june, 2021

26jun5:00 pm T8:45 pm TFeaturedVirtual EventBring The Children Home: Decolonise 215Virtual Feast 2RMX Tour 2021

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Note from 2RMX: due to circumstances beyond our control the line-up for this event had to change at the last minute – sorry for any confusion or disappointment.

On June 26, 2 Rivers Remix (2RMX) is honoured to present Bring the Children Home• Decolonise 215 (D215) as part of the VirtualFeast 2RMX Decolonise 2.0 Tour Live/Streamed Blues from stunning Nlaka’pamux canyon territory.  

The legendary Black Owl Bluesman Gerald Charlie will open our hearts with his classic ‘Survivor Team Blues.’ This incredible Sto:lo artist has shared the stage with the likes of Bo Diddly and Powder Blues during his storied career. The Margit Sky Project, including Sto:lo artist Rod Bandura (formerly of ‘Waskesu’), will share their journey with us – including the track “For the People” which hit #1 on the National Indigenous Music Countdown in 2020. 

Healing our spirits with their musical medicine will be The Melawmen Collective bringing their contemporary Indigenous alternative fusion woven together with elements of hip/trip hop, rock/folk, righteous rhymes and rich harmonies, carried through with experience, manifestation, and visions of intergenerational stories of pain and healing.

‘Melawmen’ means medicine in the Secwepemc language, and the unceded territory of the Secwepemc People, is where members Meeka Morgan (vSecwepemc/Nuu-Chah-Nulth), Rob Hall (Ghengis Ghandi’s, Ashcroft), George Ignace aka Geo The Voice (Secwepemc/Cree), and Kiva Morgan-Hall (Secwepemc/Nuu-Chah-Nulth), continue to grow.

Also performing solo will be beatbox-master Geo AKA The Voice (George Ignace, Secwepemc/Cree). In addition to his hip-hop chops, GEO is a prolific wordsmith, a talented visual artist, a collaborator on film projects, and a practitioner of his traditional culture through harvesting and processing traditional Secwepemc foods. 

A special highlight of this stellar line up is a solo performance by Kiva MH, the multi-talented 21-year-old Secwepemc/Nuu-Chah-Nulth artist (Kiva Morgan-Hall) who will be livestreaming the release of his new song, ‘215+’, dedicated to his nation and to all of the students and families traumatised by residential schools across Turtle Island. You can see a preview of his song at d215.2rmx.ca  

D215 on June 26 is the 2nd stop on 2RMX/VirtualFeast’s Decolonise 2.0 Tour which launched on May 29 and will be livestreaming events from several different ‘BC’ Indigenous Nations May-Aug. 2021.The virtual tour culminates with the fourth annual 2 Rivers Remix Live/Streamed Feast of Contemporary Indigenous Music, Sep 4•5•6, 2021.  

2 Rivers Remix Festival stands in honor and solidarity and in grief and mourning with the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc, the Secwepemc, and all Indigenous nations in what is now known as BC, but also throughout Turtle Island, upon hearing the announcement of the 215 children found buried on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School. This confirmation has brought a heaviness to our hearts and spirits, and we hold our hands up to the leadership and people of Tk’emlups, for doing this difficult but critical work to identify and honor the children lost to state sanctioned genocide. Our deepest call is that Canada and all those who call themselves Canadian, bear witness to the reality of genocide that was and is inflicted upon Indigenous peoples by the colonial state, that truth is recognized in our collective history. 2 Rivers Remix hearts and prayers are with the families of the children lost who are now finally making their way home into the arms of their ancestors. We pray for peace for all of those families who continue to suffer.

Organizer

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!

  • 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]

  • Gerald Charlie

    Gerald Charlie

    [Stó:lō]

    Gerald Charlie is a blues musician from Lake Errock, BC. His original sound brings immense happiness to his audiences. He has played many festivals throughout BC and the USA, having shared the stage with many musicians, among them Tom Lavin, the Legendary Powder Blues and Bo Diddley. Gerald has two award winning CDs to his name. “My friend Gerald Charlie plays his unique blues straight from the heart and he has a big heart. He puts genuine feeling in his playing and his singing and songwriting. Don’t miss Gerald Charlies BLUES.” -Charlie Musselwhite

    [Stó:lō]

  • Kiva Morgan-Hall

    Kiva Morgan-Hall

    [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]

  • Margit Sky Project

    Margit Sky Project

    [Stó:lō]

    Raised in Toronto and then Vancouver, Margit grew up listening to rock, folk and classical music. Her parents always had the stereo on. After moving to Kamloops in 1992, she built a successful career as a local musician and hasn’t looked back since her first gig at Sun Peaks Resort. Rod started playing guitar at age 10 in Vancouver. He was playing in bands at age 16. Rod was a huge part of the Indigenous band “Waskesu” in the mid 1990’s. They had the pleasure of playing for the Prime Minister and playing at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria along with Susan Aglukark and Kashtin. They also had quite a few appearances on Much Music. Put these two together and you have the Margit Sky Project. Rods First Nations name is Little Sky. The decision was made to combine names. With Margit’s vocals and rhythm guitar and Rod’s jaw dropping lead guitar they have become a very sought after duo in the B.C. Interior and Alberta. They have been fortunate enough to open for Kevin Costner and Modern West, Burton Cummings, Trooper, Barney Bentall, Elliot Brood and Ridley Bent. Margit and Rod are very passionate about their music and have released three cd’s together.

    [Stó:lō]

  • 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]

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