JUNE 20, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PORTAGE PLACE SINGS NEW TUNE:
INDIGENOUS CONCERT SERIES TO LAUNCH
FRIDAY JUNE 24, 12PM
Downtown Winnipeg –On Friday, June 24, a new Indigenous Concert Series will take the stage at Portage Place Shopping Centre featuring Indigenous artists and performers. Throughout the summer, downtowners will have the opportunity to attend the free concerts at Edmonton Court and enjoy the musical performances of three Indigenous artists: Ila Barker, Don Amero, and Renee Lamoureux.
WHERE: Edmonton Court, Portage Place Shopping Centre
WHEN: June 24, July 29, and August 26; 12:00-12:45PM
PERFORMERS: Ila Barker – June 24
Don Amero – July 29
Renee Lamoureux – August 26
The concert series is part of a continued commitment by Portage Place to foster a welcoming and culturally inclusive environment for all patrons that visit the downtown shopping centre. Earlier this year, Portage Place has made strides to incorporate an Indigenous lens into its operations: hiring Bear Paw Security, honouring Joseph Meconse as its official Ogichidaa, and participating in a number of Indigenous initiatives led by the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and its Aboriginal Peoples’ Advisory Committee.
“We are committed to providing a welcoming environment at Portage Place for all nationalities—including our Indigenous community,” says David Stone David Stone, General Manager of Portage Place Shopping Centre. “Portage Place is a truly multi-cultural centre and our goal is to ensure people of all nationalities feel welcome. The Indigenous Concerts Series is a fun, engaging, and dynamic way to involve our Indigenous community and share their talents with all downtowners.”
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ Aboriginal Peoples’ Advisory Committee
Earlier this year, the Aboriginal Peoples’ Advisory Committee launched a series of initiatives focused on celebrating Indigenous culture throughout downtown. Initiatives have included the launch of a first-ever Indigenous Artwalk, a second annual Indigenous Garden at Air Canada Park, and an Indigenous Languages Decal Initiative aimed at welcoming Indigenous languages at downtown businesses.
Learn more about the Committee and its initiatives: downtownwinnipegbiz.com/topic/aboriginal-advisory-committee.
– 30 –
Emily Ormonde, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ
Phone: (204) 958-4626