A Look at APTN’S 2019 Indigenous Day Live Lineups

Since its humble beginnings in 2006, Indigenous Day Live has evolved from a one-hour show in a Winnipeg courtyard to an epic multi-stage concert showcasing some of the country’s top Indigenous talent.

This year, APTN’s annual celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day continues on June 22 with stages in Winnipeg, Calgary and Whitehorse.

As usual, Indigenous Day Live will feature a full day of activities for the whole family, including a pow wow, a round dance, local artisans, food vendors, games and more. But the highlight of the event is the live music. With three stages and more than 20 acts covering every genre from folk and pop to rock and hip hop, there’s a little something for everyone.

And for those of you who don’t live in a host city, not to worry: you can catch the concerts live on APTN, via participating radio stations and online.

Here’s a look at the lineups for each host city.

WINNIPEG (The Forks)

Hosts: Grace Dove and Daniel Roy

Pre-show (5:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. CT)

Sebastian Gaskin

Ryan D’Aoust with Nathan Halcrow and Daniel Koulack

Concert (7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. CST)

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Randy Bachman

The Jerry Cans

The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers

Andrina Turenne

CALGARY (Fort Calgary)

Hosts: Ashley Callingbull and Natasha Kanapé Fontaine

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Pre-show (4:45 p.m. to 6 p.m. MT)

Armond Duck Chief

Carolina East

Bebe Buckskin

Concert (6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. MT)

Blue Rodeo

Crystal Shawanda

Diyet & The Love Soldiers



WHITEHORSE (Shipyards Park)

Hosts: Chantal Rondeau and Dave Jenniss

Pre-show (5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. PT)

Jeremy Parkin

Dena Zagi

Concert (7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. CST)

Terri Clark

The Julian Taylor Band

Leela Gilday


About Indigenous Day Live

Indigenous Day Live (IDL) is the nation’s largest event in recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day. Through cultural activities and live music, Canadians are brought together in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ unparalleled contributions to Canada. All are welcome to take part in the celebration.

Thirteen years ago, APTN spearheaded an exciting new initiative in support of National Indigenous Peoples Day. This was the first edition of IDL, held in a park outside APTN’s downtown headquarters in Winnipeg, Man. The event has since relocated to The Forks and has been held at several Canadian cities.

About National Indigenous Peoples Day

National Indigenous Peoples Day is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. National Aboriginal Day, as it was named at the time, was first celebrated on June 21, 1996, after being recognized through a proclamation by then Governor General Roméo LeBlanc.

On June 21, 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement announcing the government’s intention to rename National Aboriginal Day to National Indigenous Peoples Day. National Indigenous Peoples Day is part of Celebrate Canada days, although most provinces do not recognize it as a statutory holiday.


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