Songs in the Key of Cree

Theatre (cabaret, musical theatre)

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  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Sight not needed
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years

Description

Born in a snow bank on the Manitoba/Nunavut border to a family of nomadic caribou hunters, Cree playwright, pianist and musician Tomson Highway has been called one of the most important Canadians in history (Maclean's Magazine). Presented by Indigenous Contemporary Scene, Songs in the Key of Cree is a compilation of his work and a cabaret with Tomson himself at the piano accompanied by extraordinary Peruvian-Canadian singer Patricia Cano and jazz saxophonist Marcus Ali.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: Enter through the main doors of the church.There are 10 steps into the space.
  • Wheelchair access type: Wheelchair accessible (please contact the venue for more information)

  • Stairs: 6 - 10
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Fiona Riddoch 66 days ago

This was excellent cabaret. The sound was rich and the performance was captivating. The context of indigenous Canadian peoples and art made it a performance for this time. I left a little lighter and a little more thoughtful.

Roger Stancliffe 71 days ago

Songs in the Key of Cree is, at one level, a vastly engaging and entertaining cabaret performance by a brilliant singer and great musicians, featuring all original songs. But it is also far more than that. From Canada, and sung in English, French and Cree, the songs come from musical theatre shows created by the songwriter, playwright and pianist in the show, Thomson Highway. Each song has a personal and cultural backstory, which is explained by one of the performers, adding tremendous depth to the lyrics. If there is a better show at the fringe I haven't seen it. 5 stars!!! Don't miss this.


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Radio Summerhall 51 days ago

Cree playwright, composer and pianist Tomson Highway has been referred to as one of the most important Canadians in history, and though a one hour show is hardly long enough to let us fully understand why, there’s enough packed in here to give us a flavour of his abilities.

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 59 days ago

CanadaHub at King’s Hall, tied to the Summerhall venue, has presented a state-funded slate of Canadian shows for the last three years and this year’s batch sets a high standard. Songs in the Key of Cree is an earthly delight, to rank with the best jazz cabaret shows of the...

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The List (4/5 stars) 62 days ago

Retrospective cabaret provides an excellent snapshot of the career of Tomson Highway...

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