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New program helps Indigenous musicians – Sault Star

February 20, 2019 Indigenous musicians can tap a new mentorship program offered by Music and Film In Motion. One-one-one assistance is available to musicians and songwriters who are First Nation, Metis and Inuit and based anywhere in Northern Ontario, a release says. Mentors include singer-songwriter Nick Sherman, musician Josh Deperry, who performs at Classic Roots, […]

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AFNQL: ADISQ Creates the Félix Award for Indigenous Artist of the Year

Montréal, February 19, 2019 – ADISQ, the Quebec Association for the Recording, Concert and Video Industries, creates the Félix award for Indigenous Artist of the Year, to be awarded to an Indigenous artist who most distinguished himself or herself on the music scene. ADISQ has been working on this initiative for a year already in […]

by ahnationtalk on February 19, 201931 Views

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ALEXISONFIRE debut new track “Familiar Drugs”; Announce headline shows

February 15, 2019 ALEXISONFIRE UNLEASH BRAND NEW SONG “FAMILIAR DRUGS” First Original Track from AOF in almost 10 years Stream/Purchase now here ANNOUNCE SELECT HEADLINE SHOWS Toronto | New York | Los Angeles | London, UK FEBRUARY 15, 2019 – Iconic rock band ALEXISONFIRE debuted a brand new song, “Familiar Drugs” today. Produced by AOF, long-time friend Karl Bareham (City and […]

by pmnationtalk on February 19, 201918 Views

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AFNQL Media Advisory: Important Announcement Regarding the Indigenous Music Industry and ADISQ

Wendake, February 18, 2019 – The Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL), Ghislain Picard, will make an important announcement regarding the Indigenous music industry and the Association québécoise de l’industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo (ADISQ). This announcement will take place at the symposium “The Network and its Challenges” […]

by ahnationtalk on February 18, 201924 Views

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iskwē won’t let us look away from injustice for Indigenous people – NOW Magazine

Her new video Little Star, released on the anniversary of acquittals in the Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine cases, is an ode to young, Indigenous lives lost February 14, 2019 On February 9, 2018, Gerald Stanley, accused of fatally shooting 22-year-old Colten Boushie, was acquitted. Shock waves reverberated across Canada, only to be followed weeks […]

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Manitoba Music Welcomes New Indigenous Music Export Coordinator, Jade Harper

February 12, 2019 Manitoba Music is pleased to welcome its newest staff member, Jade Harper, in the role of Indigenous Music Export Coordinator. “We’re excited to welcome Jade to the team to build this new program working with First Nation, Metis, and Inuit peoples from across Western Canada,” says Sean McManus, executive director of Manitoba […]

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Get ready to Rumble! – Brantford Expositor

February 8, 2019 The influences of Indigenous artists across a number of musical genres are widespread, And they will be celebrated in Rumble: The Concert, which has two performances Wednesday at the Sanderson Centre in Brantford. The concert features an impressive lineup of musicians performing songs as a narrative to reveal the Indigenous musicians, who […]

by ahnationtalk on February 8, 201943 Views

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Singer-songwriter Amanda Rheaume finds her roots – Queen’s Journal

February 8, 2019 Musician uses new album to explore Anishinaabe heritage Amanda Rheaume hated singing. Now, it’s her strongest connection to the family she never met. Over the last decade, Rheaume has established herself in Canadian music in a variety of genres. Ranging from country to Americana roots pop, Rheaume’s voice has a folksy soft crackle […]

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Indigenous Voices at Folk Alliance International Conference

February 6, 2019 The voices of First Nation, Metis, and Inuit peoples will have a strong presence at the Folk Alliance International (FAI) conference this month. FAI is a key professional development conference focused on folk, roots, multicultural, and world music in North America. The 31st annual event will take place in Montreal, hosted on […]

by ahnationtalk on February 7, 201945 Views

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Juno-nominated Jeremy Dutcher performs sold out show on Friday – Brunswickan

Sitting in front of his piano under a ceiling filled with lights Jeremy Dutcher put on a culture-rich performance with the help of his ancestors. From Tobique First Nation, Dutcher combines his power opera vocals and piano with archival audio clips of his Wolastoqiyik ancestors. The Polaris Prize winner was one of the 50 artists […]

by ahnationtalk on February 6, 201924 Views

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#AIRsessions: Free Music Workshop Series Announced for Youth in Winnipeg’s North End

