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The sākihiwē festival presents Leela Gilday at the inaugural Tkaronto Music Festival

By Alan Greyeyes | May 8, 2020

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The 50/50 Performing Arts Collective is launching a new Indigenous music festival on May 15 and the sākihiwē festival has the honour of presenting Leela Gilday during their opening night. The three day celebration, entitled the Tkaronto Music Festival, will debut online this year before bringing audiences and artists together in Dish With One Spoon territory (Toronto) next summer.

Tkaronto Music Festival
May 15 - 17, 2020

Gilday is a JUNO Award winning singer/songwriter from the Northwest Territories, who recently released a fifth album, entitled North Star Calling. "This album is about facing your fears, standing in the pain, and living with courage, boldness and joy," Gilday explains. "The record is full of some of my time-honoured messages: connection with the land, empowering the people, the beauty and draw of the north."

The Tkaronto Music Festival will include a mix of concerts, workshops, and ceremony. Everything will be hosted by Cheri Maracle,  Ryan McMahon, and Sarain Fox and William PrinceDigging RootsMurray Porter, G.R Gritt, Cody Coyote, Sierra Noble, Classic Roots, Beatrice Deer Band, Logan StaatsDJ NDN, Brothers Wilde, Fawn Big Canoe and Lacey Hill are set to perform.

Friday, May 15, 2020
6:00 PM EDT: G.R. Gritt
7:00 PM EDT: William Prince
8:00 PM EDT: Leela Gilday presented by the sākihiwē festival
Traditional closing

Saturday, May 16, 2020
4:00 PM EDT: Kim Wheatley strawberry workshop
4:30 PM EDT: Chats & Crafts, using the 7 Ancestral Teachings to tell stories
4:55 PM EDT: Goombine
5:00 PM EDT: Cody Coyote
6:00 PM EDT: Brothers Wilde
7:00 PM EDT: Sierra Noble
8:00 PM EDT: Digging Roots
9:00 PM EDT: Classic Roots
Traditional closing

Sunday, May 17, 2020
4:00 PM EDT: Alan Colley - Aboriginal Eco Tour
4:30 PM EDT: PowWow Bootcamp by Santee Smith
4:55 PM EDT: Isaac Murdoch
5:00 PM EDT: Beatrice Deer Band
6:00 PM EDT: Lacey Hill
7:00 PM EDT: Murray Porter
8:00 PM EDT: Logan Staats
9:00 PM EDT: Fawn Big Canoe
Traditional closing

All performances will stream from

Aboriginal Music Manitoba would like to acknowledge 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.