Program and component
Arts Abroad, Travel
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Field of practice
Music and Sound
Leela Gilday Performed at the 2019 Worldwide Music Expo (WOMEX) in Tampere, Finland
Dene Nation singer-songwriter Leela Gilday, from Yellowknife, presented North Star Calling, her latest album, released in September 2019, at the famous WOMEX performing arts fair.
Targeting the European market
The singer-songwriter, who hails from the Northwest Territories, captivated new audiences at WOMEX. In addition, her new album garnered a very positive review in British magazine Songlines, and American, German, and Irish presenters invited her to their respective countries to perform her songs, which address themes of resilience in the Canadian North.
Indigenous voices resonate around the world
During her stay in Finland, Leela Gilday showcased First Nations music and highlighted the under-representation of Indigenous artists on the world music scene. She was also invited to write an article about under-representation for Songlines.