New partnership for Aboriginal Music Week, JUNO Award winner to headline
Aboriginal Music Manitoba (AMM) is excited to be partnering with the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre (Ma Mawi) on a free community celebration during Aboriginal Music Week 2014 (August 20 – 24).
The event will be held at the Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre in Winnipeg’s north end on Thursday, August 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and JUNO Award winning blues rocker George Leach will be the concert headliner. A free BBQ and music workshops for youth are also planned for the celebration.
“Our partnership with Ma Mawi will give families in the north end a chance to walk to one of the biggest concerts that we have planned for Aboriginal Music Week this year,” says Alan Greyeyes, AMM chairperson. “I’m also excited to see how the kids at Tuttle Island react when they see George Leach perform. He spent a couple days doing workshops with them during our festival last year and I don’t think they actually knew how great he is.”
Aboriginal Music Week 2014 is set for August 20 – 24. It will include three big community celebrations, three outdoor concerts, two nightclub concerts, and two of the only networking events for the Aboriginal music community in Canada. The first group of performers will be announced on June 11, with the full festival lineup going public on June 25.
About George Leach (Facebook | SoundCloud | Website)
George Leach is a JUNO Award winning blues and rock recording artist from the Stl’atl’imx Nation. He quickly became a fan favourite after the release of his debut album Just Where I’m At in 2000. His follow up album, Surrender, is the result of 13 years of living, learning, trial, error, falling and getting up, winning and losing, breaking up, making up, and writing through it all. The album’s 11 tracks offer ample proof that the time was well spent.
About Aboriginal Music Week
Aboriginal Music Week was launched in 2009 to develop Aboriginal youth as an audience for live music. The festival presents between 25 and 35 First Nation, Métis, Inuit, Native American, and Indigenous bands each year. It is held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and is produced by Aboriginal Music Manitoba.
Aboriginal Music Manitoba would like to acknowledge the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, the SOCAN Foundation, the Province of Manitoba, the Manitoba Arts Council, and the Winnipeg Arts Council for their financial support of Aboriginal Music Week 2014.
Aboriginal Music Manitoba would like to acknowledge the Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation, Manitoba Public Insurance, the Year of Music, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and Kimiwan Zine for their support of Aboriginal Music Week 2014.
Visit aboriginalmusicweek.ca for more information about the festival.