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Bandwidth celebrates National Aboriginal Day...

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...  how else? By featuring music from some of Ontario's most talented Aboriginal artists!


I had the chance to chat with country singer Crystal Shawanda (left)-- we talked about everything from her childhood on Manitloulin Island to sharing the stage with Loretta Lynn at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Plus, we've got a track off her new album Just Like Me.


Singer-songwriter Nick Sherman also stopped by the studios -- his debut album, Drag Your Words Through, is one of my favourite finds this year. We talk a bit about his hometwon of Sioux Lookout, and his... broad definition of instruments while making the record (hint: campfire can be an instrument!)



Digging Roots


We've also got a chat with Digging Roots' guitarist Raven Kanatatka and live music from the band at the CBC Beat Tradition show, held at the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage in Ottawa in March (Raven's on the left, and singer Shoshona Kish is on the right). Want to feel like you were there? Then stream the whole concert here on CBC Music (it starts with Rise Ashen and Flying Down Thunder -- then follow the related links for the other performers).





- catch all of Crystal's show dates on her website

- Nick's Ontario tour and summer shows are on his website

- A Tribe Called Red's blog is where you can find their upcoming shows


And speaking of A Tribe Called Red... check out their awesome remixed video for NDNs from All Directions:

NDNs From All Directions from Bear Witness on Vimeo.


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Have an awesome weekend and I'll catch next Saturday,




Playlist for June 23rd, 2012


Theme: MICHIGAN LEFT - Arkells

DREAMS LIKE MINE - Direction Four

Sting: SLUM DOG - Smoketrail Singers from Alderville First Nation

INTERVIEW - Crystal Shawanda

BEAUTIFUL DAY - Crystal Shawanda

KEEP ON - Genevieve Fisher

Sting: ROBERT SANDERSON'S COW - Metis Fiddler Quartet

INTERVIEW - Nick Sherman


Sting: WAY 2 EXPENSIVE - Whitefish Bay Singers from Lake of the Woods

INTERVIEW - Digging Roots

STAY - Digging Roots (live)

DANCE HALL BLUES - Digging Roots (live)

And the Track to Start Your Saturday Night...