Vince Fontaine (Anishinaabe) has been at the forefront of Indigenous music making in Canada for more than 30 years. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Vince is the JUNO Award-winning founder of First Nations rock icons Eagle & Hawk. He is the founder and band leader of the Winnipeg folk-pop collective Indian City. I talk with Vince about Indian City’s 4th album, CODE RED, which was just released. Vince says, “Code Red became a much-used term in 2020, expressing a state of global health emergency during the pandemic; however, in the Indigenous world there has been an ongoing series of Code Reds for decades — if not centuries. This is where the concept and themes for the album emerged.” Indian City is on social media (Facebook, Instagram and YouTube).
In the second half-hour, Tiokasin speaks with Craig “Santi” Santiago. “Santi” is an international touring musician and visual artist. When he’s not in the recording studio, Santi can be found hiking in the Catskill Mountains and beyond. Santi has shown his visual art in numerous art galleries. He has toured internationally and state side. He has a new record out under his name, titled “Heavy Like Feather.” You can find his music by emailing him at CraigSantiagomusic@gmail.com