Indigenous Sounds 2019 – names revealed!

The “Indigenous Sounds” series is back for the 2019 edition.
We are pleased to announce the first artists who will be performing in November in Montreal.

This year’s series includes showcases, a private networking session, a panel, and other activities on which the team is working hard.

Our efforts to build bridges and create opportunities for the Indigenous music community has increased this year to include a support role for an Indigenous delegation to WOMEX that will further strengthen the relationship between the global music scene and the Indigenous music community.

Now, here are the artists from the 2019 Indigenous Sounds series who will be sharing their music with us in November:

Mimi is an award winning, contemporary roots songstress . If you can embrace the grace and power of Northern Ontario landscapes, you will feel the music of Mimi O’Bonsawin. She epitomizes the powerful scenery and the beauty of its waters through her music, all the while yielding to her rich and warm French Canadian and Abenaki heritages as inspiration. Her musical creations flow through a center of love, with the intention to give back and spread awareness.
Her newest record , TRILLIUM , seeks to be a compelling and intimate follow-up to her two previous albums and is a collection of acoustic songs .

Celeigh Cardinal is not just a roots/americana/blues performer.

It was said of her by Doug Cox that “Celeigh is quickly becoming one of the great Canadian voices that make up the fabric of the Canadian roots music scene“.

Her contralto voice is heartfelt, and her songs blend soul and emotion.

Turning heads with a sound that seamlessly mixes roots, classic and modern rock with touches of Mushkegowuk Cree, Midnight Shine has been lighting up the music world all the way from Canada’s Far North. Crafting a musical soundscape that gives a glimpse into their remote landscape, Midnight Shine continues to push musical boundaries and boldly take new strides, while staying true to who they are and where they come from.

Follow Diga’s footsteps through the deepest snow, into the natural world, and reemerge on the other side with a new understanding of contemporary Canadian music. From Yellowknife, NWT to Aarhus, Denmark, Digawolf traveled the circumpolar world to bring his music to new heights. Set for release in 2019, this new album challenges us to reimagine the musical landscape around us, bringing a soft instrumental background to Digawolf’s unforgettable growling prose.

Murray Porter
(Mohawk - British Columbia)

Mohawk piano player Murray Porter’s music has an instantly recognizable sound and shares his culture and history to the public through his music. With a mix of blues, country, and humour, Porter’s gravelly, soulful voice sings not only of the history and contemporary stories of the Indigenous Peoples of North America, but also universal themes of love, lost and found.

Kym Gouchie
(Lheidli T'enneh Nation – Prince George)

Kym Gouchie is an artist who has the ability to momentarily make us feel that time can stand still. Performing with a combination of soulful expression, focused intent, integrity, and artistic depth, Gouchie embraces and holds audiences while imparting messages and truths in songs that need to be heard. Kym Gouchie is a force. She is a truly unique artist who seamlessly blends the contemporary with the traditional.

Flying Mocassins
(Wendat - Wendake)

Flying Mocassins celebrates what unites us into a show where Huron-Wendat and Quebecois traditional music are harmoniously intertwined. The journey to discover each other is led by talented artists: Liette Remon (fiddle, podorythmy, vocals), Andrée Levesques-Sioui (tambourine, rattle, vocals), Michel Savard (rattle, water drum, vocals) and Rachel Aucoin (piano).

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VILDÁ (Hildá Länsman & Viivi Maria Saarenkylä) is a blend of indigenous Sámi yoiks, grooving accordion rhythms and improvisation. Inspired by nature, present-day pop and Finnish folk, VILDÁs debut album Vildaluodda – Wildprint (2019 Bafe’s Factory) is a journey to Sámi lands – the vast landscapes, arctic hills and frosty winds.

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