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Aboriginal Day Live Makes Broadcast History

On June 21, 2017, Aboriginal Day Live (ADL) held the largest celebration of National Aboriginal Day in Canadian history.

On the longest day of the year, celebrations were hosted in eight cities: beginning with the sun rising in Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Yellowknife, Edmonton and finally setting in Vancouver.

Under the banner, Eight Cities, One Great Gathering, Aboriginal Day Live 2017 and Aboriginal People's Television Network (APTN), brought Canadians together to acknowledge First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples? accomplishments, through cultural activities, and live music, while contributing to the nationwide movement of reconciliation. 

ADL has united the nation from coast-to-coast-to-coast. It brought together a total of 341 artists in the spirit of collaboration. From music to fashion to art, this year showcased the signature works from some of the nation?s most talented artists.

A lot of resources went into making this year?s historical 7.5-hour non-stop broadcast, which aired live from 8 cities. A total of 600 plus crew members, 53 cameras, 50 guitar amps, 384 speakers and 250 flights were essential to bringing the largest celebration of National Aboriginal Day across the country. It also took the generous support of all the communities and ADL partners as well as our viewers and supporters. Thank you for making this year?s celebration one to remember. 

For those who were unable to catch the show live, don't miss APTN?s Solstice Concerts series when it airs next summer. Each artist's performance and personality is exposed as they rehearse, perform and share their collective experiences being part of Aboriginal Day  Live. Keep an eye on aptn.ca/schedule for air dates and times. You can also see some of this year's highlights on social media by following our official hashtag #ADL2017.

We hope to see you all again next year, on June 23, 2018, for the 12th edition of Aboriginal Day Live from Winnipeg and Toronto.

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