serpentwithfeet is an avant-garde vocalist and performance artist whose growing body of work is rooted in dueling obsessions with the ephemeral and the everlasting – key components of his artistic journey from a childhood stint as a choirboy in Baltimore through his time at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where he studied vocal performance before relocating to New York City. His forthcoming debut full-length album soil is a return to the sensibilities and wide-eyed curiosity of his musical youth before symmetry and sterile soundscapes ruled the roost. With the release of soil the chameleonic serpentwithfeet (born Josiah Wise) rediscovers and ultimately returns to the unhinged version of himself he was sure he had outgrown.
Elle Barbara is a Montreal-based avant-garde singer-songwriter, song selector (TS Ellise), pinup, speaker, writer, director, curator, and intervention worker whose musical output combines elements of soul, psychedelia, jazz, and underground. A lover of the odd, dark, or overlooked elements in pop music, Elle rose from artist-run spaces at the turn of the 2010s and has seen their work soar to enduring acclaim in Japan and Europe, in a career whose highlights include duets with Laetitia Sadier and R. Stevie Moore. In recent years, Barbara’s efforts have been mainly centered around trans community organizing – including contributions in Montreal’s emerging ballroom scene as the Iconic Mother of the Idiosyncratic Meta House of Barbara. The House of Barbara, in addition to throwing balls, is a collective whose transdisciplinary practice encompasses music, performance, activism & DJing. Elle’s current musical incarnation (Elle Barbara’s Black Space) boasts excellence in the likes of Markus Lake and Mitch Holtby, and aims to re-center blackness and reject anti-black tropes within the city’s music and art spaces.
Elle Barbara is presenting Elle Barbara’s Black Trans Lives Projection Rally; a multi-borough event and video installation in Tio’tia:ke / Montreal as well as well as the Premier of Peach Purée (de Pêche), music video for comeback single by Elle Barbara’s Black Space for Slut Island Festival 2020.
Edzi’u is a 2S Tahltan and inland Tlingit sound artist, songwriter, composer. They were born in the Yukon and raised in Whitehorse, YT, spending a large part of that time in their traditional territory of Dease Lake, BC. They received a Degree in Music Composition at Vancouver Community College in 2019. Edzi’u has been performing nationally for the better part of ten years, in festivals, galleries and living rooms. Their roles in performance life have ranged from solo performer, to choir soprano, actor, and concert coordinator. Currently their art practice centres on weaving electronic soundscapes with audio manipulation, while drawing on classical songwriting elements. Their music and sound installations have been featured on CBC Radio Reclaimed, Talking Stick festival, shown in Tkaronto’s film festival imagineNATIVE 2018 as well as 2019, while debuting internationally in 2019 at the Document Film Festival in Glasgow, Scotland.
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“Tye my skin with the land resists the colonial bondage restricting femme sexuality. The piece evokes transformation through trauma, embodying strength, agency and self love. Through vocals, movement, projections and recordings of Indigifemmes orgasming, “tye my skin with the land” personifies ancestral sexual power.”
Njoki Njoki is a project to escape and seek distraction and relief from the white washed realities of life as an immigrant from the mountain hills of central Kenya. An entertaining fantasy of childhood eclectic memories which root from distant sounds, with textures intertwined from multiple ethnic cultures, centred from the east of Africa.
Ntu crafts music for the future, with sultry vocals, sputtering beats and ethereal electronics. Born in Virginia’s northern suburbs, Ntu studied commercial and contemporary dance and oil painting as a teen. After discovering FKA twigs’s “Papi Pacify” video, he began producing music at the age of 15 on a school laptop. Throughout high school, Ntu had literary and academic aspirations, inspired by the writings of Toni Morrison and Frantz Fanon. After moving to New York in 2017, he channelled these expressions into daring, anti-disciplinary productions that evoke 90’s pop/R&B adventurists like Björk and Janet Jackson and the more contemporary avant-garde like Arca and Kelela. The result is a compelling vision of pop and R&B music amidst otherworldly land and soundscapes, a voracious investigation of Black futurity. He released his debut EP Perfect Blue May 22nd, 2020 to notable recognition from the likes of FADER, Resident Advisor, AdHoc, and Bubblegum Club.
(000)  – WATCH
“Pile” (music video) – WATCH
“Perfect Blue” (music video) – WATCH
“Gaslight” (lyric video) – WATCH
Black Movement Project Inaugural Performance  – WATCH
Overture to: A Liminal Field  – WATCH
Genesis  – WATCH
Photo by Zachary Tinubu-Karch, edited by Saint A
A changeling that exists between dreams and reality, Miiv is a multidisciplinary artist who combines sound, movement, and visuals. Rooted in Nigerian Jazz, Southern gospel, and never without reverb, their sound has been described for those who like to be haunted by disorienting spirits; blending electronic production, bass guitar, and deep melodies.
