The week of October 28 to November 7 is going to be a busy one for the Aboriginal music community with not one but two festivals.
The second annual Aboriginal Music Week kicks off October 29 and features eight nights of concerts with Aboriginal artists from across the country. Building on last year's success, AMW2010 includes a diverse series of concerts, including The Métis Jamboree, Hip Hop Night, Aboriginal Songwriters night, the Electric Pow Wow, and more. Manitoba acts sharing the stage with national acts throughout the festival include Darren Lavallee, Lorenzo, Jerry Sereda, Jason Tuesday, Billy Joe Green, Stu Porteous, Sonia Eidse, and Don Amero. Click here to see the full listing of events.
The fifth annual Manito Ahbee festival starts its five-night run on November 3, featuring a variety of events including an Indigenous Marketplace and Trade Show, International Competition Pow Wow, an education conference, and the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. The nationally-televised celebration of Aboriginal music takes place November 5 at the MTS Centre and features performances by some familiar Manitoba names, including Ray St. Germain, Darrelyne Bickel, and The Gaudry Boys.
With more than 20 events going on at venues throughout Winnipeg, there will plenty to take in. For a complete listing of events taking place during this festival seasion, check out aboriginalmusic.ca.