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

Anachnid

Sky woman from the sky, Anachnid, is a Montreal-based multidisciplinary artist of Oji-Cree and Mi'kmaq First Nations. She explores very different contemporary musical styles from electro-pop to indie trap, soul and hip hop married to elements of its indigenous root. She is the winner of the...

Antoine Edwards Jr.

Omaha, Nebraska-based rapper.

Arctic Song

Arctic Song includes Inuit musicians from across Canada's Arctic who have studied pisiit (Inuit drum songs) as well as contemporary choreography at the Qaggiq School of Performing Art.

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...

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Bear Witness

Bear Witness is an Ottawa-based DJ and visual artists with for over 17 years of experience on the turntables. He's Cayuga and specializes in dancehall tracks. 

Billy Joe Green

Billy Joe Green is guitar slinging blues man who has earned the Best Blues CD (2006 & 2009 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards), Best Male Artist (2002 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards), and Best Aboriginal Recording (2001 Western Canadian Music Awards) titles over the course of...

​Boogey The Beat

Boogey The Beat is an Anishinaabe DJ and Producer from Winnipeg, Canada who blends traditional Indigenous songs with modern electronic beats. His DJing skills have landed him on stages for the Indspire Awards, Canada Day 150 Main Stage in Ottawa, National Aboriginal Day LIVE presented by...

Boogey The Beat w/ Shanley Spence

Pow wow step music producer Boogey The Beat and hoop dancer Shanley Spence join forces for performances that make audiences grab their cell phones or hit dance floods at nightclubs, community celebrations, and festival stages.

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Brandi Vezina

Brandi is a singer/songwriter whose authentic country roots are intertwined with rock and the blues. She is a natural born performer who comes from a musical Metis family. Brandi is a force to be reckoned with; her rebel spirit is evident on stage and in her music. Her biggest inspirations...

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...

​Carsen Gray

Carsen Gray is a fresh artist that is stunning Canadians across the Nation with her soulful lyrics, captivating voice and energetic sound. Hailing from Haida Gwaii, BC, Carsen is no stranger to a life of art, music, and entertainment. In 2017 Carsen Gray released her debut self titled album,...

Dale Mac

Dale McArthur (Dale Mac), is an Alt-Rock, Roots/Blues Songwriter from White Bear First Nation in Saskatchewan. The storytelling in his songs and driving music is backed by his soulful and catchy guitar melodies. Whether it’s acoustic roots in intimate venues, amp driven blues, or rock...

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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,...

Eekwol and T-Rhyme

Eekwol and T-Rhyme are seasoned rappers from nehiyaw and Dene territories, currently living in Saskatoon. The For Women By Women Project (FWBW) was born out of an awakening and realization that in our music, we need to create the dialogue and steer the narratives to be our own truths. As a...

Exquisite Ghost

Exquisite Ghost creates the type of music people will tend to wrack their brains over - that is, complex, yet vague. In his world are beats that stay steady and others that skitter off course at will, always propelling themselves through the layered and often swirling soundscapes that...

Gabrielle Fontaine

Gabrielle Fontaine is a folk-pop singer-songwriter based in Winnipeg MB. Gabrielle grew up surrounded in a strong musical environment. Her earliest exposure came through her father, Vince Fontaine, the founder and band leader of award winning bands Eagle and Hawk and Indian...

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Ila Barker

Singer-songwriting Ila Barker, has recently taken Winnipeg by storm with her unique lyrics and large personality, performing her hit songs in venues across Canada. With soul and voice well beyond her years, Ila has been building her career organically and is in a position to make a...

Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers

The Ivan Flett Memorial Square Dancers have a passion for dance, not just any dance but the Red River Jig and Square dance in which they love performing and bringing entertainment to people everywhere they go.They like to consider themselves to be inspirational dancers who enjoy...

Kelly Fraser

Originally from Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, Kelly has performed countless concerts across Canada (especially the Arctic), and she is extremely well-known in Nunavut and Nunavik. Her northern concerts attract large crowds, and on social media she has 250,000+ views on YouTube, as well as an...

Kind Hart Women Singers

Kind Hart Women Singers is a all Women family singing group that sings songs in the Anishinaabe, Crée, Dakota, Lakota and Oneida languages.  Kind Hart Women Singers are mostly Asini Aski Ithiniwak, Muskego had Anishinaabe.

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Leonard Sumner

"He has been called one of the most important, vital new voices of the First Nations roots music scene in Canada. In truth, Sumner could be categorized as one of the most important, vital new voices in the entire Canadian roots music scene." - Island Music Fest"In First Nations...

Nikki Komaksiutiksak

Nikki Komaksiutiksak is an Inuit woman from Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut. She is now a mother of five and currently works for the Department of Manitoba Justice. Though Winnipeg is now her home, Nikki has found the strength to preserve her “Inukness” living in the southern part of...

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...

Rhonda Head

Rhonda Head is a Mezzo-Soprano from Opaskwayak Cree Nation. She has been studying classical music with Private vocal teachers from Toronto, Ontario; Denver, Colorado; The Pas, Manitoba; and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Rhonda also had the opportunity to study with Dramatic Mezzo Soprano - Barbara...

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Riit

From the land that never melts comes a sound that radiates life, youth and promise. Riit, from majestic Panniqtuq, Nunavut, is a new artist making space for herself in the electropop world with Inuktitut lyrics and deep rhythmic vocals layered over gemological synth cuts and sticky, staticky...

Sandra Lamouche

Sandra Lamouche is a member of the Bigstone Cree Nation, she grew up in Northern Alberta. She is a wife, mother, educator, dancer, writer and advocate. Sandra has over 15 years experience in over 10 international styles of dance. She is internationally renowned champion hoop dancer and...

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...

Shades of Dawn

Shades of Dawn is a 5 piece classic rock/country rock band formed by lead guitarist Jevon Chartrand, in honour of his late father Peter Chartrand (Duck Bay, Manitoba), an original member of Shades of Dawn, a rock band in the 60's and 70's. Shades of Dawn is comprised of an...

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Shauit

Originally from Maliotenam in northeastern Quebec, singer-songwriter Shauit sings in Innu, his native language as well as in French and English. Merging traditional Innu music with folk and reggae, he offers honest, committed songs filled with true emotion and personal experiences. Having...

Southern Thunderbird Medicine Drum

Southern Thunderbird Medicine Drum was formed seven years ago. A group of women came together and began their journey with the drum.Christy Salwan and Meagan Salwan, who carry the drum are members of the Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation, born and raised in...