The Indigenous Artist Residency is a program that celebrates innovative artists and provides opportunities for collaboration, performance, and skills development supported by Coastal Jazz.

This year, Coastal Jazz is thrilled to present Russell Wallace as the 2019 Indigenous Artist in Residence.

Russell Wallace is a composer, producer, and traditional singer from the Lil’wat Nation in BC. His music has been part of a number of film and TV soundtracks, and he has composed for theatre and dance productions across Canada. Most recently he received a Leo Award for Best Musical Score for a documentary series 1491: The Untold History of the Americas Before Columbus.

Wallace was the composer in residence for the Chinook Winds Aboriginal Dance program from 1996-2003 at the Banff Centre for the Arts. He has produced CDs that have been nominated for awards at the JUNOS, Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, and the Native American Music Awards in the US. Currently, Wallace works and teaches at the Native Education College and Simon Fraser University.

“I have worked with many great musicians in the Vancouver jazz community over the years,” said Wallace. “I love collaboration with artists from many music cultures and for this project I will be taking some Salish music (traditional and new) and work on arrangements with different collaborators. I look forward to providing workshops in Salish music and improvisation.”

Russell Wallace’s Tillicum Shantie Project performs June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day, at noon on the Granville Island Public Market Stage.

The movement for reconciliation in Canada has spurred necessary and positive changes in the arts communities, and communities at large in Canada. Coastal Jazz has an opportunity to participate in reconciliation, by recognizing and supporting Indigenous artists.

Where to see other Indigenous artists at the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival:

MYSTERY BAND (announced June 1)
June 22, Downtown Jazz 7:30pm

DJ Shub
Downtown Jazz
June 23 @ 7:30pm

Performance Works
June 23 @ 8:00pm

Eastern Medicine Singers
David Lam Park
June 30 @ 7:00pm

Blue Moon Marquee
Granville Island Ron Basford stage
July 1 @ 5:00pm