Each year, APTN travels to a new city to celebrate National Aboriginal Day with the residents of the region and province. For the 9th annual celebration, APTN will bring the largest event of its kind in Canada to Edmonton’s Louise McKinney Riverfront Park in Alberta and The Forks in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Saturday, June 20, 2015. APTN will also broadcast the event nationwide via radio and the internet, and the Aboriginal Day Live concerts will broadcast live on APTN and APTN HD.
To welcome the summer solstice and setting sun, the parties kick off at 11 AM (CT) in Winnipeg and 12 Noon in Edmonton (MT) with entertainment all day, a three-hour twin-stage concert in the evening, and a fireworks finale to finish off the festivities. Free and fun activities will be available for the whole family, including music and dance performances, food sampling, traditional demonstrations, children’s activities, and much more. Select regional Aboriginal artisans will be offering hand-crafted creations for sale, and locally-sourced food trucks and vendors will be onsite with fare to nourish all tastes.
Spirits will be lifted, souls will be moved, and toes and feet will be tapping to the beats throughout the day. At both locations, a Celebration Stage will shine a spotlight on talented First Nations, Inuit, and Métis performers from across the country, highlighting their unique cultures. From jigging to hoop dancing to singing, drumming, and fiddling, you are sure to be entertained! The twin-stage Aboriginal Day Live concert and APTN broadcast begins at 6:30 PM (MT) in Edmonton, 7:30 PM (CT) in Winnipeg.
WINNIPEG CELEBRATION at THE FORKS
Saturday, June 20, 2015
11:00 AM – 11:30 PM Central Time
COMPETITION POW WOW 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM Central Time
Brought To You By APTN And Manito Ahbee Festival. Grand Entry starts at 1:00 PM.
SKATEBOARD DEMO and COMPETITION 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM Central Time
In Partnership With RHYTHM 104.7 And Sk8 Skates
WINNIPEG LIVE CONCERT (Main Stage) 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM Central Time
Co-hosted by Tina Keeper, star of Cashing In, with Kyle Nobess, star of Mohawk Girls.
- Andy Desjarlais Tribute performed by Patti Kusturok (Master Fiddler)
- Brett Kissel (Canadian Country)
- Don Amero (Singer, Guitarist, Storyteller)
- Federal Lights (Alternative Pop)
- Lightning Cloud (Hip Hop/Electronic Trap)
- marijosée (Franco Pop/World Beat)
- Mike Bone (Hip Hop)
- Shayne and Taylor May (Alternative Rock)
FIREWORKS 11:30 PM Central Time
EDMONTON CELEBRATION at LOUISE MCKINNEY PARK
Saturday, June 20, 2015
12:00 NOON – 10:30 PM Mountain Time
Edmonton LIVE Concert (Main Stage) 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM Mountain Time
Co-hosted by Michelle Thrush, star of Blackstone, and Don Kelly, star of Fish Out of Water.
- Crystal Shawanda (Roots/Blues/Americana)
- Derek Miller (Blues)
- Ghostkeeper (Blues-Pop)
- Leanne Goose (Country/Blues)
- Murray Porter (Blues/Country Piano Master)
- Nathan Cunningham (Country)
- Northern Cree Singers (Singing, Traditional Drums)
FIREWORKS 10:30 PM Mountain Time