There's a number of communities and neighbourhoods in Winnipeg where people don't have enough money to buy tickets or take their families out to the venues.
—Alan Greyeyes, chairperson of Aboriginal Music Manitoba
Aboriginal Music Week is switching seasons. Instead of coordinating events during snowy November, celebrations will run during a sunnier August. This year, 25 Aboriginal acts from across North America will perform in venues across the city from August 16 - 21.
Performers include Indian City, Digging Roots, C-Weed Band, Derek Miller, Eagle and Hawk, the D'Aoust Brothers, Leela Gilday and many more. For the first time some Aztek DJs from Mexico will also be part of the festival.
The D'Aoust Brothers perform on the lawn of the University of Winnipeg on August 20 (daoustbrothers.webs.com)
"With great outdoor weather we're able to do outdoor concerts and increase the capacity of the festival," says Alan Greyeyes, chairperson of Aboriginal Music Manitoba.
He says their goal is to have Aboriginal families come out to the concerts.
"We're taking the music to the communities this year. There's a number of communities and neighbourhoods in Winnipeg where people don't have enough money to buy tickets or take their families out to the venues. So we're trying to engage them with events that are within walking distance of their homes."
Free outdoor concerts will take place at St. John's Park, in conjunction with Picnic in the Park, Old Market Square, Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre, The Bell Tower and the lawn of the University of Winnipeg.
There will also be nighttime events at clubs like The Pyramid Cabaret, The Royal Albert and The King's Head Pub.
"This is a chance to take in Aboriginal culture and see that the artists are just as excellent as any artist that they might see on MuchMusic or MTV or any media," says Greyeyes.
Aboriginal Music Week runs concurrently with the Manito Ahbee Festival and the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards.Aboriginal Music Week takes place August 16 - 21. Tickets go on sale July 2.
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