Buffy Sainte-Marie, A Tribe Called Red to headline stacked Aboriginal Day Live lineup

Saturday, June 25 marks the 10th anniversary of Aboriginal Day Live, and APTN is celebrating with its most star-studded lineup to date.

With humble roots tracing back to a small celebration outside of APTN’s Winnipeg headquarters in 1996, ADL has become the largest National Aboriginal Day party in Canada and continues to expand its reach to Aboriginal communities across the country. In recent years, the annual celebration has evolved to include multiple locations and attracted crowds in the tens of thousands. While the free day-long festival features a pow wow, a skateboard competition, food trucks, family-friendly activities and fireworks, the highlight of the event is always the live music.adl-copy

From noon until 5 p.m., Manitoba Music will host an Aboriginal Artists Showcase featuring performances by local musicians Don Amero, William Prince, Kimberley Dawn, Jerry Sereda and The Spence Tradition.

But that’s just the beginning.

Starting at 7 p.m., some of the top indigenous talent from across the nation will take over the main stage at The Forks. In addition to emerging artists like Kristi-Lane Sinclair, Genevieve Fisher and Ghostkeeper, fans will have the opportunity to see Elisapie, Joey Stylez, Dragonette, DJ trio and the iconic Buffy Sainte-Marie, who will perform part of her set with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

But even if you’re not in the Winnipeg area, no worries. The complete main-stage concert will be broadcast live on APTN across Canada. You can also watch the live stream online or tune in to one of eight radio stations.

Meet the full slate of main-stage artists below.


Since exploding on the global electronic scene with their contemporary take on traditional powwow music, A Tribe Called Red have won a Juno, racked up millions of Youtube views and entertained audiences the world over. Made up of DJ NDN, Bear Witness and 2oolman, the Ottawa trio’s hypnotic audiovisuals and drum-driven dance beats make for a concert experience you won’t soon forget.




At 75 years young, Buffy Sainte-Marie has established herself as more than just a musician, an artist, an activist, an educator, or a pioneer. With a catalog containing hundreds of songs and spanning more than four decades, she has cemented her status as a true Canadian icon and continues to speak to – and for – entire generations. Sainte-Marie will share the stage with 50 members of The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and German conductor Alexander Mickelthwate.

For more about Buffy Sainte-Marie, check out our blog post celebrating her 75th birthday.


As a pioneer of the aboriginal hip hop scene, Joey Stylez has used music, art and fashion to bring indigenous issues to the urban mainstream. Fueled by his passion for artistic expression, his electric energy will leave you asking for more. Joey Stylez will collaborate with Dragonette for a one-off performance.


Best known for their collaboration on Martin Solveig’s international megahit “Hello,” Toronto pop-trio Dragonette has toured with the likes of Major Lazer and graced festival stages on five continents. Fronted by singer-songwriter Martina Sorbara, the Juno-winning group will collaborate with Joey Stylez for a one-off performance.


Born in Salluit, Nunavik, singer-songwriter Elisapie Isaac has won awards for both her music and filmmaking. Blessed with a natural sense for storytelling and a magnetic stage presence, she manages to marry her Northern roots and multilingual lyrics with soulful pop music that is both unmistakeable and unforgettable.




At 23 years old, Genevieve Fisher is fast becoming a household name on the Canadian country music scene. With four Top-50 hits already to her credit, the London, Ont., native has performed at some of Canada’s largest country music festivals, including Boots & Hearts, Boot Hill Jamboree, and Rockin Wheel.


Haunting, raw and positively complex, Ghostkeeper’s genre-bending music is nothing if not unique. Incorporating everything from classic country to psychedelic rock and everything in between, the Calgary quartet has truly achieved a sound all its own.


A Haida-Cree musician raised in rural B.C., Kristi Lane Sinclair combines her classical training with elements of grunge, folk and rock for a spirited sound that is equal parts raw and refined. Her authentic lyrics and dynamic stage presence will draw you in and hold you captive till the last note.


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