The Circle: Indigenous Songwriters in the Round

FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre presents
The Circle: Indigenous Songwriters in the Round
Featuring Twin Flames, Nicole Joy-Fraser and Tonemah

WED 19 APR 2023 AT 7PM


The Circle: Indigenous Songwriters in the Round, features a gathering of established and emerging Indigenous singer/songwriters each taking turns sharing their songs and the stories behind them in an intimate setting in the heart of downtown St. Catharines. 

All tickets: Pay-What-You-Can including FREE 
All tickets are subject to HST.


Recent winners of the 2022 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Vocal Group of the Year and Indigenous Songwriters of the Year, Twin Flames will amaze and inspire you with their powerful musicality and storytelling. Indie rock, synth rock, and folk-pop are just a few of the ways critics have tried to label the music of Twin Flames. Using unique sounds, Indigenous Spirit flutes, traditional drums and western instruments, synthesizing harmonies, Twin Flames offer a truly unique show.

Nicole Joy-Fraser (Mixed Settler/ Dene Zaa, Nehiyaw, Métis-Horse Lake First Nation) is an award-winning, Niagara-based performing artist.  For over twenty years she has been singing and storytelling for stage and screen, across Turtle Island and beyond, collaborating with many celebrated companies such as The Shaw Festival, Stratford Festival, Soulpepper, Mirvish, Charlottetown Festival,  Native Earth, Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir, Factory Theatre, Soundstreams, CBC, CBS, BBC and Telefilm.  As an adoptee and 60’s scoop witness, Nicole is grateful to her communities and for the ceremonies which have been guiding her reclamation of cultural identity.  As a proud bear clan member and helper, supporting each other through healing and the arts continues to be a passion of hers and Nicole is honoured to now be sharing her original hand drum songs. She was the 2020 recipient of the Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Performing Arts from Celebration of Nations.

Award-winning musician Tonemah is Kiowa, Comanche and Tuscarora. He has recorded 10 award-winning albums, of which include his well-known hit singles “Pow Wow Snag” and “Rezzylicious”. His songs are filled with thought provoking metaphors and are sharp with emotion and humor that makes his music easy to relate to. Tonemah has won and been nominated numerous times for Best Folk Recording, Best Male Artist, Songwriter of the Year, Artist of the Year,  and Best Rock Album by the Native American Music Awards, Indian Summer Music Awards and First Americans in the Arts, and for Best International Artist by the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards. His album Welcome to Your Rainy Day was called a “masterpiece” by Whispering Wind Magazine.

“Blown away by the talent and teachings! Music is healing, music is medicine.”  - Marie, Audience Member