THE MUSH HOLE Uncovers The Trauma Of Canada’s Residential Schools – This Tuesday, March 22nd in St. Catharines

“Something Dark And Hidden Is Being Brought Into View, Impossible To Ignore.” – Karen Fricker, The Toronto Star

A News Release from the FristOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines/Niagara

Posted March 17th, 2022 on Niagara At Large

Created from Survivor testimonials, The Mush Hole)  is a story about hope and finding light in dark places. This theatrical dance performance, produced by Santee Smith and Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, tells the true stories of the brutal legacy of residential schools in Canada.

The Mush Hole hits particularly close to home as it shares the shameful history of abuse that took place at Canada’s first residential school –  the former Mohawk Institute – located in Brantford and just down the highway from Niagara.

We invite you to walk the path of reconciliation by attending this special performance and talk-back on Tue 22 March at 7pm ( Partridge Hall.

“Education is the key to reconciliation. Education got us into this mess and education will get us out of it.” – The Honorable Justice Murray Sinclair, chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission


The Mush Hole ( a theatrical dance performance about the truths of Canada’s first Indian residential school – The Mohawk Institute.

From 1828-1970, State and Church attempted to forcefully assimilate children from Six Nations and surrounding First Nations into Euro-Christian society and sever the continuity of culture from parent to child.

The Mush Hole weaves through the traumatic memories of two generations of Survivors.

Visceral performances by an all-Indigenous cast, cinematic imagery and musical score catapult audiences into the bricks and mortar of the school. Created by KDT founder and artistic director Santee Smith from Survivor testimonials, The Mush Hole is a story about hope and finding light in dark places.

Santee Smith’s signature blend of music, sound, projections and movement come together in a deeply impactful way. The Mush Hole won five Dora Mavor Moore Awards in 2020 including Outstanding Direction, Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble, Outstanding Production and Outstanding Projection Design.

We invite you to stay for a panel discussion after The Mush Hole performance ends, hosted by Karl Dockstader of the Niagara Regional Native Centre and the One Dish One Mic radio show, with Santee Smith, Dr. Rodney Haring (Director of the Roswell Park Center for Indigenous Cancer Research), and Residential School Survivor Roberta Hill.

This is a dance and multimedia show with no spoken dialogue and recommended for ages 11+ up.

Use of herbal cigarettes, representation of alcohol consumption, mature and potentially triggering scenes involving residential schools, and representations of sexual and physical abuse.

We recommend you review the information about the show contained in the study guide to understand its creation, themes and ancestral teachings, and the history of the Mohawk Residential School.

  • Regular tickets: $30 | Members: $25
  • 2022 Season Members can Bring A Friend for Free!
  • Call Box Office to access your FREE tickets.

For groups of 10 or more: $20 use promo code MUSHHOLEGROUP online or by calling the Box Office 905-688-0722

  • University/College students: $25
  • High School students / Eyego: $5
  • All tickets subject to HST


Sponsored by Durward Jones Barkwell

Supported by the Gord Downie Chanie Wenjack Fund and part of Celebration of Nations Featured Programming

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