With material from a media release
World Premiere: Walking Through the Fire
Indigenous Collaborations with Sultans of String
I'm a little bit late to get on the bandwagon of this tour of an exciting new release by global music specialists Sultans of String. They've collaborated with award-winning First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists to bring it to the stage in a world premiere production.
The tour began a couple of days ago in Markham. See below for the rest of the schedule so far.
Walking Through the Fire
Walking Through the Fire is a musical multimedia experience unlike any other. From Métis fiddling to an East Coast Kitchen Party, rumba to rock, to the drumming of the Pacific Northwest, experience the beauty and diversity of music from Turtle Island with Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuk of the Métis Fiddler Quartet, Ojibwe/Finnish Singer-Songwriter Marc Meriläinen (Nadjiwan), Coast Tsm’syen Singer-Songwriter Shannon Thunderbird, Mi'kmaw Fingerstyle Guitarist Don Ross, Dene Singer-songwriter Leela Gilday, Elder and poet Dr. Duke Redbird, and The North Sound from the prairies, performing on stage, as well as virtual guests on the big screen, including the Northern Cree pow wow group, and more.
A central theme running through Walking Through The Fire is the need for the truth of Indigenous experience to be told before reconciliation can begin in earnest. Embedded in the title of the show is the energy of rebirth: fire destroys, but it also nourishes the soil to create new growth, beauty, and resiliency.
Walking Through The Fire ensures that we emerge on the other side together, stronger and more unified.
Nîmihito (Dance) is the first single off the Sultans of String album Walking Through the Fire
The first leg of the tour features Leela Gilday, The North Sound, Don Ross, Shannon Thunderbird, Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuk, Marc Meriläinen (Nadjiwan), and a multimedia extravaganza including Northern Cree, Kendra Tagoona, Tracy Sarazin, Duke Redbird and more.
- Sep 28 – Markham Flato Markham Theatre
- Sep 29 – Stratford Stratford Symphony
- Sep 30 - St Catharines Niagara Symphony-FirstOntario PAC
- Oct 1 - St Catharines Niagara Symphony-FirstOntario PAC
- Oct 2 - St Catharines FirstOntario PAC Education show
- Oct 3 – Brantford Brantford Symphony
- Oct 4 – Lindsay Flato Academy Theatre
The second leg features Shannon Thunderbird, Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuk, Marc Meriläinen (Nadjiwan), and a multimedia extravaganza including Northern Cree, Kendra Tagoona, Tracy Sarazin, Duke Redbird, and more.
- Oct 10 – Sudbury Café Heritage – Education & Evening show
- Oct 11 - North Bay Capitol Centre
- Oct 12 – Timmins Timmins Museum, O’Gorman HS
- Oct 13 – Geraldton Geraldton Concert Series
- Oct 14 - Thunder Bay Sleeping Giant Folk Music Society
- Oct 15 – Dryden Dryden Entertainment Series
- Oct 16 - Sioux Lookout Sioux Hudson Entertainment Series
- Oct 17 - Red Lake Red Lake Entertainment Series
- Oct 18 – Kenora Lake of the Woods Concert Group
- Oct 19 - Fort Frances Tour de Fort Entertainment Series
- Oct 22 – Burlington Burlington PAC
- Oct 23 – Burlington Burlington PAC Education show
- Nov 12 – Walkerton Victoria Jubilee Hall
2024 (more dates being added)
- Jan 19 - Ottawa Centrepointe Theatre
- Jan 23 – Kingston Kingston Grand Theatre – Education & Evening show
- Jan 25 – Brampton Rose Theatre – Education & Evening show
- Jan 30 – Guelph River Run Centre Education show
- Jan 31 – Guelph River Run Centre Education show
- Feb 1 – Guelph River Run Centre – Education & Evening show
- Mar 2 – Winnipeg Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
- Mar 3 – Winnipeg Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
- April 15 – Markham Flato Markham Theatre – Education Show
- April 16 – Markham Flato Markham Theatre – Education Show