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2 Rivers Remix Society (2RMX) announces its 4th annual Feast of Contemporary Indigenous Music – a 3-day virtual streaming feast of more than 33 Indigenous performances. Featured artists include: Polaris Prize winner Lido Pimienta with her Afro/Indigenous/Columbian punk/folk artistry, Digging Roots, the JUNO Winning folk-rockers; Northern Star Leela Gilday; Hip-hop pioneer Kinnie Starr; Shawnee Kish, CBC 2020 Searchlight winner; and Amanda Rheaume, Canadian Folk Music Award winner for Aboriginal Songwriter of the year. A full 2RMX 2021 line-up will be released next week.
After the June 30 fire that incinerated the village of Tl’Kemstin/Lytton (including the 2RMX live festival site and office), “WE ARE STILL HERE!” online feast will fundraise to support Nlaka’pamux/Lytton Fire Evacuees (donate at help.2rmx.ca). Under our ongoing theme Decolonise 2.0, 2RMX 2021 commemorates the 1911 signing by the Chiefs of 8 Indigenous Nations of a Memorial to Frank Oliver, Federal Minister of the Interior, expressing dire concerns about the theft of their lands, culture and rights by the “BC” government. The attempted erasure of Indigenous culture is ongoing, as shown by confirmation of thousands of unmarked of Indigenous child graves at Indian Residential Schools across Canada.
“WE ARE STILL HERE! Virtual Feast” concert extravaganza showcases an amazing range of musical genres and stylings September 4 & 5th, 4pm-10pm/PDT…from rez bluez masterz Murray Porter & Helene Duguay to  contemporary/Inuit throat singers PIQSIQ, Lil’wat language singers Russell Wallace and Spiritual Warriors; rising stars Old Soul Rebel, Melawmen Collective, Lacey Hill, Super Diva Quanah Style…and many more! 
Monday, September 6th, from 3 pm/PDT to 7 pm/PDT, 2RMX presents a special live stream showcasing the Grammy-nominated Native North America (NNA) project (co-produced with Voluntary In Nature and Toronto’s Small World Music). The Artists on NNA are legendary Indigenous musicians, including: the first Indigenous JUNO award winner Lawrence Martin, Willy Mitchell and Willie Thrasher. This Native North America gathering will also feature a Tribute to NNA artist Willie Dunn, the ground-breaking Indigenous Musician/Filmmaker/Activist who would have turned 80 this year.

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2 Rivers Remix Society2 Rivers Remix Society is the instigator and organiser of ‘Q’emcin 2 Rivers Remix (2RMX), an annual 3-day Feast of Contemporary Indigenous Music and Culture hosted by the Nlaka’pamux Nation in ‘Q’emcin (aka Lytton, BC). Since 2018, 2RMX has presented more than 80 contemporary Indigenous performances including multiple JUNO and Polaris winners. The 2021 2RMX Feast will be a VirtualFeast.ca event streaming Sept 4-6 with dozens of Indigenous artists. 2rmx@2rmx.ca

Indigenous Artists for this Event!

  • Amanda Rheaume

    Amanda Rheaume

    [Metis]

    One of Rheaume’s great gifts as a songwriter is her ability to take the personal and make it universal, drawing upon her own experience to deliver messages with a wide resonance. She digs deep on The Skin I’m In, reflecting upon her Metis heritage, as on the profoundly moving title track and “Return To The Water,” and addressing issues of identity and mental health.

    [Metis]

  • Big Willie G

    Big Willie G

    [‘Namgis/Kwakwaka’wakw/Nlaka’pamux]

    Big Willie G is a 21-year-old Blues, Rock, and Country folk musician. He grew up listening to the Blues greats Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Johnny Cash. You can feel it in his ability to tell his life stories in songwriting. Born in Campbell River BC, his music showcases the complexities, hardships and tenacity of a 1st Nations youth and how he’s turned that into a zeal for life.

