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The Red Ride Tour Returns

What started as a two-artist tour five years ago has grown into a near touring festival of 12 of the hottest names in Indigenous music.

When musicians Kristi Lane Sinclair and Cris Derksen first conceived of the Red Ride Tour, they didn’t think they’d be organizing their fifth one with a lineup of 12 Indigenous artists popping up at different dates across Canada and, for the first time this year, the US. Not only that, but Sinclair is pulling this off while finishing her new album, and filming a six-part TV series about her musical journey for APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network)!

“It is dizzyingly awesome!”, exclaims Sinclair. “It feels so great to have so many projects coming together simultaneously”, she adds.

A wide range of genres is spanned by the artists joining the tour, including Tlingit/Aleut artist and musician Silver Jackson, rising folk singer Nick Sherman, Cree/Métis singer-songwriter Christa Couture, Sto:lo Territory hip-hop artist Ron Dean Harris (aka Ostwelve), Saskatchewan trio The Snake Oil Salesmen, Dene musician Jay Gilday, Curve Lake First Nation singer-songwriter Sean Conway,  Inuk singer Beatrice Dear, and young up-and-coming talents Binaeshee-Que Couchie-Nabigon and Sonia Eidse.

“This is our fifth year in a row taking indigenous acts on the road across Canada, and each year it grows,” says Sinclair. “It started out as just Cris and I, in my little Chevy Optra hatchback, driving across Canada, playing live music venues,” she explains. “And now this year, we have acts… huge acts… and a massive North American Tour!”.

“We’re trying to get so many artists to so many places. It’s more like a touring festival than a normal tour,” said Sinclair.

“The outcome is going to be amazing and you’re not going to want to miss it.”

We agree. Hit play on the Red Ride Tour playlist and check out the full dates below.

Tour dates:

May 13 – Fairview Pub, Vancouver, BC
(Derek Miller, Kristi Lane Sinclair, Ostwelve)
May 15 – Wine-Ohs, Calgary, AB
(Derek Miller, Kristi Lane Sinclair)
May 16 – Empress Pub, Edmonton, AB
(Derek Miller, Kristi Lane Sinclair, Jay Gilday)
May 19 – Indian Metis Friendship Centre, Prince Albert, SK
(Derek Miller, Kristi Lane Sinclair)
May 20 – Vangelis Tavern, Saskatoon, SK
(Derek Miller, Kristi Lane Sinclair)
May 21 – The Artful Dodger, Regina, SK
(Derek Miller, Kristi Lane Sinclair, The Snake Oil Salesmen)
May 22 – Pyramid Cabaret, Winnipeg, MB
(Derek Miller, Kristi Lane Sinclair, Cris Derksen, Sonia Eidse)
May 23 – The Apollo, Thunder Bay, ON
(Cris Derksen, Kristi Lane Sinclair, Nick Sherman)
May 24 – Saul Ste. Marie, ON (venue TBA)
(Cris Derksen, Kristi Lane Sinclair, Nick Sherman)
May 25 – Debajehmujig Creation Centre, Manitowaning, ON
(Cris Derksen, Kristi Lane Sinclair)
May 27 – Capitol Centre Theatre, North Bay, ON (Dream Big Conference)
(Cris Derksen, Kristi Lane Sinclair, Derek Miller, Binaeshee-Quae)
May 28 – Monarch Tavern, Toronto, ON
(Cris Derksen, Kristi Lane Sinclair, Derek Miller, Christa Couture)
May 29 – Six Nations, ON (venue TBA)
(Cris Derksen, Kristi Lane Sinclair)
May 30 – The Garnet, Peterborough ON
(Cris Derksen, Kristi Lane Sinclair, Sean Conway)
June 3 – Club Saw, Ottawa, ON
(Cris Derksen, Kristi Lane Sinclair)
June 4 – Ashukan Cultural Space, Montreal, QC
(Cris Derksen, Kristi Lane Sinclair, Beatrice Dear)