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Talking Stick @ Club PuSh – Feb 3 Click here for in-person event details
Talking Stick @ Club PuSh – Feb 3
Click here for in-person event details
Can’t join us live on Thursday? No Problem.
Join Jordan Waunch for a special Livestream presentation of the Talking Stick Festival @ Club PuSh.
This evening of genre-blending madness mashes the music of Indigenous ancestors with the breaks, cuts, and booming bass of contemporary dance grooves. Co-curated by Full Circle: First Nations Performance’s Rob Thomson and Nimkish Younging, Talking Stick offers an excitingly eclectic mix of styles, honouring traditional Indigenous idioms while presenting them in a thoroughly modern context. Enjoy this diverse lineup of artists in a mellow environment, with visuals to complement the propulsive rhythms.
Indigenous Artists for this Event!
NIMKISH is a Kwakwaka’wakw/Cree singer/songwriter based in Vancouver. She writes from a personal place of the trials of love and heartbreak. Her sound is a smooth blend of Pop and Future Bass with hints of layered R&B production.
NIMKISH’s debut EP “Heartbreak On The Coast” shares her experience of falling for somebody of the same sex for the first time. She takes you with her as she shares her story of falling in love, treading new waters, the confusion, and eventually the pain of letting go. She aspires to be a relatable artist, and that her music can speak to people in a way that will help them get through similar situations.
NIMKISH has graduated from Langara’s Intensive Singer/Songwriter program and currently attends Nimbus School Of Recording & Media where she has taken various music related courses and spends the time developing as an artist. Her favourite part of the musical process is collaboration and lyricism. She has always been a writer, but did not begin turning her poetry writing skills into music until about 3 years ago when she discovered her passion for music was more than just a hobby.
If NIMKISH is not in the studio recording and creating, she is out and about in Vancouver performing live and sharing her songs with others. She has been included on the lineup of festivals such as The Talking Stick Festival (2016/2017) and The Kanata Festival (2017).
Rob Thomson has been playing music since 2003, yet music has been a part of his life since he was born. His dad’s a musician, his sister’s a musician, and music has always been in their house.
As a teenager, Rob didn’t talk much with his dad, and so music became a way for them to connect. “I remember seeing him up on stage, this long-haired, Native dude playing guitar, and realizing, my dad’s pretty cool! I guess it was a natural progression to form a family band.”
Music has always been a way for Rob to connect with his heritage. Music helped him find bits and pieces of his culture, and it showed him that music could help tell a story. Rob believes that the story is growing. “When I started to play music, it was about myself. Then, it was about the people around me and my life experiences. Now that I’m in my 30s, with a daughter, I see now that it’s also about making a better world.” Rob now runs workshops around the province and beyond, providing resources, training, and best practices to Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists. For Rob, this path is one of constant learnings. He is always learning from his mentors who share with him what he did well and what he can do differently.
Full CircleFull Circle: First Nations Performance is a non-profit society and registered charity that creates opportunities for Indigenous artists. Margo Kane (Cree/Saulteaux), an interdisciplinary artist and Indigenous arts leader, founded Full Circle in 1992. Upon establishing Full Circle, Kane's vision was to make a profound contribution to the development of Indigenous performance in Canada. In 2018 Full Circle: First Nations Performance launched the Múyuntstut ta Slúlum Live Series. The Múyuntstut ta Slúlum Live Series aims to offer learning and career-enhancing opportunities to Indigenous musical artists through the sharing of ideas and knowledge and through the exploration of contemporary Indigenous music. Múyuntsut ta Slúlum comes from the Squamish Nation and means ‘to submerge/sink/immerse yourself in songs/music’. It is an open invitation to music industry professionals, established, emerging and aspiring, to work in reciprocity and from a strengths-based perspective to support and ensure the ongoing development of Indigenous music. This series has been supported by funding from Creative BC, FACTOR and SOCAN.email@example.com #416-268 Keefer Street Vancouver, BC V6A 1X5