A huge thank you to everyone who came out in Winnipeg and Iqaluit as well as to those who tuned in to Aboriginal Day Live 2013 on TV, radio and online!
Thank you to Winnipeg hosts Michelle Thrush, Derek Miller and Webstage Pass’ Chantelle and in Iqaluit; Don Kelly and Madeleine Allakariallak. Another big thank you to all of the guests, performers and sponsors who helped make this year’s celebration and concert such a great success.
Check out these great shots courtesy of the Webstage Pass team from the Saturday, June 22 celebrations and concerts in Winnipeg and Iqaluit on Flickr and see some awesome pictures taken by YOU using the tag #ADL2013 right here.
See you next year for Aboriginal Day Live and Celebration in Winnipeg and Halifax!
The wait is over. The big day is finally here! Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration is ready to roll. Your only job is to participate and enjoy the magic of the day. There are four different ways you can be part of the festivities.
1. If you are in Winnipeg or Iqaluit, you can join the events in person. ADL2013 will take place at The Forks in Winnipeg. The site opens at 11am with The Celebration Village and the skateboard competitions starting at noon. Events include a variety of family-friendly activities suitable for all ages. If it’s the music you’re looking for, the concert starts at 7:30pm. Don’t forget your lawn chair or blanket if you feel like having your own seat. All these events are free!
2. For those of you in Iqaluit who acquired free advanced tickets, we will see you at the Arctic Winter Games Arena. Present your ticket on the day of the show at the AWG arena between 5pm and 7pm for your wristband to gain entry. The concert starts at 8:30pm.
3. The Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration concert will be broadcast LIVE on APTN. Check your local listings for details to see how you can watch from the comfort of your own home.
4. If you don’t think you’ll be around a TV set to watch the big show, you can also listen to various radio stations across the country to catch the concert LIVE. Click here to find out what stations in your area will be broadcasting the concert.
And last but not least, we can’t forget about social media! Whether it be on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr or Instagram (just to name a few), you can see pictures and posts about the event via your computer or mobile device. If you want to be part of the social media action, just use the hashtag #ADL2013. Chantelle may even read your tweets during our national broadcast from the APTN Webstage Pass™!
We’ve given you four great ways to enjoy what is going to be a fantastic day of cultural pride, family, friends, music, history and fun! Thanks for being part of the ADL2013 journey. Now the countdown begins for ADL2014…
The seventh annual Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration is only one day away! It has become a premiere national event for Aboriginal Peoples in Canada to celebrate their pride and showcase their undeniable talent. But why do we celebrate National Aboriginal Day on June 21st?
National Aboriginal Day itself officially started in 1996 when then Governor General, Roméo LeBlanc, proclaimed the day to be celebrated on June 21, the summer solstice. But even before that, in 1982, The National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations) called for the creation of a National Aboriginal Solidarity Day to be celebrated on June 21. These thoughts were also echoed in 1995 at a national conference called The Sacred Assembly which was chaired by Elijah Harper.
As Canada’s first and only Aboriginal broadcaster, APTN quickly realized that a national television event was in order for this important day of the year. The first APTN Aboriginal Day Live broadcast took place on June 21, 2007 outside of APTN headquarters in Winnipeg.
The one-hour concert was hosted by APTN National News Host/Producer Cheryl McKenzie and radio personality, Ray St. Germain. The talent showcase featured “Fiddle Master” Donny Parenteau, the Asham Stompers, champion hoop dancer Lisa Odjig, Juno award winner Leela Gilday, Nunavut’s own Lucie Idlout, Dead Indians and the internationally renowned C-Weed Band.
We’ve come a long way from our humble beginnings in the small park outside of APTN. ADL is now broadcast from two cities, is 4 hours long and features over a dozen of the most talented Aboriginal artists in the world. It doesn’t get much better than that! Are you ready? It’s almost go time.
