The Beat Live Performances at imagineNATIVE

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SATURDAY| OCT. 23 | 9:00pm


(Toronto – October 18, 2010) Astral Radio presents The Beat, a celebration and eclectic mix of music and video.

One of the leading voices in contemporary Native American music singer / songwriter Martha Redbone headlines the show. “As heiress to such luminaries as Sly, Phillippe Wynne, and Roberta Flack, Martha looks poised to be Americana’s next superstar.” (Village Voice) Blessed with a voice that can make you weak in the knees, lift you up and exalt you, mesmerize you, soothe and thrill you, Redbone brings her messages of struggle and redemption over her unique gumbo of soul, rock, funk, blues and traditional Native American music.

Billboard says of Redbone: “It’s a rare treat to encounter an artist so confident in her vision and not susceptible to the narrowcasting ways of Svengali producers or the A & R execs who hire them. In short, Martha Redbone is an artist in the truest sense of the word.”

Supporting act Inez is a Stó:lô singer-songwriter with powerhouse talent and universal appeal. As one of Canada’s top Indigenous musicians, her blending of traditional Native sounds with a love for contemporary hip-hop and R&B brings the best of her culture to the mainstream world.

Opening the show, Red Slam Collective creates poetic song-stories, expressing a variety of themes with an underlying goal which uplifts, self-identifies and promotes unity through “Spoken Lyricism which Arranges Meaning” (SLAM). This emerging group is comprised of young poets, songwriters, rappers, musicians, composers and vocalists.

Preceding music videos presented by Eye Weekly feature an array of award winning directors. Marie Clements, Bruce Hall, Augustina Kelly, Laura Milliken, Shane Ghostkeeper, Jay Cardinal Villeneuve, Michael Corbiere and Bear Witness.

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