Aboriginal Music Week kicked off in Winnipeg yesterday. This is the seventh year for the annual festival that draws Indigenous musicians from across North America, New Zealand and Australia to the centre of Indigenous music in Canada.
"The main goal of Aboriginal Music Week is to develop aboriginal youth as an audience for live music," says chairperson Alan Greyeyes.
In past years the festival has brought in acts like A Tribe Called Red, Derek Miller, Digging Roots, Cris Derksen and Kinnie Starr.
According to the festival's news release, evening programming has been re-focused this year and the festival will provide networking opportunities for performers along with smaller ticketed shows for local movers and shakers.
Several of the free shows will be put on in 'less advantaged neighbourhoods' that will allow families to walk to the venues, says Greyeyes.
For musicians like country rocker Leanne Goose, performing at Aboriginal Music Week is "an opportunity to visit, learn from and ask questions of legends like Winston Wuttunee, Billy Joe Green and C-Weed."
Here is a play list of ten of the more than 35 artists who will be performing as part of Aboriginal Music Week: