The Canadian Museum of Human Rights (CMHR) will welcome the Canada Summer Games to Winnipeg with a celebration of Indigenous music and culture.
On Saturday afternoon, the Canadian Journeys gallery will be transformed into a venue for "Indigenous Voices, Songs and Sounds," featuring a star-studded line-up of performers, organized in partnership with award-winning musician and producer Vince Fontaine, the creative talent behind bands Eagle & Hawk and Indian City.
Indian City's new song about missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, "Through the Flood" will be performed live for the first time, featuring lead vocals by Juno-nominated Winnipeg musician Don Amero and Fontaine on lead guitar, with special guests Shannon McKenney and Gabrielle Fontaine, who contributed to the creation of the song.
"This was a very difficult song to write, but it's very important to continue the dialogue around this tragic issue," Vince Fontaine said. "We want to remember those who've been lost. We'd like to see a future of healing and positive change. We want the violence against women to stop."
Other talented artists performing at the event include Dauphin country-pop singer Desiree Dorion, the Chuck Copenace jazz quartet from Winnipeg, and Portage la Prairie fiddler Melissa St. Goddard. David McLeod, general manager of NCI radio, will emcee. The recipient of a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for his contributions to promoting Indigenous music, McLeod is also a member of the Winnipeg Aboriginal Writers' Collective, and a board member of the Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association (MARIA).
Saturday, July 29, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Photos courtesy of the Dan Harper/CMHR, Vince Fontaine and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
The Canadian Museum of Human Rights
85 Israel Asper Way
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0L5, Canada
Free with museum admission
Adults - $18
Youth - $9
Post-Secondary Student (with ID) & Senior (65+ with ID) - $14
Family (Up to two adults and four children/youth) - $50
Children younger than 7 & Members - Free