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

Adrian Sutherland

Adrian Sutherland comes from Attawapiskat on the remote coast of the James Bay. He’s a singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist, and the fascinating frontman and founder of roots-rockers Midnight Shine, making meaningful music with important messages that resonate across Canada and...

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...

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​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...

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...

Caley Watts

Caley Watts is a Cree singer-songwriter and artist from the West Coast. She was born and raised in the remote Bella Coola Valley, located within the vast wilderness of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. Her music blends blues, folk, experimental sounds, and Indigenous...

Damase Elis

Damase Elis is a Calgary-born singer-songwriter. Elis is an urban Indigiqueer with a keen ear, a soulful voice, and a well-timed attention to detail. Thier work is an amalgamation of indie-rock and folk influences, a love of literature, and a passion for the craft of songwriting.

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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...

Eastern Owl

Eastern Owl is known locally and nationally as a unique group of women who blend the styles of First Nations Drum Music and Contemporary Folk to create their own innovative sound. A powerful ensemble of eight vocalists, they have been captivating audiences across Canada since 2011. With deep...

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Ed Riley

Through his struggles, blessings, what he’s been through, and how far he’ll go, Ed Riley delivers soul soaked future retro songs. From modern vintage trap anthems for the homies to lullabies for the shorties, timeless yet youthful, Ed’s vibe is unheard of and...

Elisapie

In September 2018, Elisapie released The Ballad of the Runaway Girl, her third solo album. Arguably the most significant work in the singer-songwriter’s career, the album earned her two Felix awards (for Album of the Year - Other Languagesand Best Album Production)...

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...

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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...

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...

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Melody McKiver

Melody McKiver’s musical work integrates electronics with Western classical music to shape a new genre of Anishinaabe compositions. Their debut EP Reckoning was nominated for an Indigenous Music Award, and they were a participant in the Banff Centre for the Arts’ inaugural Indigenous...

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...

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 a Cree indigenous emcee and performer currently based out of treaty 1 territory. With an eccentric passion for music and creating, their enthusiasm shines through when they perform. They enjoy devising relatable self-reflective lyrics and meaningful concepts through their songs in...

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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...

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...

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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...

Spence Tradition

Ryan Spence (age 14) has been fiddling for 8 years. Clarissa Spence (age 12) has been jigging and dancing for 8 years as well. Influenced by their grandparents and inspired by a long line of Métis fiddlers, they started their entertainment career 3 years ago. Ryan has a passion for playing...

The Northwest Kid

The Northwest Kid aka NWK performs Conscious/Alternative Hip-Hop music and has been actively performing as a serious poet/emcee within the Canadian music scene for nearly a decade. NWK's previous releases (Mixed-blood Mixtape, Mob Medicine, Dozy & NWK and Transformation) have provided him...

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...

Wyatt C. Louis

Wyatt C. Louis is a Plains Cree folk singer-songwriter, based in Moh'kinstsís Treaty 7 (Calgary). He has made an impact on the eclectic city with songs built from soaring melodies, railroad-like finger picking and quiet, haunting vocals and lyrical phrasing. Dark, rustic tales meld folk and...