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New Bands, Fashion Show added to Aboriginal Music Week 2013

Aboriginal Music Week is proud to announce that JUNO Award winning bluesman George Leach, Winnipeg-based rockers The Mosquitoz, and country chanteuse Desiree Dorion have been added to the festival this year. The new additions will join the 25 other acts at one of the 10 existing concerts set for August 16th to 21st in Winnipeg.

George Leach recently released his sophomore album Surrender. It is the followup to his JUNO Award winning debut and features 11 solid blues songs with Leach's signature guitar style and smooth vocals. The Mosquitoz are veterans of Winnipeg's bar scene who have just released a great album full of original material.

Desiree Dorion is a lawyer by day and country singer by night. Her music features exceptional vocals, writing, and production. ?The festival is run solely by volunteers and all the money we raise goes to paying artists fees, covering production costs, and marketing the festival,? explains festival chairperson Alan Greyeyes. "We exceeded our fundraising goals this spring so we were able to book a couple more artists and introduce a new component to the festival."

For the first time Aboriginal Music Week will include a Native American fashion show. The work of Turquoise Soul and Shayne Watson Designs will be featured at the Saturday Night 49er presented by Streetz FM on August 17 at the Pyramid Cabaret.

Turquoise Soul creates unique, high quality, hand beaded Native Americaninspired jewelry.

Shayne Watson Designs features a fashion line that includes Navajo "Old Style" traditional wear, Native contemporary wear, evening formal wear, pow wow appliqu?, and beadwork.

About Aboriginal Music Week Aboriginal Music Week was launched in 2009 to develop Aboriginal youth as an audience for live music. The festival presents between 20 and 35 First Nation, M?tis, Inuit, Native American, and Indigenous bands each year. It is held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and produced by Aboriginal Music Manitoba, which is a non-profit organization. Aboriginal Music Week runs concurrently to the Manito Ahbee Fesitival. It doesn't receive any financial support, resources, or programming direction from the Manito Ahbee Festival or the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards.

Aboriginal Music Manitoba would like to acknowledge the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, the SOCAN Foundation, the Province of Manitoba, and the Winnipeg Arts Council for their financial support of Aboriginal Music Week 2013. Aboriginal Music Manitoba would like to acknowledge the Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation, Bell Media and Bob FM, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and Digital, Redworks Studio, NCI FM and Streetz FM, the University of Winnipeg, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Grassroots News, SAY Magazine, CKUW and Stylus Magazine, and UMFM for their support of Aboriginal Music Week 2013.

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