Please welcome our Virtual Entertainment
Time and day for each performer will be announced closer to the event date.
Metis-Cree Juno-nominated musician Joey Stylez grew up in Saskatoon. His many hit songs challenge society’s views of Indigenous people. With online streaming in the 10s of millions and collaborations with big names such as Ty Dolla $ign, Dragonette and Bun B, he has charted on Canadian Top 40 radio and served as a role model to Indigenous youth. He overcame a troubled past & inspired a generation of Canadian musicians, including The Weeknd, and was recognized by the CBC as one of the top 25 Canadian rappers of all time. He has opened for artists such as Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent and Billy Ray Cyrus. He continues to tour & create chart-topping hits. Joey has lived in major cities across North America and performed across the world. But what he loves most is to interact with Indigenous youth. His life experiences gave him a desire to make a difference in other people’s lives. He had the honor of opening Canada’s Truth & Reconciliation process at a Winnipeg event along with Blue Rodeo, performing his critically acclaimed song Living Proof that illustrates the horrors of Canada’s Residential Schools. He has appeared on national television numerous times and his is music featured in Hollywood productions. He played himself in Kevin Costner’s Yellowstone.
JJ Lavallee is a Metis singer/songwriter. Along with being an award winning fiddler. JJ has a style that captures emotion, energy, and cultural relevancy. He is a crowd favorite in the metis community and so fun to watch. Immersed in Metis culture from a young age and part of a large musical metis family, JJ has been playing for over 20 years and loves performing for audiences of all ages.
KRYSTLE PEDERSON is a Cree/Metis Actor, singer, songwriter with an outstanding career performing all across North America and New Zealand. Krystle's list of acting credits include: The (Post) Mistress, Little Badger and the Fire Spirit, Gabriel Dumont Wild West Show, Penelopiad, Reasonable Doubt". Krystle is the lead vocalist for "Lynx Lamour Goes to Nashville" a one-woman Cree musical written and composed by Tomson Highway. Krystle has used her time off during the pandemic to focus on her music. Krystle will be heading into the studio in the fall and will be releasing her first EP in the beginning of 2021.
The North Sound
The North Sound is cold like a Saskatchewan winter, humid like a summer day in the streets of Montreal and is unpredictable like the weather on a singular day in Calgary. The North Sound is ever-changing with lyrics spanning across haunting metaphors and a sound balanced between today's modern production and the era of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris blazing the highways. Formed in 2014 by Forrest Eaglespeaker supported by his partner Nevada Freistadt, The North Sound was created as a way to share stories in keeping true to Forrest's Blackfoot identity and traditions from Treaty 7 Territory. The North Sound has had three singles reach number one on the Indigenous Music Countdown as well as Saskatchewan's MBC Radio, and has received three nominations from the SCMA; two for Roots Artist of the Year and one for Emerging Artist of the Year. Sharing the stage with the likes of Blue Rodeo, Kathleen Edwards, Eagle and Hawk, Derek Miller, Susan Aglukark, Celeigh Cardinal, Logan Staats, and many more, The North Sound has performed at multiple venues and festivals across Canada and the United States.
Rebecca Strong is a 17 year old senior at St. Mary high school. She was born in Prince Albert, Sk. but originates from Stony Rapids, Sk. She loves to sing and teach herself to play the piano and ukulele. She has performed on many stages and has been singing from a very young age. She's most likely known for her viral Facebook video "Sober" by Demi Lovato and her family band "The Strong Sisters." Rebecca's goal is to get a golden buzzer by Simon Cowell. She's achieving her dream of becoming a superstar one step at a time.
Qu'Appelle Valley Dancers
Qu'Appelle Valley Square Dancers is a highly energetic and captivating team. They have danced across Saskatchewan and Alberta, wowing crowds with their mixture of traditional and contemporary routines. This group is more than just a team, they are a family that ranges with dancers from different First Nations and Metis communities. Their dancers range from various ages, young and old, from beginners to professionals. They are a team that gives everyone an opportunity to dance.
Metis Cultural Days 2020 Jigging Instructor!
Courtney-Dawn Anaquod Hails from Muscowpetung saulteaux First Nation ( Fort Qu'Appelle) sk Currently resides in Saskatoon. Renowned Saskatchewan's Jigging champion, Youth Mentor and Jigging Instructor founder of the Qu'Appelle Valley Dancers 2nd year Mental health and wellness Student. Currently Running for Indigenous Model of the year. She is the Grand daughter of the late Fiddling champion Morris Anaquod and Jigging champion Theresa Anaquod And the great-granddaughter of the late Joe Amyotte. Courtney is Self Taught Jigger and Inspiration comes from her Grand parents and continues to carry on the Anaquod legacy sharing her talents with the youth Across Saskatchewan and northern Saskatchewan.
Dean Smith Métis fiddle player from Prince Albert SK. Dean plays in the style of Métis and old time fiddle. Started his own band called the Dean Smith band and can be found playing and weddings, festivals and old time dances. Won his first fiddle contest in 2006 at Back to Batoche and recently recorded his own fiddle album called old time fiddle Favorites.
