May 25, 2017

Winnipeg, Manitoba – The nation is already buzzing about this year’s Aboriginal Day Live (ADL) going coast-to-coast-to-coast for Canada 150. Today, the lineup with over 70 of some of the biggest names in music and television, including award-winning and on-the-rise artists was announced.

Highlights include: 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. For a complete lineup visit

ADL will be the greatest yet, with stages in Halifax, Montréal, OttawaToronto, Winnipeg, Yellowknife, Edmonton, and Vancouver.

The 11th edition will bring Canadians together to acknowledge Aboriginal Peoples’ accomplishments, through cultural activities and live music while contributing to the nationwide movement of reconciliation. To bring the Nation together in one great gathering, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) with financial support from the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Fund, is making this the largest National Aboriginal Day celebration in history. APTN would also like to acknowledge and thank our national partners Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), Investors Group and TD Bank Group.

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 beatbox 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.

Aboriginal Day Live multi-platform broadcast will mark broadcast history. Watch LIVE on APTN, online at or listen via the Aboriginal radio waves. The 7-hour Aboriginal Day Live concert will broadcast on June 21 from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. ET on APTN.

A special Aboriginal Day Live emerging artist pre-show from each host city will also be available on livestream at

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 or follow APTN’s social scene. Everyone is welcome to join the conversation anytime on Twitter or Instagram in using #ADL2017, and posts will be shared with the APTN social media audience.

About Aboriginal Day Live
Aboriginal Day Live is 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. Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (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 waves and online. For more information, please visit

About National Aboriginal Day –A celebration of Aboriginal Peoples’ culture and heritage
National Aboriginal Day 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.

For further information about Aboriginal Day Live or APTN and image requests, please contact:

Jacqueline Jubinville
Manager of Communications, APTN
(204) 947-9331, ext. 339
[email protected]

Raegan Hedley
Communications Specialist, Dooley Communications
(204) 232-3339
[email protected]