Spotlight: Beat Nation Artist Cheryl L’Hirondelle

Cheryl L’Hirondelle, who comes from a well-known family of musicians and dancers from the Edmonton and northern Alberta area, continues to blaze a path of innovation and distinction in the Canadian musical landscape. Cheryl’s debut 5 song EP Giveaway garnered much acclaim, and was included the 2nd edition of musicologist Brian Wright Mcleod’s Encyclopedia of Native Music. The songs included on the project were a sampling from the Vancouver version of her sonic-mapping songwriting project, Songlines, which were inspired from various sights, sounds and movement as she walked around Van City during the winter of 2008. She’s a recipient of two Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards and has been praised for immense musical skill as well as her smooth segways from drumming to crooning.

Cheryl has been giving back to her community for a number of years by working as an arts programmer, a cultural strategist, activist, arts consultant, director, producer and more! Her work with our friends over at ImagineNATIVE, resulted in her being awarded ImagineNative Media awards in both 2005 and 2008.

You can catch singer/songwriter & multidisciplinary artist Cheryl L’Hirondelle, who’s featured in the current exhibition Beat Nation, at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery as part of Sunday Scene this weekend.