Prince George Folk Fest Society will be hosting an Indigenous Music Festival later this month.
The live music event called “Dak’et Shun Inli” or Music in the Fall, will be held Oct. 22 and 23 and be a celebration of Indigenous art, culture and musicians on Lheidli T’enneh Territory.
The event will take place at the Uda Dune Baiyoh (House of Ancestors) Conference Centre on Third Aveneue.
“Coldsnap has featured an amazing array of fabulous Indigenous musicians over the years and we wanted to bring some back and invite some new ones! We will also have an art display, a traditional drum-making workshop and musicians workshops,” said the organizers.
The performances will be presented in front of a small live audience if possible, but due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation in northern B.C., the society will not be selling tickets at this time.
Instead, the entire event will be live-streamed and free to watch at no charge. Workshops will also be presented on the Zoom platform.
Viewers can expect to see Twin Flames, a multi-award-winning contemporary folk duo with Indigenous and Inuit songs that incorporate both Western and traditional instruments.
Eekwol, an experimental hip-hop emcee and member of the Muskoday First Nation will also be performing as well as fiddler Wesley Hardisty from the Dene First Nation in the Northwest Territories.
The event is presented with funding from Canadian Heritage and supported by the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation and the City of Prince George.
The Folk Fest Society also announced it’s planning on presenting its annual winter Coldsnap festival in as typical format as possible while keeping paramount the safety of artists, staff and audience.
“We express our continued unwavering gratitude to all front-line healthcare professionals who are working so hard for our safety and well-being,” said the Society.
Coldsnap 2022 is currently scheduled between January 28 and February 5. More information on Coldsnap and the upcoming Dak’et Shun Inli can be found on the festival website.