Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street
Songs of the Land: Tracing Global Pathways in Indigenous Music
Free, registration required.
When: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019 | 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver
Additional Info: Co-presented by City of Vancouver - Cultural Services, Music BC, Creative BC, FACTOR and SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement.
How do contemporary Indigenous musical forms connect us to the land around us, and offer opportunities to build relationships of solidarity and understanding across oceans and continents? Join us for a conversation with Yorta Yorta hip-hop artist Neil Morris (DRMNGNOW) from so-called Australia, Musqueam-Tsleil Waututh artist, storyteller and Vancouver poet laureate, Christie Lee Charles, and moderated by Jarrett Martineau (nehiyaw/Denesuline), the City of Vancouver’s Music Planner and host of CBC’s Reclaimed, to discuss the ways song and music express deep connections to land and place.
Neil Morris (DRMNGNOW)
Neil Morris, also known as DRMNGNOW, is a Yorta Yorta poet, musician, educator and First Nations community activist, based in Naarm/Birraranga in so-called ‘Australia’. His sound and approach are grounded in strong cultural values, and fuse a striking interdisciplinary approach to his art as an MC, Instrumentalist and poet with a searing decolonial and culturally-engrossing message. Neil also works as the First Peoples Music Business Manager at the Victorian Music Development Office; and hosts an incredible program on Triple R called Still Here which showcases some of the best indigenous music on the airwaves.
Christie Lee Charles
Christie Charles, also known as "Miss Christie Lee" of Musqueam, is the City of Vancouver’s first local Indigenous Poet Laureate. She is a spoken word artist, with a background in Indigenous hip hop, and a direct descendent of the great warrior Capilano. She is a storyteller, poet, coastal hand drum singer, filmmaker and speaker for her ancestors. As the City’s Poet Laureate, Christie’s connections to multiple communities are helping to build new relationships in Vancouver that elevate the role of Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and urban Indigenous poetry, literary and cultural practices.
Jarrett Martineau is a leading voice in Indigenous media and cultural production. He works extensively at the intersection of music, media, technology and social movements. Jarrett is the Lead Planner for Music at the City of Vancouver, the co-founder and Creative Producer of Revolutions Per Minute, a new global music platform, record label, and artist collective for contemporary Indigenous music; and the host and producer of Reclaimed, a weekly series on CBC Music exploring the past, present, and future of Indigenous music. He has been a Fulbright scholar and holds a Ph.D. in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria.
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