Performing Artists – Livestreams Every Sunday
This award-winning physical comedy is Stéphanie’s personal account of growing up with a glass eye, and the struggle of overcoming that disadvantage. Integrating live video projection, contemporary dance and riveting comedic storytelling, Stéphanie recounts her life as a feisty 7-year-old who wields her glass eye as a superpower
Desiree’s fifth studio album Break the Chain was released in February, 2020. Exploring the themes of poverty, resilience, breaking the cycle of violence, family ties and Jack Daniels, Desiree’s music and lyrics are a reflection of the world around her. You can hear the emotional weight of these themes in her vocal. A departure from her previous albums, she has incorporated a hint of pop into her country music style with Break the Chain.
Luc and Aidan Wrigley are 16 year old Cree and French-Metis twins who began Fiddling and Jigging at the age of 3. The following year they won gold and silver medals in the Jigging and Fiddling contests at Festival du Voyageur. By six, the twins along with their dad on guitar were busking at the Forks in Winnipeg where they would share new songs and delight fans with their incredible ability to sing and play fiddle.
Between live performances and an active school life, the boys have also released two albums.
Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers are three siblings from Winnipeg, Manitoba who share a passion for the Red River Jig! Michael, Jacob and Cieanna perform traditional dances of the Red River Jig mixed with modern dancing known as the hip hop jig.
Formally known as the Slick and Lil J Show, back in 2012 they lost one of their biggest fans and proud supporter, Grandpa Ivan Flett passed away, it was with great sadness but an honour to rename themselves the Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers. Every dance they do is in honour of him.
Kelly Bado is a bilingual singer-songwriter who takes you on a journey through her music.
With lyrics inspired by love, hope and social equality, and a sound that marries pop with R&B/Soul and her African background, one cannot help but get swept away into Kelly’s magical voice. She received the honor to perform in Ottawa, on Parliament Hill, as part of Canada’s 150th Celebrations along with well known artists like Alessia Cara, Serena Ryder, Walk Off the Earth and others. Although she finished The Voice Quebecin the quarter finales she won the public’s vote!
Few artists capture the spirit of country music like award winning recording artist Kendra Kay. Raised on the Canadian prairies and hailed as ‘Canada’s Country Girl’ (Harlton Empire), Kendra has had a stellar year including signing on worldwide with Sakamoto Agency, winning the 2019 MCMA Female Artist of the Year, along with earning the MCMA Fan’s Choice Award for the second year in a row. Along the way, she has amassed half a million streams, 17 weeks in the Top 100 Canada Country Airplay and earned a Top Ten spot in the 2020 CBC Searchlight competition.
Known for her powerhouse vocals, down to earth personality and high energy shows, she has firmly established herself as an artist to watch and a ‘rising country star’ (Brandon Sun) in the Canadian country music scene. Her latest single ‘Steady’ is a modern take on the traditional country sound, written by a stellar group of female songwriters including Madeline Merlo (NBC Songland), Victoria Banks (Jessica Simpson, Sara Evans) and Karen Kosowski (Brett Kissel, Tim Hicks), with Kosowski also taking the reigns on production duties.
Leaf Rapids is Keri Latimer’s (previously of JUNO-award-winning Nathan) opportunity to croon about vultures circling their prey, barbershop stabbings, and love letters from smallpox quarantines in her disconcertingly sweet voice. Their sound has been described as ‘Cinematic Folk’ and includes the eerie sound of the theremin. “Keri Latimer … has always been a uniquely disarming songwriter. Her sweet, warm voice and her penchant for old-time folk and country-tinged roots pop belie her sharp, observational writing which, when combined with her empathetic nature, conjures all sorts of interesting characters.” John Kendle, Winnipeg Free Press
Sebastian Gaskin is a multi-instrumentalist R&B singer-songwriter based in Winnipeg, Canada, who grew up in Tataskweyak Cree Nation, or Split Lake as it’s better known. Sebastian writes and self produces music that is anything but formulaic, thanks to eclectic musical tastes in R&B,Hip Hop, Metal,and Punk. The Winnipeg Free Press says: “…think Post Malone mixed with Frank Ocean, all swag and smooth vocals, hits of hip-hop and rap, rounded out with emotive thoughtful lyrics.”
Following the release of Gaskin’s debut EP, “Contradictions”, Gaskin headlined a cross-Canada club tour, and made appearances at established festivals throughout the country, including Festival du voyageur, Canadian Music Week, Interstellar Rodeo, and Calgary Stampede. They have supported artists like Common, T-Pain, and has toured supporting the iconic songwriter and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie. Sebastian frequently collaborates with DJ and producer, Boogey the Beat.
Daniel and Kimberly Craig bring the whole nouveau circus experience to the street, performing over 100 tricks and stunts throughout the show, including cyr wheel, hand-to-hand acrobatics, hula hoops, handstands, contortion, fire juggling, and of course comedy! As two award-winning performers with over thirty years of combined worldwide performance experience, they bring an immense and youthful energy to the street with nonstop, high energy, upbeat circus entertainment!
