Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Recording: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Artist: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Song: How to Steal a Canoe

Recorded at The Gladstone Hotel's Ballroom (Long Winter 5.4), March 24, 2017.

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson - How to Steal a Canoe

Long Winter ended its abbreviated, roving season with a return to The Gladstone, filling the second floor with art and the Ballroom and Melody Bar with ping-ponging live sets. Starting things off in The Ballroom, there were a couple familiar faces, including Nick Ferrio, in supporting roles here, providing the musical backdrop for Simpson's poem-songs drawing on the storytelling traditions of her Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg heritage. Moving past spoken word declamation into sing-speak territory, some of the pieces approached a Blue Aeroplanes-style flow, while others, like this one, soared thanks to Cris Derksen's cello textures.

[You can check out some video footage of the night over at Brandon Caswell Douglas' youtube playlist.]

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