About the Métis Artists' Collective | our story
The Métis Artists' Collective (MAC) is a non-profit group of Aboriginal musicians, writers, filmmakers, dancers, and visual and media artists. By staging events in Toronto, they have raised awareness of their culture and nurtured emerging talent along the way.
For the past five years, MAC has presented the annual Métis Arts Festival, a celebration of Métis artistic talent and Aboriginal culture. The festival showcases both traditional and contemporary Aboriginal art forms and initiatives, such as Métis fiddling and jigging, First Nation drumming, Inuit throat singing, genealogical and historical presentations, visual arts, new digital media, multi-media, film, television, and performance arts. It even offers youth an opportunity to learn about Aboriginal culture with a wide variety of kid-friendly games and activities held on Kids' Day.
MAC has spearheaded a number of other worthy initiatives, including:
"Defining Aboriginal" - a contemporary arts exhibit exploring issues of Aboriginal identity, held at Toronto City Hall in celebration of National Aboriginal Day, June 21 2008;
"Fiddle Stories" - a project that brought together renowned Aboriginal elder fiddlers from across Canada with talented young Aboriginal fiddlers, to pass on the traditional style of Aboriginal fiddling to the younger generation;
"Memories Muse" - a group exhibit of multi-media works by the members of the Métis Artists Collective which has been presented at various locations throughout Toronto in 2007-2008.
The Abstract Louis Riel - a 20-panel traveling cultural display of montages that depicts the flashpoints in the life of Louis Riel.
Driven entirely by the efforts of volunteers, the Métis Artists' Collective has been working tirelessly to increase knowledge and awareness of Métis heritage and traditions. At their founding meeting in 2003, it was agreed that the inspiration for the Collective's vision would be drawn from Louis Riel's stirring prophecy:
"My people will sleep for one hundred years. When they awaken, it will be the artists who give them back their spirit."