Cheryl L'Hirondelle

Cheryl L'Hirondelle

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Cheryl L'Hirondelle is a versatile Metis singer/songwriter whose newest collection of songs were written while walking around Vancouver & mapping the city with her voice and uploading the songs via her mobile phone to a dedicated and interactive website: www.vancouversonglines.ca

Biography

+ Singer/Songwriter + New Media Artist + Performance Artist +

"sounding a Cree worldview in contemporary time and space"

Cheryl L' Hirondelle is a much sought after multi-disciplinary artist and musician. A mixed-blood (Metis/Cree-non status/treaty, French, German, Polish) originally from Alberta, her creative practice investigates the junction of a Cree worldview in contemporary time and space. Cheryl L' Hirondelle’s projects span a wide array of disciplines including: music, performance art, storytelling, spoken word, theatre, audio art, installation, public art and new media.

Her latest recording Giveaway is a contemporary take on a Cree worldview with each song sharing an important moral or value to make a ‘Good Life’ or ‘Pimatisiwin’. The 5 song EP includes a special DVD with a music video of "Love One Another" and is the sampler of a full album scheduled for completion in the fall of 2009. The songs were literally written as she walked around Vancouver during the winter of 2008 mapping the city with her voice. She used a mobile phone to upload the songs to a dedicated interactive website [www.vancouversonglines.ca] that was recently recognised as an Official Honoree of the 13th Annual Webby Awards. [www.webbyawards.com]

Cheryl L’Hirondelle is also a member of M’Girl [pronounced ma-girl], winners of the 2006 Best Female Traditional Album Award and the 2007 Best Group Award from the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. Since 1995 she has also written, arranged and performed songs as the duo Nikamok (with Joseph Naytowhow), playing northern plains hybrid, social and ceremonial drum & rattle songs for audiences and gatherings all over North America. The duo’s first self-titled CD (produced by Cheryl) was nominated for a Prairie Music Award (now WCMA’s) for Outstanding Aboriginal Recording in 2001. Cheryl has performed internationally since the early 80’s in a variety of bands and musical ensembles from punk to art rock, alternative, blues, folk-roots, world music and choral ensembles.

In both 2005 and 2006, L’Hirondelle was the recipient of the imagineNATIVE New Media Award for her online net.art projects: treatycard, 17:TELL and wêpinâsowina. In 2004, L’Hirondelle was the first Aboriginal artist from Canada to be invited to present work at DAK’ART Lab, as part of the 6th Edition of the Dakar Biennale for Contemporary African Art, Dakar, Senegal.

L’Hirondelle’s performance art work is much written about and featured in Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women (2001). Her 2001 performative activity and corresponding website cistêmaw iyiniw ohci (for the tobacco being) are also discussed in Making a Noise: Aboriginal Perspectives on Art, Art History, Critical Writing and Community (2006).

“I find inspiration working with an artist who has the desire to stretch, the passion to connect, the discipline to work and the brains to back it up with.” - Gregory Hoskins, producer

www.myspace.com/cheryllhirondelle

Contact: Cheryl L’Hirondelle, artinjun@artengine.ca
Media Contact: Heather Kelly, heather@hkcmarketing.com

Lyrics

Giveaway

Written By: Cheryl L'Hirondelle

I’m hosting a big giveaway
Come rain or sunshine
- today is the day
Everyone come out to find
things you lost or left behind
I’ve coveted, hoarded, thought it okay
Please come to my big giveaway

Somethings they were gifts
- others I stole
Some looked abandoned
- I’d hold and feel whole
Until this chance to confess
Let go of, re-name, re-address
Come pick up what’s yours
please don’t delay
Its time for this big giveaway

I’m using up paper I’ve kept in a stack
Writing my regrets
and sending them back
To every unanswered call
Mixed message, blank stare, dropped ball
I’m sorry if I kept you all at bay
You too are part of my big giveaway.

Love One Another

Written By: Cheryl L'Hirondelle

How many times we're moved by something
but lines are drawn to scare that feeling away
How many dreams fall by the wayside
Its not your turn, not your day
If we try we can make it real
let it flow and really feel
beyond the barriers created
We just might start to realise
see the world with new eyes
and see how we're all related.
So I tell myself to keep on dreaming
there's a story we all know by heart
Somewhere deep beneath rhyme and reason
with happy endings and a brand new start
If we try we can make it real
let it flow and really feel
beyond the barriers created
We just might start to realise
see the world with new eyes
and see how we're all related.
So hadn't we better love one another
love one another
love one another...

Wishful Heart

Written By: Cheryl L'Hirondelle

This wishful heart
with so much unspoken
longs to be seen and heard
as not broken.
And this wishful heart
waits for the moment
for judgment to fade
so the doors can all open.
We conquer our fears
rise to face each new day
make a language to say
we're still here and okay.
We smile through the tears
with a hope everlasting
gather strength to accept
what fate chose without asking.
And this wishful heart
keeps time to remind me
I am doing my part
bearing (baring) this wishful heart...

