Lena Recollet
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Lena Recollet


Band Spoken Word Singer/Songwriter




"Nammy Winners Announced"

Comedian Don Kelly hosted the night and pop singer Nelly Furtado, who was being honoured with a "Living Legend" award, was in attendance. - Aboriginal Music Week

"14th Annual Native American Music Awards, Niagra Falls, NY"

Hall of fame induction & tribute to the late Russell Means, Living Legend Award to Nelly Furtado and Nominees...Lena Recollet... - NAMA Live

"Native American Music Awards, Artist Nominaation Selection Process Underway"

Artist Nominaation Selection Process Underway.14th Annual Native American Music Awards, Commemorating Native American Heritage Month! - Native American Music Awards

"Nominated Artist for Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards"

Lena Recollet is a talented, driven and vibrant singer/songwriter. Captivating with powerful lyrics, sultry spoken word and her poetry is bold in its lure. What makes her unique is her willingness to push herself beyond her limits, and on occasion rise to the occasional live improvisation. She has had mentorship by established artist in her community such as Digging Roots, Martha Redbone and Buffy Sainte Marie.
- APCMA - Artist Profiles

"Black Lily Arts"

Black Lily Arts is a grassroots arts collective created by Suritah Wignall in 2009, to provide free art workshops to women and youth of color in underserved communities across the GTA. Black Lily Arts provides a space for Black women/women of color to create, express, dialogue and interact with each other in a safe environment with no judgment. The main focus is to work with women and youth who are survivors, whether it be survivors of violence or any kind of abuse-emotional, physical, or verbal. The goal is to create projects whereby individuals can gain skills, share stories and express themselves in meaningful ways. The collective was created because the director felt that there weren’t enough spaces for Black women/ women of color to go to for healing, for reflecting and for creativity. Through her own past experiences, she wanted to be able to give women what she found so difficult to access and that is a creative space.

Black Lily Arts uses mediums such as mural arts, puppetry, mask making, painting, popular theatre, mosaics, creative writing, sculpture, drumming and story telling. Past projects by the creative director include mask making at The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre, mural design at Upwood Park/ Salvador Del Mundo Co-op, mask making in the anitAfrika @ dub theatre, mask making with women from Nellie’s, mural design at Rivertowne’s Toronto housing complex, mural design at the Red Door Shelter, mosaics with Jimmie Simpson recreational Centre and coordinating a community mural for Amnesty International’s 60th Anniversary.

The collective includes Suritah Wignall, Belinda Ageda and Lena Recollet, three social activists and women rights advocates who has made community work one of their most cherished missions. For more than a decade, Suritah has worked on numerous community arts projects in cross cultural settings across Toronto. She studied in the AWCCA (Assaulted Women’s Child Counselor Advocate program) at George Brown College and a graduate of the entrepreneurship program offered by The Toronto Business Development Centre. Belinda Ageda trained at the Ontario College of Art and Design in drawing & painting, Concordia University in art education and is currently studying towards certification as a Gestalt therapist from the Gestalt Institute of Toronto. She has created and facilitated numerous art workshops for community groups in Toronto, Montreal and New York, over the past 14 years. Belinda creates art projects that use the Gestalt approach to art therapy. Lena Recollet is an Aboriginal Artist who studied theatre at The Centre for Indigenous Theatre and Debahjehmujig Theatre and has been working as a community animator for over 10 years.

- Sweet Like Mango

"Kinnie Starr in Concert with guests Amai Kuda, Lena Recollet, Mata Danze & DJ Nik Red"

Juno Nominated artist (2004 – “Sun Again”), Kinnie Starr appears in concert with Amai Kuda, Lenna Recollet (formerly of Red Slam), dance crew Mata Danze and DJ Nik Red at an all ages show in a completely transformed one-night only venue at 25 Cecil Street on April 1... - Toronto Media Co-op

"New Indigenous Music Releases-April 2012"

Anishnaabe poet, actress, vocalist and visual artist Lena Recollet has released her first full-length album featuring her mix of spoken word, soul-jazz, traditional native music and folk. Get it on iTunes. - RPM.fm-Revolutions Per Minute

"Ontario International Poetry Slam Poets"

"The following is a list of FULLY registered poets for OIPS 2012, listed alphabetically by stage name." - Ontario International Poetry Slam

"Martha Redbone and Red Slam Collective (2:30-4:06) 6mins"

Red Slam Collective members Lena Recollet & Mahlikah Awe:ri perform live with Afro-Native American Soul Singer Martha Redbone at the ImagineNative Film & Media Festival in Toronto, at Lee's Palace. Camera Armando De Ortegon PassionOverdoseFilms - NME- First for Music News

