“My people will sleep for 100 years, but when they awake, it will be the artists that give them their spirit back” Louis Riel (1885)
Don’t miss this special screening of the powerful film, When They Awake (92 min.), co-hosted by World Community and the Immigrant Welcome Centre.
When They Awake documents a remarkable generation of established and emerging Indigenous musicians whose voices are being heard in a moment of cultural and political resurgence. It is to this generation and their astonishing music that the film bears witness.
Featuring more than 20 artists, including modern trailblazers such as A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Tagaq, Leela Gilday, the Jerry Cans, and Iskwé, the film illustrates how native musicians are channeling the pain of the past into a stirring, hopeful vision of the future. The film “is infused with so much positive energy, it practically bursts off the screen” writes Laurie Sarkadi, Yellowknife Edge