It’s been four years since blues duo Digging Roots released their last album but with one listen you’ll agree it’s been worth the wait.
Inspired by their travels, For The Light, firmly inhabits roots and blues with a nomadic wanderlust; confidently exploring other terrains from the inner cities, the back roads and all the places in between. The husband and wife songwriting team, Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish have written and produced a collection of love songs that reflects a maturing sense of storytelling. With sweet harmonies smokey wails and melodic accompaniments of ukulele, banjo, mellotron and of course Raven’s bombastic resonator guitar, this albumissomething special; an eclectic tapestry of light and dark sound that is vintage and fresh all at once.
Digging Rootsare formidable live – be sure to catch them on the road this summer. Get the album on iTunes and start singing along (in Anishinabemowin and English) to the brilliant title track, For the Light.
Digging Roots’ Summer Tour Dates 2014:
06/26/14 Toronto, ON Dundas Square
06/27/14 Midland, ON Midland Cultural Centre
06/29/14 Quebec City, QC Television Performance
07/01/14 Barrie, ON Heritage Park
07/11/14 – 07/13/14 Comox, BC Vancouver Island MusicFest
07/15/14 Duncan, BC Duncan Showroom Productions
07/17/14 – 07/20/14 Yellowknife, NWT Folk On The Rocks
07/23/14 Regina, SK 2014 Indigenous Games
08/01/14 Spence’s Bridge, BC N’kemin Voices of the Valley
08/06/14 Kelowna, BC Minstrel Café
08/06/14 – 08/07/14 Wayland, MI Pottawatami Gathering
08/15/14 – 08/17/14 Dunster, BC Robson Valley Music Festival
Coast Salish multimedia hip-hop artist (and long time RPM podcast host and contributor) Ostwelve wrote and delivered some mighty words at the recent Hip Hop vs Harper event in Vancouver. #noEndbridge #noPipelines
Ever the intelligent, clever, perfectly biting provocateur, Ostwelve“dropped a couple verses I dropped a couple verses dedicated to Kinder Morgan and Enbridge and their loser friends.
Listener discretion is advised…course language and deadly flows
Fort York National Historic Site June 20 – 22, 2014 FREE Admission
The Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York celebrates traditional and contemporary music, dance, theatre, storytelling, visual arts, crafts, and food created by indigenous artists. Hosted by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, this festival will energizing the grounds and buildings of Fort York National Historic Site in downtown Toronto with powerful ancient traditions and compelling contemporary creations.
We never know what Ojibwe/Finnish Marc Meriläinen’s going to come up with next – the eclectic multi-instrumentalist has multiple projects that span electronic, atmospheric and rock. His latest single comes via Nadjiwan and we’re stoked that “Broken Treaty Blues” is one to turn up, way up.
Written and recorded in one day in Meriläinen’s own studio, he also performed all the instruments. A busy schedule has kept him from releasing more Nadjiwan material lately, but with the project’s 20th anniversary coming up in 2015, this Nish Rock track is enough to keep us all in the loop and ready for more!
This might be the best thing you see this week, from the entire school in Berens River First Nation – “Cup Song.”
The Cup Song is a traditional song combined with a percussive game of playing with cups. What music teacher Ken Davidson did with students Tatyanna Munkman (singer) and Alex Semple (guitar) along with all the 300 school kids’ participation in Berens River First Nation is marvellous, clever, charming, inspiring and moving. We love these kids (and their teacher!).
“When I’m gone, when I’m gone, you know you’re going to miss me when I’m gone” is sung over images of a remote place – the Berens River First Nation is 275km north of Winnipeg – that includes a landscape of broken down cars and decay on the reserve as well as and beautiful waterfront and dense woods.
In honour of our elders, Vancouver hip-hop duo Mob Bouncerecorded this track with youth at the Houston Friendship Centre.
“This is for the Elders who carry such vibrant spirits. You teach us to slow down and enjoy and be thankful for all that exists around us,” says Mob Bounceof their recent track Oral Tradition. “May your vibrations be so kind to the elders that live in our communities. They have valuable stories for us. We must listen.”
As for the next generation who were involved in making this music at the Houston Friendship Centre, “we give them love for being such an inspiration to the music and creative energy. ”
So listen up, give love, and keep your ear to the ground – word has it Mob Bounce is in the studio on their next project.
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
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.