The World Premiere of Canoe

Toronto has a new Opera!

Unsettled Scores co-founders and composers Spy Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan, have explored the unique medium of opera to tell the captivating tale of two sisters from Northern Ontario, their ancestral tree, and old but familiar visitors.

This art breaks Eurocentric operatic structures, redesigning a safe space for diverse audiences to experience the transformative power of Indigenous storytelling and opera. Canoe is a -new two-act opera that defies conventions and embraces invention.

“It is an acknowledgment of the resilience of the human spirit with the intention of
serving as a type of healing work,…. Many years have been spent composing the score, adding layers of meaning through music, and design, with community and artist feedback throughout the process. It has allowed us to be nimble and responsive to all elements of creation.”

Spy Dénommé-Welch

For more information on Canoe and other productions/art pieces by Native Earth Performing Arts please visit

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