I have the good fortune of working on a fantastic project at the moment, for The Hundred Years Cafe. The concept is a musical collective – a gathering of diverse aboriginal artists (both local and international, established and emerging) for an intense session of collaboration, practice, and then performance – in front of a live studio audience.
The series of concerts, as well as ‘behind the scenes’ rehearsals and interviews, is being recorded for a TV series coming out in September, to be screened on APTN. The performances are free and taking place twice a week (roughly) for the month of March. You can get a full schedule on the Hundred Years website.
The studio space itself (located at the Ironworks studios at 235 Alexander Street) houses a collection of incredible native artwork, from tapestries to masks and paintings and the cafe atmosphere provides a perfect forum for the musical talent being showcased. It’s well worth stopping by to get the full experience; you just have to be prepared to be on camera. The name of the project comes from a prophecy by famed Metis leader Louis Riel who, in 1885, stated, “My people will sleep for a hundred years, and when they awake it will be the artists who give them their spirit back.”