Thursday, August 24, 2017
"In the shadow of Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations, once-obscure Indigenous musicians from across North America gathered in Toronto to perform songs fuses to the land of their ancestors."
Thursday, August 3, 2017
So humbled to see my friend Elder Dr. Duke Redbird and the host of CBC's Reclaimed, Jarrett Martineau, on the cover of NOW Magazine Toronto in a feature on Indigenous creative expression and the upcoming Native North America Gathering on Tuesday, August 8th at Trinity St.-Paul's. Tickets still available at Soundscapes, Rotate This, and via Ticketfly. PEACE
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
It's one week away from the most important day of my life... On August 8, 2017, twelve artists featured on the Grammy-nominated Native North America (Vol. 1) compilation will take to the stage at Trinity-St. Paul's in downtown Toronto for an evening of music, film, storytelling, poetry, and art. It's a celebration of Indigenous culture and one that will bridge generations, eras of technology, and connect people of different backgrounds from around the world. I am excited to report that CBC Music will be recording and broadcasting this event, but this is no substitute for those in the region or with the desire to travel. You will not be disappointed. The feeling in the room will be electric, undeniable, and full of emotion and positive energy. Do not miss this gathering!
We are honoured to have family members of the legendary Willie Dunn and Morley Loon in attendance and it is our duty to pay tribute to all of the trailblazing First Nations, Métis, and Inuit artists from the 1960s/70s/80s who played a key role in building the framework and creating potential for today's thriving Indigenous music scene. To provide further context and to share his encyclopedic knowledge of Native music, veteran broadcaster, writer, and educator Brian Wright-McLeod is our host and MC. The Native North America Gathering is a festival rolled into one very special evening, a truly grassroots affair with no corporate sponsorship or direct government grants, made possible through the efforts of the many selfless artists and families involved, Voluntary In Nature, Gladeye, Revolutions Per Minute (RPM.fm), and (most importantly) YOU! We are all very excited to meet friends old and new! Please help us to make it known!
Native North America Gathering
Featuring live performances from...
Willie Thrasher and Linda Saddleback
Lawrence Martin with Vern Cheechoo
The Ballad of Crowfoot (Willie Dunn)
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
427 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Doors: 7pm, show 8 pm
Tickets available at Soundscapes, Rotate This or via Ticketfly