Fort Calgary will burst with the sounds of some of the most recognized entertainers in Indigenous music and television.
PRE-SHOW: 4:45 p.m. – 6 p.m. MT
Emerging artists will take the stage prior to the live evening concert.
- Armond Duck Chief
- Carolina East
- Bebe Buckskin
CONCERT: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. MT
Ashley Callingbull (host)
Callingbull is a First Nation’s model and actor who was the reigning Mrs. Universe 2015, an actor on the award-winning APTN show Blackstone and a contestant on Amazing Race Canada in 2016. She has graced the covers of Chatelaine, OptiMYz and Dress to Kill, is currently the face of Canadian jeweller Hillberg & Berk and is also a spokesperson and model for the Nike N7 organization.
Natasha Kanapé Fontaine (host)
Painter, actress, slam poet plus environment and Indigenous rights activist, Kanapé Fontaine is a multidisciplinary artist from the community of Pessamit. She has published three poetry collections and, more recently, has made a sensational debut in the Quebec TV drama Unité 9. She is also part of the Muliats cast, currently touring in theatres across Quebec.
Blue Rodeo emerged in the early 80s as a countrified rock band in the era of hair metal and glossy pop. The award-winning band, with its signature sound, has headlined every major arena in Canada and has sold over four million records.
This powerhouse performer already cemented her status as a country star with five JUNO Award nominations including one win, and by being named 2009 CCMA Female Artist of the Year. With the explosive debut of VooDoo Woman last year, she also solidified her spot as a blues artist, delivering a gritty, soul-drenched sound to her fans.
Diyet & The Love Soldiers
Alternative folk, roots, country and traditional Indigenous melodies and stories are deeply rooted in Diyet’s world view. Her music is an interpretation of northern reality: it’s hard, raw and will break you if it can, but it’s always beautiful, strange and intensely alive. She collaborates with husband/collaborator Robert van Lieshout on guitar/foot percussion, and multi-instrumentalist, Bob Hamilton.
The unique music of Ghostkeeper is continually-evolving and its latest sound – uniting core vocalists Shane Ghostkeeper and Sarah Houle with drummer Eric Hamelin and bassist Ryan Bourne – is its most distinctive yet. You’ll find 60s girl-group melodies paired with the twang of country music greats like Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and Patsy Cline. Combined with some 90s indie rock, African pop and traditional powwow music, you get catchy tunes and a truly singular music experience.
As one of the most innovative Canadian rappers, first with Jacobus et Maleco and Radio Radio, Jacques Jacobus reconnects with his first stage name. Somewhere between introspection and hedonism, questioning and swaying, rap and electro, he attempts to reconcile the innocence of his youth with the refinement of his thirties in his first solo release, The Return of Jacobus.