Back for 2019, Indigenous artists, performers and Elders will come together on Turtle Island with stunning music and dance performances, as well as a traditional village recreation.
This block is lead by cultural ambassador Jason Gullo, a renowned Indigenous dancer, visual artist, and educator.
This block features:
- The Classic Roots -
Currently based in Toronto but carrying the spirit of Northern Ontario with him, Classic Roots is one of Canada's best kept secrets. Infusing tribal rhythms and his own boreal spirit over raw techno beats is his specialty and he does not disappoint for his debut release with M5! Red Pill's slamming kick drum and powerful energy grab you from the opening beat and take you right into the matrix of techno bliss. Classic Roots is determined to continue producing his unique brand of Electronica and pow wow techno and share it with the world. His beats tell a story that embodies the bold spirit of the North.
- Jah'Kota -
Justin Alexander Holness is part Jamaican and part Nakota from Ocean Man First Nation in Saskatchewan so subsequently his artist name is Jah'Kota. He was born and raised in Winnipeg and moved to Ottawa in 2010. He believes everyone has a genius we just have to nurture our gifts. Jah'kota won first place at the summer solstice festival in 2013. He then released his 1st home studio album June 21, 2014 at the summer solstice festival that following year. He has performed at many prestigious events highlighting a collaboration with the Jamaican Youth Orchestra during their Canadian Tour. He was nominated for Rap Single Of The Year at the Canadian Urban Television Awards in Winnipeg 2015 for his song Reconciliation ft. young Mohawk Native Hip Hop Artist LB and prominent traditional teacher Albert Dumont.
Most recently he made history for being the first to drop a verse in the senate on National Aboriginal Day. His passion is to spread truth, love, and well being throughout the world with words and music and inspire young people to find their genius! Justin is also the owner/founder of Un1ty Entertainment which provides a creative environment for indigenous people to express themselves and their heritage through all forms of art, music, and fashion. Justin is responsible for Ottawa's annual INDIGENOUS Art, Music and Fashion Show to help inspire young people to find their genius.