Bio

Eastern Owl is an Indigenous-led all nations group of women who blend the styles of First Nations Drum Music and Contemporary Folk to create their own innovative sound. Based primarily out of St. John’s, NL, the women of Eastern Owl hail from all across Ktaqamkuk (the island of Newfoundland). A powerful ensemble of eight vocalists, they have been captivating audiences across Canada since 2011.

With deep roots in community, Eastern Owl has committed to deepening their connection with their traditional practices while helping to educate Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences through song. They are the recipients of the 2016 ArtsNL CBC Emerging Artist award, the 2019 Music NL Indigenous Artist of the Year Award and most recently have been named the 2020 ECMA Indigenous Artist of the Year.

They have taken the national stage during Canadian Music Week (ON), Coastal First Nations Dance Festival (BC), and Petapan (NB), as well as festivals in their home town of St. John’s such as Identify, Out of Earshot, Spirit Song, and Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival. The women have been making waves following the release of their debut album “Not Quite Like You” in 2016, and are currently celebrating the release of their 2019 sophomore album “Qama’si”.

Rarely photographed all together, Eastern Owl is Jenelle Duval, Stacey Howse, Kayla Stride, Danielle Benoit, Natasha Blackwood, Jaime O’Leary, Rebecca Sharr & Joanna Barker.

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