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sākihiwē festival x jazz winnipeg partnership

By Alan Greyeyes | April 24, 2018

Tags: iskwe | jazz winnipeg | partnerships | sabastian gaskin | sakihiwe festival 2018

the sākihiwē festival is partnering with jazz winnipeg to present iskwé on june 16 and sebastien gaskin on june 17 at old market square in winnipeg's historic exchange district. the concerts are a part of jazz winnipeg's opening weekend and aboriginal music manitoba (amm) is using the performances to challenge stereotypes about indigenous music, events, and people.

"i feel strongly that music presentation can serve as a counterbalance to the racist effects and intents of pop culture," explains amm chairperson alan greyeyes. "i think we can reintroduce and reaffirm the humanity of indigenous people by presenting incredible indigenous artists and we can amplify the impact of our efforts by partnering with canadian presenters who have larger stages than us."

saturday, june 16, 2018
10:40 pm
old market square, 492 main st; winnipeg, mb

sebastian gaskin
sunday, june 17, 2018
8:00 pm
old market square, 492 main st; winnipeg, mb 

about iskwé
bridging cross-cultural aesthetics while exploring her own struggle to both fit into and breakaway from modern western archetypes has been an important part of iskwé’s artistic vision since the release of her  western canadian music award (wcma) nominated self-titled debut album in late 2013. her debut single “nobody knows,” produced by juno award nominees the darcys and featured in the netflix series between, captivated audiences by turning a stark spotlight on the more than 1200 missing and murdered indigenous women here in canada.

about sebastian gaskin
sebastian gaskin is an up and coming musician based out of winnipeg, manitoba, canada. he started making music at 12 years of age, and quickly realized that music was an excellent outlet to help him release his negative feelings in a productive matter and to stay out of trouble. he released his first project at 16 – an indie rock album which was titled the nocolor ep. his talent seems to have no ceiling as he is currently working on alternative r&b and hip hop music, which includes heart thumping bass, combined with wailing guitar solos and powerful vocals which captivate his listeners into wanting more.

partnerships are the foundation of the sākihiwē festival and amm has enlisted the support of  ma mawi wi chi itataka ni kanichihkndinawemaaganag endaawaad, jazz winnipeg, winnipeg art gallerymanitoba electronic music exhibition of technology, innovation, and creativity (memetic)beyond buckskinmanito ahbee festivalaboriginal peoples television network (aptn)north point douglas women's centrespence neighbourhood associaitonnorth end community renewal corporationmusic managers forum (mmf)manitoba music, and many others in the past.

past partnerships include:

  • picnic in the park, august 19, 2017 | partner: north end community renewal corporation
  • astronomar concert, august 13, 2016 | partner: memetic
  • arts reception at the reservation economic summit, march 23, 2016 | partner: beyond buckskin
  • aboriginal nominee honouring ceremony at the juno awards, march 29, 2014 | partner: aptn
  • business development consultations with liam kileen, ausgust 22, 2014 | partner: mmf
  • a tribe called red and oka collaboration, august 18 - 25, 2013 | partner: manito ahbee festival
  • a tribe called red concert, june 19, 2012 | partner: jazz winnipeg