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Multiculturalism Day Showcase

Performance and art bring people together. It can transport us to new realms and teach us lessons about culture.

Journey the cultural landscapes of Canada through performances by newcomers based right here in Peterborough.

Performances will premiere on this page, our Facebook and YouTube on June 27 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM and 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM. 

Canadian Multiculturalism Day

June 27 @ 10:15 AM

We're starting the day off by resharing two performances by the Wshkiigomang Women's Native Hand Drum Singers from 2012 and of Janet McCue of the group from last year. We respectfully acknowledge that we are located on Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations. 

Run time: 6 minutes 7 seconds

June 27 @ 10:30 AM

Join 14-year old fiddle player Irish Millie and her dad Murray (on the guitar) for a medley of tunes this Canadian Multiculturalism Day. Her infectious energy and upbeat tunes will be sure to get you up and moving! It's the perfect way to get your Sunday mid-morning going!

Run-time: 17 minutes 11 seconds

June 27 @ 11:00 AM

Aloysius Biju is an international student in Peterborough hailing from Kerala, India, with a love for music. He shares a short rendition of the popular Malayalam song "Oru Nokku Kanuvan" from the film Sunday Holiday. The poetic lyrics touch on themes of love and pain.

Run time: 4 minutes 31 seconds

June 27 @ 11:15 AM

Blue Wave Taekwondo is a not-for-profit school and club providing taekwondo instruction in Peterborough. Master/Sabeumnim Marcelo & Instructors/Kyosanims Al and Linda teach us about taekwondo, training, uniforms, its benefits, and more with demonstrations by youth, including a few familiar faces!

Run time: 9 minutes 35 seconds

June 27 @ 2:00 PM

This rice dish is the star of the plate! Jollof Rice is one of the most popular foods in West Africa. Grace Terfa shares her recipe for the Nigerian version of this flavourful and smoky dish, paired with chicken and fried plantains. She's even sharing her secrets to help you get the perfect smoky flavour on the stovetop!

Run-time: 14 minutes 20 seconds

June 27 @ 2:30 PM

Bharatanatyam is one of nine classical dances in India consisting of intricate movements, formations, postures, expressions, and footwork. The students of Ukti - Centre for Movement and Arts, ranging in ages 5 to 16, learned their routines entirely on Zoom from Creative Director & Guru Mithila Ballal. You'll be mesmerised by their technical dance (nritta), expressions and posture (nritya), and storytelling ability (natya).

Run-time: 20 minutes 36 seconds

June 27 @ 3:00 PM

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is the most popular celebration in Mexico, honouring the lives of those who have passed on. The celebration is said to date back to the ancient Aztecs. In North America, Day of the Dead is gaining popularity in media and popular culture through 'La Catrina' costuming. Rosie Salcido of Faces by 2 tells us about this important Mexican tradition, La Catrina's role in it, and demonstrates a La Catrina make-up and costuming look.

Run-time: 8 minutes 20 seconds

June 27 @ 3:15 PM

Performances always bring people together! In this video to end the Multicultural Showcase, let's take a look back at yesteryear and some of the memorable performances including:

  • "The Bird Dance" - West African Sunu Dance by Drothia Higginson Dance Company (2012)
  • "The Harvest Dance" - Sri Lankan Dance by Gaya Jayasinghe (2012)
  • Tinikling Dance from The Philippines performed by the Filipino Canadians of Northumberland County featuring Dancing for Fun (2014)
  • Calypso Steelpan by Jerry Jerome & the Cardells (2015)
  • Flamenco by Leslie & Michael Daly of the Northumberland Multicultural Dance Troupe (2020)
  • Rodney Fuentes on the Cuatro (2020)

Run-time: 15 minutes 29 seconds