February 4, 2019 Manitoba Music and the National Art Centre are teaming up with facilitator and curator Ila Barker to present a 10-session music-based workshop series for youth ages 13-25 called #AIRsessions. Kicking off on February 7, the free sessions will happen twice monthly on Thursday nights 6 – 9 p.m. at the Indigenous Family Centre (470 Selkirk […]

by ahnationtalk on February 5, 201946 Views

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BC music biz keeps hitting high notes – BCBusiness

Jan 31, 2019 From the Juno Awards to festivals, the scene is turning it up to 11 B.C.’s music industry is rock ’n’ rolling. Given the wealth of musicians in and from the province, it’s no surprise that the sector is a major economic driver. Music BC, which advocates for the industry’s advancement, has compiled an official […]

by ahnationtalk on February 1, 201935 Views

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Gord Downie’s Secret Path leads Halifax music students down a tough road – TheChronicleHerald.ca

“Last summer, I just sat down with the album and listened to it 40 or 50 times and then wrote it out for orchestra and singer and rock band, essentially.” – Nathan Beeler, conductor, Halifax Regional Arts Symphony Orchestra When it comes to school projects, nobody could accuse the Halifax Regional Arts Symphony Orchestra of lacking […]

by ahnationtalk on January 30, 201946 Views

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Manitoba Artists Land Nods for 2019 JUNO Awards

January 29, 2019 Manitoba-Based Acts Up for Awards in Indigenous, Metal, and Roots Categories Manitoba artists are strong contenders for top honours at the 2019 JUNO Awards. Homegrown acts are up for several awards, including three nominations for artists that currently call Manitoba home. The nominees for the 48th annual awards were announced by the Canadian […]

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Nominations Announced for The 2019 JUNO Awards

Jan 29, 2019 TORONTO — The nominees for the 48th Annual JUNO Awards were announced today by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) at a press conference attended by media and industry notables at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre (CBC), in downtown Toronto. JUNO Week 2019, hosted in London, ON, will culminate with […]

by ahnationtalk on January 29, 201953 Views

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Local musician hits #34 on Top 40 Indigenous Music Countdown – Sherwood Park News

January 29, 2019 A local Indigenous singer-songwriter is becoming quite the rising star with her music getting picked up on Sirius XM and FM stations across the county. Robin Cisek’s original song Waiting on You recently hit #34 on the Top 40 Indigenous Music Countdown, which the aspiring musician calls a major accomplishment. “Making the […]

by ahnationtalk on January 29, 201938 Views

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Award-winning musician Jeremy Dutcher gets inspiration, humility from home – CBC

Jan 28, 2019 Tobique First Nation singer’s debut album won the Polaris prize in 2018 Jeremy Dutcher is dedicating his award-winning debut album to the Indigenous people of his home province. Tobique First Nation’s Dutcher is having a big couple of years. His album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa won the $50,000 Polaris Music Prize and was named […]

by ahnationtalk on January 29, 201931 Views

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Announcing! East Coast Music Awards Nominees 2019

January 28, 2019 Classified, Ben Caplan, and Jeremy Dutcher lead 2019 East Coast Music Award nominations …full list unveiled this morning in Charlottetown (le français suit) The East Coast Music Association is thrilled to announce the 2019 East Coast Music Award nominees. Classified leads the pack with seven nominations, and Ben Caplan follows with six. […]

by ahnationtalk on January 28, 201961 Views

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Lucien Spence feels Nashville Ready – Winnipeg Free Press

Jan 25, 2019 Lucien Spence is a local country singer, songwriter and musician who started singing at age six and playing guitar at 12. His love of music evolved into a way of telling stories about his Indigenous background and his people, and now he’s writing songs that relate to everyone globally. The music of […]

by ahnationtalk on January 25, 201961 Views

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Pro series showcase of Canadian diversity includes music composed by BU grad

January 24, 2019 The much lauded piano quartet Ensemble Made In Canada (EMIC) will perform the next concert in the pro series season at Brandon University (BU). The pro series concert will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m., at the Lorne Watson Recital Hall in the Queen Elizabeth II Music Building. Continuing […]

by ahnationtalk on January 24, 201951 Views

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From the ECMA Board of Directors

January 23, 2019 The East Coast Music Association is saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Gary Sappier. A leader in the Blues and Indigenous communities, Gary will be terribly missed in the East Coast music scene. With a strong desire to make a difference, Gary began his musical career in the Tobique First […]

by pmnationtalk on January 24, 201952 Views

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Performance Opportunity: Canada Day at The Forks | Deadline: Feb 7

