’Q’emcin 2 Rivers Remix: BC’s FREE Indigenous Music Festival Shines in Lytton July 6-7 

Amazing Special Guests, Interactive Youth Workshops, 4 Juno-Winners, IndigiFilm Feast, 2-Spirit Artists – highlights of FREE Feast of Contemporary Indigenous Music and Culture in Lytton featuring 24 musical artists

July 2, 2019 ’Q’emcin (aka Lytton BC): THIS WEEKEND, Saturday, July 6 and Sunday, July 7, ’Q’emcin 2 Rivers Remix (2RMX) will be showcasing 24 contemporary Indigenous musical artists  – including four JUNO-winners – on Nlaka’pamux Unceded Territory.

Artistic Director Meeka Morgan (Secwepemc/Nuu-Chah-Nulth/Nlaka’pamux) today announced additional festival details and highlights, including the full schedule of performances (see below), a new Special Guest, the list of 2RMX Youth Interactive Workshops, Indigenous Films screening at 2RMX, as well as the prayer dedication by a Nlaka’pamux elder of the newly youth-painted Rainbow LGBTQ2 Crosswalk and Regeneration Tipi.

Film/video screenings at 2RMX include:

  • The Road Forward by Marie Clements – a 2017 NFB music documentary about Indigenous activism featuring 2RMX emcee Ostwelve;
  • The Ballad of Crowfoot – Canada’s First Music Video made in 1968 by Mi’kmaq musician, activist and NFB filmmaker Willie Dunn;
  • First Stories: Two Spirited by Sharon A. Desjarlais – an inspiring documentary about a 2-Spirited Powwow Dancer;
  • Finding Dawn by Christine Welsh – documentary that gives a human face to the tragedy of Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women and Girls;
  • Nimmikaage (She Dances for People) by Michelle Latimer – Remixes archival footage with music of Tanya Tagaq to explore Indigenous identity and representation;
  • RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World by Catherine Bainbridge.
  • PLUS many amazing and award-winning music videos from our festival artists.


Interactive workshops with 2RMX festival artists include:

  • Rez Bluez with Murray Porter and Elaine Bomberry,
  • Salmon public art creation with the Wild Salmon Caravan,
  • Live collaborative recording onsite with The Melawmen Collective,
  • Maori movement and dance with Mana Taketake,
  • Spoken Word workshop with Ecko Aleck,
  • Music Heals with Hujune,
  • “Diversity Makes Beautiful Music” with 2-Spirit DJ O Show.
On Saturday afternoon, special guests and 2RMX sponsors The Rust Bros (from History Channel show “Rust Valley Restorers”) will be coming to the festival with one of their restored classic Hot Rods. 2RMX encourages locals to bring their own vintage automobiles to the festival site on Saturday afternoon (special parking at Fraser and 6th), show it off, and chat rusty restoration with the one and only dreaded MIke Hall of the Rust Bros.
Everyone coming to 2RMX is requested to bring a reusable water bottle (we will have 5 water refilling stations around the site) and to bring their own chair if they want one (chairs will be provided for elders only) – please do NOT bring single-use plastic water bottles.

’Q’emcin 2 Rivers Remix  Highlights

SATURDAY, JULY 6

  • Savage Society – Battle of the Birds, award-winning play based on a traditional Nlaka’pamux story, created by Kevin Loring, Artistic Director for Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre @FRASER St&6th (11:00am)
  • Procession honouring the Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women and Men to the main 2RMX site @ 4th&Main (12:30pm) – Please Wear Red
  • Welcome and prayer – including Nlaka’pamux dedication prayers for the newly youth-painted rainbow crosswalk at the 4th&Main festival entrance to welcome 2-Spirited artists and the new youth-painted Regeneration Tipi (1:00pm)
  • Mana Taketake, a contemporary Maori performance group shares their vision of Maori dance, music and culture (1:30pm and 7:15pm)
  • Hip hop in the round – collaborative hiphop session with Brandon Peters, Kiva Morgan-Hall, LeviD, Geo, Ostwelve, JB The First Lady (6:30pm)
  • The Melawmen Collective – “All These Things” – Indigenous fusion new album release event (7:45pm)
  • Old Soul Rebel – Fabulous female duo who were featured on CTV’s ‘The Launch’ (8:30pm)
  • DJ Shub – formerly of A Tribe Called Red and the godfather of PowWowStep (9:30pm)

SUNDAY, JULY 7

  • Wild Salmon Caravan – Salmon ceremony with Nlaka’pamux elders and Secwepemc Salmon song by Tara Willard (11:30am)
  • Wild Salmon Procession to main 2RMX site @ 4th&Main to celebrate and honour Wild Salmon (12:30pm) – Please bring salmon masks and costumes and signs
  • 2RMX Elders SeriesGordon Dick Sr., Willie Thrasher & Linda Saddleback, Ritchie & the Fendermen, Helene Duguay, and Juno-winner Murray Porter (3:15-7pm)
  • Quantum Tangle – Contemporary Northern Indigenous soundscape, fusing 2-Spirit, Anishinaabe-Metis and Inuit roots (8:00pm)
  • Curtis Clearsky & The Constellations – INDIGIFUNK at its groovy finest PLUS collaboration with Mana Taketake (9:00pm)
  • Dj O Show – Two Spirit DJ brings down the House (10:00pm)

The 2RMX musical feast will showcase a diverse range of 24 contemporary Indigenous artists from hip-hop to folk, metal to blues, Indigifunk to electronic, rock to reggae. “More than half the lead performers are women, one-third are youth, while three artists are Two-Spirited,” said Meeka.

