Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) will host Aboriginal Day Live and Celebration, an annual celebration of National Aboriginal Day and the summer solstice, on Saturday, June 23, 2012. Two concerts will take place: one at the Forks in Winnipeg, Manitoba and the other at the First Nations University of Canada in Regina, Saskatchewan. Both will be broadcast live across the country on APTN and APTN HD.
In its sixth year, these free concerts will feature some of the biggest names in Aboriginal music and television. Performers will be announced at a special press conference in May. Co-hosts for the Winnipeg event include Don Kelly, star of the APTN hit series Fish out of Water; Candy Palmater, comedian and star of The Candy Show; and APTNís own Upload personality Chantelle. Co-hosts for the Regina event include Aboriginal DJ and actress Crystle Lightning and First Nations producer and actress Jennifer Podemski.
For the second year in a row, to precede the live concert, APTN will host its celebration, a day-long schedule of events that will include a variety of family-friendly events suitable for both young and old, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal People.
The exclusive three-and-a-half hour broadcast of Aboriginal Day Live will air on APTN and APTN HD on Saturday, June 23 LIVE at 8:00 pm CT (7:00 pm MT; 9:00 pm ET). For more information on APTNís Aboriginal Day Live and Celebration 2012 visit www.aboriginaldaylive.com .
September 1, 2011, marked the 12-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers around the world. APTN is available in approximately 10 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite (DTH), telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers. The network launched its high definition channel APTN HD in the spring of 2008. APTN does not receive government funding for operations but generates revenue through subscriber fees, advertising sales and strategic partnerships. APTN broadcasts programming with 56% offered in English, 16% in French and 28% in Aboriginal languages. For program schedule or for more information, please contact APTN at (204) 947-9331 or toll-free at 1-888-278-8862, or visit the website at www.aptn.ca>.