imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Presenting Sponsor: Bell Media

Annual Art Crawl and Exhibitions


Indigenous Movie Monsters and Wairua

September 21 - The 17th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is proud to announce its visual art programme including installations, exhibitions and the annual Art Crawl with artist talks on October 21, 2016 at the renowned 401 Richmond Building.

imagineNATIVE will present the Canadian exhibition premiere of Wairua, featuring three works relating to the Māori concept of the soul by artists Rona Ngahuia Osborne and Dan Mace. The three works on display at A Space Gallery will include: Te Taki, a video installation where the viewer is greeted by Māori warriors and the taki, a fundamental aspect of formal pōwhiri (ritual of welcome); Whetūrangi, an immersive audiovisual installation that explores a cluster of seven stars known in New Zealand as Matariki, and presents them in the form of seven women who reflect characteristics of the star she represents; and Elemental, consisting of four projections of the elements HAU (air), WAI (water), AHI (fire), and WHENUA (earth) with moving portraits and looping textures.

imagineNATIVE will also present Indigenous Movie Monsters by multimedia artist Jay Soule, aka CHIPPEWAR, with four pieces from the 10-part series that indigenizes the classic horror movie poster. Each work – at the A Space Gallery Windows – offers a genre-specific commentary on the representation of Indigenous peoples on the silver screen, particularly in the early decades of cinema, with Tribe of Dracula, Curse of the Cayuga, Bride of Frankensioux and The Invisible Warrior.

The imagineNATIVE Art Crawl – co-presented by the Indigenous Visual Culture program at OCAD University – returns with seven stops at five galleries on Friday, October 21. In addition to Wairua and Indigenous Movie Monsters, the Art Crawl will also feature Folding Forced Utopias For You, about Indigenous architecture and the forced resettlement of arctic communities in Canada, Greenland and Russia; Ore Body, investigating how value of land and resources is created and assessed through Western measures of wealth; wnoondwaamin | we hear them, uses sound waves created by three artists to access knowledge and memory; and Goldilocks tahnon Ohkwari, a video installation that addresses issues surrounding colonization and language preservation with an adaptation of the popular fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears told in the Mohawk language with English subtitles.

The Art Crawl will make a final stop at Artscape Sandbox for Records and Reconstructions: Lindsay McIntyre's Portraits in Process, which features a live performance followed by a screening of works by McIntyre, and films she has chosen that speak to her own art practice.

More programming for the 17th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival will be announced in the coming weeks.

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest Indigenous festival showcasing innovation in film, video, audio and digital media. The Festival presents the most compelling and distinctive works from Canada and around the globe, reflecting the diversity of the world’s Indigenous nations and illustrating the vitality and excellence of Native art and culture in contemporary media.


The 17th Annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
October 19-23, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario

imagineNATIVE Art Crawl
Supported by the Indigenous Visual Culture Program at OCADU
Artist Talks and Receptions
Friday, October 21, 2016
5 - 8pm | FREE
401 Richmond Street West

Exhibition Premiere
A Space Gallery, Suite 110 / September 27–October 29, 2016
Artist Talk: 5:30pm

Indigenous Movie Monsters
A Space Gallery Windows / September 27 – October 29, 2016
Artist Talk: 5:30pm

Folding Forced Utopias For You
World Premiere
Gallery 44 (Main gallery), Suite 120 / October 21 - December 3, 2016
Artist Talk: 6:00pm

Ore Body
Gallery 44 (Vitrines) / October 21 - December 3, 2016
Artist Talk: 6:00pm

wnoondwaamin | we hear them
World Premiere
Trinity Square Video, suite 121 / October 22 - December 10, 2016
Tuesday through Saturday, 12 ­– 6pm
Artist Talk: 6:30pm with Performance by Jeneen Frei Njootli

Goldilocks tahnon Ohkwari
YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Suite 140 / October 8 - December 3, 2016
Artist Talk: 7:00pm

Records and Reconstructions: Lindsay McIntyre's Portraits in Process
Artscape Sandbox - 301 Adelaide Street West
Friday, October 21, 2016
8:00pm – 9:15pm. Doors open at 7:30pm
$8 General / $5 Pleasure Dome Members
FREE to imagineNATIVE Delegate Passholders.
Tickets available at venue 1 hour prior to doors opening.


imagineNATIVE Early Bird Ticket Packages and Delegate Pass are on sale at a reduced price until September 29, 2016
Call - TIFF Box Office on 416-599-TIFF (8433)
In Person - TIFF Box Office at 350 King St W, Toronto, ON


For more information please call 416.585.2333 or visit our website

Media Contact: FLIP PUBLICITY, 416.533.7710, Damien Nelson


List represents commitments as of September 20, 2016

Presenting Sponsor: Bell Media
Gold Sponsors: RBC • CBC • Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
Silver Sponsors: Slaight Music • TD Bank • Air Canada • Canada Media Fund • Harold Greenberg Fund
Bronze Sponsors: Super Channel • DGC Ontario • Canadian Media Producers Association • Indigenous Visual Culture Program - OCADU • NSI National Screen Institute • TVO • Indigenous Media Initiatives • BravoFACT • Factor
Public Funders: Canadian Heritage • Canada Council for the Arts • Ontario Arts Council • Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport • Toronto Arts Council • Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment & Training • Telefilm Canada • Ontario Media Development Corporation
Foundations: Inspirit Foundation • RBC Foundation • The CJ Foundation • The Gordon Family Foundation • Ontario Trillium Foundation • The Bob Lang Foundation
Community Partners: Humber College • OFNTSC • Resolution Pictures/Minority Media • Mohawk College • Technicolor • ACTRA National • ACTRA Performers' Rights Society • The Museum of Inuit Art • Vtape • ACTRA Toronto • Wilfred Laurier University • CMFDC • Beehive Design • National Film Board of Canada • Sourcing Central • A Space Gallery • Gallery 44 • Pleasure Dome • TSV Trinity Square Video • YYZ Artists Outlet • Paperny Entertainment
Mentorship Partners: Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers • Charles Street Video • Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto • New Brunswick Film Cooperative • William F. White • Kodak • Niagara Custom Lab
Festival Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn
Hospitality Partners: Jugo Juice • MAKE UP FOR EVER • Northern Expressions • Orchid • Pita Pit • Ravi Soups • Steam Whistle Brewing • The Strathcona Hotel • Tea-N-Bannock • Ritual
Media Partners: Nation News • Muskrat Magazine • POV Magazine • Revolution Per Minut • The Scope at Ryerson