Tales From Turtle Island

June 03 clock 08:00 PM


Alliance Fran├žaise
Toronto, ON

plus Radar

Ticket Booth

Door price is $20

General Admission (advanced)
Student (show Id At Door)

Presented by:

Spectrum Music

Event Details

One of our oldest art forms, Storytelling is a vital way in which people connect, share, and pass wisdom from Elders to younger generations. From education, to spirituality, and to entertainment, storytelling remains an important part of the culture of many Indigenous communities in Turtle Island, the land that encompasses most of North America.

Playwright Yolanda Bonnell has written a collection of five new pieces, which will be performed by actor Rachel Cantin. The Spectrum composers have created musical interpretations of Yolanda’s works, to be performed by an ensemble featuring members of the Metis Fiddler Quartet and DJ/electronic artist Classic Roots.

Violinist Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuk adds her compositional voice to the concert, as she performs an excerpt of her work “Memere Colibri”: a piece for solo violin, storytelling, and projections. Classic Roots (aka Joshua DePerry) will perform a solo piece for electronics and Pow Wow dance.


Violin- Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuk
Violin- Nick Delbaere-Sawchuk
Cello- Danton Delbaere-Sawchuk
Alto saxophone- Olivia Shortt
Electronics- Joshua DePerry aka Classic Roots


Pow Wow by Yolanda Bonnell, music interpretation by Shannon Graham
Anishnaabe Kwe Pt 1 by Yolanda Bonnell, music interpretation by Chelsea McBride
Red Waters by Yolanda Bonnell, music interpretation by Lieke van der Voort
Anishnaabe Kwe Pt 2 by Yolanda Bonnell, music interpretation by Kristian Podlacha
Blood Cells by Yolanda Bonnell, music interpretation by Jay Vazquez
Memere Colibri by Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuk