Long-Way-Down iskwē &
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TORONTO, ON – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2022 – TODAY, JUNO award-winning artists iskwē | ᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ (Cree Métis) and Tom Wilson | Tehoh’ahake (Mohawk) announce the release of their debut LP, Mother Love, out on July 20, 2022. Along with the announcement they share their new single “Long Way Down”, produced by Serena Ryder. Listen here & watch the official lyric video here. The idea for “Long Way Down” struck Tom while he was enjoying a steak in a Calgary hotel room…and he shares; “Red meat folk looking down at the bottom.” 

To some, these two may seem an unusual pairing, given iskwē’s high concept recordings and live shows and Wilson’s (Junkhouse, Lee Harvey Osmond, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) reputation as a rootsy, no-nonsense storyteller. But the result – a soulful pairing of two of Canada’s most distinctive musical talents – sounds like the two have been performing together for years.
That was obvious to anyone who heard their first performance together (with trumpet player Chuck Copenace) at the 2020 Indspire Awards. A performance that led to the recording of “Blue Moon Drive”, “Coal Mine”, and “Starless Nights” at Jukasa Studios; tracks that became the foundation for Mother Love.

With Mother Love, iskwē and Tom have created an album that’s as powerful as it is personal, a set of songs on which their disparate vocal styles fuse seamlessly and, in doing so, result in a sound uniquely their own. The album will include previously released singles “Blue Moon Drive” (2020) and “Starless Nights” (2021) – both of which garnered support from Americana UK, Apple Music’s ‘Breaking Alternative’, ‘Indie Folk’, ‘Indigenous Now’, ‘New Music Daily’, ‘New In Alternative’; Amazon Music’s ‘Brand New Music’, ‘Finely Tuned’; CBC Radio One, CBC q, Eat North, ELMNT, Exclaim, The Frog Radio, FYI Music News, Great Dark Wonder, Indigenous Music Countdown, RX Music, SiriusXM, Spotify’s ‘Folk Renegade’, ‘New Music Friday’; The Strombo Show and many more. 

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“Long Way Down” Single Credits 
iskwē and Tom Wilson

iskwē – vocals
Tom Wilson – vocals, acoustic guitar
Jesse O’Brien – keyboards
Serena Ryder – drums, percussion, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Anna Ruddick – bass

Produced by: Serena Ryder
Recorded at: ArtHaus Studio
Recorded by: Sameer Cash
Mixed by/at: Dan Hosh at Double Car Recording
Mastered by/at: João Carvalho Mastering
Written by: Tom Wilson/Serena Ryder

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SHARE NEW SINGLE Starless Nights”

TORONTO, ON – MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2021 – JUNO award-winning artists iskwē and Tom Wilson (Junkhouse, Lee Harvey Osmond, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) are excited to share their new single – a stunning rendition of Misha Bower’s song “Starless Nights” out now on Red Music Rising. “Starless Nights is a beautiful song, written by an incredible songwriter Misha Bower;” says iskwē. “When I was at Words Fest in London, Ontario, sharing in a conversation/songwriters circle with Misha; she performed this tune acoustically and it was mind-blowing. It was one of these songs that the moment you hear it you get shivers.” Tom Wilson adds, “The song was a natural fit for us. It’s otherworldly.” The song is beautifully complemented by a lyric video highlighting one of Tom’s paintings used as the single artwork. Watch the official lyric video here. Listen and buy the new single here. https://smarturl.it/StarlessNights 



Award-winning artists iskwē and Tom Wilson (Junkhouse, Lee Harvey Osmond, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) release their new single “Blue Moon Drive” featuring trumpeter Chuck Copenace with Red Music Rising. Stay tuned for the lyric video due out on November 12th. The collaboration began as a gig at the 2020 Indspire Awards.

We happened to be asked to perform together at the Indspire Awards in Ottawa. We had never sung together so until we actually stepped up to the microphone and started to sing we didn’t know that we had a little bit of magic going on between us;” shares Tom Wilson.

We are able to now share that magic with you.” iskwē adds; “It is a beautiful song, and it was a nice way to find our footing with US. The song was written awhile ago, and it had its home, and now it has a new home, and it feels very much like a new energy has been infused into it. This is just the beginning!

iskwē & Tom are Red Music Rising’s first multi-artist partnership. Matt Maw (Director, Lead Artist Manager) shares; “We are beyond thrilled to release iskwē and Tom’s rendition of “Blue Moon Drive” featuring Chuck Copenace. This release exemplifies what Red Music Rising stands for now, and moving forward; collaboration, community, artistic eminence, and Indigenous excellence.

The song was recorded live off the floor with an incredible group of musicians from Jukasa Studios in Six Nations, ON. The magic of trumpeter Chuck Copenace sprinkling in his notes, fluttering in the air, in space, and contributing a different breath to the song was all captured in Winnipeg.

The single is an incredible collaboration of not only three amazing artists, but also the celebration of four Indigenous nations uniting together to celebrate their art – iskwē (cree, Métis), Tom (Mohawk), and Chuck (Ojibway).

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