“(It’s) indigenous music in the United States, Canada, Canada and Mexico. Not really a pop festival by any stretch of the imagination.
The Americana Music Association defines Americana as “contemporary music that incorporates elements of various styles of American roots music, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B, and blues, resulting in a his distinctive roots-oriented sound that lives in a world apart from the pure forms of the genres he can draw from.
“The Jack Pine Music Festival is expanding ‘Americana’ to include Canadian and Mexican music roots to create a complete ‘North Americana’ music experience,” said Adele Boychuk, Festival Artist Relations Manager. “The festival will provide an intimate entertainment experience for our audience, along with accommodation options, indoor night dancing and VIP packages.”
Métis cultural and musical programming will be at the heart of the festival. The Qu’Appelle Valley Square Dancers will lead a jigging workshop, songwriter Berk Jodoin will perform and Modest McKenzie will give a talk. The weekend includes different activities such as a Métis Voyageur Days relay race and a high-stakes horseshoe tournament where the winners will be rewarded with cash prizes.
“We are thrilled to offer festival-goers the opportunity to participate in Métis cultural activities, to open up and share the beauty of our culture through its history, music and traditional competitions,” said Wanda Neufeldt, president of Big River Métis Local #59. “In the spirit of reconciliation, these experiences will connect Jack Pine Music Festival audiences to the vibrant history of the Métis of Saskatchewan and Canada.
Peever goes on to explain why Ness Creek was chosen as the destination for this festival.
“Ness Creek has excellent infrastructure. It’s a beautiful site with plenty of room for people. There are flush toilets and a four season room where we go to do our nightly dances. Everything is really in place for this festival.
With the festival still months away, Peever said organizers are making sure everything is in order for the event to be a success.
“Make sure all our t’s are crossed and our i’s are dotted. We have to do some site preparation because the festival site is a year round site. We do things a little differently, so we’re going to have to prepare a little differently for the festival.
Tickets are available now on the the festival website and you can also more details about the deeds done and how to volunteer.
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