Manitoba Music and Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG)-Qaumajuq are celebrating Black music makers with a series of free concerts and mixers in the iconic gallery space. The partnership was launched in February with a packed Black History Month event, laying the foundation for the ongoing community-building events through the BPM program.
BPM X WAG-Qaumajuq
Friday, November 24 2023
Featuring Fold Paper, INGIA, DMIXX
Free / Doors 6 PM / Music & Mixer 7 - 9 PM
Jamaican patties by Pretty Baked
Eckhardt Hall @ Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd
The next event will return to WAG-Qaumajuq on Friday, November 24, and feature sets from post-punk act Fold Paper, saxophonist and vocalist INGIA, and DJ DMIXX. The evening will be intimate and interactive, allowing the artists to express themselves through stripped-down, visceral performances that will address identity and community, and celebrate the African Diaspora.
There'll be a mixer throughout the night for Black music makers as well as local music companies, labels, venues, and festivals looking to make deeper connections with the Black music community in Manitoba. Meetups for artists and music entrepreneurs are core to BPM’s community-building focus, offering an opportunity to share ideas, professional needs and barriers, and make vital career connections.
Join us for great music and people plus some delicious food!
About the Artists
Fold Paper is the post-punk brainchild of Chell Osuntade. Over the past 5 years, Chell has been building up a name for himself with the likes of JayWood, Julien’s Daughter, and Super Duty Tough Work. Eventually, Chell decided it was time to create a band that would continue to carry his aura while also showing a new side of his musical creativity. Fold Paper is dedicated to 9nudging post-punk revivalism into a hopeful future, taking from the likes of Unschooling, Palm, Stuck, and Preoccupations.
Joyce German is a talented South Sudanese Canadian Jazz Saxophonist and Vocalist known for her unique fusion of African influences and Jazz - a rising star in Winnipeg's vibrant jazz scene. Joyce has captivated audiences with her dynamic performances and original compositions that incorporate South Sudanese traditional songs. She collaborates with various bands in the city, showcasing her impressive skills as a musician. Not only is she a masterful saxophonist, but her captivating voice sets her apart from other musicians in the scene. Joyce deeply appreciates the rich cultural history and art form that is jazz and brings her unique perspective to the genre. She is passionate about promoting African music, especially her South Sudanese roots.
INGIA is Joyce's middle name and represents her essence and where she comes from. The name is also her grandmother's name, which means joy. As a stage name, INGIA incorporates African music influences, focusing on South Sudanese music and R&B, Gospel, Hip Hop, and Jazz. IN GIA is an acronym that stands for Intention, Nurture, Gratitude, Inspiration, and Amplify. These values are at the core of Joyce's music, intentionally created to nurture others, express gratitude, inspire, and amplify African and Black American music and people. Joyce is poised to make a significant impact in the industry. Keep an eye out for this young and talented jazz musician as she continues to make her mark.
Andrew Sannie is a Canadian creative and business owner, as well as a member of acclaimed Canadian hip hop group, The Lytics. Andrew is also a co-founder of Canadian-based experiential marketing and consultation company, Grape Experiential. In his personal time, Andrew works with several community groups and non-profits contributing to executive boards of several organizations across the country.
Launched in February 2021 and facilitated by Sannie, BPM | Black Professionals in Music is a program via Manitoba Music that supports Black music professionals in Manitoba. BPM presents quarterly mixers for participants to meet and build their community and networks, followed by live performances. Participants can bring ideas, share their professional needs and barriers, and influence the future direction of the program. To get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants must be residents of Manitoba and identify as a Black musicians or music industry professionals.
WAG-Qaumajuq has grown into one of the country’s leading visual art museums with an international reputation! Founded in 1912, the WAG is one of Canada’s first civic art galleries, housed in an iconic modernist building in the heart of downtown Winnipeg. Opened in 2021, Qaumajuq is a contemporary architectural landmark that connects to the WAG building on all four levels