Brenda MacIntyre, Medicine Song Woman

BRENDA MACINTYRE, MEDICINE SONG WOMAN Brenda MacIntyre, known by her Indigenous name Medicine Song Woman, creates and shares uplifting conscious music with a message of hope born of profound grief from the early loss of her parents and her son. Brenda’s signature Medicine Song Healing concerts, circles and private sessions invite you deep into potent spontaneous healing soundscapes. Her keynotes, workshops and Picking Up the Pieces 13 Moon Resilience and Reawakening program help women empaths to get through trauma, grief and exhaustion, while embodying resilience and reawakening to the gifts they carry. Her healing voice soars over a confluence of Indigenous hand drumming, retro hip hop and roots reggae, with a smooth Sade vibe and the melodic uplifting feel of reggae queen Marcia Griffiths. The London Ontario-based Juno Award-winning artist reached the CBC Searchlight2020 TOP 100 and is currently nominated for the 2021 Ontario Arts Council Indigenous Arts Award. ERROL STARR FRANCIS Errol Starr Francis has 35+ years of music industry experience, from fronting rock bands touring across Canada in his early years to engineering, recording and producing numerous projects from his self-built solar powered studio and other studios across Ontario over the last 10 years. Errol has won multiple awards for radio and television broadcast production in the 1990’s, a Juno for his singing and songwriting (1989) and SOCAN Songwriter of the Year Award (1988). His award-winning work on both sides of the board includes Reggae, Dance/Urban, Rock, Country, Kirtan, Folk, Meditation and Spoken Word and Powwow. Clients include Juno winner A Tribe Called Red, Juno nominee Bryden Kiwenzie, New York Times best-selling author Dan Millman and more. Since 2009, Errol is chief Mixing/Production Engineer and Associate Producer for Tribal Spirit Music, and the in-house Recording Studio and Digital Arts Technician at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre in Oakville. NENOKAASI Nenookaasi was born and raised in Toronto. A 2Spirit Queer mother, they are a soulful songstress and activist through mixed media and their silky voice floats through this song like a Hummingbird. Singing is first nature for Nenookaasi, who is a lifelong singer. They came into the power of their voice back in 2010 and have a deep passion for soulful deep house, blues, R&B, jazz and reggae, as well as traditional First Nations music. With influences such as Bessie Smith, Nina Simone, Lauren Hill, Erykah Badu, Brenda MacIntyre, Sevdiliza and H.E.R, Nenookaasi’s smoky voice carries depth and raw power. Gifted many tobacco ties and eagle feathers (traditional First Nations protocol for an asking or acknowledgement of one’s work), Nenookaasi is the owner of Hummingbird Spirits, amplifying community wellness through the ethical harvesting and distribution of sacred Indigenous medicines.