Welcome to Indigenous in Music! This week Larry welcomes into our Spotlight from Northern Ontario, singer, songwriter, performer “Mimi O’Bonsawin.” She currently holds the title for “Best Pop Album” for her album “Trillium” at this year “Indigenous Music Awards.” Find her on the web at mimi.ca.
Also music from Mimi O’Bonsawin, Janet Panic, Jace Martin, Shauit, Sly Mestokosho, Axel Krygier, Chris Ferree, Fiebre Amarilla, Jamie Prado, XenOart, Brule, Robbie Robertson, Twin Flames, STOiK, Jah’kota, Plex, Drezus, QVLN, Q&O, OVEOUS, Amaru Tribe, Nhattyman, Frank Waln, Kodi Denoyer, Elastic Bond, Bajofondo, Tara Williamson, Jasmine Netsena, Campo, Joey Stylez, Carsen Gray, Brule, Irv Lyons Jr., Redbone, Cary Morin, The Deeds, Tracy Bone Bomba Estereo, Solagua and much much more.
To Skip to Spotlight Interview, click forward two times to segment 3….Enjoy!
MIMI: NEW MUSIC FROM AN OLD SOUL
If you can embrace the grace and power of Northern Ontario landscapes, you will feel the music of Mimi O’Bonsawin. She epitomizes the powerful scenery and the beauty of its waters through her music, all the while yielding to her rich and warm French Canadian and Abenakis heritages. Her musical creations flow through a center of love, with the intention to give back and spread awareness.
Her newest Release , TRILLIUM , seeks to be a compelling and intimate follow-up to her two previous albums and is a collection of acoustic songs .
Mimi’s music has gained some momentum and has received various awards and nominations.She was recently awarded Best Pop Album at the Indigenous Music Awards 2019. She has performed on prestigious stages such as at Midem in Cannes, and Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto. As she writes and tours, her supporters are spread across the world as she gains recognition in Canada and India. She has shared the stage with the likes of Buffy Sainte-Marie, Crystal Shawanda, Francesco Yates, Tom Wilson and more. Mimi’s music is regularly aired on CBC, Walmart and LCBO radio, and streamed through Stingray and Galaxy, as well as on stations across Canada. Her song ‘Stone Gaze’ was placed in Showtime’s Ray Donavon TV Series (E1S5) and other tracks from her records are featured on APTN’s Mohawk Girls.
Mimi O’Bonsawin’s presence is not limited to the stage and radio play. You may witness her passion for songwriting and music by attending her inspirational workshops given in schools and conferences across the country. “Rhythm and Rhyme” explores the theme of empowerment through songwriting and storytelling with students from grades 4 to 12 in French or English. Through introspection and creative exercises, participants discover interesting connections to the world around them and how music is easily created, even without an instrument. These interactive workshops draw even the toughest nuts out of their shell and usually end in sing-alongs or impromptu concerts by the students, not to mention smiles and hugs.
It has been said that at the age of 24, Mimi O’Bonsawin is an old soul who is not afraid of creating intimacy with her audience and sharing laughs and tears and teaching you a thing or two about yourself and the world around you.
In a time where you may feel like it has all been done before, Mimi is a rare find. She is one of a kind. When you meet her, you will know it.
Follow and Support Mimi at www.mimi.ca