4 JUNO winners lead the 24 Indigenous musical artists performing at ’Q’EMCIN 2 RIVERS REMIX 2019, FREE Feast of Contemporary Indigenous Music and Culture in Lytton, BC
May 3, 2019 ’Q’emcín (aka Lytton BC): On Nlaka’pamux Unceded Territory at the fork of the “Fraser” and “Thomson” Rivers, ‘Q’emcín 2 Rivers Remix (2RMX) Contemporary Indigenous Music Feast will celebrate its second year on Saturday July 6 and Sunday July 7. Today Artistic Director Meeka Morgan (Secwepemc/Nuu-Chah-Nulth/Nlaka’pamux) announced the full list of 24 original Indigenous artists for this year’s FREE 2-day, all ages, outdoor festival!
The 2RMX cultural feast will be hosted again by Ostwelve, who will share his incredible knowledge and energy all weekend. The festival is headlined by 4 Indigenous JUNO winners: DJ Shub (Mohawk, formerly of “A Tribe Called Red”), Quantum Tangle (Inuit/Anishinaabe/Métis), George Leach (St’atimc) and Murray Porter (Mohawk).
The feast of Contemporary Indigenous music will showcase a stunning variety of over 24 Indigenous artists, “from hip-hop to folk, metal to blues, funk to electronic, rock to reggae – and more than half the lead performers are women, while one-third are youth,” according to Meeka. The festival also features spoken word, dance, video screenings, interactive workshops with festival artists, and a large-scale outdoor Indigenous art exhibition.
Meeka added that the Wild Salmon Caravan will be collaborating with the Nlaka’pamux Nation to open the festival on Sunday with a Wild Salmon celebration and parade exploring wild salmon traditional knowledge and creative energy of transformation.
On Sunday, July 7, a highlight is the 2RMX Elder Series celebrating Indigenous musicians who have had extensive careers, and are still performing to this day. JUNO winning artist, Murray Porter, a Mohawk blues piano man, brings his Band to the festival…including fellow musician, bass player, Helene Duguay, who played with ‘Les Beatlettes’ in the ‘60s. Also featured – from the Grammy-nominated compilation “Native North America Volume 1” – Willie Thrasher & Linda Saddleback, and Gordon Dick Sr. Plus certified Lytton Legends, Ritchie and the Fendermen, will get everyone up on their feet and dancing!
You don’t want to miss this superb Indigenous musical soundscape that compliments the beauty of the land surrounding the festival.
Did we mention this is ALL FREE?
The talent-packed musical lineup also includes:
• Old Soul Rebel – Fabulous soulful female duo who were featured on CTV’s ‘The Launch’
• Spiritual Warriors – Father and daughter duo singing in their Lil’wat language with a reggae beat
• JB the First Lady – Hip-hop and spoken word artist who’s also an advocate for MMIWG, her song “Still Here” was nominated on CBC Radio as one of the “greatest Vancouver songs of all time” by music critic Andrea Warner
• Melawmen Collective – Melawmen in Secwepemc language means ‘medicine’, their hip-hop fusion collective is ‘gathering’ medicine to heal and share
• Curtis Clearsky & the Constellationz –INDIGIFUNK Band at it’s finest with fusions of hip-hop, latin-funk, soul, ska, reggae and blues
• DJ O Show – Popular Vancouver DJ who’s also an inspirational Two-Spirit speaker for youth
‘Q’emcin 2 Rivers Remix – FULL LIST OF Indigenous MUSICAL Artists
Check out the full 2RMX youtube playlist of the artists below or you can reach it at http://playlist.2rmx.ca.
What: ’Q’emcin 2 Rivers Remix, Free 2-day Contemporary Indigenous Music Feast
When: Saturday July 6 to Sunday July 7, 2019 1pm–11pm daily
Who: 20 Contemporary Indigenous Musical Artists performing a wide variety of genres
Where: ’Q’emcín/Lytton BC is located on Nlaka’pamux unceded territory at the confluence of the “Fraser” and “Thomson” rivers, 10km from Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park
How: 3 hours by car from Vancouver or 2 hours from Kamloops on Highway 1
2 Rivers Remix gratefully acknowledges the support of our major funders: First Peoples Cultural Council, Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia, BC Arts Council, Heritage Canada, New Pathways to Gold Society, The Georgia Straight, Northern Development Initiative Trust, Citxw Nlaka’pamux Assembly, Lytton First Nation, the Village of Lytton, Kumsheen Rafting Resort, Lyttonnet.