2 Rivers Remix Society (2RMX) and VirtualFeast.ca present BRING THE CHILDREN HOME
2 Rivers Remix Indigenous Music Feast LIVE at Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Pow Wow Arbour, July 7•8•9
Tk’emlups te Secwepemc, June 21, 2023…On July 7-9th, 2023, 2RMX partners with Tk’emlups te Secwepemc to present a FREE three-day feast of contemporary Indigenous Music and Culture at the beautiful Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Pow Wow Arbor in Kamloops, BC. 2 Rivers Remix 2023 – Bring The Children Home features more than 40 incredibly talented and diverse Indigenous artists, toplined by Haisla Hip Hop megastars Snotty Nose Rez Kids and electric powwow supergroup The Halluci Nation (formerly A Tribe Called Red).
~~~ BRING THE CHILDREN HOME will be live-streamed at feast.2rmx.ca ~~~
Co-headlining/featured artists include: Métis Canadian Folk Music award winner Amanda Rheaume, urban/rez roots hip hop vital voice Leonard Sumner, 2-Spirit powerhouse singer Shawnee Kish, veracious Mohawk singer song writers Logan Staats and sister Layla Black, sovereign story/song-weaving Anishinaabe sisters Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and Ansley Simpson, ambassador and iconic songwriter of the people, Keith Secola, Inuit folk rock legend Willie Thrasher, Mohawk Rez Bluez Master Murray Porter and bass badass Helene Duguay, conscious evolutionaries of Chicano hip hop Atzlan Underground, and 2-Spirit trans house music diva Quanah Style, just to name a few!
Also joining us for this stacked lineup are roots rock soulful The North Sound, fierce Haida rocker warrioress Kristi Lane Sinclair, folk/country spirit captivatress Kym Gouchie, Black Owl Bluesman Gerald Charlie, soulful pop heart-opening Hayley Wallis and the Brighter Futures, contemporary roots singer/songwriter Mimi O’Bonsawin, young blues phenom Garret T Willie, ‘For The People’ soothing storytellers Margit Sky Project, Indigiqueer pop artist Nimkish, Indigifunk empowerhouse Curtis Clearsky and the Constellationz, roots rock reggae artists The Spiritual Warriors, hip hop roots fusionists The Melawmen Collective, and punkabilly pranksters, Jason Camp and The Posers.
The roster also includes an array of BC-based hip hop artists, such as Earthchild, Kiva MH, Geo aka The Voice, A’a’liyah, Rich & Beka, SacRed, and more, plus 2-Spirit neuro-divergent performing artist Madeline Terbasket aka Rez Daddy, and much more!
Leading up to the 3-day cultural feast in Tk’emlups, 2RMX’s Summer Movable Feast Tour launches on June 30 at Lytton First Nation to commemorate 2 years of Nlaka’pamux resilience since the Lytton Fire, then proceeds July 2to the St’at’imc Nation (Lillooet), and July 4 in the Secwepemc Nation (Skeetchestn). Each unique event includes a core of nationally and internationally known artists, as well as local and regional talent from each of the territories.
“2RMX planning was buffeted by the effects of human-caused-climate-change again this year, forcing us to move four venues and communities at the last minute, including our main event”, stated Meeka Morgan, 2RMX’s Artistic Director. “2RMX is eternally grateful to the communities who came to aid and host us this year. Our hearts go out to 2022’s 3-day festival venue, the community of Cache Creek, who suffered catastrophic flooding again this spring. We hope to return with musical medicine when it is the right time to do so, as we continue to envision a return to our original host community of Lytton, BC. We found ourselves reaching out to Tk’emlups te Secwepemc to host and are so thankful they embraced us with their support.”
As BRING THE CHILDREN HOME is the 2RMX theme of 2023, it seems surreal yet so meaningful that the healing music of 2 Rivers Remix will envelop in love the nearby former site of Kamloops IRS where the 215+ unmarked graves of Indigenous children were confirmed in May 2021.
And so, water who brings us all life, brought us to where we needed and navigated to be. While planning and carrying out the Movable Feast events this year, the shifting waters reminded us that we also must be ready to shift, make changes, and move, but also to reach out, collaborate and cooperate with kindness and grace.
The Journey of 2 Rivers Remix:
2 Rivers Remix (2RMX) is a free annual multi-day feast of contemporary Indigenous music and culture, initially (2018-2019) hosted outdoors at Tl’kemtsin (aka Lytton BC) on Nlaka’pamux territory, then streamed online during the pandemic (2020-2021). 2RMX features all Indigenous-led musicians and artists – focusing on women, 2-Spirit, youth, elders and survivors – creating an environment of safety, tolerance and value for all people. 2 Rivers Remix Society, is a Non-Profit Society with majority First Nations directors and a mandate to educate, empower and inspire Indigenous people to tell their own stories through contemporary Indigenous cultural expression.
On June 26th, 2021, 2RMX produced an outdoor event at the wonderful Nlaka’pamux interpretative Tuckkwiowhum Village to honour the 215+ Indigenous children then recently confirmed in unmarked graves at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School site during one of the hottest days recorded on Turtle Island. Only 4 days later, June 30, 2021, our beautiful host community of Tl’kemtsin/Lytton was razed to the ground in an unprecedented event that not only took homes and a whole village, but also 2 lives… Some of our staff, board, and their families lost their homes and many are still evacuated. Our office, festival archive, youth project exhibitions, and sound/video equipment was reduced to ashes.
In 2022, 2RMX pivoted to a “Movable Feast” in the aftermath of the cataclysmic fire that destroyed our previous live festival site – along with 90% of Tl’kemtsin/Lytton. 2RMX partnered with 8 Indigenous communities in 2022 to present Movable Feast, culminating in the 2 Rivers Remix Festival being held in Cache Creek, BC.
2 Rivers Remix Society continues to support our affected Indigenous communities that have in the last years suffered from waves of the COVID pandemic, catastrophic wildfires/flooding/infrastructure destruction,the ongoing confirmations of hundreds more unmarked graves at Indian Residential Schools across Turtle Island, and the deadly toxic drug supply crisis.
2022 was the first time since the pandemic that we were able to hold a multi-day, 2RMX LIVE in-person event, and we were graciously hosted by the community of Cache Creek, in the territory of the Stuc’tews (Bonaparte First Nation) People. Until mid May of 2023 we planned to return there, but the rising waters once again navigated our journey of musical medicine… We wrap those communities still recovering with loving comfort and care, and are grateful for the ones who reach back when called upon for support.
2 Rivers Remix Society acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia, First Peoples’ Cultural Council and Canada’s private radio broadcasters.