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September 6, 2007
Photo Opportunity-Media Advisory: Sunrise ceremony at Fort York launches Tecumseh Arts and Corn Festival
First Nations poet and author Duke Redbird launches the Tecumseh Arts and Corn Festival tomorrow morning with a sunrise ceremony and blessing of thanks for the role corn has played in Native history. The ceremony concludes with a corncake breakfast, and a traditional tipi encampment provides a colourful backdrop.

Date: Friday, September 7
Time: 6 a.m.
Location: Fort York National Historic Site, 100 Garrison Creek Rd.

Native artists from across Canada will gather at Fort York National Historic Site from 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.

Regarded by some as the “Savior of Upper Canada” (during the War of 1812), Tecumseh died in honour 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, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. A special Festival Weekend Pass is $10 or regular admission prices are: Adults $6, Seniors and Youth $3.25 and 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

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



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