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Canadian Aboriginal Festival Kicks Off November 30 In Toronto
Published October 26, 2007

More than 40,000 people are expected to attend this year's 14th annual Canadian Aboriginal Festival, North America's largest multi-disciplinary Aboriginal arts event, at the Rogers Centre in Toronto November 30 - December 2. (Pictured: Artist Marc Nadjiwan, scheduled to perform at the festival.)

North America's largest multi-disciplinary Aboriginal arts event, the 14th annual Canadian Aboriginal Festival is a family-friendly opportunity to experience Aboriginal culture, performances, organizations and artisans, all in one place over one weekend. This year, more than 40,000 people are expected to attend this massive festival that joyfully and respectfully shares Native arts and culture with everyone. The Canadian Aboriginal Festival Pow Wow will take place at the Rogers Centre in Toronto November 30 - December 2.

A festival highlight every year, more than a thousand Pow Wow dancers in full regalia will again parade into the pow wow circle at three Grand Entries. The Grand Entries are a must-see event for first-time visitors. The pow wow competition prize money has been increased this year, and a spectacular turnout is expected, with more competitive pow wow dancers than ever. Festival music performances feature Canadian Aboriginal Music Award nominees, well-known international Aboriginal performers, and emerging Aboriginal talent. Thanks to support from the Department of Canadian Heritage, visitors will enjoy traditional flute and hand-drum music performances by Sakoeita and Niiwing Wendanamek alongside roots, soul, rock, hip hop, and country music performances by Burnt Project 1, Nadjiwan, The Flummies, Eloquence, Little Hawk, Michelle Boudrias, Meghan Meisters, Steve Rain, Jimmy Lee Young, Jared Sowan, William Belcourt, Indigie Femme, Alyssa Wiebe and Misty Cora.

Just in time for Christmas shopping, the expanded Marketplace is where visitors find a wide selection of clothing by Native designers, beautiful jewelry, stunning craftsmanship in hand-made carvings, sculpture and musical instruments, fine art and fine craft by top Native artisans, delicious traditional food and much more. It's the perfect place to find unusual gifts this holiday season. For the 11th year, an inspiring Visual Art Exhibition group show will be coordinated by ANDPVA (Association for Native Development in Performing Visual Arts). This year's theme is "AKWE-KON" which means "everyone".

Confidence and life skills are at the heart of the Turtle Concepts Fashion Shows, where Aboriginal youth, many from rural northern communities and traveling for the first time, model fashions by Native designers. At the Lacrosse Skills Competition, amateur lacrosse players compete for the Ontario title. On Friday, November 30, school students embrace diversity and learn about Native culture at the Education Day. Children enjoy a positive Aboriginal experience first-hand, and learn about Canada's First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis culture by visiting interactive learning stations. Tickets for Education Day are $7 for each student and teacher.

The 9th annual Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMAs) will honor top Aboriginal artists and music industry professionals in Canada today. The public gala show, an entertaining event with performances by top Aboriginal music groups from across Canada and Native celebrity presenters, takes place Friday November 30, 8:00pm, at the Rogers Centre. A private CAMAs VIP dinner Awards Night will take place on Thursday November 29 at the Renaissance Hotel, where 10 of the awards will be handed out. All CAMAs award winners will be announced at the public gala show on Friday November 30, at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. Tickets for the public Gala Awards Show Nov. 30 are $35 in advance and $40 at the door for floor seating, and $20 for grandstand seats. Tickets for the Canadian Aboriginal Festival Pow Wow are $10 per day for adults and $5 per day for children 12 and younger. Daily family passes for 4 people are available for $25. Tickets for the Canadian Aboriginal Festival Pow Wow and the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards are available through Ticketmaster by calling 416-872-1111, online at, or by visiting any Ticketmaster outlet. Complete festival information is at ww