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Comic All-Stars Hit Toronto for Aboriginal Comedy Night

Toronto, October 27, 2005... Comedy lovers are gearing up for a hilarious evening with North America's best Aboriginal stand-up comics. Aboriginal Comedy Night, part of this year's expanded Canadian Aboriginal Festival, features Canada's pre-eminent Aboriginal comedian, Don Burnstick, plus Charlie Hill, Gerry Barrett and Mitch Factor. Hosted by MC André Morisseau, Aboriginal Comedy Night takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front Street West, Room 701), Saturday, November 26, at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $30.00 and are available through Ticketmaster. This event has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Culture, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation. For more information, the public can visit or call 519-751-0040. Don Burnstick has established himself as one of Canada's best comedians. His highly acclaimed comedy show, "You Might Be a Redskin--Healing Through Native Humour," humorously portrays First Nations people, their habits, likes and dislikes. With an educational background including postsecondary training in holistic urban youth development, certification as a substance abuse counsellor and training by the Native Trainers Development program at the Nechi Institute, Burnstick has successfully utilized his keen sense of humour to promote holistic healing and personal wellness for the past 20 years. More information is available at US-based Oneida comedian Charlie Hill, of the Club Red Players, served as a staff writer for the television series Roseanne and has appeared as a stand-up guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with David Letterman. He now leads the Club Red Players, a radio comedy show distinguished by its fast-paced mix of skits, running gags and guest musicians. The show airs across the US on selected Public Radio stations. For more information, visit

Gerry "The Big Bear" Barrett, an Ojibway from the Saugeen First Nation in Ontario, is a stand-up comedian, broadcaster and actor, currently living in Winnipeg. The Big Bear is known for his biting political satire, pop culture references, skits and live music. In 2004, The Big Bear made television history by performing on North America's first all-Aboriginal stand-up comedy special, produced by CBC Television. Barrett has also showcased his stand-up comedy for NBC and tours comedy clubs, casinos and conferences across Canada and the United States. Visit for details. Mitch Factor, a Seminole and Menominee Indian who was born the youngest of 10 and raised in Oklahoma, is one of the leading Aboriginal comedians in the United States. Over the last decade, Factor has performed his stand-up from Alaska to Germany and across most of North America, covering topics that range from children and relationships to teachers, getting older and the Native way of life. The joy of "seeing people laugh together" is what keeps Factor pursuing his love of stand-up comedy. See for more information. North America's largest multidisciplinary Aboriginal arts event, the Canadian Aboriginal Festival has expanded this year to present a full week of events, November 21­27, 2005, throughout Toronto. Visitors will enjoy music, comedy, fashion, seminars, film screenings and Aboriginal haute cuisine during the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, which culminates with the seventh annual Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards and the 12th annual Festival and Pow Wow at the Rogers Centre. The Canadian Aboriginal Festival is generously supported by the Dreamcatcher Fund, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Department of Canadian Heritage, Department of Indian Affairs, Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres, Bank of Montreal, Ministry of Ontario Tourism, National Defense, Royal Bank, Great Blue Heron Charity Casino, Metis Nation of Ontario, Assembly of First Nations, Ontario Teacher's Federation and Elementary Teacher's Federation of Ontario and KPMG. The public can visit for complete festival details. -30Media Contact: Heather Kelly Communications [HKC] Elisa Alby, [email protected], 416-857-0651 Gwen McDonald, [email protected], 416-893-4454 Heather Kelly, [email protected], 416-364-5701


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