Victoria Island echoed with traditional and modern music over the weekend during the fourth annual Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival.

As an early celebration for National Aboriginal Day today, an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people came through the festival on Saturday, event co-ordinator Trina Mather-Simard said yesterday.

“Each year it just gets better, Mather-Simard said. Her favourite festival event is the Aboriginal Canada, We Got Talent! contest.

“Every year I am shocked by the incredible emerging aboriginal talent,” she said.

Aboriginal R&B singer Inez, who performed on the main stage at this year’s festival, won the talent contest two years ago. Last year, she won the Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards for best new artist, best pop CD, best album cover and single of the year.

Katie Peltier brought her daughter Brooke and son Sladen to enjoy the activities yesterday, topping off a weekend of aboriginal events in the city.

“We were at the powwow at Dow’s Lake yesterday,” she said. “It’s a wonderful way to raise awareness.”

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