In April, APTN invited youth from across Canada to participate in the seventh annual Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration Flag Contest. The contest is an opportunity for youth ages 12 to 17 years old to showcase their creative flair by designing a flag that shares their vision of Aboriginal pride and heritage. This was the first year that we had a national winner and a winner from Nunavut exclusively.
The winners will receive a trip to Winnipeg or Iqaluit (along with one parent/guardian) including accommodations, an invitation to take part in APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration in Winnipeg or Iqaluit and a cash prize of $500! There is a $750 bonus for the student’s school if the flag was created as part of a class project.
In total, APTN received 216 submissions from Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Nunavut. We were blown away by the talented submissions and the variety of ideas shared. After a rigorous judging process, we are excited to announce the two winners of this year’s competition.
The national winner is sixteen-year-old Alina Statsenko from St. Elizabeth Catholic High School in Thornhill, Ontario. Her design was selected among 185 national entries received from across Canada and was a graphic design class project. Her flag will be raised above APTN’s Winnipeg headquarters. She will also be interviewed on APTN National News and be featured during Aboriginal Day Live!
Jocelyn Arreak from Igloolik, Nunavut is the regional winner from Nunavut. Jocelyn’s design was also initiated as part of a school project. Congratulations to both of these creative young women.
We thank all those who participated. We look forward to seeing what creative ideas come up in next year’s contest. This year will be a tough one to beat!
Another highlight of Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration in Winnipeg will be the skateboard competition and demonstration. The Forks is home to one of the world’s premiere skate parks. Covering a total area of over 44,000 square feet, The Plaza consists of a meticulously detailed world-class skateable sculpture plaza and expansive modern bowl complex tied seamlessly into the heart of downtown Winnipeg’s urban fabric.
STREETZ 104.7 FM will be on-site with LIVE radio broadcasts and will be playing music throughout the day. Guest DJ’s will spin tracks to get competitors pumped. The competition is open to all ages and there are lots of great prizes to be won!
Skateboard Competition and Demo Schedule
Sign up just prior to the start of the competition, make your number visible and show us what you’ve got!
Here is the schedule:
12:00pm – Ages 13 and under
1:00pm – Ages 14-17
2:00pm – Ages 18+
3:00pm – Sk8 Skates, Red Riding Media Demo
It’s just another great reason to be part of ADL2013. We can’t wait for you to show us your moves! Click here for the official rules and regulations.
With less than five days left before Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration, we thought we’d give you the rundown on what to expect in Winnipeg during the festivities.
The ADL2013 site officially opens at 11am at The Forks but noon is when most of the activities begin. Head over to the skateboard park and sign up for The Best Trick Skateboard Competition. It’s open to all ages with the youngest group of competitors (13 and under) starting things off at noon. Here is more information about the competition including the rules and regulations.
Our Celebration Village, which consists of three cultural pavilions: First Nations, Inuit and Métis, also begins at noon. There will be workshops for all ages, tasty culinary delights, hand-crafted art, storytelling, music, dance and so much more. Located in each of the three cultural pavilions is a mini-stage. Join us as each stage takes turns featuring entertainers from a variety of cultural backgrounds. For detailed information about Celebration Village, click here.
For the first time in Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration history, The Manito Ahbee Festival will partner with APTN to host the “Aboriginal Day Competition Pow Wow” at The Forks. Registration begins at noon with the Grand Entry starting at 1pm. You can click here to get more information about the Pow Wow including etiquette tips.
Starting at 7:30pm is our 4-hour ADL2013 concert which will be broadcast LIVE on APTN. There is a stellar list of performers including: Crystal Shawanda, A Tribe Called Red, Dallas Arcand, George Leach, Kathia Rock, Sagkeeng’s Finest, War Party and Tanya Tagaq.
The night will be capped off with a fireworks display at 11:30pm. It will be the perfect way to end an event that will be one for the history books. Click here for a detailed map of the #ADL2013 site at The Forks. We hope to see you there!
