The summer solstice will be celebrated in the spirit of reconciliation at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights this Thursday on national Indigenous Peoples Day, with a free concert featuring Indian City, Kinnie Starr and Scott Nolan.
"One People, One Voice" has been organized in partnership with Winnipeg artist Vince Fontaine, primary songwriter, guitarist and creative force behind the folk pop band Indian City, winner of the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards for Best Pop Album and 2018 Juno Award Nominee. Their powerful song "Through the Flood" was first performed live at the CMHR last summer, sending a message of greater awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Their 2017 album release, Here & Now," was released during the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, highlighting many of the past issues and relationship failures between Canada and Indigenous peoples.
"As long as the rivers run, the fire won't die," Fontaine said quoting a lyric from the album. "We'd like our music to create further awareness and help inspire action, support and education. It's not about pointing fingers, nor is it all doom and gloom. It's about moving forward into the next 150 years together."
Kinnie Starr is a celebrated hip hop and alternative rocker from Calgary who will release her new album Feed the Fire this fall. She was nominated for a Juno award for Best New Artist in 2004 and produced a 2010 Juno-award winning album for Digging Roots, which won Aboriginal Recording of the Year. Starr is an outspoken advocate for Indigenous rights and for people with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.
Scott Nolan is one of Winnipeg's best-known folk singer-songwriters, a poet, producer and multi-instrumentalist. His 2017 Silverhill album, the 9th since 2003, has been called "a near-perfect match of song and player" by music reviewer Ink 19. He has been twice nominated for the Western Canadian Music Awards and regularly collaborates with Indian City alumni, including recent projects with Juno-award winning artist William Prince.
The evening will be emceed by David McLeod, general manager of NCI Radio, regarded as the "voice of Indigenous peoples" in Manitoba and broadcast across most of the province, including its northern communities and reserves. McLeod also manages sister station "Now Country," which airs within Winnipeg, and oversees the Manitoba Aboriginal Music Hall of Fame.
WHAT: Summer Solstice concert
WHEN: Thursday, June 21, 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
WHERE: Bonnie & John Buhler Hall, CMHR, 85 Israel Asper Way
To celebrate national Indigenous Peoples Day, the CMHR's Mikinak-Keya Spirit tour will also be offered for free on June 20 at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and on June 21 at 3 p.m. This unique, 90-minute cultural experience invites participants to discover the powerful connection between First Nations' sacred knowledge and worldviews and the Museum's architecture and human rights mandate. Inspired by ceremony and living oral traditions of the Cree, Ojibway and Dakota peoples, the tour offers unique insight into the seven sacred teachings that call on each of us to take responsibility for how we live and treat each other. This special tour is the result of ongoing collaboration between the Museum and a group of seven First Nations Elders.