The Blackness of White: AAA and The Soar Arts Program

Posted August 11th, 2014 in AAA Presents by Director

Alberta Aboriginal Arts and The Soar Arts Program


The Blackness of White

Edmonton welcomes the Soar Program from Enoch First Nations to share the artistic progression of Aboriginal youth around Alberta!

The Soar Aboriginal Arts Program is focused on the empowerment of Aboriginal youth through the means of performing art. Soar is an excursion through riveting issues that impact contemporary Aboriginal culture; a youth program that builds from the fundamentals of the creative process. The Program uses different aspects of artistic vision to balance thought and emotion, supporting individuals with insight on life through the eyes of an artist. By writing and producing original pieces (music, dance, theatre, film) the youth gain awareness, critical thinking, and refined direction for energy and talent. Working with industry professionals and writers who produce and inspire as coaches, the result is truly spectacular!

A riveting journey, suspended between reality and perception, through the trials of X, a girl who feels she has nothing left to lose. Watch the inner workings unfold as the stories come to life through music, dance and film. The production ventures into the dark and mature of nature. The fact of the matter, suicide exists, with high rates in Aboriginal communities both rural and urban. This issue is addressed and expressed, by the talent of first nations aspiring artists and in this dark issue we hope the youth inspire you.

Directed by Joshua Jackson. Written by Taran Kootenhayoo.

The Blackness of White includes the following ONE DAY ONLY presentation:

August 14, 2014 (7:30 PM)
Shoctor Theatre (9828 101A Ave NW, Edmonton AB)
Admission is $17 +GST. Tickets available at the Citadel Theatre box office or online at

Media contacts:
Alberta Aboriginal Arts – Christine Sokaymoh Frederick
Cell: 587-989-6838 | E:
Soar Program – Joshua Jackson
Cell: 780-803-7212 | E:

Join us for the 5th Annual RUBABOO Arts Festival

Posted May 30th, 2013 in Rubaboo by Director

A Celebration of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis art in Edmonton, Alberta

June 4-16, 2013

C103 (The Catalyst Theatre), 8529 – 103 Street

Performances are at 7:30 PM unless otherwise stated.

Please check our festival calendar for workshops details

 Rubaboo 2013 Calendar

Ticket for “Huff” $20 and all other events are $5 or by donation.  You can also purchase a festival pass for $20.

RUBABOO is a Michif (Métis) word meaning a stew that’s full of life and food that feeds the spirit.  June is National Aboriginal History Month, and heading to RUBABOO is a great way to celebrate.  This 11 day multidisciplinary festival showcases new Aboriginal plays, music, dance, art, food, family and youth events, artist workshops, and an Aboriginal craft market. RUBABOO is open to everyone, providing the opportunity for audiences to get a great taste of the amazing work being created by members of Canada’s First Nations.  This is the only Aboriginal performing arts festival in Alberta.


For full a FESTIVAL SCHEDULE click RUBABOO in the top menu.


Call for Submissions for 3rd Rubaboo Arts Festival

Posted May 30th, 2011 in AAA Presents by Director

Deadline: May 20, 2011

All submissions will be short (max. 15 minutes) and can be music, writing/storytelling, dance, fine/visual arts, and traditional arts, to be presented on stage in traditional or contemporary styles from established and emerging Aboriginal artists. Written pieces may be workshopped and will be presented by professional Indigenous actors/directors.

Please email submissions and inquiries to:

Submission Deadline is May 20, 2011

Alberta Aboriginal Arts Presents

Posted August 31st, 2010 in AAA Presents by admin

in association with Workshop West Theatre

Almighty Voice & His Wife

by Daniel David Moses

October 20 – 23, 2010
La Cite Francophone
8627 91 Street, Edmonton AB
Tickets $25

Student, senior, group and Aboriginal (First Nations, Inuit, Métis)
discounts available

Call box office at 780-477-5955 ext. 301

For info on Study Guide, Q&A sessions for schools and/or select pubic performances
call 780-913-3570 or

All it took was one dead cow to turn a game of Redcoats and Wild Indians into a fight for survival in 19th century Saskatchewan.

Penned by prolific Aboriginal playwright, Daniel David Moses (Coyote City, The Indian Medicine Shows), the first act tells the true life story of the accidental martyr, Almighty Voice (1875-97) and how his quest for food – a wild cow that supposedly was on crown land– led to more than a year of running from the North West Mounted Police. The second act is a macabre reenactment of how Almighty Voice was demonized and feminized.

Almighty Voice and His Wife (1991) by Daniel David Moses is one of the few Aboriginal plays considered part of the canon of great Canadian drama. This poetic and uniquely original play had its triumphant debut at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (Ottawa) 19 years ago. In 2009 Native Earth remounted this new production about the legendary Almighty Voice at Theatre Passe Muraille (Toronto). Following the Toronto performances Almighty Voice and His Wife toured to the Origins Festival in London, England. ALBERTA ABORIGINAL ARTS is honoured to be bringing this acclaimed production to audiences in Edmonton.


Posted June 3rd, 2010 in Rubaboo by admin

WED 7:30 – Full reading of DREARY & IZZY by Tara Beagan, an award winning Alberta Playwright and Actor. Followed by performances by Marilyn Rose and Dawn Dumont.

THURSDAY 7:30- More of a cabaret evening with performances and excerpts from 3 new Canadian Aboriginal plays;
AGOKWE by Waawaate Forbister (Winner of 5 Dora awards, 2009), SALT BABY by Falen Johnson, MINISTRY OF GRACE by Tara Beagan (A new play still in Development). Other performers include Andrea True Joy Fox, Jo Ann Daniels, Wendy Walker, Marilyn Rose, Thundering Spirit, BROTHAZ GRIMM and the Stephanie Harpe band.

FRIDAY 7:30- We do a full reading of the script we are developing; WHERE THE SUN DON’T SHINE by Telly James. Then we have performances by Tommy J. Mueller, Melinda Jane and Dawn Dumont. Then we are joined by the DREAMSPEAKERS Film Festival at 10pm and enjoy a special musical guest for the rest of the evening.

SATURDAY – Noon-2pm We plan on having a talking circle with Bradley Moss, Tara Beagan & Telly James to discuss the process of the weeks’ development on the script and the different perspectives the two directors have on the work. Bruce Sinclair of Canada Council for the Arts will also be in attendance to discuss granting processes and have an open dialogue with all those in attendance.

Seeking submission for the 2nd Annual Rubaboo Festival

Posted May 28th, 2010 in Rubaboo by admin

The 2nd Annual Rubaboo Arts Festival is seeking submissions from Aboriginal artists; Writers, Musicians, Dancers, Playwrights, Poets, Visual Artists, Traditional and Contemporary arts of all styles are all welcome to submit.

The Rubaboo Arts Festival is a celebration of Aboriginal Arts and Artists from across the province and the country. Happening June 2-4, 2010 and presenting multi-disciplined artists in traditional and contemporary styles in a relaxed cabaret type setting.

There will be readings of new Aboriginal plays by writers from across the country. We will also have readings of two new plays by Alberta Playwrights. One is a new published play which has never been produced in Alberta. The other play is still in development and will be work shopped during the festival with a public presentation of the work in progress.

Please send all inquires and submissions to;