Crimson Coast Dance

2nd Annual Sum̓sháthut [Sun] Festival – A Feast of Indigenous Culture, Cuisine, Fashion and The Trading Post Market Place

December 18th, 2021, 3:00 - 8:00 pm Beban Park Auditorium, 2300 Bowen Road
Doors Open at 2:30pm, Trading Post Market is open for shopping)

Please note that meal tickets may be purchased at the event. They will only be available while supplies last.

Masks, proof of vaccination, and government issued ID required.

The 2nd annual Sum̓sháthut [Sun] Festival, A Feast of Indigenous Culture, Cuisine, Fashion, and the Trading Post Market Place takes place Saturday, December 18, 2021, 3pm to 8pm at Beban Park Auditorium and marks the first event of Crimson Coast Dance Society’s 23rd presenting season.

This winter Solstice event celebrates the return of the sun and is curated and co-produced by Tsatassaya White, a member of Snuneymuxw and Hupacasath Nations. 

Indigenous people the world over celebrate the ever changing presence of the Sun. This event, at this particularly dark time, looks to the warmth of traditions that gather us to connect, to share stories, to celebrate each other, the light within and the light that is coming.

Everyone is welcome as Sum̓sháthut gathers people from many nations. People close to home and those far from family or longhouse.

Sum̓sháthut [Sun] Festival gathers us to experience and enjoy a multitude of cultural performances that highlight Salish Shxw’aluqwa’, Hishuk’ish Tsawalk Dance Group, Lekwungen Dancers, DJ GG, a fashion show by Ay Lelum-The Good House of Design with special dance by Nanaimo Contemporary Ballet, Compaigni V’ni Dansi Métis Dance Group, and Tsatassaya White’s film Huulth Huultha, 2020.

We will hear good words and teachings and have an opportunity to do holiday shopping at the Trading Post Market Place. Market vendors line up will be Doeleena Seward, Melanie Bob, Ay Lelum, Adriene Atleo, Marge Robinson, Melvin Good Jr, Darrell Thorne, Dave Bodaly, Nadine McGee, Kookum’s House, Eva Dick and Donna Edna Cranmer. These generous artists have each donated door prizes that you may take home with you!

Feasting is a very important part of Indigenous cultural gatherings. The evening cuisine, available by plate, features a salmon plate and hearty deer stew and bannock by Chef Amanda Seward. Dinner is at 5:00pm. No vegetarian options are available.

This 2021 winter the Sun announces its return and we celebrate being together – in the light – once more. Join us as we ‘gather’ and with appropriate safety precautions.

With Gratitude to our Sponsors and Supporters: Nanaimo Hospitality Association, City of Nanaimo, BC Arts Council, Heritage Canada, Canada Council for the Arts.

$45 Ally Ticket (advance) includes Salmon Plate
$25 Sunshine Ticket (advance) supports Sumsháthut, dinner may be purchased onsite
$15 Community tickets are available at the door only, dinner may be purchased onsite
$5 Student Ticket (advance or at the door)
$0 Children under 5,  dinner may be purchased onsite 

(salmon plate $20, deer stew and bannock $15)

Ally and Sunshine Supporter tickets are an opportunity for those who are able to offer additional support to the costs of the event and the work of Crimson Coast Dance.  We thank you for considering this option.


1:30-2:30: Pre-Registered Volunteers arrive – orientation
2:30 -3PM: Doors Open – Shopping
4:00 PM: Welcome – Protocol
4:30 AM: Salish shxw’alugwa’
5:00 PM: Dinner is served – Prizes
5:45 PM: Huulth Huultha, 2020
6:00 PM: V’ni Dansi
6:35 PM: Lekwungen Dancers
7:00 PM: Ay Lelum – The Good House of Design and Nanaimo Contemporary Ballet
7:15 PM: Hishuk’ish Tsawalk Dance Group
7:45 PM: Closing – Prizes