SO GOOD. HOLY DAMN.
SO GOOD. HOLY DAMN.
Idle No More is just about 2 months old. It’s hard to know for sure how many strong in number the movement is now, but one thing is for certain – the message has circled the globe, crossed oceans, and reached people from all walks of life. Musicians are among those from the artistic community who have been vocal in their support. Some have written songs. Some have spoken out at shows. And some have graciously allowed us to share their music with you here.
The collection kicks off with the call to arms Red Action by power duo Indian Handcrafts, who will soon traverse our fair land as the opening act for Billy Talent. Blue Rodeo, who made national headlines for their shout out to Idle No More, offer the song Fools Like You, from the 1992 platinum selling Lost Together. Rising stars Nick Sherman and Tracy Bone are here, as are indie darlings Royal Wood and Hannah Georgas. The timeless power pop of Vancouver’s Odds. Reggae and R&B from New Zealand courtesy NRG Rising. And the poignant cello piece Theresa, by Anishinaabe musician, researcher, and media artist Melody McKiver. Plus much more – 17 tracks in all! We hope you enjoy it!
After releasing the new song on December 25th, Drezus began fundraising for an official video and remarkably pulled together the funds and resources to produce and release it less than three weeks later.
Drezus’s words for the #IdleNoMore movement are passionate, articulate, and powerful and his own dedication and embodiment of the message is palpable. “I’ve invested… my heart and my drive to represent my people for once in my life. This Red Winter song is special to me… it’s for us by us” the Winnipeg-based artist wrote on Facebook.
With director Cowboy Smithx, produced by Drezus Music, Eccentricus Imagery and 4K Film Production, and a long list of crew and community that made it happen, the video dropped on January 11th, the global day of action. The views have been stacking up since, the word has been spreading. Watch, listen and share Red Winter, by Drezus.
Everyone’s favourite 8th Fire heartthrob, Wab Kinew, surprised George Stroumboulopoulos and his CBC television studio audience—while making all of Indian Country proud—when he led a spontaneous flash mob round dance Thursday night, during an interview taping on George Tonight.
The Big Apple will have the pleasure of hearing Don Amero, Digging Roots and Elisapie at a showcase, Native America North, during the APAP 2013 conference. Between the three acts you’ll get roots, folk, and pop interpretations of Anishinabe, Mohawk, Inuit, and Métis culture.
If you’re in the city Saturday January 12, head to the National Museam of the American Indian from 2-5pm to take it all in – the event is free to the public!
For more info visit aboriginalmusic.ca and get started with the latest video from Don Amero, Turn These Grey Skies Blue: