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Welcome to Indigenous in Music with Larry K, on this show we welcome Vancouver BC, Mr. Blair Bellerose, creator of “Midnight Sparrows. Singer, songwriter and guitarist. He has just released his 2nd solo album “Born in the City” along with a new video “Butterfly Wings.” Visit Blaiir on his homepage to hear his music and find out all about his new at www.midnightsparrows.com
Enjoy music from Midnight Sparrows, The City Lines, La Ley, Shawn Michael Perry, 1915, Old Soul Rebel, Dreams & Sounds, Rellik, The Deeds, Hermanos McKenzie, Janel Munoa, Jota Quest, Juanes, Kinky, Blue Mountain Tribe, Xit, Tracy Lee Nelson, Morgan Toney, Aysanabee, Chris Ferree, Mike Bern, Adrian Sutherland, Alan Syliboy & The Thundermakers, Electric Religious, John McLeod, Cary Morin and much much more.
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OUR INTERVIEW IS 30 MINUTES INTO THE PROGRAM
The brainchild of Blair Bellerose, a Métis, Cree and Dene singer/songwriter/guitarist,
Midnight Sparrows plays guitar driven hard rock that combines elements of classic rock,
power pop and old school heavy metal. Midnight Sparrows’ debut album, Rock & Roll
City, has been nominated for a Native American Music Award and has been receiving
radio play all across North America and beyond.
Hot on the heels of Rock & Roll City, Midnight Sparrows is releasing its much
anticipated follow-up, Born in the City. Produced and written by Bellerose, and
engineered and mixed by Juno and Western Canadian Music Award winner Sheldon
Zaharko, Born in the City is a six-song rocker that that will make you believe that the
magic of rock & roll still exists and its power is as strong ever.
The title track, Born in the City, is one of Blair’s most personal songs to date reflecting
his lived experience of urban Indigeneity. Having lived, worked and studied in the urban
Aboriginal community his entire life, this is a subject that Blair is very passionate about
even writing his recent Master’s thesis on the ways in which government policies impact
urban Indigenous non-profit organizations. Born in the City defiantly challenges the
notion that living in a city renders one’s Indigeneity as inauthentic.
The launch of Born in the City also coincides with Midnight Sparrows’ first ever video
release for the song Butterfly Wings. Butterfly Wings is a song that Bellerose wrote to
honour his mother, an Indigenous elder and residential school survivor who passed
away last year at the age of 87. This is a song that celebrates all that Blair’s mom taught
him about how to live a good life, while also contemplating the process of letting go so
that our loved ones can peacefully transition to the spirit world while we move forward
with life here on earth.
Identified as Métis his entire life, Blair is now also a proud member of Fort McKay First
Nation thanks to a successful, women-led challenge to the Indian Act which allows for
greater gender equity in passing on Indian status through the maternal family line,
though Blair also proudly retains his Métis identity.