Digital Drum http://blog.stingray.com/digitaldrum en Silla and Rise | Stingray Rising Stars | Mundial Montreal 2018 http://blog.stingray.com/silla-and-rise-stingray-rising-stars-mundial-montreal-2018 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Silla and Rise | Stingray Rising Stars | Mundial Montreal 2018</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/contributor/digitaldrum" lang="" about="/contributor/digitaldrum" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Digital Drum</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 12/03/2018</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span><span>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.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span><span>In addition to turning heads with their sold-out showcase, the Juno-nominated trio took home a Stingray Rising Stars award and a $2,000 prize. Made up of Cynthia Pitsiulak and Charlotte Qamaniq of Nunavut, and Erik Vani aka Rise Ashen of Ottawa, the group blends traditional Inuit throat-singing and futuristic dance-floor beats for a sound they describe as “intergalactic house music and alien hip hop.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Launched in 1998 as Galaxie Rising Star, The Stingray Rising Stars program sets out to “discover, encourage, promote and champion new up-and-coming Canadian artists.” Over the last 15 years, the program has provided more than 1,000 bursaries to artists including Boogat, William Prince and more.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“Contributing to the career advancement of up-and-coming artists and their breakthrough into new markets is one of Stingray’s core values,” says Mathieu Péloquin, senior vice president, Marketing and Communications of Stingray. “The inspiring talent of Canadian artists make them true ambassadors of our creativity. Stingray wishes to tangibly participate in their success. It is therefore with enthusiasm that we renew every year our commitment by presenting Stingray Rising Stars awards at numerous events across the country.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Prior to winning the award, Silla and Rise performed as a part of Mundial Montreal’s Indigenous Sounds series, giving the audience a glimpse of their electric stage presence.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“Our live show is very improvisational and ranges far and wide,” say Silla and Rise. “Using the sounds and textures of our recorded songs, we improvise and “battle” each other in the same way that traditional throat singers do, but as a trio with rise performing electronic percussion with samples. Tempos, feeling and intensity vary to the extreme and every performance is unique. The same song can sound completely different depending on the venue and the crowd.”</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>The Indigenous Sounds series also showcased <span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><a href="https://blog.stingray.com/Jeremy-Dutcher-2018-Polaris" target="_blank">2018 Polaris Music Prize winner Jeremy Dutcher</a></span></span> and featured a panel discussion called<em> Idle No More III: Indigenous Renaissance</em>. The summit’s significant focus on Indigenous talent provided further proof that there is indeed a musical renaissance taking shape in Canada.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“More and more people are starting to take notice because of the reconciliation that is taking place between indigenous and non-indigenous people,” say Silla and Rise, who are currently working on their second album. “Indigenous people worldwide are rising up and using our voice, music, culture and art to connect, celebrate and reconcile in a modern way.</span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>“We think it is just the beginning and we’re really looking forward to what the future holds for Indigenous music.”</span></span></span></span></p> <div class="row-wrapper wysiwyg"> <div class="row theme"> <div class="col"><img alt="Silla and Rise Studio" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="30a30118-a9ef-4c16-aa95-211dd29893ee" src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/inline-images/Silla%20and%20Rise%20Studio.jpeg" /></div> <div class="col"> <p> </p> <p><span><span class="color-white size-normal">''We are so humbled to have received the Stingray prize! Its exciting to have Indigenous music being celebrated and recognized and we are proud to share our blend of traditional and contemporary Inuit throat singing with the world. We are hard at work on our new album and our new material is road-tested and tight! We have been recording and we can’t wait to start unleashing it!''</span></span></p> <p><span><span class="color-white tinytext">Silla and Rise</span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p> </p> <p><strong>Keep up with Canada's Indigenous music talent on <a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/">digitaldrum.ca</a></strong></p> <p><em><span class="tinytext">This article was originally published on <a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/">digitaldrum.ca</a>. 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But whether he’s shredding a guitar solo or hitting you right in the feels with his velveteen vocals, one thing’s for certain: “</span></span></span></span><span><span><span>You can expect a lot of what you’ve never heard before,” Gaskin says. “Unique sounds. Dreamy soundscapes. Wet, lush reverbs.” </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>And despite Gaskin’s seemingly sudden emergence on the Canadian music scene, those unique sounds have not gone unnoticed. This summer alone, he secured gigs at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival, the inaugural </span></span></span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span><span><span>sākihiwē festival </span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span>and an RPM Live event in Toronto. His sultry first single, <i><em>6 AM</em></i>, also reached number one on the Indigenous Music Countdown. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>But according to Gaskin, we ain’t seen nothin yet. With long-term ambitions of supporting his family and headlining a world tour, he’s currently working on </span></span></span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span><span>a six-track EP slated to drop in Spring 2019. In the meantime, we sat down with him to talk about all things music. Here’s what he had to say about his first guitar, discovering The Weeknd and much, much more.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><img alt="Sebastian Gaskin " data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="ed126d3d-8405-4371-add0-467314fde9cc" src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/inline-images/SebastianGaskin.jpg" /></p> <p class="tinytext">Sebastian Gaskin by Digital Drum</p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><i><span><span><span>How and when did you get into music?</span></span></span></i></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span><span>I was born in Thompson, Manitoba, but raised in Split Lake, a reservation about an hour and a half north of there.</span></span></span></span> <span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span><span>Growing up, all my aunts and uncles played the guitar, so they’d be around the house, singing and listening to music. I remember in Grade 3, my mom enrolled me in this after-school fiddle club and within a few months I’d already been moved up to the advanced class. So I think I always kind of had a knack for music. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span><span>As I got older, I hung around my cousin Tyler a lot, and he was really into Metallica. I remember hearing him pick out <i><em>Fade to Black</em></i> and I just thought it was the coolest thing and asked him to teach it to me. After learning that song, I convinced my mom to buy me my first guitar, an electric blue First Act. It was a complete piece of shit, but it did the job for the first year.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span><span>When I outgrew that, I tried to convince my mom to get me this black Epiphone SG that I saw on the wall at a barber shop we went to. She said I could get it when I showed her that I was actually progressing and becoming a better player, so it was a really good incentive to expand my knowledge and practice every day. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span><span>Eventually, I played in bands with my friends on the reserve, but nothing too serious. Then, one of my ex-girlfriends introduced me to The Weeknd, this is back when he first came out, and it changed everything. I was living in Toronto then, and I’d have to drive two hours to school and two hours back, so I’d spend hours a day just cruising down the highway and singing along to Weeknd records. That entire year kind of helped me find my voice and find my tone as an R&amp;B artist.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><i><span><span><span>Who are you listening to right now?</span></span></span></i></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>A lot of SZA. Frank Ocean, of course. Suicide Boys, Brockhampton, Anderson Paak, Thundercat. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><span><span><span><strong><i><span><span><span>Do you prefer writing or performing?</span></span></span></i></strong><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>It’s kind of 50-50. The thing I like about writing is that I’m able to let out any pent up emotions I might have. As for performing, I just love seeing the looks on people’s faces. With the way I look and the way I sound, I kind of have a shock factor. I really like that aspect of surprising people. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><span><span><span><strong><i><span><span><span>Walk us through your songwriting process. </span></span></span></i></strong><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>I try to open my mind up, and my channel to the universe, and just let the energy flow on to the paper. After the song is written, I figure out what it means and revise it until it’s right. I still have songs from months ago I’m still editing.