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Based around the experiences of local Indigenous people entering a sweat lodge, Mno Bimaadiziwin (meaning, "A Good Life") is a story about the resiliency of love, healing, and community in the face of trauma. Mno Bimaadiziwin is the first play in Simcoe County (Treaty 16 & 18) that focuses on the stories of the local Indigenous community members. 

Written by a local Indigenous playwright, Mno Bimaadiziwin is unapologetic in its examination of Indigenous experiences in Simcoe County, but also brings an uplifting message of hope and a brighter future for Indigenous communities.

Mno Bimaadiziwin will run from September 24th to October 3rd at The Orillia Opera House. The show will run for approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.

The show includes mature language and themes and is not suitable for those under the age of 14.

Please note: the current COVID-19 guidelines of The Orillia Opera House require patrons to have proof of vaccination or proof of medical exemption.
Guidelines and requirements continue to adapt in response to the provincial government's guidance. For the most up-to-date information,
please contact The Orillia Opera House Box Office.

Matinee shows on Sept. 25th and Oct. 2nd will feature a moderated talkback by Kelly Brownbill, Cultural Consultant for Mno Bimaadiziwin.

Tickets are available through our friends at The Orillia Opera House.

Plus, if you book in a group of eight or more, you can save $10 on your ticket!

Please contact The Orillia Opera House Box Office to confirm your group booking.


  • Jordan M. Burns as Nisheemaas
  • Pesch Nepoose as Dawnis
  • Brianne Tucker as Imogen
  • Trina Paula Moyen as Zhawen
  • John Roldan as Conductor and others

Creative Team

  • Director - Herbie Barnes
  • Writer - Ziigwen Mixemong


  • Artistic Director & Producer - Iain Moggach
  • Administrator - Patricia Hammond
  • Communications Officer - Khaleel Gandhi
  • Education & Creation Coordinator - Leah Holder

Production Team

  • Production Manager - Karen Elizabeth
  • Technical Director - Claude Labrecque
  • Stage Manager - Barry Cook
  • Set & Costume Designer and Regalia Curator - Samantha McCue
  • Lighting Designer - Echo Zhou
  • Props Master - Brenda Thompson
  • Sound Designer & Composer - Mathew Magneson
  • Assistant Stage Manager - Ashley Frederick
  • Set Builder - Diane Frederick
  • Cultural Consultant - Kelly Brownbill

Developed with support of the City of Barrie, The Canada Council for the Arts, The McGuire Trust, the Barrie Native Friendship Centre, Georgian College’s Indigenous Studies Program, and our generous sponsors, members, and donors.


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