Woody Holler grew up hearing the songs of the cowboy. Although he was later trained in classical and opera, a sense of belonging and nostalgia held him close to the early Western genres where he developed his lyric yodel on the wide-open spaces of the Canadian Prairie. Woody later fell in love with jazz and has come to enjoy exploring the crossover that western swing provides.
Performing Artists – Indigenous Emerging Artist Mentorship
Becky grew up in the gateway to the Duck Mountain, a Métis village named San Clara, MB. When she was 4, she sang “Honey I’m Home” by Shania Twain at Back to Batoche Métis Days. Eventually she picked up the guitar and learned basic chords from my dad, Douglas Martin. The last few summers she sang at the Roblin Rodeo and Agricultural Society. Recently Becky received 3rd place at the Muskeg Hidden Indigenous Talent Contest 2020 by Indigenous Music. Becky can be found on Facebook at Becky Lou Music. Becky says “she has always sang because she loves to”.
riel. is a Métis Canadian Folk Artist that started performing in Thompson Manitoba in 2015. Since then he has performed at various settings such as coffee shops, house shows, arenas, live performance venues, and festivals across the country. He has been fortunate enough to perform with well-established folk artists such as Joshua Hyslop who has garnered over 130 Million streams on Spotify. riel.’s unique style of storytelling incorporates a strong sense of family values, culture, as well as a love for Manitoba and the Prairies. Louis Riel once said “Our People will sleep for One Hundred years. But when they awake, it will be the artists that give them their spirit back. Which holds true to riel.
Martin is Metis singer and songwriter from Winnipeg Manitoba. Growing up in a musical family, Martin began playing and singing at a young age. He honed in his musical skills through the cadet music program and various musical camps and workshops. Some of his biggest musical influences include Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams JR and Merle Haggard to name a few. His sound features classic country flare, with a modern Country-Rock twist.
Norway lives in Poplar River First Nation with his family which consists of his wife and three children. Norway grew up in Winnipeg but frequently visited back home in Poplar River. About 15 years ago he moved home to raise his family. He’s held numerous jobs around the community and started singing songs about 10-12 years ago. Norway started writing songs about 4-5 years ago. He’s entered multiple Talent Shows over the years including 3 NCI Jams, in which in the latest one in 2019 he placed 3rd. Some of his influences in music are The Tragically Hip (Gord Downie) and Blue Rodeo and his favourite genres to sing are Blues, Rock, and Country.
From Little Saskatchewan F.N., Sherri has grown up in a family of musicians and singing in church. Now entering talent shows and discovering her joy for writing music, Sherri most recently took an Indigenous Languages Program at Red River College and, along with three fellow students, created the Ojibwe music group Nagamoodaa! (Let’s all sing. Writing songs in Ojibwe, they use music as a learning tool to encourage others to learn the language through song.
Performing Artists – RBC Emerging Artist Mentorship
At 18 years old, Cohen Sieg has been writing and performing for almost half his life. Hailing from Sieg’s Corner, MB, he has become a local favourite while making his way to festivals, events, and open mics across the country. Cohen is a pop/folk singer-songwriter who is known for playing guitar, but is also a talented multi-instrumentalist playing a full band of instruments including bass, keyboard, saxophone, and percussion, to name a few. Cohen is a solo-musician but with the help of his looper, his captivating performances encompass the sounds and impact of a full band. Cohen has been receiving accolades since his humble beginnings in rural Manitoba, but has quickly expanded his reach, including Los Angeles, CA, where he holds a certificate from the Musicians Institute, College of Contemporary Music and Perth, WA, where he toured in the fall of 2018.
Canadian fiddle champions Jane Cory and Kyle Burghout have been performing for over a decade, and have played to audiences across Canada, the USA, and Europe. Both growing up in areas with rich fiddling traditions—Cory in Manitoba and Burghout in the Ottawa Valley—their shows feature a blend of the traditional tunes they grew up playing and contemporary tunes written by fiddlers from across Canada and beyond, including many compositions of their own. Cory and Burghout also draw on their background in classical music to create lush harmonies and exciting arrangements, ranging from lyrical waltzes and airs to toe-tapping jigs and reels.
Lana Winterhalt is an indie-pop artist from Winnipeg, MB. Her sound is influenced by junky breakups, insomnia, and true love, all wrapped up into simple guitar and haunting harmonies in an attempt to make you feel sparkly and weightless. Lana has released 4 projects in the past 4 years, having most recently released a full-length studio album “If & When” to streaming platforms everywhere. Mixing electronic and organic sounds, “If & When” is rich in new melodies, dreamy lyrics, and powerful vocals.
Riverbanks, beaches, backroads and bars serve as the backdrop to this folk rock duo from Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Prairie Joggers express feelings of love and loss through a stream of consciousness and straightforward stories of bittersweet adventure. As founding members of local blues-rock group Odder than the Otters, Goertzen (vocals, guitar) and Hill (drums) have played on stages across Manitoba, including Festival Du Voyageur and Rockin’ the Fields of Minnedosa. Their debut single, “Hola Luna”, was listed on the top 50 songs chosen by judges/panelists for 2018’s CBC Searchlight Competition.