Buckman Coe’s 7th release Gathering Storm is about taking a stand for what you believe in and who you love. With Coe’s signature stylings of soulful R&B and rootsy world rhythms, it dances between the revolutionary and romantic. The two are inseparable–once we realize that it’s not about being radical–it’s about humankind and human kindness. Like his soulful influences who deliver messages of social justice, humanity and love, Buckman Coe doesn’t shy away from facing today’s issues and does it with a booty-shaking feel-goodness. He believes in Universal Love and is saturated with a shameless optimism for humanity.
Khari Wendell McClelland is a diversely talented and ever-evolving artist. Originally from Detroit, Khari has become a darling on the Canadian music scene with reviewers lauding his performances as a clever mix of soul and gospel. Khari’s songwriting crosses genres and generations, joyfully invoking the spirit of his ancestors who straddled the US-Canadian border in efforts to escape slavery and discrimination. His music draws from this rich history, integrating the rhythms and folklore of early African-Americans with contemporary sounds and stories of struggle.
The internationally acclaimed music group, The Spiritual Warriors, create music inspired by the land and life in the coastal mountains of the Lil’wat Nation. With their unique blend of indigenous chants and contemporary roots, rock, reggae, the Spiritual Warriors are distinctly west coast. The band perform most of their songs in Ucwalmícwts and are passionate about preserving and promoting their language and culture. The uplifting reggae rhythm only underlines the beautiful harmonizing of the vocals sung bilingually in English and Ucwalmícwts the Lil’wat language. The Spiritual Warriors, formerly known as Kalan Wi, are led by father and daughter, Leroy(vocals, guitar) and Daisy Joe(vocals) and accompanied by Richard Doucet with his infectious djembe beats. The backbone of the Caribbean rhythm section is laid down by Mike Rowe(bass) and Tim Immy(drums) of Jamaican and Trinidadian heritage. The band regularly collaborates with other first nation artists and musicians to write and perform live. Ancestors’ debut album was released in 2019 and has received 4 nominations at the Native American Music Awards in New York and won for Best World Recording. This truly unique band will take you on a cultural journey to the natural heartbeat of the Indigenous drum and the St’at’imc people.