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Morgan Toney web (1600 x 900 px)

January 26 @ 1:00 pm


Tidemark Theatre
1220 Shoppers Row
Campbell River, BC V9W 2C8 Canada
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Family Literacy Day: Morgan Toney

In support of Family Literacy Week, the Tidemark Theatre and Campbell River Literacy Association presents Morgan Toney!

Music is an almost alchemical force to Canadian Mi’kmaq fiddler and singer Morgan Toney. In just a short amount of time, Toney has invigorated both the Atlantic music communities and Mi’kmaq communities by bringing together the fiery fiddling of Cape Breton Island with the old songs of the Mi’kmaq, some dating back up to 500 years. He calls this fusion Mi’kmaltic (Mi’kmaq + Celtic) and it’s his way of celebrating his language and heritage. “There are two worlds of Mi’kmaq music,” Toney explains, “song and fiddle. They had never come together before. People knew of each, but never had I ever seen a collaboration between Celtic and Mi’kmaq culture before.

Toney’s debut album First Flight, nominated for 3 East Coast Music Awards and a Canadian Folk Music Award, showcases this unique combination, both in the way he transforms traditional songs like the Ko’jua and the Mi’kmaq Honour Song, but also for the new songs he’s creating. “Msit No’kmaq” was written partially in Mi’kmaq and features a fiddle break from the great Cape Breton fiddler Ashley MacIsaac. “Kwana Li” is a traditional Mi’kmaq song that Toney added new English lyrics to and “For the Elders” is a newly composed waltz from Toney.

With the immediate accolades and attention, it’s easy to forget that Morgan Toney is so new to the music, having only played the fiddle for a few years. But there’s something deeper at work here. His great-grandfather and three other great-uncles were all Mi’kmaq fiddlers of renown in the community. In a sense, Toney’s coming back full circle. And circles are something he understands. “We are living in circles,” he says. “The earth is a circle. The drum is a circle, how we move around is a circle, how we greet each other. The talking circle is huge.”

This performance is made possible in part by Theatre Angels donations. Please consider making a donation to the Theatre Angels program.

Tickets are free of charge, we ask that you reserve your tickets in advance.

In person tickets are first come, first served. Limit 4 tickets per household. Please contact the box office if you require wheelchair seating.

Live stream tickets will be available to view for 48 hours.

If your tickets are not scanned in 15 minutes before the performance, we will release your tickets to other patrons. If you were not able to get tickets ahead of time, please come check at the Box Office on Family Literacy Day!

Every body that goes into the auditorium MUST have a ticket, including infants.