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Aboriginal Music Week 2016 Announces Full Festival Lineup and Performance Schedule

Aboriginal Music Manitoba have announced the full lineup and performance schedule for Aboriginal Music Week 2016. The eighth edition of the festival runs August 9-13 and includes performances by 27 Indigenous acts from across Turtle Island, South America, and Australia.

Aboriginal Music Manitoba continues to highlight incredible Indigenous music and performance at the 8th annual Aboriginal Music Week. This year, the festival expects more than 9,000 people to attend, which would make it AMW’s biggest turnout to date.

Packed with block parties, concerts, networking events, youth workshops, picnics, and lunch hour shows, AMW continues to do what it does best: build community and support great music.

The week officially begins with a sweat lodge ceremony for visiting artists, local performers, and festival producers on August 8th, and AMW’s public programming kicks off August 9th with the first of four free, lunch hour concerts at the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Rooftop Sculpture Garden.

The lunch hour concerts, presented by Digital Drum, will feature performances by Maliseet operatic singer Jeremy Dutcher, Pitjantjatjara singer/songwriter Frank Yamma, Metis neo-soul singer David Morin, and Cree hip hop emcee Eekwol.

JUNO Award-winning artists Boogat and Digging Roots are on board for performances at the Ka Ni Kanichihk Block Party presented by NCI FM on August 9th.

RPM will also be partnering with Aboriginal Music Week again this year. We will be presenting the Spence Neighbourhood Block Party on August 1oth, featuring performances by Digging Roots, Frank Yamma, Jeremy Dutcher, Boogey The Beat, and Rylee Sandberg.

Tracy Bone will headline the Turtle Island Block Party presented by Teekca’s Aboriginal Boutique on August 11; Jade Turner, Ila Barker, and Ashley Robertson will anchor the AMW Stage presented by NOW Country at Austin Street Festival on August 12; and, country music legend Ray St. Germain will entertain audiences at the AMW Stage presented by TD at Picnic in the Park on August 13.

The evenings of August 10 and 11 will be dedicate to community building for the performers and MuchFACT and TD are sponsoring networking dinners to give the artists a chance to connect, build business relationships, and discuss the future of Aboriginal music. The Open Mic presented by MB Live on August 12, which is open to the public, will give the group a third opportunity to build rapport and extend their networks to include the local music community.

This year’s festival looks to be another expression of #IndigenousExcellence and a highlight of an already packed summer of Indigenous music culture.

See you there!

AMW 2016

Aboriginal Music Week 2016 – Festival Schedule

AMW at Lunch presented by Digital Drum
Jeremy Dutcher
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Rooftop Sculpture Garden, 300 Memorial Boulevard
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
12 p.m. -1 p.m.
Free | All ages

Ka Ni Kanichihk Block Party presented by NCI FM
Leonard Sumner, Boogat, Nikki Komaksiutiksak, Rhonda Head, Four Sacred Winds, and special guests
Harriet Street, between McDermot Avenue and Bannatyne Avenue
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Free |  All ages
Free BBQ, activity stations for kids, bring lawn chairs
Community Partner: Ka Ni Kanichihk

AMW at Lunch presented by Digital Drum
Frank Yamma

Winnipeg Art Gallery, Rooftop Sculpture Garden, 300 Memorial Boulevard
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
12 p.m. -1 p.m.
Free | All ages

Spence Neighbourhood Block Party presented by RPM.FM
Digging Roots, Frank Yamma, Jeremy Dutcher, Boogey The Beat, Rylee Sandberg

Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre, 430 Langside Street
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Free |  All ages
Free BBQ, activity stations for kids, bring lawn chairs
Community Partner: Spence Neighbourhood Association

Networking Dinner presented by TD
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Performers and invited guests only
RSVP Req’d

AMW at Lunch presented by Digital Drum
David Morin

Winnipeg Art Gallery, Rooftop Sculpture Garden, 300 Memorial Boulevard
Thursday, August 11, 2016
12 p.m. -1 p.m.
Free | All ages

Turtle Island Block Party presented by Teeka’s Aboriginal Boutique
Tracy Bone, Eekwol,
Double The Trouble, Mary Mahler, Loud Thunder Singers
Turtle Island Community Centre, 445 King Street
Thursday, August 11, 2016
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Free |  All ages
Free BBQ, activity stations for kids, bring lawn chairs
Community Partner: Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre

Networking Dinner presented by MuchFACT
Thursday, August 11, 2016
8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Performers and invited guests only
RSVP Req’d

AMW at Lunch presented by Digital Drum
Eekwol

Winnipeg Art Gallery, Rooftop Sculpture Garden, 300 Memorial Boulevard
Friday, August 12, 2016
12 p.m. -1 p.m.
Free | All ages

AMW Stage presented by NOW Country at Austin Street Festival
Jade Turner, Ila Barker, Ashley RobertsonDavid Morin, Tara WilliamsonKristi Lane Sinclair, Billy Simard, Buffalo Gals, special guests

Austin Street, between Euclid Avenue and Selkirk Avenue
Friday, August 12, 2016
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Free |  All ages
Free BBQ, activity stations for kids, bring lawn chairs

Community Partner: North Point Douglas Women’s Centre
Open Mic presented by MB Live
Hosted by MJ Dandeneau and friends
Le Garage Café, 166 Provencher Boulevard
Friday, August 12, 2016
9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
$5 tickets | 18+ I.D. Req’d
Email [email protected] to sign up in advance
Bring your own instruments
Drum kit, keyboard, one guitar amp, and one bass amp on site

AMW Stage presented by TD at Picnic in the Park
Ray St. Germain, Renee Lamoureux, Shanley Spence, Ivan Spence & Burntwood Band, Bob Chartrand, special guests

St. John’s Park, Main Street and Mountain Avenue
Saturday, August 13, 2016
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Free | All ages
Free BBQ, activity stations for kids, bring lawn chairs
Community Partner: North End Community Renewal Corporation

Visit aboriginalmusicweek.ca for more information about the festival and keep updated at RPM.fm for more AMW content in the coming weeks.