In Focus: ADL 2017 in Winnipeg

June 21, 2017 will forever be a National Aboriginal Day to remember.

With stages set up in eight host cities, APTN took its annual Aboriginal Day Live celebration to the next level and made broadcast history with a national seven-hour live show featuring the hottest talent on Canada’s Indigenous music scene. From household names to rising stars, more than 70 artists performed at free live concerts in Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Yellowknife, Edmonton and Vancouver.

Despite some intense afternoon thundershowers (complete with a pre-concert lightning show), DD was front row centre at The Forks in Winnipeg. By the time the emerging artists hit the stage, the sun was shining and skies were blue. Before long, thousands were on site to take in the experimental sounds of Burnt-Project 1, the energetic and entertaining Daniel Roa, Nunavut beat-boxing phenom Nelson Tagoona, the always amazing Asham Stompers, electronic pop group Neon Dreams, and headliner Nelly Furtado. Here’s a look back at the historic night that was.

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