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Festival Overview

The Festival, the “signature event” for Canadian Aboriginal peoples will be staged over four days. Organizers are confident that attendance will exceed past years with more than 40,000 visitors taking in the festival.

Visitors to the festival over the past fifteen years have included Canadians from across the country, numerous American visitors and many from various off shore countries.

The festival has literally something for everyone... the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, Education Day, music and performing arts venues, traditional foods, excellent shopping and information at more than 150 booths and the centerpiece of the festival – Canada’s largest Pow Wow.

The Pow Wow attracts over 1,000 dancers from every corner of North America.

The Pow Wow starts with a Grand Entry when all dancers dance into the dance circle in full regalia to the beat of the drums. The motion, colour and sound of the Grand Entry is spectacular and for many visitors, emotional. In addition to the dancers, veterans, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, Elders, Aboriginal members of the armed forces and various police organizations and others also participate in the Grand Entries. Theme of the Pow Wow will be “Saluting Our Warriors”, past and present.

Visitors are advised to arrive early to take in the Main Stage Performances, which features traditional performances, by some of North America’s outstanding artists.

Grand Entries are scheduled for Saturday, 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday at 12:00 noon. The Main Stage performances start an hour before the Grand Entry.

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Canadian Aboriginal Festival Venue, Dates & Times

Education Day

Thursday, November 17th
Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, downtown Toronto, Ontario

Canadian Aboriginal Festival

General public welcome!
Friday, November 18th to Sunday, November 20th
Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario

Schedule of Events:

Friday, November 18th

Seniors Day Special, $2.00 savings on regular admission
Market place opens. Arts and Crafts, Traditional Foods, Fashion Show & More!
General public welcome!

Saturday, November 19th & Sunday, November 20th

Pow Wow Grand Entry of Dancers
Market place opens. Experience Aboriginal Cutlure & Festivities!
Shopping, Traditional Foods, Fashion Show & More!

13th Annual Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

Friday Evening 8:00 PM, November 18th
Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Exhibition Place, downtown Toronto, Ontario

Festival/Show Hours

Friday, November 18th:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday, November 19th:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
1:00 pm: Grand Entry of Pow Wow Dancers
7:00 pm: Grand Entry of Pow Wow Dancers

Sunday, November 20th:
10:00 am 5:00 pm
12:00 pm (noon): Grand Entry of Pow Wow Dancers

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