Presented by BMO Financial Group and produced by Eagle Vision, this documentary-style virtual event welcomes you to the light-filled spaces of Qaumajuq. Join co-hosts Dr. Stephen Borys, WAG Director & CEO, Julia Lafreniere, WAG Head of Indigenous Initiatives, and Nunavut’s Madeleine Allakariallak, as you experience artwork, performances, voices, and ceremonies bridging North and South.
Both evenings start at 6:30pm CT and run approximately 60 minutes. To watch, go to wag.ca/opening at 6:30pm CT on Thursday, March 25 (Part I) and Friday, March 26 (Part II).
And you’re invited to check out the new building in person for free Mar 27-Apr 2 with timed tickets. Learn more and sign up here.
WELCOME >> PART I
March 25, 6:30pm CT
Go on a journey through the new 40,000-square-foot building by Michael Maltzan Architecture and Cibinel Architecture; the world-renowned collection of Inuit art it holds; the education, outreach and meeting place it will provide; and the inspiration for its design and function. Performers from Inuit Nunangat, the homeland of Inuit in Canada – including Inuit performance collective ArtCirq and hoop dancer Marika Sila – will come together with Manitoba artists like viral TikTok jiggers and hip-hop dancers the Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers Mikey, Jacob and Cieana Harris, singer-songwriter Don Amero, and throat-singers Nikki Komaksiutiksak and Chasity Swan.
CEREMONY & CELEBRATE >> Part II
March 26, 6:30pm CT
Tells the story of the spirits that exist within the art, the blessing of Qaumajuq in ceremony by the Seven Nations of Manitoba, and a mix of celebratory messages from voices from across the country and beyond. We want to begin in a good way and welcome the artworks and building to this land, Treaty 1, Metis and Dakota territory with a day of prayer. In doing this, Qaumajuq is now prepared to opens its doors and the spirit of the artworks are ready to welcome visitors.