Vimeo: SUBURBAN (music video)
Syana (PureMulato) is a Montreal local DJ/Producer/Performer and multi-disciplinary artist. Born and raised in the city, the young artist always bases her sets on the experiences and culture she has seen not only in this city, but wherever she has travelled. Originally introduced into the nightlife through ballroom, Syana started her days in the now ex Kiki House of Disney and is now part of the idiosyncratic House of Barbara… You can find her in interviews, discussions and always at your local rave ;).
PureMulato’s set will be broadcasted here (on the slutislandfestival.com homepage) on Friday, October 16th 2020 at 12:30 AM EST (technically Oct 17th) as part of the HUMBLE showcase.
Genre hopping from ambient experimental electronics to trip hop, pop, and more. Ziibiwan is an electronic musician/producer/composer with a no-holds-barred approach to production. Their ethereal, sonics opens into deeply hypnotic spaces where land, sky, and deep sea meet. Anishinaabe from Wiikwemkoong, based in Tkaronto (Toronto). Whether in their own music or in DJ sets, their spacious rhythmscapes evoke tranquility, the natural world and wisdom from elder generations within modern contexts. Ziibiwan has also composed music for two short animations by Amanda Strong which premiered at TIFF, The Inconvenient Indian by Michelle Latimer, and London Fashion Week.
Strange Froots is an “alternative chill-soul” trio formed in 2014 at NBS studio, a music centre for youths in Cote-des-Neiges. As the first all-fem initiative from the studio, the group is made up of musicians, beatmakers, MCs and singer-songwriters: Montrealers Naïka Champaïgne and SageS, and DMV-born Mags.
Strange Froots will take over Slut Island’s instagram from October 2nd – October 4th to share wisdom, to share their musical process and to invite you into their strange world. Strange Froots set will be broadcasted here (on the slutislandfestival.com homepage) on Saturday, October 17th 2020 at 9:30 PM EST.
Photos by: Adam Mbowe, Vitamin Dee, Nivie Dhami, Maxime La Valliere, Jenna Welik
Eliza Kavtion is the performance vehicle of indigenous first nations Musician,performance and recording artist Eliza Kahero:ton Santos.
Eliza’s work explores and exploits elements of modern indigenous life and its relation to Pop culture,spirituality and colonialist authority.
Based in Drone, Blues and the avant-garde, Eliza has opened for experimental music luminaries such as Godspeed you! Black emperor, Keiji Haino and Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten)
Eliza Kavtion est le véhicule d’interprétation qu’utilise la musicienne des Premières Nations l’artiste Eliiza Kahero:ton Santos. Les oeuvres d’Eliza explore et exploite les thèmes de la vie moderne des Autochtones et leurs relations avec la culture Pop, la spiritualité et les autorités colonialistes.
Influencée par la musique Drone, le Blues et la musique Avant Gardiste, Eliza s’est vue attribuée la première partie des spectacles pour des sommités telles que Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Keji Haino et Alexander Hacke (Einstürzende Neubauten ).
Photo by Laurence Philomene
“Nivram”is a diy experimental music project started in 2017 in Surrey and Vancover BC, which is where they grew up. Nivram makes music about Fear,their ancestors, breaking free of generational trauma, love songs about people and things that they once knew or was and Things they have seen and also never have seen but have experienced. When asked about who they make music for Nivram answered “I hope that when black alternative kids who are constantly having to be in spaces where they do not see themselves hear my Stuff or see my work they feel somewhat of a connection because that’s literally who I do this for, apart from myself ofc” outside of Nivram they venture in other creative work and have recently founded an Art collective called Unity which is a space/platform for bipoc queer and trans people in Canada.
Magi Merlin is a singer/songwriter based in Montreal. She Is inspired by Frank Ocean and other people that sound like Frank Ocean. She is very well-rounded.
Despite her appearance, audiences should NOT expect Vegan straight-edge crust punk music! She is a fun & well-rounded Rnb singer who is very well-rounded and fun.
Magi Merlin’s set will be broadcasted here (on the slutislandfestival.com homepage) on Sunday, October 25th, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST for after the QTBI Healing workshop, hosted by Fruition Collective.
Hey, I’m Kai AKA KAITHEBLACKANGEL. I-DJ and I make images. I’m from Philadelphia but New York City is my current home. I’m an experience.
Timaaj Hassen is a Black, Muslim, woman that works as a Poet, Spoken Word Artist, and Arts & Anti-Oppression Educator. Timaaj is a second generation Canadian born to Oromo and Harari parents. Drawing upon both lived experience and her educational background– as a Bachelor of Arts Candidate in Women & Gender Studies at the University of Toronto– her work is grounded in social justice, critical equity, and diaspora. She has spoken, performed, and facilitated workshops in various events across Southern Ontario. Timaaj drives to continue to do advocacy work with racialized, queer, differently abled, and Muslim communities; be it through art, community discussions, or in solidarity with front line organizers.
In collaboration with Fruition Collective, Timaaj Hassen will be facilitating a closed QTBI healing workshop entitled “Art as Radical Self-Love” on Sunday, October 25th, 2020 at 3:00 PM. Event is for QTBI folks by RSVP only.
