This week, we talk to Jaaji and Chelsey June from award-winning folk duo Twin Flames. They’re nominated in three categories at the upcoming Canadian Folk Music Awards (being held in Ottawa) for their second album Signal Fire. They also treat us to three songs in-studio.
Chelsey is an Algonquin Cree Métis woman from Ottawa, and Jaaji is an Inuk Mohawk from Nunavik and Kahnawake. After an improbable meeting on the set of TAM (Talents Autochtones Musicaux) for APTN, their harmonies quickly met, both musically and romantically. These harmonies form the basis of their music that has attracted fans from across the continent.
Singing songs in English, French and Inuktitut they write songs that, as Jaaji puts it, they hope “help people who are suffering with the current affairs that our first peoples, especially Inuit and the Métis and the Indigenous peoples, are going through.”
- Twin Flames – “Dreamer”
- Twin Flames – “Broke Down Skituuq (Skidoo)”
- Twin Flames – “Porchlight”