Music community lends support with an H1N1 Fundraiser in Winnipeg

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Nathan, Don Amero, and Darren Lavallee with the Norman Chief Memorial Dancers will perform at a fundraiser for First Nations in Manitoba affected by the Swine Flu. The event is set for Friday, August 21 at the West End Cultural Centre from 8pm-11pm and has been organized by volunteers Wabanakwut Kinew and Alan Greyeyes.

Tickets are $20 and available at the door along with locations around Winnipeg. All profits will be donated to the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs who will be purchasing H1N1 medical kits for First Nations households throughout Manitoba.

DATE: Friday, August 21, 2009
PLACE: West End Cultural Centre, 586 Ellice Avenue
TIME: 715pm – 11pm
TICKETS: $20 at the door

1. The Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, 227 Portage Avenue (at the front desk)
2. Prairie Architects, 200-141 Bannatyne Avenue (ask for Destiny Seymour)
3. Manitoba Music, 1-376 Donald Street (ask for Alan Greyeyes)
4. NCI FM, 1507 Inkster Boulevard (at the front desk)
5. The Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce, 203-350 Portage Avenue (at the front desk)
6. The Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store, 211 Bannatyne Avenue (at the sales counter)
7. The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, 2-260 St Mary Avenue (ask for Doug Thomas)

“We read the stories in the news about the H1N1 crisis’ in Ste. Theresa Point, Garden Hill and Shamatawa and felt compelled to help,” says Alan Greyeyes. “We don’t have thousands of dollars of our own money to contribute, but we’re good at organizing events and can definitely donate our time.”

Nathan is a Juno-winning folk act from Winnipeg made up of singer/guitarist Keri Latimer, singer/accordionist/banjo-ist/guitarist Shelley Marshall, bassist Devin Latimer and drummer Damon Mitchell.

Don Amero is a Métis singer/songwriter from Winnipeg who received multiple award nominations first his first album and recently released a follow-up CD entitled “Deepening.”

Darren Lavallee is a Métis fiddler who swept the fiddle categories at the 2007 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards and the 2007 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards.

The Norman Chief Memorial Dancers are a Métis square dancing troupe based in Winnipeg. The group recently toured western Canada as a part of the 2009 Cultural Olympiad.

Wabanakwut Kinew works for CBC Radio and is a hip hop recording artist.

Alan Greyeyes works for Manitoba Music and is co-chair of the Manito Ahbee Festival Inc.

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