Val Halla is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Regina, Saskatchewan. She has been featured in both Guitar World Magazine and Guitar Player Magazine, and is currently an endorsing artist with Canadian companies Mack Amps and Carparelli Guitars, and Battle Creek, Michigan based GHS Strings. She has toured all across the United States & Canada, and Europe, playing hundreds of shows including shows with music icons such as Eric Burdon of The Animals, Burton Cummings of The Guess Who, Alice Cooper, and Saskatchewan road veterans Streetheart. She will be releasing a new album Gravel Roads later this year.
Brianna Lizotte's interest in music came from growing up in a musical family. After her great uncles had passed she felt the need to carry on the family tradition and started playing the fiddle in 2011. Her love of music has her performing, teaching, and volunteering at many events today. Her passion has lead her to start her own business Brianna Lizotte Music; which endeavours to donate fiddles for interested youth whom she meets throughout the year. Brianna is currently attending University for the Bachelor of Music Program and in her second year as an interpreter at Metis Crossing and as a teaching artist with the Music Alive Program with the National Arts Centre. Brianna is deeply proud of her Metis heritage, for her love of community, and volunteerism.
Growing up, Alex (3rd Generation fiddle player) followed his mother Patti to Old time dances around Manitoba where he was enriched with the Métis fiddle from a very young age. By age 7, the passion for music became apparent and fiddle became the focus of Alex's life. Career Highlights Include: - Two Time British Columbia Fiddle Champion (2008, 2009) - Five Time Manitoba Champion , - Eight Time Manitoba Métis Champion - Grand North American Champion (Alberta, 2013) - Canadian Grand Masters National Competition ranking in the top ten competitors and performing in Junior Showcase. - Folk Life Festival in Seattle, Washington - 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics (1st Medal Ceremony) Alex currently teaches at Metis settlement schools and currently makes his home In Cold Lake AB. Alex just released his brand new 2020 recording entitled "Phoenix" that can be found at www.alexkusturok.com/store
Monika Gerow has been singing for as long as she can remember. Singing has been a great way for her to process emotion and continue growth as she has ventured into the world of social work and works to help the most vulnerable populations in our province. Aside from playing solo, Monika plays in an all female rock band called "Debbie and The Dirtbags" and sings with local musician Anna Haverstock. Monika has had the opportunity to open for many great musicians including Amy Helm, Louis Burns, The Buzzardline and has sang at many festivals including Regina Folk Fest, Ness Creek, Saskatoon Jazzfest and Saskatoon Pride.
Aurora Wolfe is a musician, multimedia artist, and university student based out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Her honest lyrics and sleepy melodies combine into songs both you and your grandma would enjoy. Be sure to check out her full band Dump Babes, who are busy writing their second album due this winter.
Andrina Turenne is a bilingual singer, songwriter, and musician from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She grew up along the banks of the Red River in Saint-Boniface and is a member of the Manitoba Métis Nation. She has worked in music for over two decades, from collaborating in groups such as JUNO Award-winning Chic Gamine to her new solo career she has been carving out since 2018. She has contributed vocals to over 30 professionally-released albums and has recorded 7 full-length albums. She has played festivals of all sizes and has toured extensively throughout North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Africa. She draws inspiration from her own life experiences and her travels, as well as the rich history and raw beauty of the land she grew from.
Jason Lepine is a Metis Fiddle Champion and Recording Artist who was born and raised in Portage la Prairie, but now lives in Winnipeg, Mb. Jason started playing fiddle at age 7. He continues to share his Metis traditional fiddling passed on by his Dad, Garry Lepine, who is a Metis and Manitoba Fiddle Hall of Famer. Jason is self-taught fiddle player who plays by ear. Jason plays fiddle for Red River Jigging and square dance groups which is his forte. Jason has won many fiddle contests over his fiddling career including the Manitoba Championship and Festival Du Voyageur. He also judges, teaches fiddle lessons and plays for all types of functions. Jason has played all over Canada, including some performances in the USA. Some of Jason’s memorable highlights in his fiddling career are: Winning the “Best Fiddle Album of the Year” at the 2014 Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards in Winnipeg, being one of the top 5 fiddlers selected from Manitoba to compete at the Grand Masters Fiddle Contest near Ottawa, playing fiddle for the Asham Stompers at the Celtic Colors International Festival in Cape Breton Island, N.S., performing at the Metis Back to Batoche Days in Saskatchewan, Metis Festival at Keplinfest in Belcourt, N.D. USA and many, many more. Jason has also been an opening act for fiddle sensations: Donnell Leahy and Natalie McMaster and country acts: Doc Walker, Patricia Conroy, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Michelle Wright to name a few. Jason has 3 fiddle recordings out: “Hearsay”, Drivin’ Force” and his brand new CD that has just come out called “Metis Flair”. Jason thanks everyone for all the support over the years and hopes you will enjoy his energetic and uplifting Metis style of Fiddling.
VIRTUAL ART AUCTION
Supporting our artists
As with previous years, we continue to support our artists by hosting our annual fundraising art auction that will be held virtually through our Metis Cultural Days Facebook page! This year we will be honouring our youth, those aspiring and emerging artists in mentorship with our established professional artists!
The virtual online auction will start on September 18th and continue through to the end of September. Stay tuned for the list of artists and images of their artwork to be auctioned!
In the spirit of reconciliation.
The Métis Cultural Days will play host to community participation, awareness and engagement in Métis Arts, Culture and History.