By Trevor Greyeyes
Radio network NCI FM is bringing back its very popular talent show to Manitoba after a five-year hiatus that you can check out at the Burton Cummings Theatre on October 5.
There’s a twist to this year’s jam though and all contestants have to work in a verse of the song being performed in one of the Indigenous languages used in the province.
NCI wants to honour 2019 as the Year of Indigenous languages that is an important part of NCI’s mandate. Currently, the station features DJ’s who speak in their Indigenous language
Sherri Shorting, a mother of five from Little Saskatchewan First Nation, is understandably excited about taking the stage.
Her community is just a three hour drive from Winnipeg.
“I think it’s great that we are asked to sing a chorus or two in our language and I’m looking forward to it,” said Shorting. “This year’s jam is about celebrating our language and there’s no better way than to express ourselves through song.”
She’s been getting congratulation
messages from relatives throughout the province and her community
excited that Shorting has been given the opportunity to represent her
Best of luck to all contestants:
BERTHA WHITFORD – MALLARD
ERNIE HARPER – RED SUCKER LAKE
CHARITY CHOKEN – PEGUIS
JESSE GENAILLE – SWAN RIVER
ROXY FLETT– CROSS LAKE
JACK HARPER – GARDEN HILL
BEN KYLNE – DUCK BAY
ZACK RICHARDS – OCN
MARIE BOUCHER – DUCK BAY
DANIEL KENT – LITTLE BLACK RIVER
KEARA BARRETT – NORWAY HOUSE
NORWAY RABLIAUSKAS – POPLAR RIVER
BRANDI EVANS – CROSS LAKED
DARRIN HANSLIP – LAKE MANITOBA
SHERRI SHORTING – LITTLE SASKATCHEWAN
STUART DENEMY – PEELEEKISIS
FELISHA HARTIG – LITTLE BLACK RIVER
* List subject to change without notice.