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ShoShona Kish

Folk Music Canada - Digging Roots
Ottawa, ON, Canada
ShoShona Kish is an Anishinabekwe community organizer, producer, activist, songwriter and JUNO award-winning touring artist. This year ShoShona was recognized for her work internationally with the prestigious “ Professional Excellence Award ” from the WOMEX organization “for her role in the ongoing revolution of upheaving indigenous communities and their culture – using the medium of music as an agent of change, to awaken our humanity and help us connect”.
ShoShona leads the multi-award-winning band Digging Roots, with her husband, Raven Kanatakta. Their music breaches categorization, seamlessly blending global and traditional Indigenous sounds with roots-rock, blues, and trip-hop. They have brought their unique musical marriage of unvarnished truth and unconditional love to venues and festivals around the world.
Like her music, ShoShona defies societal norms, constantly subverting any attempts to put her in a box. She is guided by both curiosity and purpose, openly exploring topical, inspirational and often uncomfortable issues, treating music as a call to action.
ShoShona serves as President on the Board of Directors for Folk Music Canada and is the Chair and founder of the Indigenous Music Advisory Circle and Music Canada’s Advisory Council. This year she has partnered with the International Folk Alliance to host the first International Indigenous Music Summit.
She is an on-air contributor to CBC Radio’ s national arts and culture magazine q and was the host of the 2018 Maple Blues Awards and the National Arts Centre’s celebration of Indigenous women in music Anishinabekwe. As an artist and curator, she has collaborated on a wide range of projects at home and abroad with the likes of Canada’s National Art Centre, the Women of the World Festival and the Sydney Opera House.
Currently, she is touring across Canada and internationally with Digging Roots. Their greatly anticipated new album, “ Zhawenim ” is due in 2019. Which translated from Anishinabemowiin means “Unconditional Love”.
In February 2019 she will be awarded the “ Spirit of Folk Award ” at the International Folk Awards.
www.diggingrootsmusic.com www.Twitter.com/_DiggingRoots www.FaceBook.com/DiggingRoots www.Instagram/DiggingRoots www.Instagram/bluebirdkwe

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