Sonia Eidse (8 Days in May, Eh!)
The most exciting shift in the Canadian music industry these days is the burgeoning Aboriginal artists sector. 8 Days in May Eh! Urban Gatherings is proof of that. Folks who attend will get a great taste of who is coming up, who has been there and a smattering of upcoming non-Aboriginal artists as well.
The inspiration to organize this music event came from being selected as an emerging Aboriginal artist and attending the Aboriginal Music Program camp (AMP Camp), put on by Manitoba Music. This is where I met First Nations and Métis artists from all across Canada.
I was amazed at the talent of my peers at AMP Camp and was inspired to help expose us beyond the Aboriginal community.
8 Days in May's main goal is to promote the cross-pollination of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal performing artists. Hopefully it will change the general perspective of what contemporary Aboriginal arts and music is today. It's not all fiddles, jigging, chanting and pow wows. I hope that people who attend the Urban Gatherings will leave with that new perspective.
Some of the performers are very excited this year to reunite with friends, peers, and industry professionals.
If it's soulful folk music you like watch for artists such as Sonia Eidse, FLO and The Sweet Alibi. If it's blues and rock look for Segweh, Billy Joe Green, The Detonators and Carjackmatt.
You might want a little country style? Be sure to catch Desiree Dorion and Tracy Bone. Maybe you like all genres of music and you wanna dance? Be on the lookout for The Dusty Roads Band, JD Edwards Band and The Mission Light.
Or if you want a little taste of all of the above and then some, be there for the finale with artists such as Cree cellist Cris Derksen from B.C., and singer songwriters like Ainsley Friesen or John J. Cook from Saskatchewan.
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