Here is RPM’s Turtle Island-wide list of summer music festivals featuring Indigenous artists in their line-ups. The good news is there are many – you’ll be able get a dose of Indigenous music culture at a festival near you, wherever you live.
Festival season has actually been in full swing for a few weeks. Recently the Ode’min Giizis festival in Peterborough included an incredible line-up of over forty Indigenous artists while WestFest in Ottawa featured an Inuit showcase, Qaggiq, with nine artists from our North Coast, and National Aboriginal Day was a veritable Canada-wide festival of music.
And that’s just the beginning. Here’s what to look forward to this summer:
Atlin Arts and Music Festival, July 8-10 – Tanya Tagaq
Mariposa Folk Fest, July 8-10 – Elisapie Isaac
Montana Folk Festival, July 8-10- Nukariik
Vancouver Island Folk Festival, July 8-10 – Cris Derksen, Leela Gilday
Winnipeg Folk Festival, July 8-10 – Samantha Crain, Christa Couture, Cassidy Mann, Shayne Koyczan, Kim Barlow, Sonia Eidse, Puppet Folk
Harrison Festival of the Arts, July 9-17 – New Directions: An Aboriginal Collaboration with Diga, Leela Gilday, Cris Dersen, Diyet, Sylvia Cloutier and Kinnie Starr.
HomeSkillet Festival, July 13-16 – Strumming Dog, D script, Silver Jackson
Vancouver Folk Festival, July 15-17 – Digging Roots, Samantha Crain
Great North Arts Festival, July 15-24 – Laura Vinson & the Free Spirits, M.O. , Randy Sibbeston
Dawson City Music Festival, July 16-17 – Tanya Tagaq, Dennis Allen and The Hellhounds
Calgary Folk Festival, July 21-24 – Buffy Ste Marie, Elisapie Isaac
Brandon Folk Festival, July 22-24 – Christa Couture
Discovery Coast Music Festival, July 23-24 – Digging Roots
Six Nations Pow Wow Weekend – July 23 — Big Sugar
Komasket Music Festival, July 29-31 – Buffy Ste Marie
Lowell Folk Festival, July 29- 31 – Ledward Kaapana, Nukarik
Edmonton Folk Festival, August 4-7 – Keola And Moana Beamer
Edge of the World Festival, August 5-7 – Wayne Lavallee
Regina Folk Festival, August 6-7 – Cris Derksen
Robson Valley Music Festival, August 19-21 – Kinnie Starr, Digging Roots
Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, August 19-21 – Don Amero, Cris Dersken
CNE Bandshell Blues Fest, August 28 - Digging Roots
Who did I miss? Let us know which festivals you see showcasing Indigenous talent!