12:20 pm Parade and Opening Ceremonies
Sponsored in part by the Saskatchewan Children’s Festival and The Giggle Factory, the Opening Ceremonies are an interactive ceremony featuring Tyrone Tootoosis Great Plains-First Nations Dance Company and Bagpiper Andrew Whiting. This musical interplay begins with a First Nations drum song from the main stage in Boomtown following which the bagpipes in the children’s area in Butler Byers Century Hall responds and leads festival-goers in a parade through the Museum to the First Nations drum. As the parade approaches the Main Stage, the First Nations drum resumes its song. This interplay is expressive of the modern day interconnectedness of our cultures and is symbolic of the historical coming together of aboriginal and non-aboriginal peoples.
1:00 pm James Steele & Desiree Steele
James Steele is a Saskatoon fiddler who has been performing for the last ten years. He is a Five Time Saskatchewan Champion and Two Time Grand Champion. James was recently honoured to be asked to represent Saskatchewan at the Canadian Fiddle Grand Masters. Desiree Steele, James’ sister, will be accompanying him on keyboard.
2:15 pm Saskatchewan Doukhobor Choir
The Saskatchewan Doukhobor Choir is an acapella choir featuring members from across the province. They perform traditional folk music and recently entertained at the opening reception for the William Perehudoff, a retrospective, exhibit at the Mendel Art Gallery.
3:00 pm House Band
The discreetly-named “House Band” is a group of talented consulting professionals: Allan Duddridge and David Hutton of Stantec Architecture, Maurice Soulodre of Maurice Soulodre Architect Ltd. and archaeologist Butch Amundson of Stantec Consulting. Although they mainly perform “in-house” for the enjoyment of co-workers, their impromptu musical numbers have enlivened architectural galas and industry events since 2007.
4:00 pm Krystle Pederson
Metis singer Krystle Pedersonhas been singing since the age of seven. Originally from Martensville, Pederson has performed at venues across Canada. Highlights include co-hosting the National Youth Career Symposium in Ottawa, singing on national television for the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, and entertaining at the Saskatoon celebrations for the Olympic 2010 Torch Relay. Recently, Krystle performed at the 7th annual Aboriginal Music Festival in Saskatoon.
As well as winning numerous awards in singing in festivals and competitions, Krystle is also known for her film and theatre work. She can be seen in the movie, ”Run” which was presented at the Los Angeles film festival in California.