SEATING sold at the door. ABORIGINAL DAY Saturday, June 17, Alder Recreation Soccer Field 10 am to 9 pm FREE ADMISSION.
Aboriginal Day is always a time of celebration, experience, and an opportunity for reconciliation through sharing and teaching moments. Our Aboriginal Day Fundraising Gala Friday June 16 helps us raise money for needed programs. Check out our lineup:
Gerry “Big Bear” Barrett who is the Ultimate Aboriginal Entertainer! Gerry, an Ojibway from the Saugeen First Nation in Ontario, is a stand-up comedian, broadcaster, and actor. The Big Bear is known for his biting political satire, pop culture references, skits and live music. His Elvis skit is especially in large demand. Gerry grew up in Grand Valley, he currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Gerry returning on Saturday June 17 - Returning for a free concert Aboriginal Day Festival
Susan Aglukark Singer/Songwriter performing Friday Gala only! She is one of Canada's most unique artists, and a leading voice in Canadian music. She blends the Inuktitut and English languages with contemporary pop music arrangements to tell the stories of her people, the Inuit of Arctic Canada. The emotional depth and honesty of her lyrics; her pure, clear voice and themes of hope, spirit, and encouragement have captivated and inspired listeners from all walks of life. Susan has held command performances for HRH Queen Elizabeth (twice), as well as several other dignitaries. Susan's albums Arctic Rose, This Child, Unsung Heroes, and her most recent release Big Feeling.
The Hallers a First Nations youth who are said to be the next Juno winners.
Toronto Council Fire’s All Nations Juniors will be providing their traditional songs along with dancers to regale the audience between sets.
Lowell Souce a former member of the George Rose band for 30 years, brings soothing sounds of jazz, classical and other genres during the social gathering and Gala dinner.
Back by popular demand NishDish will be catering at the Friday Gala. Traditional Chef, Johl Whiteduck Ringuette, has been providing delectable First Nations cuisine to the Native community and allies since May 2005. Raised in the backwoods north of North Bay, Ontario, Chef Ringuette’s knowledge of Native food was provided by the culinary wisdom of his mother and inspired by his father, a hunter and fisher. While yearning for the Indigenous foods from his childhood such as wild game, freshwater fish, berries, and maple syrup, Johl received ceremonial instructions by his longtime medicine teacher to establish an Anishnawbe catering business in Toronto.