"Wikwemikong Urban Rez-Artist Accepted and Elders Advice- at Dundas Square NAD, page 5"

TORONTO – A career conversation with an Elder changed Lena Rec- ollet’s life.
“What did you want to do when you were a kid?” she recalls the Elder asking when she sought counsel. “Think way back to when you were a kid? What did you want to do?”
“I wanted to be a singer; I wanted to be a performing artist,” Rec- ollet told the Elder.
“What’s stopping you?” the Elder asked. “What you wanted to do as a kid is what you’re supposed to do when you grow up.”
Recollet credits this advice and supportive parents with helping her successfully launch a career as a multi-disciplinary artist.
Born in Toronto, Recollet recalls having “no idea” about her peo- ple and culture. During a visit to the Native Canadian Centre of To- ronto, she remembers thinking of First Nations people as “not real”.
“My dad got all freaked out and said, “It’s time we move home or else she’s going to grow up lost,’” she says.
With both parents being from Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Re- serve, the move back to Manitoulin Island was easy for them, but not for their six-year-old daughter. She made friends, but there was always the feeling of not fitting in, leaving Lena with a yearning to return to Toronto to pursue her artistic aspirations.
In Wiky she was involved in athletics and the arts -- ballet, jazz, gymnastics, and swimming. She describes herself as “eccentric”, dressing different from the crowd. She joined a choir, participated in talent shows, competed in cross-country running, and expressed herself freely at home.
“She [Recollet’s mother] would always let me draw on the walls,” Lena recalls.
When her mother’s friends questioned the practice, she told them “I could easily paint over them.”
“I’m a visual artist as well as a performing artist,” says Recollet, who moved back to Toronto when she was 19.
Now 31, she is the mother of 4-year-old Ricky, a poet, spoken- word artist, film-maker, hoop dancer, and playwright who has had her films shown at the imagineNative Film Festival and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
A graduate of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, she received the Cynthia Licker-Sage award for Emerging Talent at the imagineNative Film Festival, and has been a recipient of grants from the Ontario Arts Council. - Anishnabek News--Jorge Antonio Vallejos

"Historical Landmark"

"Historical Landmark means many different things to me: mainly our connection to the earth, strength in being a mother, and coming from a culture where mothers are the heart of the community because we give life to the next generation..." Page 10, iAM eMagazine, Lena Recollet - Ontario Council for International Corporation, iAM eMagazine

"Download Lena Recollet "Personal Power""

Anishnaabe poet, actress, vocalist and visual artist Lena Recollet, from Wikwemikong, Ontario, on Manitoulin Island, released her first EP this year – Soul Speaking. A poetry film of the track Historical Landmark premiered at the 2011 imagineNATIVE festival and Lena opened for Buffy Sainte Marie that same week. This is our favourite track from Lena, a spoken word piece about finding her own Personal Power. Be inspired. - RPM.fm-Revolutions Per Minute

"Music for Love Reconsidered"

As you reflect on the state of your relationships this spring, take this podcast as a collection of new words and sounds to try on. See if they fit, inspire, heal, or if you'd prefer, fling them aside...
- Toronto Sounds Good

"How Native is Poetry"

Thursday April 12th, 2012. Discussion for National Poetry Month on "How Native is Poetry" - Native America Calling-Tara Gatewood (radio)

"Remembering Women Forgotten on December 6th"

Spoken Word by Anishnaabe poet, Lena Recollet and an inclusive interview with Bengali poet Shaunga Tagore... - Black Coffee Poet

"Full Album Release Interview"

Indigenous Waves is a celebration of Indigenous cultures; locally, nationally and globally. Through music, storytelling, interviews, panel discussions, art and humour we explore the diversity of Indigenous Peoples. Interview hosts: Blighty Boo and Kinosh
Editor: Christine McFarlane
Producer: Jamaias DeCosta
- Indigenous Waves Radio

"My Buffy Moment by Lena Recollet"

"Well I have arrived back home safely in Wiky last night, with my Mother and my sister. I was so happy for my Mother, she was so proud. How often does something like this happen? It was a huge honour to open for Buffy St. Marie as part of imagineNATIVE’s 12th Anniversary..." - imagineNative Film + Media Festival


Single Collaboration "What It's All About" Jamaal Rogers ft. Lena Recollet, 2013

I Am Woman, Kwe LP, 2012

1)Pitch Black
2)Dream Weaving
3)Personal Power
4)Historical Landmark
5)Single Mother
6)No Tears
7)What Do We Really Know?
8)I Love You It's Raining
9)Not the Novelty
10)Won Me Over

Soul Speaking EP, 2011
1) Pitch Black
2) Personal Power
3) I Love You it's Raining
4) Won Me Over
5) Historical Landmark

