September 11, 7:00 pm in the Atrium
Sagkeeng Legends (Sagkeeng Aadizookaanag): John C. Courchene’s Stories
John C. Courchene was born in Sagkeeng First Nation in 1914, where he attended the Fort Alexander Indian Residential School. His brothers took John out so that he could help them cut wood in the bush. It resulted in his “illiteracy”. In the ways of the forest and his native language, Anishanabemowin, John was far from illiterate.
Reprinted in both English and Anishanabemowin, Sagkeeng Legends represent two pebbles where a mountain of knowledge once stood. Craig Fontaine is a researcher with the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre in Winnipeg. His home community is the Sagkeeng First Nation, Treaty One, where his grandfather John C. Courchene was born.
September 11, 8:00 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant
The Politics of Knives
The poems bridge the gap between the conventional and the experimental, combining the intellectual with the visceral. The production of stories as both a defensive and offensive gesture, trouble the stability of these poetic sequences.
Jonathan Ball is the author of two previous books: Ex Machina and Clockfire. Jonathan teaches at the University of Manitoba and the University of Winnipeg.
Meet the Composer featuring guest soloist, soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian
September 11, 7:30 pm in the Travel Alcove
A question and answer session with MCO’s music director, Anne Manson.
As the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra launches its 40th anniversary with a recording of new works and arrangements by Serouj Kradjian, Ms. Manson and Ms. Bayrakdarian will discuss the process of selecting repertoire, working with a composer (Isabel’s husband!), and assembling a concert and recording.