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JANUARY 22-26, 2020
New Orleans

 

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Bringing together global Indigenous music industry, culture leaders, and artists to honour tradition and forge new paths forward, The International Indigenous Music Summit is happening during Folk Alliance International’s 32nd conference in New Orleans, Louisiana from January 22nd to 26th 2020. The Summit is organized and facilitated by Indigenous artist and community leader ShoShona Kish and Amanda Rheaume. 

The summit is a gathering of Indigenous artists, knowledge keepers, and community builders, along with key invited allies to discuss the most important issues facing the Indigenous music community. This gathering coincides with the UN's declaration of 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages and is being supported in part through funding by the Canada Council for the Arts.

If you are Indigenous and would like to attend the Summit stay tuned for registration information!

 


2019 SCHEDULE

International Indigenous Music Summit (IIMS) Delegates Programming

*Please note: All Folk Alliance International Conference programming is also open to IIMS Delegates.
See FAI schedule here.

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 13TH

12:00pm : All IIMS delegates meet in the lobby at the Queen Elizabeth Fairmont Hotel, Montreal
12:15pm :  Bus leaves Queen Elizabeth Fairmont Hotel, Montreal
12:45pm : Arrive at the Mohawk Trail Longhouse, Kahnawà:ke
1:00pm : Welcoming Ceremony
2:00pm : Welcoming Feast
3:30pm : Bus leaves Mohawk Trail Longhouse, Kahnawà:ke
4:00pm : Bus Arrives Queen Elizabeth Fairmont Hotel, Montreal

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 14TH

10:00am - 10:45am: Opening
10:45am - 12:00pm: Round table
12:00pm - 12:45pm: Networking Lunch
12:45pm - 1:30pm: Buffy Sainte-Marie Summit Keynote
1:30pm - 2:45pm: Round table
2:45pm - 3:00pm: Closing

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 15TH

10:00am RUMBLE The Indians Who Rocked The World - Film Screening
(open to all FAI delegates)
Lhasa Room (208)

12:00pm   Buffy Sainte-Marie - Feature Interview (open to all FAI delegates)
Robbie Robertson Room (217)

2:00pm Summit Summary: Learnings from the International Indigenous Music
Summit (open to all FAI delegates)
Gordon Lightfoot Room (213)

4:00pm-8:30pm Indigenous Official Showcase Stage sponsored by APTN
Harmonium Room (Room 216)

10:30pm - 3:00am Indigenous Voices Private Showcases (Room 420)

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16TH

11:00am - 12:30pm Indigenous Industry Breakout Session
(Open to IIMS Delegates only)
Ping Room (310)

1:00pm    Tanya Tagaq - Keynote Address (open to all FAI delegates
Joni Mitchell Room (221)

2:00pm    Twin Flames - Artist in Residence In partnership with UNESCO
(open to all FAI delegates)
Joni Mitchell Room (221)

2:30pm - 4:00pm  Indigenous Artist Breakout Session  
(Open to IIMS Delegates only)
Ping Room (310)

10:30pm - 3:00am Indigenous Voices Private Showcases (Room 420)

INDIGENOUS VOICES
PRIVATE SHOWCASE ROOM 420

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 14TH

10:30PM - Twin Flames
11:00PM - Mikhail Laxton
11:30PM - Shellie Morris
12:00AM - Kalyn Fay
12:30AM - Mission Songs Project
1:00AM - Tom Wilson
1:30AM - Laura Niquay
2:00AM - Jah’kota
2:30AM - Glenn Skuthorpe + The Homelands Tour

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 15TH

10:30PM - Adrian Sutherland
11:00PM - Susan Aglukark
11:30PM - Sara Ajnnak
12:00AM - Jay Gilday
12:30AM - Māmā Mihirangi & the Māreikura
1:00AM - Emily Wurramara
1:30AM - Celeigh Cardinal
2:00AM - Alash Ensemble
2:30AM - Josh Halverson

