Upcoming Shows

Punctuate! Theatre and Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts have been invited to tour Bears and Minosis Gathers Hope across the country and all over Alberta!

  • TORONTO, ON @ Toronto Theatre Centre - January 10 to 27, 2018
  • EDMONTON, AB @ The Rubaboo Festival at The Backstage Theatre - February 1 to 3, 2018
  • CANMORE, AB @ artsPlace Canmore - March 21 to 24, 2018
  • SADDLE LAKE FIRST NATION, AB - March 2018 (Performance dates TBD)
  • MASKWACIS, AB - March 2018 (Performance dates TBD)
  • CALGARY, AB @ The Arts Commons - April 4 to April 7, 2018
  • VANCOUVER, BC @ The Cultch - May 9 to 12, 2018

Bears by Matthew MacKenzie

THE THEATRE CENTRE (1115 QUEEN STREET W)                    THE backstage theatre (10330 84 ave)

Toronto, ON                                                                      edmonton, ab

JANUARY 18 - 27, 2018                                                      february 1-3, 2018


A multi-disciplinary dark comedy about the Kinder Morgan Transmountain Pipeline, Bears asks what the hell it is we think we're doing here in Wild Rose Country.

The prime suspect in a workplace accident, Floyd has to get out of town fast. Pursued by the RCMP, he heads through the Rockies for Burnaby, B.C, along the route of the Kinder Morgan Transmountain Pipeline. By the time he reaches the Pacific, Floyd has experienced changes - his gait widening, his muscles bulging, his sense of smell heightening...

Starring Sheldon Elter, creator and performer of Dora nominated Métis Mutt, Bears features a chorus of contemporary dancers choreographed by seven time Dora Award nominee Monica Dottor.

Few issues facing Canadians are attracting as much attention as the tar sands and the proposed massive expansion of their exploitation. Unapologetically political, Bears was nominated for five Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards and won in two categories.

I’d never seen a piece that speaks to issues facing Canada’s Indigenous peoples as effectively and beautifully as Bears does.
— Jerry Saddleback, Cree Elder and Dean of Cultural Studies at Maskwacîs College
Artwork by Jonathon Bartlett.

Artwork by Jonathon Bartlett.

Artwork by Larissa Pohoreski.

Artwork by Larissa Pohoreski.

[Christine Sokaymoh Frederick] is an inspiring artistic leader and an important voice in Edmonton’s cultural community...
— Daryl Cloran, Artistic Director of the Citadel Theatre

Minosis Gathers Hope

THE THEATRE CENTRE (1115 QUEEN STREET W)                    THE backstage theatre (10330 84 ave)

Toronto, ON                                                                      edmonton, ab

JANUARY 15 - 27, 2018                                                      january 31 - february 4, 2018

Minosis Gathers Hope is about a young Métis girl named Minosis (Cree for kitten), who meets a fairy named Pakoseyimiw (Cree for Hope), and their ensuing adventures to understand the meaning of culture; its mythology and legends. In the piece, Minosis travels the 4 four directions of her grandparents yard in search of medicine wheel-coloured ribbons, thereby sparking the magic of ceremony.

Themes and ideas of this story involve understanding and coping with change, racism, independence and interdependence. With this play, playwright Christine Sokaymoh Frederick wishes to provide a unique way for children to come to terms with the dilemmas of their inner lives: an understanding that is vital for all Canadians whose cultures touch, evolve and interweave.


TORONTO School Performances @ 11:30 am:                       Edmonton School Performances @ 11:30 am:

- Monday, January 15                                                               - Wednesday, January 31

- Tuesday, January 16                                                              - Thursday, February 1

- Wednesday, January 17                                                        - Friday, February 2

- Friday, January 19 

- Wednesday, January 24

Toronto Public Performance:                                                                 EDMONTON Public Performances:

Saturday, January 27 @ 2PM                                                                   Saturday, february 3 @ 1:30PM

                                                                                                                    Sunday, february 4 @ 1:30PM

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