Melody McKiver

Based In: Odawa, Algonquin territory

Melody McKiver is an emerging Anishinaabe multi-instrumentalist, improviser, interdisciplinary media artist and writer. Melody is Ottawa-based and frequently works out of Toronto, and was previously based out of St. John’s, NL. As a solo performer, they explore the range of the viola’s possibilities, spanning from minimalist to danceable, often incorporating laptop processing and looping. Melody’s musical practice spans across viola/violin, drums and percussion, and guitar, drawing upon a broad set of influences that includes hip-hop, electronic, contemporary classical, jazz, and blues.

The Best Indigenous Music of 2013

2013 was a very good year for Indigenous music. Here are our favourite reasons why it’s an incredible time to tune in. We’re still here—and we’re still making amazing music. …read more »

imagineNATIVE 2012: Indigenous Film, Music and Media Arts Take Centre Stage

Since its inception in 1998, Toronto’s imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival has grown to be the largest festival of Indigenous film and media arts in the world. The annual celebration was held October 17-21, 2012. Melody McKiver was the grateful recipient of a delegate pass for Indigenous musicians sponsored by Slaight Music. Here’s her exclusive festival recap for RPM. …read more »

Indigenous Summer Music Festival Guide 2012

It’s summer 2012 and RPM has another guide to Indigenous musicians representing at music festivals this year.
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