It's not all Pow wows, chanting, drumming, fiddling and jigging.
—Dustin Harder, event organizer
A sneak peek at 8 Days in May, Eh, brings a plethora of artists to Winnipeg on Saturday night. 8 Days in May is a two-week event featuring Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal music from May 4-26 in venues across the city.
Organizer Dustin Harder says the goal of this event is to "Promote these artists and to hopefully change the general public's perception of what Aboriginal music is. It's not all Pow wows, chanting, drumming, fiddling and jigging."
A couple of years ago Harder participated in Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program Camp, (AMP Camp) where he was overwhelmed with the quality of musicians.
"I met amazing relatively unknown artists from all across Canada such as Sonia Eidse, Evan Reeve and Cris Derksen. And thought Winnipeg needs to be the hub of promoting the amazing contemporary indigenous artists that we have locally and nationally for that matter."
"The festival is about more than just Aboriginal music, it's about music period," says Harder.
Here are 8 reasons to check out 8 Days in May, Eh.:1) Lorenzo
- He's a hip hop artist who doesn't depend on loops and samples and pre-recorded music. On the stage with only his guitar and intricate lyrics, Lorenzo will captivate any audience.2) Dave Boulanger
- of Juno award winning group Burnt Project 1 will perform a rare solo acoustic set. 3) Moe Clark
- an award winning spoken word artist from Montreal.4) Dusty Roads Band
- Ok, he is the promoter but that should not preclude him from the list of artists who need to be seen. Awesome country rock, you better believe it!5) Evan Reeve
-This boy should be huge. The songs are great. The lyrics are compelling. Come on. Take a stand. 6) Don Amero
- the hardest working musician in Manitoba. Don has been recognized for his folk roots music by the Canadian Country Music Awards and the Folk Music Awards.7) It's a fundraiser
to support the two-week long festival in May.8) Live music!
Live music! Live music!
8 Days in May, Eh fundraiser takes place Saturday, March 3 at 555 Osborne Street, below the Sawatdee Restaurant beginning at 8 p.m. The suggested ticket price is $8 and donations will be taken for Winnipeg Harvest so remember to bring some canned goods.