Side by side: Canada invites itself to Nantes

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Side by Side introduces you to three Canadian artists during a free evening at the Cité des Congrès in Nantes on January 17.

On January 17, an exceptional evening will take place at the Cité des Congrès in Nantes organized by Côte à Côté. Attend performances by three Indigenous Canadian artists. These musicians carry within them the generations of the First Peoples and transmit their heritage through a current musical vision.

This evening is called Shikuan Siqoniw. This term literally means in Innu: in spring the waters. It symbolizes the renewal of nature when winter ends and the melting snow fills the streams, and the light returns to its place.

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Here are the three artists present:

Jeremy Dutcher

Classical singer from New Brunswick, in Eastern Canada, Jeremy Dutcher is a member of the Tobique First Nation. Composer, activist, ethnomusicologist, he multiplies disciplines. His musical journey took off in 2018, with Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa (the songs of the people of the beautiful river), his first album. He returns this year with a second album, entitled Motewolonuwok. The latter highlights the stories of his community in his own language and in English.

Natasha Kanapé

Slam poet, Innushkueu author from the Pessamit community, Natasha Kanapé sings for the community and the bringing together of peoples. In 2021, she released her album Nui Pimuten, with the backdrop of her quest for identity as an Innu woman in the world. That same year, she was promoted to the rank of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic.


Originally from the community of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam (QC), Kanen mixes pop and folk with indie-rock influences. She sings in French and Innu. His first studio album, Mitshuapwas released in 2023. His powerful and warm voice allows him to sing about his roots and his quest for identity.

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