Toronto music lovers, mark your calendars! On Saturday, June 22, at 8:00 pm, the acclaimed Sultans of String will take the stage at Hugh’s Room Live for a very special performance of their latest project, Walking Through the Fire. This event, held in honor of National Indigenous History Month, promises to be an unforgettable evening of music, storytelling, and cultural celebration.

The Sultans of String, known for their genre-defying sound and energetic performances, have teamed up with a stellar lineup of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists from across Turtle Island for this unique multimedia experience. The show will feature everything from Métis fiddling to East Coast kitchen parties, rumba to rock, and the powerful drumming of the Pacific Northwest.

Among the talented artists joining the Sultans of String are Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuk of the Métis Fiddler Quartet, elder and poet Dr. Duke Redbird, Ojibwe/Finnish singer-songwriter Marc Meriläinen (Nadjiwan), and Coast Tsm’syen singer-songwriter Shannon Thunderbird. Additionally, Saskatoon’s The North Sound will be gracing the stage, along with virtual appearances from Northern Cree pow wow group and Inuit throat singers Kendra Tagoona and Tracy Sarazin, making this a truly immersive experience.

Walking Through the Fire is more than just a concert; it is a powerful statement on the importance of truth and reconciliation. The project’s title symbolizes rebirth and the strength that comes from overcoming adversity. By sharing the diverse musical traditions and stories of Indigenous artists, this event aims to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture.

For those who want to catch a glimpse of what’s in store, the Sultans of String will be appearing on CTV’s “The Social” on June 18 at 1:45 pm. Don’t miss their performance and discussion about this significant project.

Tickets for Walking Through the Fire are available now for $45 in advance or $50 at the door. Given the high demand and the meaningful nature of this event, early purchase is highly recommended. You can buy tickets online at Hugh’s Room Live or call 647-347-4769. For more details and updates, visit the event’s Facebook page.

Celebrate National Indigenous History Month by experiencing the rich tapestry of music and culture at Walking Through the Fire. Join the Sultans of String and their extraordinary collaborators for a night that promises to be as enlightening as it is entertaining. Don’t miss out on this celebration of unity, resilience, and the transformative power of music.

cover image: L-R: Drew Birston, Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuk, Chris McKhool, Shannon Thunderbird, Marc Meriläinen, Kevin Laliberté

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