With their May 2013 sophomore release, Nation II Nation, Ottawa’s A Tribe Called Red became a bit of a Canadian household name! The group’s unique blend of pounding electronic music and traditional Aboriginal drumming and chanting threw fans and critics alike into a frenzy, earning them rave reviews, five nominations and four wins at this year’s Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards – including Best Pop Album, Best Producer, Best Group, and Best Album Cover – and a spot on the 2013 Polaris Music Prize Short List. The group toured relentlessly across the globe and was a must-see on the summer festival circuit. Only taking a minute off to rest over the holidays, the group will be getting back out on the road, touring back and forth across North America once again (dates listed below). Check out their stellar performance from the 2013 Polaris Music Prize Gala for a little taste of what to expect, and catch them at M for Montreal this Thursday!
A Tribe Called Red is the natural extension of something that’s been brewing in Canada for several generations, and is just coming to a head right now. Aboriginal artists, in particular the burgeoning community of young urbanite thinkers and makers in Canada’s cities, take what’s there—new technology, images, and sounds—and link it to a long line of creativity. What results may tear up the club, but also manages to flip assumptions, reclaim clichés, and work social change.
The group got its start hosting one of Ottawa’s hottest club nights, the Electric Pow Wow, after the three DJs/artists met up and realized they had to do something together. Things clicked, and fast, after founders Bear Witness and DJ NDN teamed up with Canadian DMC champ, DJ Shub. After their first chat, Shub, an experienced hip-hop producer, rushed back to his home several hours away and managed to have his first pow wow-inspired track in his collaborators’ inboxes the next morning. Thanks to their wide-ranging curiosity and broad-minded creativity, the trio rapidly won a huge local following—inside and outside the Aboriginal community—and injected additional energy into the already bubbling Aboriginal arts scene.
|Nov 21st – Montreal, QC @ Société des Arts Technologiques (M for Montreal)|
|Feb 6th – London, ON @ Hideaway Records & Bar|
|Feb 8th – Ottawa, ON @ Babylon|
|Feb 12th – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter|
|Feb 13th – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Schemes|
|Feb 14th – Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge|
|Feb 15th – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club|
|Feb 16th – Winnipeg, MB @ Union Sound Hall|
|Feb 18th – Regina, SK @ The Exchange|
|Feb 19th – Saskatoon, SK @ O’Brian Events Center|
|Feb 20th – Calgary, AB @ Hi-Fi Club|
|Feb 22nd – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom|
|Feb 24th – Seattle, WA @ Barboza|
|Feb 25th – Victoria, BC @ Club 9one9|
|Feb 26th – Cumberland, BC @ Waverly Hotel|
|March 7th – Toronto, ON @ The Hoxton|