Practical questions

Q – How much does it cost to get in?

Entry is free! However, a $5 donation is suggested to help with event fees.

Q – Is there parking nearby?

Yes! There is paid parking at the Verdun Auditorium and street parking nearby. Drummers and vendors will have access to free parking. Parking attendants will direct you to the right place when you arrive.

Q – Is the location accessible by public transit?

Yes! The Verdun Auditorium is near the de l’Église metro station.

Q – Is the venue wheelchair accessible?

According to a member of the Verdun auditorium staff, the auditorium is in transition and waiting for renovations to make it more accessible to wheelchair users. So at the moment, entry is difficult. However, there are personnel on location to make sure that wheelchair users, for example, are able to enter and find a location, either in the hockey player’s box or on the arena itself. They will also help with bathroom access when required.

Dancers

Q – Where and when do I sign up?

No registration is required for dancers this year. Simply pay attention to the emcee to know when different dance categories happen.

Q – Will there be a place to change?

Yes. Dancers will have access to the hockey player’s changing rooms in the auditorium.

Vendors

Q – How much does it cost for a vending table?

Please write to infopowwowmtl@gmail.com. We will get back to you with a form and all the information.

General public

Q – What is a Pow Wow?

See this page for information on Pow Wows.

Q – What do people do at a Pow Wow?

Members of the general public generally enjoy watching the Pow Wow dancers, visiting vendors’ booths to support Indigenous artisans, buying some food from the food vendors, and even dancing during the inter-tribal dances! There are sometimes fun contests called “spot dances” during inter-tribals. Listen to the emcee to know what is happening at all times!

Q – What should I bring?

Since the Pow Wow is held indoors this year, and there is seating included in the arena stands, you don’t need to worry about most of the things you would normally have to think about! We suggest you bring whatever you would bring to an all-day event where you may get the chance to dance:

  • a water bottle,
  • cash for craft and food vendors (they don’t usually take debit),
  • food if you have dietary restrictions that might mean you will be unable to eat food that is available from the vendors that are on location,
  • cash (bills or change) for blanket dances done to collect funds
  • comfortable shoes.

Q – I’m non-Indigenous. Can I still attend?

Absolutely! Everyone is welcome!

Q – I’m worried that I will do something offensive. What are the rules?

There are a few things you should keep in mind. If you pay careful attention to what the emcee says during the event, you should be fine. Here are a few important things to remember.

  1. What dancers wear is called regalia, not costumes. Elements of one’s regalia are sacred. Please do not touch a dancer’s regalia or take pictures without permission.
  2. During certain portions of the Pow Wow, attendees are expected to stand, take off their hats, and to not take pictures or video. The emcee will inform you of this.
  3. Seats are set aside for Elders and people with mobility restrictions. Please respect this and do not use these seats if you do not need them.

There is more information on Pow Wow protocol here.

Q – Can I bring children?

Yes! Many children enjoy Pow Wows! We only ask that you keep an eye on them as young children don’t always understand the protocol and tend to run into the dance arena when they are not supposed to.

Q – Can I bring pets?

Unfortunately, we cannot allow animals on the premises. Exceptions are made for dogs that are working as assistants to People with Disabilities.

Q – Is this like the tam tams on Mont Royal? Can I bring my djembe?

No, this is very different. Only Pow Wow drums are played at a Pow Wow and only invited Pow Wow drumming groups perform.

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