Manitoba Music at Manito Ahbee

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This Halloween marks the start of this year’s 10 day Manito Ahbee Festival, with a strong line-up of Manitoba Aboriginal artists performing around the city in celebration of Aboriginal Arts and Culture. The festival runs until Sunday, November 9, 2008 and leads up to the anticipated Aboriginal Music People’s Choice Awards (APCMA). Last year’s festival attendance cleared over 20,000 people, who attended numerous concerts around the city, participated in an educational conference, shopped at the Indigenous Marketplace and Trade show, experienced the Métis Celebration, and enjoyed a spectacular two-day Pow-Wow.

The nationally televised world class Aboriginal People's Choice Awards will be held at the MTS Centre and will showcase a spectacular diversity of Aboriginal music in all genres, including Aboriginal entertainer of the Year and Best Pow-Wow CD (Contemporary and Traditional), Best Rock CD, and Single of the Year. This year's APCMA's will be hosted by Lorne Cardinal and Andrea Menard with performances by Crystal Shawanda, Brule, Ed Peekeekoot, Eagle & Hawk, Donny Parenteau, The Johnnys, Shy Anne Hovorka, Slidin' Clyde Roulette, Wab Kinew and Dominique Reynolds. Last year’s Manitoba winner’s included Darren Lavallee for Best Fiddle CD and Little Hawk for Best Aboriginal Music by a Non-Aboriginal, who are both nominated again this year in their respective categories. This is one of the only red carpeted award shows where the winners are determined by online fans votes on the APCMA website.

The kick off Halloween bash includes performances by Best Country CD nominees JJ Lavallee & 100 Years Rising, rock outfit Burnt Project 1, Aboriginal Entertainers of the Year nominees Eagle & Hawk, country rockers Jerry Sereda and NCI Jam winner Angus Jourdain performing at the Delta Hotel in Winnipeg adjacent to the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

The name Manito Ahbee references a sacred site located in Manitoba’s Whiteshell Provincial Park, where First Nations traditionally gathered to share teachings and wisdom. Manito Ahbee means “where the Creator sits.”

Here is the guide to the events for the 2008 festival:


The Regal Beagle: Darren Lavallee, Don Amero, Leanne Goose 10 p.m. – 1 p.m. $5

The Windsor Hotel: South Thunderbird, Slidin’ Clyde Roulette Band 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. $5

The Pyramid Cabaret: Tracy Bone, The Johnnys, J.C. Campbell, Burnt – Project 1 10:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. $5


The Regal Beagle: Jerry Sereda, The Johnnys, Shy-Anne Hovorka, Donny Parenteau 10:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. $10

The Windsor Hotel: South Thunderbird, Wade Fernandez, Slidin’ Clyde Roulette Band 10:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. $10


The Chocolate Shop: Ed Peekeekoot, Ray St. Germain, Jerry Sereda, Shakti Hayes, Don Amero 6 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. $5

The Regal Beagle: Don Amero, Shy-Anne Hovorka, Donny Parenteau, Leanne Goose, Highway 373 10:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. $10

The Windsor Hotel: South Thunderbird, Shakti Hayes, Slidin’ Clyde Roulette Band 10:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. $10

The Pyramid Cabaret: Little Hawk, Fresh I.E., Wade Fernandez, Eagle & Hawk, The Johnnys 10:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. $10



McPhillips Street Station: APTN First Night Performers - Leanne Goose


MTS Centre: APCMA Show performers - Wab Kinew and Dominique Reynolds, Slidin Clyde Roulette Band, Sierra Noble with Donny Parenteau

MTS Centre - Exchange Restaurant: APCMA Post-Awards Reception -
JC Campbell, Tracy Bone, Burnt-Project 1

Sonar: A Star Studded Affair - Da Skelpa Squad, Wab Kinew, Team Rezofficial, DJ Dirty Money, DJ Sandman Following the APCMA. Hosted By Tragik. $10 at the door, $5 with event pass
NOTE: Not an official Manito Ahbee venue

For info call or text: 204-230-9365

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