Bonnie Couchie
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July 2007

July 27, 2007

At Last ... True Summer!
It was (finally!) a beautiful warm and sunny evening when Bonnie Couchie took to the stage at Pizza Hut's "Concerts in the Park(ing Lot!)" this past Wednesday, July 25th.
Bonnie, a singer, songwriter and guitarist who lives in Pic River First Nation, wowed the crowd with her stunningly powerful and beautiful voice. Although she readily admits that she feels quite nervous performing, the variety of subjects that she writes about - ranging from serious to humourous - along with her ever-present smile, quickly endears the audience to her. She obliged when appreciative fans asked for 'one more song' and then folks lingered briefly as if hoping for even more.
This is Bonnie's second year performing at this series and she plans on returning again next year. She has performed at the Red Rock Folk Festival and the Serendipity Cafe in Rossport among other places.
The funds Bonnie raised at this year's concert were to be dedicated to a 'sound" fund for the Pic River Guest Suite which is her B & B and house concert locale. You can check out more about that at www.picriverguestsuite.com
This is a local artist that we want to watch out for!
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July 20, 2007 - Bev Coulter (printed in the Marathon Mercury)


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"Feather for an Elephant"

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Everybody knows oldest children should stay on the straight and narrow and set a good example for the rest of their siblings. This is what Bonnie Couchie thought. Though music was her great Love she denied its' burning force until the age of 30 when she dared for the first time to profess it out loud. At that age having only tentatively played the guitar off and on since the age of 13, she looked around at all the musicians years younger and way ahead of her and felt she had no right to Love Music in that way. For the next next 9 years she battled fear and doubt while writing songs and playing every single gig that she could find in the radius of her small town of 350 people. Torn between her love of her home by the river and her passion for Music, she created a house concert venue on the river that would welcome and nurture other musicians traveling along the lonely stretch of trans Canadian hwy. She built a refuge where Music would find her and feed her and where she would feed music in return.
In 2010, the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards nominated Bonnie Couchie for ‘Best New Artist’, & for “Best Album Cover Design”. She also received a nod for "Best Album Cover Design" by the Aboriginal Music Awards, adding to nomination for a Toronto Independent Music Award in 2009. Shortly after the release of her debut CD entitled “Feather for an Elephant” 2009, her first single “Stupid with you” spent several months in the top 40 of the National Aboriginal Music Countdown, making it all the way to number 2 on the Chart. She has been featured on several CBC programs across Canada including on a half hour interview on “Fresh Air” with Mary Ito. In October 2009 She toured extensively from Eastern Canada to Northwestern Ontario. Since then she has played shows regularly and was selected to play two renowned summer folk festivals in 2010. She was named as “one of the top new performers” by fans at the Trout Forest Folk Festival, and highly recommended to other Folk Festivals by the Festival’s Artistic Director. Her most recent accomplishment is the feature of one of her songs on the award winning series called Blackstone, airing on APTN and Showcase in Spring 2011.
An Ojibway from Pic River First Nation, Ontario, Bonnie Couchie is the very proud Mom of one awesome daughter whom she has been honored to sing with on occasion. http://www.myspace.com/bonniecouchie bcouchie@me.com (807) 229-8790