Countryfest joins IMDP to again showcase Indigenous artists

Published on Tuesday, 28 May 2024 10:18

Dauphin’s Countryfest and the Indigenous Music Development Program at Manitoba Music are shining a spotlight on featured Indigenous artists in Manitoba.
As part of Canada’s longest running country music festival, June 28 to 30, the second edition of the Nipin (Summer) Showcase will feature 11 Indigenous acts including musicians and dancers.
The genre-spanning lineup includes established and up-and-coming artists including hard rock band Ash and the Arsonists, the legendary C-Weed Band, Juno nominated singer/songwriters Desiree Dorion and Renee Lamoureux, Indie-folk/pop artist FONTINE, country roots/rocker Jerry Sereda, fiddle champion and recording artist Jason Lepine and The Metis Spirit Band, and singer/radio broadcaster/actor/author Kimberley Dawn. Three-time Juno nominated singer/songwriter Don Amero will be a featured act on the Main Stage, June 30.
Acclaimed “hip hop jig” group the Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers and dynamic square dance group United Thunder Square Dancers will also perform.
“Indigenous artists continue to make important contributions to the country music scene in Manitoba and beyond,” said Cassidy Mann, the Indigenous Music Development Coordinator at Manitoba Music.
“We’re excited to be partnering once again with Dauphin’s Countryfest to amplify some of these incredibly talented Indigenous artists at the 35th anniversary of this venerable festival,”
Making sure Indigenous artists have a venue to showcase their talents is an important objective for Dauphin’s Countryfest, said festival general manager Kamryn Winters.
And it is a win-win as Countryfest patrons are treated to some worldclass entertainment.
“We have been working very hard for the past couple years to ensure that festival patrons can take in the talented showcasing of Indigenous artists across Manitoba,” Winters said.
“There is no shortage of amazing artists in our province and we are so happy to be able to feature more Indigenous artists than previous years as we work towards having a more culturally diverse festival for many years to come.”
Following is information for locating the acts featured as part the Nipin Showcase on festival weekend.
• Friday, June 28 - Credit Union Corral Stage - Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers, Renee Lamoureux, Jason Lepine and The Metis Spirit Band, Desiree Dorion, C-Weed Band.
• Saturday, June 29 - Credit Union Corral Stage - United Thunder Dancers, Kimberley Dawn, FONTINE, Jerry Sereda, Ash and the Arsonists.
• Sunday, June 30 - Main Stage - featured act Don Amero
The Indigenous Music Development Program was launched in 2004 to support First Nation, Inuit, and Métis artists and music companies as they develop sustainable careers in the music industry.
The program delivers projects and services that respond to the needs of the industry as identified by a steering committee and is supported by the Province of Manitoba and Manitoba Film and Music.



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