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Award-winning Indigenous musician Vince Fontaine remembered in a gathering at The Forks

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Award-winning musician Vince Fontaine was remembered in a celebration of his life on Sunday afternoon at The Forks.

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Award-winning musician Vince Fontaine was remembered in a celebration of his life on Sunday afternoon at The Forks.

Fontaine died of a heart attack on Tuesday at 60.

The musical icon from Sagkeeng First Nation has been revered for his contributions to Indigenous music.

Approximately 100 people attended the celebration of life event for Manitoba musician Vince Fontaine at the Oodena Celebration Circle at The Forks Sunday afternoon.

With the group Eagle & Hawk, Fontaine was awarded a Juno Award in 2002 and, in more recent years, he found success with his musical collective Indian City.

At the Sunday afternoon gathering in the Oodena Celebration Circle, the space was filled with approximately 100 people who came to remember the musician.

Attendees comforted each other as they remembered Fontaine and his contributions during the event. Re: ?
People take in the music from the numerous musicians who performed at the event.
Eagle & Hawk performed for the gathering on a relatively mild Sunday afternoon.
Al Simmons and Eagle & Hawk performed during the celebration.
Tobacco is placed in a fire by attendees as part of the celebration.
A woman touches a photo of Fontaine just before she places tobacco into a fire.

John Woods
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