Indigenous Musicians You Must Listen to!


My name is Autumn Schnell and I’m CiTR’s new Indigenous Collective Coordinator! I’m Treaty 11 Tetlit Gwich’in and German. I have a background in radio and was a producer for CJSR’s “Adamant Eve;” Edmonton’s only radio show exclusively focused on feminist issues. While at “Adamant Eve,” I examined feminist topics with an intersectional Indigenous perspective. As CiTR’s 2017/2018 Indigenous Collective Coordinator, I hope to continue looking at the world with an Indigenous lens and to directly explore Indigenous issues on the collective’s weekly radio show, “Unceded Airwaves.” Over the school year we will be covering a range of Indigenous topics relevant to local current affairs, but before we jump into it all, I want to share an Indigenous playlist with you all! Enjoy this collection of mostly Canadian-Indigenous musicians and stay tuned for Unceded Airwaves every Monday from 11am-12pm starting on October 31!

Silver Jackson — For the dreamy alt-lover in you.

Tanya Tagaq — A contemporary artist reviving traditional throat singing.

A Tribe Called Red — Electronic music with something powerful to say.

Buffy Sainte-Marie — A cult-classic folk-rock powerhouse.

Thema Plum — An Indigenous-Australian folk singer whose voice will send you into a trance.

Nehiyawak — from amiskwacîwâskahikan (Treaty 6 Territory) with music at the intersection of traditional and contemporary.

Chritsa Couture — A Cree folk-rock artist with an infectious twang.

Quantum Tangle — An Inuit and Metis duo combining throat singing, daunting melodies and traditional storytelling.

Cris Derksen — A Two-Spirit cellist combining classical and traditional music.

Mob Bounce — Hip-hop fused with EDM and traditional music.

Melody Mckiver — An Anishinabe soloist exploring the possibilities of a viola. Stay tuned for an LP release.

JB The First Lady — A Vancouver-based female hip-hop artist.

Iskwé — A Cree-Dene-Irish musician who is offering a lot to the R&B/triphop community.

Digging Roots — A power couple with romantic optimism.