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Aboriginal Peoples Television Network’s 11th edition of Aboriginal Day Live (ADL) will be the largest in its history and broadcast from eight cities, feature 70 artists and be available on TV, radio and online.
The lineup of artists includes, Digging Roots, Charlie Major, Classified, Daniel Lanois, Derek Miller, Digawolf, Don Amero, Florent Vollant, George Leach, Iskwé, LightningCloud, Nelly Furtado, Neon Dreams, Radio Radio, Taboo, and Zachary Richard.
“All those cities will burst with some of the most recognized entertainers in Aboriginal music and television,” said APTN CEO Jean LaRose. “This year the celebration will expand its grassroots reach to Aboriginal communities even further. This will be the largest national Aboriginal celebration in history.”
ADL has been held annually since 2007 and is the largest celebration of National Aboriginal Day, a celebration of Aboriginal Peoples’ cultures and heritage and the summer solstice in Canada. APTN presents the free day-time program of activities and evening concert in Winnipeg, MB, setting up a twin stage across the country for most years. The LIVE multi-platform concert broadcast is available to all Canadians and beyond via APTN, radio and online.
This year’s ADL will bring Canadians together to acknowledge Aboriginal Peoples’ accomplishments, through cultural activities and live music while contributing to the nationwide movement of reconciliation.
ADL continues to evolve and will feature elements of the arts and culture community from eight regions. A fusion of musical genres, languages, styles, and interdisciplinary arts from the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples come together on stage to paint an exciting living experience of contemporary Aboriginal expression. Throat-singing and beat box mix-up in Inuktitut and French; artists from across the North creating the first ever Inuit throat singing
Throat-singing and beat box mix-up in Inuktitut and French; artists from across the North creating the first ever Inuit throat singing choir, and hosts outfitted with the hottest jewelry and clothing from Aboriginal designers are but a few examples. This year will showcase the unparalleled talent that is woven into the tapestry of all Nations that make up the mosaic of this country.
This year will showcase the unparalleled talent that is woven into the tapestry of all Nations that make up the mosaic of this country.
The 7-hour Aboriginal Day Live concert will broadcast on June 21 from 7:00 p.m.et to 2:00 a.m.
“The seven-hour live, multi-platform broadcast, radiowaves and livestreaming make this a historical broadcast bringing the coast, to coast, to coast celebrations to all of Canada and beyond,” said Larose.
A special Aboriginal Day Live emerging artist pre-show from each host city.
To find out who’s playing in your city or for more information on daytime activities, including sunrise ceremonies, the round dances, artisans, children’s activities and more, visit Aboriginaldaylive.ca or follow APTN’s social scene and #ADL2017.
National Aboriginal Day is a celebration of Aboriginal Peoples’ culture and heritage and is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.
It was first celebrated on June 21, 1996, after being recognized through a proclamation by then Governor General Roméo LeBlanc.
National Aboriginal Day is part of the Celebrate Canada program, though most provinces do not recognize it as a statutory holiday.