Come together to view a video (from Epiphany Explorations in Victoria) of Anishinaabe musician and poet Leonard Sumner, share a light meal together, and sit in the “Reconciliation Circle” led by Richard Wagamese. (Come to all, come to part! Bring your friends.) Tuesday March 22, Meal and Sumner presentation at 5:00 PM, Reconciliation Circle at 7:00).
Leonard is a young Anishinaabe artist whose creative work emerges directly from conversations with First Nations young people on reservations and in Winnipeg, where he now resides. Leonard Sumner is originally from the Little Saskatchewan First Nation in Manitoba. Featured in numerous Folk Festivals, including Vancouver and Calgary, and in Winnipeg’s Aboriginal Music Week, Leonard provides a fresh perspective from his generation of First Nations.
Vancouver Folk Festival says: He’s heralded as one of the most important and vital new voices on the First Nations roots music scene today, and is making waves beyond… Sumner’s music is a rap-roots fusion with a strong indigenous perspective – a new sound he describes as “straight from the Rez.” His lyrics and message are truthful, insightful, and direct – story-songs that often meld the political and the personal.
This presentation was made at “Epiphany Explorations 2016” at FirstMet United Church, Victoria, BC in January.