Lost and Found

Written By: Cheryl L'Hirondelle

One day a lonely hunter
leaves her home to find new prey
A predator with cunning
somehow she looses her way
No landmarks look familiar
wandering for days and nights
The stars they too betray her
so she looks inside for insight, saying

Why, tell me why,
do I hunt high and low
In pursuit of a path
and a sign that will not show
Oh why, tell me how
tell me who
I’d really like to know

She’s just about to give up
when she spots beneath a tree
Another lonely hunter
he has been waiting patiently
So happy at last found
until they both realise
The only thing captured
same lost look in the other's eyes

Oh why, tell me why
do we hunt high and low
In pursuit of a path
hungry for what is not owned
Oh why, tell me how
tell me who
I would really like to know

Why, tell me why
do we hunt high and low
In pursuit of a path
hungry for what is not known
Oh why, tell me how
tell me who, tell me now
Tell me where
tell me when
tell me what
I would really like to know

(overtop 3rd chorus)
We are lost and found
on this unknown ground
Oh the irony
sweet, sweet serendipity
We’re still lost and found
awareness so profound
Tell me where
tell me when
tell me what
I would really like to know

kikinaw (our home)

Written By: Cheryl L'Hirondelle

Nanahihtamowin (obedience)
Kihceyihtamowin (respect)
Tapahteyimisowin (humility)
Kikinaw, kiyanaw - kahkiyaw iyiniwak
(our home, all of us, all beings)
Miyweyihtamowin (happiness)
Sakihtowin (love)
Tapwehtamowin (faith)
Kikinaw, kiyanaw - kahkiyaw iyiniwak
(our home, all of us, all beings)
Wahkohtamowin (kinship)
Kanacihowin (cleanliness)
Nanaskomowin (gratitude)
Kikinaw, kiyanaw - kahkiyaw iyiniwak
(our home, all of us, all beings)
Wicehtowin (compassion)
Sohkatisiwin (courage)
Miyo-ohpikihawasowin (good child rearing)
Kikinaw, kiyanaw - kahkiyaw iyiniwak
(our home, all of us, all beings)
Pakoseyimowin (hope)
Natamostawin (protection)
Tipeyimisowin (freedom/self control)
Kikinaw, kiyanaw - kahkiyaw iyiniwak
(our home, all of us, all beings)

Discography

(includes solo projects, bands, session work & compilations)

2009 Cheryl L’Hirondelle - Giveaway, 5 song EP
Produced by Gregory Hoskins
Engineered, mixed, mastered by David Travers-Smith, Found Sound, Toronto ON

2009 Indian Reservation Blues and more – compilation (M’GIRL)
Produced by Guy Fay & Phillipe Langlois for Dixie Frog Records, France

2008 Cheryl L'Hirondelle – Giveaway, 3 song demo
Produced by Gregory Hoskins
Engineered, mixed, mastered by David Travers-Smith, Found Sound, Toronto ON
Additional recording: Doug Romanow, Fire Escape Studio, Toronto;
Doug Naugler, Artistic Intelligence Studio, Vancouver

2008 Pine Grove Creative Circles Project
Produced by Judy McNaughton, Common Weal Community Arts
Recorded Live at Pine Grove Correctional Centre, Prince Albert, SK

2007 Arlette Alcock - Wolf Girl
Produced by Gaye Delorme, Green House Studio, Vancouver, BC

2007 Violet Naytowhow - Wind of the North
Produced by Wayne Lavallee, Vancouver, BC

2007 Wayne Lavallee - Buffalo Soldier (single)
Produced by Wayne Lavallee, Green House Studio, Vancouver, BC

2006 Violet Naytowhow - 5 Song Demo
Produced and engineered by Wayne Lavallee, Vancouver, BC

2006 M’Girl - Fusion of Two Worlds
Produced and engineered by Kat Hendrix, Absolute Sound, Vancouver, BC

2006 Eugene Skeef – Remembrance
Produced by Eugene Skeef
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Jared Miller, Banff Centre, Banff AB

2006 jef chippewa - one + five
Produced by jef Chippewa
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Jared Miller, Banff Centre, Banff AB

2006 SafetyNET - compilation (NIKAMOK)
Produced by Colm O Snodaigh, Dublin IE & London UK

2005 Ness Essentials - 15th Anniversary Compilation (NIKAMOK)
Produced by Byron Olsen, Ness Creek Music Festival, Saskatoon, SK

2005 Many Voices: Alberta Aboriginal Curriculum Project - comp (NIKAMOK)
Produced by Pearson Education Canada, Toronto, ON

2001 Flatland Music Festival Compilation (NIKAMOK)
Produced by Saskatchewan Recording Industry Association, Regina, SK

2000 Nikamok – Nikamok
Produced by Cheryl L’Hirondelle
Engineered, mixed, mastered by Neil Meckelborg, Turtle Island Music, Saskatoon

1999 Waiting for the Star – Live concert recording (NIKAMOK)
Produced by Sasha Koerbler, Bonnie Austring-Winter & Michel Lalonde
Engineered by Chris Haynes, CBC Radio Saskatchewan, Regina, SK

1997 Back Alley John - One Way Ticket to Palookaville
Produced by Tim Williams
Engineered by Rob Bartlett, Sundae Sound, Calgary, AB

1996 Francis Marchildon – Balance
Produced by Francis Marchildon and Mark Schmidt,
Engineered by Mark Schmidt, Earthling Sound, Regina, SK

1996 Singing to Keep Time, A Collection of Metis Songs
Produced by Lyndon Smith for Gabriel Dumont Institute
Engineered by Ross Schmidt, Right Tracks Studio, Saskatoon, SK

1995 Back Alley John - More a feeling than a living - Back Alley John
Produced by Tim Williams and Jamie Kidd
Engineered & mastered by Rob Bartlett, Sundae Sound, Calgary, AB

1993 Back Alley John - Out on the Highway
Produced by Tim Williams & Back Alley John
Engineered and mastered by Rob Bartlett, Sunday Sound, Calgary, AB