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sākihiwē festival Opaskwayak

sākihiwē festival Opaskwayak

By Alan Greyeyes | March 10, 2022

Tags: Burnstick | Eekwol | Fawn Wood | Mattmac | sākihiwē festival Opaskwayak

The sākihiwē festival is working with Joe A. Ross School in Opaskwayak Cree Nation (OCN) to deliver a series of free music workshops and performances by four Indigenous artists from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba on March 18 and 19.

JUNO nominated round dance singer Fawn Wood, blind music producer/rapper Mattmac, folk music duo Burnstick, and hip hop emcee Eekwol will work with music students on Friday, film four-song performances on Saturday afternoon, and deliver a free concert for students and their families on Saturday night.

"The concert is going to be great, but I think the workshops are going to have more impact," explains Alan Greyeyes, Festival Director for the sākihiwē festival. "We want the students in OCN to know that a career in the music industry is possible and the workshops will show them how much they have in common with each of the artists."

In the interest of safety, the workshops will only be open to music students at Joe A. Ross School. Each performer will also take rapid antigen tests each day of the trip and wear masks while in close contact with students.

The concert will be open to Joe A. Ross School students and their families, but registration is required. Please contact Mr. Audia if you would like to register for the concert. Mr. Audia will also be able to provide details for OCN's free live stream of the concert.

sākihiwē festival Opaskwayak

Free Music Workshops 
Friday, March 18
Joe A. Ross School, music room
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Music students only

Free Community Concert
Saturday, March 19
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Joe A. Ross School, gymnasium
Performances by Fawn Wood, Mattmac, Burnstick, Eekwol
Hosted by Rhonda Head
Masks required
Live stream available
Students and their families only, registration required

Please register for the concert with Mr. Audia at Joe A. Ross School.

Mr. Audia
Tel: 204-624-4286

Each of the four-song performances will be released as video premieres on Indigenous Cloud and the sākihiwē festival's YouTube channel and Facebook page in May.

This project was made possible by grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage's Support for Workers in the Live Arts and Music Sectors Fund.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Manitoba Arts Council.