Edmonton one of eight stages for NAD

Thursday, May 25th, 2017 7:53pm


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LightningCloud, from Edmonton, will be among the Alberta acts to perform on the main stage in Winnipeg for National Aboriginal Day. (Photo: APTN)

Aboriginal Peoples Television Network has announced the line-up for its celebration of National Aboriginal Day.

In Edmonton, which is one of eight cities participating in the across Canada event on June 21 for broadcast, emerging artists Caleigh Cardinal, Bebe Baucksin, Nelson Little and Xandrah will perform in Victoria Park.

They will be the lead-up to the major concert in Winnipeg. Headlining the evening concert will be Charlie Major, Classified, Daniel Lanois, Derek Miller, Digawolf, Don Amero, Florent Vollant, George Leach, Iskwé, LightningCloud, Northern Cree Singers, Nelly Furtado, Neon Dreams, Radio Radio, Taboo, and Zachary Richard. Ashley Calling Bull, from the Enoch Cree Nation, is one of two hosts for the event.

Victoria Park, in Edmonton, will hold events all day long starting at sunrise with a sacred fire ceremony. There will be vendors, artisans, and community resources, and experience sites for each Indigenous group: First Nations, Inuit and Métis. A round dance and traditional powwow will round out the events leading up to the early evening concert, which will give way to the national broadcast performance from Winnipeg.

The 11th edition of Aboriginal Day Live will bring Canadians together to acknowledge Aboriginal Peoples’ accomplishments, through cultural activities and live music while contributing to the nationwide movement of reconciliation.

APTN, with financial support from the federal government through the Canada 150 Fund and other partners, is making this their largest National Aboriginal Day celebration in history.