RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE
Natalie McMaster: A Canadian Fiddle Celebration (July 8): An army of fiddlers descends upon Southam Hall to display the mastery of Canada’s best players. Led by the Natalie McMaster, the national showcase will feature Ontario’s April Verch, Saskatchewan’s John Arcand, NWT’s Wesley Hardistry, PEI’s Cynthia MacLeod, and the multiprovincial The Fretless quartet. Socalled with very special guest Yves Lambert (July 15): You can’t have a kitchen party without joie de vivre, and these two Quebec staples are bursting with it. La Bottine Souriante’s contemporary French Canadian folk meets the klezmer hip hop of Josh Dolgin.
Anishinabekwe (July 22): Song and storytelling with six acclaimed, award-winning Indigenous and Métis women from a wide range of genres. ShoShona Kish of Barrie’s Digging Roots hosts Tanya Tagaq, Amanda Rheaume, Sandy Scofield, Iskwé, and Moe Clark for a once-in-a-lifetime evening. Hieronymus Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delights
(July 14): It takes the might and inventiveness of Montreal’s Compagnie Marie Chouinard, led by one of Canada’s most powerful choreography masters, to translate mind-blowing medieval art of Bosch into a dance epic. This show is co-presented by Canada Scene and the Canada Dance Festival.
GO WEST Dance Machine
(July 12 to 14): Another joint effort, this Vancouver-based performance will weave a web of human dancers, bamboo poles, and rope into something you’ve never seen before.
(July 18): Featured in the brand-new NAC Atrium for the free concert series Scene@6, Suzie Vinnick’s bold take on folk, country and pop will resonate as loudly as her captivating voice. Suzie Vinnick Robin Poitras: End of Winter
(July 12): Reginabased Robin Poitras has both the imagination and the gumption to put on a double-bill dance piece about climate change destroying the world’s ice and Alzheimer’s ravaging her mother’s mind.