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Indigenous Sounds Now

Indigenous Sounds Now
Date: Friday, July 28, 2023 EDT - Sunday, July 30, 2023 EDT
Time: 12:00 am


Indigenous Sounds Now joins SummerSeries in Trillium Park at Ontario Place, a FREE event series featuring a vibrant lineup of live music and entertainment taking place all summer long at Trillium Park. As part of this exciting series, Indigenous Sounds Now, a weekend celebration of Indigenous music, art, and culture, taking place from Friday July 28th to Sunday July 30th with music curated by Elaine Bomberry.

Indigenous Sounds Now will showcase a diverse lineup of talented Indigenous artists, creating a captivating atmosphere of cultural celebration and artistic expression. The weekend-long event will feature live performances for attendees of all ages. Performances will include award-winning TV actor and musician Gary Farmer who brings his band of Troublemakers, JUNO Award winner Murray Porter with his former bandmates Joshua Arden Miller and The Pappy Johns Band, and Cliff Cardinal & the Sky-Larks, who will bring their edgy lyrics and energetic songs to the stage to wrap up the exciting performances.

This weekend is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the richness and diversity of Indigenous music and culture, and we invite everyone to join us for a memorable experience.

The schedule for the Indigenous Sounds Now weekend is as follows:

Friday, July 28th:

Hosts – Diane Kohoko and Amos Key Jr. (CKRZ FM)

 Brock Stonefish

Brock Stonefish has released his debut album after 20 years of touring the United States, Canada, and South Korea. The album titled Turtle Island was produced by famed Actor/Musician Gary Farmer who also joined the album playing harmonica and backup vocals. In the summer of 2022 Brock Stonefish took the stage at a LANDBACK concert with Serena Ryder on drums and Tom Wilson on Vocals. Along With Derek Miller, Brock Stonefish will be a feature on the Gary Farmer Troublemaker All Star Tour this summer of 2023 and Brock just recently won the 2023 Toronto Blues Society New Talent Search.

Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers: 

Four All-Star singer-songwriters from diverse backgrounds unite their talents on a single stage, fusing the captivating sounds of Blues, Rock, Jazz, Americana, Folk, and Pop. Gary Farmer, an acclaimed actor and musician from Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario, leads an All-Star Band of Troublemakers. Derek Miller, a two-time Juno-winning journeyman musician hailing from Six Nations of the Grand River, infuses his guitar-oriented roots rock with a soul-stirring blues sensibility. Brock Stonefish, an Indian Day School survivor from Delaware Nation at Moraviantown, blends his rich heritage of Lenape, Chippewa, and Oneida bloodlines into his evocative songs. Howe Gelb, a revered singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, has earned titles like “Godfather of alt-country” and “Elder ambassador of desert rock” with his prolific career spanning over four decades. Charly Lowry, a powerful vocalist and talented songwriter, represents her Lumbee/Tuscarora ancestry through her soulful music. Together, these remarkable artists create a dynamic musical experience with passion.

Saturday, July 29th:

Host – Elaine Bomberry (Curator ‘Indigenous Sounds Now’)

Cale Crowe:

Cale Crowe is an Indigenous singer-songwriter from Alderville First Nation in Ontario, Canada. His performance implements an acoustic guitar, an electronic drum pad, and a loop station pedal to accompany himself and play a beautiful combination of soul-baring lyrics and upbeat, anthemic music. Cale’s show has taken him from Sydney, Nova Scotia to Albuquerque, New Mexico, and alongside acts like Ron Sexsmith, Donovan Woods, The Good Lovelies, Scott Helman, Digging Roots, and many more over the last ten years. In 2023, he is preparing to release his first ever full-length album-third in his discography, behind 2015’s “Stars & Promises EP” and 2017’s “Till You Let Me Go EP”.

Murray Porter:

Blues Man Murray Porter’s music career has taken him all over the world for the last 40 years. He’s a proud Mohawk man from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in southern Ontario. Murray may have a blues soul to the core, but he also grew up on rock and roll, R & B and country music. In 2022 and 2023, he was nominated for “Blues With A Feeling” Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Maple Blues Awards, Canada’s national blues awards. Porter’s first CD since his 2012 JUNO Award for Aboriginal Album of the Year Is titled STAND UP! and reflects these early musical influences. He strongly feels that this album is some of his best music to date. Two songs, “Two Hearts & One Soul”, and “Love Will Find A Way”, words by Elaine Bomberry and music by Murray Porter, each hit Number One, on the Indigenous Music Countdown in 2020.

Sunday, July 30th:

Host – January Rogers (Multi-media Artist)

Classic Roots: 

Classic Roots, the enigmatic force behind the electrifying soundscape of the boreal north, breathes life into Electronica and pow wow techno like no other. Hailing from the Thunder Bay Region, this award-winning producer, DJ, and member of the Long Lake 58 First Nation, with Ojibwe and Blackfoot Tribe, emerges from Mukwa-Dodem (Bear clan,) leaving an indelible mark on the music community with his unparalleled talent and meaningful collaborations.

At the heart of Classic Roots’ artistic journey lies a deep connection to his life and heritage. By seamlessly blending First Nations melodies with Electronica, he pioneers a unique sonic landscape that transcends boundaries. His craft effortlessly navigates the rhythms of techno and house while dancing to the ancient beats of the Anishinaabe, establishing a powerful sense of cultural liberation that reverberates throughout the electronic music scene.

Cliff Cardinal and the Sky-Larks:

Toronto based post punk/reggae band Cliff Cardinal & The Sky-Larks, honed by their hilarious and nefarious style, produce protest songs, love ballads and existential raps through an Indigenous lens.

Substance abuse, self-loathing and plenty of catchy hooks are rife within their music including their newly released album “Suicidal Valentine”.

In the title track “Suicidal Valentine” Cliff pours out his heart over guitar and drum beat that offer a fuzzy sound matching the chaos of his mind at that stage of his life. The polarizing, Indigenous writer and performer known for his black humour and compassionate poeticism is joined by multi-instrumentalist producer/songwriter Justin McWilliams on bass and scene-heavyweight Patrick Ferrigan on drums.

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