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Aboriginal musicians to perform in Church Point

Digging Roots: Raven Kanetakta and ShoShona Kish. They will perform March 11 at the Marc-Lescarbot theatre in Church Point.
Digging Roots: Raven Kanetakta and ShoShona Kish. They will perform March 11 at the Marc-Lescarbot theatre in Church Point. - Submitted

Digging Roots, William Prince are Juno winners, will perform March 11

CLARE – A couple of Juno Award-winning acts make up the double bill for an upcoming evening of music in Church Point.

Aboriginal artists Digging Roots and William Prince will perform at the Marc-Lescarbot theatre at Université Sainte-Anne Sunday, March 11, a presentation of Les Productions Le Moulin, with the show scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.

Digging Roots consists of the husband-and-wife team of Raven Kanetakta and ShoShona Kish and their backup band.

Their accolades include a Juno Award for Aboriginal album of the year in 2010 for their disc We Are.

Two of their other recordings – Seeds and For the Light – were nominated for Junos as well, in 2007 and 2015, respectively.

Among other honours, they received the songwriter award at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

They were inaugural recipients of the Cobalt Prize, an award for contemporary blues composition, at the annual Maple Blues Awards, for their song Hwy 17 (from their For the Light album), which addresses Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women.

William Prince will perform March 11 at the Marc-Lescarbot theatre in Church Point.
William Prince will perform March 11 at the Marc-Lescarbot theatre in Church Point.

 

One reviewer – in the Winnipeg Free Press – was inspired by the group’s “luminous statements.”

The sound of Digging Roots also has been described as “funky native music fuelled by a sexy soulful blend of reggae and blues” (Detroit Metro Times).

Meanwhile, also taking the stage March 11 in the Marc-Lescarbot theatre is William Prince, a folk and country singer-songwriter from the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba.

He won a Juno Award last year for contemporary roots album for his disc Earthly Days.

Prince was honoured as Aboriginal artist of the year at the 2016 Western Canadian Music Awards.

Prince recently returned from Nashville, where he did some recording with Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb.

Tickets for the Church Point show are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, $15 for students.

Tickets are available at Ocean Blue Music (Yarmouth), Saulnierville Pharmacy, Weymouth Drugstore and La Shoppe Verte (Concession). Or contact pcm.comeau@ns.sympatico.ca (902-769-3288).

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