The Summer Games Festival Lineup is Loaded With Local Talent

Come for the Games, stay for the party.

As you’ve probably heard, our fair city will be playing host to the 2017 Canada Summer Games from July 28 to August 13. Featuring 16 sports, 250+ events and more than 4,000 of the top young athletes from across the country, the Games will draw more than 20,000 visitors and have venues buzzing across the city. Making the celebration extra special is the fact that the Games turn 50 this year.

But for all of the intense action on the tracks and fields, the athletics are only part of the fun.

With representation from each province and territory, the festival portion of the Games will feature more than 150 acts performing over 11 days. From Kardinal Offishall and Brett Kissel to Coeur de Pirate and Serena Ryder, there’s truly an artist for every taste.

With the Games acknowledging Treaty No. 1, Treaty No. 3 and the Manitoba Metis Federation as co-hosts, there’s also a killer collection of Indigenous talent, including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tanya Tagaq and The Jerry Cans.

In fact, the entertainment lineup is so stacked that it’s easy to overlook our local talent. But to do so would be a huge mistake, as some of Winnipeg’s best and brightest will take the stage over the next couple of weeks. Here’s a look at some of the local acts and when they’ll be playing.


Comprised of the core trio of Bobby Desjarlais, Anders Erickson, and Kyle Erickson, Attica Riots deliver upbeat alt-rock bolstered with elements of everything from dance to punk to straight-up pop. One of those bands you just gotta see live.

Venue: The Forks, Main Stage
Date: Saturday, July 29 at 5 p.m.


It’s a homecoming of sorts for the local band that made it big with hits like Superman’s Song and Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm back in the ’90s. Led by the recognizable baritone of Brad Roberts, the band will surely receive a welcome response from the city they started out in.

Venue: The Forks, Main Stage
Date: Monday, August 7 at 9:15 p.m.


Born in Morocco and raised in little old Carman, Manitoba, Faouzia is a singer/songwriter making serious waves on the national pop scene. Since winning the Grand Prize at La Chicane Électrique 2015 for her original song Mes Cicatrices, she’s received regular spins on radio stations across the country and performed at Toronto’s Yonge & Dundas Square for Canada’s Walk Of Fame Festival.

Venue: The Forks, Main Stage
Date: Monday, August 7 at 5:15 p.m.


You may know him from his annual JP Hoe Hoe Hoe Holiday Show, which sells out every December. You may also know him for being a damn good artist. The six-time Western Canadian Music Award nominee already has two solid albums behind him and is only getting better with age.

Venue: The Forks, Main Stage
Date: Thursday, August 3 at 5 p.m.


Born and raised in Winnipeg, Rayannah is a master with loop pedals, creating sounds on stage that you wouldn’t think are possible from a solo artist. Whether she’s singing in English or French, she’s sure to draw you in with her unique style and raw talent.

Venue: The Forks, Main Stage
Date: Sunday, August 6 at 5 p.m.


If you don’t know Royal Canoe, you should. Over the past few years, the band has played hundreds of shows, including tours with the likes of Alt J and Bombay Bicycle Club, and stops at major festivals like Bonaroo, Iceland Airwaves, and Osheaga. Their next album, Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit, drops Sept. 16.

Venue: The Forks, Main Stage
Date: Monday, August 7 at 8:15 p.m.


Although she made a name for herself as a teen-aged Old-Time fiddle player, Sierra Noble has evolved into a legit songwriter and a powerful performer. She’s currently working on a project as one half of Beyond Hope, and if it’s anything like her solo stuff we’re in for a treat.

Venue: The Forks, Main Stage
Date: Monday, August 7 at 6 p.m


From driving rhythms and soaring melodies to brooding synths and dreamy vocal breaks, The Mariachi Ghost fuses traditional Mexican song, progressive rock, and a flair for the dramatic. Unlike anything you’ve probably ever heard – in a good way.

Venue: The Forks, Main Stage
Date: Saturday, August 5 at 5 p.m.


Fresh off a Juno Award for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year, William Prince is as good a storyteller as you’ll find. His baritone vocals pay tribute to his late father and his stage presence will have you hanging on every single word. Hard to believe he’s just getting started.

Venue: The Forks, Main Stage
Date: Monday, August 7 at 6 p.m.

To check out the complete Festival schedule, visit the Canada Summer Games website.

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