New Indigenous music festival puts artists to work with a line-up of talent for all to enjoy.
Toronto, ON—“Artists for Artists”. That’s the motto behind the upcoming Tkaronto Music Festival: Online, organized by the Indigenous led 50/50 Performing Arts Collective. Originally planned as an outdoor music festival, the event has moved online and will be streaming on Facebook Live, Youtube Live, and TKMF.ca over 3 days from May 15th and May 17th, accompanied by the hashtag #TKMF20. With the goal of not only giving virtual attendees an escape from the everyday but to give artists paid performing opportunities, Tkaronto Music Festival: Online aims to be THE virtual destination for your May long-weekend entertainment.
“It’s essential during the COVID-19 quarantine we keep our spirits up,” says festival spokesperson Ian Maracle, “with many artists being hit hard, we thought moving the event online instead of pushing it back to a 2021 was the best way to show our support for Indigenous communities and storytellers”. With people from around the world being staying home, this is the perfect time to put the spotlight on the established and emerging Indigenous talent. With the team at the newly created 50/50 Performing Arts Collective behind the wheel and their extensive network of supports from across the world, including Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre (National Arts Centre – Indigenous Theatre Department, Manitoba Music, Yukon Arts Centre, Sanderson Centre and Talking Stick Festival to name a few ), the event is sure to be heard far and wide.
Artists performing include Nbiising Anishinaabe artist, speaker, writer, father, activist and former member of A Tribe Called Red DJ NDN (Ian Campeau), Juno Award winning Anishinaabe blues rock Digging Roots, folk and country singer-songwriter William Prince, “The Launch” winner Logan Staats, Northwest Territories based Leela Gilday, and the “Godfather of PowWowStep” DJ Shub, plus many more!
Tkaronto Music Festival is the newest platform and event to showcase top Indigenous talent from around the globe. Hosted and organized by 50/50 Performing Arts Collective, a small group of seasoned Indigenous creatives, event professionals, and marketers. With more than 20 years of experience curating and hosting talent, they have come together to give Indigenous and non- Indigenous creative professionals a new way for their work to be discovered.