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Aboriginal Music Week
Next week, dozens of aboriginal musicians from across the country — and across the world — will flood into Winnipeg for the eighth edition of Aboriginal Music Week.
Launched in 2009, Aboriginal Music Week set out to tune aboriginal youth in to the live music scene. The festival, produced by Aboriginal Music Manitoba, typically brings in between 25 and 35 First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Native American and indigenous performers who play shows in six different neighbourhoods in Winnipeg’s core area. This year, 27 acts from Turtle Island are taking part, as well a South American artist and one of Australia’s "most significant indigenous songwriters," Frank Yamma.
"We made some changes to the festival this year along with a great new addition," Aboriginal Music Manitoba chairman Alan Greyeyes said in a news release. "Ka Ni Kanichihk is partnering with us to produce a fifth free community celebration on Harriet Street, right beside their headquarters; the festival is one week earlier this year, which gave us the ability to book more touring acts like Digging Roots, Frank Yamma and Boogat; we moved our free music workshops from the festival week to July 12-14 and Aug. 2-4 to give young folks a chance to meet some of the artists before they perform; and we’re working with the Winnipeg Art Gallery to introduce even more young audiences to indigenous music and indigenous art during our lunch-hour concert series."
Aboriginal Music Week runs Aug. 9-13 but officially begins with a sweat lodge ceremony for the visiting and local artists and festival producers Monday, Aug. 8.
For a full schedule of performances, ticket information for each show, and more information about the festival and performers, visit aboriginalmusicweek.ca.
— Erin Lebar
So far this year, Winnipeggers have had the chance to hear four of the 10 artists with albums on the 2016 Polaris Music Prize short list: Carly Rae Jepsen (Emotion), Andy Shauf (The Party), Basia Bulat (Good Advice), and Black Mountain (IV) have played local gigs in the past few months — and Pup (The Dream Is Over) is scheduled for a Good Will show Nov. 5.
Next up on the Polaris watch list is Vancouver’s White Lung, whose fourth album, Paradise, has been shortlisted for the annual Canadian prize based on artistic merit — not to mention winning rave reviews from Pitchfork, NME, and Spin, which praised the "viciously focused" album, calling it "simultaneously thorny and listenable."
The quartet — Mish Barber-Way (lead vocals), Kenneth William (guitar), Anne-Marie Vassiliou (drums) and Lindsey Troy (bass) — brings its scathing but tuneful punk sensibility to the Good Will on Monday, Aug. 8 (tickets are $15 at Ticketweb.ca).
Paradise is a more melodic, poppier release than the band’s previous output (the change in sound could be attributed to the fact Barber-Way damaged her voice last year and now sings in slightly less throat-shredding style) but the despite a clean, modern sheen, the music hasn’t lost its punk power. It features outright love songs (Barber-Way also recently got married), but it also contains songs written from the perspective of Canadian serial killer Karla Homolka and notorious married British murderers Rosemary and Fred West.
— Jill Wilson
WAG Home Tour
The Winnipeg Art Gallery is celebrating 10 years of its Home Tour by taking the local architectural study on the road.
The tour heads north to Victoria Beach on Sunday, Aug. 7, to visit cottages that have successfully blended summer hideaways with idyllic lakeside locations.
Eight cottages make up the self-guided tour, which can be accessed by bicycle or on foot. They include the historic Maclean Cottage, at 219 Sunset Blvd., which was designed by Paulson Construction and was built in 1917. On the flipside, also part of the tour is a brand-new cottage at 21 Bayview designed by Cibinel Architecture and built by Dyson Construction.
The Home Tour takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets, which include a guidebook, sell for $45, with proceeds going toward WAG programs, and are available at McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg and at Saffies General Store in Victoria Beach.
— Alan Small
More than 25 years ago, Moncton’s Eric’s Trip burst on to the Canadian music scene, becoming the first Canadian band to sign to Seattle label Sub Pop — a big deal, considering the then-fledgling imprint was the home to grunge acts such as Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Mudhoney.
One of the key aspects of the lo-fi, noisy sound of Eric’s Trip — the band broke up in 1996 and has reunited occasionally — was Julie Doiron, who played bass and shared vocal duties with then-boyfriend Rick White.
Since Eric’s Trip, Doiron has released numerous albums and EPs under her own name — generally more mellow, introspective and polished affairs than Eric’s Trip’s generally grungier material, but still with a sound that’s unmistakably Doiron. Highlights of her prolific solo career include a Juno for 1999’s Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars and a spot on the Polaris Prize short list for 2007’s Woke Myself Up. Her last studio solo release was 2012’s So Many Days.
Doiron, now based in Sackville, N.B., will appear Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Good Will Social Club — tickets are $10 in advance from the Good Will, Music Trader, or ticketfly.com, or $13 at the door. Joining the gifted East Coast songwriter-storyteller will be Vancouver songwriter Adrian Teacher and the Subs — a collection of Teacher’s pals from his local music scene —as well as Nova Scotia-based duo Construction & Deconstruction.
Doiron’s Aug. 7 show follows a stretch of gigs with indie quintet Weird Lines, another more rocking project in which she shares vocal duties — this time with bandmate C.L. McLaughlin.
— Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson
Manitoba Elvis Festival
When you think of Gimli in the summertime, you probably think of beachwear, fresh fish, Viking horns and Islendingadagurinn, the annual celebration of all things Icelandic.
What you probably don’t think of — unless you’re part of a small but dedicated group of classic rockers — are sequined jumpsuits, jet-black sideburns, gold-rimmed sunglasses and Love Me Tender. But you should, because if you’re in any way Elvis Presley-inclined, Gimli is the place to be from Aug. 5-7 when the annual Manitoba Elvis Festival takes over the local rec centre.
The event, now in its 15th year, features three full nights of Elvis-themed entertainment and nearly a dozen different impersonators of the King (or "Elvi," as they’re described in the fest’s press materials).
Friday, Aug. 5, includes a 1950s tribute show with a sock-hop theme, featuring the music of Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, and Merle Haggard with a few Elvi tossed in for good measure; the Saturday, Aug. 6, lineup boasts no fewer than 10 Elvis-clone acts; and the wrap-up Sunday, Aug. 7, showcases a gospel-focused lineup with five righteous Elvi on the bill.
The Good Rockin’ Tonight Band provides the musical background for all three shows.
Tickets for each day are $25, available in advance at All Star Karaoke in Winnipeg and Evergreen Basic Needs in Gimli, or (cash only) at the door. The event is in support of Evergreen Basic Needs, which works in partnership with Winnipeg Harvest to address food-shortage issues in the eastern Interlake region.
— Brad Oswald