All radio works can be listened to here or on-site during the Festival at the NFB’s Interactive Lounge at 150 John Street, Thurs. Oct. 20 – Sat. Oct. 22, 12pm – 10pm, and Sun. Oct. 23, 12pm – 5pm.
Bring Your Drum
Canada, 2011, 54 min
Protest music has a long, important lineage in Indigenous music. From Buffy Sainte-Marie and Alanis Obmomsawin to John Trudell and Murray Porter, the current history of Indigenous activism through music is explored in this captivating documentary.
Singer, activist and new media artist Buffy Sainte-Marie discusses her legendary career and gives insight into her past, her successes and her future plans. With her trademark honesty and charm, Buffy continues to captivate audiences the world over.
Celebrated blues musician Billy Joe Green discusses how his unique style of music emerged from overcoming childhood traumas suffered while at residential school. Through the blues, Green found personal redemption and musical success.
Cabaret singer Georgia Lee was a trailblazing Torres Strait Islander whose legendary 1962 album Georgia Lee Sings the Blues Down Under was the first ever recorded by an Indigenous artist in Australia. Lee crafted a remarkable – but oft-overlooked – career that took her around the world, including on tour with Nat King Cole. Recently passed away at the age of 89, Georgia Lee’s incredible story and voice live on for new generations to appreciate.
Catch up with Digging Roots while on their first visit to Australia. ShoShona Kish and Raven Kanatakta join host Rhianna Patrick to discuss their music, careers and creative process while Down Under.
In addition to regular radio programming, this year imagineNATIVE launched its inaugural Radio Art Commission, an innovative project that challenged Indigenous artists in Canada to create “sound art.” Janet Rogers and Joey Shaw were selected to each create an audio artwork suitable for radio broadcast. Their work is presented at the NFB Interactive Lounge and will premiere alongside film and video works at the TIFF Bell Lightbox as a part of the Landscape Figures Experimental Shorts Program (Rogers) and The Uprooted Shorts Program I (Shaw). Close your eyes, turn up the volume, and immerse yourself in the aural environments of this year’s radio artists.
Joey Shaw (Inuk), a.k.a. Warrior Minded, was born in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and grew up in Montreal. He is a poet, lyricist and vocalist with an interest in sound experimentation. Joey is the co-recipient of imagineNATIVE’s inaugural Radio Art Commission that challenged Indigenous artists in Canada to create an audio art piece for the 2011 Festival.