Thursday, July 1, 2010
Stage in the Round
235 Queens Quay West
Cheryl L'Hirondelle’s performance is the premiere of Toronto Songlines, a new collection of songs written as she re-traced old Indigenous trails and hunting/gathering and ceremonial locations around current day Toronto. A mixed-blood (Metis/Cree-non status / treaty, French, German, Polish) originally from Alberta, Cheryl’s creative practice investigates the junction of a Cree worldview in contemporary time and space.
Her latest recording, the five-song Giveaway EP, is a sample from the 2008 Vancouver version of the same audio-mapping songwriting project. A full album entitled Songlines is scheduled for completion in early 2011.
Cheryl L’Hirondelle is also a member of M’Girl [pronounced ma-girl], winners of the 2006 Best Female Traditional Album Award and the 2007 Best Group Award from the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. As part of the duo Nikamok, with Joseph Naytowhow, she has also played northern plains hybrid, social and ceremonial drum & rattle songs for audiences and gatherings all over North America.