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Top 5 Indigenous Music Events: July 21-24, 2011

From coast to coast, festival stage to powwow trail, here’s a handful not-to-miss Indigenous gigs this weekend:

1. The Good Guys
July 22 – The Pyramid Caberet, Winnipeg. A 4-in-1 night of  Indigenous hip-hop featuring Big Will, Lorenzo, Boogey and Wab Kinew. Event info: The Good Guys

2. 32nd Annual Grand River “Champion of Champions” Powwow
July 23-24 – Six Nations of the Grand River, Oshweken, Ontario. Gates at 10am, Grand Entry at noon! Event info: Grand River Powwow.

3. 1stAnnual Running Water Singers Powwow
July 23-24 – Fayetteville, North Carolina. While so many powwows celebrate their decades of existence, it is exciting to know that new powwow continue to come to life. Event info: Fayetteville Powwow

4. Ganondagan’s 20th Native American Dance & Music Festival
July 23-24 – Ganondagan State Historic Site, Victor, New York.  Grammy and 12 time Native American Music award winning artist Joanne Shenandoah headlines. Event info: Ganondagan.

5. Calgary Folk Fesitval
July 21-24 – Calgary is getting a good dose of our Indigenous Sisters this weekend with performances by Buffy Ste Marie and Elisapie Isaac. Cris Derksen will also be at the festival, accompanying Lightening Dust.