    URL https://youtube.com/channel/UC-0Y3XNZyfi_u8Q69Wg1-Dw

    [‘Namgis/Kwakwaka’wakw/Nlaka’pamux]

  • Curtis Clear Sky and the Constellationz

    Curtis Clear Sky and the Constellationz

    [Blackfoot/Anishinabe/ Maori/Guarani]

    Curtis Clear Sky and the Constellationz captivate audiences with their funky rhythms, thundering percussion, blasting horns, soulful harmonies with empowering lyrics that gratify your soul. Their highly-engaging performance will make you “bump with the booming blasting blare”, “you’ll be moving your feet like you don‘t care”. You can find Curtis Clear Sky and the Constellationz latest album Indigifunk that features Juno Award winning Mohawk Bluesman Murray Porter on their single "Turtle Island''. Indigifunk is available on all digital streaming platforms including Spotify and Apple music. In 2020 Curtis Clear Sky and the Constellationz are developing a new album with super talented Indigenous musician Beaver Thomas and they will highlight news songs at the upcoming 2 Rivers Remix Virtual Feast show.

    [Blackfoot/Anishinabe/ Maori/Guarani]

  • Digging Roots

    Digging Roots

    [Anishinaabe]

    Digging Roots breathe life into songs from their land, Turtle Island, to raise their voices in solidarity with a global chorus of Indigenous artists, activists and change-makers. For over a decade, JUNO Award winners Digging Roots have traveled the world with a joyful message of resistance, celebrating Anishinabe and Onkwehonwe traditions of round dance and interconnectedness interwoven with the bedrock sounds of blues, soul and rock n’ roll.

    [Anishinaabe]

  • DJ SHUB

    DJ SHUB

    [Mohawk]

    DJ Shub has pioneered a growing genre of electronic music - PowWowStep - since his initial start with internationally-acclaimed group A Tribe Called Red. Born Dan General, he is a Mohawk, turtle clan of the Six Nations of the Grand River located in Ontario, Canada. Since the creation of PowWowStep, he has grown more aware of the Indigenous way of life through his music, merging his heritage with his craft. As a solo artist, DJ Shub released his first EP “PowWowStep” in 2016 and has since played some of the biggest music festivals in North America. He’s also been featured in a number of national media outlets. His song “Indomitable” was notably handpicked by Sacha Baron Cohen as the theme music to his hit Showtime series, “Who Is America?”

    URL https://www.djshub.ca/

    [Mohawk]

  • Geo AKA The Voice

    Geo AKA The Voice

    [Secwepemc/Cree]

    George Ignace ~ Geo aka The Voice~, (Vocals, Beats) is Secwepemc and Cree, began working with The Melawmen Collective in 2007 through projects as artist, facilitator and producer. He is also a prolific wordsmith, a talented visual artist, and has collaborated on written published works, as well as other film projects, and practices his traditional culture through harvesting and processing traditional foods.

    [Secwepemc/Cree]

  • Helene Duguay

    Helene Duguay

    [Mikmaq]

    Helene is a legendary bass player, who use to play with 'The Beatlettes', an all female pop band in the 1960's in Montreal. She brings many years experience tearing it up on stages throughout North America and Asia. At seventy-five years of age, Helene shows no sign of slowing down, and can hold her own with the best of them on any stage! Proud of her French/Miqmaq heritage, and fluent in French, she performs at numerous fundraisers for various Indigenous communities and organizations throughout British Columbia.She has been featured on the TV shows, Rez Bluez and The Mix, and several episodes of Beyond Words on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. Helene also performed bass on both Murray Porter's albums. From the girl groups and go-go boots of the sixties and through all the twists and turns in popular music since, Helene plays all styles with authenticity and heart.

    [Mikmaq]

  • JB The First Lady

    JB The First Lady

    [Nuxalk/Onondaga]

    Jerilynn Webster, aka JB the First Lady, is a member of the Nuxalk & Onondaga Nations. She is a Vancouver-based hip hop and spoken word artist, beat-boxer, cultural dancer and youth educator. With four studio albums under her belt, JB sees her songs as a way of capturing oral history, and isn’t afraid to write lyrics that speak to challenging subjects like residential schools and missing and murdered indigenous women.

