Ernest Monias to headline Athabasca Tribal Council Cultural Festival concert

“Music is a key element of all cultures. Our festival features traditional songs with our drums as well as modern performances by talented Indigenous artists who are influencing the budding youth of today and tomorrow,” said Karla Buffalo, CEO of the Athabasca Tribal Council. “I am delighted to share these experiences with everyone who attends the festival.”

The Athabasca Tribal Council is thrilled to announce the star performers for the concert on Imperial’s Main Stage at the ATC Cultural Festival.

Ernest Monias will headline the main stage on Saturday night. Known as the “Elvis of the North”, Monias has 18 albums that span different genres of music such as gospel, country and rock. Her stage presence charms audiences across Canada. Monias is a residential school survivor and has loved music for as long as he can remember. He taught himself the guitar and at 15 was singing and playing his own music.

Nicely Put Together Band will open the main stage on Saturday playing a mix of country, folk and rock classics.

Local Indigenous communities will gather at Snye Point Park in Fort McMurray to celebrate Cree, Dene and Métis culture, languages ​​and traditions. The entire region is invited to join, participate and learn more about the regional Aboriginal culture.

The festival is free with various family-friendly arts and culture programs to be held during the four-day event from September 8-11, 2022. The festival begins on Thursday, attendees can enjoy traditional hands-on presentations at the Cultural Village, including a tournament Hand Games. Toddlers can also learn about Aboriginal arts and cultures at Bouchier Kid’s Korner. Attendees can enter to win door prizes, including a trip for two to Tucson, Arizona, generously donated by Fort McMurray International Airport.

CFWE’s Candice Ryan will also be live on location, September 8 from 2-6 p.m. at Snye Point Park.

“The ATC Cultural Festival features Indigenous artists and performers from the region, as well as workshops and demonstrations focused on the cultural revitalization of the Cree and Dene people of northern Alberta,” said Chief Allan Adam, Chair of the Council. Athabasca tribe. Chief Adam invites “everyone in the MRWB to celebrate our culture”.

The full weekend schedule is now available online, visit for more information.

Darcy J. Skinner