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Deantha Edmunds, Canada’s first Inuk classical singer, is set to release her first original solo album. Recorded with the Atlantic String Quartet, Connections will be released on National Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Tuesday, 21 June, and will coincide with a performance by Deantha at the International Inuit Studies Conference in Winnipeg, MB.
Deantha is a multi-nominated and award-winning performer much in demand as a singer, actor, and collaborator in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous projects. A member of the Canadian Opera Company’s Circle of Artists, she was nominated for the ECMA Indigenous Artist of the Year Award in 2020 for her solo EP, My Beautiful Home, and in 2016 for the album, Pillorikput Inuit: Inuktitut Arias for All Seasons, with the late Inuk singer Karrie Obed.
Deantha explores and embraces her Indigeneity through creating poems, stories, and songs. As an urban Inuk, creator and mentor, she aims to empower Indigenous people and share their stories.
She is also developing a reputation as a composer. In May 2022, she presented her libretto and opera Irngutaq, the first opera sung in both English and Inuktitut, at the Watershed Festival, Queens University. She also participated in a Song Sharing session at Podium National Choral Conference & Festival in Toronto, where she performed with the Shallaway Youth Choir and the NL Deaf Choir.
Deantha sang the anthem of Nunatsiavut, Sons of Labrador/Labradorimiut, at the welcoming ceremony for Prince Charles and Camilla on their recent visit, and toured Labrador schools as a featured guest artist of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra in performances of Harmony in Ulliasuk, in June, 2022.