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Ko K’e Spoken Word & Music Festival

September 22, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm


The Ko K’e Spoken Word and Music Festival is a celebration of Northern culture. It also marks 151 years of colonialism in Canada including cross-generational Indigenous perspectives. Performers use a variety of storytelling techniques including poetry and music.

Special performance by the Yellowknives Dene Drummers. MCs Snookie Catholique and Deneze Nakehk’o.

Freshly baked bannock will be served. Crafts from local artisans will be on sale in the lobby.

Ernie Lennie is from the Northwest Territories and currently lives in Yellowknife. He is a former cross-country skier who competed in the 1976 Winter Olympics. His dedication for Indigenous rights, his passion for cross-country skiing and his culture brought him all around the world. His experience at the residential school in Inuvik left a major emotional scar throughout his life. His stories will be about resilience, trauma, passion, strength and also awareness. His achievements are extraordinary and the audience will have a unique opportunity to learn about this world-class advocate and athlete.

Kiera-Dawn Kolson is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist from Denendeh. Kolson released her debut album “The Dawning of a New Era” in the summer of 2017 and enjoys working with Indigenous youth and communities as a cultural facilitator, singer/songwriter/poet, artist, with the objective of educating empowering and engaging the current and next generations in redefining Indigenous potential. By reflecting on their individual gifts, abilities and histories we can remember our identity and provide a voice back to Indigenous people and their communities to share their stories and experiences firsthand and in their own voice. A graduate of the En’Owkin Indigenous Center for the arts NAPAT Program (National Aboriginal Professional Artist Training) as well as the first poetry recipient of the institution Kiera has been trained in a variety of artistic disciplines.

Wesley Hardisty is a fiddler and composer whose music blends rock, country, folk, Celtic and Métis sounds. His passionate playing is compelling to watch, his love of music evident. Wesley is from the Dene First Nation in the North West Territories. Largely self-taught, he took up the fiddle at age thirteen in Fort Simpson through the outreach work of the Kole Crook Fiddle Association. He attended the prestigious Gulf Islands School of Performing Arts on Saltspring Island BC. His debut CD 12:12 won the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award for Best Fiddle CD. Just 22, he has an impressive resume with hundreds of gigs, festivals and TV performances. Wesley creates emotionally evocative music and is a soulful musician and inspiring young man.

Maggie Mercredi, Denesoline, found a love for the performing arts in the original NACC production of “Matonabbee”, a northern play about a Dene leader’s journey in the mid-1700s, during the French and English wars for colonial domination. No coincidence, as today Maggie helps to educate communities on the effects of colonization. The roles in “Matonabbee” led to being part of the NACC Studio Theatre Group where she honed her skills in roles such as Stella in “A Streetcar Named Desire”, Christine in “I Remember Mama” and Mary in “How The Other Half Loves” to name a few. She learned more about comedy through brilliant writings for “Land of the Midnight Sin” and how adapted versions of plays can thrill local audiences as they did in “Yellowknife: Our Town”.

A co-founding member of the Native Theatre Group of Yellowknife took them to perform the play “Edu” at the North American Indian Arts Festival in Toronto. Audiences also found Maggie in the role of Pelajia Rosella, hammering the shingles on her roof in “The Rez Sisters” at the Walterdale Theatre in Edmonton. Also a member of an ensemble of women’s voices, a turning point for Maggie, as it led to opportunities to write original pieces. A graduate of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre in Toronto taught her the importance of cultural and traditional teachings in performances; attended the Banff Centre for the Arts in music and storytelling residencies further enhanced her creativity. Maggie has written, produced, directed and performed original plays; and would love to see the return of community theatre in Yellowknife as there are so many gifted individuals right here at home. She is honoured that you are here to share in one of her most intimate of expressions.


September 22, 2018
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Northern Arts And Culture Centre (NACC)
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Yellowknife, NT Canada
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