Music Meets Community at Winnipeg's First Sākihiwē Festival: June 15-17

After a one-year break and some reorganization, Aboriginal Music Week is returning to the streets of Winnipeg with a new name, a new format and a new schedule.

From June 15-17, Winnipeg’s first Sākihiwē Festival will take over five stages in three local neighbourhoods for an epic celebration of Indigenous music, art and culture. The festival will feature a series of concerts and block parties showcasing more than 20 artists from across Canada and beyond.

Things kick off at The Good Will Social Club with a Grand Entry concert (ticketed) on Friday night, followed by a series of free block parties in various inner-city neighhourhoods on Saturday and Sunday. The lineups include local hip-hop artist Hellnback, Juno-winning duo Quantum Tangle, Maori powerhouse Māmā Mihirangi and the Māreikura, Wolastoqiyik composer Jeremy Dutcher and more.

Electro-pop powerhouse Iskwé and local crooner Sebastian Gaskin will also headline a pair of free concerts in conjunction with the Winnipeg Jazz Festival.

All of the Sākihiwē block parties and concerts are open to the general public and Aboriginal Music Manitoba encourages audiences from all parts of the city to attend. Each location will have peacekeepers or security on site, professional sound technicians, restrooms with washing stations, and parking on public streets in the area. Lawn chairs, refillable water bottles, and sunscreen are recommended for all outdoor events.

The full event schedule is below.

Grand Entry | Friday, June 15 

The Good Will Social Club (625 Portage Ave.)
9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
18+ (ID required) | Tickets: $10+ tax advance/door

10 p.m.: DJ Ariel
11 p.m.: DJ Ren
12 a.m.: Akylla
1 a.m.: DJ Ariel

Turtle Island Block Party | Saturday, June 16 

Turtle Island Recreation Centre (510 King St.)
12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
All ages | Family friendly
Free concert | Free BBQ | Free activities for kids | Bring lawn chairs

12 p.m.: Iron Hide
1 p.m.: Studio 393
2 p.m.: Victoria Inglis, Sonia Eidse, Wanda Wilson
3 p.m. Burnstick
4 p.m.: Desiree Dorion
5 p.m.: Jason Tuesday

Central Park Block Party | Saturday, June 16

Central Park (400 Edmonton St.)
12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
All ages | Family friendly
Free concert | Free BBQ | Free activities for kids | Bring lawn chairs

12 p.m.: Community performers
1 p.m.: Māmā Mihirangi and the Māreikura
2 p.m.: T-Rhyme (with full band)
3 p.m.: Sebastian Gaskin
4 p.m.: Quantum Tangle
5 p.m.: Jeremy Dutcher (trio)
6 p.m.: Community performers

Jazz Winnipeg and the Sākihiwē Festival present Iskwé | Saturday, June 16

Old Market Square (275 Bannatyne Ave.)
10:40 p.m.
Free Concert | All ages | Family friendly

Turtle Island Block Party | Sunday, June 17

Turtle Island Recreation Centre (510 King St.)
12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
All ages | Family friendly
Free concert | Free BBQ | Free activities for kids | Bring lawn chairs

12 p.m.: Hellnback
1 p.m.: T-Rhyme
2 p.m.: Celeigh Cardinal
3 p.m.: Māmā Mihirangi and the Māreikura
4 p.m.: Jeremy Dutcher (solo)
5 p.m.: Quantum Tangle

Spence Neighbourhood Block Party | Sunday, June 17

Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre (430 Langside St.)
12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
All ages | Family friendly
Free concert | Free BBQ | Free activities for kids | Bring lawn chairs

12 p.m.: Studio 393
1 p.m.: Tara Williamson
2 p.m.: Richard Inman
3 p.m.: Desiree Dorion
4 p.m.: Iskwé
5 p.m.: Keith Secola

Jazz Winnipeg and the Sākihiwē Festival present Sebastian Gaskin | Sunday, June 17

Old Market Square (275 Bannatyne Ave.)
8 p.m.
Free Concert | All ages | Family friendly

About the Sākihiwē Festival

The Sākihiwē Festival was launched in 2009 as Aboriginal Music Week to develop Indigenous youth as an audience for live music. The festival presents between 20 and 30 First Nation, Metis, Inuit, Native American, and Indigenous music acts each year. It is held in treaty one territory and is produced by Aboriginal Music Manitoba.

AMM received the name “Sākihiwē” from sundance chief David Blacksmith during a ceremony on Feb. 21, 2018. It means “to love” in Cree.

For more information, visit the Sākihiwē Festival online.

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