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Canadian Aboriginal Festival Location & Show Times

The Canadian Aboriginal Festival
Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario CANADA
November 27th to 29th, 2009

Friday, November 27th (Education Day): 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Saturday, November 28th: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday, November 29th: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

The CAMA Gala VIP Dinner & Pre-Awards Show
Hamilton Convention Centre, Hamilton, Ontario CANADA
Thursday, November 26th, 2009, 7 pm

The Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards
Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario CANADA Friday, November 27th, 2009, 8:00 pm

Canadian Aboriginal Festival Event Highlights

Saturday, November 28, 2009
Open 9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 11: 30 a.m. Lacrosse Skills Competition
9:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Market Place opens
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. RBC Main Stage Concert
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Grand Entry
1:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 2009 Meet & Greet! CAMA nominees at Official CAMA booth
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. RBC Main Stage Concert
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Grand Entry

Sunday, November 29, 2009
Open 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Market Place opens
10:45 a.m, - 11:45 a.m. RBC Main Stage Concert
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Grand Entry
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Awarding of Dance Prizes

For a detailed listing of the Main Stage performances, Fashion Show, Music Cafe stage & Performance Theatre show times, please see the Performing Arts Section.

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Festival Overview

Copps ColiseumThis year's festival is being hosted at the Copps Coliseum and Hamilton Place
Theatre, Hamilton, ON on November 28th to 29th, 2009


The Festival, the “signature event” for Canadian Aboriginal peoples will be staged in
Hamilton over four days. Organizers are confident that attendance will exceed past years
with more than 40,000 visitors taking in the festival.

Visitors to the festival over the past fifteen years have included Canadians from across
the country, numerous American visitors and many from various off shore countries.

The festival has literally something for everyone... the Canadian Aboriginal Music
Awards, Education Day, amateur Lacrosse Skills Competition, music and performing arts
venues, traditional foods, excellent shopping and information at more than 250 booths
and the centerpiece of the festival – Canada’s largest Pow Wow.

The Pow Wow attracts over 1,000 dancers from every corner of North America.

The Pow Wow starts with a Grand Entry when all dancers dance into the dance circle in
full regalia to the beat of the drums. The motion, colour and sound of the Grand Entry is
spectacular and for many visitors, emotional. In addition to the dancers, veterans, both
Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, Elders, Aboriginal members of the armed forces and
various police organizations and others also participate in the Grand Entries. Theme of
the Pow Wow will be “Saluting Our Warriors”, past and present.

Visitors are advised to arrive early to take in the Main Stage Performances, which
features traditional performances, by some of North America’s outstanding artists.

Grand Entries are scheduled for Saturday, 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday at
12:00 noon. The Main Stage performances start an hour before the Grand Entry.

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About the Copps Coliseum

101 York Boulevard,
Hamilton, Ontario L8R 3L4

As one of North America's most outstanding venues, Copps Coliseum is a marvel of planning flexibility.

The facility is climate controlled year round for comfort and is designed to accommodate a wide variety of events from entertainment, sports and trade shows to conventions, filming and more. It is directly accessible from the Hamilton Convention Centre and Hamilton Place.

A total of 117,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space is available. Retractable seating allows 87,000 sq. ft. on one level by combining 26,00 sq. ft. Arena Surface and the 61,000 sq. ft. Exhibition Hall. An additional 30,000 sq. ft. is offered on the Concourse level.

A street level ramp provides direct vehicle access to The Arena and Exhibition Hall Level. Move-in and move-out times are greatly reduced as there are four loading bays available. Media facilities (including a TV studio), dressing locker rooms and a First Aid room are also located on this level. Full catering services are available.

Visit the official Copps Coliseum website
Click here to view a map of Copps Coliseum

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