Diem Lafortune
Gig Seeker Pro

Diem Lafortune

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF

Toronto, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Solo Folk Adult Contemporary





This is one of those albums that is surprising because of the depth of the content, both lyrically and musically. Diem Lafortune is a poet, a singer and a musician. The music is a marriage of both Aboriginal culture and human experiences with a variety of mainstream music styles such as folk, blues, some rock and even Celtic compositions including waltzes and even a little jig. The songs are paintings of a variety of lives and people, in a form that is rare except from an artist that is both matured and at their creative peak. One can only guess how long Diem took to refine the telling of these stories in song. The space for this review cannot begin to share the themes of these songs other than to say the music composition is up to meeting the needed vehicle to relay them to us. Fortunately Diem has a cast of qualified musicians who play all manner of instruments that weave the threads of this musical tapestry. From one song to the next, some are complex in musical layers while others keep a simplicity that compliments their subject matter most effectively. As many hard times that are shared in the lifetime struggles within these stories, they truly make the sum of the true beauty real lives are, as well as being an overall musical master piece that will demand you listen to this album over and over before you truly comprehend how good it really is.”
KEVEN KANTEN - Windspeaker, Aboriginal Multi-Media Society


There are not many Human Beings/Artists that can produce/create anything that is deep/indigenous as you in my 25 years of enlightenment !!!
- Danny Beaton - Indigenous Activist

"Horizon Dancer. Spotkanie zDiem - artystka, prawnikiem, aktywistka"

Polish only - PULS

"Horizon Dancer. Spotkanie zDiem - artystka, prawnikiem, aktywistka"

Polish only - PULS





Diem Lafortune, has a hard-won wisdom eloquently showcased on Beauty and Hard Times, a compelling and passionate work of art. While a rich and lush melodicism provides the Beauty, the lyrics probe deeply into Hard Times. Her music as "quintessentially Canadian Everything is there nothing disappears: they co-exist. Its an allegory for an idealized version of what we think Canada should be about". With a voice described as like a barn big, earthy and full of timber, people are catching on.

Her powerful rhythms lay down grooves and together her voice and her playing are a mesmerizing package. Beauty and Hard Times is an immensely satisfying result from a truly renaissance woman who can wear many hats at the same time." Make one of those hats a bowler, in honour of one of her cultural heroes, Charlie Chaplin. Shes become one of the go to performers at peace and justice related events. (visit http://www.mamadhorizondancer.ca/tours-appearances/)

Diem is honoured to be the 2013 Canadian Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year nominee, this honour has been heightened by her invitation to be a part of the Official Showcase at the conference in Calgary.

Diem is excited to start working very soon on her next CD, with three time Grammy award winning, producer, Chris Birkett. Theyre in the planning stages now, and will start after she returns from the awards in November.

Band Members