Fort York will burst with the sounds of some of the most recognized entertainers in Indigenous music and television.
PRE-SHOW: 5:20 pm – 6:30 pm ET
Emerging artists will take the stage prior to the live evening concert.
– Ansley Simpson
– Trans-Pacific Noise Club
CONCERT: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm ET featuring
Grace Dove (Host)
Secwepemc from Tsq'escen' near 100 Mile House, BC. She inspires the Indigenous youth of today to dream big, and hosts APTN’s UnderEXPOSED. Dove rose to the international scene for her role as Leonardo DiCaprio’s wife in the 2015 film The Revenant.
Best known for urban rhythms and Algonquian infused rap. His mission: inspire Indigenous youth on topics such as culture, tradition and social justice. Named 2016 Artist for Peace by the City of Montréal group Artistes pour la Paix.
Kardinal Offishall featuring Que Rock
Rapper, producer, DJ, executive at Universal and known as “Mr. International”. Born and raised in “The Six” (Toronto). His notable twist of hip-hop music, spirited stage performances and captivating persona makes him stand out on a world stage.
Two-Spirited powerhouse singer/songwriter challenging boundaries to unite, heal and empower strength. Has become known internationally for her anthems of inspiration, and Billboard has recently named her on their list of people you should know in music.
Versatile artist and 2012 East Coast Music Award for Pop Album of the Year winner. Collaborated with JUNO winner Classified on her second album, and released the single ‘Leaving Today’. Debuted on Top 40 radio stations across the nation.
Born on the Six Nations of The Grand River. Armed with his guitar and harmonica, Staats live performances are juxtaposed. A level of self-possession and control that still wildly careen through emotions of sadness, hope, longing and joy.
From Maliotenam in northeastern Québec. Singer-songwriter, Shauit creates honest and committed songs ingeniously combining his native language and traditional rhythms. New folk sensibility enriching the mix of reggae and dancehall influences.
Beats Collective: Daniel Roy, Valerie Dee Naranjo and Rich Brown with Jera Wolfe, Natasha Poon Woo and Cody Berry feat. Illustrated, Quantum Tangle and Fawn Wood & Dallas Waskahat
Braiding together spoken word, percussion, voice, throat singing, traditional drumming, and dance to touch our core. Tap into this moving and unimaginable collaboration. Featuring Daniel Roy, Valerie Dee Naranjo, Rich Brown, Illustrated, Fawn Wood & Dallas Waskahat, Jera Wolfe, Natasha Poon Woo, and Cody Berry.
Multi-instrumentalist, composer and award-winning singer-songwriter. Contributing to Manitoba’s arts scene for over two decades through his skill and versatility reaching across all genres of music.
Valerie Dee Naranjo
Marimbist, percussionist, vocalist, and composer, exploring the relationships between Indigenous music in West Africa and popular music in America. Topping it off she plays percussion for NBC’s Saturday Night Live Band.
Electric bassist/composer and 2016 JUNO nominee, Jazz Album of the Year. Over 70 recordings ranging from jazz to funk to traditional Arabic and Asian. Performed with a plethora of artists: Angelique Kidjo, Kim Mitchell, and The Parachute Club to name just a few.
Jera is of Métis heritage. He is a choreographer, performer, and Associate Artist with Red Sky Performance. His choreographic works have been presented by Canadian Stage, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, The Venice Biennale, and Jacob’s Pillow. His upcoming partnerships include Canada’s National Ballet School and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
First and foremost as a poet. And at 16 discovered his flamboyant and socially conscious prose. For him, poetry is a path to overcoming past hardships.
2017 JUNO Indigenous Album of the Year winner. Combines the wide-ranging artistic visions of Greyson Gritt and Tiffany Ayalik to fuse old-world sounds and new-world flair. Part of the rising vanguard of Indigenous musicians transforming Canadian culture.
Fawn Wood & Dallas Waskahat
Born into the acclaimed multi-generational traditional singing Wood family. Fawn (Cree/Salish) and Dallas (Cree) present a collection of songs to soothe the lonely, honour the earth and celebrate the joy of being alive.