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First Peoples' Performing Arts Festival
The Royal Theatre
Gananoque, ON
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The First Peoples Performing Arts Festival - the owner and Artistic Director of The Royal Theatre Thousand Islands, Kevin John Saylor, is a Mohawk of Kahnawake whose proud ancestry has informed his love of the Arts along with his formal education in theatre. Kevin has conceived this festival as the Royals' opportunity to celebrate Native contributions to the Performing Arts scene in Canada.

Hosting such an event at the Royal is especially appropriate for several reasons. The town of Gananoque owes a great deal to the First People of the Thousand Islands, especially those who made history defending this Nation alongside colonists in the War of 1812 and yet acknowledgement of these people is nearly invisible in a town that, ironically, bears a Haudenosaunee (Iroquoian) name.

The Royal Theatre is also very grateful to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, and Aboriginal Business Canada for their support through their associations with the Waubetek Business Corporation and the Indian Agricultural Program of Ontario. These organizations have contributed significantly to making this Indigenous-owned theatre go from being a dream to a reality and a place where people of many cultures may join together to celebrate the Performing Arts.

For the First Peoples Performing Arts Festival, the Royal Theatre Thousand Islands is looking forward to presenting a variety of Indigenous Artists, of all performance disciplines, from both urban and reservation communities. We hope you will come celebrate their contributions to the Canadian Performing Arts Scene with us!

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The Royal Theatre (View)
75 King Street East
Gananoque, ON K7G 1E8



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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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