SSIMA'S WINNERS TOUR

Sunday, June 19th & Tuesday, June 21st

The Inaugural Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards,The SSIMAs presented by TD Bank Group took place in 2021 with winners selected in 19 categories from over 250 entries from coast to coast. The SSIMAs will return in 2023 with a live Awards Show at the National Arts Centre in our nation’s capital. This year you can catch performances by some of our 2021 SSIMA’s winners June 18- 25 at locations around town and on stage at Mādahòkì Farm.
Saturday, June 18th | 2PM | Canadian Museum of History

SILLA AND RISE  2021 ARTISTIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR WINNER .   2021 INUIT ARTIST OF THE YEAR WINNER 
Silla and Rise blend Inuit throat-singing and futuristic dancefloor beats. Silla are Cynthia Pitsiulak, Charlotte Qamaniq and Charlotte Carleton, all from communities in Nunavut. 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.

INUIT THROAT SINGING
Traditional Inuit throat singing is a game or competition usually done with two women. There is a leader and a follower, the leader sets the rhythm, the pace and the sound, and the follower repeats the sound.

POW WOW DANCE
Pow Wows are a celebration of life. Indigenous communities gather to share, sing, dance and affirm their culture. It is a unique opportunity to experience Indigenous traditions, represented through dance, song and colourful regalia.

Sunday, June 19th | 2PM | Canadian Museum of History

SILLA AND RISE  2021 ARTISTIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR WINNER .   2021 INUIT ARTIST OF THE YEAR WINNER 
Silla and Rise blend Inuit throat-singing and futuristic dancefloor beats. Silla are Cynthia Pitsiulak, Charlotte Qamaniq and Charlotte Carleton, all from communities in Nunavut. 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.

INUIT THROAT SINGING
Traditional Inuit throat singing is a game or competition usually done with two women. There is a leader and a follower, the leader sets the rhythm, the pace and the sound, and the follower repeats the sound.

POW WOW DANCE
Pow Wows are a celebration of life. Indigenous communities gather to share, sing, dance and affirm their culture. It is a unique opportunity to experience Indigenous traditions, represented through dance, song and colourful regalia.

Summer Solstice Block Party

Byward Market Performances (SSIMA’s Winners on Tour) are part of  the SUMMER SOLSTICE BLOCK PARTY collaboration of the Festival with Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G), an Indigenous-owned and youth-led, grassroots non-profit organization focused on cultural support and empowerment programs for Indigenous youth.  A7G are opening up a storefront in the Byward Market. A social enterprise to support Indigenous youth in this territory, “Adaawewigamig” which means place of trade/selling in Anishinaabemowin, will retail a wide variety of Indigenous fashion, products and brands.

Sunday, June 19th | 10AM - 6PM | Byward Market Square

INUIT THROAT SINGING Traditional Inuit throat singing is a game or competition usually done with two women. There is a leader and a follower, the leader sets the rhythm, the pace and the sound, and the follower repeats the sound.

POW WOW DANCE
Pow Wows are a celebration of life. Indigenous communities gather to share, sing, dance and affirm their culture. It is a unique opportunity to experience Indigenous traditions, represented through dance, song and colourful regalia.

CODY COYOTE  2021 RADIO SONG SINGLE OF THE YEAR NOMINEE .   2021 YOUTH LEADERSHIP IN MUSIC NOMINEE 
Cody Coyote is an Ojibwe/Irish Hip-Hop/Electronic Artist, Motivational Speaker and Radio Show Host based out of Ottawa with ancestry from Matachewan First Nation.

SILLA AND RISE  2021 ARTISTIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR WINNER .   2021 INUIT ARTIST OF THE YEAR WINNER 
Silla and Rise blend Inuit throat-singing and futuristic dancefloor beats. Silla are Cynthia Pitsiulak, Charlotte Qamaniq and Charlotte Carleton, all from communities in Nunavut. 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.

Tuesday, June 21st | 12PM - 3PM | Byward Market Square

INUIT THROAT SINGING
Traditional Inuit throat singing is a game or competition usually done with two women. There is a leader and a follower, the leader sets the rhythm, the pace and the sound, and the follower repeats the sound.

JOEL WOOD . 2021 HAND DRUM/FIDDLE/INSTRUMENTAL OF THE YEAR WINNER
Joel Wood is a Cree musician from Maskwacis, Alberta, Canada. His album Singing Is Healing was a Juno Award nominee for Traditional Indigenous Artist of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2022. He was a member of the group Northern Cree before venturing into his solo career.

DALLAS ARCAND (WORLD CHAMPION HOOP DANCER)
Dallas is a three-time World Champion Hoop Dancer from the Alexander (Kipohtakaw) Plains Cree Nation.

SECHILE SEDARE (FEATURING LEELA GILDAY  2021 ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR WINNER )
A contemporary roots duo featuring sibling songwriters Leela Gilday and Jay Gilday. This musical collaboration sees Jay and Leela co-write and co-create new repertoire together, harnessing their talents as deeply insightful and genuine storytellers.

Tuesday, June 21st | 12PM | Celebration Stage @ Mādahòkì Farm

JOEL WOOD . 2021 HAND DRUM/FIDDLE/INSTRUMENTAL OF THE YEAR WINNER
Joel Wood is a Cree musician from Maskwacis, Alberta, Canada. His album Singing Is Healing was a Juno Award nominee for Traditional Indigenous Artist of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2022. He was a member of the group Northern Cree before venturing into his solo career.

INUIT THROAT SINGING
Traditional Inuit throat singing is a game or competition usually done with two women. There is a leader and a follower, the leader sets the rhythm, the pace and the sound, and the follower repeats the sound.

DALLAS ARCAND (WORLD CHAMPION HOOP DANCER)
Dallas is a three-time World Champion Hoop Dancer from the Alexander (Kipohtakaw) Plains Cree Nation.

SECHILE SEDARE (FEATURING LEELA GILDAY  2021 ROOTS ALBUM OF THE YEAR WINNER )
A contemporary roots duo featuring sibling songwriters Leela Gilday and Jay Gilday. This musical collaboration sees Jay and Leela co-write and co-create new repertoire together, harnessing their talents as deeply insightful and genuine storytellers.

Saturday, June 25th | Celebration Stage @ Mādahòkì Farm

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Saturday, June 25th & Sunday, June 26th | Pow Wow @ Mādahòkì Farm
WABANAKI CONFEDERACY 2021 POW WOW TRADITIONAL/CONTEMPORARY WINNER Wabanaki Confederacy are a northern style powwow singing group based in Eastern Canada. The name Wabanaki Confederacy is a tribute to the alliance of the tribes on the East Coast. The Wabanaki Confederacy (Wabenaki, Wobanaki, translated roughly as “People of the First Light” or People of the Dawnland) are a First Nations and Native American confederation of five principal nations: the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, Abenaki and Penobscot.