All posts by James Dommek

Sandy Lake First Nation’s artist Aysanabee releases his debut album WATIN in honor of his Grandfather

Aysanabee, the Toronto-based artist from Sandy Lake First Nation, releases his debut album WATIN today. WATIN, named for his grandfather who is featured in audio Interludes throughout the collection, is a strong statement from an artist who is one of the most exciting and active new artists in the country. 
From signing to Ishkōdé Records in 2021, Aysanabee has hit #1 on CBC Music’s Top 20, recorded songs from WATIN for Apple Music’s Home Session and CBC’s The Intro, opened for The NationalHalf Moon Run and July Talk, and was selected for the 2022-2023 JUNO Master Class Artist Development Program

Inuit style throat singing duo PIQSIQ release new single “Ikitaa”

In celebration of the upcoming Halloween holiday, PIQSIQ duo members Inuksuk Mackay and Tiffany Ayalik have just released their latest new single, “Ikitaa,” which means “light it” in Inuinnaqtun. PIQSIQ released the single “in a time of sublime darkness, we offer a few flickers of light, not to extinguish the dark, but as a companion to it to help illuminate the unexplored corners of parts unknown.” Check out the live performance below and also stream on Rising Indigenous Voices Radio.

Aysanabee Releases Ego Death

Ego Death, the third single from Aysanabee’s debut album, Watin, arrives ahead in advance of the album’s full release date on November 4, 2022. Ego Death is about the complete loss of self-identity and the realization that one might not be the things they have identified with. Check out the new single now streaming exclusively on Rising Indigenous Voices Radio.

Snotty Nose Rez Kids release new single “Trendsetter (feat. Dillan Ponders)”

Following the release “I’M GOOD,” the Snotty Nose Rez Kids are back with their latest single, “TRENDSETTER.” The new single sees the Anishinaabe duo Trybez and D drawing attention to all the ways they embody the Boujee Native aesthetic: confidence, style, and talent. Check out the new single below and stream now exclusively on Rising Indigenous Voices Radio.

Haida Gwaii singer Carsen Gray releases new single “Alive” alongside her new EP “Notes to Self”

Carson Gray has just released her latest EP Notes to Self, marking the Haida songwriter’s second EP of 2022 and the follow-up to Each Moment. The new EP is described as a “back to basics” affair. Gray is also released her new video for “Alive.” Enjoy the newly released video below and to stream the full length album now on our web stream!

Snotty Nose Rez Kids release new single “I’m Good”

Haisla Nation duo from Vancouver, the Snotty Nose Rez kids, have just released the upbeat track “I’M GOOD”. Produced by KYRIGO, the song sets an upbeat mood as the duo trade uplifting bars about “feeling like a million bucks.” Snotty Nose Rez member Young D said in a statement, “We spent our last album working through the darker times we experienced. It was important for our new music to be positive and to show our fans that we needed Life After to talk about our experiences in 2020/2021, but that we’re back touring, traveling the world, making new music, and ultimately, we’re good!” The duo are on the shortlist for the upcoming 2022 Polaris Music Prize for their album Life After, and they’ll perform at the Gala at The Carlu in Toronto on Sept. 19. Hear “I’M GOOD” below.