“I’ve always connected with artists whose voices resonate; you can feel it in your body. That is what I’ve always wanted to be.”
Discovery is the beauty of music. It reveals itself in layers. Such is the evolution of 2020 JUNO Award winner, Celeigh Cardinal. Following a time-tested path from singing in church to performing in cover bands to writing original material, Cardinal has reinvented herself with each new chapter in her career. With a confident voice and boundless energy, Cardinal owns a stage, connecting deeply with her audience through humour, passion and love. Whether sweetly strumming an acoustic guitar or leading her band in a rocking rave-up, she commands our attention. Her singing is rich and deep with a burnished maturity and a nimble technical virtuosity that wraps itself around notes with a purr, a snarl or something in the middle. With two full-length albums completed, and a future release in the planning stages, Cardinal is poised to expand her profile which already includes awards from the 2020 Juno Awards, the 2018 Western Canadian Music Awards, multiple Edmonton Music Awards, and recently she received two nominations for the 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards for Indigenous Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.
“Everything I’ve ever done has put me on this path to exactly where I am right now.”
Celeigh has performed across North America and internationally, including Reeperbahn in Germany, and tours in The Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden.
As well as her flourishing musical career, Celeigh is the first Indigenous radio personality on Alberta’s own CKUA Radio Network, and she’s the first Indigenous member of CBC Edmonton’s Radio Arts Column, the In Crowd. Creating more opportunities for Indigenous representation in Media and Music is not only essential to Celeigh, it is her inspiration. Celeigh strives to use the space she takes to lift up other Indigenous artists and be/have the representation she desired as a young girl, and the representation she desires for all Indigenous peoples.
An engaging storyteller, singer-songwriter, performer and three-time JUNO Award nominee, Amero has been tirelessly touring, performing and speaking across Canada for the last decade, earning the respect and attention of the Canadian music industry and fans alike. With the rare ability to effortlessly and genuinely connect with his audience, Amero has taken the skills he utilizes on stage and applied them to his advocacy work within Indigenous communities and beyond, including his participation as a youth mentor for the Winnipeg Jets and True North Youth Foundation’s ‘Project 11’. An avid public speaker, Amero created the ‘Music Is Medicine’ workshop, presenting the impact and power music has mentally and physically, and he now serves as the first ever advisor and Chair of the CCMA Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Next up, Amero is set to host the Manitoba Country Music Association Awards, where he is also up for SIX awards himself including Male Artist of the Year.
Semiah is a singer/songwriter from Six Nations, Ontario. She began professionally singing traditional music from her Haudenosaunee heritage in her late teens in solo performances and as a member of the singing trio, Hatiyo (the good voice). At the same time, she also began writing songs in English, however had never published any of her contemporary works until her first single, ‘Nothing Can Kill My Love for You’ debuted on May 14th, 2021. Semiah continues to challenge herself in her song writing to explore the nuances of identity, love, and the growing pains of her twenties.
Aysanabee’s family is from Sandy Lake First Nation where he spent time living as a child, but later moved to rural Kaministiquia, located outside of Thunder Bay, Ontario. His grandfather taught him how to bow hunt and his brother taught him how to play the guitar. With no real reference for producing music, Aysanabee developed a unique guitar style involving string tapping, harmonics and rhythmic percussion all while singing lyrics inspired by love, loss, dreams and lived experience.