Queer Haitian-Quebecker folk/soul artist, based in Montreal. Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actress. Member of alternative chill-soul trio Strange Froots. Debuting also her first solo album “Painted Imageries”. Naïka Champaïgne blends the genre of neo-soul, folk, funk, hip-hop, spoken word to talk about queerness, blackness, love, hurt and joy.
Photos by Didi M’bow
G.R. Gritt is a Juno Award winning, Two-Spirit, Transgender, Francophone, Anishinaabe/Métis artist. Pulling effortlessly from the past to create soulful futurisms, their new sound elegantly weaves melodies using vocals, guitar and new electronic elements. They create both intimate and anthemic music that would fit in a folk club, a dance club and anywhere in between.
Mahawam is a rapper, musician and producer in Oakland, CA straddling the line between technician and artist. A means to process both the trauma and joy at the intersection of Black queer identity, their work as a producer and vocalist serves as a study in the ways that intersection informs cultural and personal progress.
Video: Mahawam – Michelle Pfeiffer
Mahawam’s set will be broadcasted here (on the slutislandfestival.com homepage) on Saturday, October 24th, 2020 at 10:00 PM EST.
Photo by Guerrilla
Black Folks Don’t Swim?
Black Folks Don’t Swim? Is a soulful Black music machine from space that must be pronounced with the upswing inflection common to any great question pondered by minds of the time. Led by a core ensemble of BlaQueers, their music floats through a myriad of liberating sonic traditions including Blue note jazz, polyrhythmic future funk, Shout! and the Neo Soul of Rhythm and Blues. Based within the DC Metro area, their soulful arrangements resonate in venues where artistic expression lives and breathes and they collectively continue to expand their magnetic energy locally globally. Black Folks Don’t Swim? is not a statement, rather an intentional prompt to examine the thought processes and conditioning of popular beliefs and the power structures that be.
Photos by: Mango Angeles, Your Topic Studio
Jamondria Harris (meroitic) is an interdisciplinary artist and composer living in Portland, OR. They use words, sounds, wires, instruments, textiles & what falls into their hands to engage with blackness, desire, spirit/source, decolonization, fairy tales, & embodiment.Their sound art emerges from deep-listening fluidity between rhythm & source, engendering sonic cartographies woven from samples, feedback, the electromagnetic field of bodies & rooms and both digital and analog synthesizer soundscapes. jamondria’s new album, jovilabe, is available from Fallen Moon Recordings.
Photos by Patricia Wolf
The Afro-futuristic, Afro-electro and avant-garde sound of Grapes Mars, takes anyone who dares into their emotional universe. Filled with darkness, melancholy and sorrow, while simultaneously accompanied by exquisite tenderness and sweetness.
Grapes represents the nameless faces as well as the untold stories of the Haitian/Afro-descendant diaspora through their music.
Sofia Fly is a DJ/Producer/Vocalist from Toronto. A Trans Woman and Queer nightlife Queen, she frequently DJs at some of the biggest Queer parties in Toronto and recently started her own party series called Bitchcraft. Named one of NOW Magazine’s “artists to watch in 2020”, her songs feature poetic party-girl lyrics set to a latin inspired fusion of trap and house music. She released her debut EP “Rosé” in 2019 available on all streaming platforms.
Aura, Formally known as Iris Creamer, is a New England based multi-media artist serving spicy production and direction as she moves through sound and genres with ease. With music self-described as honorable and funky, Aura’s bright image and lyrics will without a doubt get you dancin’ all whilst filling you up with confidence!
Video: Iris Creamer – Sweet Tooth
Linktr.ee : AuraMoreno
Photos by Ryan Cardoso, Chloe Cusimano, Tyhara Angus, and Tyler Borchardt
A spiritual free being, with a fearless attitude on the beat. Lia is a 20 years old Canadian female artist who has talent for creating infectious atmospheres with mystery around her music. Born and raised in Ottawa’s south side, the music she creates reflects on her environment as a youth, and discovering herself as a young adult.
Lia Kloud has been making huge noise up North, she has worked non stop dropping meaningful visuals and music while developing her long-term fanbase. From a city known for harsh winters and blistering summers, Lia Kloud harnesses her environment to create songs that pull you in with the perfect balance of polarization.
Discovered in 2017 through the track Plan$ recorded alongside rappers Flawless & Joe Rocca, Tyleen quickly attracts attention within the Montreal rap scene. Uninhibited and aware of her seductive power, Tyleen chooses to claim her feminine identity by appropriating unapologetically the codes of street culture similarly to her male counterparts.
Découverte en 2017 grâce au titre Plan$ enregistré aux côtés des rappeurs Flawless et Joe Rocca, Tyleen attire rapidement l’attention de la scène rap montréalaise. Originaire de l’arrondissement LaSalle, la jeune rappeuse prouve rapidement sa place au sein de la communauté rap anglophone, peu reconnue pour sa représentation féminine.