Big River Summerfest rocks Moose Factory
A new music festival in Moose Factory brought a variety of local and national musical acts to the James Bay community from Aug. 8-10.
The Big River Summerfest featured the likes of Susan Aglukark, the Sam Roberts Band, and various local and regional acts during its inaugural event.
Tribute bands to Johnny Cash and Creedance Clearwater Rival also performed during the festival.
Regional acts included Midnight Shine, a band composed of Attawapiskat, Fort Albany and Moose Cree members; and Blackstone, a rock group of Taykwa Tagamou and Moose Cree members, and the Swamprockers.
Moose Factory’s own The Smalls, The New Smalls, Marilyn McLeod, Nathan Cheechoo & Company, and the Wild Flowers, among others, also performed.
The event was emceed by the comedic Brent Edwards of Fort Albany, who has his own company Mooselegs2 (mooselegs2.com).
The music festival was organized by Wasiabin Entertainment Group, a Moose Factory-based company that produces professional events in northeastern Ontario. Meaning “a new day has arrived” in Cree, Wasiabin has a board of directors composed of residents of Moose Factory, Moosonee, Fort Albany, and Timmins.
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