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One month to go!

October 3, 2011

Festival Program cover Can you believe another year has passed already? And Aboriginal Music Week is just around the corner! Such a great way to kick off a new season. It feels like Christmas…or a school reunion. Or when all the cool kids just get together and hang out. And there are some pretty cool kids coming to hang out this year.

Kicking off Aboriginal Music Week (#AMW2011, if you tweet) is Take the Fort! on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Saskatchewan’s legendary fiddler John Arcand headlines. Darren Lavallee will also join the Métis festivities that night at the West End Cultural Centre.

Also at WECC, we’ll have a Hip Hop Night on Wednesday, Nov. 2, with Winnipeg’s Most, the Local Onlyz from Regina, and premiering the Jr Just TV group – a collective of young artists from the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre.

And on Thursday, Nov. 3 at the West End Cultural Centre we’re proud to present the Aboriginal Songwriters Circle featuring an all-female line-up with Juno Award winner Leela Gilday and up-and-comers Ali Fontaine (Aboriginal Peoples’ Choice Music Award multiple nominee); Kyla Cedarwall and Cassidy Mann.

All shows at the West End Cultural Centre are family friendly events.

We’ve partnered with Tracy Bone and JC Campbell to bring you the All My Relations stage for three nights at the legendary Windsor Hotel. We welcome Gabriel Ayala, Christa Couture, Wayne Lavallee, Will Belcourt & the Hollywood Indians, The Johnnys, JB the First Lady and Nathan Cunningham to that stage.

Over at The Pyramid we’ll have three great nights of music with the SaskMusic Showcase kicking it over there. Donny Parenteau, Conrad Bigknife, Mitch Daigneault and Riva hit the stage at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3.

A Tribe Called Red brings their Electric Pow Wow on Friday, Nov. 4. That evening is presented by Streetz FM. Samian and World Hood will also make appearance that night. On Saturday, Nov. 5, Derek Miller will be headlining the Saturday Night 49er with special guest Sherry St. Germain.

Tickets to individual shows are on sale now, or you can purchase a festival pass at