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New bands, fashion show added to Aboriginal Music Week 2013

July 3, 2013

George Leach

Aboriginal Music Week is proud to announce that JUNO Award winning bluesman George Leach, Winnipeg-based rockers The Mosquitoz, and country chanteuse Desiree Dorion have been added to the festival this year. The new additions will join the 25 other acts at one of the 10 existing concerts set for August 16th to 21st in Winnipeg.

  • George Leach recently released his sophomore album Surrender. It is the follow-up to his JUNO Award winning debut and features 11 solid blues songs with Leach's signature guitar style and smooth vocals.
  • The Mosquitoz are veterans of Winnipeg's bar scene who have just released a great album full of original material.
  • Desiree Dorion is a lawyer by day and country singer by night. Her music features exceptional vocals, writing, and production.

Festival poster

“The festival is run solely by volunteers and all the money we raise goes to paying artists fees, covering production costs, and marketing the festival,” explains festival chairperson Alan Greyeyes. "We exceeded our fundraising goals this Spring so we were able to book a couple more artists and introduce a new component to the festival."

For the first time Aboriginal Music Week will include a Native American fashion show. The work of Turquoise Soul and Shayne Watson Designs will be featured at the Saturday Night 49er presented by Streetz FM on August 17 at the Pyramid Cabaret.

  • Turquoise Soul creates unique, high quality, hand beaded Native American-inspired jewelry.
  • Shayne Watson Designs is a fashion line that includes Navajo "Old Style" traditional wear, Native contemporary wear, evening formal wear, pow wow appliqué, and beadwork.

Chelsea Alexander, Amberae Wood, Caitlin Everson, Asana Strowbridge, Summer Huskiedawn, and Cheyenne Thomas will be the feature models for the fashion show.

Turquoise Soul

Shayne Watson Designs

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