Cultural Village Stage Timetable & Additional Performers Announcement
With just a little over a week out from the Games we are excited to announce our Main Stage Timetable for the Cultural Village! Bursting at the seams with top quality entertainers from across North America: this will be an event not to be missed. Hosted each evening by acclaimed Actor, Singer, Writer Andrea Menard and the hilarious comedian and storyteller Ryan Mcmahon, the Cultural Village main stage will feature a massive line up of traditional and contemporary performances. In addition to hosting each evenings entertainment, Ryan will be keeping the laughs going throughout the week with a live shows of his ‘Red Man Laughing’ podcast featuring special guests and performers each day! With the new release of Andrea’s fantastic new album; LIFT we’ll be hoping to hear a track or two from her special Saturday performance also! If you haven’t already done so, feel free to have a listen here
MONDAY July 21st
Crystal Shawanda‘s country roots run deep. Born Native American, she was automatically country … joined to the land and the real stories of everyday people. To Native Americans, music is everything. It’s their history, their dance, and used to remember and to forget. It’s a way to celebrate life and mourn death. In 2013, the Album “just like You” was nominated for a JUNO award and WON the JUNO for “ Aboriginal Album of the Year” Since the success of her last recordings, Crystal has been hard at work, building Her Label and Publishing company, as well as developing and mentoring new artists, all the while maintaining a busy tour schedule, and recording a brand new Blues inspired Record aptly titled “ The Whole Worlds Got The Blues’’ Look for Crystal on Your Radio, on Your TV, the Internet and If You ever get a chance to catch Her perform Live…don’t miss it…you won’t be sorry.
TUESDAY July 22nd
An award winning pop artist with powerhouse talent and universal appeal. As one of Canada’s top Aboriginal musicians, her blending of traditional native sounds with a love for contemporary Pop music brings the best of her culture to the mainstream world. When Inez Jasper lets loose on stage you can’t help but see she has the pipes, the moves and the drive to become a genuine superstar. It’s a dream of hers, she says, one she hopes to make a reality with her new album, “Burn Me Down”, released in August 2013.
WEDNESDAY July 23rd
‘Indie roots’, ‘global blues’, ‘jam band’, ‘Aboriginal alternative’? Call them what you will but Digging Roots are marching to the beat of their own drum. The five piece band from Toronto, Ontario seem to have found the right balance of fairytale good fortune, old fashion hard work and the creative chemistry to make a go of it.Frontman and frontwoman respectively, Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish met at an audition for a music festival when they were both still students. Until then, they had been playing small cafes and open mic stages, in between studying for exams. They won their first gig after their chance meeting that day and haven’t looked back. They started writing songs and were playing the odd show as a duo when music manager Derek Andrews approached them in 2005, the same year they signed a record deal, put together a band and started touring. Digging Roots was born. The following year they released their debut album ‘seeds’, to a wealth of critical success, awards and a JUNO nomination
THURSDAY JULY 24th
Based out of Winnipeg Manitoba in the heart of Turtle Island Indian City brings to life music that stretches across the colorful landscape of pop, alternative rock, creatively fused with indigenous imagery. Drawing their inspiration from urban indigenous themes, Indian City captures it all with themes and lyrics that touch all aspects of the heart throbbing emotion of city life. The band consists of founder Vince Fontaine, singer Pamela Davis, vocalist Neewa Mason, Atik Mason on bass, Gerry Atwell on keyboard and Steve Broadhurst on drums. Rounding out the band is vocal stars Jeremy Koz and William Prince.
FRIDAY JULY 25th
JOEY STYLEZ FEAT. Special Performance by CARSEN GRAY
In 2004, when Joey Stylez sought to bring Native American presence and fashion to the urban mainstream, many believed that it was an impossible dream. Stylez is seen as the pioneer of the Native Rapper craze which has swept across Reservations and urban cityscapes throughout North America. His latest project “FEATHER + ROSARY” focuses on social issues and demons young native men must face in present day society.
SATURDAY JULY 26th (Closing Ceremony)
Bursting forth from Canada’s capital, native Producer/DJ crew A Tribe Called Red is producing a truly unique sound that’s impacting the global electronic scene and urban club culture. Since 2010 the group – made up of two-time Canadian DMC Champion DJ Shub, DJ NDN and DJ Bear Witness – has been mixing traditional pow wow vocals and drumming with cutting-edge electronic music. Their self-titled album, released in March 2012, was long-listed.