Indigenous artists and crafts on show on the Calgary Weekend Market

Indigenous innovation, tradition and style shall be on show in downtown Calgary this weekend on the 4 Winds Indigenous Showcase and Market.

The 2-day occasion, which takes place on the District at Beltline at 227 11 Avenue SW, options greater than 30 distributors promoting handmade items, together with beads, jewellery, style and different hand-sewn gadgets, wellness merchandise, residence decor, colourful . glass artwork, bannock, espresso beans and extra.

There will even be a expertise present with acoustic performers, nation musicians, a style present, spoken phrase, hip-hop and a two-spirit drag efficiency for households.

4 Winds YYC (Photograph: Peters Images)


The occasion is the brainchild of Tony and Melissa Tootoosis, who launched the platform in March 2022 and have been blown away by the reception from each the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

The Tootoosis household stated the overwhelming response to the primary occasion made it clear to them that Albertans needed an inclusive occasion and house to rejoice and help Indigenous Prairie arts, tradition and entrepreneurs.

“I believe many Canadians really feel that Reality and Reconciliation needs to be about greater than studying recognition from the bottom throughout enterprise capabilities and occasions. Sadly, many individuals usually do not know the place to begin,” Tootoosis stated in an announcement.

“The attendance at our first presentation was a lot broader than simply the Indigenous inhabitants of Calgary,” he added. “I noticed the help, enthusiasm and gathering of the non-Indigenous group popping out, collaborating and having fun with. That is precisely why we based 4 Winds Indigenous Market and Showcase.

“No extra us-and-them,” Tootoosis stated. “We have to come collectively to make change attainable, particularly for our Indigenous youth.”

Former world champion dancer Dallas Arcand Jr seems on the 4 Winds YYC occasion this weekend

Tootoosis is a hip-hop artist, weed dancer, audio engineer and semi-pro skateboarder and father from Poundmaker, Saskatchewan who lately moved to Calgary. He acquired a 2022 Nationwide Changemaker Award from the City Society for Aboriginal Youth (USAY) and New Tribe journal.

The weekend options stay performances from artists comparable to Drezus, Chubby Cree, circle dancer Dallas Arcand Jr., Toosick (Tootoosis), Illiano, Ashley Ghostkeeper and DJ Nyla.

There will even be a style present, that includes the work of Indigenous designers and together with mannequin Sheena T Kain, who simply appeared at Paris Indigenous Trend Week.

4 Winds YYC began at 11am and runs till 8pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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