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, FACTOR and Canada’s private radio broadcasters, and amiskusees: semaganis worme family foundation for their financial support of the 2018 edition of the sākihiwē festival.

amm would also like to acknowledge the in-kind support of nci fm and ogichidaa arts.

the sākihiwē festival is made possible by partnerships with the spence neighbourhood association, central neighbourhoods, ma mawi wi chi itata centre, and jazz winnipeg.

note: amm has been instructed to use standard roman orthography (sro) to write the name of the festival because it's in cree. sro has no capital letters and amm has adopted this format for its website and social media posts.

Artist/Group

akylla

akylla brings together the strengths, freedoms, and genius of battle-hardened performers sherry st. germain and sara saratonin for a live electronic music movement that carries a lifetime of collaborations and studio work.their style was shaped in a ice cave near the north pole and...

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 two performers whose voices and languages blend together with ease. jason...

celeigh cardinal

“celeigh’s voice undeniably is both stunning and soulful. as a performer she has it all, really. the voice, the presence, the humor, great tunes, and an astute insight into what makes us human”a celeigh cardinal performance is a profound, soulful triumph of songs that blend roots,...

desiree dorion

desiree dorion's fourth studio album, tough street, is a beautiful and humble homage to her upbringing. this is her most personal and honest work yet. the album compiles "darkly beautiful and introspective songs ... [her] best recorded vocals yet," (bruce leperre, 730 ckdm). her...

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dj ariel

as a relentless collector of music, the entry point to djing was in place early for dj ariel. classically trained in dance, she found sounds to move to in her growing collection, and from there encouraged others to do the same. these interwoven disciplines became a natural extension of her...

dj ren

renata meconse (dj ren) is an anishinaabekwe living in winnipeg, manitoba. her community is pinaymootang first nation in treaty territory two. taking her love of music, she moved from enjoying it and being the "selector" of music with friends and family, to learning the basics of...

hellnback

hellnback hails from the samson cree nation aka maskwacis alberta, with a lighting rhyme delivery mixed with witty bar penman ship, hellnback has been a major key in natives pushing the envelope and standing up for our rights thru the arts and with our voices. helly’s 2nd solo offering...

iskwé

bridging cross-cultural aesthetics while exploring her own struggle to both fit into and breakaway from modern western archetypes has been an important part of iskwé’s artistic vision since the release of her western canadian music award (wcma) nominated self-titled debut album in late...

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jeremy dutcher

performer, composer, activist, musicologist — these roles are all infused into his art and way of life. his music, too, transcends boundaries: unapologetically playful in its incorporation of classical influences, full of reverence for the traditional songs of his home,and teeming...

keith secola

keith secola (anishinabe), writer of the anthemic "ndn kars (indian car)" song, is a highly skilled guitar, flute, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, and piano player who has taken stages at the top of new york city, the bottom of the grand canyon, and everywhere in between.once refereed to...

māmā mihirangi & the māreikura

māmā mihirangi & the māreikura is a contemporary indigenous female group that inspires indigenous empowerment through music, art and cultural exchange.from aotearoa (new zealand) the performance includes māori world roots, music and dance with live loops, expressive emotional...

quantum tangle

fusing of old-world sounds and new-world flair, greyson gritt and tiffany ayalik are embracing their blended backgrounds. combining their talents of throat singing, haunting melodies and traditional legends, the juno award winning pair are excited to present a mix of flavours from across...

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richard inman

richard inman is quickly becoming a staple of winnipeg’s folk and country scene. with a rich baritone voice and delicate musical touch, he crafts mature songs that feel at once deeply familiar and bracingly fresh.spitting his time between south eastern manitoba and central...

sebastian gaskin

sebastian gaskin is an up and coming musician based out of winnipeg, manitoba, canada. he started making music at 12 years of age, and quickly realized that music was an excellent outlet to help him release his negative feelings in a productive matter and to stay out of trouble. he released...

sonia eidse

sonia eidse is a singer/songwriter from winnipeg, canada. making reflective alt-pop, both her delicate voice and melancholic sound create a subtle mystique, stirring the heartstrings of its listeners. influenced by roberta flack, ella fitzgerald and kate bush, eidse began her...

t-rhyme

inspired by the spirit and sound of golden era hip hop, tara "t-rhyme" campbell shines a spotlight on her life experiences through poetry and music. pride in her denesuline (dene) and northern cree roots has served as motivation for her to become an artist women and Indigenous...

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tara williamson

tara williamson is a poet and provocateur- the spark that ignites the flame. an indigenous singer/songwriter, her first 2 eps - lie low (produced by james mckenty) and ndn summer (produced by kinnie starr) were received with praise and made it on...

​victoria inglis

victoria inglis is dënesułįne and nîhithaw from reindeer lake in northern turtle island. they explore writing, visual arts, and activism though a poetic lens, creating stories gifted to them though blood memory.

wanda wilson

singer/songwriter wanda wilson plays an eclectic mix of raw and sweet material that embodies strength, humour, hope and pain. originally from opaskwayak cree nation and currently living in winnipeg, wanda has performed her powerful original songs at venues ranging from anti-racism rallies to...