NCI-FM's morning man Gerry Barrett moonlights as the "Ojibway Elvis."
"Ojibway Elvis" Gerry Barrett helps kick off the 16th Annual Vision Quest conference with a free concert featuring Ali Fontaine.
—- Kim Wheeler
I find dressing up in costumes embarrassing. I don't know why but I
just do. And when other people dress up, I kind of feel embarrassed for them
So when I see a media colleague of mine dressed up and singing as Elvis Presley, I can't help but blush for him. But as I watch the videos of NCI's morning man Gerry Barrett perform as the "Ojibway Elvis" I also can't help but give him respect for clearly doing something he loves - and is good at.
Barrett is appearing as his alter ego Tuesday night to help kick off the 16th annual Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show in Winnipeg at the Convention Centre.
The show is free to the public and also features the C-Weed Band with Errol Ranville and Ali Fontaine. The 17-year-old singer has enjoyed meteoric success with her music career. She took home three Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards last November including best new artist and best country CD.
Fontaine, as you may know is from Sagkeeng First Nation, which makes me ask what are they feeding the residents?
Sagkeeng First Nation, 150 km north of Winnipeg, has had some amazing talent and stories come out of it. Let's recap shall we? Former Assembly of First Nations Grand Chief Phil Fontaine calls the reserve home, Marie and Kirby Fontaine won a $50 million lottery and were determined to remain living there, then there is Ali Fontaine, and of course, Sagkeeng's Finest who were just crowned the inaugural winners of Canada's Got Talent. But I digress.
The Vision Quest conference also welcomes former Olympic water polo player Waneek Horn-Miller and actor Eric Shweig, currently starring in the much-talked about APTN gritty drama Blackstone. Both will be giving keynote speeches to conference participants over the course of the three-day conference.
Wrapping up the conference that focuses on Aboriginal business, community and economic development is a gala banquet with Alberta hypnotist Scott Ward. I've seen his show and it's pretty entertaining. Ward is also presenting a workshop called "Empowerment Through Hypnosis." Perhaps he can help me get over my shyness of wearing costumes in public.