Performers 2019

Kwhlii Gibaygum Nisga’a Dancers

We are the Kwhlii Gibaygum Nisga’a Dancers, based in unceded lands & waterways of the Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh peoples. We have 12+ years experience in providing Nisga’a cultural sharing performances of song & dance in the Metro Vancouver Area. We are a multi-generational troupe, who gather weekly to perpetuate and nurture Nisga’a language and culture with the Nisga’a people who have made our home away from home in the Metro Vancouver area.

Orene Askew

Orene Askew AKA DJ O Show brings 10+ years of experience to the industry. She has dedicated herself to her passion of music, chiseling out her niche as a female hip hop and R&B DJ in Vancouver, BC. In addition to DJ’ing, she is an inspirational speaker, traveling across the continent to bring ambition and drive to youth, encouraging them to make any dream they have into a reality. O Show is a Two-Spirit Activist and one of the youngest members on Squamish Nation Council. When she isn’t in meetings with Government officials, O Show is making people dance with the beats she spins. Whether you are hosting an industry party, planning your wedding or birthday or special event, O Show creates memorable sets, proving time and time again that diversity makes beautiful music.

Sandy Scofield

No newcomer to performing, Sandy Scofield is currently recording her sixth release Red Earth. Cree/Métis from Treaty One territory, she hails from many generations of singers and musicians on both sides of her family She has travelled numerous places around the world performing and has won awards for her work. Not only a performer, Scofield works as an educator, mentor, composer and sound designer supporting other Indigenous artists voices in theatre, dance and film. She sings traditionally in Cree having been mentored by many language speakers, song keepers and elders. She also holds an undergrad degree in music composition, which includes studying African music at the University of Ghana in west Africa. She is currently completing her sixth recording Red Earth.

Dylan Rysstad

Dylan Rysstad is a Métis performer born and raised in Prince Rupert, BC, who has gone on to release over 20 albums as a solo performer and with other acts. Dylan has toured Europe and the UK as a member of Vancouver’s baseball punks, The Isotopes, and has toured Canada extensively throughout his career. Moving back to his hometown in 2012, Dylan played his first National Indigenous Day along with a number of community events over the next three years before moving to Victoria, BC, where he currently resides.

Wolf and the Raven

Vancouver based folk duet Wolf and the Raven is comprised of Candace Curr (Nuu Chah Nulth) and Clayton Charleyboy (Tsilhqot’in). The two first performed together at an impromptu collaboration at the Talking Stick Festival in 2017.

Inspired by the honest and acoustic tone of folk and blues music, Wolf and the Raven uses ukulele, voice and guitar to tell stories that harken an older time and bring up feelings of lives filled with adventure, self-realization, love, loss and friendship.

Rex Smallboy

Rex Smallboy is a proud, sober, Cree, father, MC, DJ and producer. Originally from Maskwacis, Alberta (Hobbema)
Rex is now based out of Vancouver, BC.

Rex’s music is politically and socially conscious rap geared towards making positive change in mainstream society addressing systemic oppression, cultural genocide, residential schools, substance abuse, domestic violence and suicide.

Rex holds considerable history when it comes to the native rap music scene in Canada as a part of the Cree hip-hop group War Party (era 1995 – 2005) Rex helped make music history when War Party became the first native rap group to have a music video featured on Much Music and Rap City.

In 2017 Rex did a feature with Plex titled Lost in the Cycle which made it to number 1 on the Indigenous Music Charts in the United States.

Road Engine Dreams

R.E.D. Road Engine Dreams is a synergy of Indigenous energy, originality and rock n roll. On bass guitar/vocals is Gabe McCormick. Gabe is Heiltsuk from Bella Bella and Whitehorse; Cree from Saddle Lake, Alberta are Chris Cardinal, on lead guitar/lead vocals and Buddy Cardinal on rhythm guitar/ vocals. These self taught musicians have been a unit since 1998.

First formed over 20 years ago, and after an 8 year hiatus, Road Engine Dreams, also known as, R.E.D., has picked up where they left off. They continue to share their messages and songs based on lived experience and decolonization, through rock n’ roll.

They have performed at various annual festivals, benefits, National and local gigs through out their musical career. R.E.D. released their first full length debut album in in 2007. In late 2007 R.E.D. had an early nomination for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards followed up by a nomination in ’08 at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. With an original rock n roll sound and cutting edge lyrics rooted in classic rock, these guys will not only rock you, they will inspire you.

R.E.D. is currently working on new material for their latest release set for late 2020.

Murray Porter

Blues Man Murray Porter’s music career has taken him all over the world for the last 40 years. He’s a proud Mohawk man from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in southern Ontario, who now lives on Squamish Nation territory in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Murray may have a blues soul to the core, but he also grew up on rock and roll, R & B and country music. Porter’s first CD since his 2012 JUNO Award for ‘Aboriginal Album of the Year’ is titled, “STAND UP!” and reflects these early musical influences. He strongly feels that this next album is some of his best music to date.

His new music is a little bit of protest songs, a little bit of love songs, and a little bit of fun songs. Murray’s well respected in both the Indigenous and Blues music communities. His voice is as smooth as a velvet growl.

The new songs address many issues facing Indigenous People today including: ‘No More’ (Idle No More movement); ‘Highway 16’ (Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women & Girls); ‘Don’t Let Go’ (Suicide prevention); ‘The Water’ (State of the water today in Indigenous communities); ‘In the Same Canoe’ (Unity amongst all People).

Plus, in true Murray Porter fashion, he has some tongue-in-cheek songs and heartfelt songs about Love: ‘Please Stay Gone’; ‘Some Day I’ll Never Learn’; ‘Two Hearts One Soul’; ‘Love Will Find a Way’.

Whether he is playing an intimate venue for local blues fans, as a solo, duo, trio or with his four-piece band, or on a festival stage to thousands of music aficionados, Porter’s love of performing comes across clear and strong. He has been compared to Dr. John, Joe Cocker and even Elton John! Robbie Robertson has called Porter “a master bluesman.” He captivates audiences wherever he performs and makes new fans…and they never leave his show disappointed.