Neo-Nativism Versus New Music

Nov 15, 2014

Concert, Performance


Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


8:00 p.m.


In 1989, a group of emerging Indigenous artists presented Neo Nativism—an evening of multimedia performance in the Grand Luxe Hall that expressed traditional Indigenous cultures through new technology.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Neo Nativism, original event organizers and new performers came together to revisit the concert’s original aim of connecting tradition with modernity. The evening featured a debut of new collaborative works by Lan Tung and Pat Ernst, Michael Park and Warren Arcand, and Russell Wallace and Remy Siu; along with the performance of a new composition by Tony Wilson for the Salt Chuck City Ensemble featuring Kevin Elaschuk (trumpet), David Say (saxophone), Pat Ernst (violin), Lan Tung (erhu), Ron Samworth (guitar), Michael Park (piano), Paul Blaney (bass), Skye Brooks (drums), Remy Siu (laptop), Ron Wallace (vocals), Deanna Gestrin, Alison Jenkins, and Will George. The concert was followed by a talk back session.

Presented with support from the Native Education College, SOCAN Foundation, and the Government of Canada. 

Video documentation of this event is available upon request.

Western Front is a non-profit
artist-run centre in Vancouver.

We acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations as traditional owners of the land upon which Western Front stands.