Saturday 26 December 2015

Tomson Highway (Canadian and Cree playwright, novelist, and children's author)

* Tomson Highway is best known for his plays "The Rez Sisters" and "Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing," both of which won him the Dora Mavor Moore Award and the Floyd S. Chalmers Award.

Highway has also published a novel, Kiss of the Fur Queen (1998), which is based on the events that led to his brother RenĂ© Highway’s death of AIDS. He also has the distinction of being the librettist of the first Cree language opera, The Journey or Pimooteewin.

He was artistic director of Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto from 1986 to 1992, as well as De-ba-jeh-mu-jig theatre group in Wikwemikong.

He currently divides his time between residences in Noelville, Ontario and in France with Raymond Lalonde, his partner of 31 years.


BIRTH DATA: Tomson Highway, 6 December 1951, 04:00 (4 AM) CST (+6), Brochet, Manitoba, Canada (57n53, 101w40) ASC: 21 Libra. RR: A (from memory). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield quotes him in an interview: "my mother went into labour and they had to pitch a tent in the snow and I was born that night at four o'clock in the morning." ("Tomson Highway Has A Surprisingly Positive Take On Residential Schools" by Joshua Ostroff, Huffington Post, 15 December 2015 [online]).

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