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‘We Are Still Here’￼ @ Tuckkwiowhum
(Sunday) 3:00 pm T - 9:00 pm T View in my time
Tuckkwiowhum Heritage Village
46292 Tuckkwiowhum Rd, Boston Bar, BC V0K 1C0
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On May 22, 2022 2RMX partners with
On May 22, 2022 2RMX partners with Boston Bar First Nation to present a one-day feast of Indigenous Culture at the beautiful Tuckkwiowhum Village, near Boston Bar, BC
On May 22nd, 2022, from 3-9 pm PDT, The first stop on 2 Rivers Remix Society (2RMX) 2022 Movable Feast ‘We Are Still Here’ features incredibly talented and diverse Indigenous artists, including Rez Blues Mohawk Man Murray Porter and Metis Mi’kmaq Rocker Helene Duguay, Black Owl Blues Man Survivor Gerald Charlie, St’at’imc Reggae Rockers The Spiritual Warriors, Dakehl Grassroots Activist Warrioress’ Hujune, and Secwepemc/Dakehl Warrior Woman duo JUST, andSecwepemc based hip hop fusion of The Melawmen Collective!
Opening for this stacked spring line up will be emerging spirit connecting Indigenous youth MC Kiva MH, prolific Secwepemc/Cree legendaryMC GEO aka The Voice, and two-spirit St’at’imc artist Warrior Bunny! This event will be presented both live/in-person and live/streamed through VirtualFeast.ca.
“’WE ARE STILL HERE’ is not a mere sentiment, it is an affirmation of our continued and evolving existence as Human Beings with our Mother Earth”, says Artistic Director of 2RMX, Meeka Noelle Morgan. “It is remembering our ancestors, acknowledging what they had to do for us to survive, it is a reminder that we not only exist with ourselves, and ‘WE ARE STILL HERE’ witnesses that we as Indigenous people continue to exist in the face of incredible adversity.” The 2RMX Movable Feast 2022 will be bringing their musical magic to a variety of Indigenous communities within and neighbouring to the N’lakapamux Nation, such as the Secwepemc and St’at’imc territories. We are deeply honoured to have these communities provide support to these events where we can heartfully assert: WE ARE STILL HERE!
2 Rivers Remix (2RMX) is a free annual multi-day feast of contemporary Indigenous music and culture, initially (2018-2019) hosted outdoors at Tl’kemtsin (aka Lytton BC) on Nlaka’pamux territory. 2RMX features all Indigenous-led musicians and artists – focusing on women, 2-Spirit, youth, elders and survivors – creating an environment of safety, tolerance and value for all people. 2 Rivers Remix Society, is a Non-Profit Society with majority First Nations directors and a mandate to educate, empower and inspire Indigenous people to tell their own stories through contemporary Indigenous cultural expression.
On June 26th, 2021, 2RMX produced another event outdoors at the incredible Nlaka’pamux interpretation of Tuckkwiowhum Village to honour the 215+ Indigenous children confirmed in unmarked graves at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School during one of the hottest days on Turtle Island.
Only 4 days later, June 30, 2021, our beautiful host community of Tl’kemtsin/Lytton was razed to the ground in an unprecedented event that not only took homes and a whole village, but also 2 lives… Some of our staff, board, and their families lost their homes and are still evacuated. Our office, festival archive, youth project exhibitions, and sound/video equipment was reduced to ashes.
2RMX has pivoted to a 2022 “Movable Feast” because of the catastrophic fire that destroyed our previous live festival site – along with 90% of Tl’kemtsin/Lytton. 2 Rivers Remix Society continues to support our affected Indigenous communities that have in the last year suffered from waves of the COVID pandemic, catastrophic wildfires/flooding/infrastructure destruction and the confirmations of hundreds more unmarked graves at Indian Residential Schools across Turtle Island.
Stay tuned for upcoming Movable Feast Tour events on June 30th, July 2nd, July 4th, July 6th, leading into our 2 Rivers Remix: MAIN FEAST dates of July 8-10th this year… WE ARE STILL HERE!
Indigenous Artists for this Event!
Geo AKA The Voice
Geo AKA The Voice
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.
