CBC Music in Studio at the JUNOS: Reclaimed Session June 3rd, 2021 8 pm.
CBC Music in Studio at the JUNOS: Reclaimed Session was presented by CBC Music from downtown Toronto’s famous Glen Gould studio via live-stream event where I watched through CBC Gem and where others could too for free at cbcmusic.ca/junos or on CBC Music’s Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter pages. This session was hosted by Duncan McCue, https://twitter.com/duncanmccue who is an Award-winning Canadian television and radio creator and curator of reporting in Indigenous Communities as a journalist, and host of CBC Radio One CROSS COUNTRY CHECKUP, and he is the 1st Indigenous person to host a mainstream show at the public broadcaster. is a Ryerson University educator, and author. He is an Anishinaabe (Ojibway), from Toronto Ontario, who is a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation, is also a longtime reporter for CBC Television’s The National. Also co-hosted by Jarett Martineau, http://www.jarrettmartineau.com an award-winning Indigenous Media Maker, scholar, artist, and storyteller. Jarrett Martineau is a leading voice in Indigenous media and cultural production. He has worked extensively at the intersections of music, art, media, technology, and social movements in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Berlin, and New York, and he holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria. He has been a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and CUNY’s Center for Place, Culture, and Politics in New York City and his academic research explores the role of art and creativity in advancing Indigenous resurgence and decolonization. Jarrett is the host, creator, and producer of Reclaimed, the first-ever Indigenous music series on CBC Radio, CBC Music, SiriusXM, and across Turtle Island on Native Voice One – the Native American Radio Network. He is currently the Music Officer for the City of Vancouver, where he delivered the Vancouver Music Strategy and the Vancouver Music Fund, the first music funding of its kind in North America to provide dedicated support for Indigenous and underrepresented communities; and a co-founder of SoundON, a new, relief, recovery, and presentation platform supporting BC’s music sector. He has curated programming with global festival partners including SXSW, Luminato, Darwin Festival, Manifesto, Indian Summer Festival, imagineNATIVE, Suoni Per Il Popolo, Mundial Montreal, and Pride Toronto. He has worked with CBC Radio, Music, Digital, and Television, VICE Media, MTV World, NowPublic, Make-Believe Media, Elastic Entertainment, and other media partners to produce award-winning content for a global audience across all media (digital, TV, and radio).
Was a very moving showcase especially with the up-close and intimate Territorial welcome featuring aboriginal Canadian poet, journalist, activist, actor, administrator, First Nations Literacy development key figure, filmmaker, painter, and Elder, Duke Redbird, https://dukeredbird.ca These performances connected generations and Indigenous nations across Turtle Island and beyond, this Reclaimed session featured performances from this year’s Indigenous JUNO Award nominees and the next wave in Native music. From Nunavut to Wiikwemkoong, Denendeh to Tkaronto, they celebrated the sounds of Indigenous folk, roots, blues, powwow step, and moccasin gaze.
1st artist to grace the night was Leela Gilday, https://www.leelagilday.com who is a 2021 2-time Juno nominee, and this is her 1st time being nominated outside the Indigenous categories, for her album North Star Calling, This album is about facing your fears, standing in the pain, and living with courage, boldness, and joy. The record is full of some of my time-honored messages: connection with the land, empowering the people, the beauty and draw of the north. But it is also about things that scare me- suicide rates of our people, racism, the unending suffering and beauty of life. It is a deeply spiritual album filled with pop, rock, and blues, her most compelling expression to date, marking her fifth since debuting with Spirit World, Solid Wood in 2002. She unleashed her heart-felt song, K’eintah Natse Ju, meaning healing about relationships.
Julian Taylor, https://juliantaylormusic.ca is a Canadian Folk Music awarded, and a 2-time Juno nominee from Toronto where he is a Musician, Songwriter, and Disk Jockey on 106.5 ELMNT.FM. He brought along the members of his Julian Taylor band who shared songs from his 2020 album The Ridge featuring Human Race, Ballad of A Young Troubadour, and title track, The Ridge. His works of art have appeared on TV shows including Degrassi: The Next Generation, Elementary, and Haven. His expressions are laced with love, passion, sincerity, funk, and soul.
Crystal Shawanda, http://crystalshawanda.co was born in Manitowaning, Manitoulin Island and now resides in Nashville, TN and she is a 2021 Juno nominee, however, she is a 7-time Juno nominee throughout her 13-year career and she has amassed 7 albums and won 3 Aboriginal Peoples Choices, 5 Canadian Aboriginal Music, a CCMA, a Canadian Radio Music Awards, also is a 2013 Juno winner too. Alongside her husband DeWayne Strobel who co-wrote the title track, they shared from her current 2020 album, Church House Blues, as he accompanied her on blues guitar. She has this gift to reach deep down in her soul and her voice conveys those depths. Her unique and soulful vocal prowess is one of a kind.
