New Year’s Day at The Forks

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Kick off 2024 with a New Year’s Day celebration at The Forks! The Forks is welcoming everyone to experience a day filled with live music, brunch, performances, yoga, games, crafts, and outdoor activities on Monday, January 1. The day's events will be inside and outside throughout The Forks site, running from 10 AM to 4 PM.  

Outdoor activities are only made better when paired with local talent and live entertainment! Come and listen to live musicians and DJs curated with Manitoba Music as they perform in Boîte à chansons, a mobile concert trailer, at the steps outside the Johnston Terminal.  

Live Music Schedule

11:00 AM INGIA 
12:00 PM DJ Louie Lovebird 
01:00 PM Mitchell Makoons 
02:00 PM DJ The Kaptain 
03:00 PM Gully 

Whether you’re skating on the rink, warming up at one of the fire pits, or simply passing by, there are many ways to enjoy the local music scene on New Year’s Day at The Forks! Find out more about the day's events

About the Performers

11 - 11:45 AM

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.

Louie Lovebird
12 - 12:45 PM

Whatever your vibe may be, leave it to Louie to pick up what you’re throwing down. This Lovebird prefers to nest in queer and inclusive spaces- With a keen eye on what the crowd is feeling, they bring both the fun and the funk to whatever event they play. Often quoted as saying “Donna Summer is my Queen” be sure to expect the gamut of disco all the way to reggae and modern hip hop.

Mitchell Makoons
1 - 1:45 PM

Mitchell Makoons (He/Him) is a Roots/Rock musician from Brandon, Manitoba. Mitchell started playing guitar at the age of seven to accompany his grandfather and brother playing Metis fiddle tunes. Mitchell continues to be an active member of the Manitoba Metis community. The songs Mitchell writes incorporate traditional Ojibway music and culture with modern influences.

M itchell has toured several times across Western Canada and has begun to break in the Canadian festival 0scene. In 2023 Mitchell performed at Dauphin’s Countryfest, Ste. Madeline Metis Days, All Folk’d Up Music Festival and Winnipeg Fringe Festival, to name a few.

Makoons has released 4 singles and 1 EP to date. He has received radio play across Canada, United States and on Sirius XM. Two of Mitchell’s singles have made it to the top 10 on the Indigenous Music countdown with “Still My Father’s Son” peaking at No. 5. In 2022 Mitchell was nominated for 3 Manitoba Country Music Awards. In 2023 Mitchell was nominated for 2 Manitoba Country Music Awards.

The Kaptain
2 - 2:45 PM

The Kaptain will play a variety of upbeat songs to keep the party going and the vibe smooth sailing. They are an Indigenous DJ, that loves to represent their culture through their music!

3 - 3:45 PM

Born in Lusaka, Gully is a member of hip-hop collective The Lytics, whose sound is cultivated in Winnipeg. The group has released three albums to date; The Lytics, They Told Me, and Hold On. In 2023, Gully released his first solo project “Makishi Dance EP”.

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