Poet, feminist trailblazer, lesbian icon, social justice advocate… In addition to being one of Canada’s most famous folk musicians, Ferron is one of North America’s most influential writers and performers of women’s music, and an important influence on a generation of artists who have followed in her pioneering footsteps. She now honours her family’s recently-rediscovered Métis heritage. Her rough-hewn voice, chewy phrasing, and poetic songwriting have been resonating with us all since she made her professional debut in 1977.
M’Girl is an ensemble of Indigenous women with stories and songs on the gifts received from Mother Earth. Though officially performing for over 15 years, their musical histories and cultural practice spans throughout each of their lives. Their hand drum songs blend harmonies into a contemporary style that reflects both their expertise of voice and their personal story of home. The message in the music is an emergence of cultural ideals and worldviews from their perspectives of Metis, Cree (Nê-heya-win) Anishnaabe (A-nish-naw-bay) and Saulteaux (praire Anishnaabe) and Tahltan/Tlingit cultural backgrounds.
Femme-Powered – Loop pedal-driven alt hip-hop, folk-soul influenced productions – blend looped rhythms + harmonic vocals & layered guitar. Ms PAN!K is a member of the Kaayahl ‘Laanaas Clan from the Unceeded Territory of the Xaayda (HAIDA) Nation on the beautiful and remote island archipelago of Haida Gwaii, BC. She creates melodic soundscapes with her guitar, voice and loop station. Rich layered vocal harmonies and looped melodies are mixed with conscious rhymes and soul-full lyrics to create her experimental loop poetry. Ms.Panik bears her soul and weaves poetic verses into dynamic loop- crafted melodies, very often freestyle and tailored uniquely for the energy of each audience.
With ancestral roots in the Lheidli T’enneh, Cree and Secwépemc Nations, Kym Gouchie is fostering change through her music and art. Her music brings awareness to First Nations and women’s issues, promoting reconciliation and community building while reminding us that we are all in this together. Her stories are a testament to the human spirit, weaving together threads of her own journey from personal tragedy to triumph. Kym’s traditional hand drum, clean and crisp acoustic guitar and full-bodied voice are powerfully supported by Brigitte Demeter’s vocal harmonies and keyboard. Their genuine and heartfelt performances have a profound and sometimes emotional impact on their audience. Traditional First Nations, folk, and country tones alongside poignant and inspirational lyrics capture the hearts of young and old.
Date & Time: February 25 (ft. Ms. Pan!k)/26 (ft. M’Girl), 2020 @ 8PM
Location: York Theatre (639 Commercial Dr., Vancouver)
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