Gerald Charlie performs festivals throughout BC and in The USA. His original blues continue to bring happiness to people . Gerald has two award winning CDs to his name and all songs written by himself. He has a style of his own with vocals and guitar. Here are a few words shared by the legend:
Charlie Musselwhite: 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.
Gerald has shared the stage with many great musicians and has performed with many. His highlights were sharing the stage with Tom Lavin and the Legendary Powder Blues and, especially, opening for the great bluesman Bo Diddley. The blues is in Gerald’s blood and he just loves to play them and sing them. He will guarantee nothing but a good for all to remember.
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.
Hujunē is comprised of Dakelh sisters Kumbayaz Dennis (flute, vocals) and Sabina Dennis (guitar, vocals). Tying activism and lyricism together the sisters have continued to be a strong presence in the grassroots activist community as well as a strong presence on stage as they perform their all original Dakelh contemporary music.
Sabina Dennis-Luksil yoo (Caribou Clan)
Kumbayaz Dennis-Luksil yoo (Caribou Clan)
Secwepemc/Dakehl Creatress Sisters, Sabina Dennis and Meeka Morgan, collaborate to build consciousness of our relationship as human beings to Mother Earth, to reflect on the reality of their experiences as Indigenous women ~ coming from generations of survival, dispossession, and trauma, to healing, transformation and True Care.
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.
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.
The Melawmen Collective
The Melawmen Collective
[Secwepemc/ Nuu-Chah-Nulth/ Nlaka’pamux]
A 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. The Melawmen Collective brings a uniqueness to their sound like no other, drawing in a wide variety of listeners through sharing their own journeys of life through their musical evolution together. ‘Melawmen’ means medicine in the Secwepemc language, and the unceded territory of the Secwepemc People in what is now known as BC, is where co-founders Meeka Morgan (vocals, Secwepemc/Nuu-Chah-Nulth), Rob Hall (Vocals, Ghengis Ghandi’s, Ashcroft), Geo Ignace aka Geo The Voice (Vocals, Secwepemc/Cree), and Kiva Morgan-Hall (Vocals, Secwepemc/Nuu-Chah-Nulth), continue to grow. The collective is honoured to be joined by Cass Gregg (Bass, Tŝilhqot’in) and Victor Laso (Drums, Republic of Chile).
[Secwepemc/ Nuu-Chah-Nulth/ Nlaka’pamux]
The Spiritual Warriors
The Spiritual Warriors
The internationally acclaimed music group, The Spiritual Warriors, create music inspired by the land and life in the coastal mountains of the Lil’wat Nation. With their unique blend of indigenous chants and contemporary roots, rock, reggae, the Spiritual Warriors are distinctly west coast. The band perform most of their songs in Ucwalmícwts and are passionate about preserving and promoting their language and culture. The uplifting reggae rhythm only underlines the beautiful harmonizing of the vocals sung bilingually in English and Ucwalmícwts the Lil’wat language. The Spiritual Warriors, formerly known as Kalan Wi, are led by father and daughter, Leroy (vocals, guitar) and Daisy Joe(vocals) and accompanied by founding member Rich Doucet on drums, Mike Rowe on Bass, Cuyler Biller on guitar, Quentin De Lorenzis on keys and Leonard Fisher on percussion. The band regularly collaborates with other first nation artists and musicians to write and perform live. Ancestors’ their debut album was released in 2019 and has received 4 nominations at the Native American Music Awards in New York and won for Best World Recording. This truly unique band will take you on a cultural journey to the natural heartbeat of the Indigenous drum and the St’at’imc people.
Warrior Bunny (bun/she/he/they) also known as Dolgaguck7 – Gitsxan name
meaning ‘Bunny Between my heart’ is a 2 spirit artist that comes from the Stl’atl’imx
and Gitxsan Nations. Warrior Bunny is a two time Native American Music Award
winning artist. They sing with “The Spiritual Warriors” who received “Best world
Recording” for their EP “Ancestors” in 2019. Warrior Bunny is also a part of a singing
group called “The Stl’atl’imx Friends” who received “Best historical linguistics” in
2019 for their album “The Kindness Project.” One thing she practices is spreading
lateral kindness in her day to day life.
At the core Bunny is storytelling through music on topics such as
Decolonization, Kindness, Awareness, Love, Mental Health, and Acceptance with an