sākihiwē festival Brings Live Music Back to Winnipeg's Core and North End This Summer

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Pictures: Norman Chief Memorial Dancers | sākihiwē festival | June 23-25, 2023 // 23-25 juin 2023
Gator Beaulieu
Joel Wood
Jossée Bernier
Kimberly & Charisma Mason
Kristen McKay
Martin Desjarlais
Melody McKiver
Norman Chief Memorial Dancers
Norway Rabliauskas
Prada Monroe
Qattuu with Abigail Asheevak
Sherri Shorting
The Kaptain
Walking Wolf Singers
Wyatt C. Louis
Zoey Roy

The sākihiwē festival returns this summer for three days of music and culture in Winnipeg's core and North End. Featuring over 20 First Nation, Métis, and Inuit performers from across Turtle Island, sākihiwē festival once again connects live music with Indigenous and newcomer communities through partnerships with Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre and the Spence Neighbourhood Association. 

The festivities ignite on June 23 with Grand Entry at the Exchange Event Centre and continue with two free block parties featuring live music, dancing, BBQs, photo booth, face painters, hoop dance lessons with Shanley Spence, jigging lessons, and more fun for families and music fans alike. 

Artists based in Manitoba set to perform this year include award-winning country singer/songwriter Gator Beaulieu, powerful singer Kristen McKay, country artist Martin Desjarlais, Anishinaabe composer and violist Melody McKiver, country/rock/blues singer Norway Rabliauskas, Anishinaabe singer and songwriter Sherri Shorting, Indigenous hip hop artist Stun, DJ The Kaptain, indie rock band Tinge, the Walking Wolf Singers, and more. 

Touring artists sharing their music this year include 2oolmanJoel WoodJossée Bernier, Nimkish, Prada MonroeQattuu with Abigail Asheevak, Valkyrie, and Wyatt C. Louis.

Read more about this year's events and performers!


Grand Entry 

Friday, June 23 / 9 PM - 2 AM
Exchange Event Centre, 291 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg
Tickets $20 plus fees >> purchase here
18+ | photo identification required

9:00 PM: Doors open
10:30 PM: Valkyrie, Sherri Shorting, and Jossé Bernier
11:30 PM: Prado Monroe
12:30 AM: 2oolman (DJ set)

Turtle Island Block Party 

Saturday, June 24 / 12 - 9 PM
Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre, 510 King Street, Winnipeg
Free concert, free BBQ by Foodfare at 5 PM, prize draw at 9 PM
Families welcome
Security by Sabe Peacewalkers
Photo booth by SnapFox Photography

Concert schedule:
12:00 PM: Pow wow demonstration
2:00 PM: Jossée Bernier, Stun, Norway Rabliauskas
3:00 PM: Wyatt C. Louis
4:00 PM: Valkyrie
5:00 PM: Melody McKiver
6:00 PM: Joel Wood
7:00 PM: Gator Bealieu
8:00 PM: The Kaptain

Workshop schedule:
3:00 PM: Hoop dance lessons with Shanley Spence
4:00 PM: Hood dance lessons with Shanley Spence
5:00 PM: Jigging lessons
6:00 PM: Jigging lessons

Central Park Block Party 

Sunday, June 25 / 12 - 8 PM
Central Park, 366 Qu'Appelle Avenue, Winnipeg
Free concert, free BBQ by Foodfare at 4 PM, prize draw at 8 PM
Families welcome
Security by Thunderbirdz
Photo booth by SnapFox Photography

Concert schedule:
12:00 PM: Kristen McKay
1:00 PM: Tinge
2:00 PM: Kimberly and Charisma Mason (hoop dancers)
3:00 PM: Martin Desjarlais
4:00 PM: Zoey Roy
5:00 PM: Nimkish
6:00 PM: Qattuu with Abigail Asheevak
7:00 PM: Norman Chief Memorial Dancers

Workshop schedule:
3:00 PM: Jigging lessons
4:00 PM: Jigging lessons
5:00 PM: Hoop dance lessons with Shanley Spence
6:00 PM: Hoop dance lessons with Shanley Spence

This event is an MB Live partnered event. For more info about MB Live, visit manitobamusic.com/mblive. For more info about partnership, please visit manitobamusic.com/partnerships.

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