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Sonny Assu’s Spring Playlist

We asked visual artist Sonny Assu what music he can’t get enough of lately and he put together this killer playlist of his current faves. 

Regarded as a ‘Vanguard’ for his work in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s exhibit, How Soon Is Now?, Sonny Assu (Laich-kwil-tach (Kwakwaka’wakw) of the Weka’yi First Nation) merges Indigenous West Coast iconography with the aesthetics of popular culture to challenge social and historical values placed upon both. In an exploration of his mixed ancestry and his interests in Indigenous issues, branding and new technologies, Assu crosses many boundaries with his work and message. In doing so, he reveals a ravishing oeuvre that speaks to many.

His work has been accepted into the National Gallery of Canada and various other public and private collections across Canada and the United States. He graduated from the Emily Carr University in 2002 and frequently holds solo dance parties in his studio.

We’re big fans.

Currently, you can see some of his work in the Beat Nation exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery (check out the RPM video installation while you’re there!) and anytime at sonnyassu.com.

Without further ado, here’s Sonny Assu’s Spring Playlist. Enjoy!


Track listing:

  1. Arabesque – Three’s Company
  2. Sage Francis – Civil Disobedience
  3. Black Keys – Little Black Submarines
  4. Porcupine Tree – Phase I
  5. The Weekend – Life of the Party