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Artist in Residence Sessions, season two

By Alan Greyeyes | January 14, 2020

Tags: Artist in Residence Sessions | Boogey The Beat | Ila Barker | Indigenous Family Centre | Nikki Komaksiutiksak | sebastian gaskin

The sākihiwē festival is teaming up with the National Arts Centre and event producer Ila Barker to deliver the second edition of the Artist in Residence Sessions (AIRsessions), which takes free music workshops to the Indigenous Family Centre in Winnipeg's North End. The series begins on January 16 and youth between the ages of 13 and 25 can register for any workshops that interest them.

"I'm so thankful to see another season of AIRsessions come to life," says Barker. "It's a blessing to have such great artists, sponsors, and community members come together with the common goal of connection through music."

The workshops will give youth an opportunity to explore basic music theory, music production software, DJing, songwriting, guitar, piano, and traditional vocal styles. Inuit throat singer Nikki Komaksiutiksak, powwow step music producer Boogey The Beat, and genre-bending crooner Sebastian Gaskin are among the first group of instructors and more will be announced in the weeks leading up to each workshop.

The workshop dates:
January 16, 2020 w/ Boogey The Beat & Sebastian Gaskin
February 6, 2020 w/ Nikki Komaksiutiksak & Exquisite Ghost
February 20, 2020 w/ Tracy Bone & Ashley Bieniarz
March 5, 2020 w/ Fontine & Roman Clarke
March 19, 2020: postponed
April 9, 2020: postponed
April 23, 2020: postponed
May 14, 2020: postponed
May 28, 2020: postponed
June 11, 2020: postponed
June 28, 2020: postponed

The Indigenous Family Centre is located at 470 Selkirk Avenue. Visit for more information.

Please email Barker ( for more information or to register for one of the workshops.

Aboriginal Music Manitoba would like to acknowledge North End Revitalization Incorporated, 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 sākihiwē festival's outreach programming.