Indigenous Music Week at Studio Bell, June 19 to 22

File Photo, Studio Bell Building, Calgary

Join the National Music Centre for Indigenous Music Week at Calgary's Studio Bell, June 19 to 22, featuring music and activities that celebrate the cultural diversity of Indigenous music in Canada.

 

 

The National Music Centre presents performances from folk-rock act Black Belt Eagle Scout and singer-songwriter Ansley Simpson, workshops for emerging musicians Bebe BuckskinDiyet & the Love SoldiersCarolina EastZiibiwan and Dan Auger, school programs for Indigenous students, along with a drum and dance workshop with Thundering Nations, and live art installation by Jesse Gouchey.

Indigenous Music Week at Studio Bell will coincide with events happening across Canada in recognition of National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21.

NMC will extend free admission on June 21 to visitors who identify as Indigenous or of Indigenous descent. 

In the lead up to Indigenous Music Week, NMC will also unveil a new permanent exhibition on June 14. Titled Speak Up!, the exhibition showcases Indigenous artists making social and political impacts in Canada, including Jeremy DutcheriskwēNorthern CreeTanya Tagaq, and more. More details on Speak Up! will be released soon.

 

INDIGENOUS MUSIC WEEK SCHEDULE

Indigenous Music in Canada Guided Tour
June 19-22, 2019, daily
Included with admission
Specialized tours will be offered during Indigenous Music Week that shine a light on the Indigenous artists and trailblazers featured inside Studio Bell, concluding at NMC’s latest exhibit, Speak Up!, showcasing Indigenous artists making social and political impacts in Canada, including Jeremy Dutcher, iskwē, Northern Cree, Tanya Tagaq, and more.

NMC, APTN and Canada’s Music Incubator present: Creators’ Circle 
June 20, 2019, 1:00 pm
Included with admission
Three emerging Indigenous acts, Bebe Buckskin, Diyet & The Love Soldiers and Carolina East, will receive a customized three-day mentorship program designed to develop their careers. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the artists and their creative process during a public workshop. You can also see them perform live during Indigenous Day Live 2019, hosted by APTN, on June 21 at Fort Calgary.

Indigenous Music Week: Free admission for Indigenous people
June 21, 2019, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Free admission for Indigenous people
Free admission on June 21 will be offered to visitors who identify as Indigenous or of Indigenous descent. Reception will accept identification or declaration upon entry.

NMC, IRIM, and Sled Island present: AiR Workshop and Performance, Isitsiipotaako
June 21, 2019, 1:00 pm
Free admission for Indigenous people
Indigenous Resilience in Music (IRIM), National Music Centre (NMC) and Sled Island are pleased to present Isitsiipotaako, an Artist in Residence workshop and performance. Isitsiipotaako is a Blackfoot word that translates to “a song or sound that breaks silence.” IRIM pairs Indigenous musicians with youth to inspire and encourage through music and traditional practices. Emerging electronic artist/producer Ziibiwan and Calgary guitarist Dan Auger (also of industrial-punk act DRI HIEV) are the participating artists.

Indigenous Music Week: Saturday Celebration
June 22, 2019, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Included with admission
Enjoy music, art, and dance that celebrate the cultural diversity of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. Local Indigenous artist, Jesse Gouchey, will be onsite to complete a live painting and showcase some of his film and fashion work. Thundering Nations will perform drum and dance workshops, and Studio Bell will offer a tour focusing on Indigenous artists who’ve made an impact on music in Canada.

Tickets for all Indigenous Music Week events are on sale now. Please go here to purchase your tickets in advance.

 

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