A group of students at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School have had a chance to introduce themselves to one of the headlining acts at this year's Wake the Giant Music Festival.
The school's media arts class, which has a new podcast called Waanskaan! — translating to "Wake Up! in Cree — recently interviewed X Ambassadors.
Monias and Kaydia Okemow both shared excitement for this year's Wake The Giant, as the DFC music class will be performing an original song on stage with Sara Kae.
“I'm ready to get all pumped up for Renegades, to Jump, Boom and then cry to Unsteady, I’ll probably be crying to Dean Lewis too. I’ll probably be dancing the whole time Deadmaus is on.” Derek Monias said.
The Wake The Giant music festival's aim is to make Thunder Bay a more inclusive space, as it’s the grand finale for the school's three-day student orientation. DFC hosts a number of Indigenous students who’ve had to leave their community to get their high school education.
“It means so much to me, the message that they promote, waking up the city of Thunder Bay to realize what we have to do just to have a high school education, it's not easy at all. I’m glad more people are opening up to us and taking the time to learn about what we have to do.”
In the podcast, they'll interview students and teachers at the school, as well as performers at past Wake the Giant events.
“A couple minutes before the planned timeline, I usually meditate, take a couple deep breaths, talk to myself, and just get in the zone.” Monias said, “kinda unload the stress so I can have fun and talk with them, so I can carry on while still being professional”