Wed, May 15, 2019 at 8pm
Celeigh Cardinal
Mamarudegyal and Hope
DJ Krazykree
The Bloodshots
King's Head Pub
120 King Street, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Manitoba Music


Artists from Western Canada will be in the spotlight at the Indigenous Music West showcase this month. Four acts will hit the stage at the King’s Head in the heart of Winnipeg’s Exchange District on May 15 to perform for and connect with industry in town for the Manito Ahbee Festival & Conference. The genre-spanning lineup will have the opportunity to network with a delegation of presenters, managers, labels, music writers, and industry professionals from across Canada.


Métis singer/songwriter Celeigh Cardinal has been earning accolades since the release of her full-length album, Everything and Nothing at All, in 2017. Harkening back to earlier days of blues and the golden era of jazz, her heartfelt, biographically inspired, songs blend soul and emotion into her performances. The album earned Cardinal a Western Canadian Music Award, two Edmonton Music Awards, a nod at the CBC Indigenous Music Awards, and a REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award from the Hnatyshyn Foundation. She is the first Indigenous radio personality on Alberta’s own CKUA and the first Indigenous member of Edmonton’s Arts Column, the In Crowd. Cardinal has performed across Canada, the United States, and internationally, and was participant in the (Re)Claim program at the Banff Centre.

DJ krayzkree, aka Dallas Arcand, earned his nickname for taking risks, making bold moves, and experimenting with music by blending cultural influences of his mixed Indigenous and European heritage. A three-time world champion Hoop Dancer, he has been active in the entertainment / cultural presentation / music and dance world for the past 25 years, touring many venues around the world. Now with a new focus of using the popularity of electronic music and Indigenous dance, DJ krayzkree is pioneering a new sound with Indigenous artists across the country promoting and glamourizing Indigenous language and teachings within the music. His debut album of Indigenous-style electronic dance music, Future Generations, was released via worldwide digital distribution in 2018.

Mamarudegyal and Hope are a powerhouse pair of emcees and the founding members of the four-piece Indigenous hip hop and multimedia group, Rudegang Entertainment. Since crossing paths at the 2014 Native Hip Hop Festival, Hope and MRG have been making waves in the BC underground hip hop scene through their use of lyricism, musicality, and content. The pair have become known locally for their advocacy for marginalized groups, and their loud and proud attitudes toward Indigeneity. They’ve kept themselves very busy with a number of activities, including funding youth-led community service projects through MRG’s employer, Rising Youth – TIG, won a combined three Fraser Valley Music Awards in 2017, and were featured in APTN’s Digital Drum in 2018. In 2019, Rudegang has landed two Telus Storyhive grants to create a music video for Hope's upcoming album as well as a documentary about Indigenous hip hop (The Foundation), which will both be directed and produced by the duo and available on Telus Optik TV in this summer.

Captivating and winning over audiences since 2014, The Bloodshot's anthemic grunge rock sound is rolling strong in 2019 with a new EP due for summer. They’ve built a reputation for their stage presence through countless shows, including spots with rock and roll heavyweights like Buckcherry, Finger Eleven, One Bad Son, Danko Jones, Econoline Crush, CKY, The Lazys, and Moist. They rocked the main stage at APTN’s Indigenous Day Live at The Forks in Winnipeg alongside Walk Of The Earth and landed an Indigenous Music Award nod in 2018 for Best Rock Album.


Nikki Komaksiutiksak is an Inuit woman from Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut, and currently works for the Manitoba Inuit Association. Though Winnipeg is now her home, Nikki has found the strength to preserve her “Inukness” living in the southern part of Canada. Nikki is an active member with the Inuit community in Winnipeg, and uses her knowledge and understanding of the south to assist Inuit moving to the big city.

Nikki is an inspiration to the young and old everywhere, and truly demonstrates a passion for her cultural identity. Nikki is an experienced throat singer, teacher of Inuit history and culture, and a heartfelt musical performer. Nikki has participated in a number of international events, representing Manitoba and Inuit at such prestigious venues as the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Summer Games and more current the 2015 Indigenous Music Awards in Winnipeg. She has recorded music with local Canadian talent, including such names as, The Weakerthans, Demetra Penner, and Moses Mayes.

Nikki has been featured in many events around the world, always sharing her identity and teaching about her Canadian Inuit Culture. Nikki is often asked to attend Universities and schools throughout Manitoba to teach and showcase Inuit culture to both students and staff. The Inuit of Canada are an integral part of Canadian history and culture, but sadly are often excluded, overlooked, and forgotten. Nikki truly believes that it is critical that Inuit culture is remembered, recognized and celebrated throughout all of Canada.

Adeline Bird is a podcaster, filmmaker, and producer for CBC Manitoba radio. She is a proud member of Treaty 4 territory Rolling River First Nations, and resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is the host and founder of the Soul Unexpected Podcast and author of the book, Be Unapologetically You: A Self-Love Guide for Women of Color. Adeline is a recent graduate of the National Screening Institute's CBC New Indigenous Voices program where she made her directorial debut with her first shortfilm, Nappy Hair and Eagle Feather. Adeline is also one of the 2018 Imgainative APTN pitch winners for a webseries titled "iNdigiStyle." 

Explore more events