It’s summer 2012 and RPM has another guide to Indigenous musicians representing at music festivals this year.
It’s the first week of summer and festival season has already kicked off in some places, but there are still many to check out all over Turtle Island. We’ve mined through the festival line-ups and compiled a list of festivals including Indigenous musicians.
Adäka Cultural Festival, Whitehorse, YT, June 22-28 – Murray Porter, Wayne Lavallee, Reddnation
Alianait Arts Festival, Iqaluit, NU, June 29 – July 2nd – Artcirq, William Tagoona, the Métis Fiddler Quartet and more.
Boonstock Music & Arts Festival, Gibsons, AB, June 28 – July 1 – Gutta Musik
Little Lake Music Festival, Peterborough, ON, June 30 – August 25 – Tom Jackson
Ottawa Blues Fest, Ottawa, ON, July 4-15 – A Tribe Called Red
Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg, MB, July 4-8 – Asani, Ozomatli, Sonia Eidse
Harrison Festival of the Arts, Harrison, BC, July 6-15 – Murray Porter, Inez, Jason Burnstick, Pura Fe, Kalan Wi
Atlin Arts and Music Festival, Atlin, BC, July 6-8 – Don Amero
All Folked up in Montmartre, Montmartre, SK, July 6-8 – Christa Couture, Carol Morin
Mariposa Folk Fest, Orillia, ON, July 6-8 – Florent Vollant, Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long
Vancouver Island Music Festival, Comox Valley, BC, July 6-8 – Buffy Sainte-Marie, Wab Kinew, Lorenzo
Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, Okemah, OK, July 11-15 – Samantha Crain
Craven Country Jamboree, Qu’Appelle Valley, SK, July 12-15 – Terri Clarke
Homeskillet Festival, Sitka, AK, July 13-14 – Silver Jackson, Strummin’ Dog, D-Script
Montana Folk Festival, Butte, MT, July 13-15 – Little Southern Cree, Dallas Chief Eagle
Vancouver Folk Festival, Vancouver, BC, July 13-15 – Leela Gilday, Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto, Alejandra Robles
Folk On The Rocks, Yellowknife, NWT, July 19-22 – Pura Fe, William Greenland, Wesley Hardisty, The Jerry Cans, Timangia Petaulassie & Qauna Mikkigaq, Yellowknives Dene Drummers
Brandon Folk Festival, Brandon, MB, July 19-22 – Kinnie Starr
Dawson City Music Festival, Dawson, YK, July 20-22 – Cris Derksen, Dakhká Khwáan Dancers
Starbelly Jam, Crawford Bay, BC, July 20-22 – Glen Henry Michel Family w/ Sara Cadeau
Discovery Coast Music Festival, Bella Coola, BC, July 20-22 – The Caley Watts Band, Digawolf
LA Skins Fest, LA, CA, July 21 – Beck Black, Cockamammie Jamie, Arigon Starr, Shawn Michael Perry & Only The Brave
Lowell Folk Festival, Lowell, MA, July 27-29 – Jones Benally Family Dancers
MetisFest – Killarny, MB, July 27-29 – Darren Lavallee, Donny Parenteau, JJ Lavallee and Ryan Keplin.
ArtsWells, Wells, BC, August 3-6 – Benny Walker, Christa Couture
Electric Eclectics Festival, Meaford, ON, August 3-5 – Melody McKiver
Edmonton Folk Music Fest, Edmonton, AB, August 9-12 – Joanne Shenandoah, Treme, George Kahumoku Jr.
Lunenburg Folk Harbour Fest, Lunenburg, NS, August 9-12 – Iskwew, Leela Gilday
Edge Of The World Festival, Haida Gwaii, BC, August 10-12 – Road Engine Dreams
TroutFest, Ear Falls, Ontario, August 10-12 – Christa Couture, Shy-Anne Hovorka
Boots and Hearts Music Festival, Bowmanville, ON, August 10-12 - Terri Clarke, Shane Yellowbird, Derek Miller, Crystal Shawanda
Voices Of The Valley Music and Art Festival, Spence’s Bridge, BC August 11 – Skookum Sound System, Blackout Artists, Gitwaalk Jeremy, Niska
Robson Valley Music Festival, Dunster, BC, August 17-19 – Niska
Desert Daze, Spences Bridge, BC, August 17-19 – Christa Couture
Hopscotch Music Festival, Raleigh, NC, September 6-8 – Samantha Crain
If there’s any dates we’ve missed or to be updated let us know and we’ll add them to the list. Happy Festival Season!