    [Nuxalk/Onondaga]

  • Kin Balam

    Kin Balam

    [Nahua Purulapan Pipil]

    Kin Balam, the path of the jaguar (Indigenous Maya/Lenca) is an unprecedented, groundbreaking musical project of world music, comprising of virtuoso Flamenco guitar, Afro Latin rhythms, Indigenous (Meso-American) instrumentation, Hip Hop of social political content, and improvisational elements of Jazz. This powerhouse of musical spirits come to electrify, and deepen our souls' beats, while changing the perspective, spiritual quality and vibrational frequencies that hold our bodies and minds in limitation. Indigenous tradition, African drumming of Latin America, Flamenco Gypsy language, Rap hood Poetry, and Jazz improvisation are the cultural ingredients that give rise to the originating group phenomenon Kin Balam who offer us a message of hope, rebellion, reconnection, and the medicine of living from our hearts. Balam S Antonio, aka Kin Balam studied under the renowned flamenco guitar master Jeronimo Maya In Spain Madrid. Born in the Indigenous lands of Kuxkatan (El Salvador) in the heart of a Central American revolution, along with his family he came to Turtle Island, Canada as a refugee of war. Descending from a long family line of musicians, Kin was born with a unique gift of musical abilities that would one day come to determine the direction and intention of his living. Burying his heart in the pain of urban violence as a teenager with a soul hungry for meaning, Kin opted to die to a self-destructive lifestyle that shattered the foundation of his community, making a vow to focus all of his might and capabilities to create a sound that spoke the positive message and cultural power he felt lacked in the world. Since then he has dedicated his entire being to the refining of his skills, potential, and music to reflect the voice found in his soul, and to serve the oppressed communities of our world. Kin Balam symbolizes the returning to ourselves, to our roots, to our deepest truths, to our learning of tangible love, to the healing of our pain, to decolonizing, to reconnection, to forgiveness, to the mistakes that fructify into teachings, to the actions required by a necessary social, environmental, and political change. For all we truly leave behind and before us, is the legacy of our actions. And it is this very legacy, which we all must be soulfully, and mindfully giving rise to.

    [Nahua Purulapan Pipil]

  • Kinnie Starr

    Kinnie Starr

    [Mohawk]

    JUNO-winner Kinnie Starr, a multi-threat songwriter, performer, visual artist, filmmaker and producer. Starr is a trailblazing female Indigenous artist with her unique blend of conscious hiphop and groove driven pop.

    [Mohawk]

  • Kiva MH

    Kiva MH

    [Secwepemc/ Nuu-Chah-Nulth]

    Kiva Morgan-Hall is a Secwepemc/Nuu-Chah-Nulth youth grounded through the roots of his people. He started his artistic solo and collaborative journey with The Melawmen Collective at the age of 7 years old, as a participant of their workshops (visual, song writing), then as a youth facilitator, and later as a working lyricist of the group as an early teen. He is a trained traditional cultural Nuu-Chah-Nulth dancer and performer, and his young wisdom shines through his verses, time and time again, relating to all generations.

    [Secwepemc/ Nuu-Chah-Nulth]

  • Lacey Hill

    Lacey Hill

    [Oneida/Mohawk]

    Lacey Hill is Oneida/Mohawk of Six Nations of the Grand River Reservation, Wolf Clan. She is a singer/songwriter and inspirational speaker. Lacey went solo launching her debut album titled 528, independently, in 2013, which put her in the music scene and opened up the stage to perform her original songs. 2017 Her sophomore album 528 Volume II M has taken Lacey across Canada and on to international stages. 2018-19 Lacey traveled to New Zealand, Australia and UK, stage managing and providing original compositions for Tara Beagans' theatre production DeerWoman. 2020, Lacey released and premiered "The Shiner" as a single for APTN's Amplify series. 2021, Lacey is gearing up to release her 3rd album. Check her social medias for more details.

    [Oneida/Mohawk]

  • Leela Gilday

    Leela Gilday

    [Dene]

    Apassionate singer/songwriter and soulful performer, Leela Gilday has a voice that comes straight from the heart. Confessing her stories to her audiences with a gutsy voice and open stage presence, Gilday weaves her experiences as a northerner, a member of the Dene Nation, and a traveler into a beautiful world that transports the listener.

