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Leela Gilday

Program and component
Arts Abroad, Travel

Community
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Field of practice
Music and Sound

Grant amount
$7,450

Fiscal year
2019–20

Leela Gilday Performed at the 2019 Worldwide Music Expo (WOMEX) in Tampere, Finland

Four musicians performing at the WOMEX Festival.
Leela Gilday at the 2019 WOMEX Worldwide Music Expo in Tampere, Finland. Photo: Jade Harper

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.

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