Manitoba Arts Network Announces fifteen rural concerts this July and August featuring
5 Indigenous Artists
WINNIPEG – June 22, 2022
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
To continue our goal of providing diverse programming for rural Manitoba communities, Manitoba Arts Network (MAN) is thrilled to announce that we have received funding from Canada Council for the Arts over the next three years to bring diverse, inclusive, and accessible live events to Indigenous and member communities each year. This tour is also supported by Manitoba Hydro who will help us strengthen our relationships with Indigenous peoples throughout Manitoba.
For the month of July & August, 10 Indigenous and 5 settler communities will host Indigenous musicians, culminating in Northern and Southern tours. The Southern Tour occurs July 24-31, while the Northern tour is scheduled for August 9-18.
This year’s feature artist is Jerry Sereda, a Canadian country musician of Métis descent originally from Ethelbert, Manitoba. Currently residing in Alberta, MAN is pleased to be bringing him back to Manitoba for this summer tour:
According to MAN Executive Director Rose-Anne Harder, This tour also provides further opportunities for Indigenous artists beginning to establish their music careers to gain touring experience. Indigenous artist alumni from MAN’s RBC Touring and Showcase Program Sherri Shorting, Mitchell Makoons, Ivy Venin, and Kris Paul will be performing and receiving mentorship from Jerry Sereda as part of the program.
Artists Mitchel Makoons, Ivy Venin, Sherri Shorting, and Kris Paul will be touring with and receiving mentorship from Jerry Sereda.
Jerry Sereda will also be offering each community a Music Masterclass at 5pm before each concert. The masterclass will depend on the needs of the participants and will range from songwriting, music production, intro to guitar playing, to learning how to get started in the music industry.
Confirmed Touring Dates & Communities Include:
- July 24 – Long Plain First Nation
- July 26 – Fisher River Cree Nation
- July 27 – Birdtail Sioux First Nation
- July 28 – International Peace Garden
- July 30 – Killarney Turtle Mountain Arts Council, Killarney
- July 31 – Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation
- August 9 – Sapotaweyak Cree Nation
- August 10 – Wuskwi Sipihk First Nation
- August 11 – Misipawistik Cree Nation, Grand Rapids
- August 12 – Norway House Cree Nation
- August 16 – Chemawawin Cree Nation
- August 17 – Opaskwayak Cree Nation – Aseneskak Casino
- August 18 – Arts Mosaic, Virden
More information about artists and tour dates can be found at MAN’s website (https://manitobaartsnetwork.ca/manitoba-arts-network/indigenous-summer-tour/) or on our Facebook or Instagram pages.
Artists Available to Interview:
These artists have expressed interest in answering any of your questions pertaining to their Indigenous Summer Tour involvement. You can reach them at the contacts below.