In many traditions around the world, this is the time of the year to remember those that came before us.
As Kichwa peoples, we traditionally gather as families and visit, sit, eat, and catch up sitting alongside our loved ones who are no longer here.
This year we’re inviting the community to gather with us and share a traditional “colada morada” (a delicious berry based hot drink spiced with cinnamon, clove, and ishpingo), and “guaguas de pan” (bread dolls). These foods are made specifically for the purposes of Day of the Dead.
Our pop up at stackt is coming to an end, and we want to extend a thank you and celebrate with everyone!
If you feel like contributing to this tradition in any way, bring a small offering of your loved ones favourite food to place on an altar. Or a photograph. You can also just bring your lovely selves.
See you there!
With the coming of fall, we're excited to announce our next chapter: a Pop-Up at Toronto's Stackt Market! (28 Bathurst St).
Stackt received Public Space of the Year Award, designed entirely out of shipping containers, the market is an ever-evolving cultural marketplace featuring a mix of shops, a microbrewery, top chefs, killer city views + lots of ongoing community programming.
At Pacha Arts, we've been quietly at work behind the scenes to bring you more of the best of indigenous artwork, featuring new beadwork artists such as Little Shiny Wolf and Two Hearts Beadwork, and collabs with 2 visual artists, Mo Thunder, and Ty Rushnell.
Visit us from October 1st until October 31, 2022.
We have the enormous pleasure to announce that the #PachaArts family has opened up a pop up shop at Nordstrom Eaton Centre.
After 2 years we finally have a physical space back! We’ve come back stronger than ever packed with colour and indigenous artistry spanning from the west coast of Turtle Island, to the Andes of Abya Yala.
Visit us from May 4th until July 31, 2022
Pop up is located on the first floor, across from Nordstrom's Ebar Artisan Coffee.
GUESS WHAT 😱 Come to Nordstrom Eaton Center on Saturday from 12pm to 5pm on June 18th, 2022!
Brandon Jacko will be live painting and selling his incredible works!
Brandon Jacko (Ojibwe- Bear Clan) artist and a member of Wikwemikong First Nation. Working with acrylics on canvas, he creates distinctive art that tells stories inspired by his Anishinaabek culture.
Brandon began painting with the intentions of connecting with his culture and to encourage, protect and maintain anishinabek history and identity. Working with bold colors and clean delicate lines with an articulate eye and steady hand his paintings depict Ojibwe stories to share with his clients. He is a self-taught artist that draws his talent from innate ancestral abilities. He has been painting professionally for four years and plans to continue to enhance his techniques. Mr. Jacko has shown his art in Ontario where he has introduced his work in 6 exhibitions. His artwork has been obtained by many enthusiastic art collectors internationally as far as Australia and Paris to nationally all over Canada.
Mr .Jacko has contributed to the well-being of Indigenous communities through his fundraising work with the Anishnawbe Health Foundation. His work has raised thousands of dollars toward traditional healing programs geared toward Indigenous clients of Anishnawbe Health Toronto. He plans to continue philanthropic work to support Indigenous communities.
FACEBOOK LIVE LINKS: https://fb.me/e/DH46Z1NT
The holidays are around the corner! Join us as we gear up for our first ever DigiMarket!
During this time, there’s nothing better than gifting that special someone with artwork made by artists who are giving their all. Whether it be an elk bone stud, an original watercolour card, or a shirt supporting MMIW in Treaty 3 territory.
Here’s how it works:
We will be going live twice per day on December 10, 11, and 12
12pm to 1pm
6pm to 8pm
We will present ALL of our items by category! Every Live will include different collections so there will not be a single session that is the same!
Kind of like when you were able to walk through our store and browse through our different sections 🙂 We will be launching entirely new items! As well as hosting short demos. These include: charango playing, laser cutting, mask making, among others.
Cheryl Henhawke presents Bearwalk, a personal experience of internal growth, overcoming religious doctrines forced on her during her early teens. Through Mohawk identity and reclamation, this mixed media walk on homeland territories moves her towards a place of healing.
There will be a live creative performance including movement, freehand illustration, music, and more.
Music by Marcos Arcentales and Kinoo Arcentales Cheryl's father and special guest Hilton Henhawk will be unveiling his newest work. Join us as we hear her story through art.
