In Focus: Indigenous Day Live 2019
We came, we saw, we celebrated.
On June 22, Digital Drum got a backstage pass to Indigenous Day Live 2019 in Winnipeg — and we took full advantage.
From the pow wow and the fiddle contest to a full array of artisans and food vendors, APTN’s annual celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day featured equal parts culture, education and entertainment. But as usual, the highlight of the event was the festival’s concert lineup.
Fresh off an opening gig for Common at the Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg’s own Sebastian Gaskin kicked off the night with a soulful set backed by local DJ Boogey The Beat. If you’re unfamiliar with Sebastian’s music, we recommend you check him out ASAP. A good place to start would be our Behind The Beats blog post from earlier this year.
Up next was an upbeat, fiddle-filled performance by Ryan D’Aoust with Nathan Halcrow and Daniel Koulack. If the audience was feeling shy beforehand, D’Aoust and company got the party started.
It’s a good thing, too. Because the next act up was Nunavut folk group, The Jerry Cans. True to their name, they ignited the crowd from the first song and didn’t let up.
When the audience finally caught its breath, the festivities continued with a beautiful bilingual set from Franco-Métis artist Andrina Turenne and a powerful performance courtesy of The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers, an award-winning dance group based out of Whitehorse.
In addition to singing, drumming and dancing, The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers’ set featured incredible visuals and masterful storytelling.
And just when we thought things couldn’t get any better, the concert continued with a killer collaboration between headliner Buffy Sainte-Marie and hometown legend Randy Bachman.
After taking the stage and performing a few of her own biggest hits, Buffy welcomed Bachman onstage to sing classics like Up Where We Belong and Takin Care Of Business. Needless to say, they closed the night in epic fashion.
But Winnipeg was just the beginning. With secondary stages in Calgary and Whitehorse, Indigenous Day Live featured more than 20 acts covering every genre from folk and pop to rock and hip hop. For more coverage and information about IDL, visit APTN.ca.