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Kelly Fraser

We're deeply saddened to hear of Kelly Fraser's passing. Kelly has been a bright light, an inspiration to so many, a strong advocate, and fierce voice among the Inuit community and Indigenous community overall. Her messages of hope through music and her constant stride toward success was an inspiration to so many. She earned an Indspire Award, a JUNO nomination for her work, and garnered much attention for her translation of pop songs into Inuktitut. She also helped to organize Nunavut Hitmakerz, a project that gives Nunavummiut youth opportunities to learn songwriting and music production. She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with her family, community, and friends.

There will be a celebration of Kelly's life at the West End Cultural on Friday, January 10, 6-8PM. All are welcome. No press, no interviews, no cameras.

CBC Manitoba 'She was fierce': Family, friends and fans honour Kelly Fraser at Inuk musician's vigil 

Where to get help

If you're or someone you know needs support and help, here are some ways to reach out:

Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line 1-800-265-3333.
Manitoba Suicide Prevention & Support Line (24/7) 1-877-435-7170
Klinic Crisis Line (24/7) 204-786-8686 or 1-888-322-3019
Hope for Wellness Helpline On request, phone counselling is also available in: Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut. Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or chat online.
Embrace Life Council.
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 or live chat counselling online.
Crisis Stabilization Unit (Winnipeg) 204-482-5361
Hope for Wellness Help Line 1-855-242-3310.
Canada Suicide Prevention Service 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645 or chat at
In French: Association québécoise de prévention du suicide 1-866-APPELLE (1-866-277-3553).
Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention.
Indian Residential School Resolution health support program, northern region 1-800-464-8106.

We also have a section of links for health, wellness, and support at


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CTV News Renee Lamoureux:  Manitoba country music artist | Renée Lamoureux

Global News Manitoba artist, Renee Lamoureaux performs at Global News Morning | Renée Lamoureux, Murray Pulver

Winnipeg Free Press Empowerment through her art | Renée Lamoureux

Canadian Beats Interview – Renée Lamoureux | Renée Lamoureux 

APTN Indigenous and francophone histories intersect during Festival du Voyageur | Festival du Voyageur, Manitoba Music

Folk Roots Radio Folk Roots Radio Episode 486: Our Favourite Albums of 2019 | Del BarberBurnstickNoah DerksenLeaf RapidsThe Small Glories

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CBC Ginger ale toasts, drag queens and s'mores: Family-friendly events to ring in the new year | William PrinceKelly Bado, Tracy Bone, Sol JamesRayannahThe Lytics, Patrick Alexandre, JD Edwards

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Winnipeg Free Press Ho! Ho! Homemade history | Manitoba MusicJP HoeJustin LacroixDon AmeroFred Penner, Randy Bachman, Crash Test Dummies

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Stylus Magazine Live Show Review :: Silence Kit :: The Garrick | Silence Kit, The Garrick

Winnipeg Free Press Hole in our hearts | Manitoba Music, Toad In The Hole, Cavern

JydskeVestkysten Arlo Guthrie gæster Tønder | Del Barber

Der Nordschleswiger Arlo Guthrie kommt zum Tønder Festival | Del Barber

Gaffa Tønder Festival klar med nye navne | The Small GloriesDel Barber

Moose Jaw Today “It's time for a new album:” a year in review with Megan Nash | Noah Derksen

The Uniter The Daytime Event | Raine Hamilton

Burnaby Now Catch Begonia onstage at Burnaby's Shadbolt Centre | Begonia The Eradicator and Screaming At Traffic | Screaming At Traffic, Mobina Galore

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Stylus Magazine Album Review :: Common Holly :: When I Say to You Black Lightning | Common Holly

Winnipeg Free Press Main Street music venue barking up the right tree | Bulldog Pizza, Bulldog Event Centre

WitchPolice Radio WR448: Psyan Project | Psyan Project

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WitchPolice Radio WR450: Greg Rekus | Greg Rekus

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