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Much loved by audiences and her fellow performers alike, Edmonton-based Celeigh Cardinal is an enormously gifted singer-songwriter whose voice combines soulfulness with warmth, range, power, and honesty. According to Vancouver Island Music Festival director Doug Cox, Celeigh is “quickly becoming one of the great Canadian voices that make up the fabric of the Canadian roots music scene.”
Although she has been earning awards and nominations for several years, Celeigh is most famous for her independently produced CD Stories From a Downtown Apartment – which won her the 2020 Juno for Indigenous Music Album of the Year, plus two Western Canadian Music Awards. A Métis originally from Grande Prairie who has spent the last two decades splitting her time between her music career and motherhood, Celeigh sees her recent big win as an important validation. “You write these songs and you’re telling stories about your life,” she said in an interview with the CBC. “And you just hope that it’s interesting enough for people to like it and relate to it in some way, and I feel like that’s happened . . . like maybe I’m on the right path.”
Her rich and burnished voice still carries traces of the singing she did in church as a girl, but also owes a debt to early blues and classic jazz. And her songwriting has matured in a way that clearly resonates: her touring schedule has seen her delighting audiences all across North America and Western Europe. Let’s face it, if David Francey calls you “a writer of rare depth and honesty” and Leela Gilday raves about the “pure joy that is a Celeigh Cardinal show” . . . you’re clearly doing everything right!
“I first heard Celeigh Cardinal at Mission Folk Music Festival. I was struck to the heart by the songs in the moment and by the person herself later on. Her performance was stellar. Riveting. Real. A writer of rare depth and honesty and in the voice a powerful beauty. I felt the songs and I felt lucky to bear witness. A true light.”– David Francey
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Kicking Horse Culture presents about four dozen cultural events and activities throughout the year in Golden, B.C., the traditional unceded territory of the Ktunaxa and Secwépemc Nations which is also home to Métis Nation Columbia River.