Guest contributor Monica Mixemong describes the height of the Indigenous music scene in Southern Ontario and the hole left today as the heart of it all, the venues, shut down. …read more »
In 2006, Shakti Hayes went from back up musician to a multi-award nominated solo artist. A position she is clearly comfortable with upon hearing her debut album ‘Touchwood Hills’. Her debut album weaves her influences together with a long-standing oral tradition, setting her own personal stories to powerful music. ‘Touchwood Hills’ received nominations for ‘Best Folk Album’ at both the 2007 Native American Music Awards & the 2007 Indian Summer Music Awards. ‘Touchwood Hills’ also received a nomination at the 2006’s First People’s Choice Music Awards in the Best Producer category. Shakti Hayes has been a professional musician, songwriter and performer for over 17 years. She has toured and performed with over a dozen musical groups providing backup vocals, bass and/ or rhythm guitar.