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><span><span><span><strong><i><span><span><span>How many original songs are in your repertoire right now?</span></span></span></i></strong><span><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Right now I have about 12 or 13 I’d feel comfortable performing.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><i><span><span><span>What do you do when you’re not making music?</span></span></span></i></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span><span>I like to cook. I like Italian. I also just got into painting this year; I’m trying to branch out into the visual arts. Hanging out with women, going out for drinks. Just living my best life. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><i><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span><span>Do you find as an artist that you can still listen to music as a fan, or are you always picking it apart and analyzing it?</span></span></span></span></i></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span><span>It’s different every time. I remember when I first started listening to Frank Ocean I was just a fan, but after listening to it for so long I started to pick up different aspects of the music and the writing. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><img alt="Sebastian Gaskin" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="29ca9e6e-74c6-4faa-899c-f6289c23f1de" src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/inline-images/51.jpg" /></p> <p class="tinytext">Sebastian Gaskin by Digital Drum</p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><i><span><span><span>Winnipeg has a pretty good Indigenous music scene. Have you always been plugged in, or is it something you’ve discovered more recently?</span></span></span></i></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>When I was about 12 or 13, I went to one of the first Manito Ahbee festivals. I still remember seeing Joey Stylez perform, and I got to see backstage and stuff like that. So I’ve known about the Indigenous music scene here, but I’ve definitely seen a curve upwards in the past few years. There’s definitely a lot more openness and less exclusivity in the community now. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><i><span><span><span>When we first met you earlier this year, performing was still relatively new to you. Half a year later, you’ve done Winnipeg Jazz Festival, RPM Live, </span></span></span></i><i><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span><span><span>sākihiwē</span></span></span></span></span></i><i><span><span><span> and some other pretty big gigs. Has being onstage gotten easier?</span></span></span></i></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>I used to get the jitters real bad; I’d be shaking, my hands would sweat. But the last couple of gigs I’ve just got on stage and done the thing. Not to say it’s lost its excitement, but it’s a lot easier than it was eight months ago. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>At the same time, it feels a lot more serious than it used to. I feel I have more of an obligation to continue down this path now. I actually just got this hand tattoo to kind of solidify my place on the musician’s path; like, I have to make it as a musician now. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><i><em><strong><span><span><span>This summer you </span></span></span></strong></em></i><i><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span><span><em><strong>received the 2018 Indigenous Music Award for the Ka-Kee-Nee Konee Pewonee Okimow Most Outstanding Manitoban. Tell us about that.</strong></em> </span></span></span></span></i></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>I was taken completely by surprise. I got an email saying they’d like to have me perform a couple songs at a pow wow, so I showed up and before I got onstage, Eric (Robinson) brought out a hand drum and presented it to me. I literally had no idea. I was supposed to make a speech but I was at a complete loss for words. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><i><span><span><span>What do you hope to accomplish through music that you couldn’t in other ways? In other words, why do you make music?</span></span></span></i></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>I’d like to get my family off the reserve, to get them a nice big house. I’m very family-motivated and want to be in a position to help them as much as possible. One of my ultimate end goals, at least on the personal ego side of it, is to have a world tour and perform in front of as many people as possible. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><i><span><span><span>How do you define success?</span></span></span></i></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Success is a mindset, really. Even though I haven’t achieved all my goals, I feel like I’m already successful. I’m able to do what I love on a daily basis and make some money from time to time. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><em><strong><span><span><span><i><span><span><span>What’s coming up for you in the next couple months?</span></span></span></i></span></span></span></strong></em></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Just writing a lot and prepping for the release of my EP. I’m in the process of recording the vocal tracks for that right now and aiming for April (2019).</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong>Keep up with Canada's Indigenous music talent on <a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/">digitaldrum.ca</a></strong></p> <p><em><span class="tinytext">This article was originally published on <a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/">digitaldrum.ca</a>. Reproduced with permission from the author. </span> </em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/digitaldrum" hreflang="en">Digital Drum</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/coast2coast" hreflang="en">coast2coast</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/indigenous-music" hreflang="en">Indigenous Music</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/canada" hreflang="en">Canada</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-stingray-brands field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/99" hreflang="en">Stingray Ambiance</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/45" hreflang="en">Stingray Brava</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/97" hreflang="en">Stingray Classica</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/51" hreflang="en">Stingray Concerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/46" hreflang="en">Stingray DJAZZ</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/98" hreflang="en">Stingray Festival 4K</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/47" hreflang="en">Stingray iConcerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/48" hreflang="en">Stingray Karaoke</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/49" hreflang="en">Stingray Loud</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/44" hreflang="en">Stingray Music</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/127" hreflang="en">Stingray Retro</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/52" hreflang="en">Stingray Vibe</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/contributors" hreflang="en">Contributors</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-country field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/77" hreflang="en">North America</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-in-language field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/82" hreflang="en">English</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-credit-image field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">Sebastian Gaskin at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival - Image Credit: Sebastian Gaskin / Instagram</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/2018-10/sebastian_gaskin.png" width="700" height="465" alt="Sebastian Gaskin at the Winnipeg Jazz Festival " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-show-in-listen field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field__label">Show in Listen</div> <div class="field__item">Off</div> </div> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 18:24:06 +0000 Digital Drum 600 at http://blog.stingray.com Jeremy Dutcher | 2018 Polaris Music Prize http://blog.stingray.com/Jeremy-Dutcher-2018-Polaris <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Jeremy Dutcher | 2018 Polaris Music Prize</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/contributor/digitaldrum" lang="" about="/contributor/digitaldrum" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Digital Drum</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 09/21/2018</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>It’s official: Jeremy Dutcher has won the 2018 Polaris Music Prize, becoming the fourth Indigenous artist in the past five years to take home the $50,000 award.</p> <p>Dutcher’s debut album,<em> Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa</em>, follows in the footsteps of Tanya Tagaq’s Animism (2014), Buffy Sainte-Marie’s <em>Power in the Blood </em>(2015) and Lido Pimienta’s<em> La Papessa</em> (2017). The project was recorded over the past five years and drew from archival wax cylinder recordings from the early 1900s. It is performed entirely in the endangered Wolostoq language.</p> <p>“It is said that there are less than 500 speakers of the language left,” Dutcher told us during the recording process. “It’s at a really critical stage right now, and that’s why it’s really important for folks of my generation to start taking language reclamation seriously. When language is lost you’re not just losing words, you lose an entire way of thinking and moving through the world.” Widely considered one of the country’s most prestigious and coveted music awards, the Polaris is judged solely on artistic merit, without consideration for genre, sales or record label. Dutcher learned he had made the long list back in June, and then the short list (alongside fellow Indigenous nominees, Snotty Nose Rez Kids) in July.