May 6, 2014

May 6, 2014, Winnipeg, Manitoba – Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) announced today the lineup and hosts for Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration, the fastest growing event of its kind in the nation. The free event is held this upcoming National Aboriginal Day on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

APTN will transform the Halifax Waterfront into a cultural experience and welcomes all nations, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, to join a daylong cultural journey. The celebration, a visual narrative of culture and history through arts and performance, kicks off at 12:00 p.m. leading into a live evening concert at 8:00 p.m.

The free evening concert will feature some of the most celebrated names in Aboriginal music and television, including award-winning and up-and-coming artists. APTN deluxe hosts Don Kelly of Fish out of Water and Candy Palmater of The Candy Show team up as co-hosts for the Aboriginal Day Live concert.


  • A Tribe Called Red: From Ottawa, a producer/DJ crew influencing the global electronic scene with their signature style: Pow Wow Step. They were awarded the “Breakthrough Album of the Year” at the 2014 JUNO Awards.
  • Ashley MacIsaac: An influential fiddle master from Cape Breton with a true passion for creating genre bending music. His roots are in traditional Celtic music, but he also references notes of rock, pop and everything in-between.
  • Black & Grey: Boomy bass lines, dynamic percussion and compelling lyrics. An up-and-coming crew from Cape Breton, winning the ears of many major East Coast radio stations.
  • Inez Jasper: An award-winning Sto:lo, Ojibway and Métis musician who harmonizes traditional Aboriginal sounds into her melodies. A guaranteed high energy pop performance from British Columbia.
  • J. Hubert Francis & Eagle Feather: World-renowned for his creative knack to draw from traditional song and rock – fusing them with Mi’kmaq and English lyrics. A true Mi’kmaq vanguard from the Elsipogtog First Nation of New Brunswick.
  • Joey Stylez: Based out of Los Angeles, he’s one of a select few who brought Aboriginal rap to the masses. His latest work, FEATHER + ROSARY, speaks to a global audience with references to young Aboriginal men’s struggles.
  • Melissa Girvan: A fresh face and spirited singer-songwriter from northern New Brunswick. Her one-of-a-kind guitar style and alluring voice are layered with stories of love, life and good times.
  • Radio Radio: A Montreal-based trio and creators of electro rap beats backed with Acadian-French lyrics. On the international grid with performances at festivals in the United States of America, France and Belgium.


Aboriginal Day Live Broadcast: APTN will bring the celebration to Canada via the LIVE broadcast, radio waves, online and mobile devices. The exclusive 3.5 hour broadcast of Aboriginal Day Live will air on APTN and APTN HD at 10:00 p.m. AT.

The network is able to travel with Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration to Halifax due to the overwhelming support of government presenters/partners and corporate sponsors. The Government of Nova Scotia has made a valuable contribution to the event as a Regional Presenter. The celebration also receives support from the Government of Canada through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency as Regional Presenter,Waterfront Development Corporation and Casino Nova Scotia as Regional Official Partners.

“Our Government is proud to support an event that aligns with our growth strategy for tourism and promotes the richness and vitality of Aboriginal culture and traditions.”

The Honourable Rob Moore Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

“Nova Scotia is the perfect backdrop for this year’s Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration broadcast,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Tony Ince. “Our diverse culture and heritage and the incredible talents of the featured Aboriginal artists and performers will make this the place to be on June 21.”

For full details on Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration, visit

September 1, 2013, marked the 14-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers around the world. APTN is available in approximately 10 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite, telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers. The network launched its high definition channel, APTN HD, in the spring of 2008. APTN does not receive government funding for operations but generates revenue through subscriber fees, advertising sales and strategic partnerships. APTN broadcasts programming with 56% offered in English, 16% in French and 28% in Aboriginal languages. For program schedule or for more information, please contact APTN at (204) 947-9331 or toll-free at 1-888-278-8862, or visit the website