6-8 September 2019


An Indigenous arts gathering that celebrates creativity, diversity and resilience.

Kakekalanicks Indigenous Consulting Company
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Logo
Rock Formation
Metis Encampment
Ohniakara Drum Pic
Celebration of Nations

A partnership and gathering of Indigenous arts, culture and tradition in downtown St. Catharines.

Part of a long-term vision of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, Kakekalanicks and the City of St. Catharines to build on the Two Row Wampum philosophy that promotes all Nations walking together, in parallel, with respect, compassion and understanding to cultivate an inclusive community for our shared future.

Submissions Due – Friday 28 June 2019

Call for Artists + Education Workshops

Celebration of Nations is accepting applications from the Indigenous community to be a part of the second annual celebration. Submissions for performances, teachings, and workshops will be accepted. Priority will be given to submissions that are appropriate for all ages, especially performances which will be presented at the Celebration of Nations’ free outdoor stage. Please see details below for submission detail and requirements.

Only fully completed submissions will be considered.
No late submissions will be accepted.
If under the age of 16, please have a parent or guardian apply on your behalf.

Applications can be emailed or mailed by the application deadline: Friday 28 June 2019

Email: celebrationofnations@stcatharines.ca
Must be submitted by 11:59pm on Friday 28 June 2019. Please do not attach any materials we have not requested.

Envelope must be postmarked on or before Friday 28 June 2019. Test all samples before sending (we are not responsible for technical difficulties). Please do not send original copies. Support material will not be returned.

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
c/o Celebration of Nations Programming
250 St. Paul Street
St. Catharines, ON, Canada
L2R 3M2

smoke dance
Oren Lyons
Howie Miller
Submissions Due – Friday 28 June 2019

Call for Artisans

Now entering its second year, Celebration of Nations is opening an artisan market to showcase Indigenous-made arts and crafts. The artisan market will be located along the raceway of the Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts in the “backyard” of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre.


  • Celebration of Nations Artisan Market will be open to the public on Saturday 7 September 11am-5pm & Sunday 8 September 11 am-5 pm
  • The Market will be part of a full program featuring free performances, activities, and food vendors in the backyard of the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
  • REGULAR BOOTHS (10ft x 10ft) are available at $150 per vendor (fees include coverage, listing in programme, website listings, print media attention, out marketing, blogging, social media, on-site signage, and more.)
  • Limited electricity is available for an additional $25 per space. Max. 300W usage. (Music/Audio not permitted).
  • Vendors guarantee that they have adequate liability and property insurance and assume full responsibility for any liability or damages that may occur while on the ‘host’ property.
  • All Vendors are responsible for appropriate permits, required product labels, and collection of all appropriate sales tax. Vendors are responsible for their own credit/debit services and related fees.
  • Vendors must be personally present during the event and able to commit to ALL scheduled hours of operations during the gathering.
  • Vendors must arrive ahead of the scheduled opening time to set up their tables. You must be fully set up and ready to sell by opening time. The tent will be open half an hour before opening time to set up. You must also stay to the end of the scheduled time even if you are sold out of product.
  • Vendors keep 100% of sales.

Fees: $150 for the weekend
Payment from approved vendors will be required on the first day of participation. Cheques are to be made to the City of St Catharines.
Participants will be selected with consideration to diversity of medium, quality of work being sold, and available spaces.
All applicants will be notified by Friday 26 July 2019


FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre

250 St. Paul Street
St. Catharines, Ontario