An immersive evening filled with Indigenous music, mindfulness, drum and dance

A special event for students, faculty and the public at the University of Toronto that brings together music, song, spoken word, drum and Anishinaabe dance into an immersive experience of Buddhist Wisdom and Dharma. Curated and performed by Dharma teacher, musician, and social worker Joe Reilly (who brings the lens of Buddhism and Indigenous wisdom to inform his songs/teachings), along with musicians from the “Community Gardeners” (which include many world-class musical friends of Joe Reilly) and “The All Nations Dancers” (a group of Anishinaabe dancers led by Ray Cadotte, an award-winning professional and Pow Wow dancer).

Join us anytime after 5:00 p.m. at the William Doo Auditorium lobby to explore our marketplace and community space where local Indigenous makers, artists and vendors will have tables. Further details on vendors and makers coming soon!

All proceeds of this event will be donated to our Indigenous collaborators.

Event Agenda

Saturday, April 6, 2024
William Doo Auditorium – 45 Willcocks Street, Toronto

5:00 p.m.
Lobby doors open – Indigenous vendor and maker marketplace

6:00 p.m.
Main stage doors open

7:00 p.m.
Performance starts


Joe Reilly (he, him)

Joe is a singer, songwriter, social worker, and ordained Dharma Teacher in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Joe has been a student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh since 2004 and is often found singing and writing songs on spiritual retreats. He currently lives in Waawiyatanong/Detroit, where he co-leads the Building Beloved Community Sangha. He is of Cherokee, Choctaw, Italian, and Irish descent and identifies as Native American.

The Community Gardeners

The Community Gardeners include many musical friends of Joe Reilly who bring his songs to another level of expression through their world-class performances. This rotating cast of musicians includes Chris Good (electric bass and vocals), John Driscoll (drum set), Jamie Rusling (percussion), Billy King (electric guitar), Jenny Jones (vocals), Mark Stone (percussion), and Lesley-Anne Stone (vocals).

The All Nations Dancers

The All Nations Dancers are a group of Anishinaabe dancers led by Ray Cadotte, an award-winning professional and Pow Wow dancer, who is joined by dancers representing the Three Fires of Michigan: Ojibwe, Odawa and, Pottawatomi. Dance styles performed include Men’s Traditional, Men’s Grass, Women’s Traditional, Fancy Shawl, and Jingle. The All Nations Dancers have performed with Joe Reilly since 2015.

New College Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health wishes to thank First Nations House, University of Toronto The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Studies and University of Toronto Office of Indigenous Initiatives for their collaboration on this event.