Montreal Steppers present The Route to Canada- a live presentation of the art form of step, spoken work and song highlighting the resilience, creativity, influence of our ancestors in the African Diaspora. Rooted in the African traditions of storytelling and call and response, the showcase focuses on Black Canadian History. A combination of powerful and energetic stomps, claps and a vocal ensemble to illustrate the long journey of Black folks to Canada through Slavery, the Underground Railroad and Migration.
Les Montreal Steppers présentent : The Route to Canada (La route vers le Canada) un spectacle soulignant la résilience et la créativité de nos ancêtres et de la diaspora africaine en utilisant le stepping, la parole et le chant.Enraciné dans les traditions africaines de récits et d’appels et de réponses, le spectacle met l’accent sur l’histoire des Afro-Canadiens. Une combinaison puissante et énergique de pas, de claquements de mains et d’ensemble vocal pour illustrer le long voyage des Noirs vers le Canada à travers l’esclavage, le chemin de fer clandestin et la migration.
Elementary, High School & University Workshops (September 2021 - June 2022)
A stepping workshop with Montreal Steppers includes an introduction to foundational step routines. Participants will learn how to clap, stomp and chant as a team. They would learn what it meant for black folks to be steppers in the early 1900's and how their resilience changed their lives. We emphasize the importance of creating these rhythms and beats together with a focus on teamwork and character building. Each workshop includes dialogues and discussions on the history of step, its inception, the migration of Africans from Africa to North America, South America and the Caribbean. At the end of the workshop each participant would have learn at least two step routines; rhythmic music that they created with their bodies. This is always a proud moment for participants.