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2oolman and Prado Monroe (pictured)

Grand Entry || sākihiwē festival 2023

By Alan Greyeyes | May 19, 2023

Tags: 2oolman | Jossée Bernier | Prado Monroe | Sherri Shorting | Valkyrie

We're kicking off the sākihiwē festival in a big way this year with a DJ set by 2oolman, a performance with dancers by Prado Monroe, and a writer's circle featuring hip hop emcee Valkyrie, country singer Sherri Shorting, and Cree vocalist Jossée Bernier. The concert is set for Friday, June 23 at the Exchange Event Centre and tickets are available for $20 plus fees.

Grand Entry || sākihiwē festival 2023
with 2oolman, Prado Monroe, Valkyrie, Sherri Shorting, Jossée Bernier
Friday, June 23, 2023 9:00 pm - 2:00 am
Location: Exchange Event Centre, 291 Bannatyne Ave, Winnipeg
Tickets $20 plus fees (purchase here)
18+ | photo identification required

Concert schedule:
10:30 pm: Valkyrie, Sherri Shorting, and Jossé Bernier
11:30 pm: Prado Monroe
12:30 am: 2oolman (90 minute DJ set)

About 2oolman
2oolman, is a DJ and music producer from Six Nations of The Grand River. He is known for blending traditional Indigenous sounds and themes with contemporary hip-hop and electronic music. In 2017, 2oolman won a JUNO Award for his work on the album "We Are the Halluci Nation" by the Indigenous electronic music group The Halluci Nation (f.k.a.- A Tribe Called Red). He has also produced music for other artists such as Shad and Haviah Mighty. In addition to his music career, 2oolman is an advocate for Indigenous rights and works to raise awareness about the issues facing Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.

About Prado Monroe
"At only 22 years old, Benita Prado’s talent belies her age—and after a string of energetic singles leading up to her debut EP Prado Monroe, the Afro-Indigenous artist is excited to present her music to the world. 'I called it Prado Monroe because that full name for me, as an artist, means strength and it’s the full picture,' she says of the project." Read more at

About Valkyrie
Valkyrie, an Anishnaabe and Cree emcee, thrives as a one woman force that isn’t to be reckoned with. She is the granddaughter of a Residential school survivor, the daughter of a sixties scoop survivor, andna survivor of the child welfare system. She recognizes the healing power of music and uses her skills as a lyricist to build community through storytelling.

About Sherri Shorting
Sherri Shorting is an Anishinaabe singer and songwriter from the Little Saskatchewan First Nation. Her songwriting talent comes from life experiences and looking through the eyes of others. She brings forth these stories with raw energy and emotion and has the gift of expression.

About Jossée Bernier
Jossée Bernier is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist from the Cree Nation of Ouje Bougoumou, Northern Quebec. Her artistic expression flows through her from the star world and roots her deeply to the land. When Jossée’s ethereal voice rises it evokes deep emotion, tenderly holding and disarming the listener as it washes over them.

We 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 2023 edition of the sākihiwē festival.