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16TH

10:30PM - Tracy Bone
11:00PM - Raye Zaragoza
11:30PM - Leela Gilday
12:00AM - Ila Barker
12:30AM - Micki Free
1:00AM - Nick Sherman
1:30AM - Lacey Hill
2:00AM - Esther Pennell
2:30AM - Songs in the Round


ARTISTS

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Adrian Sutherland

From the isolated Cree community of Attawapiskat, singer/songwriter Adrian Sutherland has been lighting up the music world all the way from the James Bay. Frontman for roots-rock band Midnight Shine, Adrian makes music that gives a glimpse of life into Canada’s Far North, seamlessly mixing roots and modern rock with touches of Mushkegowuk Cree. Beyond the music, Adrian is a traditional knowledge and language keeper of the Mushkegowuk Cree, a father, grandfather, and hard-working husband, and a genuine example of someone who lives authentically. — Read more

ALASH ENSEMBLE

Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xöömi) a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Alash is known for mixing the traditional music of Tuva with modern influences. One can find complex harmonies and western influences in Alash's music but its sound is decidedly Tuvan. — Read more

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Celeigh Cardinal

Celeigh Cardinal’s heartfelt, biographical songs are carried by a voice that harkens to the golden era of jazz and blues. This Métis singer/songwriter has a contralto voice that adds soul and emotion to her performances and her personality and storytelling skills prepare audiences for both happiness and reflection. In 2018 Celeigh received Indigenous Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, an Indigenous Music Award nomination for Best Pop Album and a whopping eight nominations for the Edmonton Music Awards, from which she received Female Artist of the Year and Indigenous Recording of the Year. — Read more

Emily Wurramara

Originally from Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory, growing up Emily loved hearing her uncles sing, but also realised that women from her community rarely sang in public. Wanting to inspire and empower members of her community, especially young Indigenous women, to find their voice, Emily sings original music both in English and Anindilyakwa. — Read more

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ESTHER PENNELL

Esther Pennell is a self-taught banjo player and innovator for banjo music. Esther takes every song she plays and makes it her own without turning to traditional banjo styling; she takes your traditional idea of the Banjo player, and throws them out the window. Esther is a founding member of the Qalipu Mi'kmaq of Newfoundland and Labrador, and wants to use music to honour her native background. — Read more

Glenn Skuthorpe + the HOMELANDS TOUR 

With six highly-regarded albums, First Nations artist and international touring singer-songwriter Glenn Skuthorpe is a compelling performer and masterful storyteller, who gives voice to those whose stories must be heard.  

The Homelands Tour follows the night sky journeying along plains, down rivers and across oceans bringing established and young First Nations artists together on their Homelands and out onto the main stages at Festivals around the world. — Read more

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Ila Barker

With soul and voice well beyond her years, Ojibwe folk soul artist Ila Barker captures audiences with her sweet melodies and pure, warm-honey vocals. Fusing authentic lyrics and timeless notes this Manitoba grown storyteller inspires a moment of serenity and blissful escape for those she serenades. Barker is currently working on new tunes to follow up her chart-topping debut EP, to be released spring 2019. — Read more

Jah'Kota

Jah'Kota believes everyone has a genius; we just have to nurture our gifts. He was nominated for Rap Single Of The Year at the Canadian Urban Television Awards in 2015 for his song Reconciliation, and has made history for being the first Native Hip-Hop Artist to drop a verse in the Senate on National Aboriginal Day. Currently you can find his music on the Indigenous Music Countdown charts and playing on your local radio station across Canada. His passion is to spread truth, love, and wellbeing throughout the world with words and music and inspire young people to find their genius! — Read more

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Jay Gilday

A vagabond turned mailman, Jay Gilday has searched for himself in the depths of Folk, blues, traditional, rock and most recently soul music. The quest continues as Jay takes his experiences from the roads of Canada, the daily roller-coaster of work, family, and performance and weaves them into song. Jay’s live performance is executed with a trained voice and a passion to drive it backed up by a heavy hitting guitar, finger-style or flat-picked, your choice. — Read more

