Ice Follies 2020 – Mkomiiwi

Ice Follies is an ad-hoc collective that presents a biennial festival of contemporary and community engaged art on frozen lake Nipissing. Audiences are invited to engage with works situated off shore from the North Bay waterfront and along the shores of Nipissing First Nation. The Ice Follies Committee includes representation from the three artist-run centres in the Nipissing area spanning contemporary visual arts, aboriginal arts, performance, media arts, and community engaged artistic practices. Ice Follies Biennial aims to encourage audiences to experience art outside the context of the institution and engages a visceral interaction with the local landscape. The installations, performances and interventions shape a dialogue between art and site.

Aanmitaagzi has presented as part of the Ice Follies festival as a presenter and co-producer for the past 5 festivals. This year’s thematic is “mkomiiwi” which means “be ice, turn to ice, be covered in ice, be icy”. 

mkomiiwi: Exploring that transformation from water to ice and from one realm to another. As we shift and adapt new worlds are opened and old pathways disappear. Our mode of travel changes. Ice heaves form from prevailing winds. Ice is pushed up against itself, the shore. 

Aanmitaagzi will be conducting a major performance on Lake Nipissing on Saturday,  February 22nd at 7pm.

Community Lantern Making and Freeze Frame Building workshops will be taking place at Big Medicine Studio (161 Couchie Memorial Dr.) Tuesday, Feb 18th, Wednesday Feb 19th and Thursday Feb 20th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm each night.

Ice Folies 2020 from Bradley Trudeau on Vimeo.


Creators / Performers
Sid Bobb*
Miigwan Buswa*
Penny Couchie*(Choreographer)
Christine Friday
Daniel Lomas
JP Longboat
Meagan Lozicki Paulin
Tasheena Sarazin*(Costumes)
Tijana Spasic
Imelda Villalon

Installation Artists *
Animikiikwe Couchie-Waukey
Chris Couchie
Dan & Eva Couchie
Daniel Couchie
Sherry Guppy
Karis Jones-Pard
Ange Loft
Donald Sutherland
Cultural Consultants
Dan & Eva Couchie
Carol Guppy

House Concert: Nick Sherman with Miigwan Buswa

On Friday, February 7th, 2020 Nick Sherman conducted a house concert with Miigwan Buswa opening. Big Medicine Studio had a good crowd hanging out, listening to good music and eating some awesome snacks together.


Serpent People at Nuit Blanche 2017

In the fall of 2017 at Nuit Blanche Toronto, Aanmitaagzi presented a large-scale installation series with accompanying interactive performance events. From sunset to sunrise, thousands of audience members engaged with Serpent People. The performance and installation was much anticipated and was chosen as part of “Must See” spectacles at the 2017 Nuit Blanche event. Serpent People was also chosen as the “Best of Nuit Blanche” by blogTO.

Ice Follies Family Day Fun

Ice Follies 2018 – Closing Reception
February 19, 2018 (Family Day)
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Marathon Beach – North Bay, ON

Looking for something fun to do this Family Day? Come check out the closing reception for this year’s Ice Follies. We will be serving Hot Chocolate and Cool Artist Talks out on the ice, and our interactive arts installations provide an opportunity for the whole family to explore, engage, and experience. Hope to see you there!

Ice Follies Visioning Session

Ice Follies Community Visioning Session
February 15, 2018
7 pm at Big Medicine Studio

Ice Follies invites all interested parties to attend a community visioning session / roundtable discussion at Big Medicine Studio on Febraury 15, 2018 starting at 7 pm. The festival organizers want to hear your feedback, ideas, and visions for the future. What does Ice Follies mean to you? What are we doing well and what could we be doing better? Where should Ice Follies go from here? Hope to see you there!

For more details, check out the event page on facebook.

Photo by Liz Lott