Dedicated to Lindsay Delaronde
Join us for a creative mashup at Pacha Arts!
Featuring Hilton Henhawke (Seneca/Mohawk) who will be live painting, creating a stunning portrait influenced by the sounds of sampoñas and the charango, (sounds of the Andes). Played by Marcos and Kinoo Arcentales (Kichwa).
This north and south remix brings indigenous artists together through different creative disciplines.
Accompanied by an exhibition of works by Hilton Henhawke.
Live Portrait Painting begins at noon!
Raised in rural Southern Ontario, Hilton Henhawke (Mohawk/Seneca), moved to Toronto in 1980. He worked as an industrial painter, providing for his children, but this environment had negative health impacts on him and gave very little space for creativity. Hilton enrolled in OCAD in 1995 and hasn't looked back since then. Developing a truly unique style, Hilton continues to create beautiful impactful work. Henhawke explores his themes in in acrylic, oil, watercolour, pen and ink, among other materials. He does not confine his work to obvious Native ideology and symbols. Some of his art is symbolic and abstract, while other pieces are realistic and representational. Each of Hilton’s art pieces has its own story and often this accompanies the art piece.
In this workshop, we will be using art making as a way of exploring our personal and collective stories and truths. Join us for this opportunity to take time to reconnect with ourselves in a creative and supportive environment.
*No experience in art making necessary*
Please register to secure your spot!
Haudenosaunee (Oneida) artist, Aura, is currently based in Tkaronto. She graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a BFA (Studio Art) and is a DTATI Candidate. Through her art practice, Aura uses mixed media, beadwork, street art, art as healing workshops, and digital Illustration to discuss intergenerational healing, identity, empowerment, and mothering. She looks to community to collectively explore personal storytelling and truth-sharing.
Parents should not have to bury their children. A father’s life is shattered as he fights to regain healing with Aboriginal medicine, language, and ceremony.
Will he ever be the same?
Join author Kenn Pitawanakwat for a discussion of his impactful book, When My Son Died.
Q + A included! Everyone welcome!
Copies of his book will be available for purchase at this event.
Kenn Pitawanakwat, Masters in Individualized Studies, is the author of several essays, poems and short stories depicting First Nations characters and issues of interest. He started his career in film production and acting prior to holding various First Nations community development positions that eventually led him to pursue his unquenchable interest in his mother tongue. Recognized as an authority in the endangered Odawa language, Kenn helped establish a Nishinaabe Studies Program at Northern Michigan University where he taught for eight years. Pitawanakwat uses his Indigenous knowledge and gifts to help families, couples, and individuals of all ages in First Nations communities and urban centres across Canada and the US to overcome abuse, violence and trauma. Kenn was a grief counsellor to Residential School Survivors at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada hearings and continues to use his personal and professional knowledge and skills to promote healing. He lives on Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, Ontario, Canada, with his wife, Lorraine, and family.
Poetry. Music. Soundscapes.
Originally from La Paz-Bolivia, Mayra combines South American folk rhythms, original melodies and English lyrics to sing of lessons learned along her healing journey. Mayra's intuitive poetry reveals traumas turned into triumphs and her sound poetry improvisations channel vitality and creative inspiration.
Can't believe it has been a full 3 years!
We welcome everyone to celebrate our 3rd year anniversary with us! We would not be here without all of your support.
Join us for performances of indigenous music of the americas by:
Shandra Spears Bombay, Jason Simmons, Alejandra Nunez, Shameema Soni, Matthew Robert-Nunez, Marcos Arcentales, Kinoo Arcentales, Mayra Vargas, and Mia Sanchez.
With refreshments and snacks!
See you all soon!
Pacha Arts is excited to annouce our first Drum Making Workshop!
Drummer and singer Sue Croweagle (Blackfoot Nation) will be leading participants on how to make your own hand drum. Everyone will complete a full hand drum and drum stick! Traditional drum songs from Piikani First Nation will also be taught to us :)
Cost: $250 (includes materials) + HST
Register and payment through Eventbrite or in store
See you soon!
Sue Croweagle is Blackfoot from Piikani First Nation, Alberta. She has been singing, drumming, and dancing all her life. She came to Toronto in 2010 and reestablished a female aboriginal drum group called the Eagle Woman Singerz which has played throughout the GTA. Sue facilitates drumming in Toronto and performed with Buffy Sainte Marie in Dundas Square, 2014.
