Rubaboo Aboriginal Arts Festival comes to Edmonton: Jan. 27-Feb. 6

Edmonton, AB  – The Rubaboo Arts Festival is committed to redressing the erasure of culture and moving us in understanding and inclusion. This 12 day festival showcases Aboriginal theatre, music, dance, art, food, family events and artist workshops. Rubaboo is a Métis-Michif word (mixture of French and Indigenous), for a stew made on the trap line of whatever was left in the food stores. It’s a philosophy about what sustains us; and feeds the spirit.

“This festival is open to everyone, and at its root is the philosophy that art is powerful medicine,” says Christine Sokaymoh Frederick, Artistic Director of Alberta Aboriginal Arts. “Our 7th Rubaboo honours the growth of all our relationships, as well as the completion of ceremonies and cycles within our culture.”

Rubaboo opens with “HUFF”, by Indigenous award-winning playwright Cliff Cardinal – one of the most exciting new voices in Canadian theatre. This Native Earth production tells the wrenching, yet darkly comic tale of Wind and his brothers, caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and struggling to cope with the death of their mother. DETAILS: Jan 27 to 30 at 7:30pm | Jan 30 Matinee at 2pm | Stanley Milner Library Theatre | TIX $25, $15 for Elders & Youth | TIX on the Square and At The Door

“Fire Song” by Adam Garnet Jones is one of the first films by an Aboriginal director to deal with two-spirited people. This thoughtful and moving story is about a young Anishinaabe man who is forced to choose between staying in his community or exploring the expanded possibilities of the world outside. DETAILS: Feb 2 at 8pm | La Cité Francophone | TIX $10 | TIX on the Square and At The Door

REDx Talks, Canada’s first international Indigenous speaker series, makes its Edmonton premiere in association with the Rubaboo Arts Festival. Featuring Grand Chief Tony Alexis, chef & TV personality Shane Chartrand, Hollywood actor Cody Lightning, Cree and Métis artist Dawn Marie Marchand and many more. DETAILS: Feb 3 at 7pm | La Cité Francophone | TIX $40, $55 & $75| and At The Door

Rubaboo’s signature Festival Fusion Night is an incredibly unique experience for festival goers to witness multi-disciplinary art being created live in collaboration with Aboriginal and French artists. Come for the food, art and community! Artists include Moe Clark, Yvonne Chartrand and Arik Pipestem. DETAILS: Feb 4 at 7pm | La Cité Francophone | FREE EVENT with a suggested DONATION BY ENTRY of $10 For a full festival schedule, please visit

The Rubaboo Arts Festival is produced by Alberta Aboriginal Arts, and is supported by Canada Council for the Arts, Edmonton Arts Council, The City of Edmonton, Edmonton Community Foundation, Dreamspeakers Film Festival, Native Counselling Services of Alberta, The Flying Canoë Volant and Edmonton Public Library.

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