APTN: It’s Your Time to Shine!

The two-time Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist, slated to perform on the Whitehorse stage for APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live ’09 on June 20, has long been a fixture on the international music scene, known as much for his intricate guitar licks and gritty vocals as he is for his stylized good looks and penchant for fitted pinstripe suits.

Born on the Six Nations of the Grand River, Mohawk Territory, Canada, in 1974, Miller became interested in music in his early teens and, by the late 1990s, had begun hitting his stride, opening for Buffy Sainte-Marie in a series of theatre concerts and winning a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Best Male Artist.

In 2002, Miller released his debut album, Music Is the Medicine, for which he garnered a Juno Aboriginal Recording of the Year award for the single, Lovesick Blues. His release of The Dirty Looks earned him a second Juno in 2008.

Miller has been described as “Hank Williams and Link Wray on peyote”, thanks to his blues-based rock inspired by the likes of Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Hank Williams Sr. His live performances are must-sees for music lovers of all ages as he consistently brings a pursuit of perfection to his craft and to his audiences.

APTN at Shipyards Park

For viewers in Whitehorse and area, the celebrations are as close as Shipyards Park. The event is free to attend and the public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs and be part of the live show. The pre-show begins at 5 p.m. local time with the show start at 6 p.m.

An APTN tent will be set up onsite to provide programming information and promotional handouts.

Attendees will also receive a free mini-replica of this year’s Aboriginal Day Live Flag Contest winning entry, the design of which will be unveiled and the winning entrant’s name announced during the show.

Be sure to mark this spectacular event on your calendar. Also check out APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live ’09 website at www.aboriginaldaylive.ca or on the last page of this four-page special pull-out section.

APTN on Television

The exclusive three-and-a-half hour Aboriginal Day Live ’09 celebration will air live in the Yukon on Saturday, June 20, at 6 p.m. on APTN North (Bell ExpressVu channel 270/Starchoice channel 350) and APTNHD (Bell ExpressVu channel 808). Please also check your local television listings.

Continuing its celebration of National Aboriginal Day, APTN and APTNHD will feature a full day of special programming including encore presentations of Aboriginal Day Live ’09 and the 2009 National Aboriginal Achievement Awards.

The network will also broadcast the APTN premiere (English version) of Elijah, a docu-drama about Elijah Harper, the Aboriginal politician from Manitoba who stood up against the Meech Lake Accord.

Please check your local listings.

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