2020 FOLK ALLIANCE OFFICIAL SHOWCASE ARTISTS
It’s folk music that’s brimming with the kind of chemistry that could only come from a husband and wife. Plains-Cree guitarist, Jason Burnstick, and Francophone-Métis singer, Nadia Burnstick push the boundaries of contemporary folk music, weaving together the unique sounds of vintage Weissenborns with intriguing vocal harmonies.
Celeigh Cardinal is a multi-award winning Metis singer/songwriter from Alberta. She’s developed a signature knack for crafting hook-laden introspective, confessional tracks that pack an emotional punch which are delivered by her bewitching contralto voice. She is quickly becoming one of the great Canadian voices in the Canadian Roots music scene.
Yellowstone’s growling prose and textured instrumentals hit the airwaves in February 2019. Tlicho and English lyrics evokes memories of lost love the bond of family and imagines both the history and future of the land we live on. This album "captures the harshness magic and romance of the north."
Raven and ShoShona are the creative team and inspiration behind the JUNO winning band's six piece ensemble. Bringing global-blues infused music they are animating audiences from Australia to Europe with their ‘round dances’. Finishing the production on their new album ‘Zhawenim’ their latest video ‘AK-47’ explores the concept of peace.
Director, composer, singer-songwriter and activist, Elisapie Isaac comes from the Arctic. In 2004, she released her first album, winning a Juno Award for Indigenous Music Album of the Year. In 2018, Elisapie released her fourth album, a poetic gesture driven by urgency, doubt, gentleness, sensitivity, grace and motherly love.
Award winning Wannandilyakwa songstress Emily Wurramara from Groote Eylandt in Australia is taking the world by storm sharing her language culture and positive message through her music. Emily takes her audiences to the sea and sands of her island home and challenges us all to take care of country.
"A vagabond turned mailman Jay has searched for himself in the depths of Folk blues traditional rock and most recently soul music. Jay takes his experiences from the roads of Canada the daily roller-coaster of work family and performance and weaves them into song.
Indigenous songwriter Kalyn Fay has been writing her own music for as long as she's had a story to tell. She's travelled, loved and lost, pursued higher education, questioned her faith, walked the line between her upbringing and her Cherokee roots, and figured out how to process through her art.
Pura Fé has chosen to lay her guitars in Saskatchewan, Canada. Pura Fé, an heir to the Tuscarora Indian Nation, is an artist, an activist, and much more. She draws a large part of her inspiration from her rich First Nation heritage.
Raye Zaragoza is an award-winning singer-songwriter who has been featured on Billboard, Democracy Now!, and more for her modern-day protest music. Paste Magazine named "In The River" the #2 Modern Protest Song by a Person of Color.
The Jerry Cans
The Jerry Cans create music inspired by their hometown of Iqaluit, Nunavut and life in the Canadian Arctic. With a unique mix of traditional Inuit throat singing and Indie Folk sung in the Indigenous language of Inuktitut, The Jerry Cans are a distinctly Northern sound.
The Circumpolar Soundpoet Torgeir Vassvik gives new visions of animistic Joik of the Sami indigenous people of Europe, updating vocal/percussion rituals and combining them with modern strings. The sound is rooted in folk, classical, impro. The repertoire (his own compositions) connects tradition and experiments, setting trends in the global scene.