Debajehmujig’s summer production of “The Three Phases of Kwe” proved to be a success with audiences that raved about the content, production and performances from these three powerful women. Two veteran actresses, Elisha Sidlar and Jessica Wilde Peltier along with newly graduated intern Sarina Merling all put their own personal experiences and stories out there on the stage for the world to see. Each Story was written, directed and performed in three unique ways by each of the women for this production, with additional dramaturgy by Pandora Topp.
The third annual WildER Med Conference was hosted at Debajehmujig Creation Centre and at a 100 acre bush lot on the Bidwell Rd. This unique medical education and humanities partnership brings together the Manitoulin Family Health Team, The Northern Ontario Medical School and Debajehmujig Storytellers.
Debajehmujig Storytellers had the honour and invitation to perform at Laurentian University’s 8th Annual Margaret Atwood Birthday Fundraising Event on Tuesday November 13th, 2012. “My Cousin’s Cousin’s Cousin – Margaret Atwood” was a multi-media commissioned work directed by Ron Berti. The final project was projected on the Vale Inco Cavern, Science North screen with an IMAX projector.
Halloween is a time when theatrics can shine and here at Debajehmujig it is no different. Halloween 2012 marked the year for much loved Rocky Horror fan night. The night became an interactive experience for all who attended beginning with the infamous characters of the film being brought to life by the animators. The hilarity continued with the audience participating in games, a costume contest and a high energized act along version of the movie. This event may have been for mom and dad but it definitely brought all who attended to a younger sillier time.
Ryan McMahon, known as “the fastest rising Native comedian working in North America today” closed of his cross Canada “Unreserved” tour with a final stop (to a sold out house) at the Larry E. Lewis Studio, here at the Debajehmujig Creation Centre. The house was full of both laughter and tears. Ryan was quite excited about performing on the Debaj stage and decided late in the game that it would be his final stop on the tour. “This has been by far the best stop on the tour…the tour itself was full of ups and downs and Debajehmujig was definitely a highlight” – Ryan McMahon
The K.B. Reynolds Mastin Gallery has been in operation for the last three years and has had several shows for emerging, mid-career and established artists. Ania Ek came to Debajehmujig in September 2012 to begin her internship and finished and eight week program with an exhibition in the K.B. Reyholds Mastin Gallery. She was mentored through all the necessary steps in taking an exhibition from concept to reality.
The Canada Council for the Arts supports the professional programs and activities of Debajehmujig - Storytellers through an Operating Grant from the Theatre Section. The Canada Council is also supporting the professional and strategic development of multi-disciplinary practice through the Integrated Arts Program
The Ontario Arts Council supports the professional programs and activities of Debajehmujig - Storytellers through an operating grant from the Theatre Section. The Ontario Arts Council also supports the development of the 6’ Festival through the Aboriginal Arts Project Program, as well as the long term self sustainability through the Ontario Arts Investment Fund
The Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Arts Training Fund has provided ongoing support for the professional training of Canadian Artists who are enrolled in the National Aboriginal Arts Animator Program at Debajehmujig - Storytellers
The Ontario Trillium Foundation - Province Wide Program - is supporting the groundwork, development and networking for a new multi-disciplinary community based regional festival series called ‘Cyclone’