STAMPVILLE — Juno Award-winning recording artist Brenda MacIntyre will preside over a planned “intimate retreat” this weekend in South Dundas.
Toronto-based MacIntyre — aka ‘Medicine Song Woman’ — is currently touring the Ottawa area’s indigenous communities. However, her June 23-25 appearances during ‘Summer Solstice Sessions’ at Souly Reconnected — a rural venue operated by Kimberly Hutt in Stampville — are open to people of all backgrounds.
Honoured a decade ago for her community work with local indigenous women, the artist’s return to the Ottawa Valley coincides with National Aboriginal History Month and comes just over a year after her son, Quinn Taylor, was murdered.
“It’s been a journey. I’ve had to really look deep into myself and pull out every bit of courage just to survive at times,” she says. “I’m not just using my strengths and gifts. I have to draw on my hardships and indigenous teachings to make a real difference in people’s lives.”
Having mentored thousands of women around the world, the internationally renowned First Nations luminary will share indigenous drumming, singing and spiritual teachings at the local event.
Hutt, a relaxation therapist and natural health consultant, says she’s attended MacIntyre’s workshops in Toronto several times and was “thrilled” when she agreed to “share her gifts” in South Dundas and the Ottawa area.
The three planned workshops in Stampville “shift your perception of life and people, of yourself and where you are on your journey in life — they bring your awareness back to the present moment,” Hutt says, describing it as a “huge part of the therapy I offer my clients.”
MacIntyre’s aboriginal hand drum songs are noted for their combination of folk, reggae and R&B. The singer has been featured on national TV channels such as MuchMusic, CTV, APTN and Global, and received substantial radio play in Canada.
She has shared the stage with the likes of singer Serena Ryder, indigenous actress and member of the Order of Canada Tantoo Cardinal, multiple Juno Award-winner and
Canada’s foremost dub poet Lillian Allen, and the late Billy Bryans of the Parachute Club.
Below, MacIntyre talks about the upcoming event in a live Facebook video.
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