An Indigenous Showcase featuring Eya-Hey Nakoda, Iskwé, Leonard Sumner and DJ Shub: A Block Heater Event

The Calgary Folk Music Festival presents Block Heater:

An Indigenous Showcase featuring Eya-Hey Nakoda, Iskwé, Leonard Sumner and DJ Shub: A Block Heater Event

Fri · February 10, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Festival Hall

Calgary, AB


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This event is all ages

Eya-Hey Nakoda - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Eya-Hey Nakoda
“Eya-Hey Nakoda, a powwow group from the Stoney Reserve of Morley, AB, provided entertainment for the evening with a short dance and drumbeat session in the [National Music Centre]’s main floor. An audible gasp could be heard from guests when the first strike was made onto the drum.” FYI Music News on Studio Bell’s soft launch April 4, 2016

The name Eya-Hey Nakoda is now on Calgarians’ lips, after their wonderful collaborations on the Making Treaty 7 project with the other musicians and actors. This award-winning, intergenerational Stoney Nakoda powwow group, which ranges in size from 4 to 15 singers and drummers, formed in 1994 by Rod Hunter. Primarily based on Morley’s Stoney Reserve, they have been honoured to have included singers from many different nations: Stoney Nakoda, Cree, Tsuu T’ina, Siksika, Carrier Dakota, Assiniboine and Navajo. Eya-Hey’s magical, traditional drumming, singing and dance will evoke the spirit of the powwow, sans dancing competition and prize money. KC
Iskwé - (Set time: 8:20 PM)
Lay me down now / Lay me to the ground
Lay me down now / Lay me down in the shade
I won't be afraid / NO I WON'T

Anchored by roots deeply planted in Irish/Cree-Dené soil, Iskwé’s ascent to find her light has been a soulful exploration. You can hear the emotion in her voice, vacillating from sultry and warm to cutting and spine-tinglingly glacial. Trip hop, R’n’B and electronica are the vehicles on which Iskwé (“woman”) carries her politically charged lyrics, in constant search of communion, justice, reconciliation and peace. “I’d say my music is pretty gritty. A friend named it ‘dark and painful’ but there’s some light in there, too. However, the lower registers always resonate with me, and I think that applies to lyrics and content, as well as music and melody.” CV

Hails from: Toronto, ON
Leonard Sumner - (Set time: 9:45 PM)
Leonard Sumner
Been knocked down never been knocked out…
Never been the type to let another person limit me
Shooting for the stars and this music is my liberty

Anishinaabe poet, singer/songwriter and MC Leonard Sumner weaves an enticing roots-blues-rap-country fusion that communicates histories, life lessons and philosophy. Unblinkingly honest, Sumner’s lyrics are defiant yet vulnerable, giving voice to situations and people. His songs and stories are both illuminating and unsettling; provoking his audience with an unswerving personal-is-political stance. He beautifully turns anger and hurt into understanding and familiarity. TLG/CV

Hails from: Winnipeg, MB
DJ Shub - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
DJ Shub
A Tribe Called Red. Dan "DJ Shub" General, along with Ian "Deejay NDN" Campeau and Bear Witness combined indigenous powwow vocals and drumming with high-energy electronica for a multi-millennia spanning sound that compelled listeners to join the frenetic party, shining a spotlight on systemic racism, promoted an uncompromising pride in indigenous heritage and talent. Since parting ways with ATCR three years ago, DJ Shub has been busy creating a new body of work that incorporates his love of hip hop, indigenous culture and mad technical skills. On his first EP, PowWowStep, DJ Shub, who hails from Mohawk Six Nation, continues pushing forward with the sound he helped pioneer with ATCR, combining driving dance beats with samples of traditional singing and drumming with a social justice conscience. When DJ Shub cranked up the pow wow step at Block Heater this past February, he turned Festival Hall into another wicked dance party – a celebration of music, community and spirit.
Venue Information:
Festival Hall
1215 10 Ave SE
Calgary, AB, T2G 0W6