3:00PM | OMÉIGWESSI ENSEMBLE
Originally from Winnipeg, the Delbaere-Sawchuk family calls Tkaronto home. They have played across Turtle Island, from the Vancouver Olympics, to the Smithsonian in Washington. They are committed to promoting and celebrating Métis music and culture. Oméigwessi [Oh-may-EEG-whe -say] is a nickname given to people of Ukranian ancestry by the Ojibwe community of Treaty 2. Drawing upon her Red River Métis, Franco-Manitoban and Ukrainian ancestry, Alyssa created and leads Oméigwessi.
3:45PM | AMANDA RHEAUME
Amanda Rheaume’s rootsy, guitar-driven ballads introduce crucial dimensions to the world of Heartland Rock. A Citizen of the Métis Nation, and an active and proud member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, Rheaume’s music is indeed from the heart and from the land. First a songwriter, Rheaume comes from a long line of tireless, transformational organizers and activists and carries this lineage forward in her ever-growing role as a crucial builder of Indigenous music community. From the International Music Summit to the newly-founded Ishkode Records and the National Indigenous Music Office, the goal of raising Indigenous sovereignty in the music industry drives all of Amanda’s work. She has released 5 full length albums over 15 years resulting in JUNO and SSIMA nominations and Canadian Folk Music awards.