(Posted Nov. 22, 2018)
singing duo coming to Orléans for Dec. 8 concert
By Fred Sherwin
indigenous singer-songwriters Jaaji and Chelsey June,
better known as Twin Flames, first met in 2014 they were
on completely different paths.
(pronounced Yah-yee) is an Inuit Mohawk who already had
an established audience in the Far North where his music
was loved and embraced by many. He was also married.
and Chelsey June will perform as Twin Flames
on Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Shenkman Arts Centre.
who is an Algonquin Cree Métis from Ottawa, had intense
stage fright and had never performed in front of an audience
of more than one. She had also recently gone through a
painful break up and getting into another relationship
was the furthest thing from her mind.
changed later that fall when Jaaji returned home from
a Canadian tour and his wife filed for divorce. He ended
up moving to Montreal and was couch surfing between friends
when he decided to send Chelsey a random Facebook message.
thing led to another and before long the two ended up
jamming and writing songs together in Ottawa. The result
was Jaaji and Chelsey June Twin Flames which was
released on Dec. 1, 2015.
first the pair was worried their individual audiences
would fail to accept their collaboration. But they needn’t
have worried because the CD received both critical and
popular acclaim. They were named Aboriginal Songwriters
of the Year at the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards and
they were nominated for Debut Duo of the Year and Best
Recording of the Year at the Native American Music Awards.
Jaaji`s support Chelsey June was able to get over her
stage fright and the pair began to tour together.
the release of their debut album they have performed more
than 800 times across Canada and throughout North America.
June 2017 they released their much anticipated second
album Signal Fire with which they further expanded
their contemporary folk musical stylings while maintaining
their indigenous roots.
were named Aboriginal Songwriters of the year for the
second time at the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards and
they took home two Native American Music Awards – Best
Folk Album and Duo of the Year.
video Broke Down Ski’tuuq was the first Inuttitut
music video to make it into the Best Music Video Category
at the Native American Music Awards. More importantly
they decided to join forces on the most intimate level
possible by tying the matrimonial not in September 2017.
Flames will bring their unique mix of contemporary folk,
traditional indigenous instrumentation and intimate presentation
to the Shenkman Arts Centre on Saturday, Dec. 8.
their original songs, the performance will also feature
a selection of holiday favourites, including Silent
Night sung in English, Inuktitut and French.
can be purchased at the Shenk-man Arts Centre box office
or by visiting www.shenkmanarts.ca.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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