Kinnie Starr Dreams Bigger
Kinnie Starr has never shied away from honest conversations about tough subjects. A passionate and articulate artist and writer, her music often speaks to the issues she cares about. Today, a new video for “Dream Bigger” continues the conversation.

“I dream bigger. I dream our grand kids will have clean water” said Kinnie Starr, adding in arecent interview with !earshot “I use rap forms and folk forms to try and communicate what I’m interested in, which is primarily the health and well being of people, and that spills out into the health and well being of the environment we occupy. Water comes to the forefront pretty quickly in the conversation.”

Sharing this brand new video – produced by her long time collaborator Hannah C, for the track that appears on Aporia Record’s release of “Kiss It” – Kinnie posted on Facebook “I love my job, in terms of making creative product that speaks to a bigger picture than simple self promotion. Check it, and share the video if you believe we can manifest a healthier planet.”

We are thrilled to have the exclusive debut of a new single from Silver Jackson. That’s right, you heard “You and I Should Try Again” here first.

The new track from singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and artist Silver Jackson is from his upcoming full-length album, From Another World Like Starlight.  We already fell in love with the first track he shared – “Perfect Mistake” – and his latest single is a slow-rolling, moving, sweet and heartwrenching slice of downtempo about love and loss that features the rich vocals of another RPM favourite, Samantha Crain, and contributions from Seattle’s Benjamin Verdoes of Iska Dhaaf, and hip-hop producer OC Notes.

Andrew Matson nailed it:

This song is back porch hip-hop, a fish you cannot grab. Swimming in a digital voicemail is a downtempo silvery thing, and it bumps. It’s a song about true love, feeling a type of way, being addicted to leaving, maybe turning a corner.

You’ll agree. Get into the warm water now.

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

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

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Catch Kinnie Starr, Nick Sherman, Digging Roots and more at the Indigenous Arts Festival this weekend, Toronto!


Indigenous Arts Festival at Fort York - June 20-22.  Toronto.

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!

Hit play, download, listen up and sing along.

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.