</p> <p>“I was shocked,” he told us of the nomination. “So many amazing artists have been nominated and won this prize, and I certainly was not expecting to be counted among them as I release my first record. I also was very intentional about doing this album entirely in the Wolastoqey language, so that people are connecting with it outside of the community has been a really nice surprise.”</p> <p>And while the relative newcomer’s win may have surprised some music fans, we were not among them. We knew from the moment Dutcher sat down to perform at the eighth edition of Aboriginal Music Program’s AMP Camp that we were in the presence of something special.</p> <p>With his powerful voice, confident delivery and commanding stage presence, the classically-trained operatic tenor has the unique ability to hold his listeners captive while transporting them to a different place, a different time, a different world. Fusing elements of his classical training, contemporary jazz and traditional Maliseet music, he truly fits the bill as a genre-bending artist, creating a sound that is both unparalleled and inimitable.</p> <p>While Dutcher didn’t learn of his big win until the end of last night’s Polaris gala in Toronto, his powerful performance earlier in the night ensured that his name was already trending by the time he accepted the prize from last year’s winner, Lido Pimienta.</p> <p>“You are in the midst of an Indigenous renaissance,” Dutcher said upon winning the award. “Are you ready to hear the truth that needs to be told? 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This year, a new group of artists are in a position to follow in the footsteps of Tanya Tagaq (<i>Animism</i>, 2014), Buffy Sainte-Marie (<i>Power in the Blood</i>, 2015) and Lido Pimienta (<i>La Papessa</i>, 2017) and take home the $50,000 prize.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/o5zb0WTSLsY?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Announced earlier this month, the 2018 Polaris Long List (40 albums selected by a 203-member jury) includes </span></span><span class="MsoHyperlink"><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span><span><a href="https://blog.stingray.com/guest-digital-drum-behind-beats-iskwe">Iskwé</a></span></span></span></span></span></span><em><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span><span>, Jeremy Dutcher, Snotty Nose Rez Kids and </span></span></span></span></em><span><span>YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN. The Short List of 10 will be announced July 17. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>In the meantime, here’s what the Indigenous nominees had to say about their albums. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><em><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span><span>Iskwé</span></span></span></span></em><span><span><span>: <i>The Fight Within</i></span></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><img alt="Iskwe_CoverArt.jpg" height="800" src="/sites/blog/files/2018-06-DD/Iskwe_CoverArt.jpg" width="800" /></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span>On the album:</span></span></strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span> <i>The Fight Within</i> is my second album and one that holds a big piece of my heart. This album reflects a bit of a grief cycle for me, as my community and myself personally experienced some pretty big moments in the years it took me to write.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span>On the nomination:</span></span></strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span> The Polaris nomination is a HUGE honour! To be recognized by your peers in such a way just cuts right through to the heart, in the best way possible!</span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span>Jeremy Dutcher: <i>Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa</i></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><img alt="JD_CoverArt.jpg" height="800" src="/sites/blog/files/2018-06-DD/JD_CoverArt.jpg" width="800" /></p> <p><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">On the album:</span></strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"> <i>Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa</i> is an exploration of the traditional songs of my nation collected on wax cylinders over 110 years ago. I have reimagined these melodies for the contemporary moment, in the hopes of reconnecting my people (Wolastoqiyik) with what has been taken. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">On the nomination:</span></strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"> I was shocked. So many amazing artists have been nominated and won this prize, and I certainly was not expecting to be counted among them as I release my first record. I also was very intentional about doing this album entirely in the Wolastoqey language, so that people are connecting with it outside of the community has been a really nice surprise. </span></span></span></p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/U7N2GrO-T70?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p> </p> <p> </p> <h3><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">Snotty Nose Rez Kids: <i>The Average Savage</i></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><i></i></span></span></p> <p><img alt="SNRK_CoverArt.jpg" height="800" src="/sites/blog/files/2018-06-DD/SNRK_CoverArt.jpg" width="800" /></p> <p><span><span><i></i></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">On the album:</span></strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"> For some people, <i>The Average Savage</i> is the unsettling feeling you get after hearing the roaring cry of a Bucquis (Sasquatch) pierce through a dark tree line. A feeling that stems from the lack of understanding of the existence of each other. For others, <i>The Average Savage</i> is realizing that it’s OK for the Bucquis to coexist. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">On the nomination:</span></strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"> We never anticipated this album to get all this recognition. The Polaris Long List? Are you kidding me?! We lost our sh*t when we found out!</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><i></i></span></span></p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/w2DmlKJsByw?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p> </p> <h3><span><span><span><span><span>YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN: <i>Dirt</i></span></span></span></span></span></h3> <p><img alt="YST_CoverArt.jpg" height="800" src="/sites/blog/files/2018-06-DD/YST_CoverArt.jpg" width="800" /></p> <p><span><span><strong>On the album:</strong> <span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">The album was conceived as the soundtrack for an unreleased Haudenosaunee and Buddhist themed Anime. It's a sarcastic album with a sci-fi plot, featuring a quest for arable soil on a flooded planet stewarded by a vengeful AI who exposes humanity’s fatal flaws. I get to bring together a variety of vocal influences for this album, from spaghetti westerns, to 80's power metal and pow wow pitches. – Ange Loft, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong>On the nomination:</strong> <span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA">We were on tour in Europe when we learned about the nomination and were also hearing news about trade wars and human right violations against Central American children in the U.S. When we first composed the album lyrics as a group, over two years ago, I was hesitant to speak some of the more pointed lyrics, such as: "You need the cage, the mine, and the blood on the stone. You need the mills, the rags and the people you own.” In our current political and moral climate, these words don't feel strong enough. This record speaks to the ongoing doom and dread Indigenous populations know intimately that the U.S. and Canada were built upon. If this nomination provides a platform to bring some thought to Indigenous, immigrant and environmental issues, we will be satisfied. It's an honour to be nominated alongside many other Indigenous artists who are making resistance art rock. – Ange Loft, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan</span></span></span></p> <p><a class="button" href="https://ytst.bandcamp.com/track/dark-water">Listen to Dark Water</a></p> <p><strong>Keep up with Canada's Indigenous music talent on <a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/">digitaldrum.ca</a></strong></p> <p><em class="tinytext">This article was originally published on <a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/">digitaldrum.ca</a>. 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Last weekend, it cranked things to 11.</span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span>On Friday, May 18, the top talent from across Turtle Island gathered in Winnipeg for the return of the Indigenous Music Awards. Hosted by Jarrett Martineau and Beatrice Deer, the event kicked off with a red carpet celebration and treated the sold-out crowd to unforgettable performances by Indian City, Kristi Lane Sinclair, Ansley Simpson, Chase Manhattan (ft. 14-year-old hoop dance sensation Theland Kicknosway) and more.</span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span> </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><strong><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span>But the night truly belonged to the show’s award winners. </span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></h3> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span>With categories including pow wow, hip hop and everything in between, a total of 19 First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists/groups were recognized for their outstanding musical achievements over the past year. Pat Vegas, best known as a member of Redbone, also took home the Lifetime Achievement Award, while B.C.’s Jasmine Netsena won the inaugural TD Indigenous Songwriter of the year award (along with $10,000). </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><img src="/sites/blog/files/2018-05-francos/2018-dd-awards/32889397_1843882435674179_9088932323470082048_n.png" width="849" height="472" alt="32889397_1843882435674179_9088932323470082048_n.png" /></p> <h3><strong><span><span><span><span>Below is a complete list of the night’s winners.