MNO 20th Anniversary Feast, Dinner Theatre and Dance
At this time tickets for the feast are SOLD OUT.
Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Annual General Assembly (AGA) delegates and friends are invited to the MNO 20th Anniversary Feast, Dinner Theatre and Dance. Come dressed in your traditional Métis attire and honour our founders and ancestors in an evening of good food, friends and entertainment featuring top Métis performers. Tickets are sold in advance for $20.00. Click here to register.
The evening's entertainment will include:
Rebecca Cuddy is a Métis singer who began performing at the age of 8 in local community theatre and school productions. At age 13 she appeared in over 100 productions of Stagewest Mississauga’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. Other theatre credits include Big, the Musical, Peter Pan, A Christmas Carol and Cyrano. In May, Rebecca participated in the Canadian Academy of Operatic Arts summer program, where she had the opportunity to learn various operatic roles with performers from around the world.
Rebecca is currently enrolled in her third year of the Bachelor of Music Program at The University of Western Ontario, majoring in vocal performance. Rebecca sings with the University of Western Ontario Singers, who won the Most Popular Classical Vocal Group award at the Lone Music awards this year. Rebeccas was honoured to sing at the Upper Canada Law Society Event celebrating Louis Riel day in 2012.
As a pre-teen, Loma’s first recording session came in 1978 when she recorded the original version of "Jukebox Lady" for acclaimed Aboriginal playwright, pomposer, puthor, Tomson Highway. She began song-writing and singing regularly at public venues at the age of 13 and plays guitar and saxophone. Throughout the early to mid-90’s she recorded and released an album and five charted singles. Her music video was on regular rotation on Country Music Television (CMT).
Loma has been featured on numerous TV specials and programs including Much Music, APTN, Global TV, BBS/CTV, CMT, performed on the last season of the Tommy Hunter Show and was the back-up singer for Colin Raye. She has toured extensively across Canada and the United States performing in top venues and music festivals. She co-wrote the theme song for the Canadian Special Olympics and has worked with numerous Canadian recording artists as co-writer, producer and back-up singer.
For the first three seasons, Loma was the inquisitive and comical co-host on APTN’s series Cooking with the Wolfman then went on to be the host and line-producer for APTN’s Aboriginal Voices documentary series for four seasons. A proud mother of 8, Loma is married to Hank Rowlinson and works for the MNO as a Provincial Coordinator for the Healing and Wellness Branch. Her music career has spanned over 30 years and she continues to pursue her song-writing and hits the stage for special events and continues to pursue her song-writing featuring stories of her Métis and First Nations ancestors.
Joseph Boyden, the author of Extraordinary Canadians: Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont, is a Canadian with Irish, Scottish, and Métis roots. He is the award-winning author of Three Day Road, which won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award, and Through Black Spruce, which won the Giller Prize. Joseph divides his time between Northern Ontario and Louisiana, where he teaches writing at the University of New Orleans. Click here to visit his website.
Presentation of 2013 Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Volunteer of the Year Award
The objective of the Suzanne Rochon-Burnett Volunteer of the Year Award is to recognize individuals who contribute as a volunteer to the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) year round and have done so for a number of years. Each year a volunteer meeting the criteria is named as the recipient of the Suzanne-Rochon Volunteer of the Year by a Selection Committee of the MNO and is presented at the AGA. Click here to learn more about the award.
The Fabulous Heartbeats
The fabulous Heartbeats is a five piece show band that specializes in the nostalgic “Rock ‘n Roll” music of the 1950s and 60s. The band has been performing its “golden oldies” throughout the Ottawa Valley and the Outaouais for over 25 years.
Listen to their sample of "Rock around the Clock" by clicking the play button below.
The evening will also feature a prayer by Senator Reta Gordon, a youth presentation and a greeting from MNO President Lipinski.