Visit Fort York National Historic Site this weekend to experience and celebrate traditional and contemporary Indigenous music and dance, along with artisan and culinary experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples living across Turtle Island and Indigenous communities around the world.

The Indigenous Arts Festival will run on June 18th and 19th and is presented by the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Na-Me-Res, Dashmaawaan Bemaadzinjin (They Feed the People) and the City of Toronto.

One of the highlights of the event, the Native Men’s Residence Traditional Pow Wow will be held on Saturday.

The Pow Wow starts with a Grand Entry with a spectacular parade at noon. You can enjoy a delicious shared feast, watch hundreds of vibrant drummers and dancers perform, participate in activities and meet First Nations crafters and vendors.

The festivities continue on Sunday with live performances by Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation Theatre Group, Nenookaasi, Marimbistas and Izaiah Cada, Beny Esguerra and New Tradition Music, Manitou Mkwa Singers and live visual art and dance with Kreecha, Planta Muisca, Nichole Leveck and Irma Villafuerte.

Visitors can also get traditional wares and food from Indigenous Artisans Market and food market taking place Noon to 6 p.m. on both days.

Admission to the festival held at Fort York (250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto) is free on both days.

Lake Shore Boulevard West, from west of Bathurst Street to Windermere Avenue, will be closed to vehicle traffic from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 18 for the Toronto Waterfront 10K race. Plan ahead to attend the event on time.

Published by To Do Canada On June 17, 2022