</span></span></span></span></strong></h3> <p><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span>Best New Artist: </span></span></strong><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span>Ansley Simpson, </span></span></span></strong><em><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span>Breakwall</span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span>Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album:</span></span></strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span> <strong><span><span>Supaman, </span></span></strong><em><span>Illuminatives</span></em></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span>Best Folk Album:</span></span></strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span> <strong><span><span>Buffy Sainte-Marie, </span></span></strong><em><span>Medicine Songs</span></em></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><img src="/sites/blog/files/2018-05-francos/2018-dd-awards/33026860_1843865535675869_7111029154140651520_n.png" width="946" height="474" alt="33026860_1843865535675869_7111029154140651520_n.png" /></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span>Best Pop Album:</span></span></strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span> <strong><span><span>Indian City, </span></span></strong><em><span>Here &amp; Now</span></em></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span>Best Rock Album:</span></span></strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span> <strong><span><span>Relic Kings, </span></span></strong><em><span>Armoury</span></em></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><strong><span>Best Country Album:</span></strong> <strong><span><span>Desiree Dorion, </span></span></strong><em><span>Tough Street</span></em></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><strong><span>Best Electronic Music Album:</span></strong> <strong><span><span>Once a Tree, </span></span></strong><em><span>Phoenix</span></em></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><img src="/sites/blog/files/2018-05-francos/2018-dd-awards/32815942_1843885375673885_3745060831839125504_n.png" width="954" height="466" alt="32815942_1843885375673885_3745060831839125504_n.png" /></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span>Best Blues Album</span></span></strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span>:</span></span></span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span> <strong><span><span>Robert "Freightrain" Parker, </span></span></strong><em><span>Freightrain Live</span></em></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><strong><span>Best Hand Drum Album:</span></strong> <strong><span><span>Young Spirit, </span></span></strong><em><span>Mewasinsational: Cree Round Dance Songs</span></em></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><strong><span>Best Instrumental Album:</span></strong> <strong><span><span>Jan Michael Looking Wolf, </span></span></strong><em><span>Flute Medicine</span></em></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><img src="/sites/blog/files/2018-05-francos/2018-dd-awards/32853699_1843902429005513_4615916105947414528_n.png" width="950" height="469" alt="32853699_1843902429005513_4615916105947414528_n.png" /><br /><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><strong><span>Best Inuit, Indigenous Language or Francophone Album:</span></strong> <strong><span><span>Shauit</span></span><span>, </span></strong><em><span>Apu peikussiak</span></em></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><strong><span>Best Pow Wow - Contemporary Album:</span></strong> <strong><span><span>Black Bear Singers, </span></span></strong><em><span>Notcimik</span></em></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span>Best Pow Wow - Traditional Album:</span></span></strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span> <strong><span><span>Northern Cree, </span></span></strong><em><span>Mîyo kekisepa/Make A Stand</span></em></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span>Best Gospel Album: </span></span></strong><strong><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><span>Callie Bennett, </span></span></span></strong><em><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span>Awake Arise Shine</span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><strong><span>Best Producer/Engineer:</span></strong> <strong><span><span>Supaman</span></span></strong><strong> </strong></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><img src="/sites/blog/files/2018-05-francos/2018-dd-awards/32840296_1843890352340054_4633689071460286464_n.png" width="953" height="471" alt="32840296_1843890352340054_4633689071460286464_n.png" /></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><strong><span>Best Radio Station Program - Promoting Indigenous Music:</span></strong> <strong><i><span><span>Indigenous Music Countdown (Native Communications Inc.)</span></span></i></strong></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><strong><span>Best International Indigenous Artist</span></strong><span>:</span> <strong><span><span>The Imbayakunas, </span></span></strong><em><span>New Ground</span></em></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><strong><span>Best Music Video:</span></strong> <strong><span><span>Buffy Sainte-Marie, <i>The War Racket</i></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span lang="EN-CA" xml:lang="EN-CA"><span><strong><span>Best Radio Single:</span></strong> <strong><span><span>Carsen Gray, <i>Wanna See You</i> ft. DJ Shub</span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></span></p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/fg3vLy_oIp8?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p> </p> <p><strong>Keep up with Canada's Indigenous music talent on <a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/">digitaldrum.ca</a></strong></p> <p><em class="tinytext">This article was originally published on <a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/">digitaldrum.ca</a>. Reproduced with permission from the author.  </em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/digitaldrum" hreflang="en">Digital Drum</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/coast2coast" hreflang="en">coast2coast</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/canada" hreflang="en">Canada</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/indigenous-music" hreflang="en">Indigenous Music</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-stingray-brands field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/99" hreflang="en">Stingray Ambiance</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/45" hreflang="en">Stingray Brava</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/97" hreflang="en">Stingray Classica</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/51" hreflang="en">Stingray Concerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/46" hreflang="en">Stingray DJAZZ</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/98" hreflang="en">Stingray Festival 4K</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/47" hreflang="en">Stingray iConcerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/50" hreflang="en">Stingray Juicebox</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/48" hreflang="en">Stingray Karaoke</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/49" hreflang="en">Stingray Loud</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/44" hreflang="en">Stingray Music</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/127" hreflang="en">Stingray Retro</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/52" hreflang="en">Stingray Vibe</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/contributors" hreflang="en">Contributors</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-country field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/86" hreflang="en">Worldwide</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-in-language field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/82" hreflang="en">English</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/83" hreflang="en">French</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/2018-05/Untitled%20design%20%281%29_0.png" width="1200" height="628" alt="dd" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> Thu, 24 May 2018 20:46:57 +0000 Digital Drum 433 at http://blog.stingray.com Behind the Beats with Celeigh Cardinal | Digital Drum http://blog.stingray.com/behind-beats-celeigh-cardinal-digital-drum <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Behind the Beats with Celeigh Cardinal | Digital Drum</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/contributor/digitaldrum" lang="" about="/contributor/digitaldrum" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Digital Drum</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 04/17/2018</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span>Métis singer/songwriter Celeigh Cardinal has won an Aboriginal Youth Role Model </span></span></span></span></span></span></strong><span><span><span><span><span><span><strong>Award,</strong></span></span></span></span></span></span><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span> participated in the Banff Centre for the Arts’ Re(Claim) program, been named Cultural Ambassador for the Arctic Winter Games, and received an “ATB Listens” grant from ATB Financial. </span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>And that was all <i><em>before</em></i> the release of her dazzling debut album, <em>Everything and Nothing At All</em> (2017).</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>She has since attended the Indigenous Music Residency in Manitoba, performed at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, earned a 2018 Indigenous Music Awards nomination for Best Pop Album and scored a whopping seven nominations at the upcoming Edmonton Music Awards. She’s also scheduled a European tour for later this year, and started work on her second album. If it’s anything like the first, we can expect a soulful blend of roots, folk, rock and pop alongside some seriously powerful vocals (not to mention a ton of acclaim).