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The Circle: Honouring Sisters in Spirit


Indigenous Music Performance Singing Truth and Reconciliation
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FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (Robertson Theatre)

250 St. Paul Street

St. Catharines, ON


Free, and accepts optional pay-what-you-may donations for admission.

Offered in English.

Wheelchair accessible and has gender-neutral washrooms.


A musical showcase of emerging and established Indigenous artists making waves on the scene, curated by Celebration of Nations Artistic Director Michele-Elise Burnett.

This special edition of The Circle will take place on Sisters in Spirit Day, an annual day to honour and remember the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people, and to support grieving families and community members. Following the Sisters in Spirit walk, which begins at St. Catharines City Hall at 5 p.m., all are welcome to join The Circle where two formidable artists will share their gifts in Robertson Theatre among the Living Mino Bimaadiziwin: An Indigenous Journey through the Arts exhibit curated by Michele-Elise Burnett.

Featured artists:

Geneviève Gros-Louis Salamone, a renowned violinist, film composer and producer from the Huron-Wendat Nation, has gained global acclaim for her exceptional talents. Despite childhood trauma, she fearlessly uses her platform to shed light on mental health, women facing sexual violence, and challenges Indigenous communities confront. With a violin performance degree and Indigenous studies background from McGill University, Geneviève composes captivating film scores, performs globally with her mesmerizing violin, and produces award-winning music at Wendat Records. Her music has graced esteemed events like Cannes Film Festival, Paris Fashion Week, and Wendake International Pow Wow, captivating audiences with her cultural storytelling.

Thana Redhawk is a multi-talented artist, poet, actor and activist who has made a name for herself in the world of spoken word poetry, music, film, event and music production. With a passion for social justice and using her art as a means of activism, Redhawk has become an award-winning performer, spoken word artist and public speaker. In addition to her work as a poet and musician, she is also a skilled talent manager. With her diverse range of skills and talents, Redhawk is a powerful voice in the arts community and beyond.



FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (PAC) is located in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario at the corner of St. Paul and Carlilse Streets on the shared traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the Neutral Peoples and many other Indigenous people from across Turtle Island. We offer our sincere gratitude and respect to the original and continued stewards of this land. We also acknowledge Indigenous, Black, People of Colour and 2SLGBTQQAI+ People that have been marginalized for centuries and more - and our collective responsibility to take action for a better world free from oppression, discrimination and racism.

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre aims to engage people in exceptional live arts experiences, and to enrich the lives of citizens of St. Catharines and the Niagara region, while providing a world class venue for local, national and international artists and community arts organizations to flourish.