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 albumis something special; an eclectic tapestry of light and dark sound that is vintage and fresh all at once.
Digging Roots are 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
06/27/14 Midland, ON
Midland Cultural Centre
06/29/14 Quebec City, QC
07/01/14 Barrie, ON
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
08/06/14 – 08/07/14 Wayland, MI
08/15/14 – 08/17/14 Dunster, BC
Robson Valley Music Festival
The annual BreakOut West conference also hosts the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMAs) which celebrates the best and brightest from artists in British Columbia, Alberta, Saksatchewan, Manitoba, the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
The nominees for “Aboriginal Recording of the Year” are:
Cassidy Mann - Blue Skies and Bright Eyes (MB)
Desiree Dorion - Small Town Stories (MB)
Federal Lights - We Were Found In The Fog (MB)
Head of the Herd - By This Time Tomorrow (BC)
Inez Jasper - Burn Me Down (BC)
All fantastic! See for yourself – watch the nominee playlist and toast to their success!
This year’s event will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 2-5th
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.