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Festival, mentorship program continues legacy of Winnipeg musician Gerry Atwell – Winnipeg

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The legacy of one of Winnipeg’s most beloved musical sons lives on.

This weekend, St. Norbert Center for the Arts hosts GerryFest 2022, the third annual tribute to the late keyboardist and vocalist Gerry Atwell, who passed away in November 2019.

The three-day event aims to recognize not only the Juno Award winner’s musical contributions, but also his long history of community support and activism.

Elliott Walsh, artistic director of the three-day festival, said Atwell’s legacy has extended to a mentorship program for young Winnipeggers.

“One of the things he was well known for was being able — and always wanting — to offer help to young musicians and young artists, especially in the racialized community, the black community,” Walsh said.

“(He was) just an adventurous person who took where he was and what he was doing very seriously. He wanted to spread the knowledge of what he had learned to other people and create space for communities marginalized and artists he didn’t see taking their place at the table… and sometimes needing to create their own table.

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“The mentorship program was one of Gerry’s dreams, and his family and friends were able to continue it thanks to the mentorship endowment fund.

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The program, which Walsh also directs, includes nine young artists who will perform original works in a concert on Friday evening.

Walsh said the attendees, who are involved in a number of artistic disciplines, will continue their involvement with the program long after GerryFest ends.

“We have the show, but then the mentoring goes on, and that’s the really important part – the generations talk to each other and spread that knowledge.

“And then emerging artists can have a platform and also know how to get that platform for their medium.”

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The three-day event, which features the work of former students of the mentorship program, will also include a tribute concert, as well as the official CD release of generation of lovea musical project set up by Atwell’s friends, based on original songs unreleased during his lifetime.

More information about the event is available on the Center des arts de Saint-Norbert website.


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