september, 2020

20sep1:00 pmSoundCheck For Success - Indigenous Music is not NicheA Conversation about Place, Change, and Transformation with Local Indigenous Artists


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Indigenous Music is not Niche:

A Conversation about Place, Change, and Transformation with Local Indigenous Artists



In his 2019 Juno acceptance speech, Jeremy Dutcher, speaking to fellow Indigenous nominees, commented: “All of your work changes this place, and it deserves to be considered outside of this category. Because our music is not niche. Our music is saying something.” The “Indigenous Music is Not Niche” production would carry forward this conversation and highlight the diversity and vitality of Indigenous music today.

This discussion highlights the diversity of Indigenous music, both contemporary and traditional, and demonstrates the theme: Indigenous Music is Not Niche: A conversation about Place, Change, and Transformation with Local Indigenous Artists.


Host/Curator: Summer Bressette


Summer Bressette is Anishinaabe from Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, she is a community animator and organizer, educator, public speaker, storyteller, and an active member of London’s creative community. She has volunteered with the Forest City London Music Awards for the Jukebox Jury and was also a member of the London Juno Host Committee in 2019.   Summer has also worked as a consultant for the Grand Theatre’s recent production of Honour Beat in 2020 and coordinated the Indigenous Legacies Project for Museum London.   Summer has also been a featured panelist for the London Community Foundation’s Vital Conversation series, the London Public Library’s presentation of “Land, Language, and Governance”, as well as the School of Hip Hop’s annual FemJam event in celebration of International Women’s Day. Summer is a current instructor at the Anishinaabek Educational Institute, and she is excited to work with the Forest City London Music Awards special presentation of SoundCheck!







Gordon Nicotine-Sands

Gordon Nicotine-Sands is a fourth-generation singer, originally from Bkejwanong territory, and the Poundmaker Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. The “Eagle Flight” singers (lead by Gordon) are a First Nations singing group based out of London, On. and have been active for over two decades. The group has travelled extensively in the Great Lakes area (internationally on occasion) participating in festival-like celebrations known as “Pow-wow”. “Eagle Flight” has also honoured invitations from professional and educational institutions in the form of educational song and dance performances. In addition to creating and sharing traditional music, Gordon also serves as an MC to many winter celebrations in the Great Lakes known as “Round dance” which are trending cultural events that originated out west. Gordon is a graduate of Fanshawe’s Fine Art program and Father to four.








Adam Sturgeon

Adam Sturgeon is an Anishinabek musician and community worker. As a long-time musician, Adam has travelled and resided in many cities and First Nations across Canada, working collaboratively with local artists in various capacities (festivals, workshops, recording projects and performances). As a community worker and artist, Adam founded the award winning Rezonance program; an Indigenous focused screen printing, identity and empowerment internship that provides paid job skills to young indigenous artists. He was the recipient of the 2019 At^lohsa Peace Award and his latest album Warrior Down was nominated for the Polaris Music Prize. He uses his music and art practices as a vehicle to help both himself and others explore issues of colonization, self-determination, and healing. His current hometown is Deshkan Ziibing (London, ON.)









Dawn Redskye

Giizhik Kwe aka Dawn Redskye is an Anishinaabe/Irish artist, who has been living at Deshkan Ziibi for 10 years.

Soothing the souls and hearts of the London indie music community for years, Dawn has used her unique position to tackle indigenous social issues with music and art.










Wolf Saga

London, ON born indigenous electro-pop artist Wolf Saga’s aim is not only to keep you dancing with his catchy hits, but also wants to invoke deeper thought behind the meaning of his tunes.







Date: Sunday, September 20th, 2020

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: Zoom

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