</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Between local gigs and songwriting sessions, Celeigh recently made time for an interview about all things music. Find out her pre-performance ritual, who she’s currently listening to and more. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ro0Rb1wuULk?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>How and when did you know you wanted to be a singer?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>My first time singing solo on stage was when I was four years old. For as long as I can remember, this is what I’ve wanted to do. I feel very lucky to have unquestioningly known my passion from a very young age. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>How would you describe your sound, and has it changed over time?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Eeee. Hardest question. I would say my voice is influenced by blues and Motown music, while my songwriting is influenced by folk and singer/songwriters. So it’s a mixed bag of genres. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><img src="/sites/blog/files/2018-04-17-DigitalDrum/52.jpg" width="1920" height="1080" alt="52.jpg" /></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Do you prefer songwriting or performing? </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>I would say performing. It’s my favourite thing to do. Writing doesn’t come as easily, and I tend to prefer things I’m naturally good at. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>When you perform with a group, how important are the musicians you play with? Is talent enough, or do you look for something more?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Though talent and skill are very important, one must never underestimate the importance of a good hang. Travelling with people you don’t get on with is THE WORST. You’re in a relationship with the people you play music with, a very special one. It’s imperative that you work well together. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4AX3aZtAfNQ?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Do you have a pre-performance routine or superstition?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Typically, I try to have a bath before performances. I still get a lot of anxiety and adrenaline from performing, so I try to stay as calm as I can before I perform. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><img src="/sites/blog/files/2018-04-17-DigitalDrum/55.jpg" width="1920" height="1080" alt="55.jpg" /></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>What do you do when you’re not making music?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Eighty per cent of my time is spent working on the admin aspect of my music career: social media, website, booking, etc. Ten per cent performing, five per cent writing and five per cent having baths. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>What’s been your biggest struggle or challenge, either personally or professionally?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Balance. That is my struggle with everything. I have an ‘All or Nothing’ complex, so I’m either working so hard I can barely keep up, or I’m doing absolutely nothing and in recovery from that. However, I’m self-aware enough to say I’m working on it. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>What are you listening to these days?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Though I’m a ‘90s girls in a ‘90s world, I’ve been adding new music to my catalogue these days. I’ve actually been listening to a lot of my Indigenous Canadian peeps, ’cause they’re making such good music! A few, but not all, examples are Jeremy Dutcher, Sebastian Gaskin, Wolf Saga, Digging Roots, Lacey Hill, and so many more. But I’m also listening to Theo Katzman, Vulfpeck, Erin Costelo, First Aid Kit. Oh, and the Fugees made it back onto my playlist. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>What’s the most important lesson you’ve learned along the way?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>You have to do what you love. I cannot do anything else; most other jobs make me miserable. If I was in the constant pursuit of a career in music, I would be very unhappy, and I’ll never settle for anything less than happiness again. Life is way too short. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>As a musician, how do you define success?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Honestly, just being able to live off of it. I feel successful in that sense, but I suppose more sustainability, and maybe some medical benefits, would be nice. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>It’s also very important to me that I’m contributing some representation in music for younger Indigenous artists. Growing up, I never saw anyone like me playing music (except for Buffy Sainte-Marie, but I didn’t relate musically) and I know how important it is to be able to relate and have role models. If I can do that, I feel I’ve done something. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><img src="/sites/blog/files/2018-04-17-DigitalDrum/53.jpg" width="1920" height="1080" alt="53.jpg" /></p> <h3><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>What are you currently working on, and what’s coming up for you in the next year?</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></h3> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Touring, touring, hopefully, a new album (grants have been written) and more touring! </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>I am headed to Sweden, Denmark and hopefully Germany in the fall, and I really want to go to Australia and New Zealand next year. I love traveling!</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Keep up with Canada's Indigenous music talent on <a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/">digitaldrum.ca</a></strong></p> <p><em class="tinytext">This article was originally published on <a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/">digitaldrum.ca</a>. Reproduced with permission from the author.  </em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/digitaldrum" hreflang="en">Digital Drum</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/indigenous-music" hreflang="en">Indigenous Music</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/coast2coast" hreflang="en">coast2coast</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/canada" hreflang="en">Canada</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-stingray-brands field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/45" hreflang="en">Stingray Brava</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/97" hreflang="en">Stingray Classica</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/51" hreflang="en">Stingray Concerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/46" hreflang="en">Stingray DJAZZ</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/98" hreflang="en">Stingray Festival 4K</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/47" hreflang="en">Stingray iConcerts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/48" hreflang="en">Stingray Karaoke</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/44" hreflang="en">Stingray Music</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-section field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__item"><a href="/contributors" hreflang="en">Contributors</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-country field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/86" hreflang="en">Worldwide</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-display-in-language field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/82" hreflang="en">English</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/83" hreflang="en">French</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-credit-image field--type-string field--label-hidden field__item">© 2018 Celeigh Cardinal. All rights reserved.</div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="https://d1epjnee0y8w64.cloudfront.net/blog/s3fs-public/2018-04/CC3.jpg" width="1600" height="1067" alt="Guest | Behind the Beats with Celeigh Cardinal | Digital Drum" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:32:41 +0000 Digital Drum 383 at http://blog.stingray.com Meet This Year’s Indigenous Juno Nominees | Digital Drum http://blog.stingray.com/meet-years-indigenous-juno-nominees-digital-drum <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Meet This Year’s Indigenous Juno Nominees | Digital Drum</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/contributor/digitaldrum" lang="" about="/contributor/digitaldrum" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Digital Drum</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 03/20/2018</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><h3><strong>If the 2017 <a href="https://junoawards.ca/">Juno Awards</a> served as a coming-out party for Canada’s thriving Indigenous music scene, the 2018 edition is a full-blown celebration.</strong></h3> <p>One year after an epic opening performance by A Tribe Called Red (featuring Tanya Tagaq and Black Bear Singers) and big wins for ATCR, William Prince, Quantum Tangle and Buffy Sainte-Marie, a total of 10 Indigenous artists or groups are up for awards in seven different categories at this year’s event.</p> <p>Leading the way with two nominations each – including Contemporary Roots Album of the Year – are The Jerry Cans and living legend Buffy Sainte-Marie. Riding the momentum of their latest album, Nunavut’s The Jerry Cans are also up for Breakout Group of the Year, while Buffy is up against <a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/winnipeg-folk-fest-dub-step-pow-wow/">DJ Shub</a> (<em>PowWowStep</em>), Indian City (<em>Here &amp; Now</em>), <a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/behind-the-beats-iskwe/">Iskwé</a> (<em>The Fight Within</em>) and <a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/kelly-fraser-2/">Kelly Fraser</a> (<em>Sedna</em>) for Indigenous Music Album of the Year.