sākihiwē festival 2020
The sākihiwē festival is taking everything online this year and Elisapie, Adrian Sutherland, PIQSIQ, Desiree Dorion, The Northwest Kid, Eastern Owl, Melody McKiver, Jade Turner, Sebastian Gaskin, Drezus, Alexis Lynn, Spence Tradition, Damase Elis, Kym Gouchie, Rey, The O.B., Aspects & Illyah Rose, Burnstick, Sandra Sutter, Caley Watts, Wyatt C. Louis, and Rhonda Head are among the 24 artists who are set to perform. The broadcast will run August 28, 29, and 30 and audiences will be able to tune in for free on Facebook and YouTube.
August 28 - 30, 2020
"We pushed the sākihiwē festival dates back to the end of August shortly after the JUNO Awards cancelled their week of programming in March. We were really hoping that the COVID-19 pandemic would find its end this summer," explains Festival Director Alan Greyeyes. "Obviously that didn't happen and moving everything online was a tough decision, but we're excited about the lineup and we think that the new skills and tools we've built this summer will help us grow our audience even more in the years to come."
The sākihiwē festival is made possible by partnerships with Ka Ni Kanichihk, Central Neighbourhoods, the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, and the Spence Neighbourhood Association and we'll be encouraging audiences to make donations to these organizations during the broadcast.
The festival will begin with a sweat lodge ceremony (health regulations permitting) with four members of the team on August 27 to start the programming in a good way. The broadcast will begin at 8:00 p.m. CDT on Friday night; run from 11:00 a.m. CDT to 7:00 p.m. CDT on Saturday; and conclude after seven hours of performances on Sunday.
ft. Drezus, Alexis Lynn, Rey, The O.B.
Hosted by Annie Beach & Danny Knight
Friday, August 28, 2020
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. CDT
RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1196522670710275
Set YouTube reminder: https://youtu.be/Tq6IfToY7zQ
8:00 PM: Rey
8:40 PM: The O.B.
9:20 PM: Alexis Lynn
10:00 PM: Drezus
sākihiwē festival Saturday presented by APTN
ft. Elisapie, Eastern Owl, Melody McKiver, Sebastian Gaskin, Desiree Dorion, Aspects & Illya Rose, Kym Gouchie, Wyatt C. Louis, Rhonda Head, Kenneth Henderson, Brandi Vezina, Shanley Spence w/ Darryl Buck
Hosted by Erroll Kinistino & Zoey Roy
Saturday, August 29, 2020
Broadcast 1: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM CDT
11:00 AM: Shanley Spence w/ Darryl Buck
11:40 AM: Rhonda Head, Kenneth Henderson, Brandi Vezina
1:00 PM: Wyatt C. Louis
1:40 PM: Melody McKiver
2:20 PM: Sochei
3:10 PM: Desiree Dorion
3:40 PM: Aspects & Illya Rose
4:20 PM: Kym Gouchie
5:00 PM: Eastern Owl
5:40 PM: Sebastian Gaskin
6:20 PM: Elisapie
sākihiwē festival Sunday
ft. Adrian Sutherland, Jade Turner, The Northwest Kid, Spence Tradition, Damase Elis, Burnstick, Caley Watts, Sandra Sutter, Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers
Hosted by Zoey Roy & Ila Barker
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Broadcast 1: 12:00 PM - 3:45 PM
12:00 PM: Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers
1:00 PM: Caley Watts
1:40 PM: Spence Tradition
2:20 PM: Damase Elis
3:00 PM: Jade Turner
4:00 PM: Sandra Sutter
4:40 PM: The Northwest Kid
5:20 PM: Burnstick
6:00 PM: Adrian Sutherland
The 2020 edition of the sākihiwē festival also includes a new conference, entitled sākihiwē music mentors, which will help Indigenous artists and managers connect with knowledgeable colleagues so they can strengthen their release plans for Australia, Aotearoa (New Zealand), and Canada and build relationships with the pow wow community. registration is free and all the panel discussions, interviews, and one-on-one meetings will occur over Zoom (register here).
The sākihiwē festival moved the majority of its programming online this summer and the songwriter concerts featuring William Prince, Samantha Crain, Rey Zaragoza, Andrina Turrenne, Jay Gilday, Don Amero, and many others are available on the festival's YouTube channel (watch here).
About the sākihiwē festival
The sākihiwē festival was launched in 2009 as Aboriginal Music Week to develop Indigenous youth as an audience for live music. The festival presents between 20 and 30 First Nation, Metis, Inuit, Native American, and Indigenous music acts each year. It is held in Treaty One Territory and is produced by Aboriginal Music Manitoba (AMM).
AMM received the name "sākihiwē" from Sundance Chief David Blacksmith during a ceremony on February 21, 2018. It means "to love" in Cree and the organization has been instructed to use Standard Roman Orthography (SRO) to write the name. SRO has no capital letters.
AMM 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 2020 edition of the sākihiwē festival.
AMM would like to acknowledge APTN, MB Live, and the West End Cultural Centre for their support of the sākihiwē festival.
The sākihiwē festival is made possible by partnerships with Ka Ni Kanichihk, Central Neighbourhoods, the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, and the Spence Neighbourhood Association.
About Aboriginal Music Manitoba
AMM is a non-profit organization that presents, promotes and nurtures Indigenous music and culture in order to build audiences at the community level and beyond. We do this by producing an annual music festival; producing capacity development projects; shining a spotlight on the accomplishments of Indigenous music makers and industry professionals year-round; and, by building bridges between the Indigenous music community and our counterparts around the world.
AMM is governed by a nine-person volunteer board, which includes chairperson Brett Huson, vice-chairperson Sandra Seidle, secretary Kimberly Cleave, and directors Rhonda Head, Ivana Yellowback, Jennifer Duka, Brendan Dong, and Rheanna Merasty.