2019/2020 Season Weesageechak

Mimi O’Bonsawin: An intimate and honest place

“I often encourage people who want to walk the path of the artist, to look at the world through creative lenses, to use every sound, story, smell, feeling…they surround us as inspiration for art.”

After her summer tour around Turtle Island, Mimi comes to Toronto for the opening of the 32nd annual Weesageechak festival! A contemporary roots songwriter, Mimi is strongly influenced by her Indigenous and Francophone heritage. Infused with her positive energy, her music embodies the powerful scenery of Northern Ontario and the beauty of its waters.

Mimi was recently awarded the 2019 Best Pop Album at the Indigenous Music Awards for her 2017 album Connected. Some of Mimi’s career highlights include opening for Buffy Sainte-Marie, performing at Cannes, and sharing the stage with Crystal Shawanda, Francesco Yates, Tom Wilson and more. Her newest release, TRILLIUM, is a collection of acoustic songs and a compelling, intimate follow-up to her two previous works. We’re very delighted to have her join us for Weesageechak’s opening stage on November 13th!

Learn more about Mimi O’Bonsawin

Why is Weesageechak the right place to present your work?
For the past 7 years, I have been cutting my teeth and expanding my craft as a songwriter. Putting together A SHOW is something that I have always loved to do and I’m excited to share my art at Weesageechak 2019. While studying performing arts, I realized that performing as a songwriter has many similarities to acting or dance.

What kind of reaction or effect do you want your piece to have to the audience?
If someone can find a reflection in a moment of a song, I will feel fulfilled. My songs are deeply rooted in story and come from an intimate and honest place – a place of Love.

Where do you find your inspiration for your creative work?
My surroundings, my heritage, my family, my passion and my love for the earth. I often encourage people who want to walk the path of the artist, to look at the world through creative lenses to use every sound, story, smell, feeling … they surround us as inspiration for art.

Who is your role model? How do they inspire you?
Musically, many people inspire my craft. My band mates, my teachers/elders, the people I meet and share moments with – those are my true inspiration.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

What are you craving right now?
Peace, tranquility, quiet.

What is coming up next for you?
Growing, learning, and creating. I am going to be recording and composing new material, setting up more touring and continuing to find my way through art.

Wednesday November 13, 2019

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