‘Tis the season for looking back on the year that was: reflecting on the highs and lows, and seeing what music moments stand out in our memories. It’s an interesting time for reflection, with all the hope and passion currently rising among our people, so let’s take a moment to reflect on the incredible Indigenous music that found its way to us in 2012. …read more »
Performing from Norway to Australia, Canadian Aboriginal cellist Cris Derksen is known for building layers of sound into captivating performances. Coming from North Tall Cree reserve in Northern Alberta her music braids the traditional and contemporary in multiple dimensions, weaving her traditional classical training and her aboriginal ancestry with new school electronics, creating genre defying music. On her 3rd studio Album Cris has paired up with Tribal Spirit music to create a cinematic symphonic truly Aboriginal album. She has performed with an array of impressive musicians such as Buffy Sainte Marie, Tanya Tagaq, Kinnie Starr and Kanye West.
The new Astral Radio Artist-in-Residence program at Calgary’s National Music Centre is currently hosting electro-cellist Cris Derksen and hip-hop chanteuse Kinnie Starr for a week of collaboration and experimentation. …read more »
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 »
We have an RPM YouTube playlist of the 2012 Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards nominees for Best Music Video. …read more »
The lineup for Aboriginal Music Week 2012 is out and includes a full serving of Indigenous musicians.
…read more »
At a press conference in Winnipeg this morning, the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award nominees were announced. Read the full list of nominees here. …read more »
Each year, APTN First Tracks produces up to six music video for emerging Indigenous artists or groups in Canada. Join the ranks of First Tracks artists like Derek Miller, Joey Stylez, George Leach, Cris Derksen and Kristi Lane Sinclair and apply now. …read more »
It’s summer 2012 and RPM has another guide to Indigenous musicians representing at music festivals this year.
…read more »
The New York Festivals Radio Program and Promotion awards, recognizing the World’s Best radio and podcast programs, took place last night in New York. We are thrilled to announce that Electric Pow Wow from the RPM podcast series has been selected as the recipient of the United Nations DPI Gold Medal as well as being awarded a Silver Medal in the Culture & The Arts, Audio Podcast category. …read more »
Electro-cellist Cris Derksen and smokey-folky Kristi Lane Sinclair are pairing up for the second year in a row on a Canadian tour – The Red Ride 2-Er. …read more »