Manitoba Live Music Event

Grippin Sage

Saturday, Aug 20, 2022 at 8pm
Boogey The Beat
The Kaptain
Winnipeg Art Gallery
300 Memorial Boulevard, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
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Join for an exclusive WAG Indigenous Member Event, our way of showing gratitude to all of the Indigenous people that are WAG members!

The event is FREE for Indigenous Peoples with a WAG membership. Not a member? Sign up for free here and get a digital membership card to show at the door.

Join the WAG rooftop for Grippin Sage with Boogey the Beat and special guest DJs on Saturday, August 20.

Cash bar | Galleries are open

Tickets are $10 for the general public.

Boogey the Beat

For years Anishinaabe DJ and producer Les Boulanger — known by audiences as Boogey the Beat — has toiled behind the scenes, laying the sonic foundations for other musicians’ anthems. As a longtime lover of hip-hop and rap, collaboration is his comfort zone. He’s worked with the likes of The Halluci Nation (formerly a Tribe Called Red) and Snotty Nose Rez Kids, playing stages across Turtle Island.

In homage to the sounds of a sundance, Boogey builds each song around a percussive heartbeat, then adds vocals and other instruments, letting the drum lead the way. He remembers walking up to one of his first childhood pow wows and hearing the big drum, a guiding force that stays with him today.

While he hopes his music will resonate with revellers from all walks of life, he beams at the thought of Indigenous youth hearing pow wow and sundance songs for the first time at one of his shows.

“It’s important to not forget that at one time it was illegal for us to sing these songs, play these drums, and go to these ceremonies,” he says. “Now it’s a time for celebration, and for us to take over the main stage.”


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