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We Speak! Second Annual Fundraising Gala
April 8, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm$90 – $650
Celebrating Squamish Language & Culture
All are invited to join Kwi Awt Stelmexw for the second annual We Speak! Fundraising Gala on April 8, 2017. This is an event to celebrate another year of achievements towards Squamish Language revitalization, and to fundraise for our next big dream: a Squamish Language Centre!
The evening will feature comedy by Ryan McMahon, a delicious four-course dinner by Indigenous chefs, a silent auction showcasing local Coast Salish art, and Squamish Karaoke! We are also proud to be honouring the 15 new Squamish speakers graduating from the Squamish immersion program at this year’s Gala. All funds raised at the We Speak! Gala will go towards building a Squamish Language Centre in the community.
All funds raised at the We Speak! Gala will go towards building a Squamish Language Centre in the community.
Comedy by Ryan McMahon
Ryan McMahon is an Anishinaabe comedian, writer, actor and media maker based out of Treaty #1 territory (Winnipeg, MB). McMahon holds a Theatre degree from the University of Minnesota & is a graduate of the prestigious Second City Conservatory (Toronto). Ryan’s storytelling comedy style is fast paced, loose & irreverent as he explores the good, the bad & the ugly between Indian Country & the mainstream. McMahon has made a name for himself as a fearless, forward thinking & tireless performer. Since 2010, McMahon has recorded two National comedy specials (Ryan McMahon – UnReserved (CBC TV, 2012), Red Man Laughing (CBC Radio 1,2014), three featured spots for CBC TV & the Winnipeg Comedy Festival (Turtle Island Too, 2010), Hystereotypes Gala (2011), Rest & Relaxation Gala (2014), and has recorded two standup comedy albums, one, The Shittiest Warrior, spent 82 weeks atop the worldwide iTunes comedy charts and was named a “ 2013 Top Comedy Album” on iTunes. Ryan is also the creator of a number of successful digital media projects. He’s the host of the Red Man Laughing podcast (currently in Season 5), he’s building the world’s ONLY Indigenous Podcast Network, Indian & Cowboy, and his new project, Stories From The Land, just received the prestigious 2016 Canada Council Reconciliation Grant.
Squamish Language Karaoke!
Attendees are invited to sign up in advance to participate in the Squamish language karaoke contest! A $1,200 grand prize will be awarded to the winning individual or group! Contestants must create a Squamish Language version of a song you would hear on the radio, and perform it at the Gala. You can sign up as an individual or in a small group by March 31st, and submit the instrumental version of the song to accompany your signing. Email us today with your song or any questions!
What to Expect: A delicious dinner; hilarious comedy by Ryan McMahon; a silent auction of Coast Salish art; a raffle for exciting prizes; music in the Squamish language; a chance to mingle with people who care about the future of Squamish heritage and identity.
Date/Time: Saturday, April 8th, 2017 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm (doors at 5:30 pm)
Location: Chief Joe Mathias Centre, 100 Capilano Road, North Vancouver.
Tickets: $90 per individual ticket, $650 for reserved tables of 10. Purchase tickets on our website (see below).
Menu: A delicious four-course dinner created by an Indigenous chef from the Squamish Nation community. There will be gluten-free and vegan/dairy-free dinner options; however, we cannot guarantee that there will be no cross-contamination. There will also be a cash/credit card bar for wine beverages.
Accessibility: The Chief Joe Mathias Centre is fully wheelchair accessible. Please let us know when purchasing your ticket if you will require an accessible seat by adding an additional comment to your reservation. If you have any questions or require further specifications on accessibility, contact us for more information.
Parking: There is ample free parking in the lot beside the Chief Joe Mathias Centre.
Transit: Chief Joe Mathias Centre is a 10-15 minute bus ride from the downtown Vancouver at Granville and Georgia, or 10-15 minute bus ride from the Lonsdale Quay Seabus.
Tax receipts: We can issue tax receipts for donations made at the event (please address cheques to Arts in Action Society).
Sponsorship: If you or your organization is interested in joining our visionary sponsors to support this event, please contact Salia to learn about our sponsorship benefits package.