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Honouring Elder Ruth Christie

Featuring Daniel Jordan and his New EP Songs from the Inland Sea
With an ppearance by Morgan Grace

Thurs. Nov. 24th |  7 p.m. | Admission by donation



Celebrate Elder Ruth Christie and Songs about Lake Winnipeg

Selkirk’s own Elder Ruth Christie helped inspire singer songwriter  Daniel Jordan’s new EP on  songs about life - and death - on Lake Winnipeg. Inspired by their collaboration Holiday Alley starts with an intimate evening of songs and stories that remind everyone that Manitoba has its own in-land sea, stories and now songs.

Get your tickets (Admission is by donation) soon for this limited seating event Thursday, November 24th, 7:00-8:30pm at Christ Church, Selkirk.

The concert opens with feature local fiddling prodigy, 16-year old Morgan Grace, who has been a regular performer at Holiday Alley since its inception.

Headlining the event is Daniel Jordan, whose seven-song EP Songs from the Inland Sea features seven new songs inspired by the Interlake and its waterways,

Jordan’s EP includes a song entitled Three Sisters based on a story  Elder Ruth Christie grew up with while living at Loon Straits. Christie is a distinguished Indigenous knowledge keeper, an Order of Canada and Order of Manitoba recipient member. A descendant of Selkirk farmers, Jordan wanted to learn the history of the land, and collaborate with the Indigenous community living here and displaced by Selkirk settlers, as his own act of reconciliation.

“Elder Ruth Christie is a bit of a legend, and many people encouraged me to connect with her when I started my own reconciliation journey. I am so glad I did. After our first (four hour) meeting I felt I had enough inspiration to fill dozens of CDs. In the end her story about the names of the waves on Lake Winnipeg- the three sisters- Agnes, Mable and Becky  became the backbone of one of the songs. I am excited to bring the music to Selkirk and to honour Elder Ruth Christie, in doing so” said Jordan.

Daniel will take the audience through his whole EP, sharing songs inspired by local history: from the quarantine wedding of 1877 (Netley Creek) to his own take on the legend of John Ramsay (Elder Christie’s great great grandfather). He will be joined by Selkirk/Eriksdale/Winnipeg songstress Heitha Forsyth (Sol James), a returning Holiday Alley performer.

Admission is by donation.

Daniel Jordan

Daniel Jordan (jonny moonbeam, Red Moon Road) brings history and legend to life on stage. Whether it is a song about the quarantine wedding conducted shouting vows to the priest across Netley Creek in 1867 because of a small-pox pandemic, or a Gordon Lightfoot-esque tribute to the 1906 sinking of the SS Princess on the lake, audiences will be captivated by creative musical arrangements and masterful re-imagining of Interlake lore.

“Songs from the Inland Sea” was created as a part of Theatre Projects Manitoba’s award-winning Chautauqua - The Interlake Trail artist series, through which Jordan spent a number of months researching, interviewing, and living in various interlake communities.

The song Three Sisters, from the album is inspired by a story told to Jordan from Selkirk Elder Ruth Christie. Daniel Jordan - The Three Sisters (Official Video) - YouTube


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