Josh Halverson

Award-winning songwriter and finalist on NBC's The Voice Season 11, Josh Halverson has one goal when it comes to his music: "to express feeling." His earnest recordings One Shot and Year of the Thunderbird blend his current acoustic roots sound with shades of the R&B and Rock n' Roll he grew up loving. Member of the Lower Sioux community, Josh writes with a maturity beyond his years as he meditates on life, love, and loss. It’s the kind of voice that cuts through the usual noise that surrounds us. — Read more

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Kalyn Fay

Oklahoma-bred songwriter Kalyn Fay has a voice that commands rapt attention, whether filling a theater or piercing the din of a dive bar. It’s a tenor timbre a first-time listener once aptly described as “butterscotch,” all rich and velveteen, bold, singular.

When Kalyn Fay sings, you’ll hear her confessions and acceptance, vulnerability, hard-fought lessons, and measured determination. The narrative, the life lived, is hers; the warmth of her voice entrusts her story to those who will listen. — Read more

Lacey Hill

Lacey Hill’s music is set on fire by her distinct voice. Her vocals are delicate, yet powerful. She makes her guitar sing too. One song is happy. Another is sad. Her third is jealous and spiteful; each one is stuffed with honesty, and rings with the energy Lacey used to create something wonderful from pain. Her lyrics, carried by her voice, weave something unspeakable in and outside of her guitar playing. She’s something. — Read more

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Laura Niquay

Laura Niquay is an Atikamekw artist from the Indigenous community of Wemotaci. Her debut album, Waratanak, was released independently in 2015. With her guitar, in a folk-soft atmosphere, Laura sings with her sanded voice, in Atikamekw and in French, in order to acknowledge her cultural heritages. Respect for nature, empowerment of women, hope for a better future for the next generations, are inspirations to her music. A nomadic soul, well grounded in her time. — Read more

Leela Gilday

If you’re from the North, Leela Gilday’s music is home. If you’ve never been, it will take you there. The power in her voice conveys the depth of her feelings of love and life in a rugged environment and vibrant culture, as if it comes straight from that earth. Leela believes music has an inexplicable effect on people. It is a place where she can share light and dark and the most vulnerable moments, with a clarity and genuine purpose that reassures her listeners through every word. She is a storyteller, and through this, reflects the world onto itself. — Read more

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Māmā Mihirangi & The Māreikura

Mama Mihi is a songstress who has a tool-box full of musical magic. Supported by the dance, vocals and performance of her Māreikura the show is a colourful event of traditional and contemporary Māori culture celebrating the power and talent of the Māori women. Mihirangi’s naturalness, infectious laughter and authenticity means she doesn’t take herself too seriously. The refreshing aspect of her performance is the love and joy she has of live-improvisation and spontaneous crowd participation, her fearlessness and inclusivity draws her audience into the heart of her performances and into to the spirit of the magic she creates. — Read more

Micki Free

Micki Free is Cherokee & Comanche mixed blood Native American, a Grammy Award Winner & five-time Native American Music Award Winner. Micki was discovered and managed by Gene Simmons of the legendary supergroup KISS. His music is "blues-rock based guitar driven tasty original written grooves and songs", that take you the listener, on a journey of taste and emotion, telling a story of the happenings thus far in the life of a mixed blood Comanche-Cherokee Native American. — Read more

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Mikhail Laxton

Mikhail Laxton’s debut collection Too Easy serves as a powerful introduction to an artist poised to join the ranks of Canada’s great singer-songwriters. Drawing inspiration primarily from the power of love, Laxton delivers his message through his unforgettable voice and funky acoustic melodicism.

