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imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is proud to present
Presented by Slaight Music
Featuring: George Leach
with Guest: Nick Sherman
October 20, 2012 – 9:00PM – Lee’s Palace – 529 Bloor Street West
The Beat Tickets: $15 ($10 students/seniors/underemployed)
Available online, by phone, in person: www.imagineNATIVE.org
George Leach and Nick Sherman are available for interviews
(Toronto – October 15, 2012) – The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is thrilled to announce The Beat, presented by Slaight Music, at Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street West) on October 20, 2012 at 9PM, featuring a rock-out performance by George Leach. This 9th annual showcase of Indigenous music includes opening guest Nick Sherman, and international Indigenous music videos.
Playing from his latest album, Surrender - set for release in November - Leach brings together a collection of unique and distinctively original songs reflecting a deeply felt musical statement of change, growth and maturation. A limited number of this new album will be for sale at The Beat.
Leach is a much-respected multi-award winning singer, songwriter, guitarist and performer. His video for the popular single, Young Enough, reached the top 5 on the coveted Bravo Video Hit list, and the Top 10 on the Much More Music chart.
Opening for Leach is promising singer/songwriter, Nick Sherman, who hails from Northwestern Ontario. He will play from his debut album Drag Your Words Through, released this past March and available now through iTunes.
The Beat also features imagineNATIVE’s music video program, featuring works from Canada, Finland, Australia and South Africa; the screening presents some of the latest in Indigenous music.
A member of the Sta’atl’imx Nation from the interior British Columbia, George Leach has earned his artistic integrity. His debut album, Just Where I’m At (2000), garnered international recognition, establishing him as a respected singer, songwriter, guitarist, and performer. Leach composed, performed and arranged all of the vocal, guitar and bass tracks on the self-produced album, winning “Best Male Artist” and “Best Rock Album” awards at the 2000 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. The video of its popular single, “Young Enough,” reached the Top 5 on the coveted Bravo Video Hit List and the Top 10 on the Much More Music chart. Equally impressive is its win for ”Best Music Video Award” at the 2002 American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco.
He has shared the stage with such talented and legendary artists as Bo Diddley, the late Jeff Healey, Great Big Sea, Tom Cochrane, Robin Ford, Robert Randolph, 54-40, Doc Walker, Robbie Robertson, Susan Aglukark, Trooper, Chilliwack, and The Constantines. His music has enjoyed radio play across Canada.
Nick Sherman (Ojibway) is a singer/songwriter from Northern Ontario who spent his childhood traveling between his birthplace of Sioux Lookout, the remote First Nation community of Weagamow Lake and North Caribou Lake trapline. His songs are earnest and thoughtful, rooted in contemporary-folk sound. Nick plays most shows as a solo act unless joined by invited guests who play under the name The Winterdark. Nick released his debut, full-length album entitled Drag Your Words Through on January 20, 2012, with funding from the Ontario Arts Council. The album was recorded in Northwestern Ontario in the city of Thunder Bay. The sentiments of the album are broad as the songs cover the best and worst days of the last four years.
About imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples at the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio, and new media. Each fall, imagineNATIVE presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe. The Festival's programming, cultural & social events, and Industry Series attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world's Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media.
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE, BY PHONE AND IN PERSON NOW
Phone: 416 599 TIFF (8433) (10am-10pm, daily)
In-Person: TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King St. W (10am-10pm, daily)
Industry All-Access $90
Regular Screenings $7
Students/Seniors/Underemployed before 6pm FREE
Opening Night Screening and Party $12/$10
Opening Night Party only $8
Closing Night Screening and Awards Show $12/$10
The Beat featuring Buffy Sainte-Marie $20/$15
For more information and the full Festival listings, including FREE events, visit: www.imaginenative.org
Presenting Sponsor: Bell Media
Gold: Astral Radio • Deluxe • Slaight Music • Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
Silver: Global Toronto • RBC Royal Bank • Canada Media Fund
Bronze: TD Bank • TVO • Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund • CBC • Casino Rama
Media: NAPT • NOW Magazine • Muskrat Magazine • Voices 106.5FM • Media Indigena
Public Funders: Ontario Arts Council • Canada Council for the Arts • Canadian Heritage • Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training • Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport • Telefilm Canada • Toronto Arts Council
Community Partners: A Space Gallery • ACTRA Toronto • Beehive Design • Charles Street Video • Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto • National Film Board of Canada • V tape • William F. White • Native Canadian Centre of Toronto • The Brant House • WIFT-Toronto • Pattison Onestop
Official Airline Carrier: Star Alliance
Festival Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn
Festival Restaurant: The Ballroom
Hospitality: The Charlotte Room • Smoke’s Poutinerie • Café Crepe • Kind Exchange • Manitobah Mukluks • Art Gallery of Ontario • Global Village Backpackers • Super 8 Hotel
Friends: DHL • SABAR • Technicolor • Niagara Custom Lab
Foundations: Ontario Trillium Foundation • McLean Foundation • Dreamcatcher Fund
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