Indigenous Life Festival Performers
Susan Aglukark, O.C.
Inuk - Churchill, Manitoba
Singer / songwriter Susan Aglukark is one of Canada’s most unique artists and a leading voice in Canadian music. She blends the Inuktitut and English languages with contemporary pop music arrangements to tell the stories of her people, the Inuit of Arctic Canada. The emotional depth and honesty of her lyrics; her pure, clear voice and themes of hope, spirit and encouragement have captivated and inspired listeners from all walks of life.
Little Creek Singers, Drummers & Pow Wow Dancers
Little Creek was formed in the summer of 2012 to spread the knowledge of pow wow songs, drumming and dancing. This is a unique opportunity to share in the beautiful pow wow culture.
Born in Six Nations and raised inn Brantford, Logan began writing and performing in his early teens. From a young age Logan’s haunting and distinct voice has won him multiple opportunities to share the stage with superstar acts like Buffy Saint-Marie, Keith Secola, and Mumford and Sons. A product of passion, compulsion and tireless musical commitment, Logan’s songs are his own. Armed with his guitar and harmonica he has transitioned from running the weekend bar circuit to playing sold-out venues across Canada including his favourite, The Sanderson Centre, in his hometown. Logan is committed to building awareness about his craft and his culture and can be found both in the classroom and at speaking engagements helping to educate and enlighten.
Don Burnstick, Comedian
Alexander First Nation
Don Burnstick is a Cree from the Alexander First Nation located outside of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The youngest of 15 children, coupled with the fact of growing up on the reserve, taught Don a variety of means of defending himself, not the least of which became his use of humour. In 1985, when I sobered up at 21, there were not too many 21 year old males that were alcohol and drug free so I just started asking to go and tell my story.” Don is professionally trained as a Healing Councillor but in addition to his healing work, he has established himself as one of Canada’s best comedian of all times. His highly acclaimed comedy show “You Might be a Redskin – Healing Through Native Humour”, is a comedic performance, that humorously portrays First Nations people, their habits, likes and dislikes.
Attawapiskat First Nation
Midnight Shine turns heads with a sound that seamlessly mixes roots, classic and modern rock. Their music is anchored by eloquent lyrics and heartfelt vocals that share a glimpse of what life is like in the far North. They have a winning combination of energy, experience, and passion, that has evolved into an impressive and compelling sonic identity, and distinct style.
Metis - Ottawa, Ontario
Possessed of a powerful, slightly gritty singing voice and an ear for catchy melodies, Amanda won a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year and was nominated for a Juno. Rheaume has delivered her soulful blend of Americana/Root/Pop tracks to audiences around the world, including Canada (coast to coast), the USA, Europe, The United Kingdon, Faroe Islands, Central America and more. She has opened for artists such as Emmylou Harris, K’Naan, Lucinda Williams, and Ani Difranco.
Winneway, Quebec and Batchewana First Nation
For the last few years, the Juno-winning genre-blurring five-piece indie band from Toronto have been busy touring North American and Europe. Musical partners Raven and ShoShona are the creative team and inspiration behind Digging Roots. In creating music they utilize the traditional Anishinabek Song Lines composition technique of tracing melody and rhythm from the contours of the land. This traditional method of creating songs is paired with modern Eurocentric techniques of composition.
Anishnaabe-Metis and Inuit
Kayley Inuksuk Mackay and Tiffany Kuliktana Ayalik are Inuit style throat singers performing ancient traditional songs and eerie new compositions. Both sisters are also members of the Juno Award winning band, Quantum Tangle, along side Greyson Gritt. PIQSIQ also specializes in collaborations with other artists. They are both passionate about Inuit representation in cyberspace and digital media.PIQSIQ performed at the opening of the Awen Outdoor Gathering Space in Collingwood, Ontario.
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