Over a hundred years ago, the ‘war to end all wars’ came to an end.
This Veterans’ Week, November 5-11, in honour of the brave Canadians who fought for our freedom, the National Arts Centre offers a virtual moving musical and epistolary commemoration titled Letters from the Great War, an online beaded poppy-making class in honour of Indigenous Veterans Day, and a stunning commemorative digital display in tribute to all those who served our country.
On November 11, our Kipnes Lantern will feature the Virtual Poppy Drop in partnership with the Royal Canadian Legion, projecting 117,000 virtual poppies representing each of Canada’s fallen since the beginning of the First World War.
Beaded poppy workshop
Learn how to make a simple beaded poppy for Indigenous Veterans Day and Remembrance Day, using a single needle flat beadwork technique.
The workshop is led by Mairi Brascoupe (Algonquin Anishinabeg) who is the Indigenous Cultural Resident for Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre. Mairi is an experienced beader, with beadwork being a key part of her multidisciplinary artistic practice. In this workshop, participants will learn how to make a simple beaded poppy for Indigenous Veterans Day and Remembrance Day, using a single needle flat beadwork technique.
"Beaded Poppy workshop is back for its fourth year as a self-paced online and in-person workshop. Over the past four years, we have had over 200 people participate! During the workshop, we discuss contributions made by Indigenous veterans to the Canadian and American militaries and the implications of serving as an Indigenous person." — Mairi Brascoupe
Letters from the Great War
November 11, online: Watch this commemoration of the First World War with music and readings of wartime letters.
Canadians are invited to a moving musical and epistolary commemoration of the first World War. This features contemporary and historical songs led by Harrow Fair with very special guests from the Canadian musical and theatrical spheres who will bring to life the voices from the past.