Heading into its 6th year, the Aboriginal Sounds series enables securing showcase slots for talents emerging from aboriginal communities, highlighting the art being created across Canada. It is built around showcases and professional development activities, mentoring sessions and targeted networking activities. This unique project among showcase events, initiated by Mundial Montréal, has created a bridge to new audiences and new touring opportunities into the mainstream circuits.
This year, we are bringing 5 artists to various Montreal stages.
The Jerry Cans are one of the Arctic’s most well known bands. They have shared their music across the circumpolar north from Greenland to Alaska – no small feat for a band from one of the most isolated places in the world. The band took home a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2012 and had two nominations for their second album in 2014.
Multidisciplinary Métis artist Moe Clark is a nomadic songbird with wings woven from circle singing and spoken word. Mistress of the looping pedal, she creates sonic landscapes of layered voice that invite audiences into a trance-like space. Her poetic songs soar through these landscapes, with tonal and lyrical resonance.
Singer-songwriter Iskwé (pronounced iss-kway, meaning “Woman” in her native language) draws upon her Cree/Dene (Aboriginal) and Irish roots to produce a sound filled with booming bass lines and heavy beats, defining her distinctive offering of Alternative RnB/TripHop.
Logan Staats is guitar player, vocalist, a musician and story-teller. The Mohawk, Turtle clan songster was born on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and raised in the nearby ghost town of Brantford, Ontario. Guitar and harmonica in hand, the twenty-something Staats is well known at local bars, and more and more live shows across Turtle Island (United States and Canada) mean a growing fan-base with international potential.
Nick Sherman was born in the small Canadian town of Sioux Lookout, ON, and raised even further north on his family’s trapline in the northern boreal forest. He continues the storytelling tradition of his Ojibway roots, singing poignant ballads driven by a steady beat and strong guitar rhythm.