January 17, 2019 SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4PM CST Thursday February 7, 2019 Manitoba Music is coordinating live performances for Canada Day at The Forks this summer. One of the province’s most popular summer destinations, The Forks attracts thousands of visitors on Canada Day. This year’s concerts will celebrate and promote Manitoba artists with genre-spanning concerts featuring […]

by pmnationtalk on January 18, 201975 Views

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VS. Arts Grant – $5,000 for a musician in Canada who is Indigenous, Black or a person of colour, between the ages of 18–28, to create their debut EP recording

The inaugural VS. Arts grant includes $5,000 for a musician in Canada who is Indigenous, Black or a person of colour (IBPOC), between the ages of 18-28, to create their debut EP recording. Groups who meet these criteria are also welcome to apply. Deadline: May 15, 2019. The grant also includes periodic conversations with musician Vivek Shraya to discuss album vision, […]

by pmnationtalk on January 17, 201980 Views

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Hé ho! Festival du Voyageur Celebrates 50 Years, Announces 2019 Lineup

January 16, 2019 With a loud “hé ho”, Festival du Voyageur has unveiled the programming for its 2019 festival. Manitoba’s premier winter festival has built a reputation for booking diverse acts covering just about every genre imaginable, from traditional tunes to country to indie rock to roots. Beyond the ice sculptures, beard growing, and the warmth of caribou, the February institution […]

by pmnationtalk on January 17, 201967 Views

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APTN is Conducting the first Ever National Indigenous Music Impact Study

APTN is Conducting the first Ever National Indigenous Music Impact Study Jan. 8, 2019, Winnipeg, Man. – APTN is conducting a National Indigenous Music Impact Study (NIMIS), the first of its kind in Canada. The study will look at the challenges and successes that the Indigenous music community faces, and will estimate the economic contributions […]

by ahnationtalk on January 14, 2019171 Views

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Attawapiskat band Midnight Shine covers Neil Young’s ‘Heart of Gold,’ partly in Cree – CTV News

January 9, 2019 Indigenous rockers Midnight Shine have added fresh glitter to Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” with new version that features a verse in Mushkegowuk Cree. The Attawapiskat band released a music video for their cover that’s filmed entirely in the northern Ontario community. The clip features lead singer Adrian Sutherland playing guitar and […]

by ahnationtalk on January 9, 201946 Views

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East Coast Music Association: Nominations NOW OPEN for 2019 Stompin’ Tom Awards

January 7, 2019 Stompin’ Tom Connors, one of the most well-known Canadian musicians, was presented with the Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993. At that time he agreed to accept the award on one condition – that he could return it! Instead, he requested that an award be created to honour all those […]

by ahnationtalk on January 7, 201945 Views

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Harris Institute Celebrates 30th

TORONTO, Jan. 2, 2019 – In 1989 Toronto’s Harris Institute introduced the first accelerated one-year diploma programs taught by award winning leaders. Its goal was to strengthen the Canadian music industry and prepare graduates for lifelong careers in music. At that time the music industry had begun a dramatic decline. Thirty years later, Harris Institute […]

by ahnationtalk on January 2, 201961 Views

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Here Are Exclaim!’s 22 Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2018 – Exclaim!

Between U.S. Girls topping our pop and rock list and Jeremy Dutcher topping our experimental list, 2018 turned out to be a great year for amazing Canadian albums. Of course, 2019 is shaping up to be no exception. We’re only days into the New Year, and there’s already a heap of exciting new albums set […]

by ahnationtalk on January 2, 201938 Views

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Quantum Tangle duo release new album as PIQSIQ – Cabin Radio

December 17, 2018 Quantum Tangle’s Tiffany Ayalik and Kayley Mackay have teamed up to release a new album under the name PIQSIQ. The Inuit-style throat singers and sisters perform “ancient traditional songs and eerie new compositions” according to promotion for the album, which the Yellowknife duo titled Altering the Timeline. The album, available digitally on […]

by ahnationtalk on December 17, 201893 Views

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Jeremy Dutcher to headline Stan Fest 2019 – TheChronicleHerald.ca

