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IFWTO Announces Festival Lineup and Marketplace Participants

The biennial Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto (IFWTO), presented online November 26 – 29, 2020, announces the launch of a new website at IFWtoronto.com, and the curated lineup for the 2020 IFWTO Online Pop-up Marketplace

The IFWTO Online Pop-up Marketplace (Nov. 26 – 29) at IFWtoronto.shop will allow audiences to shop for fashion, craft and textiles from 40 limited edition Indigenous-made collections. Customers can shop from designers including: Indi City, Blu Hummingbird, Catherine Blackburn, Aylelum – The Good House of Design, Mad Aunty, Lesley Hampton, Tania Larsson, Running Fox Beads, Niio Perkins and a spotlight on artists and designers from Northwestern Ontario.

In August 2020, IFWTO filmed four runway presentations featuring 16 designers at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. The four short films will be screened each day of the Festival and are free to all audiences. Incorporating fashion, film, theatre and dance, the filmed runway presentations offer an intimate view of each garment from IFWTO designers including Lesley Hampton, Warren Steven Scott, Maru Creations, and Skawennati. The IFWTO films celebrate Indigenous-made fashion, craft and textiles, and share Indigenous visual narratives through material, movement, light and collaboration.

The four-day Festival will go live November 26 – 29 at IFWtoronto.com and include cinematically produced runway presentations, the IFWTO Marketplace, a preview of the digital art exhibition “A Thread That Never Breaks”, and a series of panel discussions co-presented with Ryerson School of Fashion called “Fashioning Resurgence”.

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto is a multi-platform festival of the most distinct and progressive Indigenous-made fashion, craft and textiles, challenging mainstream perceptions of Indigenous people and culture, which are often stereotyped, commodified or exploited. IFWTO is led by majority Indigenous women, offering audiences an authentic, accessible opportunity to connect with Indigenous artists and celebrate cultural expression.

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto

November 26 – 29, 2020

Online Runway Presentations: 7pm ET nightly, FREE

Day 1: Tu Gh’eh Nah (Water is Life)

Miss Chief Rocka / Mobilize / Jason Baerg / Section 35 / Skawennati

Day 2: Tu Cho (Lake) – Global Program

Maru Creations / Margaret Jacobs

Day 3: Tu Gh’eh Tl’e’th (Streams)

Warren Steven Scott / Curtis Oland / Indi City / Evan Ducharme / Hand of Solomon

Day 4: Tu Gh’el T’ilhn (Water Carriers) – Women’s Program

Ay Lelum – The Good House of Design / Anne Mulaire / Lesley Hampton / Celeste Pedri-Spade


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Major supporters of Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto are: Canada Council for the Arts,

Indigenous Services Canada, Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, City of Toronto, Harbourfront Centre, Inspirit Foundation and Ryerson School of Fashion.

Media Contact: Damien Nelson, damien@wantandable.ca

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