Silla and Rise:
Silla and Rise blend Inuit throat-singing and futuristic dancefloor beats. Silla are Cynthia Pitsiulak (Kimmirut, NU) and Charlotte Qamaniq (Iglulik, NU) their name comes from the Inuktitut word “”Sila”” meaning weather. Sila is what surrounds us; it is what connects us to our land, to the moon, sun and stars, the ocean and the air we breathe. In respecting and honouring the need to preserve Inuit culture and paying homage to our land and the strong connection to its spirituality, they experience and perform the sounds of traditional and contemporary throat songs. Rise is Ottawa’s Rise Ashen, a Juno Award nominated global-grooves producer, DJ and dancer who has spent his life pursuing the intersection of traditional and futuristic music.
Eekwol & T-Rhyme:
For Women By Women (FWBW) is the debut of veteran rappers Eekwol and T-Rhyme, who team up to relay powerful messages about hip hop, Indigenous experience and being women in a new project which is aptly titled. Thanks to a Canada Council for the Arts, they spare no expense in delivering high quality content. They have built up hype around this album and have been invited to perform at festivals and events, such as Show and Prove in Los Angeles, CA, Regina Folk Festival and Sask Music Awards. They are already booked into the summer of 2019.
Being an Indigenous musician is a political act. There is no exception for being women in the hip hop industry. Eekwol has spent close to 15 years negotiating this space and along with T-Rhyme, they relay their truths about the struggles and celebrations that come with this unique position. Nothing has ever sounded like this before. This is only the beginning of a movement that will inspire the next generations.
Independently, T-Rhyme and Eekwol have both released numerous albums and features locally, nationally and internationally. They are seasoned performers with a strong following on social media and in real life. This is their first collaboration project and both the producers and engineer exclaimed that the outcome is pure magic. There will be more to come.
When R. Flex released “Thursday”, it put the flex on Toronto R&B. Singer-songwriter, Ryan Anthony Robinson, not only flipped one of The Weeknd’s signature songs, but turned it into an audacious celebration of queer sex. Their debut EP “In & Out” produced two more singles including “Babylonia” and the title track. “In & Out” landed on Spotify’s playlist “To Toronto with Pride” while “Thursday” went on to become a Top 20 finalist at Imsta Festa Toronto. R. Flex’s ability to marry forward-thinking subject matter with electronic R&B became a tour de force that turned heads.
Bésé begins with singer and composer Kvesche Bijons-Ebacher, and ends where your quieted desires finally lead you…
+ DJ Rise Ashen all night!
at Mercury Lounge
56 Byward Market Square
$15 advance / $20 doors
Free with MEGA, FO’SHOWS or FO’ SHOWS+ passes.
Festival passes available at www.megaphono.ca/buy-passes
Doors at 10:00 pm