october, 2021

tue19oct10:00 pm11:00 pmOpening Night Party w/ Kee'ahn, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Digging RootsCategory:iNfestival2021,Livestream,Special Events,Ticketed


(Tuesday) 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm(GMT-04:00) View in my time

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The return of imagineNATIVE’s legendary opening night party takes over your home! Join us following the opening film for a night of special perfroamnces featuring Kee’ahn, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, and Digging Roots.

Access Opening Night Party with your Community or Industry Pass!

Artist: Digging Roots

Digging Roots breathe life into songs from their land, Turtle Island, to raise their voices in solidarity with a global chorus of Indigenous artists, activists and change-makers. For over a decade, JUNO Award winners Digging Roots have traveled the world with a joyful message of resistance, celebrating Anishinabe and Onkwehonwe traditions of round dance and interconnectedness interwoven with the bedrock sounds of blues, soul and rock n’ roll. 

Artist: Kee’ahn

With a name coming from the Wik people, meaning to dance, to sing, to play, Kee’ahn aims to honour her name and Ancestors through her soulful music that weaves lush melodies and words reminiscent of heartbreak and healing. Kee’ahn’s debut single ‘Better Things’ is out now.

Artist: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg musician, writer and academic, who has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation. Her work breaks open the boundaries between story and song—bringing audiences into a rich and layered world of sound, light, and sovereign creativity.


Thank you to the Department of Canadian Heritage for their support of this presentation of the 2021 Opening Night Party!

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We at imagineNATIVE acknowledge that this land located on present-day Tkaronto (Toronto) is the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee, the Huron-Wendat, and the Mississaugas of the Credit.

We acknowledge the Dish With One Spoon covenant, a treaty whose spirit is one based in collective stewardship and reciprocity. We take the spirit of this covenant to the core of our operations as we bring artists and audiences from many nations across the globe together through our various initiatives and activities.

Please take a moment to think of the land you currently reside upon, wherever you may be, and  acknowledge those who went before and those yet to come.