    [Dene]

  • Lido Pimienta

    Lido Pimienta

    [Wayuu (Columbia)]

    Afro/Indigenous/Colombian/Canadian/punk/folklorist/traditionalist/transgressive/diva/angel. There are so many layers to Canadian-Colombian singer Lido Pimienta’s identity that you might get lost in them. But if you did, you’d be missing the point. Her multi-textural, mind-bending voice and music project what Canada’s The Globe and Mail called her “bold, brash, polarizing” persona, which constantly confronts the powers that be. But it also reveals an embrace of the Afro- and Indigenous traditions that is at once defiant, delicate and sweetly nostalgic.

    URL https://lidopimienta.com/

    [Wayuu (Columbia)]

  • Madelaine McCallum

    Madelaine McCallum

    [Metis]

    MADELAINE MCCALLUM is a dancer originally from Ile a la Crosse, Saskatchewan. Though she is well known for Métis dance (she's been jigging since she could walk!), she enjoys all forms including Pow Wow, contemporary, Hip Hop and just movement from the soul. Madelaine has performed for many stages. Performing was a natural progression into choreographing her first solo piece which includes Powwow dancing, contemporary and Metis Jigging. Through many performance's with her solo piece and collaborating with many dance/theatre companies such as Compaigni Vni Dansi, Dancing Earth and Full Circle etc. Her passion for dance has taken her all over Canada. Madelaine is currently one of the choreographers for Butterflies in Spirit, a dance group made up of family members of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Founded by Lorelei Williams. Madelaine has a passion for sharing her knowledge of dance and culture. Madelaine also shares her story of survival and how dance has been her outlet and savior throughout her life. Her belief in sharing knowledge with her community to empower and strengthen them and her deep love of dance and firm belief in its healing powers, for the audience as well as the dancer, is what makes Madelaine McCallum such a name to look out for!

    [Metis]

  • Ms.PANIK

    Ms.PANIK

    [Haida]

    Lyrical Wisdom, Looped Melodies & Rhythm. Turn up your inner Freq* with Award-nominated Haida loop-poet, interdisciplinary artist & producer Ms.PAN!K. Experimental loop-pedal-driven soundscapes merge and mix vocal elements, traditional drum, guitar, and percussion all overlaid with poignant lyrics to satiate and meditate on. Haida wisdom is woven with multiple genres; PAN!K explores live PA and production tangling indie and folk roots with elements of hip hop, spoken word & Indigenous soul. 2019 Western Canadian Music Award Nominee for “Spiritual Artist of the Year.” Ms.PAN!K is originally from the unceded territory of her Xaayda Ancestors on Haida Gwaii she is of the K̲aayahl 'Laanaas Clan. PAN!K works, lives, plays and writes tunes on the unceded ancestral territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht & Nuu-chah-nulth Nations.

    URL https://www.panikdanyk-music.com/epk-media

    [Haida]

  • Murray Porter

    Murray Porter

    [Mohawk]

    Murray Porter is Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. He tells the Aboriginal side of history with a mixture of country, blues and humour. He's a "red man, singing the black mans' blues, living in a white man's world!" (from his song "Colours"). Murray is a self-taught, singer, songwriter and piano player, who's spent the last 30 years playing the blues throughout the world, spreading his unique style of foot-stomping, hand clapping, rockin' blues piano! Now living in North Vancouver, British Columbia, his CD "Songs Lived & Life Played", was released to rave reviews in 2011 and won a JUNO Award for "Aboriginal Album of the Year" in 2012. He was also a 2005 JUNO nominee for 'Full Circle' with his former group THE PAPPY JOHNS BAND, and Canadian Aboriginal Music Award winner for 'Best Blues'.In 1994, he launched a solo career. In 1995, Murray recorded his first solo album "1492, Who Found Who?" for First Nations Music (distributed by EMI). In 2006, Murray performed at the "Out of Doors Festival", at the LINCOLN CENTER in New York City at their "23rd Annual Roots of American Music Festival", on a 10 foot grand piano, with Sipho Kunene on drums. Blues greats, such as Mavis Staples, Guy Davis, Larry Johnson and Bettye LaVette, were part of the festival. He also performed at "Native Sounds Downtown" at the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN, in New York City.

