Near the foot of the Winnipeg River is a small reserve that offers big things. Former National Chief Phil Fontaine comes from Sagkeeng First Nation, $50 million lottery winners are from there and up-and-coming country singer Ali Fontaine calls the First Nation home.
Her self-titled debut album has garnered attention across Canada with three Aboriginal Peoples' Choice Music Awards (Best Country CD, Single of the Year, and Best New Artist). Now the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra is paying attention to this 17-year-old country singer.
Ali, along with a handful of other young Aboriginal musicians, will perform with the WSO at the Indigenous Festival at the Change UR Tune night, Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Pantages Playhouse.
The concert is hosted by comedian Ryan McMahon & CBC's Wab Kinew. Ali Fontaine will appear on stage along with William Prince, Melissa St. Goddard, Ila Barker, Nikki Komaksiutisak, Joey Stylez. Special guests include the WSO String Quintet & C-Weed Band.