Who: A Tribe Called Red, Keys N Krates, Iskwé
When: Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto, ON
Toronto celebrated the 9th annual Indigenous History Month with a day full of Indigenous culture, including arts, crafts, and entertainment on Wednesday. The day concluded with a free concert presented by the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto and the Downie-Wenjack Fund.
There was definitely a feeling of empowerment and solidarity throughout the whole show. The event brought together people from Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds and reminded everybody that Canada’s history goes back more than 15,000 years. Before the show, Mike Downie of the Downie-Wenjack Fund spoke about the importance of the event and of the dream his brother (the late Gord Downie) had for a more united country. “If we could start moving towards a new Canada,” he said, “I think my brother Gord would be really happy about it”.
Iskwé started the night with her powerful voice and meaningful lyrics. Many of her songs were statements of encouragement and empowerment; of standing up for yourself and what’s right.
Next, Toronto EDM group Keys N Krates got the crowd dancing with an energetic set.
The final act of the night was A Tribe Called Red. The group’s unique sound mixed with their strong cultural and social messages made them a perfect choice to wrap up the evening.
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