imagineNATIVE and Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) Present:
Featuring Snotty Nose Rez Kids,
CHHOTI MAA, Boogey The Beat, Silla and Rise
Saturday October 20 | 9:00PM
Lee’s Palace, 529 Bloor Street West
A high energy, dynamic showcase of Indigenous musical talent, imagineNATIVE’s The Beat returns for its 14th year. This year imagineNATIVE continues its partnership with Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), the boutique agency for Indigenous music culture, to bring a fantastic line-up that features the Toronto return of Polaris Prize-shortlisted artists, Snotty Nose Rez Kids, the Inuit throat-singing x beat mashup outer space hip-hop vibes of the JUNO-nominated Silla + Rise, Indigenous rapper from Guanajuato by way of Oakland, Chhoti Maa, and Winnipeg producer and DJ Boogey the Beat.
The event is hosted by Michaela Washburn and will include the announcement of the winner of the iN Bullseye contest, a national talent search for emerging music talent in partnership with Slaight Music.
Snotty Nose Rez Kids are a hip-hop duo from the Haisla Nation of the Haislakala speaking people. Recreating their identities within their own contexts, they aim to reclaim their voices and share them with a wider audience. Zazaxsmalis, otherwise known as Yung Trybez is a writer, rapper, photographer and spoken word artist of ”The People of the Snow” that is the Haisla Nation. Wa’tla’ka othethise known as Young D or "D" is a songwriter/rapper that was born and raised in Kitamaat Village. Together they are the Snotty Nose Rez Kids. Their S/T debut album was released in 2017 and in Summer 2017 they released their new mixtape, The Average Savage.
CHHOTI MAA was born out of a tradition of migrants in Guanajuato and forced by the Mexican post-NAFTA exodus into movement. Her raps have roots in her grandmother’s poetic recitation and in Mexican oral tradition. She developed through poetry and training in gospel and soul singing in Albany, Georgia. In 2007, CHHOTI MAA established herself as a rapper/singer in Richmond, Virginia, but really deepened her freestyle & lyrical skills in Trujillo, Peru in 2010. She passed thru Qatar thanks to an artist's residence. Since 2012 she has been based in Oakland. CHHOTI MAA’s music deals with decolonial living, migrant swag and reconstructing the womyn temple. CHHOTI MAA is a cultural producer-organizer, educator, bruja, writer and artist.
Boogey The Beat is an Anishinaabe DJ and Producer who blends traditional Indigenous songs with modern electronic beats. A member of the Berens River First Nation on Treaty 5 territory, he was born and raised in Winnipeg. First discovering music production in high school, he quickly rose to become one of the Peg’s top Hip Hop producers. Working with fellow Indigenous artists such as Wab Kinew, Leonard Sumner, Young Kidd, Drezus, and Winnipeg's Most solidified Boogey The Beat as an accomplished producer on award-winning projects. His first single, HOKA, reached Number 1 on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown and landed him licensing opportunities providing music for CBC, APTN, and Vice Media. His SoundCloud page just recently passed 200,000 plays and is on the rise. His DJing skills have landed him on stages for the Indspire Awards, Stage 49 at the Gathering of Nations, and multiple festivals across Turtle Island.
Silla + Rise blend Inuit throat-singing and futuristic dancefloor beats. Silla are Cynthia Pitsiulak (Kimmirut, NU) and Charlotte Qamaniq (Iglulik, NU) their name comes from the Inuktitut word "Sila" meaning weather. Sila is what surrounds us; it is what connects us to our land, to the moon, sun and stars, the ocean and the air we breathe. In respecting and honouring the need to preserve Inuit culture and paying homage to our land and the strong connection to its spirituality, they experience and perform the sounds of traditional and contemporary throat songs. Rise is Ottawa’s Rise Ashen, a Juno Award nominated global-grooves producer, DJ and dancer who has spent his life pursuing the intersection of traditional and futuristic music. Silla + Rise were nominated for a Juno for Indigenous Music Album of the Year in 2017 for their self-titled Debut, they are currently working on a second album.
Michaela Washburn a proud Métis of English, Irish, French and Cree descent, Michaela Washburn is an award winning artist who has performed internationally at festivals and theatres in Wales, Aruba and across Canada and the United States. Now based in Tkaronto, her expertise spans theatre, film, television, hosting, writing, spoken word, clown, improvisation, workshop facilitation and stand-up.