Shipyards Park will burst with the sounds of some of the most recognized entertainers in Indigenous music and television.
PRE-SHOW: 5:15 p.m. – 6 p.m. PT
Emerging artists will take the stage prior to the live evening concert.
- Jeremy Parkin
- Dena Zagi
CONCERT: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. PT
Chantal Rondeau (host)
Chantal Rondeau is a dynamic presence on the Canadian media scene. For the past 10 years, she has been involved in film, TV, radio, new media, and recently completed two documentaries as director and writer. Rondeau was also a panel member on APTN’s Our Songs and is a juror for the Polaris Music Prize.
Dave Jenniss (host)
An award-winning actor and playwright (and former IDL host), Dave Jenniss is also the artistic director at Montreal’s Ondinnok theatre. He has been seen in productions that include Hamlet le Malécite, Wulustek and, in 2013, he won the Théâtre Denise-Pelletier award for best supporting actor as Moineau in the play, Zone. He can also be seen in the APTN web series, Police sans réserve. As an author, he is known for his touching stories that stem from his Indigenous roots.
Terri Clark started out at a legendary honky-tonk bar across the alley from Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Now with over five million albums sold and 19 CCMA Awards won, this country music icon holds the honour of being the only Canadian female member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Julian Taylor Band
Not a revivalist but a musical revisionist, Julian Taylor masterfully recombines and updates the vintage sounds that inspired him to create bold, innovative songs. Taylor, of both West Indian and Indigenous Canadian descent, is a charismatic frontman and prolific songwriter. Toronto poet Robert Priest describes him as “the kind of artist forever in the zone, the voice limitless, the songs full of feeling and memorable hooks.”
If you’re from the North, Leela Gilday’s music is home. Born and raised in the Northwest Territories, her rich vocals dance across the rhythmic beats of traditional Dene drumming as smoothly as a bass line. Gilday has toured with her band through Canada, the U.S., Greenland, Denmark and New Zealand and last year she embarked on an ambitious European tour. Her fifth album, North Star Calling, is coming fall 2019.
Kwanlin Daghalhaan K’e
Kwanlin Daghalhaan K’e is a traditional dance group from the Kwanlin area (Whitehorse). The group came together in the spring of 2012 after receiving support of Kwanlin Dün Elders. It is comprised of grandparents, parents, uncles, aunties, and beautiful children of the Northern Tutchone, Southern Tutchone, Tlingit, Gwitch’in and Kaska Nations. Kwanlin Daghalhaan K’e builds identity and self-esteem through learning, leading, and teaching values that represent our ancestors and revitalize our cultures.
The Selkirk Spirit Dancers
When the drums call, the Selkirk Spirit Dancers are ready, proudly retracing the steps and intricate movements of their ancestors. The group was formed more than a decade ago by a small group of dedicated leaders who wanted to bring back the joy of dancing to Pelly Crossing.
Singer-songwriter Shauit combines traditional rhythms with musical styles like folk and reggae. He received the Indigenous Song of the Year award at the 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards and took home the Best Album in an Indigenous Language award at the Indigenous Music Awards. Whether travelling the world or at home, his show is a lively one that keeps his audience on their feet.