Odaabaanag (Trains) was a collaborative project of Toronto’s Jumblies Theatre and Soundstreams. Beverley McKiver wrote the Odaabaanag Song Cycle for Jumblies’ all-abilities choir The Gather Round Singers. Melody McKiver wrote the Odaabaanag String Quartet. Beverley’s and Melody’s works both used the accounts of three Anishinabe elders from Lac Seul First Nation – Garnet Angeconeb, Josephine King and Tom Chisel – as source material for their compositions.
A preview performance of Odaabaanag took place in May 2019 at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto. The completed works were performed at Toronto’s Harbourfront in November 2019.
The Odaabaanag song cycle was written with the generous support of a Music Creation Projects grant from the Ontario Arts Council.