New Red Pepper Web Site

Hi Folks,

We have been slowly but surely working on a new website. We will be keeping this current one up for a while, but from now on, we will only be updating the new site, which can be found by clicking here.

Please check out our new site, and bookmark it. We hope you like the look and feel of the new website! We will be adding new content quite frequently and adding new features including an online store, information on our in genius workshop series, and loads of information on our past, present and future projects in the community!

10th Annual Strawberry Festival for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

10390210_1547303325510606_1315087714955157602_nStrawberry Ceremony with Elder Wanda Whitebird begins at 12:30 at Police Headquarters, 40 College Street at Bay, Toronto

Community Feast at the central YMCA on Grosvenor Street – following the ceremony. Food provided by Na Me Res Native Men’s Residence.

Please leave your agency and organization banners at home and instead make signs in honour of women, girls, Trans and Two Spirit people who have died violent and premature deaths.

Singers, song keepers and drummers please bring your drums for the ceremony. Drummers from the organizing committee, with the direction of Wanda will be leading songs.

We recognize that February is out of season for a ceremony involving strawberries, but the violence we are experiencing is also a disruption in our traditional ways of life.

Accessibility info:
It will be COLD! Please dress for the weather and we will endeavour to keep ceremony to 1 hour.
Some tokens will be available
There will be a sound system

There has been unprecedented media and public attention to this issue since we gathered last year but Indigenous women are still going missing and being murdered. No More Silence has been working hard to create a community owned database in collaboration with Families of Sisters in Spirit and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network

On February 14th we come together in solidarity with the women who started this vigil over 20 years ago in Vancouver’s DTES, and with the marches and rallies that will be taking place across this land. We stand in defense of our lives and to demonstrate against the complicity of the state in the ongoing genocide of Indigenous women and the impunity of state institutions and actors (police, RCMP, coroners’ offices, the courts, and an indifferent federal government) that prevents justice for all Indigenous peoples.

No More Silence began holding ceremony at police headquarters on February 14th 10 years ago. 3 years ago we formed the February 14th Organizing Committee in an effort to broaden community participation in the planning of the event – the committee is now made up of The Native Youth Sexual Health Network, Sistering, Maggies TO and other feminist and Indigenous community organizations.

25th Annual Kensington Market Winter Solstice

Fire spinners and a firesculpture in waiting at Red Pepper's Festival of Lights in Kensington Market. Photo by Solomon King

Fire spinners and a firesculpture in waiting at Red Pepper’s Festival of Lights in Kensington Market. Photo by Solomon King

Unite to ignite the longest, darkest night! Celebrate the solstice community-style in a luminescent lantern-lit procession through Toronto’s historic Kensington Market. See theatrical scenarios, a myriad of performers and giant puppets, and the fiery finale at Alexandra Park just behind Scadding Court (Bathurst and Dundas). It all starts at 6:30 pm on the 21st at Oxford and Augusta (just south of College)!
In collaboration with local community members and performers including host Rosina Kazi of LAL, the Samba Squad, Shadowland Youth Theatre, Native Men’s Residence, Richard Underhill & the Kensington Horns, Maracatu Mar Aberto, Spirit Wind and Eagle Women Singerz, Hand Drummer Isaiah Cada, A-Rhythmics, the Solsticks, alumni from the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, Jenni-Lea & Circle Sing, New Model Circus Army, and many, many more, Red Pepper Spectacle Arts organizes the 25th annual hand-made street celebration to beckon the return of the sun.
In preparation for December 21st event, don’t forget to join us for our annual lantern making workshop happening Saturday, December 13th from 12 pm – 8 pm at the United Steelworkers Hall located at 25 Cecil Street. Open to everyone of all skill levels, Lantern Making is a PAY WHAT YOU CAN activity with a suggested donation of 10 dollars. Materials and instruction provided.

Lantern Making Workshops

Join us in preparation for the Kensington Market Winter Solstice Parade by attending our annual Lantern Making Workshop, Toronto’s largest public art making event Saturday, December 13th from 12 noon to 8 pm, at the United Steelworkers Hall – 25 Cecil Street!
Create a beautiful, personalized lantern from bamboo and tissue paper to celebrate the return of light on the longest, darkest night and bring it to illuminate the 25th Annual Kensington Market Winter Solstice Parade on Sunday, December 21st, 2014.
This Red Pepper initiative is a creative, fun activity for the entire family and friends of all ages. Absolutely all are welcome to attend. Solstice lantern making is a not-for-profit, pay-what-can workshop. All materials and instruction provided. A suggested donation of $10 helps recover costs for hosting the workshop.

ImagineNATIVE Celebrating 15 years!


Congrats to ImagineNative Film Festival, all artists, volunteers and everyone who brings ImagineNative to life each year!

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Celebracion Del Dia De Los Muertos

The Mexican Community of Toronto invites you to” Celebracion Del Dia De Los Muertos” on Saturday November 1, 2014 4-10 PM at Artscape Wychwood Barns 601 Christie St.

There will be an Aztec Dance Ceremony, Traditional Mexican foods, arts & crafts, music, performance and workshops.

This event is free, please bring a yellow flower for the altar.

Dia De Los Muertos 14

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Sisters in Spirit Vigil 2014

Saturday October 4th, 2014 vigil for Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women

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Vigil 2014

Vigil 2014

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