Veronica Johnny
Cree Metis / Dene

Thebacha, Denedeh (Fort Smith, NT)

Rock / Handdrum

Contact Artist/Group


Veronica Johnny is a Cree Metis / Dene Mixed, multi-disciplinary, 2-Spirit artist entrepreneur from Thebacha, Denendeh (Fort Smith, Northwest Territories.) Ms. Johnny is a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and presently lives in Northern Ontario.

She’'s an entertainer, musician, producer, manager, visual artist, writer and arts educator. As a singer-songwriter, she mixes acoustic guitar with hard rock and hand drum rhythms.

Veronica is a mentor, cultural knowledge keeper, and Cree language advocate. Nehiyawewin revitalization is a big part of her music, art and connection to family and community. Ms. Johnny is an aspiring published writer and is working on creating a book and video documentary.

As the frontwoman, vocalist, co-producer, co-founder and manager of The Johnnys - a multi-award nominated retro-rock band, with partner Dave Johnny. Known for their high-energy performances, The Johnnys are an Indigenous-fronted, rock’n’roll band featuring all original music. The Johnnys released Leathers and Feathers in June 2020.

She’'s an Indigenous Woman Entrepreneur and founder of IndigenEd, an Indigenous Arts Education business that focuses on creating understanding and self-healing, through arts & culture workshops.

Ms. Johnny facilitates workshops including music, art, performance, music industry, self-esteem and cultural gatherings. She creates intuitive visual art for the purposes of global wellness and personal healing.

Veronica is honoured and humbled to be called an Auntie in the International Indigenous Music Summit family and the Lift Circle.

Recent showcases & community work
2021 Pride Toronto Thirst Nation Indigi Queer showcase
International Indigenous Music Summit - Opening song & Auntie's Council Moderator
ANDPVA’s Red Revue: Honouring MMIWG+ on March 20th
Royal Manitoba Theatre Center - Music From the Land on March 20th
Indigenous Superstars Fundraiser for Winnipeg Homeless
Cree Talks Language Revitalization project
Noojmowin Teg Culture Connection Community Wellness Event
University of Saskatchewan Women’s Wellness Circles
Toronto Arts Foundation’s Neighborhood Arts Network Mentor
Buddies in Bad Times Wellness for Artists
Ontario Arts Council Skills Connect showcase
North York Arts Second Act - ESL for Newcomer Seniors

2020 Top 10 single ~ Nisakihtan Kiya Kisoskatowin #9 Indigenous Music Countdown
2018 Winner ~ Best Indigenous Music Video for ‘Nisakihtan Kiya Kisoskatowin’
Independent Canadian Music Video Awards
2013 Singles ‘Time to Shine’ and ‘Have a Good Time, All the Time’ reached #2 on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown Charts, NCI FM syndicated radio show
2013 Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards: Best Rock CD & Best Group nomination
2008 APCMA’s: Best Rock CD; Best New Group & Best Artist/Duo nominations
2008 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award: Best Producer/Engineer co-nomination

Music Performance Highlights
2020 International Indigenous Music Summit, Folk Alliance; Indigenous Solstice Festival
2019 Wigwam ChiChemung Myseum’s Culture Days; Pride Manitoulin; Red Revue 2Spirit
2018 ROM FNL - Indigenous Now; Wiikwemkoong Arts & Music Fest; Indie Week

2021 Coming soon - single release of My Healing Journey by Veronica Johnny
2020 Leathers and Feathers by The Johnnys (independent)
2017 I Take My Lessons Home by Fostering Open eXpression among Youth (independent)
2015 Nehiyaw Nikamonak: Oyoyowin ohci Nanaskomowin, Howls (compilation)
2013 ROCK by The Johnnys (independent)
2013 Idle No More: Songs for Life Vol. 1, RPM FM (compilation cd)
2010 Louder Faster More Fun by The Johnnys (independent)
2009 Featured vocalist on Medicine Song by Brenda MacIntyre
2007 I Like It A Lot by The Johnnys (independent)
2007 Warrior Songs, Spirit Magazine (compilation cd)

2020 ‘Your Girl’ by The Johnnys (independent)
2015 ‘Nisakihtan Kiya Kisoskatowin’ by The Johnnys (independent)
2013 ‘A Shift In Light’ by Veronica Johnny
2011 ‘Ne Mama,’ (My Mother) Honour Song by Veronica Johnny
2000 ‘Whisper’ by Veronica Johnny

2017 CBC Exhibitionists, Drum Documentary, CBC TV
2016 Nisakihtan Kiya Kisoskatowin video by Thru the Red Door, Hard Rock Café Toronto
2007- 2013 APTN’s Indigenous Music Awards; APTN ‘s Best of Arbor Live!; APTN’s Rez Tunes; Performed and acted on episode of APTN’s Arbor Live!; Showcased in Cineplex nationally distributed, feature-length film Larger Than Life; APTN’s Aboriginal Peoples’ Choice Music Awards, CTV’s First Story; APTN’s Entertainment Beat

Music Industry Training
2018 Artist Manager Program, Canadian Music Incubator - Toronto, ON
Indigenous Music Conference (May), Manito Ahbee Festival - Winnipeg, MB
2017 Music Ontario/ Canadian Music Incubator Artist Entrepreneur Bootcamp, ON
2013-2016 Music Industry Arts & Performance, Centennial College - Toronto, ON
2009 Catapult II: Professional Development workshop with Jennifer Podemski, ON
2006-2007 MARIA Amp Camp - Gimli, MB; Aboriginal Music Lab - Vancouver, BC

Music Industry Experience
Music Juries: FACTOR, Ontario Arts Council and Indigenous Music Awards Industry Juror
Manager: The Johnnys, Veronica Johnny, VJDJ, GLOSS, Whisky Dicks, Smithstock
Promoter: Saturday Secret Showcases, ANDPVA Red Revues, AMW Fire in the Sky
Bookings: The Johnnys, Veronica Johnny

Musical Training
2013-2016 Music Industry Arts & Performance (MIAP), Centennial College, Toronto
2015 Recipient Most Improved Academic Performance Award, Centennial College
2008 Songs above the Treeline Voice Intensive, Banff Centre, Banff, AB
1999 Sound Engineering, Trebas Institute, Vancouver, BC

Writing & Publications
2018 'Healing & Empowerment Through Culture & Music,’ Arts and Culture: Indigenous
Peoples Atlas of Canada, Royal Canadian Geographic Society
2017 'Here We Are' - co-writer of script for Cow Over Moon Children's Theatre, Toronto
2016 ‘No Plan B' and 'MIAP For Life' - Centennial College’s Courier Magazine, Toronto