‘Biziindan’ means ‘listen or listen to’ in Anishinaabemowin, the language of the Anishinaabeg (Ojibwe peoples). Through the power of music, BIZIINDAN! encourages listeners to actively consider their roles and responsibilities to the land, water, and Indigenous ancestral territories.
Inspired by the surge of the Indigenous global revolution, BIZIINDAN! features the diverse music and voices at the forefront of this movement: highly regarded cultural leader and chanteuse Marie Gaudet, 2010 Juno Award-winning band Digging Roots, 2017 Polaris Music Prize-winner Lido Pimienta, award-winning legendary artist Pura Fe, and 2018’s Polaris Music Prize-winner Jeremy Dutcher. The relentless activism of the featured artists will reflect their truths and determination to shift, disrupt and make change.
A highlight of the evening is a tribute performance to the legacy of Mi’kmaq and Scottish artist, Willie Dunn, a pioneer of protest ballads and advocate for Indigenous rights. This finale performance will feature a newly commissioned arrangement of Dunn’s single written for his prolific film and Canada’s first music video, The Ballad of Crowfoot (1968-NFB).
Luminato is grateful for the support of the National Film Board.