</p> <p>Following up on their Producer of the Year win in 2017, A Tribe Called Red scored a nom for Group of the Year, while Tanya Tagaq’s <em>Retribution</em> is up for Alternative Album of the Year. The Nunavut Sivuniksavut Performers are nominated for Classical Album of the Year (Large Ensemble), and Josh Cayer’s band Longhouse (II: Vanishing) is up for Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year.</p> <h3><strong>Here’s a closer look at this year’s Indigenous Juno nominees:</strong></h3> <p> </p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_B0XjWET0jA?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <h3><strong>The Jerry Cans</strong></h3> <p><strong>Nominated for: Contemporary Roots Album of the Year (Inuusiq); Breakout Group of the Year</strong></p> <p>Known regionally for their trademark mix of Inuktitut and English, The Jerry Cans’ unique fusion of folk, country, reggae and throat singing has earned the group gigs around the world and helped put Nunavut’s music scene on the map. Inuusiq is the band’s third album, and the first on their own label, Aakuluk Music.</p> <h3><strong>Buffy Sainte-Marie</strong></h3> <p><strong>Nominated for: Contemporary Roots Album of the Year; Indigenous Music Album of the Year (Medicine Songs)</strong></p> <p>At 77 years young, Buffy Sainte-Marie continues to prove that age is just a number. Mixing new material with classics spanning her entire career (Universal Soldier will NEVER get old), the 2017 release of Medicine Songs reminds us that her stories are as relevant and powerful today as they were half a century ago. With an Academy Award (1982), a Polaris Prize (2015) and five Junos already to her name, another award or two would just be gravy.</p> <p> </p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/tTK1d_6krR8?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <h3><strong>DJ Shub</strong></h3> <p><strong>Nominated for: Indigenous Music Album of the Year (PowWowStep)</strong></p> <p>As a former member of A Tribe Called Red, DJ Shub got his first taste of the Junos when the trio won Breakthrough Group of the Year (and were nominated for Electronic Album of the Year) back in 2014. He has since launched a solo career and seems to be doing just fine. His debut album, PowWowStep, offers up a killer collection of upbeat bangers and features collaborations with Northern Cree Singers, Classic Roots and more.</p> <h3><strong>Indian City</strong></h3> <p><strong>Nominated for: Indigenous Music Album of the Year (Here &amp; Now)</strong></p> <p>Winnipeg pop/rock supergroup Indian City are a perfect example of power in numbers. Fronted by guitarist Vince Fontaine, the collective has released three albums and also includes Jay Bodner, Don Amero, Shannon Mckenney, Jeremy Koz, Rena Semenko, Neewa Mason, Atik Mason, Rich Reid and Gerry Atwell. While this is the group’s first Juno nomination, Fontaine has four noms and a win as a member of iconic rock duo Eagle &amp; Hawk.</p> <p> </p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/JqfYewykyew?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <h3><a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/behind-the-beats-iskwe/"><strong>Iskwé</strong></a></h3> <p><strong>Nominated for: Indigenous Music Album of the Year (The Fight Within)</strong></p> <p>We had to wait more than four years for the follow up to Iskwe’s self-titled debut album, but 2017’s The Fight Within was completely worth it. Touching on everything from environmental protection and MMIWG (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls) to love and relationships, she again manages to blend poignant lyrics with big sound for an album as timely as it is powerful. This is I<a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/behind-the-beats-iskwe/">skwé</a>’s first Juno nomination.</p> <p> </p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/bpjiMFQwvLE?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <h3>Kelly Fraser</h3> <p><strong>Nominated for: Indigenous Music Album of the Year (Sedna)</strong></p> <p>Also up for her first Juno is Nunavut songstress Kelly Fraser. Since bursting onto the scene with her Inuktitut versions of Top 40 pop songs in 2013, she has released a pair of albums and helped shine a light on Nunavut’s oft-overlooked music scene. Inspired by the Inuit legend of the sea goddess Sedna, her latest album combines Inuktitut and English while fusing elements of pop, electronic music, throat singing and hip-hop for an upbeat (though not always glamorous) portrait of life in the North.</p> <h3><strong>A Tribe Called Red</strong></h3> <p><strong>Nominated for: Group of the Year</strong></p> <p>It was only four years ago that ATCR won the Juno for Breakout Group of the Year. Now, despite losing one of their founding members (Ian Campeau aka DJ NDN) last year, the group has established itself as a household name not only in Canada but around the world. Since dropping We Are The Halluci Nation in 2016, they have won a number of awards (including the 2017 Juno for Producer of the Year), made the Polaris short list and played festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo, Osheaga and more.</p> <h3><strong>Tanya Tagaq</strong></h3> <p><strong>Nominated for: Alternative Album of the Year (Retribution)</strong></p> <p>Awards in general, and the Junos in particular are nothing new to Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq. Since 2006, she has been nominated five times and won twice. She also took home the coveted Polaris Music Prize and a Canadian Folk Music Award for her third album, Animism (2014). But her latest offering, Retribution, may just be her most powerful work to date. Experimental, bold, genre-bending and tradition-obliterating, albums like this are why the Alternative Album of the Year category exists.</p> <h3><strong>The Nunavut Sivuniksavut Performers</strong></h3> <p><strong>Nominated for: Classical Album of the Year (Large Ensemble)</strong></p> <p>Nominated for their collaboration with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra on <em>The Shaman &amp; Arctic Symphony</em><em>, the </em>Nunavut Sivuniksavut Performers is an Ottawa-based college program that serves Inuit youth from across Canada's north.</p> <h3><strong>Josh Cayer</strong> (Frontman of Longhouse)</h3> <p><strong>Nominated for: Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year (II: Vanishing)</strong></p> <p>This is the first Juno nomination for Algonquin artist Josh Cayer, the bassist/vocalist for Ottawa doom band Longhouse. II: Vanishing is the group’s second studio album.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>The <a href="https://junoawards.ca/">2018 JUNO Awards</a> go down in Vancouver on March 25.</em></p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Keep up with Canada's Indigenous music talent on <a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/">digitaldrum.ca</a></strong></p> <p><em class="tinytext">This article was originally published on <a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/">digitaldrum.ca</a>. 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But this so-called Indigenous Next Wave extends well beyond the acts getting mainstream recognition.</p> <p><strong>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.</strong></p> <h3><strong>Ansley Simpson</strong></h3> <p>Back in 2016, Toronto-based Anishinaabe singer-songwriter Ansley Simpson won the inaugural imagineNative Bull’s Eye contest as Canada’s top emerging Indigenous artist. She has since released her impressive debut album (<em>Breakwall</em>, 2017) and toured the country with the four-week, 13-community New Constellations series. With a slot at the MEGAPHONO 2018 Music Showcase Festival and new music in the works, she is definitely one to watch in 2018.</p> <p> </p> <h3><strong>Celeigh Cardinal </strong></h3> <p>Riding the momentum of her dazzling debut album (<em>Everything And Nothing At All</em>, 2017), Métis singer/songwriter Celeigh Cardinal is in for a busy 2018. Between the Indigenous Music Residency in Manitoba, Folk Alliance International in Kansas City and a tour of Sweden, the Edmonton-based artist will also be working on her next album. If it’s anything like the first, we can expect a soulful blend of roots, folk, rock and pop alongside some seriously powerful vocals. </p> <h3><strong>Jeremy Dutcher</strong></h3> <p>Fusing elements of his classical training, contemporary jazz and traditional Maliseet music, Toronto-based composer/vocalist Jeremy Dutcher truly fits the bill as a genre-bending artist. And with fewer than 500 remaining <strong>Wolastoqey</strong> speakers, he’s also doing his part to preserve the language. Combined with his powerful voice and commanding stage presence, his message is bound to reach – and perk – plenty of ears.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/oK__v6_PRpc?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p> </p> <h3><strong>Logan Staats </strong></h3> <p>If you haven’t heard the name Logan Staats, you will. Although the Six Nations singer-songwriter has been making music and winning awards for almost a decade, he recently got his big break on CTV’s talent search show, <em>The Launch</em>. In addition to earning the praise of Scott Borchetta, Shania Twain and others, his rendition of <em>The Lucky Ones</em> was a huge hit on iTunes. Fusing elements of folk and rock, his signature sound is about to blow up in a big, big way.</p> <h3><strong>Mob Bounce</strong></h3> <p>Drawing from their Indigenous culture and connection to Mother Earth, Mob Bounce explore everything from politics and spirituality to racism and the environment. And their music with a message hasn’t gone unnoticed. Last year alone, the electronic hip-hop duo scored gigs at Aboriginal Day Live, Northern Lights Festival Boréal and with Gord Downie’s <em>The Secret Path</em> project. They also got a great start to 2018, landing on the cover of <em>Beatroute</em> (BC) magazine.  </p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LlLuyyQ5gdQ?