2018 Polaris Music Prize recipient Jeremy Dutcher is the first headliner announced for the 2019 edition of the Stan Rogers Folk Festival. The New Brunswick singer and composer from the Wolastoq First Nation will join previously announced performers Dave Gunning, J.P. Cormier, Coig and Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys at the annual celebration of […]

by ahnationtalk on December 17, 201868 Views

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Indigenous high school students and July Talk collaborate on new song – CBC

Dennis Franklin Cromarty students sing about leaving home to study in Thunder Bay December 07, 2018 Sitting in the art room at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School in Thunder Bay, Ont., 15-year-old Alexis Angeconeb and 18-year-old Lester Gliddy are listening to the final version of a song they started working on close to a year […]

by pmnationtalk on December 7, 201845 Views

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Spirit Song Festival 2018 leaves attendees in high spirits – The Western Star

Bathing in the soft glow of stage lights in the Cochrane Street United Church, the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre celebrated its rebranding as First Light St. John’s Friendship Centre, with a series of beautiful musical performances. The 2018 Spirit Song Festival was held Saturday, with a family-friendly early start at 7 p.m. After a […]

by ahnationtalk on November 20, 201869 Views

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Ontario First Nation showing ‘a sense of pride’ having more arts in school – CBC

New full-time music program launched in Sept., students write, record, release new song Nov 19, 2018 A redoubled focus on the arts, particularly music, is being credited with making strides in supporting students’ mental health in a northwestern Ontario First Nation. That comes as a group of students at Lac La Croix’s Zhingwako Zaiganing Public […]

by ahnationtalk on November 19, 201859 Views

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The Small Glories to play Iqaluit’s last Alianait concert of 2018 – Nunatsiaq News

November 16, 2018 The last Alianait concert of the year will give Iqaluit music lovers some entertainment memories to hold onto until the Nunavut music and arts festival picks up again in 2019. The Small Glories, a folk–roots duo from Winnipeg, made up of Cara Luft and JD Edwards, are headlining Alianait’s last show of […]

by ahnationtalk on November 16, 201889 Views

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JUNO Award nominee Don Amero Headlines Amero Little Christmas Tour – Muskrat Mag

November 14, 2018 Three-time JUNO award nominee Don Amero presents his upcoming Amero Little Christmas Tour. What is typically a sold out, one-night performance in Don’s hometown of Winnipeg, Amero Little Christmas 2018 has grown into a full 13-date tour, starting off in Calgary, AB and finishing in Winnipeg, MB on December 15th. Don recently […]

by ahnationtalk on November 15, 201873 Views

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Manitoba Country Music Awards Announce 2018 Winners

November 12, 2018 The Manitoba Country Music Association celebrated the hard work and talent of Manitoba’s country music community again this month. Presented with Dauphin’s Countryest, the third annual Manitoba Country Music Awards gala took over The Met on November 10. Hosted by Patricia Conroy, the event handed out the hardware and featured performances by several local acts and nominees, including David JAmes, […]

by pmnationtalk on November 13, 2018111 Views

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Midnight Shine’s New Video Tackles Suicide, Depression Crisis In Far North – Samaritan Mag

November 12, 2018 Northern Ontario rock band Midnight Shine’s new video “I Need Angels” is shining a light on the high rate of depression and suicide in Canada’s Far North. Hailing from Attawapiskat, a remote Indigenous community on the western side of James Bay, Midnight Shine are all too familiar with these crises. In 2016 […]

by ahnationtalk on November 13, 201867 Views

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Joni Mitchell is Sparkling White Bear Woman: Music legend given Saulteaux name at 75th birthday bash – CBC

Traditional Indigenous name presented to Saskatoon-raised Mitchell by childhood friend at L.A. birthday party Nov 09, 2018 What a 75th birthday party. This week in Los Angeles, a collection of the musical elite gathered to celebrate and pay tribute to Saskatoon-raised Joni Mitchell, one of the most influential artists of our time. But among all […]

by ahnationtalk on November 10, 2018121 Views

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2018 Qilaut Inuktut songwriting winners

07 November 2018  The Department of Culture and Heritage is pleased to announce the winners of Qilaut 2018. The Qilaut Inuktut songwriting contest celebrates Nunavut’s vibrant Inuktut music scene and promotes the use of Inuktut in all areas of daily life. The department received 23 submissions and the songs were judged by a peer-panel […]

by ahnationtalk on November 8, 201888 Views

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Oshawa duo Crown Lands hits the road with Jack White on Canadian tour – CBC

