Teen Review: The Outside Circle

August 24, 2016 | YAG Facilitator

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review by Maeesha Re: Book Review Submission: The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane Benson What we learn about the indigenous people of Canada in history class doesn't usually do the original people of this land much justice. With this in mind, I read The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane Benson,...

Spotlight On: First Nations Experiences

July 20, 2016 | Alice

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This week's book of the week is Moonshot, a collection of comics by indigenous artists and storytellers. It's gorgeous and different than a lot of comics anthologies you'll see. If you're curious what else there is out there that centres the experiences of First Nations people, you can start with...

Summer Read: A Foot In Each Canoe

July 21, 2015 | Alice

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We are, all of us, more than one thing. We have facets to our selves, many different identifying things that come together to make us who we are. For some, it can feel like being caught between two things, half one, half the other. Half one culture, half another. Half...

Friday's Faves: Islands of Decolonial Love

September 19, 2014 | Ray

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It's the best, most moving, poetry-ish story collection I've read all year. This collection of poetic short stories in Islands of Decolonial Love is searing, earnest, and moving. The author, Leanne Simpson, has an incredible ear for rhythm and sound - and multiplicitous meaning. Her stories delve into experiences of...

imagineNATIVE's indigiFLIX Presents: Festival Award Winning Shorts

May 30, 2014 | Ray

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Celebrate Aboriginal History Month by joining us for a screening of imagineNATIVE's festival award winning shorts. Enjoy a handpicked selection of award winning drama, comedy and documentary works on themes of survival, strength and perseverance, as seen through the indigenous lens. Fantastic short films! Friday June 13 6:00 p.m. -...

Trip Hop artist IsKwé: Live Performance

May 23, 2014 | Ray

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Cree/Dene/Irish Trip Hop artist IsKwé performs at the Spadina Road library in the stacks! Hailing from Winnipeg, IsKwé draws upon her Cree/Dene and Irish roots to characterize her Alternative RnB/TripHop music. IsKwé has worked with award-winning producers and was listed by the CBC as "Top 10 Canadian Musicians You Need...

Fear No Poetry. Poetry You Too Can Understand.

February 6, 2014 | Ray

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Do you often read a poem and think, what was that? or "Why can't they just say what they mean?!" True facts, poetry can be really cryptic and frustrating. Fortunately, there is poetry that you too, (and myself) can understand. Katherena Vermette's award winning collection, North End Love Songs cuts...

Mid-Week Music: Women of Aboriginal Hip Hop. Yes!

October 16, 2013 | Ray

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Hip hop is a hard scene to break into. Even more so as a woman artist. Here are some artists doing their thing and being awesome. Aboriginal hip hop is exploding across Canada, here are women that are part of the scene: JB the First Lady. Love her. Not only...

Hip Hop Films: Watch Alias at the Library

October 12, 2013 | Ray

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Rap thrives in Toronto neighborhoods like Regent Park, Don Mills, and Jane and Finch where music and lyrics voice the reality of marginalized communities growing up in urban poverty. Michelle Latimer's feature doc debut Alias is a powerful film that captures the realities of Toronto rappers Alkatraz, Trench, Alias, Knia...

Mid-Week Music: Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

March 20, 2013 | Ray

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Out there. Full of sound. Montreal & Toronto-based duo Yamantaka // Sonic Titan has been described by Pitchfork as "Volcanic prog-rock colored with equal parts post-punk urgency, stoner-metal heft, and psychedelic pop whimsy.” Link to album: However you describe their sound, it is one thing. EPIC. And we've got their...

Blasphemy is a wonder.

January 14, 2013 | Ray

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Yes, 'Blasphemy', Sherman Alexie's latest collection of new and time-tested short stories. Never heard of Sherman Alexie? or have you already read quite a lot of his work? Either way, 'Blasphemy' will draw you in. Just one short story will get you hooked. With words that are smooth, you glide...

Mid-Week Music: Elisapie Isaac

January 2, 2013 | Ray

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The amazing Elisapie is a gem of Canadian singer/songwriters. Currently based out of Montreal and originally from Salluit in Nunavut, check out her recent album, There Will Be Stars. With a new album coming soon, be sure to find the latest on Elisapie's facebook. Here's a sample video teaser...

Mid-Week Music: CerAmony

December 5, 2012 | Ray

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Juno award-winning group (2011), CerAmony, rocks. Of Cree heritage and hailing from James Bay, they've been spreading their message of unity. TPL has their 2010 self-titled album. Check it out! Here's their rock-anthem response to the Occupy movement:

Mid-Week Music: Digging Roots

November 28, 2012 | Ray

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Digging Roots blends traditional Indigenous influences, hip-hop, folk, reggae, and blues and to create some great sounds. Sort of reminds me of some Beck-ish sounds. With a new album out in spring 2013, check out their current album Seeds. Check them out online too at CBC music and their myspace...

mid-week music: A Tribe Called Red - dubstep fusion

November 7, 2012 | Ray

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Check out this inventive dubstep group from Ottawa - It's impossible not to start dancing with these beats. A Tribe Called Red describes themselves as, "an all Native American DJ crew from Ottawa Canada. We remix traditional Pow Wow music with contemporary club sounds". Their new album is a free...