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Live at Obey Convention 2019

by Michelle Sylliboy and Friends

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Introduction 08:08
Gatherings 01:22
Conjoined 01:18


Keynote performance at 2019 OBEY Convention


released October 1, 2020

Award winning author and Interdisciplinary artist Michelle Sylliboy (Mi’kmaq/L’nu) was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised on her traditional L'nuk territory in We'koqmaq, Cape Breton. While living on the traditional, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, Sylliboy completed a BFA at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and a Masters in Education from Simon Fraser University. She is currently a PhD candidate in Simon Fraser University’s Philosophy of Education program, where she is working to reclaim her original written komqwej’wikasikl language. Her collection of photography and L’nuk hieroglyphic poetry, Kiskajeyi—I Am Ready, was published by Rebel Mountain Press in 2019 now available as an ebook. She was recently appointed at St FX University as new tenure track faculty in Education, Modern Language and Fine Arts departments.

Billy the Whale toured the Atlantic ocean and beyond!! He was well known for jamming with Orca on the side!!

Lindsay Dawn Dobbin is a Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk) - Acadian - Irish water protector, artist, musician, curator and educator who lives and works in Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of Lnu’k (Mi’kmaq). Dobbin was born in and belongs to the Kennebecasis River Valley (from the Mi'kmaq word Kenepekachiachk, meaning "little long bay place"), a tributary of the Wolastoq ("beautiful river"), in the traditional territory of the Wəlastəkwiyik and Mi’kmaq. Dobbin's relational and place-responsive practice includes music, sound art, performance, sculpture, installation, social practices and writing, and is invested in Indigenous epistemologies and cultural practices, such as drumming.

Sound Artist Johnny Spence is a composer, musician, community arts facilitator, radio producer & sound artist. He strives to move through the world with open-ears and an open-heart. A resident of Tkaronto, he has been lucky enough to create, laugh, swim, farm, & love on Mi’kma’ki land and water for over half his life. He is grateful to the earth, the water, and the original peoples of the land for their generosity and compassion. Creating vibrations with this extraordinary ensemble alongside – and inspired by – Michelle’s radiant poetry is a true joy. Endless love and thanks to Billy & his entire extended family.

Nick Dourado is a sound artist, pianist and teacher. Member of the Creative Music Workshop in K'jipuktuk and mentored by Jerry Granelli their practice is based in spontaneous composition and non-linear time and space. They are a descendant of the Konkan people.


Recorded by Dario Lozano-Thornton at Paul O' Regan Hall, K'jipuktuk, Mi'kma'ki.
Mixed and mastered by Dario Lozano-Thornton and Nicholas Dourado

All music composed, arranged and performed by Lindsay Dobbin, Nicholas Dourado, Johnny Spence and Michelle Sylliboy.


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