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p> </p> <h3><strong>Once A Tree</strong></h3> <p>Since joining forces to form electro-R&amp;B duo Once A Tree, the wife-husband team of Jayli and Hayden Wolf have been turning heads on the Toronto music scene and beyond. In a few short years, they’ve released a killer debut album (<em>Phoenix, 2017), accumulated 100K+ Youtube views on their music videos and been featured on </em>Rolling Stone’s “10 New Artists You Need To Know” list. And with plans to tour in 2018, they may just be coming to a city near you.  </p> <h3><strong>Snotty Nose Rez Kids</strong></h3> <p>Bursting onto the scene in 2017, Haisla hip-hop duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids flipped the script on Indigenous stereotypes and gave listeners a fresh perspective of life on the rez. But that was just the beginning. In 2018, they’ll be playing the brand new Skookum festival (Vancouver), headlining Edge of the World Music Festival (Haida Gwaii), releasing their third album (<em>Braided and Faded</em>) and collaborating on new projects with Drezus and the aforementioned Mob Bounce.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/W4UersvGsIs?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p> </p> <h3><strong>Ziibiwan Rivers</strong></h3> <p>It’s hard to believe Ziibiwan’s career is only just getting started. In the two short years since releasing his debut EP (<em>Time Limits</em>, 2016), the Anishinaabe electronic artist/producer has been signed to RPM Records and scored a pair of 2017 Indigenous Music Awards nominations (Best New Artist and Best Instrumental Album). And with a new album on the way, 2018 promises to be his biggest year yet.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Keep up with Canada's Indigenous music talent on <a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/">digitaldrum.ca</a></strong></p> <p><em><span class="tinytext">This article was originally published on <a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/">digitaldrum.ca</a>. 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But through it all, Mimi O’Bonsawin chooses to focus on the positive.</p> <p>Guided by her selfless spirit, happy-go-lucky personality and supernatural sense of optimism, the Toronto-based singer-songwriter simply can’t help it. The fact that she’s living the life she always dreamed of doesn’t hurt either.</p> <p>Since graduating from high school, Mimi’s released a pair of studio albums, performed at <a href="http://www.midem.com/" target="_blank">Midem</a> in France, opened for the likes of <a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/75-facts-about-buffy-sainte-marie-for-her-75th-birthday/" target="_blank" title="75 Facts About Buffy Sainte-Marie for her 75th Birthday">Buffy Sainte-Marie</a> and launched a <a href="http://www.mimi.ca/rhythm-rhyme-1/" target="_blank">songwriting program for students</a>. And at only 23, she’s just getting started.  </p> <p>We recently caught up with Mimi to talk all things music. Here’s what she had to say about staying true to her roots, seeing life through a creative lens and much, much more.  </p> <h3><strong>First things first. Why are you so damn happy all the time?! </strong></h3> <p><em>(Laughs)</em> This is such a beautiful question. Thank you for the compliment. I think that when someone is doing what they were sent to here to do, they are happy. When they are making use of the gifts they have been given, they are happy. When their spirit is fulfilled and satisfied, they have this glow. I love seeing this in other people. I love seeing passion and love in people’s lives.</p> <p>So that being said, I’ve never imagined myself doing anything other than music, and the fact that I get to … I’m the happiest person on the planet. From my fingers to my toes, I feel <em>right</em>. Before I could even put words together, I would sing and dance and put on a show. There was never a doubt in the minds of my parents that I would always be their “weird artist daughter.” So I guess I could thank my mom and dad for letting me be exactly who I was meant to be, and all the people who support and nurture me. I just have so much love in my heart for all the people in my life and I’m so grateful for every breath I take. This journey brings me so much joy.</p> <h3> </h3> <h3><strong>In a past interview, you told us your musical influences are always changing. What are you listening to these days?</strong></h3> <p>Right now I’m on a huge Xavier Rudd binge. I can’t stop! I love the way he writes with such courage, and his singing and playing is so raw and earthy. I had never heard his music until recently and I think I’m in love (<em>laughs</em>). I’m also listening to a lot of Nahko Bear. He’s a great poet and a cousin Indigenous artist. I love what he’s doing and would love to open for him one day.</p> <p>Of course, my major influences like Bob Marley, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Robbie Robertson never go away, but I do this thing where I only listen to one artist for like three months, then move on. I’m definitely on Xavier Rudd planet right now, just recovering from yet another Robbie Robertson phase.</p> <h3><strong>You grew up in Sudbury but moved to Toronto after high school. Tell us a bit about the current music scene there, and where’s your favorite place to play? </strong></h3> <p>I’ve been living in Toronto for five years now. It was a struggle for me at first because I came from a place where the sense of community was very strong. I felt like I couldn't have this in a big city like Toronto, and I was lonely. It took me a while, but I finally found my people. I’ve built myself a community of people that I love and learn so much from. I surround myself with people that are so insanely talented, giving, nurturing and wise. The Toronto music scene is <em>so</em> small. It feels like a family. Everybody works together, plays on each other’s albums, shares the stage, supports one another … it’s beautiful. I’ve met and worked with so many great humans here.</p> <p>My fave room is The Burdock. I’ve played there a few times now, and the sound is amazing. It has a really chill vibe and it’s a great space for a concert because it’s conducive to listening and interacting. Plus, they give you soup in the green room (<em>laughs</em>). Toronto has so many great venues. One I used to love, but is now closed, was Musideum. It was a small space, it only fit like 30 people, and it was jam-packed with instruments from all over the world. It felt great in there. But little places like that are always popping up.</p> <h3><strong>A few years ago you opened for the one and only Buffy Sainte-Marie. Tell us a bit about that experience. </strong></h3> <p>Buffy Sainte-Marie is one of my biggest influences. I have listened to all of her songs, I have gone to her concerts and cried my eyes out front stage, and I aspire to have a long and successful career like hers. She radiates energy and strength and she is such an inspiration, so of course, opening for her was like a dream come true.</p> <p>It was an acoustic show, so I played with my drummer and percussionist Dave Patel. The sound was perfect, the audience was amazing – I even got them to sing along – and I had a full 30 minutes to play. I’m usually happy on stage, but this was special because my idol was backstage. Watching her do her thing from the sidelines was the highlight of my night, though. I learned so much that evening about what it means to be a songwriter and a performer. She pulled out songs from way back when she was my age. She was a rock star. Oh man, that was such an honor.</p> <h3><strong>You have both French-Canadian and Abenakis roots. Speak a bit to your heritage and the role it plays in your songwriting. </strong></h3> <p>I used to have a management team who would tell me to “Not play the Native card,” because I wouldn’t have a career there. They said to stay away from the French music thing as well. That never made any sense to me. Separating who I am from my art is not possible. I now have the confidence to be who I am in music, and in life; I pride myself on being the exact same person in both worlds. That has given me so much confidence on stage and in my creative process. No more having someone tell me what to wear, what to say and how to be. I’m me all the time and I write from that place. My journey into my culture has inspired me and continues to fuel that fire. My experience of being a Francophone and Abenakis woman is where my songs come from, because that is where <em>I</em> come from.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5-Jt9DshxJs?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <h3> </h3> <h3><strong>About four years passed between your self-titled debut album, <em>Mimi</em>, and your second album, <em>Connected</em>. What did you learn in between albums, and how has your sound changed over time?</strong></h3> <p>Let’s just say I’ve done a lot of soul-searching in these past few years. My first album was my first experience in the music business. I’ve learned so much since then. Some hard lessons, but they have brought me so much. I would initially say that I’m a different person now, but the truth is, I'm not. I’ve just grown a lot – not physically because I'm still only five-foot-one (<em>laughs</em>). When I was younger and creating my first album I had goals for myself. I wanted to be someone who would live her culture and integrate it into every aspect of my life, I wanted to be someone who was comfortable on a stage and had the confidence to be exactly who she was, I wanted to be someone who had confidence in her creating, to trust my gut and not second guess myself, and I wanted to surround myself with people that I could learn from and that I love. I am so proud to say that I’ve achieved those goals for myself, and that is where my second album comes from. I’ve never felt so connected to who I am and where I come from. </p> <p>I think that people who choose to see life through creative lenses are people who are always changing, growing, creating, constantly reinventing. When you make art, it’s difficult to stay stagnant. We do this because we have to.