Performing This Year

Aboriginal Music Manitoba (AMM) would like to acknowledge the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, and the Winnipeg Arts Council for their financial support of the sākihwē festival.

The sākihiwē festival is made possible by partnerships with the Spence Neighbourhood Association, Central Neighbourhoods, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, and Ka Ni Kanichihk.

Artist/Group

Alexis Lynn

Recognized as "Top 100" in the 2020 CBC Searchlight Competition, urban pop artist, Alexis Lynn, has a lot more to say than the average twenty-something. This dynamic artist displays a maturity beyond her years and owns her power to say what's on her mind. Alexis Lynn's debut EP "Things Get...

Andrina Turenne

Andrina Turenne is a Métis-Francophone musician from St. Boniface, Manitoba. Though her vocal performances have been featured on over 35 professional releases, her solo folk-blues project gives audiences the opportunity to hear her true voice. Her lyricism and distinguishable sound are...

Aspects

Hailing from Quesnel in beautiful British Columbia from the TL-etinqox band #712 and is currently residing in the capital of Canada in Ottawa.. Aspects has been rocking and making music on his guitar for almost 20 years now. A true musician in all “Aspects”, he has worked with Grammy...

Burnstick

It’s folk music that’s brimming with the kind of chemistry that could only come from a husband and wife.  Plains-Cree guitarist, Jason Burnstick, and Francophone-Métis singer-songwriter, Nadia Gaudet Burnstick are award-winning duo: Burnstick.  Two performers whose voices and...

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Damase Elis

Damase Elis is a Calgary-born singer-songwriter and self-acclaimed Metis prince. To clarify, not an actual prince. Elis is an urban Indigiqueer with a keen ear, a soulful voice, and a well-timed attention to detail. His work is an amalgamation of indie-rock and folk influences, a love of...

Desiree Dorion

Desiree Dorion’s fifth studio album Break the Chain is set for release on February 7th, 2020. Exploring the themes of poverty, resilience, breaking the cycle of violence, family ties and Jack Daniels, Desiree’s music and lyrics are a reflection of the world around her. You can hear the...

Don Amero

With the release of his 2018 album, EVOLUTION, Don Amero (MDM Recordings Inc./Universal Music Canada) stepped into the mainstream country music genre with brand new material that he considers his strongest yet. An engaging storyteller, singer/songwriter and performer who has been touring,...

Drezus

Drezus gained international attention with the trap-heavy sounds and stunning visuals of ‘Warpath” released in 2014. In 2017 he won a MTV VMA award for “Best Fight Against the System” with Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas and Mag7 for their song “Stand Up/Stand N Rock”. He is currently working on...

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Fawn Wood

Fawn Wood was born in the rhythm of Round Dance season on an icy October evening. That evening resonated with the spirit of the Round Dance from her Cree ancestors through her father Earl Wood of Saddle Lake, Alberta. That same evening also echoed with the Salish chants and hums of the...

Ila Barker

With soul and voice well beyond her years, folk artist Ila Barker captures audiences with her sweet melodies and dynamic presence. Ila is of mixed Ojibwe and settler heritage with roots running deep in the prairies, bringing tones of rich history and texture to her craft. Fusing authentic and...

Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers

Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers are three siblings from Winnipeg, Manitoba who share a passion for dance, not just any dance it's all about the Red River Jig! Michael, Jacob and Cieanna perform traditional dances of the Red River Jig mixed with modern dancing known as the hip hop...

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Jade Turner

Jade Turner is an award winning songwriter and performer, and it’s only the beginning for this charming rising star in Manitoba’s country scene. Winner of 2017’s IMA Best Country Album and 2018’s MCMA Emerging Artist of the Year awards, with many more nominations to boot, Jade Turner is well...

Jay Gilday

A vagabond turned mailman, Jay Gilday has searched for himself in the depths of Folk, blues, traditional, rock and most recently soul music. The quest continues as Jay takes his experiences as a half Dene, half Canadian Irish youth travelling the roads of Canada, the daily roller-coaster of...

Kym Gouchie

With ancestral roots in the Lheidli T’enneh, Cree and Secwépemc Nations, Kym Gouchie is fostering change through her music and art. Her music brings awareness to First Nations and women’s issues, promoting reconciliation and community building while reminding us that we are all in this...

PIQSIQ

With a style perpetually galvanized by darkness and haunting northern beauty, sisters,Tiffany Kuliktana Ayalik and Kayley Inuksuk Mackay, come together to create Inuit style throat singing duo, PIQSIQ. Performing ancient traditional songs and eerie new compositions, they leave their...

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Raye Zaragoza

Raye Zaragoza (pronounced ray zay-rah-GO-zah) is an award-winning singer-songwriter who carries an acoustic guitar and a message. Her quiet yet powerful song “In the River,” written in response to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North...

Rey

Rey is an Indigenous MC and singer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her consistency with making music and being involved in the community has lead her to perform at various events and venues such as; Wall to Wall, Nuit Blanche, Downtown Moves, Spence Neighbourhood Peace Rally and multiple...

Samantha Crain

Anais Nin said, “Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it.” That suggestion was the muse impelling the conception of Samantha Crain’s second LP, You (Understood). Each song on this album rests on a juncture with a person, a real person, and it...

Sandra Sutter

Sandra Sutter is an award winning Cree Métis recording artist, singer/songwriter and musician who writes, records and performs in a variety of styles including Americana, folk, country, pop, jazz and rock.Her truth and reconciliation focused album, Cluster Stars, speaks of the...

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Sebastian Gaskin

Sebastian released his debut EP Contradictions in May 2019 on his own independent label imprint LieBoy Concepts, and followed up the album with a cross-Canada tour. In 2019, Sebastian has made appearances at established festivals throughout Canada like Festival du Voyageur, Canadian Music...

Shanley Spence

Shanley Spence is an international world class Indigenous performer. She comes from the stars and a long line of matriarchs. Nihithaw (Swampy Cree) from Pukatawagan and Anishinaabe from Lake.St Martine First Nation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development Studies...

Sochei

Singer-songwriter Sochei (Sonia Eidse) makes alternative pop, delivering songs with touching purity and sensibility. This June she will be releasing her debut album. a collection of love songs she's written throughout the past several years. Produced by Winnipeg's own Rusty Matyas...

The O.B.

Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, The O.B. is an abstract rapper with a cinematic dreamlike performance. He uses all kinds of mediums of art such as clothing and instrumentals to paint a picture of imperfection and beauty. He usually keeps to himself but when he does that's when the battles...

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William Prince

For his eagerly-awaited sophomore album, songwriter William Prince begins with single word, Reliever, which informs a collection of exceptionally rendered explorations of what, who and how peace is found. Relievers come in all forms; for Prince, it is song. With its emphasis on words and...