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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.

PRAIRIE PROUD

(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.

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