4th act was an Indigenous flavor on the rise out of Hamilton called Zoon, https://www.facebook.com/zoonmusic a moccasin gaze, in reference to the way the mixes of Indigenous influences with classic My Bloody Valentine style walls of distortion, a sublime psych sound, and a newfound connection with his Ojibwe heritage. I was not sure of the titles of their first 2 addictive sounds, but, Daniel Monkman, frontman, guitarist, and singer/songwriter, and mates gave us the healing power of Ojibwe teachings and Shoegaze, with the title track from their current debut album, Bleached Wavves.
The energetic and colorful stylings of award-winning Fancy Dancer with techno music producer Classic Roots https://classic-roots.com/bio put on a traditional display, and he brought the sexy heartbeat of the boreal north to life with his unique brand of Electronica and pow wow techno. The Thunder Bay native is an award-winning producer and DJ who is impacting the music community with his fresh sound and meaningful collaborations with diverse artists. He draws inspiration from his life and culture, Classic Roots established his original sound by integrating First Nations songs with Electronica music. He navigates the unique sound of techno/house music while dancing to the beat of traditional Anishinaabe sounds, establishing a sense of cultural freedom that echoes throughout the electronic music scene, currently residing in Toronto but carries the spirit of Northern Ontario with him. He acknowledges the importance of community building and is excited to share his passion through upbeat workshops for the soul, which include dance, cultural dance, fitness, and DJ workshops. His workshops are largely offered throughout the Greater Toronto Area but extend throughout the country, including Northern communities. Classic Roots weaves optimism into his music and workshops, using it as a tool to inspire a greater sense of self-confidence in First Nations youth. Specifically, Classic Roots has delivered workshops through Mikw Chiyâm, which is a program that emphasizes skill-sharing to empower youth through mentoring and support, to reinforce a sense of cultural pride, and encourage self-expression.
Dan General, better non as DJ Shub, https://www.djshub.ca is a Mohawk DJ, music producer, electronic music, and pow-wow step pioneer, and is a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River. He has won numerous awards like Native American Music, Indigenous Music, Much Music, Polarize Prize, Aboriginal Peoples Choice, and a Juno award for his work as a former member of A Tribe Called Red, and through his solo projects. His magical performance this evening featured a new Toronto rapper on the rise, Phoenix Pagliacci, http://www.itsmepagliacci.com an artist-activist, and in 2016, Phoenix participated in an International Women’s Day Cypher with other female artists. The four would go on to form the Canadian Hip-Hop group The Sorority. The group would go on to open for superstars Snoop Dogg, Miguel, The Internet, Joey Bada$$, and Jidenna, she has written and performed with Canadian artists such as Eternia, Tara Chase, Michie Mee, Jully Black, Shad, and Ghettosocks. She has also worked with international artists such as Rapsody, Killah Priest (Wu -Tang Clan), Tajai (Souls of Mischief), and Jean Grae. She powerfully engaged us with her passionate expression of DJ Shub’s well-known masterpieces, Bullets, and The Social.
Inuit music is on the rise with Igloolik artists like Terry Uyarak, http://www.killbeatmusic.com/terryuyarak who is nominated for his 1st time Juno for Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year for his debut album Nunarjua Isulinginniani, which the title of the album translates to “before the world ends,” he said, which was a bit of a quip to himself. I loved his emotional intricate display, what a deep and rich voice. He is a self-taught singer-songwriter, recorded the album through Aakuluk Music’s Iqaluit studio — a refurbished garage, soundproofed and insulated using caribou, muskox, seal, and polar bear skins. The 14-track collection weaves together songs with storytelling interludes by Igloolik elder Simon Qamaniq. It also mixes Uyarak’s acoustic guitar melodies with his own recordings of sounds, including his dog team howling and winter winds sweeping across the tundra. The songs, which are entirely in Inuktitut, also feature Becky Han, Celina Kalluk, and Riit, all Nunavut artists. Uyarak is not new to the entertainment scene. For over a decade he performed as an actor, juggler, and musician and toured internationally with the world’s only Inuit circus troupe, Artcirq. He also co-directed and performed in a major production Unikkaaqtuaq, which toured across Canada in 2020. He’s also a hunter and a father, part of which gave him inspiration for the album.
MIIGWECH, for a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
The term Miigwech was heard 100s of times throughout this broadcast and translated meaning, Thank You, in Anishinaabemowin, also known as Ojibwa. First to express this was Elder Duke Redbird followed by our 1st host, Duncan McCue, who also uses that phrase at the end of his Cross Country Checkup sessions in respect of his Indigenous heritage, and is just a small nod to try to start normalizing the use of Indigenous language in this country again.