On Sunday, October 28, Pembina Trails Voices (PTV) hosted the Pembina Trails Loves Winnipeg benefit concert at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre in support of the United Way’s Community Fund.
Sponsored by the Pembina Trails School Division, the concert treated audiences to the music of two of Winnipeg’s most outstanding Indigenous music ensembles. Ojibway jazz trumpeter, Chuck Copenace, took the stage with his quartet. Juno award winning, 18th Annual Native American Music Awards nominated folk-pop band, Indian City, and the nationally recognized and prize-winning choir organization, Pembina Trails Voices, PTV, also performed.
In addition to sharing their musical talents, the groups connected cultures and celebrated inclusion. At the end of the show, the performers came together for a grand finale ensemble of Indian City’s hit song, “Here and Now”.
“Our mission at Pembina Trails Voices is to enrich children’s lives through music and this event is a fantastic opportunity for our students to be part of something larger, to see the impact they can have through music,” said PTV Artistic Director, Valdine Anderson. “Music changes kids, inspires leadership in them and ultimately changes their world.”
The concert was not only an opportunity for students. It was also a moment for the artists in Indian City and Chuck Copenace to inspire the young members of PTV while participating in an event that highlighted Indigenous performers in Winnipeg.
“We are always supportive of Indigenous initiatives and this year’s charity concert for United Way is a wonderful opportunity to show support,” shared Indian City’s Vince Fontaine.
Pembina Trails Voices hosts a number of concerts each year, but Pembina Trails Loves Winnipeg is a particularly special event. With a focus on Indigenous Youth Empowerment, this event highlights Pembina Trails School Division’s ongoing commitment to Truth and Reconciliation.