Blues Man Murray Porter’s music career has taken him all over the world for the last 40 years. He’s a proud Mohawk man from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory in southern Ontario, who now lives on Squamish Nation unceded territory in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
Murray may have a blues soul to the core, but he also grew up on rock and roll, R & B and country music. Porter’s first CD since his 2012 JUNO Award for ‘Aboriginal Album of the Year’ is titled, “STAND UP!” and reflects these early musical influences. He strongly feels that this album is some of his best music to date. This album was nominated at the 2019 Native American Music Awards for ‘Best Blues Recording’ and ‘Best Male Artist of the Year’. One song, `Love Will Find A Way’, words by Elaine Bomberry and music by Murray Porter, charted at Number One, on the Indigenous Music Countdown, the week of July 18, 2020.
During this COVID-19 era, which has rocked all of our worlds, and cancelled the live music scene throughout the world, there have been ‘virtual concert series’, that Murray has performed at including: `#CanadaPerforms with the National Arts Centre’, `Tkaronto Music Fest’, ‘Assembly of First Nations Water Summit (twice)’, `Live at Mikey’s Place’, ‘Indigenous Music Awards Performance Series’, ‘Rez Bluez 25th Anniversary’, presented by the Toronto Blues Society & Elaine Bomberry. Plus, he’s performed for a number of Indigenous organizations virtually as well for Elders Gatherings and Friendship Centres.
Whether he is playing an intimate venue for local blues fans, as a solo, duo, trio or with a four-piece band, or on a festival stage to thousands of music aficionados, Porter’s love of performing comes across clear and strong. He has been compared to Dr. John, Joe Cocker and even Elton John! Robbie Robertson has called Porter “a master bluesman.” He captivates audiences wherever he performs and makes new fans…and they never leave his show disappointed.
the della kit
For Art Moves July residency, in celebration of Vancouver's Pride Festival Month, TransLink is thrilled to feature the della kit. She is a queer Singer/ Songwriter Producer, DJ and Curator and is collaborating with a fabulously diverse group of local artists to bring a mix of Soul, Hip-Hop, Afro beat, Funk and everything in between. Her lineup includes Chelsea Johnson, Tonye Aganaba, DJ Skylar Love, Ndidi Cascade, Jojo Zolina & Alyssa Amarshi.
Chelsea D.E Johnson
Chelsea D.E. Johnson is a Scotian Black, Queer, Non Binary, Community driven artist, and the Soul of East Vancouver. Serving you black empowerment, delivered with a Rock n' Roll kick. Fueled by electrified healing lyrics and raw vocal power. Mixed in with the healing soulful rasp reminiscent of Little Richard and a heart filled delivery much like the beloved Britney Howard. Chelsea D.E Johnson gives you their take on what it is to be a human in this world. Sit back and enjoy the reflection.
Dedicated to the beat movement Sky has no borders when it comes to delivering the hype. Trekking from the beautiful mountains of British Columbia this beat bandit has made their sound heard on a global intercom. With worldly music selection and innovative mixes Sky has brought every inner ear a dance rhythm and a floor sweep.
Inspired by underground rave parties they attended in the 90’s Sky picked up their first set of turntables at the age of 15. Since then, they've witnessed the evolution of DJing and electronic music for over a decade and bring in the elements of old school and new school to their DJ sets.
Influenced by Deep House, Bass music and Hiphop, this renegade DJ has love for all genres which is revealed through their original mashups and remixes. Skylar is a strong advocate on breaking barriers for queer DJs and has traveled all over headlining in major cities including Berlin, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Las Vegas, Honolulu, Atlanta, San Francisco and Oakland. Skylar shows versatility through imaginative style and sound over live performances and recorded DJ sets. The mission is to take you on a musical journey of different beats, rhythms and sounds through the medium of freestyle mixing.
"My current style is an influence of my past and the evolution of future music. I spin freestyle sets. I read the crowd and bring them on a journey through multi¬genre basslines, rhythms and flow.. I like to expand the crowd’s musical taste bringing in new sounds while mixing it up with something familiar to keep them connected."
