Talking Treaties

Talking Treaties Spectacle

October 4th – 7th, 2018
at Historic Fort York, Toronto
Talking Treaties Spectacle (remount)
a mobile historical musical performance
PWYC reservations open in September.

We’re so excited about the return of the Talking Treaties Spectacle to the grounds of Historic Fort York! From October 4-7, 2018, Jumblies artists and community participants will be singing, dancing, and acting their way around the Fort York site, sharing stories of the complex and ongoing treaty history of our city.

Oct. 4th, 5th, 6th – 5:30pm .  &   Oct. 6th, 7th – 2:00pm

Get tickets here!

Reservations are recommended, as seats are limited.

Please pay what you can afford—by paying a higher ticket price you support Jumblies and others who can  afford less.

If you wish to make an additional donation to Jumblies (and receive a charitable receipt), you can bring cash or a cheque to the performance, or make a donation online through CanadaHelps.

Lead Artist, Co-Writer & Director: Ange Loft
Historian & Co-Writer: Victoria Freeman
Original Music: Melody McKiver & Rosary Spence
Performers: Jill Carter, Brendan Loonskin, Blaine McLeod, Jamie Oshkabewisens, Ashley Riley, Kitsuné Soleil,
Jesse Wabegijig, Candy Blair, Theresa Cutknife, and others
Designers: Ange Loft, Sonja Rainey
Musicians: Johnny Spence, Arie van de Ven, Daev Clysdale, Gather Round Singers directed by Shifra Cooper
And many other artists, community participants and partners.

This performance runs approximately 90 minutes, and takes place mostly outdoors. The audience moves along with the performers, with seats available for those who need them. A limited number of wheelchairs will be available on site. For more accessibility information, please contact Producer Rachel Penny.

We look forward to seeing you at Fort York in October!


You can still take part by joining our: 


Gentle movement, pageantry and poetry.
Rehearsals: Tuesdays 4:30-6:30 (Sept 11th, 18th, 25th) and/or Thursdays (Sept 13, 20, 27) 4:30-5:30
Preview & Performances: Oct. 3rd -7th

CHOIR (Gather Round Singers):
Rehearsals: Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm (Sept 6, 13, 20, 27)
Sing Melody McKiver’s original music and add your voice to the fabric of our all ages, all abilities choir!
Rehearsals at The Ground Floor – 132 Fort York Blvd.

Free! Everyone welcome! Transportation and other supports can be provided. Wheelchair accessible. .

CONTACT: or 416 203 8428

Media Links

Talking Treaties in Canadian Art Magazine

Mooney on Theatre review of Talking Treaties Spectacle

New Canadian Life radio interview with Ange Loft

Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation “Indigenous Voices on Treaties” interview with Ange Loft

Talking Treaties artfully shares local Indigenous history and awareness. Launched in Spring 2015, the project resulted in the Talking Treaties Spectacle, first presented at Toronto’s Historic Fort York in June 2017, as part of their Indigenous Arts Festival and Jumblies’ Touching Ground Festival of new works, and an ongoing legacy of creative learning activities.

Talking Treaties has engaged over 500 people in its creative educational activities. Talking Treaties Workshops and Presentations are available for booking.  Click here for more information about what we can offer (PDF Link).

If you would like to book a workshop or presentation, please contact

2017 Talking Treaties Spectacle Original Artist Team

Ange Loft: Lead Artist, Director, Co-Writer
Victoria Freeman: Historical Researcher, Co-Writer
Jill Carter: Researcher and Actor
Lilia Leon: Choreographer, Interviewer
Brian Solomon: Choreographer
Melody McKiver: Composer, Musician (viola)
Rosary Spence: Songwriter
Brian Valdivia: Composer
Johnny Spence: Musician (accordion), Composer
Marianne Alas: Costume Designer/Coordinator
Sonja Rainey: Set and Props Designer
Parker Dirks: Assistant Designer
Julia Hune Brown: Dance Coordinator, Interviewer
Kelly King: Research & Making Assistant
Jesse Wabegijig: Actor
Kitsune Soleil: Actor
Ashley Riley: Actor
Rosina Kazi: Actor, Interviewer, Audio Artist
Candy Blair: Actor
Tomas Cavalheiro-Chin: Actor
Nikki Shaffeellah: Actor
Karis Jones Pard: Actor
Jackie Omstead: Community Programming Coordinator
Sasha Tate Howarth: Production Stage Manager
Steafan Hannigan: Technical Director
Iehente Foote: Assistant Stage Manager
Alaska B: Audio Engineer, Audio Artist
Adrienne Marcus Raja: Documenter, Audio Artist
Liam Coo: Photographer
Sofia Bohdanowicz: Videographer
Mindy Stricke: Interviewer
and many other artists and community members..


First Story Toronto, Historic Fort York, Nagamo Collective, Children’s Peace Theatre, Lost Rivers and others.

Special acknowledgement to the knowledgeable individuals who contributed original interviews and historical research: Keith Jamieson, Carolyn King, Hayden King, Max King, Bryan Laforme, Stacey Laforme, Bonita Lawrence, Lee Maracle, David Miller, Duke Redbird, Ed Sackanay, Garry Sault, Margaret Sault, Zachary Smith, Rebeka Tabobodung, Jessie Thistle, Nathan Tidridge, Andrew Wesley, Darin Wybenga


Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario 150, Toronto Foundation, Metcalf Foundation, J.P. Bickell Foundation, InSpirit Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, First Story, Historic Fort York