The Winnipeg Slam Event, held June 11, 2013 was headlined with the Burnt Project 1 - a contemporary rock group, as well as First Nation Elders, artists and performers.
Outlined below, this event showcased residential school survivors, an aboriginal filmmaker/actor, an aboriginal comedian, an aboriginal traditional drum and dance group, and recently 2013 Juno Canadian Music Award nominated Burnt Project 1.
This event also featured The Roseau River Singers, who have been together for over twenty years.
These singers traveled extensively throughout the powwow circuit all across Turtle Island (North America). They also all partake in the Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation Powwow every year.
All singers are Anishnabe and originate from Roseau River First Nations, MB. The drum keeper is Bill Dathrill Atkinson.
Chad Anderson is a stand-up comedian originally from The Pas MB, who has been living in Winnipeg for the past 5 years. Chad has been performing ever since he moved to Winnipeg and is quickly making a name for himself in the entertainment world. He is a student at the National Screen Institutes New Voices Program and is a writer for Shaw TV's The Week Thus Far. Chad will entertain you with his tales from being a terrible drunk to getting sober and everything in between and after. Chad is a bright young man and is one to watch out for.
Kirk Ferland is a filmmaker whose training includes work with Manitoba Theatre for Young People and the Aboriginal Arts Training and Mentorship Program. Credits include The Singing Shards and The Forum piece From the North and Who Wants to be an Environmentalist, Running with the Hit Man, Blackbridge and was part of the cast of Out Mighty Mighty. Kirk is a proud father and is dedicated in making vital changes within the industry and communities that pertain more specifically to his Anishinabe heritage through community development for children and youth and with his writing, directing and acting. Kirk recently played “David” and “The Examining Doctor” in The Normal Heart, and the lead in the series Child First.
Florence is originally from Sandy Bay First Nations, MB married into Norway House First Nations, MB Anishnabe. Masters degree in Education from the University of Manitoba. First Nations Traditional Spiritual Elder, Resident elder at the University of Manitoba. Attended Residential schools: Sandy bay Residential school and Assiniiboia Residential high school. These Residential schools were located within Manitoba.
Philip Paynter, originally from Norway house First Nations, MB. He is Cree. He has a Bachelor of Education from University of Brandon; major in guidance and counselling. He is a First Nations Traditional Spiritual Elder and attended Residential schools: Cross Lake Indian Residential School/ Norway House and then onto Sandy Bay Residential school/ Assiniiboia Residential high school. These Residential schools were located within Manitoba.
Both Philip and Florence met at the Sandy Bay Residential school in 1963 . These residential school survivors would end up dancing partners, every Wednesday night, while attending Sandy bay residential school. Since then, they have been married for 46 years and counting. Mr. and Mrs. Paynter keep on dancing!