National Aboriginal Day Live and Celebration will take place on June 22 at The Forks and the lineup of performers has just been announced.
this year include A Tribe Called Red, Crystal Shawanda, Inuit
throat singer Tanya Tagaq and traditional hoop dancer Dallas Arcand.
Sagkeeng's Finest to perform at National Aboriginal Day (supplied by APTN)
As well, Manitoba's favourite dancers, Sagkeeng's Finest, winners of Canada's Got Talent
, will strut their stuff.
New this year will be a pow wow competition taking place during the afternoon.
Sky Bridges is the chief operating officer of the event. "Every
show has elements of First Nations, Metis and Inuit cultures, as well
as many different genres of music," he says.
This year's lineup includes rap, country, traditional, throat
singing, even a bit of blues and jazz. "So each stage and each year we always fuse the elements of all
parts of Aboriginal culture," says Bridges.
The evening concert will be broadcast live on APTN in HD. Bridges is very excited that they will be linking with a parallel concert in Iqaluit. "It's the first time going up north and in fact it's the first time any broadcaster has tried to tie in two locations in this manner. It's exciting to be able to celebrate National Aboriginal Day in this way."
Singer Crystal Shawanda (supplied by APTN)
There will be lots of family activities too, including performances, face painting and lots of food to sample.
"It being about National Aboriginal Day, we want this to be a day to celebrate who we are, but also invite non-Aboriginal people to come in and experience the culture and see where our artists are going. It's so much fun and there's so much to take in."National Aboriginal Day takes place at The Forks, June 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., ending with fireworks.
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