"Bring It Back", Single w/ Red Slam Collective 2010



Since the release of her first songs and poetry album, “I Am Woman, Kwe”, Lena Recollet has won a Native American Music Award, 2013 for Best Spoken Word Recording and a medal for a nomination of Debut Artist of the Year. She was also triple nominated in 2012 for 3 Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards: Best Album Cover Design, Best New Artist & Best Pop CD. A multi-talented, driven and vibrant singer/songwriter. Captivating with powerful lyrics, sultry spoken word, her poetry is bold in its lure. What makes her unique is her willingness to push herself beyond her limits and on occasion rise to live improvisation. She has had mentorship by Buffy Sainte Marie before opening for her at Phoenix Concert Hall for imagineNative Film Festivals "The Beat", where Lena's film screened prior to the performance. She is already getting ready for a second album and recently collaborated with another poet Just Jamaal on a hip hop single "What It's All About". Stay tuned to Aboriginal Peoples Television Network for the series "She Kills Me" where Lena will make her comedic debut. If anything she is an artist with broad range.


“Renaissance Woman”- Manitoulin Expositor, Robin Burridge

“Lena Recollet is one of the most important young artists to emerge from the Native theatre scene today. Her voice is resonant, and her work is haunting!”- Jill Carter, PhD, Lecturer, Aboriginal Studies Department, University of Toronto


"R3 Collective Caravan Tour, Last Stop" The Fromagerie, Sudbury, ON

"Ontario International Poetry Slam"-Guelph Spoken Word-Guelph Spoken Word, River Run Centre, Guelph, ON

"Nations to Nations: A Town Hall Discussion"- Manifesto, in Association with the City of Toronto, Fort York Historical Site, Toronto, ON

"We Are Who We Are"- George Brown College Students Association, Casa Loma Campus, Toronto, ON

"Starting from the Seed"- Six Foot Festival, (Lena w/ Sons of Blues Band), Debajehmujig Creation Centre, Manitowaning, ON

"Wikwemikong Fall Fair" (incl. Chris Peltier on Electric Guitar) Wikwemikong Arena, Manitoulin Island, ON

"Voices of the Valley Music and Arts Festival"- Chief Tetlenitsa Memorial Outdoor Theatre, Spences Bridge, BC

“Aboriginal Showcase for Emerging Talent (ASCET)”
Vincent Massey Park. Aboriginal Summer Solistice Festival, Ottawa, ON.

“National Aboriginal Day Celebration” Bell Park Ampitheatre, Sudbury, ON

“Maple Syrup Festival” Outdoor Stage at Amikook Centre, Wikwemikong, ON

"Anishnaabemowin Teg Conference"- Dream Makers Theatre, Sault Ste Marie, MI

"iAM Magazine" Vol.3 Launch, Toronto Women’s Bookstore, Toronto, ON

"Ignite A Dream"- Waasa Abin High School, Wikwemikong, ON

"Cultural Hybridity"- 7th Generation Imagemakers, Halo Halo, Toronto, ON

"Six Foot Festival" Debahjemujig Creation Centre, Wikwemikong, ON

"The Beat ft.,Buffy St. Marie" -ImagineNATIVE Film Festival Phoenix Concert Hall, Toronto, ON

"Nuit Blanche"- UofT,Kahontake Kitigan Medicine Garden, Toronto, ON

"Nimkee Blessings Festival"- Ball Park, Sheguindah, ON

"Matadanze, Story Weaving" Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto, ON

"Living Around the Six" Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford, ON

"National Aboriginal Day Celebration"- Dundas Square, Toronto, ON

"National Aboriginal Day Afterparty"-CharmCity, Augusta House, Toronto, ON

"Spring Up, Spring Out Concert ft. Kinnie Starr" Steelworkers Hall, Toronto, ON

"Black Lily Arts Celebration"-SweetLikeMango, Ngoma Lounge, Toronto, ON

"The Harmony Movement Awards 2010" (w/ Red Slam Collective) Arcadian Court, Toronto ON

"The Beat ft Martha Redbone"-ImagineNative Film + Media Festival, Lees Palace (w/Red Slam Collective) Toronto, ON

"2010 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word Indigenous Showcase" (w/Red Slam Collective), Ottawa ON

"Doors Open Toronto"-Diaspora Dialogues, 2009. (w/Red Slam Collective), Union Station, Toronto, ON

"APTN Rez Tunez” 2009 (w/ Red Slam Collective) Hamilton, ON

"Words Alive Literary Festival 2009", Invited Speaker, Newmarket, ON

Film & Visual Arts, Public Speaking or Acting Resumes Available also upon request.