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Tamara Podemski to Host 13th Annual Outside Looking In Gala, May 6 at Toronto’s Meridian Hall

Tamara Podemski to Host 13th Annual Outside Looking In Gala, May 6 at Toronto’s Meridian Hall

JUNO Award winner DJ Shub (Dan General) returns to perform at the showcase-

Toronto, ONOutside Looking In, a national organization that changes the lives of Indigenous youth through the transformative art of dance, announced today that acclaimed actress Tamara Podemski will host the 13th Annual Outside Looking In Gala on Wednesday, May 6 at Toronto’s Meridian Hall. Also announced, the Godfather of PowWowStep, and former member of A Tribe Called RedDJ Shub (Dan General) returns to set the stage on fire with his music.

“Tamara and DJ Shub (Dan General) are true inspirations for the students taking part in our year-long program,” said Tracee Smith, CEO of Outside Looking In.  “We’re honoured that they’ll bring their passion and their leadership to celebrate the culmination of another amazing season for OLI.”

Podemski is an Anishinaabe/Ashkenazi multi-disciplinary artist whose career spans over 25 years. Nominated for a 2020 Canadian Screen Award in writing for APTN’s Future History, she currently stars in CBC’s primetime drama, Coroner and the APTN/TVO dramatic series Unsettled. The series is funded through the CMF Aboriginal Language Program, which means 20% of the show is in the Anishinaabe language. Also this year, Podemski will co-star in HBO’s upcoming comedy-thriller, Run from Killing Eve and Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

“When Tracee reached out to me, I immediately said yes,” said Podemski.  “What she and her team have accomplished is nothing short of spectacular, and I am thrilled to be a part of this year’s gala performance.  The world needs more OLI and I’m happy to help spread the word.”

Born and raised in Toronto, Podemski is a graduate of the Claude Watson School for Performing Arts where she studied dance, theatre and music.

World-renowned DJ Shub (Dan General) once again brings his talent and love of music to the Outside Looking In Gala.  As a Mohawk of the Six Nations reserve, Shub is a multiple-award winner who merges his Indigenous heritage with his craft and continues to pioneer a growing genre of electronic music.

There are two performances on Wednesday, May 6th:

  • A matinee for student groups at 10:30am; tickets are $5 each (plus fees)
  • An evening performance at 7:30pm; tickets are $30 each (plus fees)

Tickets are available online through Ticketmaster and, by phone at 1-855-985-2787 or 416-368-6161 x1, and in person at the Meridian Hall Box Office located at 27 Front Street East.

About Outside Looking In

Founded in 2007, Outside Looking In is a nationally registered charitable organization that aims to empower Indigenous youth through the transformative art of dance, while they pursue education, increase their mental and physical health and engage in self-expression. For information, visit


Outside Looking In would like to thank our generous lead supporters including, RBC Foundation, TD Bank Group, Tachane Foundation Inc., The Winnipeg Foundation, MLSE Foundation, Canadian Tire Jumpstart, IGM Financial, Canada Post Community Foundation, Wasaya Airways, First Air, Porter Airlines, Perimeter Aviation, The Second City, Ontario Arts Council, and The Printing House.

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