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Shaataahaa! A Two Spirit Cabaret & Queer Dance Party Fundraiser

  • The 519 519 Church Street Toronto, ON, M4Y 2C9 Canada (map)

“Join us for an evening full of Two Spirit & Queer hotness! Featuring Live Music! Spoken Word! 2S Drag & Burlesque! Silent Auction! Tradish/ish food & drink! Live DJ Sets! Queer Dance Party!

We are fundraising for Aamjiwnaang First Nation's Water Gathering/ Gathering of the Clans happening August 24th weekend & Toxic Tour. (Details Below)

$10-$30 Suggested Donation // PWYC

Cabaret Happenings:

Live Music Sets! by:
-Rosary Spence
-Dawn & Shawna Redskye

*All ages, family friendly event 8-10pm

Spoken Word! by:
-Sākihitowin Awāsis

(11pm & Midnight)
-Midnite Wol
-Rosé Parks
-Special Guests: Snotty Nose Nish Boiz
-More TBA!

Queer Dance Party With Live Dj Sets!!! by:

Silent Auction:
-Featuring offerings, artwork, prints, pottery, jewelry, t-shirts & CDs by Indigenous, Two Spirit & Queer artists, musicians, medicine makers, earthworkers, health practitioners, etc.

Food & Drink:
-Mouth watering dishes & drinks such as Venison NDN Tacos, Manoomin Casserole, Strawberry Drink & Wild Bergamot Soda will be for sale
-A licensed bar will be open during the event selling alcoholic beverages (Bar proceeds going to the 519)

Background & Why We Are Fundraising:
-Aamjiwnaang FN, part of the treaty #29 territory is located on the banks of the beautiful St. Clair River, near the settlement of Sarnia. Surrounded by Canada’s Chemical Valley, which makes up 40% of Canada’s petro-chemical industry. A frontline community that faces many long term affects, but still holds their cultures and traditions as many ancestors have before to protect and care for the land.

Aamjiwnaang Water Gathering: Gathering of the Clans is sharing water teachings and ceremonies of the treaty #29 to everyone in relation to protecting the Great Lakes. Elders from all around the area sharing their teachings, ceremonies, history, traditional knowledge, and culture around water. Bringing in the importance of responsibilities of each clan and responsibilities to Indigenous communities in a decolonized traditional structures of clans and councils/ caucus. For people to learn how to function in their clans/ councils/ caucus during the gathering and continue to after the gathering. Leaving the gathering with the knowledge on ways they can continue to protect the sacred waters in their own communities.

Toxic Tours is a grassroots community member running tour about the history, stories, and information about the Chemical Valley. Running for 5 years the tours have grown and created a great amount of awareness around the impacts of environmental racism on Indigenous Communities.

Funds raised at this event will go directly to Indigenous youth from Aamjiwnaang & Two Spirit organizers who are putting together Aamjiwnaang's Water Gathering/ Gathering of the Clans, to cover gathering costs.


Earlier Event: August 9
Gestalt: A Showcase
Later Event: August 9
Trade: Spaghetti & Meatballs