— Concert celebrates release of much-anticipated new book This Accident of Being Lost and acclaimed latest album, f(l)ight —
— Renowned Anishinaabe artist’s uncompromising truth-telling and genre-bending style challenges perceptions of Indigenous people —
“A genius shape-shifter and defiant genre-detonator, there is quite simply no one like her.”
– Naomi Klein
TORONTO (April 18, 2017) — Award-winning Indigenous musician, artist, and storyteller LEANNE BETASAMOSAKE SIMPSON is set to perform an exclusive release concert on Wednesday, April 26th, at The Drake Underground in Toronto. The concert celebrates the successful release of her knife-sharp new collection of stories and songs, This Accident of Being Lost, published earlier this month by House of Anansi Press, and her acclaimed album f(l)ight, produced by Jonas Bonnetta (of Evening Hymns) and released this past fall on RPM Records.
Recently announced as a featured performer for the opening night of the 2017 Luminato Festival alongside Tanya Tagaq, Simpson has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling voices of her generation. This Accident of Being Lost, brilliantly weaves together new stories and poems with song lyrics from her most recent album f(l)ight. Her latest single, “Under Your Always Light”, is an unapologetic celebration of the strength of Indigenous people, and the video premiered earlier this year on The FADER.
To celebrate the release of This Accident of Being Lost, the Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg artist and her band will perform at a special double release concert event in Toronto on April 26th. Simpson will perform alongside her sister Ansley Simpson, who will release her debut album, Breakwall, the same evening. Ansley Simpson is an Anishinaabe singer-songwriter who recently won the inaugural BullsEye Music Competition for emerging Indigenous musical talent, presented by Slaight Music and the imagineNATIVE Film & Video Festival. Tickets and more information for the release concert are available here.
What people are saying about Leanne:
“ A mesmerizing…pivotal voice in the Indigenous resurgence movement.” – CBC Music
“She is her own genre: magnetic, incisive, brilliant, fierce, and hilarious.” – Kazoo Festival
“an illuminating contribution to Indigenous literature” – The Globe & Mail
“a vision of freedom” – Chart Attack
“quiet, resonant, defiant” – Noisey
About the Book:
The visionary pieces in This Accident of Being Lost build upon Leanne Betasamosake (pron: beh-TAH-sa-mo-sak) Simpson’s previous critically acclaimed collection Islands of Decolonial Love. Provocateur and poet, she continually rebirths a decolonized reality, blending elements of Nishnaabeg song, storytelling, poetry, and the lyric voice. This Accident of Being Lost burns with a quiet intensity, challenging you to reconsider the world you thought you knew.
**Media Note** Download hi-res artist photos here, and f(l)ight album + cover artwork here.
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s f(l)ight is available now on all streaming platforms, iTunes, and at rpmrecords.bandcamp.com. Stream at http://smarturl.it/f_l_ight.
Social Media Links:
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson official website: www.leannesimpsonmusic.com
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson on Facebook: here
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson on Twitter: @betasamosake
RPM Records official website: www.rpm.fm
RPM Records on Twitter: @RPMfm
About RPM Records
RPM Records is the first of its kind: a label for contemporary, cross-genre Indigenous music, run by Indigenous people, and selected by The FADER as one of 5 New Canadian Record Labels The Entire World Should Know. RPM Records artists include Ziibiwan, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Exquisite Ghost, and Mob Bounce. The label is the brainchild of the co-founder of Revolutions Per Minute – a global new music platform for Indigenous music culture. RPM’s mission is to build a visionary community of revolutionary Indigenous artists and to introduce Indigenous music to new audiences across Turtle Island and around the world. RPM Records artists include Ziibiwan, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Exquisite Ghost, and Mob Bounce.
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