Be sure to put the July 6-7 weekend on your summer calendar. All are welcome! All ages!
Best of all, this fabulous festival is ALL FREE!!
 
A 2RMX youtube playlist of the artists is at playlist.2rmx.ca and visit our website for more info about the artists at 2RiversRemix.ca. Please sign up on our Facebook event: event.2rmx.ca 
 
What:    ’Q’emcin 2 Rivers Remix, Free 2-day Contemporary Indigenous Music Feast
When:   Saturday July 6 to Sunday July 7, 2019 1pm–11pm daily
Who:     24 Contemporary Indigenous Musical Artists performing a wide variety of genres
Where:  4th Street at Main in ’Q’emcin/Lytton BC – located on Nlaka’pamux unceded territory at the confluence of
               the “Fraser” and “Thomson” rivers, 10km from Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park
How:      3 hours by car from Vancouver or 2 hours from Kamloops on Highway 1 

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Q’EMCIN 2 RIVERS REMIX SCHEDULE

*Timing is subject to change please ensure to check in early for the artists that you don’t want to miss.

Saturday, July 6th, 2019

9:45AM – FRASER St@6th: Yoga Workshop
11:00AM – FRASER St@6th: SAVAGE SOCIETY – Battle of the Birds – Please Wear Red
12:30PM – Procession to honour Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women/People to 4th@MAIN St
1:00PM – 4th@MAIN St: Welcome Prayer, Song & Youth drum Group
1:10PM – Dedication Prayer for new youth-painted Rainbow Crosswalk & Regneration Tipi
1:15PM – KHASTAN DRUMMERS [Lheidli T’enneh]
1:30PM – MANA TAKETAKE [Maori]
2:00PM – ECKO ALECK [Nlaka’pamux]
2:30PM – NIMKISH [‘Kwakwaka’wakw/Cree]
3:00PM – TA’KAIYA BLANEY [Tla’Amin]
3:45PM – BRANDON PETERS [St’atimc]
4:15PM – KIVA MORGAN-HALL [Secwepemc/Nuu-Chah-Nulth/Nlaka’pamux]
4:30PM – LEVI-D [Secwepemc/Cree]
5:00PM – GEO AKA THE VOICE [Secwepemc]
5:30PM – OSTWELVE [Sto:lo/St’atimc/Nlaka’pamux]
5:45PM – JB THE FIRST LADY [Nuxalk/Onondaga]
6:30PM – Hip-hop in the round
7:00PM – KHASTAN DRUMMERS [Lheidli T’enneh]
7:15PM – MANA TAKETAKE [Maori]
7:45PM – MELAWMEN COLLECTIVE [Secwepemc/Nuu-Chah-Nulth/Nlaka’pamux]
8:30PM – OLD SOUL REBEL [Cree/Kainai/Ojibwe]
9:30PM – DJ SHUB [Mohawk] with Dancer REBECCA SANGWAIS [Ochapowace]
11:00PM – Closing

Sunday, July 7th, 2019

10:30AM – FRASER St@6th: Yoga Workshop
11:30AM – FRASER St@6th: WILD SALMON CARAVAN – Salmon Ceremony
12:30PM – WILD SALMON CARAVAN – Wild Salmon Procession to 4th@MAIN St
1:00PM 4th@MAIN St: Welcome Prayer, Song & Youth drum Group
1:15PM – KHASTAN DRUMMERS [Lheidli T’enneh]
1:30PM – MANA TAKETAKE [Maori]
1:45PM – TARA WILLARD [Secwepemc]
2:00PM – LAURA GRIZZLYPAWS [St’atimc]
2:45PM – HUJUNE [Dakelh]
3:00PM – GORDON DICK SR. [St’atimc]
3:30PM – WILLIE THRASHER & LINDA SADDLEBACK [Inuvialuit/Métis]
4:30PM – GEORGE LEACH [St’atimc]
5:15PM – RITCHIE & THE FENDERMEN [Nlaka’pamux]
6:00PM – HELEN DUGUAY [Mi’kmaq]
6:15PM – MURRAY PORTER [Mohawk]
7:15PM – TRIBAL X [Cree/Musqueam]
8:00PM – QUANTUM TANGLE [Inuit/Anishinaabe/Métis]
9:00PM – CURTIS CLEARSKY & THE CONSTELLATIONZ with MANA TAKETAKE [Blackfoot/Anishinabe/Maori/Guarani]
10:00PM – DJ O SHOW [Skwxwu7mesh]
11:00PM – Closing

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