The first track from Tanya Tagaq’s upcoming release has been unveiled! Her unearthly voice will get into your bones though the beats of Uja.
Tanya Tagaq‘s newest album, Animism, is set for release on May 27th on the ever fantastic Six Shooter Records. This new track is the first to be shared with the world and we’re stoked to hear the new work.
A few select launch dates have also been announced – mark your calendars if you’re in the lucky cities below and otherwise hit play, again and again.
May 1st, 2014 – Enwave Theatre, Toronto, Ontario
May 2nd & 3rd, 2014 – Masterworks 13 with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg, Manitoba
May 8th, 2014 – Carnegie Hall with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, New York, New York
Four years ago, Cris Derksen and Kristi Lane Sinclair toured across Canada and dubbed it the “Red Ride Tour.” The “two-er” followed the next year, and now they’ve established a yearly event – Red Ride 4-Way is crossing Turtle Island next month and picking up lots of other artists on the way.
Electro-cellist Cris Derksen and acoustic-grunge singersongwriter Kristi Lane Sinclairare long time friends and collaborators. For last year’s Red Ride they added the eclectic violinistLaura Ortmanto the line-up. This time, they’ll be joined by different artists in different cities as they make there way from West to East Coast, including Jasmine Netsena, Iskwé, George Leach, Nick Sherman, Jennifer Kreisberg and once again Laura Ortman.
It’s practically a touring festival of some of the best Indigenous artists we all know and love. Get started with this Red Ride 4-Way playlist and see all tour dates below.
May 16: Pats Pub, Vancouver, BC Cris Derksen Kristi Lane Sinclair w/ guests
May 17: Kootenay Co-op, Nelson, BC Cris Derksen Kristi Lane Sinclair Jasmine Netsena
May 18: tba, Edmonton, AB Cris Derksen Kristi Lane Sinclair
May 20: Ironwood Stage & Grill, Calgary AB Cris Derksen Kristi Lane Sinclair Iskwe Jasmine Netsena
May 21:Vangelis Tavern, Saskatoon SK George Leach Cris Derksen Kristi Lane Sinclair
May 22 : The Artful Dodger, Regina SK George Leach Cris Derksen Kristi Lane Sinclair
May 23: Pony Corral, Winnipeg MB George Leach Cris Derksen Kristi Lane Sinclair
May 24: The Apollo, Thunder Bay ON Nick Sherman Cris Derksen Kristi Lane Sinclair
May 26: G101 Gallery, Ottawa ON Cris Derksen Laura Ortman Kristi Lane Sinclair
May 27: Barbeside and Tonic, Peterborough ON Cris Derksen Laura Ortman Kristi Lane Sinclair
May 29: The Great Hall, Toronto ON Cris Derksen Laura Ortman Kristi Lane Sinclair
May 30: Cafe Aleatoire, Montreal QC Cris Derksen Laura Ortman Kristi Lane Sinclair
June 1: Cameo Gallery, Brooklyn NY Cris Derksen Laura Ortman Kristi Lane Sinclair Jennifer Kreisberg
The Diverse As This Land program explores how land shapes voice and reveals the dynamic spectrum of Indigenous artistry today. The program enrolls 12 singers, actors, and storytellers in the performing arts each year and is currently accepting applications.
Indigenous Arts at THE BANFF CENTRE offers a 10-day voice intensive which is an in-depth examination of the human voice as primary channel for communication in the performer-audience relationship. Working from the feet up, the emphasis will be on establishing a grounded, spine-breath relationship that enables free expression of creative impulse.
During the voice intensive, participants will have opportunities to: develop a deep understanding of your unique breath and voice foster a tangible awareness of your own vocal and physical habits experience and incorporate a voice warm-up progression into your artistic practice explore a wealth of tools with which to tap into your imagination build a coherent and integrated approach to physical, vocal, and text/lyrics preparation deepen your ability to be in relationship with your music or scene partners, and your audience The program is intended for anyone who works in any sound tradition with physical, emotional, and vocal freedom. Singers, actors, storytellers.
Enrolment is limited to 12 participants of Indigenous descent who are 18 years of age or older. Full scholarships are available. You only have to pay for your travel to get to Banff. Imagine 10-days in Banff working on your voice.
It’s an incredible opportunity to develop your voice in the beautiful setting of The Banff Centre! Apply now – the deadline is April 18th – and tell us all about it.
Attention all artists! The 2014 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards has opened its doors to submissions.
The Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, aka the annual celebration of Aboriginal music and musicians, as voted by the public, will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, September 11th and 12th later this year. Now is the time to submit work in consideration for nomination.
The awards honours the best blues, country, gospel, rock, pop and rap albums, as well as single, songwriter, female entertainer and male entertainers of the year, and more, in what amounts to the biggest glitzy musical bash in Indian Country each year. Submit your work now!
The eligibility period is May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2014. Download the submission form and read all the rules at aboriginalpeopleschoice.com. Deadline April 30, 2014, 5:00 P.M. Central.
Vancouver-based Eden Fine Day of the Sweetgrass First Nation in Saskatchewan has released her first solo album “Things Get Better” and frankly it’s great. Known as the front woman of the mighty and melodic all-girl band Vancougar, Fine Day’s newest offering is potent, poetic pop at it’s best.
Produced by Jesse Gander (Japandroids) in his studio at the Hive Creative Labs in Burnaby, BC, all twelve songs on Things Get Better were written and performed by Fine Day, along with some of Vancouver’s finest musicians to round out her vocals and guitar with percussion, bass, strings and keyboards. The result is an intimate, personal, yet totally accessible confessional pop album. As a 3rd generation survivor of the Indian Residential School legacy, Fine Days writes with straight to the point and straight to the heart wit, clarity, and poignancy, drawing musically from range of urban, folk, rock and atmospheric sounds.