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Giiwewizh (to carry home), is a special Summit project that will feature 16 Indigenous artists from across “Canada'' in 16 short documentaries, produced by Jennifer Podemski and directed by Sarain Fox.

Each artist will tell a visual story of their work, highlighting perspectives and meditations on connection to land/place, identity, and their creative process. Shot entirely on iPhone 12, the mini documentaries will be edited alongside new live performance footage, and professionally recorded audio. These special works will be premiered collectively at IIMS 2021 during evening showcase slots.

Storytelling is an important part of Indigenous cultures around the world. Narrative sovereignty is at the heart of the Giiwewizh project. Indigenous people continue to advocate for the reclamation of their cultures, voices, and narratives. Giiwewizh celebrates artistic excellence in the Indigenous music community, the invaluable contributions to the mainstream music scene, and the resilience of Indigenous voices .


Tuesday June 8th: Hasaaatuk, Blue Moon Marquee, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Mamarudegyal MTHC.
Wednesday June 9th: Jay Gilday, The North Sound, Shawnee Kish, Classic Roots.
Thursday June 10th: Aysanabee, Logan Staats, Nimkii, G.R. Gritt.
Friday June 11th: Julian Taylor, Kanen, Beatrice Deer, Morgan Toney.

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Aysanabee is an Oji-Cree multi-instrumentalist, producer and singer-songwriter currently based in Toronto. His sound ranges from Lofi-R&B with layered electronica and looped instruments to Indie-pop backed by session musicians.

He was featured in the Indigenous Music Awards Emerging Artists Series and was in the running for the IMA’s music video competition for his song The Dawn.
Beatrice Deer is an Award-Winning singer-songwriter and healthy lifestyle activist from the small village of Quaqtaq, QC. in Nunavik. Half Inuit and half Mohawk, Deer has created a body of work consisting of six albums, in which she uniquely blends Traditional Inuit Throat Singing and Contemporary Indie Rock.
Blue Moon Marquee are a Swing Blues band born of the wild rose foothills of Alberta, Canada. They currently make their home in an island shack on the coast of the Salish Sea in Canada. A.W. Cardinal (vocals/guitar) and Jasmine Colette (vocals/bass/drums) write and perform original compositions.
Classic Roots integrates traditional Anishinaabe drumming and singing with a unique blend of techno/house and sound design – to establish a sense of cultural freedom that echoes throughout his music. His beats tell a story that embodies the bold spirit of the North.
G.R. Gritt is a Juno Award winning, Two-Spirit, Transgender, Francophone, Anishinaabe/Métis artist and after living many years in Yellowknife, they have returned to Sudbury/Robinson Huron Treaty territory where they grew up. This homecoming coincides with a journey that they feel better represents them. With these changes has come a new voice both physically and in the growing magnetism of their songwriting.
Hasaatuk comes from the west coast of BC. Her heritage stems from the Nuu-chah-nulth territory on western Vancouver Island, Woodland Cree First Nation near Fort Mcmurray, and Finnish ancestry.

Her music explores a diverse range of indigenous, environmental and social horizons that combine a blend of acoustic, blues and alternative styles of expression. In addition to her musical path, Kalilah is actively involved in activism and advocacy for the protection and preservation of Indigenous lands, culture and language.
Jay Gilday has searched for himself in the depths of Folk, blues, traditional, rock and most recently soul music. The quest continues as Jay takes his experiences as a half Dene half Irish youth on the roads of Canada – to the daily roller-coaster of work, family, and performance and weaves them into song. Jay’s live performance is executed with a trained voice and a passion to drive it, and backed by a heavy hitting guitar, finger-style or flat-picked, your choice.
Julian Taylor is a Canadian, award-winning, singer-songwriter of Mohawk and West-Indian descent who began his career as a teenager; playing at local, open stages around Toronto. Equal parts troubadour and soul singer, Taylor emits a raw, emotive and distinct delivery.
Kanen is from Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam Innu First Nation. This singer-songwriter has a folk-pop style, but each of her songs carries its own sound. Music has been part of her life since she was a child and started playing with a collective. In her solo show, Kanen plays the ukulele, which gives a particular color to her songs. She mainly practices her compositions at home and is inspired by her own life experiences.
Logan Staats is the kind of artist that emerges once in a red moon. Born on the Six Nations Reserve and raised in the small ghost town of Brantford, Ontario - Logan Staats started writing and performing music in his early teens.

