Native ART • CULTURE evening 375th, December 7th


Kwé, Kuei, Hi!!!

Thursday December 7th starting at 10h00 pm

Café-bar l’Escalier; 552, Saint-Catherine East Street

This Thursday, December 7th, we continue our series of Native ART • CULTURE evenings 375th: Montreal Aboriginal artists welcome non-native artists!

From May to December 2017, the Native ART • CULTURE evenings are featured in the official program of the 375th anniversary of Montreal.

For this occasion we present you Laurent McKenzie and JM Wizenne!

Laurent McKenzie

Laurent McKenzie was born in Sept-Îles and raised in Pessamit. He has been performing and travelling across Quebec since the age of 14. Singer, song-writer, and performer he formed his first band Innu pacific and released his first album in 1997. Since 2007, Laurent McKenzie made a comeback on the music scene and released three new albums Kanuelim (keep an eye on me ), Éponyme, and Ni meshkanam ( my path ). Released last august, Ni meshkanam gives us a glimpse about Laurent’s talented work. He performs on the album with his own written songs.

His songs are always written with compassion coming straight from his heart. Besides, by telling about his life and the life of the Innus Laurent’s work promotes his own language and preserve his culture. His songs are true poems and melt together folk, country and rock music. Laurent McKenzie is someone generous and his passion speaks deeply to all of us!


JM Wizenne

Jean Michel Wizenne, whose artist name is JM Wizenne, points the way towards a renewed subversive form of Rock and Political message. Combining the Anarchist point of views of Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn with the notion of Indigenous Resistance is the blend of tribal Lakota chanting, subversives English and Spanish lyrics, with radical and urgent form of Rock that gives its unique sound to this artist.

More than a concert, JM Wizenne's performance is a testimony based on a personal experience.For his time in Montreal, JM Wizenne (Vocals, Guitar and Flute) will perform solo, on his first album’s Bass and Drum play back, «For Anarchism and Indigenous Resistance»


Moreover, these artists will be enlightened by the art of Yecto . Based in Montreal, he likes to create audiovisual experiences between sound and image by writing or modifying algorithms in the context of live coding. He created his own laboratory of visual arts and design called "veería". It is part of the movement "Algorave", encoding live throughout the world under the alias "Yecto".

We will also have the pleasure of listening to the music of D.J. Señor Kiko who will make us dance as was the case in past evenings. Resident DJ for the Native ART • CULTURE evenings, Señor Kiko is a Montreal based DJ from Mexico City. DJ Señor Kiko presents the new electronic Latin sound with rhythms like Tribal, Tropical Bass and Nu Cumbia, taking Influence from labels records in South America such as ZZK records, Regional Label and Terror Negro.

For the entertainment of the evening we will have the pleasure to receive Anna-Khesic Khway Harper! Anna-Khesic Khway Harper, also known as Kiki or Iamskywoman, is a contemporary multidisciplinary Aboriginal artist. As a visual artist, entertainer and singer, she integrates in her performance an Aboriginal culture adapted to the urban society of Montreal. It unites several themes together: Technology and Art, Collectivity and Identity, Wilderness and Urban life, Spirituality and Reality, Tradition and Celebration. Anna-Khesic Khway Harper invites you to come to the l'Escalier for a festive cultural evening!


The production team:

Technician: Philippe Joutras

Video recording: Maïna Albert

Photography: Terry-Randy Awashish

Security: Jean-Philip Belec

Coordination: Gustavo Zamora Jiménez


The Native ART•CULTURE 375th evenings:

Sharing moments with the aboriginal community of Montreal on every first Thursday of each month!


Open to all! Free admission!

Official event of Montreal’s 375th anniversary

Organised by: The First Nations Circle of UQAM, (Le Cercle des Premières Nations de l'UQAM

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