Opening Night Party w/ Kee’ahn, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Digging Roots

The return of imagineNATIVE’s legendary opening night party takes over your home! Join us following the opening film for a night of special perfroamnces featuring Kee’ahn, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, and Digging Roots.

Access Opening Night Party with your Community or Industry Pass!

Artist: Digging Roots

Digging Roots breathe life into songs from their land, Turtle Island, to raise their voices in solidarity with a global chorus of Indigenous artists, activists and change-makers. For over a decade, JUNO Award winners Digging Roots have traveled the world with a joyful message of resistance, celebrating Anishinabe and Onkwehonwe traditions of round dance and interconnectedness interwoven with the bedrock sounds of blues, soul and rock n’ roll. 

Artist: Kee’ahn

With a name coming from the Wik people, meaning to dance, to sing, to play, Kee’ahn aims to honour her name and Ancestors through her soulful music that weaves lush melodies and words reminiscent of heartbreak and healing. Kee’ahn’s debut single ‘Better Things’ is out now.

Artist: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg musician, writer and academic, who has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation. Her work breaks open the boundaries between story and song—bringing audiences into a rich and layered world of sound, light, and sovereign creativity.


Thank you to the Department of Canadian Heritage for their support of this presentation of the 2021 Opening Night Party!

HST EXEMPTION: For Status card holders, please email if you wish to use your Status card to purchase packages or tickets online. Otherwise, you can visit the imagineNATIVE Box Office in person starting October 18 and present your Status card when purchasing tickets or packages.