august, 2021

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05aug7:00 pm T12:00 am TFeaturedVirtual EventINDIGIFESTA celebration of Indigenous music, arts and culture

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Welcome to INDIGIFEST 2021!  

Join us throughout the month of August for this free, live, online celebration of Indigenous music, arts and culture hosted by the First Peoples’ Cultural Council.

The 2021 virtual INDIGIFEST features 18 uniquely talented emerging, midstream and established Indigenous artists on four consecutive Thursdays in August. You can access and watch the specially filmed concerts right on this website! 

Following the successful inaugural INDIGIFEST in 2019, this free event, offers an opportunity to share and celebrate diverse Indigenous music from across British Columbia with performances from the Kwadacha Nation in Fort Ware to the Nuučaan̓uł (Nuu-chah-nulth) territory on Vancouver Island. INDIGIFEST represents musical genres from classic country to timeless folk and from blues to Hip Hop. 

From the performers to production and technical personnel, key roles at INDIGIFEST are past recipients of the First Peoples’ Cultural Council’s arts development programs. 

From your backyard or living room, come and celebrate! 

Organizer

First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC)The First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC) is a provincial Crown Corporation formed by the government of British Columbia in 1990 to administer the First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Program. The First Peoples‘ Cultural Council is supported by legislation: First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Act The mandate of FPCC is to assist B.C. First Nations in their efforts to revitalize their languages, arts and cultures. FPCC is committed to providing communities with a high level of support and quality resources. Our cultural heritage and the living expression of our identities, is integral to the health of all members of our Indigenous communities, as well as to the well-being of all British Columbians.

Indigenous Artists for this Event!

  • 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]

  • Jason Camp & The Posers

    Jason Camp & The Posers

    [Haida]

    Jason Camp and The Posers plays what has been dubbed Post-Colonial Rage Rock. The band consists of three Haida madmen: SG_aan Kwah. Agang (James McGuire) is on vocals and guitar, Jaahljuu (Graham Richard) rockets away on his drum kit and Jonny Begel hypes up the crowd. We write and sing about life on Haida Gwaii, local legends, good times and indigenous struggle worldwide. Our debut EP Neat Times and Family Values gives a snapshot of our sound. Our first full length album First Contact is now released and available on all platforms. Both of us are from Haida Gwaii and are of Haida descent. The isolation of the islands we live on has created a hotbed of talented musicians with a DIY attitude, working together to make live shows and on-island recording happen. We have created a lively scene here and have taken our brand of mischief on tour from Skidegate Haida Gwaii to Brooklyn NY. On top of making our high energy, rage-filled, Punkabilly music we also both perform in a traditional Haida Dance group. We are experimenting with how to let our background in Haida Dance bleed through into our recordings and our live show.Haida tradition informs our lives in every way.

    [Haida]

  • Salt Water Hank

    Salt Water Hank

    [Gitga’at/Tsimshian]

    A member of the Gitga'at community, Tsimshian folk artist Saltwater Hank resurrects stories of the land, loss and absurd circumstance and shines them through a sepia lens, witnessing ageless characters with hearts and lives on the line. Historically speaking, many have come and gone before us without broad notice, despite having made significant impacts during their lives. These are the stories that Saltwater Hank sinks his teeth into, spinning them into timeless folk songs with a penchant for a jig. Saltwater Hank's debut album, Stories From the Northwest, is a recording built upon the influence of Hanks before him. Saltwater Hank's father Henry (also known as Hank) was his first and most influential exposure to music, and instilled in him a deep curiosity and love for the craft. Born in Prince Rupert, Saltwater Hank's earliest memories of gingerly strumming his father's guitar strings, to hearing him, his grandfather and uncles perform the songs of Hank Williams Sr. and other country favourites, the influence of these formative experiences is clear when listening to Saltwater Hank. Recorded reel-to-reel in the basement of a church in Prince George, BC with some of the province's best players, Stories From the Northwest is a collection of expertly played tunes with a nostalgic familiarity and a progressive tone. Recruiting Danny Bell and Amy Blanding (fellow members of retired folk-rock project, Black Spruce Bog), to accompany him on the album along with other esteemed Northern artists Naomi Kavka, Big Fancy, Brin Porter and Chloe Nakahara, Together not only as musical cohorts but as friends too, the album portrays their chemistry and camaraderie, all captured through a single ribbon microphone, true to the methods of eras gone by.

    [Gitga’at/Tsimshian]

  • 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]

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