Mariame // Pop R&B Singer
Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec. Mariame Hasni is a Cree/Algerian Pop singer with a powerhouse vocals and an electric stage presence.
Hasni is very well known in the Quebec Cree Communities of James Bay. In 2013, she was given the Rising Star Award, by the Cree Native Arts & Crafts Association. She has been touring all communities of the territory since she was 13 years old.
In 2015, Mariame signed her first record contract with N’we Jinan; a national scope music initiative, which produced and distributed her sophmore release EP titled “Bloom”. The project peaked at #3 on the iTunes Pop Charts, with two singles “As Long As You Are Here” & “Electric” reaching #1 on the NCI FM National Aboriginal Music Countdown and both receiving heavy rotation on SiriusXM Canada Indigenous channel.
Long listed for a Juno Nomination, Mariame was named the headlining act at Aboriginal Music Week 2015 and received recognition by CBC Music for top 25 artists to watch out for in the new year. Mariame’s reputation grew very quickly on the Indigenous music scene and it secured her the supporting act for Buffy Sainte-Marie at the Banff Arts Centre in 2016.
Mariame has made appearences at the Indspire Awards, Festival Innu Nikamu, Grand Prix Weekend, Pan Am Games, Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assembly and has made televesion appearences on APTN, CBC, Shaw TV & Videotron’s MaTV. She has been added to the Indigenous Actor’s Union and has worked as an extra for the TV Series “Mohawk Girls”.
Mariame is continuously active in the festival/entertainment scene and is currently working on her debut full length album set to be released in summer 2018.
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The NorthStars // Hip-Hop Group
The NorthStars are a dynamic hiphop music group composed of Gary Jolly, Elton J. Salt and Keith Lacroix hailing from Nemaska Cree First Nation. The group was born from the release of their first single “Our River”, a highly emotionally charged song about the Rupert River hydroelectric diversion project. The single brought The NorthStars to the front of the Cree Nation music scene. This catapulted them as the premiere hiphop music group of 2012 within their respective communities.
Gary Jolly has been into music since 2008. His earliest productions were used by local artists and film producers. By 2010, he was creating music production tracks for hiphop artists hailing from Toronto to as far Belgium. It wasn’t long until he was known as the premiere producer for hiphop music in the Cree Nation. As a seasoned producer, he developed tracks for DR Clique, a hiphop group from Hereford Midlands. He produced their first break out song “Only Gets Better” which gave rise to the success of DR Clique and their music video was featured on MTV.
Elton J. Salt interest in music first started at the age of 3, singing and playing guitar with his grandfather in Waskaganish, Quebec. After moving to Nemaska at the age 5 with his mom, Elton discovered his talent with his friends by singing songs while just joking around and having fun. He then started singing cover songs during local events but it was his creativity that brought him the idea of doing a song about the Rupert River.
One day while watching “One More River”, a Cree documentary about the controversial “Paix des braves” agreement which gave Cree consent to the Rupert river hydroelectric project, Elton had the idea of making a hip hop music track about how he felt about the agreement. Together with one of Gary’s music tracks they began putting together what would soon be their first single “Our River” which they dedicated to the late Robert Weistche. The song can only be described as “Powerful”. Often bringing tears to its listeners and leaving them with a strong sense of pride.
After producing their first song they had to decide on a name for their group. They knew the stars have always been there to help their elders find they way at night and have always been a symbol for all cultures of guiding the way. Rhyspectz, a hiphop artist from Toronto, is quoted saying “The NorthStar is gonna get his chance to shine” in one of his songs that was produced by Gary. They wanted to have people to turn to the music if they ever feel lost. That their music will be always there to reminds us where we come from and the rest as they say is history.
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