iskwē Releases Powerful New Single "Breaking Down"

RELEASES STUNNING NEW VIDEO DIRECTED BY JESSICA LEA FLEMING

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NEW ALBUM achakosuk DUE OUT NOVEMBER 8, 2019

"ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL LIVE PERFORMERS IN THIS COUNTRY" - TOM POWER, HOST OF CBC q


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TORONTO, ON - FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019 - Today, award-winning alternative-electronic artist iskwē releases her powerful new single, "Breaking Down”, and announces the release of her forthcoming album achakosuk (pronounced atcha - ko - suck) due out November 8, 2019(independent). The new single premiered exclusively on yesterday's episode of CBC q, and is featured on Spotify's "New Music Friday Canada", and added to SiriusXM's "Canadian Indigenous Peoples' Radio". "This song is about leaving a toxic relationship and the discovery of self and strength." iskwē continues; "The question is, what relationship? On the surface, it could be personal but listen closely and you will find a deeper meaning in the lyrics." Accompanied by a stunning new video, directed by Jessica Lea Fleming, "Breaking Down" follows the success of her recent single ”Little Star”, and propels iskwē further into the spotlight as an internationally acclaimed creative force. 

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The video for “Breaking Down” sees iskwē joining forces with award-winning artist, published poet, producer and performer Jessica Lea Fleming (Métis-Scottish). Together they have created a very thought-provoking video that will leave you wanting more. “This video is about me finding my way back to my clan, the butterfly clan, which represents my family in the spirit world. I wanted to show the emergence of self, by shedding layers of the past while discovering strength in being true to who I am,” shares iskwē. “Our vision was to be as inclusive as possible, with each of the dancers representing different communities - Indigenous,  people of colour, LGBTQ,  as a way to honour our various stages of emergence and growth in finding comfort in who we are.”  Funding for the video was graciously provided by the Canada Council for the Arts in support of director Jessica Lea Fleming.

"Breaking Down" Official Video
Directed by Jessica Lea Fleming

Upcoming Canadian Performances
Friday, August 2 - Midland, ON - Midland Cultural Centre as part of the Alexa & Bobbie Jarlette Memorial Canadiana Music Series - TICKETS
Saturday, August 3 - Niagara Falls, ON - The Niagara Stage Concert Series presented by Niagara Parks with support from Polaris Music Prize - FREE
Saturday, August 10 - Vancouver, BC - Vancouver Mural Fest Park Show w/ LP, badbadnotgood, and My!Gay!Husband! - TICKETS

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What's The Story about iskwē?

Songwriter and performer iskwē creates a bold and adventurous sound of electronic and alternative rock, with a mesmerizing live experience that is intense, powerful, emotional, intimate and yet vast. A personal sense of community and ancestral curiosity has enabled the Canadian artist of cree and Métis descent to enlighten, inspire, unsettle and entertain through her music.

iskwē’s sophomore album, 2017’s The Fight Within, was longlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, nominated for Indigenous Album of the Year at the 2018 Juno Awards, won her the 2017 WCMA for Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year, and opened up a world of opportunities such as a pre-Grammy showcase in NYC, a performance at New York’s The Metropolitan Museum of Art and before the King and Queen of Sweden at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm. 

Writing about uncomfortable topics that aren’t typically found in popular music — from “Nobody Knows” about Canada’s unsolved missing and murdered women and girls to “Soldier” about land and environmental protection — iskwē masks contentious subject matter in an accessible sonic experience.

iskwē  — whose full name in cree is waseskwan iskwew — has made a conscious effort to learn more and more about her culture, creation stories, and history. She was born and raised on Treaty 1 Territory (Winnipeg, Manitoba) surrounded and influenced by a long line of artists in her family, both visual and musical.  

It took seven years for iskwē to put out her full-length debut, 2013’s self-titled album- it was well received, particularly the follow-up single, "Nobody Knows," which appeared in the Netflix series Between. By the time iskwē put out The Fight Within, she had a clear vision of her sound and subject matter, and people took notice from the industry-voted Juno nomination to government invitations to showcase for royalty.

As she worked on the follow-up, in 2018 she put out the round dance single “The Unforgotten,” a collaboration with DJ Shub, formerly of A Tribe Called Red and featuring another outspoken voice, throat singer Tanya Tagaq.