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Cobechenonk (Humber River) Shadow Show

July 21, 2017 @ 8:30 pm - July 23, 2017 @ 10:30 pm

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An event every day that begins at 8:30pm, repeating until July 23, 2017

Cobechenonk Shadow Canoe Show: Work-in-progress showing

We can tell you that our relationship to Cobechenonk (Humber River) goes much deeper than 150 years. We can tell you that the river has been an important waterway since time immemorial. That it continues to be a significant site for many Indigenous people. We can tell you many things about Cobechenonk, but actually, we’d rather invite you to board one of our canoes and experience it for yourself.

Explore and share stories of the river and teachings about water, the animals, plants, and ancestors of the river past and present. Paddle a canoe with us as these stories are brought to life by shadow puppetry. Or if you prefer to stay on land, sit and share food, songs and stories from Elders and hand drummers. A fire will be lit.

Presented by Eventual Ashes and the Balance Bringers

Elders: Wanda Whitebird, Ma-Nee Chacaby, Blu Waters
Directed by Gein Wong, Producer Erika Pulfer
Shadow Puppetry By Drawing With Knives
Live drumming by Michelle Perpaul, Sue Croweagle, Nenokassi Ochyrm
Food by the Anishnawbe Wellness Collective
Paddlers: Jamie Whitecrow, Devyn Cascanette, Tia Cavanagh, Ashley Bomberry, Keir Tabachack and more!

This event takes place three nights in a row. While there are plenty of activities and space on shore and we welcome people to stop by, we can only fit 30 people in canoes each night. Please register to ensure a spot in the boat. For more info email

Please bring an blanket or chair to sit on, and your own cup/bowl/utensils to cut down on waste

Etienne Brule Park is just outside Old Mill Subway Station on the Bloor Line.

We acknowledge that this event is taking place on land that is the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, Seneca, Huron-Wendat and most recently the Mississauga’s of the Credit River. We have gratitude to the land and to our relatives and ancestors who care for it

Supported by the Toronto Arts Council, Toronto Arts Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council an Agency of the Government of Ontario and the Friends of the Pan Am Path.


The Balance Bringers are a new arts collective, that has naturally evolved from the artists associated with the land based ecorestoration group Naadmaagit Ki. Eventual Ashes creates performance experiences that give voice and empower communities. We prioritise interdisciplinary work from Indigenous people, people of colour, Two Spirit and Queer folks and recognise the long tradition of Indigenous cultures that naturally combine multiple disciplines. Recent works include: “Say Their Names, Remember”, a 500 person performance piece which will opened the Ai Weiwei exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario. co-cretation of “The Forgetful City”, a site specific interactive video installation that reopened the RC Harris Water Filtration Plant in Toronto - an art-deco castle closed to the public for a decade due to 9/11, and a World Pride commission to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with large scale immersive performance experience to remember Stonewall.
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Etienne Brulé Park
13 Crosby Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M6S 2P8 Canada
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