Sto·ic / Stō-ik
In 2042, Earth becomes uninhabitable and humans are forced to evacuate. Some refuse, most of them Indigenous, and move underground. Their descendants survive into the distant future, anchored by ancient knowledge and practice. It is in this future where we meet STOiK, a group of Indigenous artists&& warriors, led by Gidochige, which translates in Anishinaabemowin to "He plays music.”Pareidolia is the first album release for STOiK.It is 18 tracks deep and features guest appearances by Drezus, Aleah Belle, Plex & Jah’kota.
Silla + Rise
Silla and Rise's debut album is a sonic experiment blending Inuit throat-singing and futuristic dancefloor beats. Silla are Cynthia Pitsiulak (Kimmirut, NU) and Charlotte Qamaniq (Iglulik, NU) their name comes from the word Silla in their Inuktitut dialect meaning weather. Silla is what surrounds us; it is what connects us to our land, to the moon, sun and stars, the ocean and the air we breathe. In respecting and honoring the need to preserve Inuit culture and paying homage to our land and the strong connection to it's spirituality, they experience and perform the sounds of traditional and contemporary throat songs. Rise is Ottawa's Rise Ashen, a Juno Award nominated global grooves producer, DJ and dancer who has spent his life pursuing the intersection of traditional and futuristic music.
He is First Nation from Kitigan Zibi and part Jamaican. He has performed at the 5th annual Indigenous Art Music and Fashion Show as well as dances throughout the pow wow trail. Kaid Ucher is part of the resurgence generation. He is growing up learning his culture and being able to express his gifts and talent.
Justin “Jah’kota” Holness is a 2019 Indigenous Music Award Nominee for best rap hip hop album of the year for WOKE. His song WOKE also hit number one on the Indigenous Music Countdown for Aug 3-9, 2019. He made history for being the first Native Hip-Hop Artist to drop a verse in the Senate 2016. He is an award winning entrepreneur receiving the 2018 CBC Trailblazer Award for TR1BE Music. He is an award winning youth worker receiving the Youth Community Service Award from the Committee of Youth Officers Ontario while working at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health as an Indigenous Youth Diversion Coordinator. His life purpose is to help young people to find their genius and manifest their dreams through art, music, fashion, and entrepreneurship. His music is inspired by the mission to help Indigenize Canada.
“LB” also known as Elberlyn GIII Gerritsen Hill was born and raised in Ottawa Ontario. She is part Mohawk and part Dutch, born into an artistic family with two parents in the arts. Her background and heritage formed a creative and active mind that morphed into “LB” the up and coming Rap/Neo Soul artist. Working closely with fellow artist Jah’Kota, she performed for the first time at the annual Indigenous Arts Music and Fashion Show, followed by many other venues such as; The Summer Solstice Festival, Algonquin College, Landmark ENT, LIVE on Elgin and many more. She uses her music to translate her ideas and messages of personal success and activism, for her belief that growth and positivity in all aspects of life is essential to the development of a better society.
Mary Bryton is an aspiring artist who has already won a SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Canadian Songwriters 2018. She has sang the national anthem for the North American Indigenous Games as well as for the Ottawa Senators in the NHL. This young talent is only warming up.
Métis-Canadian Thunder Bay + Ottawa artist, songwriter and producer creates alternative hip-hop, soul and electronic-house/pop sounds combining acoustics and key melodies to his music. T MAY loves making every song different, traditional, modern and unique, hoping to keep listeners on their feet. Inspiration from helping the community and bringing positive energy to others, is what drives his passion. T MAY has performed at the Confederation College 2015 Talent Show in Thunder Bay, in Downtown Manhattan New York City for the 2018 Rock the Mic Showcase hosted by DJ Absolute, headlined and performed at the 2019 NCR Uncovered Art Canada festival hosted by MTL NCR Uncovered, and including various shows within the City of Ottawa.
"Through the music I am lifted" - T MAY.
Dale McArthur (Dale Mac is an Indigenous (Nakota/Dakota) Artist from White Bear First Nation in Saskatchewan. He blends storytelling with his contemporary Alt-Rock, Roots, and Indigenous hand drumming which is backed by his soulful and driven guitar melodies. Dale's versatility in his performances and genres allows him to perform in acoustic storytelling venues, amp driven blues venues, or bring it all together and front a full band on a concert stage.
Dale released his debut in 2015 "Whistle Man", a debut EP of acoustic based contemporary roots/rock songs. This was followed up by the EP release American Horse in 2017 which showcased his versatility as a guitarist and growth as an Indigenous Artist.
Stun, is a Canadian aboriginal hip hop artist. Over the years, he has shared the stage with artists such as: Leonard Sumner, Merkules, Illiano (of YSMG) and the formally known city sensation, "Winnipeg's Most".
With his 2017 release titled, “The Influence”, the hiphop-songwriter blossomed into the industry world with a very well driven perspective. Sharing stories of heartache and struggles, the project leaps into reality with a love speech of lyricism. With much intended songs like “Hold The Pride” and “R I S E”, the vessel brought upon A very refreshing sense of a concrete wilderness.
His performance brings the vibe of the moment to life. With cleverly written punchlines and adjacent wordplay, Stun involves his own aspect of lyricism into the music.
He is the inspirational role model for young aboriginal men and boys. Displaying his ethnicity and culture to the full potential, while practising the general outlook of an indigenous being. He's a Husband, A Father, A Powwow Dancer and say the least, A Hip hop Artist/Producer. With nothing but genuine kindness, Stun is here to spread the knowledge, From Nation to Nation...
Rhonda Head is from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba, Canada. She is a Mezzo-Soprano and has released 5 CDs to date, and numerous singles and is working on her 6th CD.
Rhonda has received 14 nominations in total and won six International music awards since she began her music career in 2010. She writes her lyrics in her Indigenous Cree Language and composes her melodies based off the landscape in her home reserve of Opaskwayak Cree Nation.
Rhonda is pleased to share her music with you. Rhonda says, “No matter what language you sing in, you can hear the beauty of the music through the melody.”