Shop. Music. Dance. Celebrate.
Pacha Arts is turning 2 years old! We are honoured and blessed to be part of this community. To celebrate, COME JAM WITH US! We invite everyone to be part of our musical anniversary. Bring your own instrument or pick up a chakcha at our store!
We will be looking back at our journey, hosting events, concerts, and workshops over the past two years. Are you an indigenous artist? Want to collaborate with us? Let us know!
See you all soon!
Join the Pacha Arts family for an afternoon of storytelling with Lawrence Cheechoo.
My name is Lawrence Cheechoo, I am Cree from the Moose Cree First Nation in Northern Ontario. Growing up in Northern Ontario surrounded by family, nature and wild animals fostered my interest in Cree tradition, language, and history.
Since an early age I was taught the importance of acknowledging and understanding one's own cultural identity. From a young age my parents would tell stories of our past. The stories about hardship and survival and the legends from our ancestors that teach us about our relation to the world around us both spiritual and natural. Even still as I tell these stories there is still a lesson in them that still resonates with me.
Living in the city of Toronto offers many opportunities to learn about and observe people and culture. I am a firm believer that any value placed in one's own cultural heritage will go a long way to understanding the value in another's cultural heritage as well.
As an indigenous person I feel that through compassion, responsibility, respect and love that we can fulfill our ultimate role to ourselves, each other and our community.
Thank you all
This event is open to everyone of all ages and backgrounds. It is part of Pacha Art's mandate to promote, support, and showcase different indigenous art forms to be shared with all
Let First Nations healers Medicine Song Woman Brenda MacIntyre and Heather take you on a one-of-a-kind medicine sound journey of soul-soothing, Indigenous songs.
Pacha presents Brenda’s powerful Juno Award-winning healing voice that connects you with your spirit and Heather will drum the big drum; its rich nurturing sound guides your spirit to journey to the heartbeats of Mother Earth, carrying you into a theta brain wave state, promoting manifestation and deep healing.
While this unique blend of First Nations medicine sounds wash over you in sacred space and your spirit journeys, Brenda and Heather channel spiritual energy healing to everyone. This rare combination of First Nations sound and First Nations spiritual energy healing provides transformational healing on multiple levels.
We look forward to seeing you and sharing sacred space with you in the circle!
An afternoon of collective indigenous artistic creation
Under the mentorship of her father Hilton Henhawke, West Coast and Woodland influenced visual artist Cheryl Henhawke will produce two paintings inspired by a live andean music jam session with Marcos Arcentales, Mayra Vargas, and Lawrence Cheechoo! This exciting event uses indigenous artistic visions and sounds from Turtle Island and Abya Yala to create a unique experience that you can't miss out!
Two performances will take place to produce the two paintings.
2:30pm and 4:30pm
Get ready! Because Pacha Indigenous Art Collection Presents:
HIDDEN RIVER SINGERS with special guests
PURA FÉ AND JENNIFER KREISBURG
Opening by Marcos Arcentales and Lawrence Cheechoo
An wonderful afternoon of incredible indigenous drumming, singing, laughter and celebration, given to us by amazing powerhouse artists! Come by to share and learn about our thriving indigenous arts community!
We are also being joined by the wonderful student class of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre
Hidden River Singers are some of Toronto's best and most innovative Indigenous women singers, songwriters, actors and arts activists. They first came together during the Idle No More protests and sang to honour the life and memory of the late Misty Upham for imagineNATIVE film and media art festival 2014. They opened the "Strong Women, Strong Voices" event at the Aboriginal Pavilion during the Pan Am Games, and performed at "Maadaaizi Summer Journeys." They were featured at the Toronto launch for "Children Of The Broken Treaty," by Charlie Angus, the YWCA's Celebration of Philanthropy gala, the launch of Pam Palmater's new book "Indigenous Nationhood," and most recently sang at the first annual "Women's Festival Toronto."
The summer solstice is one of our most important celebrations of the year. We invite you to join us on our first Inti Raymi at Pacha!
Tamara was born into the Northwest Coast Haida Nation. Former gallery owner, she now produces broadcast quality shows with the history for a compelling narrative documentaries and has created her own line of jewellery. Tamara remains dedicated to the preservation of indigenous cultures and the advancement of indigenous rights.