Update: A previous version of this story noted a concert would still take place Nov. 26 but it has since been cancelled.
Andrea Menard grew up on good food, good music and stories.
When she’d visit her memere and pepere in Manitoba, they would eat “rubaboo,” which in the Metis language Michif means a stew of leftovers.
“To me that represents home, it represents family, it represents wealth because when you have food on the stove or food in your cupboard, you feel wealthy, and that’s not always the case for our people,” said Menard, who grew up in Saskatoon.
“So when there’s food on the stove and music, to me that’s when life is good. And I wanted to put that on the stage to bring my culture and this feast of music and a feast of cultural history and stories and education too, to the stage.
“I wanted to be able to educate my audience as well, because I’m still realizing — I’m amazed, like I just had a conversation two months ago with people who’d never heard of the residential schools.”
The show will include Menard’s “culturally specific stuff with good stories around it.” She’ll perform drum songs and “quite a few numbers that are close to my heart from my Metis perspective.”