If you have been to Crawford Lake Conservation Area you may have heard the relaxing sounds of traditional First Nations flute music weaving its relaxing notes through the park. The music creates the backdrop for the remarkable experience of stepping back in time into a reconstructed 15th century Iroquoian village.
On Saturday, August 8, the music takes centre stage as Crawford Lake presents Music in the Longhouse with flutist Shendaehwas Nathalie Picard. Ms. Picard is a renowned flutist and storyteller who has entertained audiences around the globe, including performances from Cuba to Belgium and in front of the Prince of Wales.
It is believed that the village which existed at the Crawford Lake site more than 600 years ago, was possibly home to people of the Wendat Nation. As Wendat person from Wendake, Quebec, Ms. Picard’s performance represents a very meaningful night for the site. For the lucky few who attend this intimate concert in the newly created Deer Clan Longhouse this promises to be an evening to remember.
The concert takes place at Crawford Lake Conservation Area on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 7 until 8:30 p.m. We hope you will join us! Tickets are free thanks to the generous support of the Government of Canada and are available on a first come first served basis. Click here to register for Music in the Longhouse.
For more information on this event and all the other happenings at Conservation Halton Parks visit the Conservation Halton events calendar; to find out about recreational programs and services, go to the Halton Parks website.
About Nathalie Picard, Flutist, composer, singer and storyteller
Shendaehwas Nathalie Picard is a member of the Turtle Clan of the Wendat Nation from Wendake, Quebec. She graduated from the Quebec City Music Conservatory where she studied the concert flute, and from the University of Montreal where she studied jazz and pop music. She also studied in Havana, Cuba with master flute player, Richard Ëgues and at Florida International University with Nestor Torrès.
Nathalie also plays the First Nations traditional flute and performs solo and in duet with Chippewa flute maker Dennis dg Hatch, as well as with groups such as the Nouvelle-France Ensemble Terra Nova. She loves to work with children, delivering interactive storytelling and music workshops in schools. She is also involved in the revitalisation and teaching of the Wendat language.
In 2014 Nathalie was selected to be a part of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Artist Leadership Program. Click here to view her short film, Ikwäas, we sing, nous chantons, about the project.
Over the last 30 years, she has performed and presented Canadian First Nations’ music and culture in Canada, France, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Italy and across the USA. She has also recorded for films such as, The Legend of Sarila, Le Survenant, Ernest Hemmingway (IMAX), TAM on APTN TV.
Her own original CD of Native Flute compositions, "Listening through the Wind" is available on CDbaby, iTunes and in the Crawford Lake Gift Shop.