Today on ReFolkUs, we chat to Aysanabee. We discuss the incredible trajectory of his career — from his roots as a journalist to a fulltime music artist. He also delves into how he became the first artist signed to Ishkōdé Records, reflects on his experience performing at the 2023 Juno Awards and discusses why he feels every musician should be attending music conferences.
to Aysanabee’s latest EP Here and Now, released October 2023
Juno-nominated artist Aysanabee is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and singer songwriter currently based in Toronto. He is Oji-Cree, Sucker Clan of the Sandy Lake First Nation, a remote fly-in community in the far reaches of Northwestern Ontario. In 2023, Aysanabee was Short-listed for the 2023 Polaris Music Prize and won multiple awards including the 2023 Canadian Live Music Awards: New Touring Artist of the Year, 2023 INDIES Awards: Indigenous Artist of the Year, 2023 Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards: Artistic Video of the Year, Pop/Alternative/Rock, Rising Star and the 2023 Ontario Folk Music Award for Recording Artist of the Year.
Produced by Kayla Nezon and Rosalyn Dennett