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June 2023

Aanii, NIFFies!


We are excited to announce family programming this year!

Come on out on Saturday, June 24th from 12:30PM - 5:00PM for face-painting, storytelling, performance, great local vendors and booths with activities for the kiddos, food and fun! Free. Outdoors. Everyone welcome!

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Time to get planning for NIFF 2023! For just $12 a show, you can see some groundbreaking local, provincial and International Indigenous art. 100% of ticket proceeds will go back to NIFF Artists and you can feel good about supporting them in their creative expressions and see some pretty rad performance while you're at it!

Get your tickets here!

Check out some of our artists below!


Songs and Stories of a Modern Mohawk Continued
"Tiger" Will Mason

“Tiger” Will has been on stage for over half his life. From stage acting, film, television and music, Will has tried to excel in his art. He has a cover repertoire of over 500 songs, and many originals. He is very picky about his choice of what he plays for audiences; they usually reflect his views or his sense of humor. In 1986 he was given a spirit name by an Anishinabe elder: “Kahntahwi-wim'tchi'get,” which means 'Maker of Beautiful Music.'

This show features songs, mostly originals, with anecdotes and history, as well as stories from his life as a native growing up surrounded. Surrounded by people both his own but mostly not his own. Surrounded by bullies, allies, friends and animals...surrounded by friends, some family, and places where he has lived in his life: Niagara, Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa.

He combines native contemporary sounds, with bluegrass/newgrass/Americana/Canadiana, country rock, blues rock, folk and whatever else fits his fancy. He has a specialty in late 60s and 70s' music. He is also an actor, having acted on stage, TV shows and films as an extra/background performer, and a speaking role or two, since the 80s, about the time he began performing as a professional musician.

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Leathers and Feathers
The Johnnys

The Johnnys are an Ontario-based band that deliver three-minute sermons of jet-fuelled rock’n’roll. With cheeky lyrics and anthemic choruses, Dave and Veronica Johnny have been crossing cultural boundaries by blending traditional Indigenous values and language with high voltage chords and thumping melodies. Their first three independently released albums were all nominated for national music awards. The Johnnys fourth album titled, “Leathers and Feathers” garnered international award nominations. Their songs Time to Shine, Have a Good Time All the Time, with Salas/Gutierrez remixes - Leathers and Feathers and Butterfly - all reached top 10 on the Indigenous Music Countdown.

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Reclaiming in Motion
Kelli Marshall

Local artist Kelli Marshall premieres “Reclaiming in Motion,” a written word and dance performance. Kelli has been dancing throughout her life and brings together her love of movement and passion for cultural reclamation in this piece.

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We are in the search for Indigenous food vendors. Are you interested or know anyone who would be? Help us feed the people!

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Volunteers are such an essential part of our festival. Join the NIFF family by helping out as a volunteer!


Support Indigenous performing arts by reaching out to us about our sponsorship program!


Let's get this party started!


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