Two sisters and their mysterious past.

Libretto/Story by Dr. Spy Dénommé-Welch,
Co-Composed by Dr. Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine Magowan

An Unsettled Scores production in collaboration with
Native Earth Performing Arts,
The Toronto Consort and Theatre Passe Muraille

two women, one in orange one in purple are in a canoe in the water there is a fish on either side of the canoe.

Visual Art by Mishiikenh Kwe

September 12-16, 2023

at the Trinity St Paul’s Centre

Composed by Unsettled Scores co-founders Spy Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan, and set to a story/libretto by Spy Dénommé-Welch, Canoe is a captivating tale of two sisters from Northern Ontario, their ancestral tree, and an old, but familiar, visitor from the past. Through a minimalist aesthetic, this poignant work breaks free from Eurocentric operatic structures, creating an accessible and safe space for diverse audiences to experience the transformative power of Indigenous storytelling and opera.

Show Runs

September 12-16, 2023

Running Time: 2 hours


Trinity St. Paul’s
427 Bloor Street West, Toronto

*Please note this production does NOT take place at TPM



Previews: $10

$20 | $45 | $65   

Warnings: Language (swearing), mention of self harm, and Mentions of Residential Schools and death and harm in relation to Residential Schools.



Dr. Spy Dénommé-Welch


Dr. Spy Dénommé-Welch & Catherine Magowan


Dr. Spy Dénommé-Welch & Dr. Moynan King

Musical Director

Catherine Magowan


Montana Summers

Producer for Unsettled Scores

Ulla Laidlaw

Assistant Music Director / Lute

Ben Stein

Lighting Designer

Siobhan Sleath

Set Designer

Lindy Kinoshameg

Costume Designer

Sherri Hay

Wardrobe Assistant

Aurora Judge

Surtitle Creator/Operator

Camille Rogers

Audio Describers

Janis Mayers & James McKenzie

Production Manager

Aden Calvin

Technical Director

David Fisher

Stage Manager

Meghan Speakman

Assistant Stage Manager

Angela Mae Bago

Knowledge Holders

Dr. Catherine Longboat & Morris Lessard

Hair & Makeup Artist 

Deandra Wells


Michelle Lafferty 
Conlin Delbaere-Sawchuk 
Nicole Joy-Fraser 
Kristine Dandavino


Benjamin Stein | Lute & Theorbo
Alison Melville | Recorders
Kathleen Kajioka | Violin
Margaret Jordan-Gay | Cello
Paul Jenkins | Harpsicord

Accessibility Team 

Maeve – Production Support Dog
Katey Wattam – Community Support Person

Tickets & Show times

two women, one in orange one in purple are in a canoe in the water there is a fish on either side of the canoe.

Sept. 15 & 16, 7:30 pm | Sept. 16, 2 pm | Previews: Sept. 12 & 13, 7:30 pm

Purchase tickets

There will be a Closed Audio Described performance on September 16 at 2pm (Audio Description & Post show Q&A). Audio Description provided by Superior Description Services. Please reserve a receiver in advance by emailing

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