The sākihiwē festival celebrates its 10th edition this summer with three days of music and culture featuring Indigenous-identifying performers from many nations. Presented by Aboriginal Music Manitoba (AMM), the festival runs June 14 to 16 on Treaty One Territory, in the city of Winnipeg and features more than 20 artists from territories across Turtle Island, including many local artists.
Artists set to play this year include hip hop artist Antoine Edwards Jr., Arctic Song’s ensemble of Inuit musicians, pop/soul artist Aspects, Anishinaabe DJ and producer Boogey the Beat, country/rocker Dawn Chartrand, country singer/songwriter Don Amero, hip hop powerhouses Eekwol and T-Rhyme in collaboration, Inuk pop artist Kelly Fraser, Anishinaabe musician Leonard Sumner, Low Budget Rock Star from northern Manitoba, electro-pop throat singer Riit, Innu reggae singer Shauit, rapper Zedone, and more are set to take over sākihiwē festival stages, along with hoop dancers Shanley Spence, Sandra Lamouche, and Rylee Sandberg. Members of Rising Sun Pow Wow Club, Butterfly Club and ArtBeat Studio participants will also perform.
Grand Entry, presented by Section 35, will kick things off at The Good Will Social Club on June 14 for the festival's only nighttime, ticketed event. The festival brings the music to the people, with performers hitting stages at block parties at Ka Ni Kanichihk, Central Park, the Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre, and the Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre. AMM is set to partner with Ka Ni Kanichihk, Central Neighbourhoods, the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, and the Spence Neighbourhood Association for the events, which are free, all ages, and family-friendly. Most will also include free barbecue and bouncy castles, so bring lawn chairs for a day of music and community.
"This festival is different," said festival director Alan Greyeyes in a release. "We take the music to the families because we want Indigenous kids to see more than the caricatures of Indigenous people in professional sport logos; the hunter/gatherer references in history books; and, the one-dimensional characters in Hollywood films."
Check out the schedule below and find out more about sākihiwē festival at sakihiwe.ca
FRIDAY JUNE 14
Grand Entry presented by Section 35
With Antoine Edwards Jr., Boogey The Beat w/ Shanley Spence, Carsen Gray, Aspects, and Kelly Fraser
The Good Will Social Club, 625 Portage Avenue
18+ | I.D. Req'd
Tix: First 100 free with RSVP, $10 +tax advance/door
SATURDAY JUNE 15
Central Park Block Party
Partners: Central Neighbourhoods Winnipeg, Art Beat Studio
With Don Amero, Leonard Sumner, Carsen Gray, Sandra Lamouche, and Art Beat Studio
Central Park, 400 Edmonton Street
Ka Ni Kanichihk Block Party
Partner: Ka Ni Kanichihk
With Eekwol & T-Rhyme, Arctic Song, Boogey The Beat w/ Shanley Spence, Aspects, The Butterfly Club, and special guests
Harriet Street beside the Ka Ni Kanichihk office at 455 McDermot Avenue
SUNDAY JUNE 16
Spence Neighbourhood Block Party
Partner: Spence Neighbourhood Association
With: Arctic Song, Kelly Fraser, Low Budget Rock Star, Rylee Sandberg, and special guests
Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre, 430 Langside Street
Turtle Island Block Party
Partner: Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre
With: Riit, Shauit, Sandra Lamouche, Dawn Chartrand, Zedone, Ma Mawi Pow Wow Club
Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre, 510 King Street