Musqueam and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia are excited to collaborate again on the second annual Indigenous festival, ʔəm̓i ce:p xʷiwəl (Come Toward the Fire).
Held on September 16, 2023, the festival will feature free, outdoor programming from 1PM – 5:30PM, and a ticketed evening festival concert portion from 6PM.
The celebrations will showcase the diverse talents of Indigenous peoples from Musqueam and Indigenous nations across Turtle Island (North America).
- Black Belt Eagle Scout
- Mato Wayuhi
- Young Spirit Singers
- Notorious Cree
- Tia Wood
- Tsatsu Stalqayu / Coastal Wolf Pack
During the day, Musqueam master weaver Debra Sparrow (θəliχʷəlʷət) will team up with Vancouver artist Ruby Singh again for “Inter/weavings Pt. 2”.
“Musqueam is excited to partner with the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts and welcome Indigenous performers to our territory for the second year of ʔəm̓i ce:p xʷiwəl. In our culture, fire is the centre of our longhouses, where our ceremonial work takes place. Being called ‘toward the fire’ is a call to join us in this celebration of Indigenous cultural expression. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with the Chan Centre to continue uplifting Indigenous voices for many years to come.”
–yəχʷyaχʷələq, Chief Wayne Sparrow, Musqueam Indian Band
Come Toward the Fire 2023
FREE parking at the nearby Rose Garden Parkade after 12PM!
There are TWO parts to the festival:
Daytime Festival – FREE!
Outside the Chan Centre
Performances, artisan market, film screenings, storytelling, and food trucks.
Musqueam performers include Miss Christie Lee (Christie Charles), MJScottS (Jordan Scott) & Iron Rhino (Ryan Gonzales).
Chan Centre theatre
The concert portion is ticketed, and public tickets are SOLD OUT, but we have some for community!
To claim tickets, text Odette Wilson at 236-885-7335 or email [email protected].
Include number of tickets and preferred email address for digital tickets.