A chat with A Tribe Called Red 20:17

The originators of Electric Pow Wow A Tribe Called Red are coming to Hamilton to kick off Supercrawl this September.

The Juno-winning DJ collective is playing the Molson Canadian Studio on Thursday, Sept. 11. It’s an all-ages show to mark the launch of the sixth-annual Supercrawl festival on James Street North.

A Tribe Called Red mixes traditional pow wow vocals and drumming with contemporary beats and electronic music. With a Juno award in hand for Breakthrough Group of the Year and a sound that’s reverberating globally, the band’s popularity continues to rise.

The Ottawa-based group was formed in 2010, and is currently made up of Ian “DJ NDN” Campeau, Bear Witness and Tim “2oolman” Hill. Campeau says that the band's growing popularity doesn't change how they approach issues that matter to them.

“It brings a lot of discussion that needs to be happening, I feel, within Canada and we're just happy to be part of that," Campeau told Q’s Jian Ghomeshi in an interview early this year.

The band’s live shows meld native culture and talent with a pulsing dance party. Bear Witness doubles as the crew’s visual artist and creates videos that “remix mainstream history,” and incorporate film and pop culture references with aboriginal elements.

A Tribe Called Red's self-titled debut was longlisted for the Polaris Music Prize. Their second album Nation II Nation was shortlisted for the Polaris and netted the band four Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards.

Tickets for the Tribe Called Red Supercrawl kickoff show go on sale Friday, July 18 at 10 a.m. You can buy them online at, by phone at 1-855-872-5000 or in person at the FirstOntario Centre Box Office at 101 York Blvd.