Kanatha/Canada: First Encounters

Featuring John Beckwith’s moving Wendake/Huronia

The Toronto Consort - Kanatha/Canada: First Encounters

February 3 & 4 8pm

It was in Jacques Cartier’s travel journals of 1535 that the word Canada was first written down, using a native word to describe the kanatha (or main town) he visited near modern-day Quebec City. In this year marking the 150th anniversary of confederation, can we imagine new musical encounters between European and aboriginal nations? Featuring Canadian composer John Beckwith’s moving Wendake/Huronia, and music from the early colonists, the Consort is joined by First Nations performers Marilyn George, Shirley Hay, with Wolastoq song carrier Jeremy Dutcher, and special guest, Wendat Traditional Knowledge Keeper Georges Sioui.

Generously supported by Ann H. Atkinson.

Join us for a special pre-concert discussion with panelists David Fallis, Georges Sioui, and John Beckwith. Talks are FREE and held one hour before the shows, starting at 7pm.

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NEW LOCATION: Pre-concert lectures will now be held in Jeanne Lamon Hall, on the orchestra level. To join us, simply make your way to the lobby and enter through the orchestra level main doors.

  • Kanatha/Canada: First Encounters House Program