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Cris Derksen Quartet

June 16, 2023 7:30 pm 9:30 pm

Celebrate Pride and National Indigenous Peoples Day with a riveting performance by The Cris Derksen Quartet!

The Internationally acclaimed ensemble includes the talents of Juno-nominated Cree cellist Cris Derksen, artist and storyteller from the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach Marie-Celine Charron Einish, Tuscarora/Gaelic Singer Rebecca Benson, and professional percussion and jazz drumming musician Stefan Schneider.

In a world where almost everything — people, music, cultures — gets labelled and slotted into simple categories, Cris Derksen represents a challenge. Originally from Northern Alberta she comes from a line of chiefs from NorthTall Cree Reserve on her father’s side and a line of strong Mennonite homesteaders on her mother’s. Derksen braids the traditional and contemporary, weaving her classical background and her Indigenous ancestry together with new school electronics to create genredefying music.

Quartet Bios
Marie-Celine Charron Einish is an Indigiqueer dancer, artist and storyteller from the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach, who showcases powwow dancing, alongside many world-class artists.
Stefan Schneider studied classical percussion and jazz drumming and has performed for the last twenty-two years. Stefan is an original member of the Toronto Based 12-piece chamber ensemble, The Queer Songbook Orchestra.
Rebecca Benson is a Tuscaroran and Scottish Two Spirit Iroqueer, a classically trained singer with a fierce love of pop music, who began drumming ten years ago. They wear many different hats as a singer, writer, labor organizer and partner.

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June 16, 2023
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
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Living Arts Centre
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Living Arts Centre

4141 Living Arts Drive
Mississauga, ON L5B 4B8 Canada
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(905) 306-6000
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