May 22, 2018

Winnipeg, Manitoba – On June 23, Turtle Island will be introduced to freshand award-winning talent from across the nation. Live and on location from Winnipeg, Toronto and Ottawa, APTN’s Indigenous Day Live (IDL) will showcase solo and collaborative performances bringing the nation together in celebration, proving once again that Indigenous culture and identity are thriving.

Kardinal Offishall, Walk Off the Earth, Shawnee, Lido Pimienta, Ria Mae, Sister Says, William Prince, Tom Wilson, Brooke Simpson, Logan Staats, Kelly Fraser, and Oh My Darling are just a handful of the many artists on this year’s lineup. For the complete roster visit

“APTN’s 12th edition of Indigenous Day Live continues to bring Canadians together to acknowledge Indigenous Peoples’ accomplishments, through cultural activities and live music while contributing to the nationwide movement of reconciliation,” said Jean La Rose, APTN Chief Executive Officer.“We are grateful for the generous financial support from our regional and national partners who enable us to continue expanding our grassroots efforts and reach even more Canadians year after year.”

IndigenousDay Live has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

“Every year, National Indigenous Peoples Day allows Canadians to discover and appreciate the cultural diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. It is also an opportunity for these communities to proudly display their own identities. That is why we are pleased to support organizations, such as APTN, that are putting on spectacular shows and a host of activities for the entire family once again this year,” The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

IDL 2018 will feature elements of the arts and culture community throughout the nation. A fusion of musical and dance genres, languages, styles, and interdisciplinary arts from the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples will come together on stage to paint an exciting living experience of contemporary Indigenous expression.

This year, Indigenous Day Live will bring the Saturday night concert lineup to its partner festivals: the Toronto Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York and the Ottawa Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival at Vincent Massey Park, which both run June 21 -24.

Indigenous Day Live– Watch live on APTN, online at or listen via the partnering Indigenous radio waves.The 5-hour IDL concert will broadcast live on June 23 from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. ET on APTN. A special IDL emerging artist pre-show from each host city will also be live-streamed ahead of the live broadcast. To find out who is playing in your city or for more information on daytime activities, visit Join the conversation anytime on Twitter or Instagram by using #IDL2018.

About Indigenous Day Live

Indigenous Day Live has been held annually since 2007 and is the largest celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day and the summer solstice in Canada. APTN presents free a 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. To join the conversation anytime use #IDL2018.

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For information on today’s announcement, visit or contact:

Ginger Shewell
Media Profile–Account Director
Phone: 416-342-1802
Cell.: 647-378-6611
Email:[email protected]

Ranziba Nehrin
Media Profile–Consultant
Phone: 416-342-1845
Cell.: 647-209-2578
Email:[email protected]

Jacqueline Jubinville
APTN-Manager of Communications
Phone: 204-947-9337 ext.: 339
Cell.: 204-990-3562
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