There will be four Juno Award winners among the 24 contemporary Indigenous artists at the upcoming 2 Rivers Remix music festival in Lytton next month.
The collection of cultural events and music will run for its second year on Saturday, July 6, and Sunday, July 7.
Featured artists include DJ Shub (formerly of A Tribe Called Red), Quantum Tangle (Inuit, Anishinaabe, Metis), George Leach (St’atimc), Old Soul Rebel (Cree, Kainai, Ojibwe) and Melawmen Collective (Secwepemc, Nuu-Chah-Nulth, Cree, St’atimc, Nlaka’pamux).
The festival’s elders series will feature Murray Porter (Mohawk), Willie Thrasher and Linda Saddleback (Inuvialuit, Metis), Helen Duguay (Mi’kmaq), Gordon Dick (St’atimc) and Ritchie and The Fendermen (Nlaka’pamux).
Among the festival’s many genres are a collection of roots, folk and reggae artists, including The Spiritual Warriors (St’atimc), Ta’kaiya Blaney (Tla’Amin), Laura Grizzlypaws (St’atimc), Ecko Aleck (Nlaka’pamux) and Khastan Drums (Lheidli T’enneh).
Rock, metal, pop and funk artists include Curtis Clearsky and The Constellations (Blackfoot, Anishinaabe, Maori, Guarani), Nimkish (‘Kwakwaka’wakw, Cree), Tribal X (Cree, Musqueam) and Just/Hujune (Secwepemc, Dakelh).
Rounding out the two-day lineup will be hip-hop artists JB The First Lady (Nuxalk, Onondaga), DJ Oshow (Skwxwu7mesh), Brandon Peters (St’atimc) and Kiva Morgan-Hall and Levi-D (Secwepemc, Nlaka’pamux, Cree).
One cultural event on the docket is a presentation of the play Battle of the Birds at 11 a.m. on Saturday, led by Kevin Loring, the artistic director for Indigenous theatre at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa — and former Western Canada Theatre artistic director.
Another will feature special guests Mana Taketake, who will perform Maori dance and music and give workshops on both days.
The Wild Salmon Caravan will open the second day with a wild salmon celebration and parade at noon at Fraser Street and Sixth Street.
The event is free to attend and all ages are welcome. It will take place at Fourth Street and Main Street in Lytton. Festivities begin each day at noon and continue until 11 p.m.
For more information, go online to 2riversremix.ca.