8 Days in May, Eh! music fest busts boundaries and builds bridges
Posted by Kim Wheeler, CBC Music Producer | Thursday May 3, 2012
8 days in May, Eh! musicians: Terrance (King Sleeze), Ken Pinchin (Mid Century Modernaires), Neewa Mason (Segweh), Dustin Harder (Dusty Roads Band), Atik Mason (Segweh), Randy Sonnichsen (Split Crooked), Jason Ross (Fargo Arizona), Holly Vezina (Holly Vee), Marie Wheeler, (Split Crooked), Sonia Eidse (Photo: Mike Adam)
While respecting the drums, chants and jigs of traditional music, 8 Days in May showcases artists with a new sound, which carries influences of history but which is very much 21st century
—Dustin Harder, Musician and Festival A.D.
Over 30 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal musicians from across Canada are gathering in Winnipeg this week for the third annual 8 Days in May, Eh! music festival.
Organizer Dustin Harder says the mission of the festival is to expose audiences to new forms of Aboriginal music.
Dustin Harder, Winnipeg musician and the man behind 8 Days in May, Eh! (Mike Adam)
"While respecting the drums, chants and jigs of traditional music, 8 Day in May showcases artists with a new sound, which carries influences of history but which is very much 21st century," says Harder. "Jazz, country, blues, techno, even modern classical have been on the festival's stages," he adds.
This year, the festival has added more non-Aboriginal musicians to the mix in its attempt to draw in a more cross-cultural audience.
The additions include Winnipeg's Katie Murphy
, whose music has been licensed for use on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and the JD Edwards Band
, which has found success locally and across the country.
On the Aboriginal side of the festival, classical guitarist Gabriel Ayala
from Arizona will be performing at the Windsor on May 20. Ayala does this thing with his guitar that makes it sound like a saxophone. It's pretty outstanding and can bring a room full of rowdy industry types to a standstill.
Joining Ayala that night will be hip-hop artist Drezus
, as well as Tim Butler with an acoustic set. Throw in some blues with Chet Breau, and you just don't know what's going to happen.
Other concert days will see a singer-songwriter night on May 5 with Sonia Eidse
, Don Amero
and Jessee Havey with Damon Mitchell; country and alt-country artists on May 18 with David St. Germain, Holly Vee and Leanne Goose; heavy metal and rock with Juno nominees Bruthers of Different Muthers
and Split Crooked at the Pyramid on May 19.
It all kicks off on May 4 at the Windsor Hotel with a "Nothing but the Blues" night featuring the Dusty Roads Band
, Neufeld and Kidder and the Ross Neilsen Band from New Brunswick.