What happens when two musicians from RedTail Spirit Singers meet two musicians from Sacred Wolf Singers?

The result is a massive drumbeat!

We are extremely happy to announce that two of the musicians from RedTail Spirit Singers who will have participated in the musical residency with Daraa Tribes in Sherbrooke, will be playing at the 17th Annual Small Word Music Festival’s opening with Sacred Wolf Singers, a traditional Mi’kmaq band from New-Brunswick and Nova Scotia. In addition, they will be accompanied by Ojibwe dancer Matthew Rutledge.

WHERE: Harbourfront Center – 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto (see directions)

WHEN : Friday, August 17th, 2018 – from 6 p.m.

The show is copresented by Marchande d’idées and Small world Music

Background information on the Big Drum

The big drum is a central element in both ceremonies and powwows. Some ceremonial elements carry over into the powwow form, in the opening, honouring and closing songs. The large drum plays another role in powwows: it keeps the people dancing. Its ceremonial role in powwows is evolving.

Song is traditionally the chief way of communicating with supernatural powers. Music is seldom performed for its own sake. It has a definite purpose — bringing rain or healing the sick.

Songs and dances come from nature or from dreams, and often express appreciation for life and sustenance.

There are three classes of songs. Traditional songs, handed down from generation to generation, are owned by individuals, families, clans or nations. Ceremonial and medicine songs are supposed to be received in dreams and are used for healing and purification. Modern songs show the influence of European culture.

Traditional music expresses the nation’s whole culture. 

(Reference:  Library and Archives Canada)