(Fort McMurray, AB – December 22, 2022) – The Wood Buffalo 2023 Arctic Winter Games Host Society is excited to reveal The Halluci Nation will headline the Opening Ceremonies presented by Bouchier on January 29, 2023, at Legacy Dodge Baseball Stadium at MacDonald Island Park.
Previously known as A Tribe Called Red, The Halluci Nation is a Canadian electronic music group, who blend instrumental hip hop, reggae, moombahton and dubstep-influenced dance music with elements of Indigenous music, particularly vocal chanting and drumming.
“To have a renowned band like The Halluci Nation help us kick off seven days of celebration of sport and culture is very special,” says Eden Boutilier, Senior Manager, Marketing, Culture and Promotions. “The Opening Ceremonies presented by Bouchier will showcase the spirit and legacy of the Arctic Winter Games while embracing our slogan of Time to Shine in a modern fusion of lights and culture. We could not ask for a better headlining act to support this vision and inspire the youth.”
From local performers and high-energy dance performances to a laser show and fireworks, the Opening Ceremonies presented by Bouchier will merge the world of music, entertainment, sport and culture into an unforgettable one-hour show.
“Creating such memorable experiences for the participants and the community would not be possible without the generous support of Bouchier, Fort McKay First Nation for their partnership in funding The Halluci Nation and our many valued Games sponsors,” added Boutilier.
The Opening Ceremonies kick off at 7:00 p.m. with a preshow beginning at 6:30 p.m. Visit awg2023.org/tickets to get your hands on this winter’s must-have ticket.
The Arctic Winter Games is an international biennial celebration of circumpolar sports and culture taking place in the Wood Buffalo region from January 29 – February 4, 2023. The Games will highlight the region and its culture through the spirit of sport to an international audience and visitors from around the world. The week-long event will see participants from our own backyard along with international circumpolar North regions during their Time to Shine.
About Halluci Nation:
The Halluci Nation is real. As they enter a new cycle, Bear Witness and Tim “2oolman” Hill of A Tribe Called Red are reintroducing themselves as The Halluci Nation, to reflect the evolution of their music and mission. The Halluci Nation, takes its name from a phrase coined by John Trudell, to describe the vast global community of people who remember at their core what it means to be human. As a visionary artist and activist, Trudell recognized the connection between his accomplishments and what ATCR did intuitively through music and art.
The Halluci Nation maintains focus on what they feel they can impact most: how Indigenous people are seen. Through groundbreaking stage shows and ever-changing visuals, Bear Witness and 2oolman are working to create media that reflects today’s Indigenous identity. By partnering with striking visual artists such as Whess Harman, Saige Mukash and Cedar-Eve Peters along with a growing community of musical collaborators. They see themselves simply as contributors to a necessary conversation around a subtle and complex representation of the contemporary Indigenous experience.
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