Making Treaty 7’s Talk Series
August 28 2019
Join us for Making Treaty 7’s first Talking Series, hosted by our Artistic Director, Justin Many Fingers, as part of our Pride programming!
Justin will be chatting with internationally acclaimed artist Waawaate Fobister, who is a well-known creator, performer and choreographer. They will also be joined by Marshal Vielle (Blackfoot), who is an emerging performance artist from Mohhkinstist (Calgary), who has been in many productions in the city and has toured the country with several productions.
Opening up conversations around Indigenous queer spaces, discussing growing up gay on the Reserves and what it means to leave the reserve in search of self-identity. We hope you join us and utilize this opportunity to share your thoughts and experiences around these hot topics!
August 29, 2019
Agokwe (written and performed by Waawaate Fobister) is a powerful tale that explores unrequited love between teenage boys – a hockey player and a dancer – from neighboring reserves who connect through a mutual love of movement. But when tragedy intervenes, youth, distance, and isolation strive to pull them apart. This award-winning production, described as a “magnetic plea for tolerance and action” by the Georgia Straight, speaks to bullying, homophobia, unrequited love, social isolation and the lost traditions of the Anishnaabe.
QUEER CAB FAB DRAGS Indigenous Drag Cabaret
August 29, 2019
Featuring Argintina Hailey (Morley, AB), Levi Alizaar Foy (Winnipeg, MB), Quanah Napoleon (Vancouver, BC), Marshal Vielle (Kainai, AB), and DJ Dexter Amos (Morley, AB).
We invite you to come and celebrate Indigenous drag with performers from Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Morley, featuring our host DJ, Dexter Amos! This 18+ event is for everyone to come celebrate, dance and let your inner diva fly! Join us for Calgary’s FIRST EVER indigenous lead drag show, performed by Indigenous drag superstars that are sure to astonish and amaze!
Meet the People
Waawaate Fobister – is an actor, dancer, playwright, choreographer, and a producer. Waawaate means Northern Lights a proud Anishnaabe from Grassy Narrows First Nation and a Grass Dancer.. He’s a recipient of two Dora awards for outstanding actor and play for Agokwe, Humber College outstanding actor, Mark S. Bonham Centre award from University of Toronto for his work. He also has many nominations, including Ontario Premiers’ Award, K.M Hunter Award and Sterling Award – Edmonton. He trained and studied at Humber College, Banff Centre for the Arts, Summer School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Intensives at Centre for Indigenous Theatre and Kahawi Dance Theatre. He has worked for many major theatre companies across Canada. His work has taken him to many places as an artist, Japan, UK, and many coasts across Turtle Island. His work and his writings has been published, he was also a playwright- in-residency at Native Earth Performing Arts – Toronto and Magnus Theatre – Thunder Bay. Waawaate also choreographed a musical in Prince Edward Island where Prince William and Princess Kate came to watch and he met both in front of large crowds.
Quanah Style – is Canada’s most infamous two-spirit trans artist. Star of “Quanah TransOp” on wow presents and season 2 of CBC Canada’s a Drag! One part fearless ClubKid and another part powerhouse musician. Ms. Style has blazed a train from coast to coast. From Vancouver to Toronto & LA. She has garnered attention and there are few dance floors who haven’t felt her presence. From her outfits and makeup, to her music and show stopping performances, Quanah Style has proven she is a force to be reckoned with.
She has opened for Peaches, Buffy St.Marie, Bif Naked, Simone Denny, Amanda Lepore, +Lady Bunny
Marshall Vielle (Natay’ao’tako – Holy Walking Around the Encampment) – is an Actor, Director, Podcaster, and Drag Performer from the Kainai Nation in Southern Alberta. He is recent graduate from the University of Lethbridge where he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts, specializing in Theatre Performance. He is especially interested in using theatre for community development, having been involved in various projects both locally and internationally aimed at using artistic practices to encourage social change. Marshall was the recipient of the 2018 Theatre Calgary Stephen Hair Emerging Actor Award and an Artist-in-Residence at Trickster Theatre. He is very excited to be working with MT7 once yet for the Artist Talk Series and would like to thank his family, friends, and artistic mentors for their endless love and support!
Argintina Hailey-Dior – is a Two-Spirit Member of the Stoney Nakoda Nation and has been doing drag since she was 20 years old. Argintina has had the honor of holding many titles in her lifetime and has travelled to represent these titles across Canada & The U.S.A. and has performed in some of the greatest venues across North America most notably her forever cherished venue The Stardust Lounge in Las Vegas before it was demolished for a command performance. Argintina and her friend co-founded the first ever LGBTQ2S+ Pride on a First Nations Territory in Alberta and was covered nationally in the media for this milestone in Alberta History. Since then she has gone to do many follow-up Argintina Hailey’s Drag Cabaret Shows and hosted 2 Morley Prides on the Stoney Nakoda Nation and is in the process of organizing the 3rd Annual Morley Two-Spirit Pride. Argintina is currently doing her research on how to set-up a Society for Two-Spirit Members of her community and its Treaty 7 neighbors, to have some resources specifically dedicated for them. Argintina has worked with Pride Calgary for many years performing at their Annual Pride Festival and has worked for PurePride for many of its events. Argintina has worked with & met many celebrities over the years which include RuPaul’s Drag Race Superstars like Chad Michaels, Courtney Act, Jujubee, Miz Cracker, Manila Luzon, Eureka, Kameron Michaels, Sharon Needles.