Keep updated as we add to our list of 2017 performers!
Kwhlii Gibaygum Nisga’a Traditional Dancers
Kwhlii Gibaygum Nisga’a Traditional Dancers is a family run group, established in summer 2007 in Vancouver by founders: Wal’aks Keane Tait, Adiiyoox Emily Tait & Anmogam Dilx Zachary Tait. The Kwhlii Gibaygum Nisga’a (KGN) are a dynamic, high energetic group of performers who incorporate the stories, songs & dances of their W̓ahlingigat (Ancestors) into contemporary performances. Every dance member, can trace their ancestry to the Nisga’a, from Ksi-Lisims, the Nass River in what is now Northwestern British Columbia. The KGNDancers bring innovation and creativity to the table; we take our cultural and traditional roles very much to heart for our various performances whether for a conference or recreational audience. Many of our songs are from time before memory, some songs are new, we also have mask dances, and children’s songs that record a time in history.
Kwhlii Gibaygum Nisga’a Traditional Dancers have facilitated and presented workshops and outreach activities on story, song and dance for K-12 schools, post-secondary institutions, and museums.
V’ni Dansi is a Vancouver-based traditional Métis and contemporary dance company dedicated to sharing the dances, stories and culture of the Métis. Led by Artistic Director Yvonne Chartrand, the company is dedicated to preservation and innovation.
V’ni Dansi holds the distinction of being the only company in Canada to teach and perform both Métis and contemporary dance. Meaning “Come and Dance” in Michif, V’ni Dansi is thrilled to share the Métis people’s joyful culture with audiences of all nations.
Our work manifests in three creative themes: traditional Métis jigging, contemporary Métis jigging, and Indigenous contemporary dance. The jigging component of our work is performed under the name – the Louis Riel Métis Dancers. Contemporary works are created for Yvonne Chartrand under the name V’ni Dansi.
Withes is a band that was started by Candace Curr (acoustic/ ukulele/ vocals) and Rob Thomson (bass; acoustic; electric guitar/ vocals). The two met while attending Aboriginal Music Performers Camp in Winnipeg. When they both returned to Vancouver they began to co-write and co-arrange music for an upcoming album. The music is indie/folk, bending genres as each song is written from an honest place, sharing life experiences through artistic expression. They chose the name Withes because they wanted a name that represented the fluidity of the band. When cedar withes are banded together to make a rope, the binding becomes stronger, just as in performance, the more Withes added to the arrangement, the stronger. Rob and Candace have been back in the studio this spring working on a number of new songs. Withes will be performing this summer with 5 members. Candace and Rob, with the addition of Clayton Charleyboy on guitar, Trevor Ainsworth on drums, and Gillian Thomson on keyboard.
Dakota Bear was born on July 9th, 1993. He is a Native American hip hop artist who goes by the stage name Dakk’One, he is now based out of Vancouver, BC. although started his music career in his home town Saskatoon, SK. Dakk’One has been building his fan base since his first mixtape release in 2010, with the help of YouTube and Datpiff his music began to spread online. After grouping together with local talent Sacred Scripts, he was introduced into the Saskatchewan rap battle scene. The buzzed gained from the thousands of YouTube views caught the attention of comedian Chuck Cease, from there Dakk’One flew to the west coast to pursue his musical career even further.
After a couple years of networking and working on his sound, Dakk’One was finally ready to head back into the music scene after awhile of no musical releases. Currently finishing up on his first EP titled ‘Fame or Destruction’. This project was recorded by Juno Award winning producer Rob the Viking from Battle Axe Records. With the record release on It’s way Dakk’One needed the perfect representation of the album to be created through a visual. ‘Big Things’ shot and directed by Canadian film maker Matt Leaf was a great track off the album to describe the vibe of the new EP, the music video was released via YouTube.
Dakk’One has gained a fan base in his home town early in his career, which led him to open up for acts such as; Bone thugs & Harmony, Tech N9ne, Sweatshop Union, SDK, Madchild & Karl Wolf. Keeping true to his positive intentions as a role model Dakk’One has also performed at charity events. He also plans to be a motivational speaker at reservations, schools and communities across Canada.
Emotional, heartfelt and eclectic: Norine Braun in 3 words. A Vancouver based singer-songwriter Norine Braun is an award winning artist (Canada Council For the Arts Award, Los Angeles Music Awards, Artists For Literacy) who has a slew of festival appearances under her belt. Her music blinks an eye to the past, while firmly looking forward, blending timeless elements such as blues, world and roots rock presenting them to the audience with a freshness and balance that are in tune with today’s sensibilities. Norine’s eclectic approach to songwriting and her prowess as a heartfelt performer are the fundaments of her solid reputation within her local scene, and beyond.
Eden Fine Day is a singer/songwriter who is a long-time devotee of pop rock music. She spent over a decade as the frontwoman for Vancougar and has also been playing as a solo artist since 2013. Her solo debut “Things Get Better”, is out now. Fine Day uses her powerful voice and raw, personal lyrics to communicate themes of love, loss and redemption. Ms. Fine Day will be in studio shortly to begin work on her second full-length album.
Murray Porter’s music has an instantly recognizable sound. The Mohawk piano player from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory brings his culture and history to the masses through his music.
With a mix of blues, country, and humour, Porter’s gravelly, soulful voice sings not only of the history and contemporary stories of the Indigenous Peoples of Canada, but also universal themes of love, lost and found. He has spent over 35 years playing his self-taught unique style of footstomping, hand clapping blues piano around the world.
It was with his studio album Songs Lived & Life Played that won the 2012 JUNO for Aboriginal Album of the Year. It was nominated for two Western Canadian Music Awards and four Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. It was at the latter awards show where he brought the house to their feet and to tears with the emotionally charged song about Indian residential schools, “Is Sorry Enough?”
To watch Porter live, it’s so clear that he loves to perform, and does so with care, love, wonder, and unabashed happiness. He makes it look easy. These emotions are easily shared with the audience and one cannot help but get caught up in his performance. He has been compared to Dr. John, Joe
Cocker and even Elton John! Robbie Robertson has called Porter “a master bluesman.”
Black Owl Blues
Original blues and performers for over forty years. Two award winning CDs and several videos on Youtube – we are high energy blues band.
Black Owl Blues is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser with music coming from open hearts and great spirit. We have not much to boast, as we just love performing and having a great time with people everywhere!