Every year, APTN organizes a second event in another Canadian city. This year, APTN is excited to host Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration in Iqaluit at the Arctic Winter Games Arena.
Free tickets for the big concert event can be picked up in advance at NorthMart stores until June 21st. If you’ve acquired a ticket in advance, you can present it at the AWG arena between 5pm and 7pm on June 22nd to pick up your wristband for the show. The RCMP will also be there serving up delicious BBQ fare!
The concert, which will be broadcast live on APTN, starts at 8:30pm and is hosted by comedian Don Kelly, from APTN’s Fish Out of Water, and co-hosted by the multi-talented Madeleine Allakariallak. We have performances by Artcirq, Leela Gilday, Nelson Tagoona, Saali, Saina Singer, Sinuupa and the iconic Susan Aglukark. For more information about the artists, click here.
We hope to see you out in big numbers to celebrate the beauty and diversity of Aboriginal culture in Canada. You won’t want to miss it!
Hailed by Maclean’s Magazine as one of Canada’s 100 leaders to watch for, Susan Aglukark uses her musical gifts as a platform to share her passion for her Inuit heritage. Over the years, she has performed for Queen Elizabeth, former Prime Ministers Jean Chrétien and Brian Mulroney and Nelson Mandela.
With seven albums to her credit, three Juno Awards and as a recipient of the Order of Canada, Susan has made her mark as a Canadian musical icon. It has been six years since her last album release, White Sahara, which takes place at the transition between two eras – the origins and history of a young artist, and the future of a mature, accomplished and open artist.
Susan Aglukark is quickly becoming a highly sought after motivational speaker and workshop facilitator. Combining her music with her workshops, Susan shares positive messages about the history of her people. We are honoured to have Susan Aglukark perform in Iqaluit during #ADL2013.
In one week, music will be echoing throughout two Canadian cities as families and friends come together to celebrate the rich cultural history of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Aboriginal Day Live and Celebration is right around the corner and Winnipeg and Iqaluit are gearing up!
As the final preparations are being made, the buzz and excitement is hard to ignore. Musicians are tweaking their sets, artisans are putting the final touches on their crafts and recipes are being perfected by the many food vendors that will be on-site for the big day.
And for the first time in ADL history, Manito Ahbee in partnership with APTN are proud to host The National Aboriginal Day Competition Pow Wow in Winnipeg at The Forks. Although pow wows are wonderfully entertaining and spectators are encouraged, there are some pow wow etiquette tips we’d like to share.
1. Ask permission before taking pictures of dancers. Many people are sensitive about pictures, so it is always good to be on the safe side and ask.
2. Do not touch eagle feathers or other items without asking permission. Women who are menstruating are not allowed to be near or touch eagle feathers.
3. Always stand during special songs. This includes Grand Entry, Flag Songs, Veteran Songs, Memorial Songs, Prayer Songs, and any song the announcers designate. It is also customary to remove any hats that you have on for the duration of that song.
4. Pay attention to the announcers. They will give all of the information you need, as well as entertain you and keep you posted on any news. They can answer any of your questions.
5. Remember you are a guest. Have fun, ask questions and meet people. Everyone is welcome!
Michelle Thrush is the epitome of a role model for Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. She has been working professionally in film, television and theatre for over twenty years and makes giving back to her community a priority, especially when it comes to working with youth.
Michelle brings her award-winning presence to the main stage. Her latest achievements include a 2012 Rosie Award for Best Performance by an Alberta Actress, and she was appointed 2012 Alberta Aboriginal Role Model of the Year.
In 2011, Michelle won a Gemini for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role” for her character, Gail Stoney, on the hit APTN dramatic series Blackstone. You can watch full episodes of Blackstone at aptn.ca.
The mother of two wonderful daughters, Michelle and her family are currently residing in Calgary, AB. We are so excited she will be making the trek to Winnipeg to host #ADL2013!