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Local leg­end Ernest Monias, also known as the King of the North,” is one of the main attrac­tions at the fes­ti­val this year, but audi­ences will also get a chance to see ris­ing stars like Snot­ty Nose Rez Kids, Tia Wood, Fawn Wood, sun­set­to, Miss Chief Roc­ka, Gator Beaulieu, Hay­ley Wal­lis, Ash­ley Ghost­keep­er, Miesha and The Spanks, Dri­ves the Com­mon Man, Mor­gan Grace, Dar­ryl Buck, Sher­ri Short­ing, and more through­out the weekend.

Every­thing begins with a big re-open­ing night con­cert at the Pyra­mid Cabaret on June 23, fol­lowed by the annu­al Grand Entry event on June 24 and block par­ties with free BBQs at Cen­tral Park, on Selkirk Avenue, at the Tur­tle Island Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre, and on Ellice Avenue on June 25 and 26.

Every­thing begins with a big re-open­ing night con­cert at the Pyra­mid Cabaret on June 23, fol­lowed by the annu­al Grand Entry event on June 24 and block par­ties with free BBQs at Cen­tral Park, on Selkirk Avenue, at the Tur­tle Island Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre, and on Ellice Avenue on June 25 and 26.

We’re super excit­ed to bring the sāk­i­hi­wē fes­ti­val back this sum­mer,” says Alan Greyeyes, Fes­ti­val Direc­tor for the sāk­i­hi­wē fes­ti­val. We learned a lot about the Inter­net and Zoom dur­ing the last two years, but we did­n’t get to see grand­moth­ers danc­ing at our block par­ties or those moments when Indige­nous kids real­ize that stereo­types don’t hold any truth, so it’s going to be pret­ty big for our team, our part­ners, the per­form­ers, and the fam­i­lies we serve.”

The sāk­i­hi­wē fes­ti­val 2022 schedule:

Re-Open­ing Night
Snot­ty Nose Rez Kids, Tia Wood, Dri­ves the Com­mon Man
Thurs­day, June 232022
9:00 pm — 2:00 am
Loca­tion: Pyra­mid Cabaret (indoors), 176 Fort Street
Tick­ets $20 plus fees (pur­chase)
18+ Pho­to iden­ti­fi­ca­tion required
Proof of vac­ci­na­tion required, masks recommended

Grand Entry

sun­set­to, Fawn Wood
Con­ver­sa­tion about cli­mate change with Eriel Deranger from the Indige­nous Cli­mate Action Net­work
Fri­day, June 242022
6:00 pm — 10:00 pm
Loca­tion: The Beer Can (out­doors), 1 Gran­ite Way
Tick­ets $10 plus fees (pur­chase)
Fam­i­lies wel­come — Masks recommended

IVNE Block Party

Part­ner: Indige­nous Vision for the North End
Miss Chief Roc­ka, Hay­ley Wal­lis, Ryan Richard, Gator Beaulieau, Mor­gan Grace
Sat­ur­day, June 252022
1:00 pm — 6:00 pm
Loca­tion: Selkirk Avenue (out­doors), between Andrews Street and Pow­ers Street
Con­cert at 1:00 pm, free BBQ at 2:00 pm, prize draw at 6:00 pm
Free — Fam­i­lies welcome

Con­cert schedule:
1:00 pm: Mor­gan Grace
2:00 pm: Ryan Richard
3:00 pm: Hay­ley Wallis
4:00 pm: Miss Chief Roc­ka (hoop dance)
5:00 pm: Gator Beaulieu

Cen­tral Park Block Party

Part­ner: Cen­tral Neigh­bour­hoods Winnipeg

Miesha and the Spanks, sun­set­to, Ash­ley Ghost­keep­er, Thun­der­birdz, and JustTV fea­tur­ing Kara Kohut, Georges Munga, Des­tiny Wil­by, Dalia Ruiz-Holt, and Jace Bodner
Sat­ur­day, June 252022
1:00 pm — 6:00 pm
Loca­tion: Cen­tral Park (out­doors), 366 Qu’Ap­pelle Avenue
Con­cert at 1:00 pm, free BBQ at 2:00 pm, prize draw at 6:00 pm
Free — Fam­i­lies welcome

Con­cert schedule:
1:00 pm: Thunderbirdz
1:45 pm: JustTV fea­tur­ing Kara Kohut, Georges Munga, Des­tiny Wil­by, Dalia Ruiz-Holt, and Jace Bodner
3:00 pm: Ash­ley Ghostkeeper
4:00 pm: sunsetto
5:00 pm: Miesha and The Spanks

Tur­tle Island Block Party

Part­ner: Ma Mawi Wi Chi Ita­ta Centre
Tia Wood, D‑Town Junior Step­pers, Venus Man Trap, Walk­ing Wolf Singers, South­ern Thun­der­bird Med­i­cine Drum, Pow Wow Club
Sun­day, June 262022
12:00 pm — 6:00 pm
Loca­tion: Tur­tle Island Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre (out­doors), 510 King Street
Pow Wow at 12:00 pm, free BBQ at 2:00 pm, con­cert at 3:00 pm, prize draw at 6:00 pm
Free — Fam­i­lies welcome

Con­cert schedule:
12:00 pm: Pow Wow demonstration
3:00 pm: Venus Man Trap
4:00 pm: D‑Town Junior Steppers
5:00 pm: Tia Wood

Spence Neigh­bour­hood Block Par­ty x Ellice Street Festival

Part­ners: Spence Neigh­bour­hood Asso­ci­a­tion, West End Cul­tur­al Centre
Ernest Monias, The Mixx, Sher­ri Short­ing, Miss Chief Roc­ka, Dar­ryl Buck
Sun­day, June 262022
1:00 pm — 6:00 pm
Loca­tion: Ellice Avenue (out­doors), between Sher­brook Street and Lang­side Street
Con­cert at 1:00 pm, free BBQ at 2:00 pm, prize draw at 6:00 pm
Free — Fam­i­lies welcome

Con­cert schedule:
1:00 pm: Dar­ryl Buck
2:00 pm: Sher­ri Shorting
3:00 pm: The Mixx
4:00 pm: Miss Chief Roc­ka (hoop dance)
5:00 pm: Ernest Monias

About the sāk­i­hi­wē festival

The sāk­i­hi­wē fes­ti­val was launched in 2009 as Abo­rig­i­nal Music Week to devel­op Indige­nous youth as an audi­ence for live music. The fes­ti­val presents between 20 and 30 First Nation, Métis, Inu­it, Native Amer­i­can, and Indige­nous music acts each year. It is held in Treaty One Ter­ri­to­ry and is pro­duced by Abo­rig­i­nal Music Man­i­to­ba (AMM).

AMM received the name sāk­i­hi­wē” from Sun­dance Chief David Black­smith dur­ing a cer­e­mo­ny on Feb­ru­ary 21, 2018. It means to love” in Cree.

AMM acknowl­edges 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 2022 edi­tion of the sāk­i­hi­wē festival.

AMM would like to thank Man­i­to­ba Music, the West End Cul­tur­al Cen­tre, and the City of Win­nipeg for their sup­port of the sāk­i­hi­wē festival.

The sāk­i­hi­wē fes­ti­val is made pos­si­ble by part­ner­ships with the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Ita­ta Cen­tre, the Spence Neigh­bour­hood Asso­ci­a­tion, Indige­nous Vision for the North End, and Cen­tral Neigh­bour­hoods Winnipeg.