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#PivotAndRoll Series

Indigenous Singer/Songwriters’ Circle
The Business of Making Music during (and after) a Crisis

Singer/Songwriters!! Get engaged and inspired by joining our panel discussion on the music industry in general, and the process and challenges of making music during COVID and beyond!

Tuesday, November 24th @ 2 PM Eastern via Zoom

@ 2 PM – Singer/Songwriters’ Sharing Circle Featuring:

Celeigh Cardinal
Leela Gilday
Mimi O’Bonsawin
Shoshona Kish

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This event is free and open to Indigenous women and gender-diverse entrepreneurs in Canada.

Celeigh Cardinal

“I’ve always connected with artists whose voices resonate; you can feel it in your body.  That is what I’ve always wanted to be.”

With a confident voice and boundless energy, Celeigh Cardinal owns a stage connecting deeply with her audience through humour, passion, and love. Whether sweetly strumming an acoustic guitar or leading her band in a rocking rave-up, she commands our attention.  Her singing is rich and deep with a burnished maturity and a nimble technical virtuosity that wraps itself around notes with a purr, a snarl or something in the middle.  Her songs are authentic and heartfelt and connect us to the healing power of music.  Cardinal has received many accolades and nominations for her two full-length albums, but most notably was awarded the 2020 Juno Award for Indigenous Artist of the Year and recently received two 2020 Western Canadian Music Award Nominations.

Leela Gilday

Leela Gilday

A passionate singer/songwriter and soulful performer, Leela Gilday has a voice that comes straight from the heart. Confessing her stories to her audiences with a gutsy voice and open stage presence, Gilday weaves her experiences as a northerner, a member of the Dene Nation, and a traveler into a beautiful world that transports the listener.

If you’re from the North, Leela’s music is home. If you’ve never been, it will take you there. Born and raised in the Northwest Territories, she writes about the people and the land that created her. Leela’s family is from Délįne on the shore of Great Bear Lake and her rich vocals dance across the rhythmic beats of traditional Dene drumming as smoothly as a bass line onstage the largest venues in the country. And she has played them all.

Five years after her last album was released—five years of growth, healing, and head-down work—Leela’s fifth album was released September 6 2019. It is more raw, more intimate, and more Leela than anything you’ve heard from her before.

 “Leela Gilday’s voice comes straight from the heart. It’s the voice of a winner; the song of a warrior. That’s the call of Leela Gilday.”  -David Newland, Roots Music Canada

Shoshona Kish

ShoShona is an Anishinaabekwe community organizer, producer, activist, & international touring artist with the JUNO award-winning band, DIGGING ROOTS.

In 2018 ShoShona was recognized for her work with the Professional Excellence Award from WOMEX, “for her role in the ongoing revolution, using the medium of music as an agent of change, to awaken our humanity and help us connect”.

She is the founder and Artistic Director of the International Indigenous Music Summit and she serves as President on the Board of Directors for Folk Music Canada.

Mimi O’Bonsawin

Mimi O’Bonsawin

If you can embrace the grace and power of Northern Ontario landscapes, you will feel the music of Mimi O’Bonsawin. She epitomizes the powerful scenery and the beauty of its waters through her music, all the while yielding to her rich and warm French Canadian and Abenakis heritages. Her musical creations flow through a center of love, with the intention to give back and spread awareness. Her newest release ELLE DANSE is a French EP that has been placed on several Spotify Curated Playlists as well as Amazon Music and Apple Music playlists bringing her listener audience to over 4K over all platforms.

Mimi’s music has gained some momentum and has received various awards and nominations. She was recently awarded Best Pop Record at the Indigenous Music Awards. She has performed in front of international audiences and has shared the stage with artists like Buffy Sainte-Marie, Crystal Shawanda, and more. Mimi’s music is regularly aired on CBC & Sirius XM in Canada and the US.  She has composed instrumental tracks for film & TV which you can hear in the trailer for CBC’s “Trickster”. Her song ‘Stone Gaze’ was placed in Showtime’s Ray Donavon TV Series (E1S5) and other tracks from her records are featured on APTN’s Mohawk Girls.

And our Guest Host for this event, Candice Ryan!

Candice Ryan

And the Guest Host for this event – Candice Ryan – Multi-Award winning Singer/Songwriter, actress, and radio host at CFWE Windspeaker Radio.

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This event is free and open to Indigenous women and gender-diverse
entrepreneurs in Canada.