    [Mohawk]

  • Old Soul Rebel

    Old Soul Rebel

    [Cree/Kainai/Ojibwe]

    Old Soul Rebel is the musical musings of Chelsea D.E. Johnson and Lola Whyte. They offer a raw blend of original soul music and bad ass rock 'n roll and were featured on the second season of CTV's "The Launch." With a repertoire inspired by their respective First Nations and African American upbringings, Old Soul Rebel's music vividly recites the honest experiences of human life. Formed in late 2015 by a like-minded need to sing stories of their past, Old Soul Rebel has graced many stages and festivals across Canada. The band was recognized as one of the 11 Best New Bands of 2016 by CBC Radio Music. "Chelsea Johnson is truly one of the most talented singers Vancouver has ever been blessed with." - vanmusic.ca

    [Cree/Kainai/Ojibwe]

  • Ostwelve

    Ostwelve

    [Sto:lo/Nlaka’pamux]

    Emcee Ron Dean Harris aka Ostwelve, is a Stolo/Nlaka'pamux multimedia artist based in Vancouver, BC. As hip-hop artist Ostwelve, he has performed in numerous festivals and has opened for acts such as Guru, K'naan, and Snoop DoggRon got his start with professional graphic design at the age of 14 after submitting a design to a Vancouver-based skateboard company "Arson" and got this design printed. In the same year he began co-hosting the "When Spirits Whisper" on CO-OP Radio 100.5 FM (formerly 102.7 FM). In the past years he's worked on number of projects, most prominently as an actor and composer for APTN/Showcase dramatic series "Moccasin Flats" for two seasons as a performer and a lead character, and in the subsequent film project "Moccasin Flats: Redemption" in 2007. As well, he was the lead composer for APTN children's Cree language series "Nehiyawetan: Let's Speak Cree". He has gone on to contribute music to TV series such as ARCTIC AIR, MOHAWK GIRLS, FIRST STORY, SKYE & CHANG and film projects like FIRE SONG, NUMBER 14, THE ROAD FORWARD, WINDIGO TALE and CEDAR & BAMBOO. In 2011, he was hired as Content Manager for RPM.fm, an Indigenous music culture website based out of Vancouver. The website focuses on bringing the latest of Indigenous music culture to its audience, as well as a podcast series of which he was the host. The podcast was selected as the recipient of the United Nations DPI Gold Medal as well as being awarded a Silver Medal in the Culture & The Arts, Audio Podcast category at the New York Festivals Awards. Check out the podcasts here: http://rpm.fm/podcasts/ Most recently, Ron is featured in the National Film Board musical documentary "The Road Forward", directed by Marie Clements. https://www.nfb.ca/film/road_forward/Ron performed and emceed at 2RMX in 2019 and 2018.

    [Sto:lo/Nlaka’pamux]

  • PIQSIQ

    PIQSIQ

    [Inuit]

    PIQSIQ perform eerie contemporary compositions incorporating Inuit throat-singing and live looping. The two sisters from Yellowknife were part of another Northern fusion group - Quantum Tangle - who won a JUNO award.

    [Inuit]

  • Quanah Style

    Quanah Style

    [Cree]

    Quanah Style is Canada’s most infamous 2-spirit trans recording artist and house music diva. From coast to coast, there are few dance floors who haven’t felt her presence. After a brilliant run of singles on the Toronto-based LGBTQ+ record label Wet Trax, Quanah became a Pride festival fixture, performing her anthemic hits with vogue dance crew House of La Douche. Music videos for songs such as her debut “Beat of My Heart” and the Storyhive award-recipient “Give Me Life” showcase Quanah’s undeniable star-quality. Her incredible stage presence, signature vocals, and inspirational story led her to become the subject of several documentaries produced by CBC Arts, World of Wonder, APTN and Vice Magazine. She has also opened for Peaches, Bif Naked, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and more.

