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DIY Spring 3: Silla and Rise, Rita Carter & Ziibiwan

DIY Spring and Asinabka Film & Media Arts Festival present:

Silla and Rise, Rita Carter & Ziibiwan

Sunday, May 12, 2019
Queen St. Fare
170 Queen Street
$12/PWYC (no advance tickets)


Genre hopping from ambient experimental electronics to hip hop, trip hop, R&B, and more, Ziibiwan is an electronic musician/proudcer with a no-holds-barred approach to production. Beautiful and tension-filled soundscapes follow dense, calm, trap-inspired epics. Their ethereal, sonics opens into deeply hypnotic spaces where land, sky, and deep sea meet. Ziibiwan is Anishinaabe from Wiikwemkoong, based in Tkaronto (Toronto). FADER describes 2016’s 6-track label EP, Time Limits as “... bright, curious, meditative electronic music, that's a little reminiscent of Bonobo.” They’re currently working on their debut LP for 2019 release. Ziibiwan has also composed music for two short animations by Amanda Strong which premiered at TIFF.

Rita Carter

Ottawa-born singer-songwriter Rita Carter has become one of her city’s most darling and well-respected voices. Rita’s reputation as a sincere and talented performer is a testament to her creative ability and faith in music, as a source of personal and communal revelation. Rita’s honesty, surety and strong vocal presence have made her a sought-after and much-admired performer, as evidenced by her appearances in some of Ottawa’s most well-known and loved venues, as well as at House of Paint’s Annual Urban Art Festival in 2014 & 2017 and Megaphono Festival. 

Her notoriety and acclaim have also helped to take her soulful music on stages overseas. In the fall of 2017 wrapped up The Wake Up Tour in England, aimed to promote her new single “Wake Up”. ‭The 2018 festival season was full of performances at Westfest, RBC Bluesfest, Soul City Music Fest (headliner), and Miss Carter wrapped up the busy year gracing the NAC’s Fourth Stage in December. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her third studio album, “All of We”, which is an ode to her hometown, Ottawa. 

To Miss Carter music is a weapon, a peace offering, and an expression of deep humanity, humility and strength!

Silla and Rise

Silla and Rise blend Inuit throat-singing and futuristic dancefloor beats. Silla are Cynthia Pitsiulak (Kimmirut, NU) and Charlotte Qamaniq (Iglulik, NU) their name comes from the Inuktitut word "Sila" meaning weather. Sila is what surrounds us; it is what connects us to our land, to the moon, sun and stars, the ocean and the air we breathe. In respecting and honouring the need to preserve Inuit culture and paying homage to our land and the strong connection to its spirituality, they experience and perform the sounds of traditional and contemporary throat songs. Rise is Ottawa’s Rise Ashen, a Juno Award nominated global-grooves producer, DJ and dancer who has spent his life pursuing the intersection of traditional and futuristic music.

Silla and Rise were nominated for a Juno for Indigenous Music Album of the Year in 2017 for their self-titled Debut, as well as an Indigenous Music Award for Best Inuit, Indigenous Language, or Francophone Album. They won the Stingray Award at Mundial Festival in Montreal in 2018 and they are currently working on a second album.

DIY Spring promotes community growth through respect, empathy, and social consciousness. We acknowledge this event, and all of our organizing, takes place on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory.

We won't tolerate harmful or disrespectful behaviour, including but not limited to racism, sexism, transphobia or ableism.

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