I go down to the river
When the night is young
And stay there until she grows old
Well I tell her my stories my sorrows my worries
I give her my secrets to hold
These are the opening words to “Kitchissippi”, a love song to the Ottawa River penned by Mia Kelly. The River is named Kitchissippi in Anishinaabemowin, the language of the Algonquin-Anishinaabeg, host nation of the region.
Filmed and directed by Randy Kelly, Mia’s father, “Kitchissippi” provides a breathtaking visual that complements the singer’s delicate ballad. The video stars Mia, singing alongside the Kitchissippi with her acoustic guitar. That’s interjected with slow-motion shots of the singer gracefully surfing in the stream. The track also incorporates a recording of the river trickling by.
Filmed in just two days, Mia recalls, “We were blessed with exceptional weather, a light breeze and soft sunset on both evenings. It felt magical, and healing, exactly the way the river makes me feel every time.” Partnering with Ottawa Riverkeeper to release and promote the video, the artist has pledged to donate all proceeds from Bandcamp to fund initiatives to preserve the River.
Mia Kelly is set to release her debut album Garden Through The War on Friday, August 26, 2022. Featuring Olivier Fairfield on drums in company with Mia herself on guitar and piano, Garden Through The War was recorded by Jim Bryson.