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May 30, 2024

11:00 am

Quill Weaving with Arsene Betsidea

Location: Fashion at The Creative School | Toronto Metropolitan University

This four-day workshop on weaving porcupine quills is based on ancient techniques passed down to Arsene Betsidea by generations of…

11:00 am

Artificial Intelligence: Professional Support or Social Detriment?

Location: Sheldon & Tracy Levy Student Learning Centre, 6th Floor

The discourse concerning Artificial Intelligence in the realm of Indigenous fashion revolves around the role of AI as either a…

1:00 pm

Welcome Gathering

Location: Trinity Square Park

Launch the 2024 IFA Festival with festival artists and the IFA team. This event is FREE. Tickets are required to…

3:00 pm

Masterclass: Grant Writing for Fashion Arts

Location: Sheldon & Tracy Levy Student Learning Centre, 6th Floor

This Masterclass demystifies grant writing jargon and processes for artists working in fashion, craft and textiles. Grant writing plays a…

9:00 pm

Red Carpet VIP Entrance

Location: CF Toronto Eaton Centre Entrance next to Roots Canada, West side of Yonge Street, North of Shuter Street

10:00 pm

My Tender Bundle

Location: CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Albert's Way | Entrance for Runway is beside the Roots Canada store, on the West side of Yonge Street, north of Shuter Street

My Tender Bundle, is a demonstration of family justice and radical caregiving. In the face of colonial and systemic tactics…

11:30 pm

Opening Party

Location: Milestones Grill + Bar located at CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Level 2

Celebrate the launch of the 2024 IFA Festival! Details coming soon.

May 31, 2024

11:00 am

Quill Weaving with Arsene Betsidea

Location: Fashion at The Creative School | Toronto Metropolitan University

This four-day workshop on weaving porcupine quills is based on ancient techniques passed down to Arsene Betsidea by generations of…

11:00 am

Sustainability: A Double-Edged Sword

Location: Sheldon & Tracy Levy Student Learning Centre, 6th Floor

This panel addresses a critical dichotomy facing Indigenous people working in fashion, craft and textiles and those who purchase their…

3:00 pm

Fashion in Galleries & Museums: Exhibition, Systemic Procedures, Repatriation and Ownership

Location: Sheldon & Tracy Levy Student Learning Centre, 6th Floor

This panel delves into the challenging and multifaceted relationship between Indigenous fashion and the art world. It provides a critical…

10:00 pm

Fierce + Fearless

Location: CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Albert's Way | Entrance for Runway is beside the Roots Canada store, on the West side of Yonge Street, north of Shuter Street

The resilience and ingenuity of Indigenous designers are showcased in Fierce + Fearless. Their collections confront colonization, loudly challenging social…

June 1, 2024

10:00 am

Marketplace Day 1

Location: Level 2 beside the Hoka Store, CF Toronto Eaton Centre

Explore and shop the works of over 70 Indigenous artists, designers, collectives, and brands from around the world. This is…

11:00 am

The Eagle and The Condor

Location: Sheldon & Tracy Levy Student Learning Centre, 6th Floor

There is a long history of trade and connection between the Indigenous people of the Americas. Revitalizing and sustaining these…

11:00 am

Madder Root Dyeing with Carola Jones

Location: Fashion at The Creative School | Toronto Metropolitan University

In this two-day workshop, participants will work with red madder root dye to create a medicine cloth. This medicine is…

11:00 am

Metalwork with Mathew Nuqingaq

Location: Fashion at The Creative School | Toronto Metropolitan University

In this two-day workshop, participants will learn to make copper, brass, or silver jewelry from renowned metalsmith artist Mathew Nuqingaq.…

11:00 am

Quill Weaving with Arsene Betsidea

Location: Fashion at The Creative School | Toronto Metropolitan University

This four-day workshop on weaving porcupine quills is based on ancient techniques passed down to Arsene Betsidea by generations of…

3:00 pm

Mindful Merchandising: Reframing Value in a Consumer Culture

Location: Sheldon & Tracy Levy Student Learning Centre, 6th Floor

This panel will explore the shifting landscapes of value in our consumer-driven society and the intersection of mainstream commerce, artistic…

10:00 pm

From This Ground We Grow

Location: CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Albert's Way | Entrance for Runway is beside the Roots Canada store, on the West side of Yonge Street, north of Shuter Street

From This Ground We Grow, the designers showcase their deep connections to place. Their functional and ornate designs recall land-based…

June 2, 2024

11:00 am

Marketplace Day 2

Location: Level 2 beside the Hoka Store, CF Toronto Eaton Centre

Explore and shop the works of over 70 Indigenous artists, designers, collectives, and brands from around the world. This is…

11:00 am

Madder Root Dyeing with Carola Jones

Location: Fashion at The Creative School | Toronto Metropolitan University

In this two-day workshop, participants will work with red madder root dye to create a medicine cloth. This medicine is…

11:00 am

Metalwork with Mathew Nuqingaq

Location: Fashion at The Creative School | Toronto Metropolitan University

In this two-day workshop, participants will learn to make copper, brass, or silver jewelry from renowned metalsmith artist Mathew Nuqingaq.…

11:00 am

Quill Weaving with Arsene Betsidea

Location: Fashion at The Creative School | Toronto Metropolitan University

This four-day workshop on weaving porcupine quills is based on ancient techniques passed down to Arsene Betsidea by generations of…

8:00 pm

Materialize

Location: CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Albert's Way | Entrance for Runway is beside the Roots Canada store, on the West side of Yonge Street, north of Shuter Street

Materialize, dives into the fascinating realm of material culture. These diverse collections unite traditional and contemporary approaches in harvesting and…