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 Austin, Pesch Nepoose, 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


The Whole Note Concert Report: At Fort York, Talking Treaties energizes and engages

Mooney on Theatre review of Talking Treaties Spectacle

Inside Looking In review of Talking Treaties Spectacle

My Entertainment World review of Treaties Spectacle at Fort York 

Ontario Presents Spotlight On: Ange Loft 


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

2018 Talking Treaties Spectacle Remount Artist Team

Ange Loft: Lead Artist, Co-writer, Designer, Director
Victoria Freeman: Historian & Co-writer
Melody McKiver: Composer
Alaska B: Composer
Rosary Spence: Composer
Brandon Valdivia: Composer
Arie van de Ven Verheul: Composer
Sonja Rainey: Puppet, Prop & Scenic Designer
Marianne Alas: Costume Designer & Maker
Kaia’tanoron Dumoulin: Banner Artwork
Alice Norton: Wigs
Turtle Quilt: Designed by Philip Cote & Rhonda Lucy & sewn, embroidered and beaded by Marianne Alas with the participation of many other hands.

Cast for October 2018 Performance:
Jill Carter: Actor (Molly Brant)
Jesse Wabegijig: Actor (William Brant)
Brendan Austin: Actor (City People)
Jamie Oshkabewisens: Actor (City People)
Pesch Nepoose: Actor (City People)
Ashley Riley: Actor (City People)
Kitsuné Soleil: Actor (City People)
Candy Blair: Actor (Beaver)
Theresa Cutknife: Actor (Britannia)

Community Performance Troupe:
Lisa Amerongen, Simon Black, Margaret Bojin, Jenn Boulay, Em Farquhar-Barrie,
Amber Cordick, Ken Harrower, Rimah Jabr, Isabella Lyne, Janis Proctor,
Melissa Burgess, Lily Rovillos, Marlene Sheehan-Carey, Bernadette Shuman,
Natalija Spasic, Tijana Spasic, Jordan Tzouhas, Gehan Udayanga, Herold van de Ven

Daev Clysdale, Alejandra Nunez, Arie van de Ven Verheul

The Gather Round Singers:
Director: Shifra Cooper
Accompanist: Daev Clysdale
Singers: Rakefet Arieli ,Simon Black, Margaret Bojin, Jenn Boulay, Melissa Burgess,
Vivian Chong, Sam Egan, Kaia’tanoron Dumoulin, Jon Field, Cindy Yucong Kant,
Ken Harrower, Harshi Hemachandra, Mika Howard, Ruth Howard, Hodan Ibrahim,
Sandra Kanagasabai, Erin Yilian Kang, Shelley La Hay, Sajeda Manzoor,
Adrienne Marcus Raja, Daphne Morgan, Mario Pietrantoni, Janis Proctor,
Vivian Quing Wei, Reese de Rege, Ashley Riley, Lily Rovillos, Liz Rucker,
Shifra Saltzman, Marlene Sheehan-Carey, Bernadette Shuman, Tijana Spasic,
Tasmeen Syed, Julia Tribe, Gehan Udayanga, Herold van de Ven

Production Team
Producer: Rachel Penny
Production Stage Manager: Sasha Tate-Howarth
Technical Director: Steafan Hannigan
Assistant Stage Manager: Iehente Foote
Outreach Coordinator & Directing Assistant: Tijana Spasic
Technical Assistant: Lochlan Cox
Production Assistants: Isabella Lyne, Julia Vodarek Hunter
Accessibility Team: Liz Rucker, Michael Burtt, Julia Tribe, Mika Howard,
Shifra Saltzman
Graphic Design & Media Artist: Adrienne Marcus Raja
Food Coordinator: Marianne Alas
Publicity: Damien Nelson, Want & Able Arts Consulting
Documentation: Adrienne Marcus Raja, Mark Fawcett
Production Mentor: Ruth Howard

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..

Contributing Groups:

Black Creek Pioneer Village, Centre for Indigenous Theatre, First Story Toronto, Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, York University, Glendon College, George Brown College, Evergreen Brick Works, The AMY Project, Train of Thought Toronto and Kingston, Children’s Peace Theatre, Neighbourhood Arts Network, SKETCH’s Courage Lab, Tities Wîcinímintôwak/Bluejays Dancing Together Arts Collective, OASIS Alternative School, Osgoode Law School, OCADU, participants at The Ground Floor and in Artfare Essentials, and others.


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