iskwē

Story

iskwē | ᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ is, among many other things, an artist – a creator and communicator of music and of movement, of pictures, poetry and prose. And through it all, she’s a teller of stories that have impacted our past and will inform our future.

iskwē released her third album acākosīk on November 9, 2019 to critical praise. The video for “Little Star” garnered a JUNO Award for Music Video of the Year in 2020, the album was nominated for a JUNO Award for Adult Alternative Album of the Year, and “Breaking Down” was nominated for the Prism Prize and SOCAN Songwriting Prize.

The Stars is the inverse of acākosīk, starting with the title which is the English translation of the cree word acākosīk. Where acākosīk is a blaze of sonic exploration, The Stars is an elegant and intimate sharing of the collection allowing iskwē’s songwriting, voice and spirit to shine. The Stars features entirely new arrangements of the six songs with iskwē accompanied by a trio of piano (Michael Shand), cello (Mariel Gonzalez), and violin (Laura C Bates) recorded live-off-the-floor at Revolution Recording in Toronto and a dramatic orchestral reimagining of “Night Danger (Lovers Mix)” recorded with the FILMharmonic Orchestra (Prague). Where acākosīk demanded our attention, The Stars invites us into an emotional and soulful experience with iskwē.

Over the past year, iskwē has channeled her energy into creating art and expanding her professional experiences. In addition to recording The Stars, she and Tom Wilson, by happenstance, have come together in a dynamic and soulful pairing. Their performances are magical, with chemistry and playfulness knitting together an Americana infused vibe. Their debut track, a cover of Tom’s song “Blue Moon Drive” featuring Chuck Copenace on trumpet has been released on the Red Music Rising label. Other interesting collaborations include a contribution to Splash’N Boots’ recently released album Heart Parade and an upcoming dance mix of “Nobody Knows” by LA DJs Henry Strange and Suniel Fox. iskwē is also enjoying being a co-host of the podcast The Chesterfield produced by Friends of Canadian Broadcasting.

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03-19-2018

Kristin Archer talks with Iskwé on episode 214 of I Heart Hamilton Tour – listen now via 93.3 CFMU!

03-18-2018

OurBasement.ca’s #IWD2018 Spotify playlist is stacked! Hear some amazing tracks from Nuela Charles, Iskwé, Ellevator, Terra Lightfoot, Miesha & the Spanks, and For Esmé.

03-18-2018

Thanks to the wonderful Kristin Archer of I Heart Hamilton Tour for including tracks from Ellevator, Iskwé, and Sinister Bodies Of Water in the March 2018 playlist!

03-16-2018

Hear Iskwé’s new single “The Unforgotten,” featuring Tanya Tagaq, over at The GATE!

03-15-2018

Halifax Bloggers’ Midweek Mixdown (Side B) is stacked with the latest from Ellevator, Iskwé, danielle duval, The Elwins, and Kasador!

03-14-2018

Iskwé’s powerful new single “The Unforgotten” feat. Tanya Tagaq is among CBC Music’s songs you need to hear this week!

03-14-2018

ICYMI – The Revue had Iskwé’s “The Forgotten” on Saturday Sampler!

03-14-2018

Iskwé and her new song “The Unforgotten” makes it on ‘Best New Indie’ this week via Indie88Toronto!

03-14-2018

CBC Hamilton/In The Key Of C share amazing tracks from Iskwé, Anjulie & Falcon Jane!

03-14-2018

New Music Friday on Spotify featuring music from Born Ruffians, Iskwé, Mathew V, and hill!

03-14-2018

Indie88Toronto premieres ‘The Unforgotten’ by Iskwé today and it’s featuring Tanya Tagaq!

02-07-2018

Congratulations to Arkells, Terra Lightfoot, Iskwé, Steve Strongman Music, and Nuela Charles on their nominations for The JUNO Awards 2018!

01-02-2018

CBC Music’s Top 103 Canadian indie songs includes tracks by Young Galaxy, Born Ruffians, The Elwins, Said The Whale, Scenic Route to Alaska and Iskwé!

01-02-2018

Watch Iskwé open her First Play Live session with “Ice Walker” and then ramp up into a fiery performance of her song “Disturbed.”

01-02-2018

Iskwé has one of the best protest songs of the year according to CBC Music!

12-15-2017

I Heart Hamilton Tour has an epic Best of 2017 playlist out now and it includes The Crowleys, Iskwé, Calcedon, Timid, the Brave, Billy Moon, MUNROE, Terra Lightfoot, Emay & Basement Revolver!

12-08-2017

DOMINIONATED has a review of ‘The Fight Within’ by Iskwé!

12-01-2017

Iskwé is one of 5+ Contemporary Indigenous Artists You Should Know according to AudioFemme!

11-19-2017

Great piece over at Bandcamp today with Iskwé! A must read.

11-19-2017

Brand new I Heart Hamilton Tour playlist is up and it includes songs from Iskwé, Jaunt, TEEN RAVINE, The Elwins!

11-19-2017

Scenic Route to Alaska makes their debut on CBC Music’s R3-30 this week and joins Iskwé, Nick Ferrio, Ben Stevenson!

10-27-2017

Ladies Only version of the new HAFILAX.com Midweek Mixdown! Includes great things from Terra Lightfoot, Iskwé & Skye Wallace.

10-21-2017

Iskwé new single ‘Healers’ premiered over on Noisey!

09-08-2017

Iskwé talks Culture + Community in an interview with Golden Mixtape.

09-01-2017

Check out Ride the Tempo’s feature on Iskwé’s track ‘Soldier.

08-25-2017

Iskwé’s latest single, “Soldier”, is dedicated to all present and future protectors of the land and water

08-25-2017

New tracks from Andi, Freedom Baby, Iskwé + a ton of other great songs are up on SheWolf Radio.

08-18-2017

Excited to share the latest single ‘Soldier’ from Iskwé. Premiered today at Exclaim!