From a relatively young age, his haunting and distinct voice has earned him multiple opportunities to share the stage with acts like Buffy Sainte-Marie, Keith Secola, Mumford and Sons, and more.

Still a young man, Logan is now regarded as an accomplished, multi-nominated and award winning artist himself. Forever a student of great music - Staats sincerely enjoys jamming, collaborating and learning from his contemporaries and other recording artists that inspire him. Logan's live performances are juxtaposed by a level of self-possession and control that wildly careen through emotions of sadness, hope, longing and joy.
Mamarudegyal MTHC is a Vancouver based Hip Hop and R&B Artist born and raised in Siksika Nation, Alberta. In 2012, Diana was given the name Mamarudegyal MTHC by her Calgary KRUMP family Empirical Freedom and began her journey as a Solo Hip Hop and R&B Artist soon after.

Moving to Vancouver, BC in 2014, Diana AKA Mamarudegyal MTHC quickly became a mainstay on the Underground Hip Hop Scene where she joined forces with Native Rap duo Status Krew to found Rudegang Entertainment. Releasing her debut EP ‘MRG EP’ in 2016, and taking home two Fraser Valley Music Awards (Best Hip Hop - Female, Queer Excellence in Music) in 2017, Mamarudegyal MTHC has made quite a name for herself and has the scene waiting impatiently for her follow up album, currently in progress.
Morgan Toney, the Mi’kmaq fiddler, is gearing up for his debut album. The 21-year-old likes to blend the sounds of his fiddle with Mi’kmaq songs like the Mi’kmaq honour song and the Ko’jua. And he hopes the unique sounds can draw people in.
Nimkii is Anishinaabeg from Wiikwemkoongsing, Unceded Territory. Nimkii is a world renown hoop dancer, champion dancer and singer. Over the years, Nimkii has collaborated with and performed on stage with award winning artists. Now blazing his own path, blending traditional singing drumming and dancing styles with contemporary music and dance.
The North Sound's Alt-Country sound hit the scene in 2014, started by Forrest Eaglespeaker and supported by his partner Nevada Freistadt. The North Sound was created as a way to share stories in keeping true to Forrest’s Blackfoot identity and traditions from Treaty 7 Territory.
Shawnee Kish is making her mark using music as medicine with her big soul voice and empowering message. CBC named the powerhouse singer as their 2020 Searchlight winner. "It's hard not to be moved by the raw emotion in her voice,'' explains Kai Black CBC Music executive producer. Billboard names Shawnee as one of their “Artists You Should Know" while MTV puts her on their list of their "Top Gender Bending Artists" as a Two Spirit person in music. "Shawnee is fearlessly authentic in her artistry," says Zubin Thakker platinum selling producer.

The Two Spirit singer tributes music as what pulled her from a dark place in her life growing up. Struggling with growing up and dealing with depression Shawnee used music as therapy and creating as healing.
Snotty Nose Rez Kids are a Canadian Hip-Hop duo of Haisla (Indigenous) descent from Kitimat, BC, composed of rappers Yung Trybez and Young D. Formed in 2016, SNRK released their first self-titled album in January 2017, and followed up that same year with their second full-length, The Average Savage in September 2017. The latter went on to secure them Best Hip Hop Artist at the Western Canadian Music Awards, cemented them on 2018’s Top 10 list of the coveted Polaris Music Prize, and landed them a 2019 Juno Nomination for best Indigenous Music Album. The group toured heavily in Canada with appearances in New York City, Seattle and Darwin, Australia. They quickly gained notoriety for their energetic, inspiring and thought provoking performances.

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