Drum groups will participate in a traditional call and response that will start in Niagara and travel back and forth across the country before culminating with a shared song and reflections from each drum group about their Drums Across Canada experience.
Drums Across Canada was created by Celebration of Nations Artistic Director Michele-Elise Burnett to foster healing, send love and drum for the children’s spirits who never made it home, our ancestors, our matriarchs, MMIWG2S, the next generation, for healing, and for wisdom. The message will echo unity, peace, respect and friendship in order to forge a new paradigm shift needed to create transformative and sustainable change for the next 7 Generations.
“Our drums are incredibly powerful medicine within our Indigenous culture. The beat of the drum mimics the nurturing heartbeat which is the first sound we hear in our mother's womb. That heartbeat of Mother Earth resonates healing frequencies. By adding additional drum circles and performing arts venues to this year’s Drums Across Canada event and offering virtual participation options, even more people will be able to join us in wrapping our arms around this country to ripple out the much needed healing energies so many of our relations and kin are seeking. This powerful circle will send out love, gratitude, and respect though our songs, our dances and our drums for residential school survivors, the children's spirit who never made it home, MMIW2S and to our ancestors, our elders, our matriarchs, our youth, and our relatives from the natural world.”
Join the FREE drum circle live in St. Catharines at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre or virtually through the PAC’s YouTube channel. People are encouraged to check with the performing arts venue partner in their area to see how to participate in-person.
The Drums Across Canada 2022 program has been made possible with generous funding from the Government of Canada’s Celebration and Commemoration Program - Commemorate
Canada Component through the Department of Canadian Heritage.
Drums Across Canada is one of several Celebration of Nations events at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario taking place 9-11 Sept 2022. Celebration of Nations is an annual gathering of Indigenous Arts, Culture and Heritage and is curated by Artistic Director Michele-Elise Burnett (Métis) and Artistic Producer Tim Johnson (Mohawk). The 6th annual gathering includes over 40 free and ticketed events including musical performances by Buffy Sainte-Marie, Shawnee Kish, Strong Water Singers, Mimi O’Bonsawin, Lacey Hill, The Métis Fiddlers, and more; a sacred fire that will burn throughout the weekend overseen by Fire Keepers Fred Bowering and Brian Kon; The Red Dress Exhibit – If Only These Dresses Could Tell Their Story; sunrise ceremonies and teachings around the sacred fire with Grandmother Jackie Labonte, Audra Sewell Malone, Grandmother Renee Thomas-Hill, and Perry Ground; teaching sessions focused on Indigenous Plant Life Along the Laura Secord Legacy Trail, and an information sharing session with The Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Network.