Owen Sound Poet Laureate Legacy Project - Métissage
Start date: 1 November, 2016
End date: 30 November, 2017
Owen Sound Poets Laureate Rob Rolfe and Larry Jensen will perform their legacy project, Métissage, a mesmerizing collection of poems, songs, indigenous drumming, spoken word, and live projections, at Heartwood Hall in downtown Owen Sound, September 2017. This multi-media event will be archived on film and be the inspiration for a short indie film.
Métissage’s goal is to bring to life the mostly untold stories of an “other” Owen Sound, a community composed of First Nations, Métis, Black and other working class people that usually are missing from our history books. The Poets Laureate, joined by writers Richard-Yves Sitoski and Mary Little, along with Chippewas of Nawash at Neyaashiinigmiing Band Member Susan Schank, form the Métissage collective.
The name Métissage suggests diversity and inclusivity, seeking to uncover and reclaim the wisdom of lost or forgotten origins. It refers to the existence of multiple roots and identities in a single individual and a community. Métissage explores the diverse tapestry of Owen Sound and area’s local history - reminiscent of the multi-coloured, interwoven threads in a traditional Métis sash. This Poet Laureate legacy project is designed to appeal to all generations and cultures, to emotionally engage, teach, inspire and unite our community.
Nature of the Project Reach
This Poet Laureate legacy project is designed to appeal to all generations and cultures, to emotionally engage, teach, inspire and unite our community. This project will engage youth, indigenous peoples and other groups that reflect Canada's cultural diversity. The Poet Laureate Métissage films will be screened at film festivals and community venues, as well as being available at the Library.
1. Build a vibrant and health community with inclusive engagement of many community members
A vibrant and healthy community is made up of a diverse population that feels respected and celebrated. People respond to stories that reflect and validate their experience and heritage. The Métissage project tells stories that are not well known, particularly the histories of Black, First Nations, Métis and working class people of Owen Sound, bringing these stories to a wider audience by appealing to all cultures and age groups. Métissage shares these stories in three ways: 1. A live performance; 2. A short indie film; and 3. The archived performance. These stories will be shared widely on social media and through the Library and other cultural events, to help create a vibrant, healthy and respectful community.
2. Inspire a deeper understanding about your community and our country
Just as working class, Black, First Nations and Métis people will feel validated by Métissage, it will also bring an understanding of their history to the community at large by sharing engaging stories that have a local, national and universal appeal. The two films will carry the Métissage message to those who are unable to attend the live performance and preserve it for future generations. Métissage, by its very nature, helps to inspire a deeper understanding of our community’s past and our country’s future, growing out of this past.
3. Encourage community participation to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation.
Because this public performance by the Metissage collective is designed to appeal to all generations and cultures, it was quickly included on the roster of local presentations to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. MORE DETAIL HERE??? The performers are well-known and celebrated members of the community. Their legacy performance and inclusion in Canada’s 150th celebrations will attract a large and enthusiastic audience.
- Reach: Regional
- Theme(s): Arts & Culture
- Region(s): Ontario
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