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In 2011, Cris Derksen's album The Cusp was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award, and won the 2011 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Instrumental Album of the Year. She was honoured with funding from First Tracks, to make Pow Wow Wow, an APTN Music Video, released in early 2012.
Cris has toured nationally and internationally as a solo artist and performing her own compositions with Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq. She has performed internationally at: Women in (e)motion (Germany), Future En Seine (France), WOMEX (Spain), SXSW (Texas), Riddu Riddu (Norway), Respect Festival, Colors of Ostrava (Czech Republic), Barroquisimo (Mexico), MADE festival (Sweden).
As a side player Cris has performed with hip hop star Kanye West, Veda Hille, Tanya Tagaq, Christa Couture, Kinnie Starr, Lightning Dust, Rae Spoon, Leela Gilday, Ivan E Coyote and e.s.l.
Cris Derksen originally comes from Northern Alberta. There is a line of chiefs from North Tall Cree reserve on her father's side and a line of strong Mennonite homesteaders on her mother's side.