Ko K'e Music and Spoken Word Festival with The Tale of a Town

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October 14
7:30 p.m.
  • Yellowknife

Ticket price

  • Kiera-Dawn Kolson and Batiste Foisy: 
    By Donation
  • The Tale of a Town (adults): 
  • The Tale of a Town (youth and senior): 

Festival schedule:

Kiera Kolson
Oct 14 | 3 pm
Batiste Foisy
Oct 14 | 3:30 pm
Tale of a Town performance plus Casey Koyczan, Terry Pamplin and the Ursa Miners


Oct 14 | 7:30 pm

Ko K'e Spoken Word and Storytelling Festival

The Ko K’e Spoken Word Festival is a celebration of Northern culture. It also marks 150 years of colonialism in Canada including Indigenous, English and French perspectives. Participants use a variety of storytelling techniques to share the story of the North including music and poetry.

Kiera-Dawn Kolson (performing in yk) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa_ucBP2C28
Kiera-Dawn Kolson is an award-winning multidisciplinary artist from Denendeh. She released her debut album The Dawning of a New Era in the summer of 2016 and enjoys working with Indigenous youth and communities as a cultural facilitator, singer-songwriter, poet and artist, with the objective of educating and empowering the current and next generations. 
Batiste Foisy (performing in yk) 
Batiste Foisy has performed on several stages in Canada and abroad, notably at the 24h de Slam festival in Liège, Belgium, the Lausanne Slam 2.0 festival in Switzerland and the Virage festival in Sainte-Rose-du-Nord, Quebec. This performance will include explicit content and is recommended for an adult audience. 


The Tale of a Town

The Tale of a Town (Yellowknife only) performance is returning for the culmination of a four-year site-specific theatre and media project which has now toured to every province and territory. Created by husband-and-wife duo Charles Ketchabaw and Lisa Marie DiLiberto, the project mixes the voices of colourful characters and waning accents from small towns and big cities across the country.

“You couldn’t buy silly string in Yellowknife for love nor money ’cause they’d used it all. And it was everywhere.” – Paul McKee, Yellowknife, NWT
The following artists will be contributing to the Yellowknife Tale of a Town performance:
Casey Koyczan (a.k.a Nahga) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpLLowZdnYg
Casey Koyczan is a Metis multi-instrumentalist, live-looping musician inspired by Northern aesthetics.
“I play with art and I play. Really, what other challenges are worth spending a life on?” says Terry Pamplin.
Ursa Miners
Ursa Miners is an adult soprano, alto, tenor and bass chamber choir under the umbrella group of the Yellowknife Choral Society.