’Q’emcín 2 Rivers Remix (2RMX) is thrilled to announce its lineup of 18 Indigenous musical artists for the 2018 inaugural 2-day feast. Audiences will be inspired by the incredible energy and diversity – more than half the artists are women, and one-third are youth (under 25).
’Q’emcín 2 Rivers Remix – Free 2-day Indigenous Music Feast on May 18 &19, 2018 – is BC’s Only Contemporary Indigenous Music Festival
2RMX headliner is Ontario-based ISKWÉ [Cree/Dené] a soulful Trip-Hop artist, special guest Ta’Kaiya Blaney [Tla’Amin] is a 17 year-old singer-songwriter-activist, and the event emcee is Vancouver-based hip-hop and multi-media threat Ostwelve [Sto:lo/St’at’imc/Nlaka’pamux] (who will also perform).
The Spiritual Warriors [St’atimc] sing in their Lil’wat language with a roots-reggae beat; the Melawmen Collective [Secwepemc/Nuu-Chah-Nulth/St’atimc/Nlaka’pamux] – collaborate on a fusion of hip-hop with musical manifestations and visions; See Monsters [Heiltsuk/Klahoose/Wuikinuxv] layer EDM beats with live-projected original visuals, Omega Crom [Dakelh (Nadleh Whu’ten)] put the pedal to the thrash metal; 17 year-old Big Willie G-1 [Namgis/Kwakwaka’wakw] sings original Muddy Waters-inspired Blues; JB The First Lady [Nuxalk/Onondaga] brings her top hip-hop game; and Laura Grizzlypaws’ [St’atimc] mesmerises with her Grizzly Dance (featured in a NY Times video with over 700,000 views).
Today ’Q’emcín 2 Rivers Remix is also launching the festival website – 2RiversRemix.ca – with more information about the event and the artists – including streaming videos and songs. An interactive web map displays the Indigenous artists and their Nations. (A static map sample is on the next page.)
’Q’emcín 2 Rivers Remix is a completely FREE 2-day outdoor feast of contemporary Indigenous music and culture hosted by the Nlka’pamux nation and the Village of Lytton on May 18-19, 2018. Surrounded by stunning canyon vistas, 2RMX features outdoor live performances of music, spoken word, and dance, as well as video screenings, interactive music workshops, an outdoor Indigenous collaborative art exhibition, and an Artisan street market. 2RMX will empower new audiences with a grassroots danceable remix of urban/rez, visual/musical, hip-hop/pow-wow, and personal/political.
List of 2 Rivers Remix Indigenous Artists
Iskwe [Cree/Dene] – Soulful Trip-Hop
Ta’Kaiya Blaney [Tla’Amin] – Fold singer-songwriter
Ostwelve [Sto:lo/St’at’imc/Nlaka’pamux] – Emcee
The Melawmen Collective [Secwepemc/Nuu-Chah-Nulth/St’atimc/Nlaka’pamux] – Rock hip-hop fusion
See Monsters [Heiltsuk/ Klahoose/Wuikinuxv] – EDM Remix & Live-Visual duo
DJ Kookum [Alexis Nakota Sioux] – EDM, Trap, Moombaton DJ
JB The First Lady [Nuxalk/Onondaga] – Hip-hop
The Spiritual Warriors [St’atimc] – Lilwat roots-raggae
Brandon Peters [St’atimc (Xaxlip)] – Hip-hop
Kym Gouchie & Northern Sky [Lheidli T’enneh] – Indigenous folk & country
Big Willie G-1 [Namgis/Kwakwaka’wakw] – Blues, rock
Laura Grizzlypaws [St’atimc] – Grizzly Dance
Omega Crom [Nadleh Whu’ten] – Thrash metal
Khastan Drummers [Lheidli T’enneh] – Hand drummers
Valeen Jules [Nuu-Chah-Nulth] – Spoken word
Salt Water Hank [Gitg’at] – Tsimishian roots folk
Ms. Panik [Haida (Xaayda)] – Live-looped electronic poetics
Sabina & Anzel Dennis [Nadleh Whu’ten] – Caribou Dance
DJ Mikey Whiprek [Secwepemc (Simpcw & Stuctews)] – Jackin/Fidget house and Glitch Hop DJ
JUST [Dakelh/Secwepemc/Nuu-Chah-Nulth] – Warrior sisters punk
What: ’Q’emcín 2 Rivers Remix, Free 2-day Contemporary Indigenous Music Feast
When: Friday May 18, 2018 5pm to Saturday May 19, 11pm
Who: 18 Contemporary Indigenous Musical Artists performing a wide variety of genres
Why: BC’s Only Festival of Contemporary Indigenous Music
Where: ’Q’emcín/Lytton BC is located on Nlka’pamux territory at the confluence of the “Fraser” and “Thomson” rivers, 10km from Stein Valley Nlka’pamux Heritage Park
How: Less than 3 hours by car from Vancouver or 2 hours from Kamloops on Highway 1.
2 Rivers Remix gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia. We thank our major sponsors for their generous support of 2 Rivers Remix: the Vancouver Foundation, Lytton First Nation, the Village of Lytton, Northern Development Initiative Trust, Citxw Nlka’pamux Assembly Trust, Kumsheen Rafting Resort, and Two Rivers Farmers Market.