    URL http://quanahstyle.com/

    [Cree]

  • Shawnee Kish

    Shawnee Kish

    [Mohawk]

    Shawnee, 2-Spirit singer-songwriter, is winner of CBC Music’s 2020 Searchlight and named one of Billboard’s “LGBTQ2 Artists You Should Know.” Her Debut EP is available everywhere!

    URL https://shawneekish.com

    [Mohawk]

  • The Melawmen Collective

    The Melawmen Collective

    [Secwepemc/ Nuu-Chah-Nulth/ Nlaka’pamux]

    The Melawmen Collective collaborate on a fusion of hip-hop with musical manifestations and visions through performances and workshops. Melawmen in Secwepemcstin (Secwepemc language) means "medicine" the collective is gathering medicine ~ to heal, share and expand. The collective started as a group of artists facilitating music and art workshops for native and non-native youth around cultural identity, understandings of history, and the role of storytelling in community wellbeing. These collaborative pieces are created by artists who have worked together since 2007: Meeka Morgan (Secwepemc/Nuu-Chah-Nulth), Rob Hall (Canadian), George Ignace AKA Geo (Secwepemc/ Cree). Check out their website at www.melawmen.ca The collective was formed in 2009, with a vision to create connections between Indigenous People and others through stories, history, art and music. Working with Indigenous youth and others – including Secwepemc/Nuu-Chah-Nulth youth Kiva Morgan-Hall – its aim is to hold space to bring perspectives together so that new collaborations can be created, as a praxis of building and bonding historical consciousness, together, through the freedom that creativity brings and allows. They are based in Secwepemculucw, otherwise known as the Shuswap territory, the southern interior of what is now known as BC.

    [Secwepemc/ Nuu-Chah-Nulth/ Nlaka’pamux]

  • The Spiritual Warriors

    The Spiritual Warriors

    [Lil’wat]

    The Spiritual Warriors are a Father and Daughter team of Leroy and Daisy Joe from the Lil'wat Nation, they fuse the songs, chants and language of the Lil'wat/St'at'imc peoples with contemporary roots, reggae cultural music. Their debut CD recording entitled "Ancestors" won Best World Music Album at the 2019 Native American Music Awards. The songs will have you dancing, singing, and celebrating Lil'wat / St'at'imc language and culture." I started picking up melodies from our hand-drum songs and finding the chords for it. I'm a huge Bob Marley fan and I love reggae and ska and world music, and I just kind of turned it into this whole kind of reggae-meets Ð it's a fusion," explained Joe of how the music of The Spiritual Warriors came to be. "I'm Lil'wat, I wanted to write songs in my language and this was the way to do it." According to Joe, the traditional chants and beats of Lil'wat music lent themselves to modern music in a pretty peculiar way, but the resulting sound just seemed to click."

    [Lil’wat]

  • Tzo'Kam

    Tzo'Kam

    [Lil’wat]

    Tzo’kam means “chickadee” and “visitors are coming” in the Stl’atl’imx language. Flora Wallace and her family have sung together at family occasions and community events for more than 50 years. After elder Flora Wallace participated in the Aboriginal Women’s Voices gathering (1997) at Banff, Alberta, the family decided to expand their efforts to share the culture. It did not take long for Tzo'kam to hit the stage and start recording. The first major concert by Tzo'kam was at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival in the summer of 1997 opening a stage that featured Buffy Saint Marie and Keith Secola. Tzo'kam recorded for the Smithsonian Institution, for Silverwave Records and released three CD's on their own. Since 1997 Tzo'kam has performed at many festivals and concerts including Folklife in Washington D.C., Full Circle Concert in Calgary, Alberta, Harrison Arts Festival in Harrison Hot Springs, B.C., Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver, B.C., and many conferences and gatherings. Tzo'kam, under the direction of Russell Wallace, continues to work within the Aboriginal communities and educational communities to teach, share and maintain a tradition that has been kept alive by dedicated elders.

    [Lil’wat]

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