The Beat

Saturday, October 22 | 9:00pm
Featuring DJ Ariel, Shawnee, Wolf Saga and DJ Shub
Hosted by Rachelle White Wind
Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen Street West


A rare showcase of Canadian Indigenous music talent and imagineNATIVE’s flagship social event, The Beat returns in its 12th annual running with an evening of musical excellence at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern. Featuring a special screening, The Beat presents a short program of music videos selected for this year’s Festival. The live performance line-up includes sensational up-and-coming artists Shawnee, and Wolf Saga, interspersed with beats by DJ Ariel and topped off with one of Indigenous music’s finest, DJ Shub.

With a vast musical palette to draw from, DJ Ariel always brings a refreshing blend of sounds, styles and eras. This seamless and unique approach, informed by all facets of her creative work, derives from her eclectic involvement in community, fashion, art, music and activism.

Mohawk singer songwriter Shawnee, known for her powerful, soulful voice, has now shared the stage with Lady Gaga, and Tegan and Sara across Canada and the U.S.  Named one of Much Music’s “Top Gender Bending Artists”, Shawnee’s single “Mirror Me” also hit number one on the Aboriginal Music Countdown and was aired on “Mohawk Girls”.

Electro-pop artist Wolf Saga has won the Jack Richardson Music Award twice for Electronic Artist of the Year, as well as had his 2015 EP Auburn Nights hit No. 1 on the Canadian Aboriginal chart. Wolf incorporates his love for the 1980s synth sounds and his Indigenous background into a music that is melodic and accessible.

DJ Shub, formerly of A Tribe Called Red, is a title-earning DJ and award-winning music producer. Battle-tested and extremely technical, DJ Shub has won the DMC Canada DJ Championship, DMC Canadian Battle for Supremacy and Canadian Red Bull Thre3style. Once part of the trio who created a new sub-genre of electronic music dubbed “powwow step,” DJ Shub has recently released a new EP aiming to take this unique mix of traditional Indigenous music and dubstep/trap beats to a new height.