STREAM: Listen to the Sounds of Aboriginal Music Week 2014

Anishinabemowin emcee Tall Paul, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Diplo-approved music producer Astronomar, hip hop duo Mob Bounce, and Six Nations-born guitar slinger Logan Staats will be performing in Winnipeg for the very first time.
JUNO Award winners George Leach and Leela Gilday, Colombian music maverick Lido Pimienta, Stó:lō pop singer Inez Jasper, prehispanico music creator DJ Javier Estrada, the multiple award winning Eagle & Hawk, Métis fiddle legend Darren Lavallee, trip hop singer Iskwé, funk-rockers Burnt-Project 1, champion drum group Spirit Sands Singers, Métis fiddler Melissa St. Goddard, local party legends Primetime Empyre, Opaskwayak Cree Nation’s DJ Miss Vee, cinematic electronic music producer Exquisite Ghost, Aboriginal rockers The Mosquitoz, up-and-comer Frannie Klein, and Rescued by Dragonflyz are also set to perform at the festival.

STREAM: Listen to the Sounds of Aboriginal Music Week 2014

Anishinabemowin emcee Tall Paul, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, Diplo-approved music producer Astronomar, hip hop duo Mob Bounce, and Six Nations-born guitar slinger Logan Staats will be performing in Winnipeg for the very first time.

JUNO Award winners George Leach and Leela Gilday, Colombian music maverick Lido Pimienta, Stó:lō pop singer Inez Jasper, prehispanico music creator DJ Javier Estrada, the multiple award winning Eagle & Hawk, Métis fiddle legend Darren Lavallee, trip hop singer Iskwé, funk-rockers Burnt-Project 1, champion drum group Spirit Sands Singers, Métis fiddler Melissa St. Goddard, local party legends Primetime Empyre, Opaskwayak Cree Nation’s DJ Miss Vee, cinematic electronic music producer Exquisite Ghost, Aboriginal rockers The Mosquitoz, up-and-comer Frannie Klein, and Rescued by Dragonflyz are also set to perform at the festival.

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 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
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

Congrats to all the WCMA nominees!

This year’s “Aboriginal Recording of the Year” category at the Western Canadian Music Awards is a smokin’ list!

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

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.

DOWNLOAD: INVASION DAY 2014 MIXTAPE

"This is First Nations land, we’ll always be here!"

The Brisbane Blacks, an independent non-profit First Nations publication based in occupied ‘Australia’, has brought together a bombastic roster of Indigenous hip-hop musicians, spoken word artists, and activists for the Invasion Day 2014 Mixtape.

Share, listen and download: http://rpm.fm/music/download-invasion-day-mixtape-2014/