World-renowned native Producer/DJ crew, A Tribe Called Red, is thrilled to share The Manawan Session mini-documentary (produced with the financial assistance of MuchFACT a division of Bell Media Inc.). Filmed in May 2014 on the Manawan First Nations reserve, the film takes viewers through the beginning of Tribe’s album-making process, and explains why it is important for the band. The Manawan sessions ended up producing Black Bear’s record, Come and Get Your Love, which was nominated for Aboriginal Album of the Year at the 2016 JUNO Awards. Watch the film, which premiered today on National Post, here.

“The documentary happened organically,” says Bear Witness. “They reached out to us through their label. And we always wanted to make a solid connection with a drum group, and Black Bear was a dream. Their tribal spirit and grass roots were infectious; we clicked right away. It was a real tactile experience; we were able to be interactive with the group, exchange ideas and not just sample their music. For us, we’re often in the right place at the right time, and this was just that.

Since 2010, the group – currently made up DJ NDN, Bear Witness and 2oolman – has been mixing traditional pow wow vocals and drumming with cutting-edge electronic music. In a sense, ATCR’s music is the soundtrack to a contemporary evolution of the pow wow: their Electric Pow Wow events in Ottawa showcase native talent and aboriginal culture, alongside an open, wild party. Within a couple of years, they have become the face of an urban Native youth renaissance, championing their heritage and speaking out on aboriginal issues, while being on top of popular music, fashion and art. Bear Witness doubles as the crew’s visual artist and creates stunning, political, and sometimes humorous, videos that incorporate film and pop culture references to native people and reclaim the aboriginal image.

Their second full-length album, Nation II Nation (May 2014), was shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize, was nominated for four Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards – Best Group, Best Producer, Best Album and Best Cover Art – and earned the group a 2014 JUNO Award for Breakthrough Group Of The Year, as well as a nod for Electronic Album Of The Year. The group’s third album is set for release this fall.



06/25 | Aboriginal Day Live – The Forks | Winnipeg, MB (FREE)

06/26 | Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival | Ottawa, ON (FREE)

07/09 | Phillips Backyard Weekender | Victoria, BC (Tickets)

07/15 | Folk on the Rocks Music Festival | Yellowknife, NWT (Tickets)

07/23 | Way Home Festival | Oro-Medonte, ON (Tickets)

07/31 | The Banff Centre – Shaw Amphitheatre | Banff, AB (Tickets)

08/15 | Festival Acadie Rock – Riverfront Park | Moncton, NB (FREE)

08/18 | Boyce Farmers Market | Fredericton, NB

08/19 | The Marquee Ballroom | Halifax, NS

08/20 | 2016 Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw Summer Games | Membertou, NS (FREE)

08/31 | Pacific National Exhibition | Vancouver, BC (FREE with gate admission)

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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