</p> <h3><img src="/sites/blog/files/Image5.jpg" width="1920" height="1080" alt="Image5.jpg" /></h3> <h3><strong>When you’re not gigging or making music, you do some great work in the community. Tell us a bit about your workshops and what they entail. </strong></h3> <p>So I tour a series of workshops called Rhythm and Rhyme, offered in both French and English, with youngsters from Grades 4 to 12. I’ve recently been asked to bring this workshop to a few conferences where I do this with adults too. It’s super fun to bring out the child in them!</p> <p>Rhythm and Rhyme is a discussion of the healing powers of music, as it is our human language. It speaks to the three bodies and a discussion of music as an empowering means of expression. Afterwards, we move into a human music experience, where we play around with voices, sounds and vibration, and together we all benefit from the healing properties of expressing ourselves with song. We explore storytelling, as it is the narrative of our existence and the source of all inspiration for a creative expression. Students are introduced to song by creating in different forms and are brought to have conversations about identity, empathy and creativity.</p> <p>I’m often asked to include an Indigenous perspective to the workshops where I speak about what it means to be Indigenous today, how we can come together and fight against racism and stereotypes, and bring the students to have uncomfortable conversations about Canadian history and its impact on our current society. </p> <p>I get so much energy, inspiration and light from doing these workshops. Connecting with people through music has always been my passion. Whether I get to do that on a stage or in a classroom, I’m good with it. And from a more selfish perspective, it fuels my personal creative expressions.</p> <h3><strong>Digital Drum recently featured you on the second season of DD Studio Sessions. Tell us a bit about that experience and working at Noble Street Studios. </strong></h3> <p>I recorded my second album at Noble Street Studios, but when we went in there with the Digital Drum crew it was totally different. Ian De Souza (bass) and I walked in with only an idea. We had a vision but nothing rehearsed or overly-prepared. Just lyrics and a melody, and together with engineer Alex Krotz and the crew at Noble Street, we got to create some magic. It was so spiritual and beautiful. I had never recorded something like that: where you do it all in one day, just a few takes and capture the song fresh. It inspired me to record like this again, and I’m in the midst of planning that all out. It was such a soul-satisfying experience; it’s hard for me to put it into words.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/w9P1it8i4R4?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <h3> </h3> <h3><strong>Coming into the session, all you had was a rough demo of ‘Moonrise’ recorded on your iPhone. How did the finished track compare to the idea you had in your head going in? </strong></h3> <p>It grew and blossomed into this beautiful thing I couldn’t have imagined. That’s the beauty of collaboration and working with professionals who can bring ideas to the table. It grows beyond what your skill set or imagination is, but still stays true to its original concept. The sounds Alex and Ian brought to the table were just mind-blowing. It all worked with the initial vision I had, but made it that much more. I loved working with them.</p> <h3><strong>A new year is right around the corner. What does 2018 have in store for you?</strong></h3> <p>I haven’t officially announced this yet, but I’m way too excited to hold it in. In January, I’m headed to Mexico to write and create from a new place. This is a challenge for me because I always write in my writing room, but I think challenging our comfort zones is necessary in order to continue to create something new, fresh and positive.</p> <p>Then, I’m taking those songs – and the ones I’ve been writing over this past year – to India, where my band and I will tour for a month. We’ll be playing music from my newest album and new songs, hitting up a studio to do some recording and planting the seed for the following year. I want to make connections while I’m there, gain a ton of experience, and play on an international stage. Right now, I’m booking some gigs in the U.S. for spring and applying for festivals across Canada. So when I come back from India, my calendar will be full of touring at home.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Keep up with Canada's Indigenous music talent on <a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/">digitaldrum.ca</a></strong></p> <p><em><span class="tinytext">This article was originally published on <a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/">digitaldrum.ca</a>. 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But every now and then it can be a formula for inspiration, happiness and success. And even love. </h3> <p>For a select group of Indigenous musicians, mixing their artistic pursuits with romance has paid off in a big way – both personally and professionally. As partners in both business and life, they’ve accomplished more than they ever would have alone and achieved that perfect balance between successful careers and happy home lives. And, fortunately for us, they’ve created some killer music in the process.  </p> <p><strong>Here’s a look at six power couples currently owning the Indigenous music scene.</strong></p> <h3><strong>ShoShona Kish and Raven Kanatakta, Digging Roots</strong></h3> <p>If you’ve had the pleasure of seeing Digging Roots live in concert, it becomes instantly clear that the chemistry between lead vocalist ShoShona Kish and guitarist Raven Kanatakta extends beyond just the music. That’s because their intimate connection is 20+ years in the making.</p> <p>After meeting through a mutual friend and falling in love at first sight back in the 90s, they formed Digging Roots in 2004. Known for their soulful blend of roots, rock, folk and blues, the band has since released three albums, with another on the way.</p> <p> </p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/p9azv6N0NLg?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p> </p> <h3><strong>Shane Ghostkeeper and Sarah Houle, Ghostkeeper</strong></h3> <p>Over the years, Calgary indie group Ghostkeeper has blended genres, experimented with different sounds and evolved as a band. The one constant has been the creative core of long-time partners Shane Ghostkeeper and Sarah Houle.</p> <p>While both of them grew up in Northern Alberta, surrounded by a mix of traditional Cree music and 90s indie rock, the Metis couple didn’t connect until their late teens, when their families played matchmaker. They have since set up a home studio to spend more time with their son and dropped four albums, including 2017’s <em>Sheer Blouse Buffalo Knocks</em>.</p> <p> </p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DzdaWx4EmKk?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p> </p> <h3><strong>Crystle Lightning and MC RedCloud, Lightning Cloud</strong></h3> <p>Crystle Lightning is a musician, an actress and a DJ (not to mention an amazing home chef!). MC RedCloud is a rapper, a visual artist and an Indigenous rights activist. Together, they make up Lightning Cloud, an unstoppable hip-hop duo with a pair of albums, multiple awards and thousands of fans behind them.</p> <p>Based out of Los Angeles, the couple met at a photo shoot and immediately hit it off. In addition to making music together, they’ve been vocal advocates for the Idle No More movement, Indigenous womens’ rights and more.</p> <p> </p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/G5Noox5hgU8?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p> </p> <h3><strong>Jayli and Hayden Wolf, Once A Tree</strong></h3> <p>“The first day we met, we fell in love.”</p> <p>So begins the story of Jayli and Hayden Wolf, who connected to make a music video and got married three months later. Since the wedding in 2012, the couple has formed electro-R&amp;B duo Once A Tree, moved from B.C. to Toronto, and, most recently, dropped their debut full-length album, <em>Phoenix</em>. And after being named to Rolling Stone’s “10 New Artists You Need To Know” list this November, it looks like they’re just getting started.  </p> <p> </p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0NjED5TM4rs?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p> </p> <h3><strong>Andrew Morrison and Nancy Mike, The Jerry Cans</strong></h3> <p>Long before Andrew Morrison was belting out tunes in Inuktitut, he was learning the language for a girl. Morrison – who grew up in Iqaluit but didn’t speak the community’s mother tongue – had fallen for Inuk throat singer Nancy Mike and wanted to impress her family. The rest, as they say, is history.</p> <p>In addition to falling in love and getting married, Morrison and Mike formed folk-roots group The Jerry Cans and launched the Aakuluk Music label. Recently named “Northerners of the Year” by Up Here Magazine, the band is not only making killer music, but preserving the Inuktitut language and paving the way for other Northern artists.</p> <p> </p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/_B0XjWET0jA?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p> </p> <h3><strong>Chelsey June and Jaaji, Twin Flames</strong></h3> <p>Looking back, it’s only fitting that Chelsey June and Jaaji met at a campfire singalong.  </p> <p>After that fateful night in summer 2014, the two abandoned their solo careers, fell in love and began making music together as Twin Flames. In less than four years, the folk duo has released a pair of albums, won multiple awards and played more than 700 shows across Canada.</p> <p>But the couple’s connection goes far beyond the music. United by their common histories and Indigenous culture, Chelsey and Jaaji share a passion for working with youth and supporting remote Northern communities.</p> <p> </p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/PUFD3eAzoBo?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Keep up with Canada's Indigenous music talent on <a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/">digitaldrum.ca</a></strong></p> <p class="tinytext"><em>This article was originally published on <a href="http://digitaldrum.ca/">digitaldrum.ca</a>. 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