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A visitors' guide to Winnipeg by A Tribe Called Red

July 29, 2014

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A Tribe Called Red have been coming to Winnipeg since Aboriginal Music Week 2010 so we figured that they're probably the best folks to provide some insider information about our great city for any first time performers or out-of-town guests intending to join us this summer.

Their answers were pretty short, so we're going to do our best to elaborate and sometimes translate what was said (our additions are in italics and not bold). Also note that Ian is DJ NDN, Tim is 2oolman, and Bear is Bear Witness.

Best place for breakfast in Winnipeg

Bear: Connie's Corner
Ian: Connie's Corner
Tim: Neechi Commons Brunch on Sunday (and Connie's Corner every other day of the week)

Best place for lunch in Winnipeg

Bear: Famena's Famous Roti (also know as "that place Alan takes me to get a roti")
Ian: Same as above
Tim: Bistro Dansk or as Tim meant to say "Famena's"

Best place for late night food after the gig

Bear: Sauls the one thats open late (no idea where this is)
Ian: Johnny G's
Tim: Johnny G's

Best way to get around town (to and from gigs, to restaurants, etc)

Bear: The Front of Leonard’s Truck (Leonard Sumner has a two seater pick up truck and he lives in Winnipeg)
Ian: The back of Leonard’s Truck
Tim: The back of Leonard’s Truck

Best place to do laundry

Bear: Marion Plaza Laundry…Wash and Fold
Ian: Same
Tim: Home (I don't think Tim is actually offering to do laundry for anyone coming to Winnipeg... but you never know, so feel free to ask him)

Best way to kill time in Winnipeg in between gigs

Bear: Same (Bear jumped the gun and said "Same" even before anything was said)
Ian: Goofing off with Wab, Ryan & Leonard….and YOU Alan, you would be there (Alan Greyeyes doesn't goof around, Wab Kinew only runs tens of miles in his free time, and Ryan McMahon is never home...Leonard Sumner likes to goof around)
Tim: Same

Most memorable experience in Winnipeg (not really advice for visitors...)

Bear: Winning a JUNO (A Tribe Called Red won the JUNO Award for Breakthrough Group of the Year in 2014)
Ian: Meeting Murray Sinclair
Tim: Having my 30th birthday there with friends

Parting wisdom for the artists coming to Winnipeg for the first time

Bear: Come back in the Winter
Ian: Same
Tim: Make sure you go eat at Bistro Dansk

A Tribe Called Red are currently touring the world and won't be able to perform at Aboriginal Music Week 2014.

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Aboriginal Music Week 2014 is set for August 20-24 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The festival, now in it's sixth year, will include three big community celebrations, a lunch hour showcase, two big concerts at The Cube in Winnipeg's Old Market Square, two nightclub concerts, and two of the only networking events for the Aboriginal music community in Canada.

JUNO Award winners George Leach and Leela Gilday, Anishinabemowin emcee Tall Paul, Stó:lō pop singer Inez Jasper, Colombian music maverick Lido Pimienta, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, prehispanico music creator DJ Javier Estrada, the multiple award winning Eagle & Hawk, Métis fiddle legend Darren Lavallee, Diplo-approved music producer Astronomar, country singer Tracy Bone, funk-rockers Burnt-Project 1, champion drum group Spirit Sands Singers, hip hop duo Mob Bounce, Métis fiddler Melissa St. Goddard, local party legends Primetime Empyre, Opaskwayak Cree Nation's DJ Miss Vee, cinematic electronic music producer Exquisite Ghost, Aboriginal rockers The Mosquitoz, up-and-comer Frannie Klein, Six Nations-born guitar slinger Logan Staats, and Rescued by Dragonflyz are set to perform.