Talking Stick Festival Celebrates its Tenth Anniversary: as reported on

What began as a simple cabaret is now celebrating 10 years! The festival has grown from one night into a 2 week long festival that features established to emerging Aboriginal artists from Canada , the United States and the world. Over the last decade the festival has hosted such fabulous artists Pacific Curls from New Zealand , OStwelve, Byron Chief Moon, Compaigni V’ni Dansi, The Velvet Devil by Andrea Menard, Red Sky, Spakwus Slulum, Jackson 2 Bears, Leanne Goose , Margo Kane and Buffy Saint Marie.

One of the highlights of our programming in 2011 is the return of the ever popular Ab-Original Cabaret and this year we welcome back one of last years audience favourites; from the Northwest Territories, Leanne Goose, a country/rock singer and budding song writer originally from Inuvik. Leanne made her debut on the North American music scene with her 2008 release of her first independent full length album release ‘Anywhere’ to much critical acclaim. Leanne’s style is a unique mix of Classic Country with that unforgettable edge of Elvis styled Rock n’ Roll infused beats that flow through her powerhouse voice. She is a North Star on the rise and diamond hard act to follow. We look forward to have her grace the Talking Stick Festival Stage once again.

As the festival continues to grow from its grass roots, 2011 will see an expansion from one week to two weeks, commencing with our traditional Opening Gala and Feast on January 31st at the Roundhouse and closing on February 13th, 2011 at the Wise Hall. Look to our facebook, twitter, website and this newsletter for more updates.

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