Spence Neighbourhood Block Party moves to Wednesday, concert lineup announced

Posted by Alan Greyeyes
June 18, 2015

 Nikki KomaksiutiksakAboriginal Music Manitoba (AMM) and the Spence Neighbourhood Association (SNA) are excited to announce that the third annual Spence Neighbourhood Block Party during Aboriginal Music Week is moving from the Sunday afternoon of the festival to its Wednesday evening this year and the legendary Winston Wuttunee has been confirmed as the headliner for the concert.

The free outdoor event is set for 4PM to 8PM on August 19 at the Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre and the audience will also be entertained by Inuit throat singer Nikki Komaksiutiksak, country/rock veterans Joe Maxim Band, and three youth performers who will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

"Our partnership with SNA is one of the things that makes Aboriginal Music Week great," explains AMM chairperson Alan Greyeyes. "We moved the celebration to Wednesday night to make it a bigger priority for our festival production team and I think that's going to translate into an even better experience for the community. Plus Winston Wuttunee is super funny and personable so I'm positive that everyone's going to have an incredible time."

The Spence Neighbourhood Block Party will be completely free. Audiences can expect a family friendly environment (no beer gardens) with great sound and exceptional music in a great community setting. Aboriginal Music Week produces concerts in neighbourhoods throughout the city in an effort to make it easier for families to walk to the venues, but music lovers from outside the neighbourhood are more than welcome to attend.

The concert is set for an outdoor stage beside the Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre and SNA has several other activities planned for the celebration.

"SNA is super excited about hosting the Spence Neighbourhood Block Party again," says SNA Executive Director Jamil Mahood. "The last two years have highlighted world class Aboriginal artists and the whole community is really excited to take in the music again this summer. Can't wait!"

Spence Neighbourhood Block Party
Winston Wuttunee, Nikki Komaksiutiksak, Joe Maxim Band, and special guests
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 | 4PM - 8PM
Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre, 430 Langside Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Free Concert | Free BBQ | Free Music Workshops
All Ages, Families Welcome
aboriginalmusicweek.ca | #IndigenousExcellence

  • Winston Wuttunee is a household name in the Canadian music industry who has wowed audiences across North America as well as Europe and Australia as a singer, keynote speaker, and comedian since 1973.
  • Nikki Komaksiutiksak is a traditional Inuit throat singer from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut who now calls Winnipeg home.
  • Joe Maxim Band is an Aboriginal country/rock band with well over 10,000 hours of performance experience under their belt.

The BBQ menu will include hotdogs, drinks, and snacks. It will begin at 5PM and will conclude when all the food runs out.

Please note that a performance by Ernest Monias was originally announced for the Spence Neighbourhood Block Party, but he received interest from a presenter in British Columbia and is no longer able to commit to this event.

Aboriginal Music Week 2015 is set for August 18 - 22 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It will include four community celebrations at the Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre, the Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre, the Austin Street Festival, and St. John's Park. Four lunch hour concerts, three days of music workshops, two ticketed concerts, two networking dinners, and mentor meetings with three international artists round out the festival programming this year.

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Aboriginal Music Manitoba's Annual General Meeting | July 17, 2015

Posted by Alan Greyeyes
June 16, 2015

 AMM AGM 2015Aboriginal Music Manitoba's
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Friday, July 17, 2015
Location: Manitoba Music, 1-376 Donald Street, Winnipeg

Meeting: 5:30pm
Admission: free with RSVP

Snacks will be served
RSVP Required

Please RSVP to alan@ammb.ca.

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AMW expands to Point Douglas with award winner, chart toppers, and rising star

Posted by Alan Greyeyes
June 3, 2015

Ali Fontaine, photo by Joseph VisserAboriginal Music Manitoba (AMM) is excited to announce that it will be partnering with the North Point Douglas Women's Centre (NPDWC) on a fourth free community celebration during Aboriginal Music Week 2015. The event, dubbed the Aboriginal Music Week Stage at the Austin Street Festival, will mirror the format of Aboriginal Music Week's other community celebrations with music workshops, activities for kids, a free BBQ, and a big concert featuring performances by First Nation, Métis, and Inuit acts from across Canada.

Award-winning country singer Ali Fontaine, Aboriginal chart topping rock group Black Rain, a Quebec-based rising star named Mariame, and three youth performers who will be announced next month will perform at the concert.

"The main goal of Aboriginal Music Week is to develop Aboriginal youth as an audience for live music," explains AMM chairperson Alan Greyeyes. "We learned a couple years back that the best way to do this is by taking the music to the community, instead of expecting them to come to us, and this new partnership gives us the ability to reach even more young folks in Winnipeg."

The concert is set for an outdoor stage on Austin Street, between Euclid Avenue and Selkirk Avenue on Friday, August 21 from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. and the NPDWC has several other activities planned for the celebration.

"The Austin Street Festival has become a perennial favorite in Point Douglas- organised by and for our community," says NPDWC Executive Director Kate Sjoberg. "Along with the concert, we'll have a bunch of activity stations for the kids, music workshops with some of the performers, and a free BBQ for the neighbourhood. It just keeps getting better each year."

The Aboriginal Music Week Stage at the Austin Street Festival
Ali Fontaine, Black Rain, Mariame, and special guests
Friday, August 21, 2015
1pm - 6pm
Austin Street, between Euclid Avenue and Selkirk Avenue
Free Concert | Free BBQ | Free Music Workshops
All Ages, Families Welcome

  • Ali Fontaine (2,685 fans on Facebook, 1,549 followers on Instagram, 1,239 followers on Twitter) is a country singer from Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba. She was named Best New Artist and earned the title for Best Country CD at the 2011 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards.
  • Black Rain (5,856 fans on Facebook, 553 followers on Twitter) is a rock band from Ahtahkakoop First Nation in Saskatchewan. Their latest single, "Memories," hit #1 on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown earlier this year.
  • Mariame (2,212 fans on Facebook, 870 followers on Instagram, 45 followers on Twitter) is a pop singer from Montreal who released her debut album, entitled Bloom, on May 26. The music video for the lead single racked up more than 18,000 views in it's first month on YouTube.

Aboriginal Music Week 2015 is set for August 18 - 22 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It will include four community celebrations at the Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre, the Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre, the Austin Street Festival, and St. John's Park. Four lunch hour concerts, three days of music workshops, two ticketed concerts, two networking dinners, and mentor meetings with three international artists round out the festival programming this year.

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