Indigenous Artist

Aqua, just as her name suggests, is an elemental force. Her lyrics and melodies flow out of her like the crystal clear medicine water that she is. Embracing her Indigenous ancestry, she proudly walks with the heartbeat of her hand drum. She brings a unique take on Blues music and has created her own genre, IndigiBlues; inspired by her life stories as an IndigiQueer being of overcoming intergenerational trauma, mental health, addictions, homelessness, and violence. Woven together with unforgettable harmonies and the soothing sounds of strings.

Aqua is a solo artist and the creator, lead vocalist, and hand drummer for Red Rhythm & Blues. She’s had the great fortune to work with incredibly gifted and diverse artists of all walks of life. She continues to collaborate with and learn from each great artist she has the privilege to play with in and out of the studio.

Aqua not only creates music, she actively creates spaces where artists can share their original works. She’s curated for the inaugural Tłabat'si Copper Box at the Confluence Concerts and showcased a plethora of LifeGiver talent. Aqua is a mentor to many up and coming Indigenous artists who she feels will change the world. Aqua has always lived by the belief that there is enough light for everyone to shine.

Aqua is a producer and recording artist. This part of her journey began with her EP Spirit Music, and soon after with her debut solo album, Hand Drum Stories. She was grateful to have received funding from the OAC through the Music Recording Grant as the creative visionary for Red Rhythm & Blues’ debut album, Alive. Buffy Sainte-Marie listened to the album and said, "Aqua's music is great! I have Burry Me Deep & Come On Home on heavy rotation! Amazing!"

Aqua is a storyteller at her core. This is apparent when she is leading and teaching in circle and ceremony, as well as when she steps on stage. She is rooted in her Anishinaabe heritage and proudly identifies as a mixed ancestry being; embodying all the beauty of Ojibwe, Irish, and French bloodlines.

Aqua is currently writing her first play Water Hunters which she was graciously awarded the 40 Seeds grant from Native Earth Performing Arts, who have been long time collaborators of this evergrowing artist.

Aqua was honoured when she shared original music she created in the studio for the Earth To Sky documentary, which won Best Music Score and Best Sound at the Motion Pictures International Film Festival in Nairobi, Kenya, and Nigeria. Aqua also composed all but one of the original melodies for the Good Medicine album to aid in beings transitioning from the physical world to the spirit world with the help of the Room 217 Foundation.

In essence, Aqua has taken her soul music made of magic and shared it with the world.


First Nations


Wikidata ID: Q113502265
Artsdata ID: K3-112
Last reviewed: Feb 22nd, 2023