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Scotiabank Backbeat presents: “We Were Here (John Ware Reimagined)”
Scotiabank Backbeat presents: “We Were Here (John Ware Reimagined)”

Join the National Music Centre for “We Were Here,” a presentation of songs and text from Cheryl Foggo’s play John Ware Reimagined, in celebration of Black History Month.

Since 2012, writer Cheryl Foggo and singer-songwriter Miranda Martini have collaborated multiple times on incarnations of Foggo’s play, John Ware Reimagined, a story that reflects on Foggo’s own journey of growing up black in a cowboy-obsessed city and interweaves it with the powerful, myth-shattering journey of John Ware. In this presentation, mother/daughter creative team Cheryl and Miranda will share readings and original music from the play and chat about the process that shaped the work, followed by a Q&A.

This event will be live-streamed HERE. The stream will also be available on the National Music Centre’s Facebook page


About Cheryl Foggo
A descendant of the 1910 black pioneers of Alberta and Saskatchewan,Cheryl Foggo has been published and produced extensively in multiple genres. Her play, John Ware Reimagined, won the 2015 Writers Guild of Alberta Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama and was produced most recently at Edmonton’s Workshop West Theatre Company in November of 2017. She received the Sondra Kelly Screenplay Award from the Writers Guild of Canada in 2013. In 2014, she co-produced Alberta’s first Black Canadian Theatre Series with Ellipsis Tree Collective Theatre Company. A long-time student of African-North American history, she has a particular interest in disseminating the stories of Alberta’s Black pioneers. Foggo is continuing her exploration of the life and roots of legendary Black cowboy John Ware in a new documentary with the National Film Board of Canada, scheduled for release later this year.

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