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The Sioux Mountain Music Festival concludes the Blueberry Festival with hours of entertainment


Tim Brody – Editor

The Sioux Mountain Music Festival was back in front of an audience this year and people packed into Town Beach on August 7 to listen to this year’s lineup of artists.
Sponsored by the Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre, this year’s artists were Daniel Fraser (who also hosted the event), Serena Saudino, Skin and Bones, Rico Belmore, FMJ, Turtle Rock, True North, Mike McCarl, Patty Everson , Carol Wood, Kathy Brunton and Gerri Trimble, Michelle Carter, Classic Humans, Nick Sherman and Hot Mess. Even Blueberry Festival mascot Blueberry Bert performed at the music festival, playing Mary Had a Little Lamb.
Tommy Kuzemczak is the coordinator of the Sioux Mountain Music Festival as well as the coordinator of the Sioux Lookout Multi-Cultural Youth Music Program at the Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Centre, which includes five of this year’s artists.
“Having the Sioux Mountain Music Festival in Town Beach was absolutely beautiful. We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day as part of the improved beach,” he said.
“It was an amazing experience to be on the beach with the new stage,” he added. “In the evening, standing on the stage looking at all the lit up areas of the beach was just breathtaking. We have a really nice beach at Sioux Lookout.
Kuzemczak said he received a lot of help for the festival: “Starting with several meetings with the Friendship Center’s Executive Director, Jennifer Thomas, as we had to sort things out for the festival. Our team worked very hard to make the festival a success. The musical performances went very well and the Friendship Center organized a barbecue and games for the children. It was a really fun day!”
“All members of the Multicultural Youth Music Program performed at their best and we had a lot of fun preparing for the event. Due to Covid-19 in winter and spring, the music program only offered online lessons. To prepare for the festival, the musical program had the bands and solo artists who wanted to play the festival in the center from the first week of July. As we all know Covid-19 is still here so the music program made sure we followed all Covid-19 protocols in the centre. The students only had five weeks to rehearse, but they did an amazing job,” Kuzemczak said.
For the past two years, the music festival has been taking place online.
Hot Mess singer McKenna Murphy said it was great to return to perform in front of a live audience at this year’s music festival: “It was a lot of fun. Playing on the new stage was really great.
She repeated, “It was really good to play, again, for the music festival. It was great to be back and see everyone’s faces again. It was really good.”
Nick Sherman, singer-songwriter from Thunder Bay, who grew up in Sioux Lookout, said of his participation in this year’s music festival, “I had a great time at this year’s music festival. . After the past two years, it was good to see everyone getting together again and enjoying a day of music together. I really enjoyed all the local acts and was really impressed with all the talent. And I appreciate all the work that has been done to make this day a success. Can not wait for next year !”
People can view a full video of this year’s Sioux Mountain Music Festival on the Nishnawbe-Gamik Friendship Center YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyO20aFy9_w.
“If there are young people who would like to join the music program, they can contact me by e-mail at [email protected] or contact me via Facebook (Tommy Kuzemczak’s Facebook page.) The fall term starts in September, so any interested youth and/or parent should contact me before September,” Kuzemczak concluded.