Aboriginal artists at the 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival

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Asani and Cris Derksen (performing with the e.s.l. band) will be hitting a number of stages at the 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival this weekend.

ASANI is an Aboriginal women’s trio from Edmonton. This circle of First Nations and Metis women have performed across Canada and internationally at such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York, The Kennedy Centre in Washington D.C. and the Saddledome in Calgary. Their debut CD ‘Rattle and Drum’ was nominated for 11 music awards including a 2006 Juno nomination for Aboriginal Recording of the Year and received the Canadian Aboriginal Music Award (CAMA) for Best Female Traditional Cultural Roots Album, 2005.

e.s.l. is a four piece band that describes their music as everything between Polish cabaret and chamber pop. The group features half-Cree cellist Cris Derksen and their performance history includes the Dawson City Music Festival, the Calgary Folk Festival, and the Vancouver Island Music Festival.

Asani's concert
Friday, July 6, 11am @ Little Stage

Asani's family stage concert
Friday, July 6, 320pm @ Family Area - Chickadee Bigtop

Asani in the "Stand Together" workshop
Saturday, July 7, 1245pm @ Big Bluestem

Asani's family stage concert
Sunday, July 8, 11am @ Family Area - Chickadee Bigtop

e.s.l. in the "Hey Ladies" workshop
Friday, July 6, 11am @ Bur Oak

e.s.l.'s concert
Friday, July 6, 430pm @ Snowberry

e.s.l. in the "Three Minute Rule" workshop
Saturday, July 7, 11am @ Shady Grove

e.s.l. in the "Rivers & Roads" workshop
Sunday, July 8, 430pm @ Big Bluestem

Please visit winnipegfolkfestival.ca for more information.

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