Alyssa Amarshi / Her Tribal Roots
Having parents from Tanzania, and of Indo-Ismaili heritage, Alyssa has always been interested in diverse types of cultural expression, especially movement and intermodal art. Her passion for performing and expressing grew while she was working with Bollywood dance companies as a preteen.
In high school, her friends from the West Indies exposed her to Dancehall and STEP (a form of percussive dance), both of which she continued to explore while completing her BA in Psychology at McGill University. After moving to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) lands (colonially known as Vancouver), she trained with SOULdiers Dance Company and Ketch Di Vybz where she further fortified her understanding in street dance and love of Dancehall.
With mentors who fostered her immense passion and compassion, she went on to grace the stage with award-winning artists such as A Tribe Called Red, Kimmortal, and Nanya Music; move audiences through performances with her collective Her Tribal Roots; and develop choreography and creative direction for artists and festivals all over the lower mainland.
Alyssa has also sat on panels for the City of Vancouver and the Reach Gallery. She is a proud facilitator and pioneer of the community based interdisciplinary play sessions, Jungle Gym Drop-Ins. Her vision, through her collective “Her Tribal Roots” is to create more opportunities for artistic expression of diversity, inclusion, and resiliency, rooted in symbiotic collaboration, empathy, and compassion.
Tonye Aganaba is a multidisciplinary artist, musician, and arts facilitator residing on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam & Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Their new album ‘Something Comfortable’ is an intentional and devotional endeavour inspired by their battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
The album serves as the score to ‘AfroScience’ an immersive performance and workshop series fusing live music, dance, visual art/digital media and storytelling to stimulate conversation and action around identity, addiction, healing, and expression. Tonye’s shows, workshops, and classes are connected and intimate experiences, and evoke a kind of vulnerability that we all hunger for.
Known by his stage name as Jojo Dancer is a Filipino Canadian artist, educator, choreographer and performer. Jojo is recognized for continually trail-blazing a style and standard that has infused itself into today’s mainstream dance world from Madonna, to Nelly Furtado, to La Roux. In the film and TV realm, he has made a presence in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, Legends of Tomorrow, Valley of The Boom, and Limetown to name a few.
Canadian bassist, composer, producer and educator Jodi Proznick has received many awards including the Western Canadian Music Award for Jazz Artist of the Year (2019), National Jazz Award for Bassist (2008, 2009), Album (2008) and Acoustic Group (2008) of the Year, and Galaxie Rising Star of the Vancouver International Jazz Festival (2004). Jodi was also nominated for two JUNO awards with her 2007 release, Foundations, and 2019 release, Sun Songs.
Jodi is in demand as a collaborative performer and has played with internationally recognized jazz artists such as Michael Bublé, George Coleman, Sheila Jordan, David “Fathead” Newman, Harold Mabern, Michael Feinstein, Peter Bernstein, Seamus Blake, Christine and Ingrid Jensen, Lewis Nash, Russell Malone, Ed Thigpen, Don Thompson, Dee Daniels, Phil Dwyer and Laila Biali as well as collaborators outside the jazz tradition including the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Mark Fewer with John Novacek, the Vetta Chamber Ensemble, Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, Sal Ferreras’ Drum Heat, musica intima, Chor Leoni, Elektra Women’s Choir, Mohammed Assani, Celso Machado, Bill Henderson, and the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble. She has been featured in over 40 albums as bassist. Jodi’s quartet features her longtime partner Tilden Webb on piano and she co-leads a chamber jazz group called Triology, a jazz trio that features Miles Black on piano and Bill Coon on guitar.
A dedicated and highly respected educator, Jodi is currently the chair of the Jazz Department at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music and Artistic Director of its Summer Jazz Workshop, Painting with Sound Workshop and Sister Jazz Day. She is also the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Music Arts Collective, an online music education platform. Previously, she was part of the music faculty at Capilano University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University and during the 2019/2020 season, Jodi was the Manager of Education and Community Outreach for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.