Featuring four days of panel sessions, networking opportunities and live performances, the Mundial Montreal world music summit can help catapult the careers of emerging artists from around the globe. This year’s edition, held from Nov. 13-16, was especially rewarding for Canada’s own Silla and Rise.
With influences ranging from Metallica to Alan Jackson to Frank Ocean, it’s no surprise that Sebastian Gaskin’s sound is hard to nail down. But whether he’s shredding a guitar solo or hitting you right in the feels with his velveteen vocals, one thing’s for certain: “You can expect a lot of what you’ve never heard before,” Gaskin says. “Unique sounds. Dreamy soundscapes. Wet, lush reverbs.”
Métis singer/songwriter Celeigh Cardinal has won an Aboriginal Youth Role Model Award, participated in the Banff Centre for the Arts’ Re(Claim) program, been named Cultural Ambassador for the Arctic Winter Games.
If the 2017 Juno Awards served as a coming-out party for Canada’s thriving Indigenous music scene, the 2018 edition is a full-blown celebration. We've got a total of 10 Indigenous artists or groups are up for awards in seven different categories at this year’s event.
For every artist selling out shows or winning awards, there are dozens more on the verge of breaking out. And many of them are just getting started. Here’s a list of eight emerging Indigenous artists to watch for in 2018.
For a select group of Indigenous musicians, mixing their artistic pursuits with romance has paid off in a big way – both personally and professionally. And, fortunately for us, they’ve created some killer music in the process.
On Nov. 3, Iskwé will start the next chapter of her career with the release of The Fight Within. We caught up with her to talk all things music. Here’s what she had to say about touring, her creative process and more.