Rhythm of the People

February 14, 2018

For Immediate Release
February 14, 2018

Rhythm of the People, presented by IRIM & Drum Beat, at Arts Commons

CALGARY – Indigenous DJ’s and producers are breaking barriers and breaking rules to deliver good vibes, great music, and a cultural reawakening to Calgary.

Calgary’s electronic music scene is no stranger to the recent groundswell of Indigenous music across Canada. Artists like DJ Kookum are mixing hip hop, trap, R&B and EDM with traditional sounds to create modern, progressive music.

Indigenous Resilience in Music and Drum Beat have partnered to host a one day, free event, called Rhythm of the People, focusing on an in-depth discussion on Indigenous identity in music.

Indigenous musicians and allies, including DJ Kookum, will lead the panel and host rotating workshops for Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth under 29 throughout the day. These workshops gather some of the most exciting Indigenous DJ’s and producers to redefine and refocus what it means to be an Indigenous musician right now.

An in-depth discussion on Indigenous identity and resurgence in electronic music featuring prominent Indigenous DJs and rotating workshops for youth
Arts Commons Engineered Air Theatre
Saturday February 24, 2018, 11 am to 5 pm

To set up an interview with one of the artists or organizers, contact:

Aaron Chatha
Communications Manager


Cheyanna Kootenhayoo, also known as DJ Kookum, is a Dene/Cree Filmmaker and DJ, specializing in hip hop, rap, trap, R&B and EDM. This past year Kookum has opened for Princess Nokia, thrown a back-to-back set with Dj Shub at the Honda celebration of lights festival, and held it down on the decks at the first Vancouver Indigenous Fashion week and at the 18th Annual ImagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival in Toronto. She is also a resident DJ at the Biltmore Cabaret Friday nights and was nominated for breakout DJ of the year at the Golden Owl Awards.
Also featuring: Cole the God, DJ Blackfoot Boy and DJ Nic Nemesis

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