Manitoba Arts Network & Manitoba Hydro’s
Summer Tour 2023
Strengthening relationships with
Indigenous peoples throughout Manitoba.
Touring Artists’ Bios
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Meet The Artists
Dawn Marie Chartrand
Dawn Marie Chartrand is an Indigenous singer/songwriter based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is from Rolling River First Nation, Manitoba. A married mom of 5 and grandma of 9, she is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of Winnipeg’s local rock/blues band, “Shades of Dawn”. Dawn has been singing and playing guitar since childhood and considers her musical influences to include the diverse rock and blues styles of music icons Etta James, Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks, Johnny Cash, and Tina Turner. Dawn has performed with her band in various communities across Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Dawn considers herself an advocate and supporter of Indigenous women in music. She hopes that one day women will be equally represented in the Indigenous music scene and treated as such by their male counterparts.
Touring Coordinator Rhonda Head has received 15 nominations and won nine international music awards since she began her music career in 2010. Rhonda has had the opportunity to perform in some of the most unique venues – Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Centre, the Viper Room, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 5 Lands Walk Festival in NSW, Australia, and numerous other venues. Rhonda also recently released an autobiography called Mezzo-Soprano – Memoirs of a Rez Girl. It wasn’t always an easy road for Rhonda; she was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was 22. Rhonda took a year off to recuperate from the 11.5 hour surgery. When she thought her life was back on track she received devastating news when she was 30 that the tumour grew back. Once again, she took time off and took care of her health. Despite the setbacks and challenges, Rhonda continued to follow her passion for music.
Kwiat (kwai·uht) is a Métis Polish avant-pop artist heavily influenced by post-romanticism. With sophisticated vocals and elaborate piano melodies, the Winnipeg-based songstress captivates audiences through raw, intimate, and dramatic performances. Each song blossoms into its own lush and distinct sound while drawing inspiration from notable artists such as Fiona Apple, Japanese Breakfast, and Regina Spektor. Kwiat plans to make her official debut in the Fall of 2022.
Jesse Bandura is a singer-songwriter, recording artist
born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Bandura infuses his love of country and rock into his music. Jesse got his first guitar at age nine and has honed his craft playing live across Western Canada over the past 14 years. Bandura’s musical style has been linked to Jason Aldean, Steve Earl and, Kidd Rock. Bandura has a new single, set for release September 2022, guaranteed to keep you country!
Stun (known off stage as Winston Chubb) is a Winnipeg-based Indigenous hip hop artist recognized by #FirstUp with RBCxMusic, the International Indigenous Hip Hop Awards, the Indigenous Screen Awards, and more.
His performance brings the vibe of the moment to life. With cleverly written punchlines and adjacent wordplay, Stun involves his own aspect of lyricism into the music. He is the inspirational role model for young indigenous men and boys. Displaying his ethnicity and culture to the full potential, while practising the general outlook of an indigenous being.
Emerging artist Greg Personius calls Opaskwayak Cree Nation home and is an active community member and a proud new father to his first child. Inspired by music such as country legends, music is everything to him.