Saturday, February 27, 2016, from 8 P.M. to 01 A.M.
The Canadian Guild of Crafts, which is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year, is happy to join forces once again, with Nuit blanche à Montréal, a major cultural city event. For the occasion, the Guild has prepared a high quality program for the evening of February 27, 2016. Starting at 8 P.M. until 01 A.M. the Guild welcomes you all to celebrate the Inuit and First Nations cultures. Under the theme nipi, a term in the inuktitut language which describes a sound, including music, the human voice and noise; Moe Clark, Nina Segalowitz and DJ Rhythm & Hues will intertwine music, poetry, throat singing and supernatural stories during the evening to build bridges between the different cultures and to reach out to the audience.
Come and warm up with a hot chocolate*, which will be offered gratuitously throughout the evening, and let yourself electrify by nipi’s untamed nature.
► THE PROGRAM ◄
8 to 9:15 P.M. >> UNEXPLAINED SUPERNATURAL STORIES
Starting at 8 P.M. the Guild invites you all to listen and share some unexplained supernatural stories. Superstitions, a misunderstood aspect of Inuit culture, play a major role in the arctic communities’ social life. Like all of those founding myths, each legend hides a darker side, some outright terrifying. Just wait until you hear about what the northern lights refers to for the Inuits… Chills guaranteed.
9:15 to 10 P.M. >> THROAT SINGING WORKSHOP
In the same inuit theme, the great throat singer Nina Segalowitz welcomes you all at 9:15 for an introduction to throat singing. Even if it has been performed for thousands of years in different arctic regions around the globe, Canadian arctic throat singing has the particularity of being practiced only by women. This expressive art is an enjoyable game played in pairs. It’s some sort of a contest in which both women compete with one other until one of them start laughing. Men and women are welcome to participate. Come and try it!
10 to 11:30 P.M. >> PERFORMANCE WITH MOE CLARK ET NINA SEGALOWITZ
One more thing not to be missed during the evening, the collaborative performance by Moe Clark, Metis artist, spokenword, poet and singer, and Nina Segalowitz, throat singing, will mix their voices into creating transcending sound landscapes and paying tribute to their respective cultures.
11:30 P.M. to 1 A.M. >> DJ RHYTHM & HUES
For those of you who wants to dance, we haven’t forgotten you, for we will end the evening on a high note with the DJ Rhythm & Hues alias artist Parker Mah. As a frequent traveller with eclectic tastes in music, he will make you move with a mix of sounds and rhythms from all around the world.
► THE ARTISTS ◄
(artist, signer, spoken word)
Métis multidisciplinary artist Moe Clark is a nomadic songbird with wings woven from circle singing and spoken word. She facilitates creative workshops in communities and with Aboriginal youth with a basis for deepening embodiment and awareness with personal and collective expression.
Clark has two albums of words and music, a bilingual book of poetry and a myriad of performance collaborations and music videos. In 2015 her Cree lullaby Nitahkôtânwon best music video at ImagiNative Film Festival and was featured as the opening film for the Skábmagovat Film Festival in Sámiland, Finland. She has performed and collaborated on numerous national and international stages around the world and has shared her voice at TedXMtl and the 2012 London Olympics.
(Inuit throat singer)
In the purest tradition of Inuit culture, Nina Segalowitz (Inuit/Chipewyan from Fort Smith, NWT) a mother of three, has given regal performances of throat singing for twenty years. Throat singing has been practised by the Inuit for thousands of years, and their interpretations of nature in their environment are Inuit women’s prized moments of leisure and entertainment. She has performed in many countries such as France, Belgium, Luxembourg, USA and all over Canada, with many groups and singers like Ariane Moffat and for audiences like HRH Queen Mathilde of Belgium.
a.k.a. DJ Rhythm & Hues
Musical vagabond and inveterate digger, Parker Mah AKA Rhythm & Hues has been sharing his offbeat selections for over ten years, first as a radio show host and producer and later as a DJ. A trained musician, his travels have taken him from Japan to South Africa to Colombia and back, collecting music with an ear to the unconventional, the transcultural, and the danceable. From mbalax to maracatu, cumbia to kwaito, his sets are a potion for curious and thirsty ears.