Onsale Times

Massey Hall presents

The multi-award winning artist iskwē, is unafraid to challenge the convictions of her detractors by honouring her heritage, standing steadfast in her viewpoints, iskwē’s artistry knows no bounds. Blending soulful, breathlessly delivered lyrics coloured by the many shades of human nature with a sonic palette that takes its cue from the shadowy atmospherics of the 1990s Bristol sound, iskwē's music revels in her strength of self and that is her true rallying cry.

On February 23 iskwē will reveal a new and immersive experience for her live show at Toronto’s The Mod Club. The audience can expect the same thought-provoking artistic statements along with new visual elements that strengthen the stories that she’s collected over the past 13 months of touring the globe. The performance will also serve as a turning point in iskwē’s evolution as the artist changes her name to use Standard Roman Orthography.

Spirited, honest, and soulful; these words come to mind when listening to the music of Riit (Rita Claire Mike-Murphy), a young Inuk performer who was born and raised in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, a hamlet of about 1600 residents just below the Arctic circle. A multi-talented musician, she is a throat singer, guitarist, singer, and accordionist. The singer-songwriter started honing her artistic talents early as a participant at music, theatre, and video workshops in her hometown, but she says she can’t remember a time when she didn’t play music. Along with The Jerry Cans, Riit has shared the stage with well-known musicians like Twin Flames, Elisapee Isaac, and IVA. She has performed solo and with groups across the North at festivals like Folk on the Rocks in Yellowknife and Alianait Arts Festival in Iqaluit. Riit has also taken her talents around the world, throat singing in places as far as away as Scotland and Australia. She recently started recording and performing her original songs, which feature her unique voice and lyrics accompanied by folk guitar, at venues in Ottawa and Iqaluit. Riit is signed to Aakuluk Music and has recently released her first EP, including her hit song Imiqtaq.

Photo Credit: Jag Gundu / Roy Thomson Hall, Dream Serenade 2018