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August 30, 2007
Tecumseh honoured at multi-disciplinary Native Arts Festival at Fort York National Historic Site
Native artists from across Canada will gather at Fort York National Historic Site September 7 to 9 for the Tecumseh Arts and Corn Festival, featuring Kenny Baird, Philip Cote and Janet Marie Rogers, along with local artists Rebecca Baird and Tannis Nielsen. The artists will be on hand to display their work and lead workshops.

Participants can join the First Nations community to enjoy traditional foods, storytellers, a drum group, singers, dancers, crafts and a tipi encampment. Visitors can take part in mask, cornhusk doll and drum-making workshops. Also planned are literary readings and outdoor video screenings.

Kenny Baird’s large scale work “Murder of Crows” will be installed for the event and will remain on display until October 8 as part of a month-long visual art exhibition called “Witness”. Baird is currently re-designing the reception, lounge and dining areas of the Drake Hotel, and is also providing art direction to “Circa” - a new nightclub in Toronto’s Entertainment District.

Victoria’s Janet Marie Rogers will deliver multimedia presentations and read from her first collection of poetry, “Splitting the Heart,” and will also lead drum-making workshops. Video artists James Luna and Terrance Houle will screen new works and renowned Ecuadorian-Canadian guitarist Dave West will perform on Friday.

Regarded by some as the “Savior of Upper Canada” (during the War of 1812), Tecumseh died during a lengthy military battle in 1813. He is remembered for his military contributions, as well as for his political efforts and gifts as an orator, which he used to help unite the various First Nations of North America.

The Tecumseh Arts and Corn Festival runs September 7 to 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The special Festival Weekend Pass is $10 or regular admission prices are: Adults $6, Seniors and Youth $3.25, Children $3).

City of Toronto Culture, Museums and Heritage Services, operates 10 historic museums offering public, education and special event programming. Fort York is located at 100 Garrison Rd. (off Fleet St., east of Strachan Ave., west of Bathurst St.). For more information, call 416-392-6907 or visit

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Christopher Jones, Museums and Heritage Services, 416-392-6832,



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