2-Spirit Cabaret
November 24

part of Weesageechak Begins to Dance

Native Earth Performing Arts + Buddies in Bad Times

Back for a second year, the 2-Spirit Cabaret is a celebration of the unrelenting strength, beauty, and talent of queer and 2-Spirit Indigenous people. Buddies and Native Earth Performing Arts presents an evening of performances, music, and spoken word as part of Weesageechak Begins to Dance – Native Earth’s 30th annual festival of Indigenous works.

Tickets on sale and full programming announcement on October 1.

photo of Michaela Washburn and Smith Purdy by Tanja-Tiziana  _ design by Lucinda Wallace

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Native Earth Performing Arts is Canada’s oldest professional Indigenous theatre company. Currently celebrating our  35th year, we are dedicated to developing, producing and presenting professional artistic expressions of the Indigenous experience in Canada.

Buddies audiences will remember Native Earth from their critically acclaimed productions of Tara Beagan’s free as injuns (2012) and, Marie Clements’ Tombs of the Vanishing Indian (2010), and Yvette Nolan and Kennedy C. MacKinnon’s Death of a Chief (2008). This is the second year that our two companies have partnered on the 2-Spirit Cabaret.


2-spirit, trans, and queer-identified Indigenous artists are encouraged to apply with short (5-10 minute) works. Both presentations and works-in-development will be considered this year, with any desired development support to be discussed with selected artists individually.

Fill Out the On-Line Application Form



• Artistic Merit
• Programming Fit
• Production Capacity and Viability


All applicants must be available between November 6th and November 25th, 2017 for rehearsals and performance dates.

If you experience difficulty submitting materials through this form, please send your application and all required materials by email to:

Sue Balint, Weesageechak Festival Producer

Submissions will not be accepted by mail. If you have questions about your Weesageechak 30 submission or need additional assistance with your application, please call 416-531-1402.

*Native Earth Performing Arts uses the term Indigenous to encompass the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit of Turtle Island (North America). We also include Indigenous peoples from other regions including Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and Greenland.


Single Tickets and Weesageechak Festival Passes go on sale October 1.

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