The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts: Leonard Sumner

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From Little Saskatchewan First Nation in the heart of Manitoba’s Interlake Region, Leonard Sumner grew up on classic country music before taking to hip-hop in the spirit of fiery rebellion. Today, those influences find affecting harmony in his head-bobbing beats, smoky flow, and uncanny way of drawing you into dense, observational verses before dropping a killer chorus hook that’ll resonate in your head long after you’ve finished listening.

A troubadour of the now, the Winnipeg-based Anishinaabek MC/singer/songwriter’s new album Thunderbird is unflinching in its narratives, while its fusion of hip-hop, spoken word, roots, and rhythm and blues brings home deep truths about residential schools, urban life, and the loss of his mother. Released on his daughter’s first birthday and named in honour of his mother (whose spirit name is Brown Thunderbird), the album is a journey of love, grief, pain, and stories carried inter-generationally. As Sumner told the CBC: “I think it’s about time that native people, Indigenous people across the world take ownership of our stories and our experiences. We’re capable of telling it from our perspective. We’ve been storytellers for thousands of years, it’s in our blood to be able to tell stories.”

Date(s) - 05/03/2022
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

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Leonard Sumner

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604 822 2697

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