Mi’kmaq vocalist Cody Bowles and guitarist Kevin Comeau say there’s a political edge to their music Nov 08, 2018 A rock duo from Oshawa, Ont., is hitting the road with rock royalty and hoping to raise awareness about Indigenous issues with fans across Canada. Crown Lands is opening for former White Stripes guitarist and vocalist […]

by ahnationtalk on November 8, 2018108 Views

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Attawapiskat songwriter using music to shine a light in dark places – CBC

“I Need Angels” is from Midnight Shine’s third album Oct 29, 2018 A musician from Attawapiskat has delved into his life experience in the remote James Bay community to write a song on a topic that normally carries a lot of stigma. Adrian Sutherland, the lead singer of Midnight Shine, writes about the despair, and […]

by ahnationtalk on October 30, 2018106 Views

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MNO citizen awarded MusiCounts 2018 Scholarship – MNO

This article originally appeared at https://www.fsu.ca/interrobang.php?storyID=14195 Written by Lliam Buckley Métis Nation of Ontairo (MNO) citizen Jenna Bjornson was recently awarded the prestigious MusiCounts 2018 Scholarship, through which she received $4,000 and a five-day mentorship program in Toronto. Only six of these awards were given out across all of Canada this year to industry students […]

by ahnationtalk on October 26, 2018127 Views

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Cobourg performer recording Arctic-themed album live this Nov. 3 – Northumberland News

COBOURG — Local performer David Newland is gearing up to record an Arctic-themed album live at Trinity United Church on Nov. 3. The Cobourg-based folksinger and writer, who was previously named a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, will be joined by Inuit throat singers, drum dancers and special musical guests at the concert […]

by ahnationtalk on October 25, 201869 Views

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Susan Aglukark at Lillian H. Smith Toronto Public Library

Visit the Lilliam H. Smith Toronto Public Library on Saturday, November 3rd at 2-3pm to meet Susan Aglukark, author of Una Huna?: What Is This? Susan will be doing a reading from her new picture book as well as performing a song from her newest album The Crossing. To read more about the event click here. Lilliam […]

by aanationtalk on October 23, 2018136 Views

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Spotlight on Buffy Sainte-Marie’s activism and music in new biography – Leduc Rep

Music writer Andrea Warner devoted over 60 hours of interviews to her book on Cree singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie. October 17, 2018 In 1964, a dynamic singer-songwriter from the Piapot Cree First Nation in Qu’Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan, released her debut album on the celebrated folk/jazz/blues label Vanguard Records. It’s My Way! was Buffy Sainte-Marie’s opening sonic […]

by ahnationtalk on October 17, 2018114 Views

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First Ontario PAC plans tribute to Gord Downie one year and one day after his death – Newstalk 610

The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre will be paying tribute to a Canadian icon. One year ago we lost Gord Downie, frontman of The Tragically Hip and tireless advocate for Indigenous Affairs and the environment. In recognition of Downie’s legacy, the FirstOntario PAC will be hosting a tribute concert tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. Producer of […]

by ahnationtalk on October 17, 201877 Views

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Secret Path Week, October 17-22

Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto ON, October 17 Gord Downie Tribute Concert Burlington Arts Centre, Burlington ON, October 17 LEGACY: A Tribute to Gord Downie So Hip It Hurts, Toronto, ON, October 17 Legacy Space Launch Victoria Royals, Victoria BC October 17 Swift Current Broncos @ Victoria Royals Vic-VS-SC All Victoria royal games are available on radio for […]

by pmnationtalk on October 16, 2018195 Views

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Gord Downie Tribute Concerts To Raise Funds For His Charity One Year After His Death – Samaritan Mag

A number of high-profile Canadian musicians will take part in a pair of Gord Downie tribute concerts in Southern Ontario on and around the first anniversary of The Tragically Hip singer’s death this week. Funds generated from these shows will go towards The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, the charitable project / reconciliatory vision […]

by ahnationtalk on October 16, 2018128 Views

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Musicians of the Midnight Sun: Angus Beaulieu – CBC

Master Métis fiddler recalls playing his first dance Oct 16, 2018 Musicians of the Midnight Sun is a new 10-part CBC radio series produced by Northern musical icon Pat Braden. Braden has spent 15 years collecting interviews, photographs, and recordings from some of the North’s most celebrated artists, which he is releasing in an online […]

by ahnationtalk on October 16, 201879 Views

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