Silla and Rise + Nannaam


The Music Gallery and Native Women In The Arts Present
Silla and Rise + Nannaam
March 20

The Music Gallery’s latest collaboration with Native Women in the Arts features performances by Silla and Rise and Nannaam. The free stream will feature artists from the Northern regions of what is currently known as Canada and Finland, on March 20 at 7pm here.

Olivia Shortt, who worked with us an Artistic Associate, curated this shows, and states:

“My curatorial work is motivated by the idea of expanding on what intersectionality and Indigeneity look like in today’s context. This concert features artists from the Northern regions of what is currently known as Canada and Finland. For me, everything starts with relationships. I first met Heli Huovinen from Nannaam in 2019 and was blown away by the strength and kindness that exuded from this artist both on stage and off. Eventually, I would learn of Heli’s other talents (aside from acting) and be introduced to her music. I very much wanted to feature her duo and find a complimentary musical act to perform as part of this show so that’s where Silla and Rise come in. Silla and Rise blend Inuit throat-singing and futuristic dancefloor beats that compliment beautifully the Sami vocals and pop beats of Nannaam’s music. This concert is all about finding the joy and beauty of where we are and where we come from.”

About Silla and Rise
Juno nominated act, Silla and Rise blend Inuit throat-singing and futuristic dancefloor beats. Silla are Cynthia Pitsiulak (Kimmirut, NU) and Charlotte Qamaniq (Iglulik, NU) their name comes from the Inuktitut word “Sila” meaning weather. In respecting and honouring the need to preserve Inuit culture and paying homage to our land and the strong connection to its spirituality, they experience and perform the sounds of traditional and contemporary throat songs. Rise is Ottawa’s Rise Ashen, a Juno Award nominated global-grooves producer, DJ and dancer who has spent his life pursuing the intersection of traditional and futuristic music.

About Nannaam
Nannaam, comprised of singer Heli Huovinen, an Inari Sámi artist from Finnish side of Sápmi, has worked with Sámi media and theatre since 2007. Joined by creative collaborator Uyarakq, a greenlandic electronic musician/producer and DJ, the two perform Pop music in Inari Saami language.

About Native Women in the Arts
Native Women in the Arts (NWIA) is a not-for-profit organization for First Nations, Inuit and Métis women and other Indigenous gender marginalized folks who share the common interest of art, culture, community and the advancement of Indigenous peoples.


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