Indigenous Summer Music Festival Guide 2012

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!

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  1. Sweet festival guide! Think you guys could toss the K into my last name? Miigwetch!

  2. Aug 12-Planet Indigenous Festival-Toronto~Harbourfront Centre, WestJet Stage-Ft Jace Martin

    Aug 18-5th Annual Concert for a Cure & Artists Festival ft Crystal Shawanda & Jace Martin http://www.sncyo.com

    thanks 🙂