May 8, 2014

May 8, 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 Forks into a Celebration Village and welcomes all nations, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, to join the daylong activities. The celebration, a visual narrative of culture and history through arts and performance, kicks off at 11:00 a.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. The bold and beautiful Michelle Thrush of Blackstone and Derek Miller with his “Mohawk swagger” team up as co-hosts for the Aboriginal Day Live concert.


  • Billy Ray Cyrus: Singer-songwriter, guitarist and country music superstar. Billy unleashed the work of his life and marked the 20-year anniversary of the release of his debut album with Change My Mind; focusing on his own sound that made him a success right from the start: bluegrass, Southern rock, gospel and country music.
  • Leonard Sumner: From Little Saskatchewan First Nation located in the Interlake Region of Manitoba, he has a solid following in Winnipeg and beyond; a unique blend of hip hop, country and R & B with some insight from the Rez.
  • LightningCloud: A duo based out of Los Angeles. Crystle Lightning and MC RedCloud mix West Coast hip hop and electronic trap. DJ Hydroe joins them onstage to deliver a vibrant, multimedia stage performance.
  • Mike Bone: They’ve performed on America’s Got Talent, and their hit song “Rain Dance” exploded across the U.S.A. Brothers who are a hip hop duo from Oklahoma City.
  • Murray Porter and Friends: A Mohawk master of the piano from the Six Nations of the Grand River but based out of the West Coast. He’s shaped his own style of blues, country and humour. When Murray hits the stage, audiences follow his foot-stomping, hand-clapping blues lead.
  • Nelson Tagoona: A multitalented musician from Baker Lake, Nunavut, who mixes traditional Inuit throat singing, beat boxing and the guitar. Nelson’s started his own cultural art phenomenon with astonishing reactions from audiences nationwide.
  • Yvonne St. Germaine: Shares her gift of music as a gospel singer. She’s released six albums, performing and travelling internationally to communities, shelters, schools and more; a four-time winner in the category of “Best Gospel CD” at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards.


Aboriginal Day Live Broadcast: APTN will bring the celebration to Canada via the LIVEbroadcast, radio waves, online and mobile devices. The exclusive 3.5 hour broadcast of Aboriginal Day Live will air on APTN and APTN HD at 9 p.m. ET..

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