Derek Miller’s Swinefest brought Six Nations’ music lovers together again for the fourth year in a row this past weekend.
The Juno winner comes home every year at this time to raise money for various community needs.
“We’ve raised money for Elders, language, suicide prevention and this year the proceeds are going towards Diabetes awareness,” said Miller before taking the stage for his set.
One of the purposes for doing this event is fun, but there are also a few other reasons as well.
‘It give some of Six Nations younger musicians a venue,” says Miller. “A place to get in front of people and get their mojo going.”
Miller’s song Music is the Medicine is much more than just a catchy phrase. He really believes it.
“Everything has a frequency on the physical plane,” he says. “Sound seems to transcend the physical plane so is kinda resonates with people. It makes you feel good.”
Miller is proud of his Six Nations home and values his old childhood friends as well as his new friends and is always open with a joke or a laugh to lighten up any occasion.
On stage however, he can be a demon or an angel, depending on the song, most of which he pens himself.
One of his most recent ventures is a new comedy show airing on APTN called Guilt Free Zone, where he and the cast systematically march out and destroy any number of sacred cows, just for laughs. And there are a lot of those.
For more about his new show, go to facebook/guiltfreezone.
Miller revealed a little known secret about why this annual event is called Swinefest.
“It’s because that was my nickname when I was a kid,” he laughs. “I was known as little pig. My three cousins were called the three little pigs and when I came along they started calling me little pig and it stuck.”
By Jim Windle
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