New Sākihiwē Festival Shines a Light on Indigenous Talent

After a one-year hiatus, Aboriginal Music Week is returning to Manitoba with a new name, a new format and a new schedule.

Presented by Aboriginal Music Manitoba, the Sākihiwē (Cree for “love another”) Festival will take over the streets of Winnipeg from June 15-17.

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“We decided to move from August to June so that we could connect with more families,” says Aboriginal Music Manitoba chairperson Alan Greyeyes. “Most kids are still in school in June and a lot of the larger pow wows don’t draw indigenous families out of the city until July or August. We also think that being closer to APTN’s Indigenous Day Live creates additional excitement for the city and strengthens Winnipeg’s reputation as the Indigenous music hub of Turtle Island.”

Over the three-day festival, 20 Indigenous artists from across Canada will perform on five stages in three Winnipeg neighbourhoods. The central venue locations will not only increase accessibility for inner-city families, but hopefully draw larger crowds.

“The presentation of music in divested neighbourhoods is important to us because we can see and understand the barriers that many Indigenous families face when trying to participate in music festivals,” Greyeyes says. “We’re removing the need for transportation and childcare along with common barriers like safety concerns, cultural isolation, and ticket price so that more Indigenous youth can see themselves reflected in the acts on stage and more Indigenous families have the opportunity to participate in the arts together.”

Among the performers are Wolastoqiyik composer Jeremy Dutcher, Juno award-winning duo Quantum Tangle, Saskatoon hip-hop artist T-Rhyme, Maori powerhouse Māmā Mihirangi and the Māreikura, Dauphin country artist Desiree Dorion, Winnipeg rapper Hellnback and more.

The festival will begin with a sweat lodge ceremony on June 14 to welcome the visiting artists, followed by a ticketed Grand Entry concert on June 15. June 16 and 17 will feature a series of block parties and a pair of main-stage performances by Iskwé and Sebastian Gaskin, whose concerts will be co-presented by the Winnipeg Jazz Festival.

All of the Sākihiwē block parties and concerts are open to the general public and AMM encourages audiences from all parts of the city to attend. Each location will have peacekeepers or security on site, professional sound technicians, restrooms with washing stations, and parking on public streets in the area. Lawn chairs, refillable water bottles, and sunscreen are recommended for all outdoor events.

DAYTIME EVENTS

date event
 June 16

 

 

Central Park Block Party presented by APTN

Central Park
400 Edmonton Street

12 pm to 7 pm

Artists: Community performers; Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura; T-Rhyme; Sebastian Gaskin; Quantum Tangle; Jeremy Dutcher (trio)

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June 16

 

 

Turtle Island Block Party presented by NCI FM

Turtle Island Recreation Centre
510 King Street

12 pm to 6 pm

Artists: Iron Hide; Studio 393; Victoria Inglis; Sonia Eidse; Wanda Wilson; Burnstick; Desiree Dorion; Jason Tuesday

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June 17

 

 

Spence Neighbourhood Block Party presented by APTN

Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre
430 Langside Street

12 pm to 6 pm

Artists: Studio 393; Tara Williamson; Richard Inman; Desiree Dorion; Iskwé; Keith Secola

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June 17

 

 

Turtle Island Block Party presented by Red Rising Magazine

Turtle Island Recreation Centre
510 King Street

12 pm to 6 pm

Artists: Hellnback; T-Rhyme; Celeigh Cardinal; Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura; Jeremy Dutcher; Quantum Tangle

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EVENING EVENTS

date event
June 15

 

 

Grand Entry presented by Section 35

The Good Will Social Club
625 Portage Avenue

9 pm

Artists: DJ Ariel; DJ Ren; Akylla

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June 16

 

 

Jazz Winnipeg and the Sākihiwē Festival present Iskwé

Old Market Square
275 Bannatyne Avenue

10:30 pm

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June 17

 

 

Jazz Winnipeg and the Sākihiwē Festival present Sebastian Gaskin

Old Market Square
275 Bannatyne Avenue

8 pm

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About Aboriginal Music Manitoba 

AMM is a non-profit organization that presents, promotes and nurtures indigenous music and culture in order to build audiences at the community level and beyond. we do this by producing an annual music festival; producing capacity development projects; shining a spotlight on the accomplishments of indigenous music makers and industry professionals year-round; and, by building bridges between the indigenous music community and our counterparts around the world.

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