The title Too Easy is tongue-in-cheek, but in another way it proves the old adage that we create our own luck by putting in the requisite time and effort. Mostly, however, it represents that it can indeed be too easy to connect with listeners when your music is simply an extension of who you are: honest, humble and soulful. — Read more

Mission Songs Project

Jessie Lloyd’s profoundly moving and important Mission Songs Project reveals what daily life was like for Indigenous Australians on Christian missions and state-run settlements. Through the discovery of rare secular songs that were sung after church, audiences can gain a deeper understanding about the history of elders, families and communities, from cultural identity to love and loss. — Read more

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Nick Sherman

Nick Sherman gives new meaning to “the voice in the wilderness,” or rather, the voice from the wilderness. In the depths of the Northern Ontario forest, his family members would play guitar as they tended their trapline, and Nick found himself soaking in songs and lyrics.

Nick’s gentle voice is rich with honesty and the vitality of youth, tempered with world-weariness, atop his strong, simple guitar. His Indigenous heritage resonates with soul-brushing candour as he sings the boreal forest blues.
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Raye Zaragoza 

Raye Zaragoza is an award-winning singer-songwriter who carries an acoustic guitar and a message. Her quiet yet powerful song In the River, written in response to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, resonated strongly with listeners and went viral in late 2016. 

Raye’s debut album, Fight For You, displays her compassion, dedication to justice and equality for all, and keen eye for the seemingly small daily moments that become our most meaningful memories. — Read more

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Sara Ajnnak

Sara Ajnnak is a Sami artist with a solid sound of the north. Through the yoik, her music has a unique expression, while her strength as a performer is the way she communicates emotions through her voice. Sara creates something personal—traditional roots mixed with oriental strings, electronic influence and world music. Concerts are described as a journey through time and space.⁣ Sara writes her lyrics in Ume Sami language which is one of the endangered Sami languages. Sara Ajnnaks third album, Gulldalit can you hear me, is currently nominated for a Swedish Grammy award. — Read more

Shellie Morris

Multi-award-winning singer/songwriter Shellie Morris creates music and sings in around 17 Australian Aboriginal languages, preserving and promoting culture.

A celebrated international touring vocalist, feature performer in Black Arm Band and part of the internationally award-winning musical documentary Prison Songs, she is a varied and captivating artist. — Read more

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Susan Aglukark

Susan Aglukark is Canada’s first Inuk artist to win a Juno (3), a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime artistic achievement, and she is an officer of the Order of Canada. ⁣During a career that has spanned more than 25 years, Susan’s journey as a singer-songwriter has led her to reflect on who she is, where she comes from and the importance of discovery – discovery of history, culture and self. This time of reflection, writing and songwriting has Susan coming back to one area of profound knowing: the Inuit are an extraordinary people deeply grounded in a culture forged by their Ancestors, their journey is what shaped them.⁣ — Read more

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson is the  best selling author of Beautiful Scars as well as a  three-time Juno winning Canadian musician with multiple gold records. His band Junkhouse  scored eleven Top 10 hits, and his iconic, Americana-fuelled Blackie and the Rodeo Kings was widely publicized for its presence on George Bush’s iPod. Tom’s most recent incarnation, Lee Harvey Osmond, has received extensive praise and airplay throughout the United States. His art has shown in galleries in New York City, Vancouver, Toronto and more recently, The National Gallery in Ottawa. Tom lives in Hamilton, Ontario. — Read more

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Tracy Bone

2009 Juno Award Nominee & Multi­Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Tracy Bone has passionately ignited the flame to creating and birthing her 3rd studio Album Keeps The Fire. After 6 years of self healing and discovery, Bone has poured her soul into this journey of creative self-­love. — Read more

Twin Flames

Multi-award-winning Twin Flames push the boundaries of “Contemporary Folk”, with Indigenous, Inuit influenced songs that incorporate both Western and traditional instruments. Songs are written in Inuttitut, English, and French. Audiences love discovering Twin Flames’ cultures, harmonies and powerful songwriting; a musical journey which transcends cultural boundaries and inspires unity. Twin Flames takes the audience on a musical journey across Canada and the Arctic; they echo the voices of their ancestors and depict life on the land. What started as small flame has turned into a raging fire one that is staying lit in the hearts of fans and listeners. — Read more

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CONTACT

For more information please contact summit@folk.org