Leanne Simpson Music


f(l)ight short film community extension project

This album was created in a rich community of Elders, makers, musicians, writers and artists of many kinds. The f(l)ight short film community extension project aims to honour the rich space of collaboration, layered interpretation and flight.  To this end, Indigenous filmmakers Amanda Strong, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Amos Scott, and Cara Mumford were commissioned on shoe string budgets to create their own unique visual interpretations of tracks on the album. The videos will be rolled out over the next few months.  Miigwech to the Aboriginal Arts program at the Ontario Council of Art for financial support.


"How To Steal A Canoe" is directed by Métis film maker Amanda Strong  (music written and performed by  Cris Derksen). Amanda writes, "Upon first listening to the heart-stirring soundscape and poetry of How to Steal a Canoe, my mind was flooded with images of the world and the characters within. The rich words and instrumentation align fluidly with hand-made animated textures. As I listened to this piece over and over I felt for the birch bark and the water. I felt for the People and wanted to be a part of bringing this story to life." The video premiered at the ImagineNATIVE film festival in Toronto this fall and won an special mention in the music video category. "How To Steal A Canoe" won an Honourable Mention in the Music Video category of ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival in 2016.

"Under Your Always Light" (music composed by Jonas Bonnetta and James Bunton) is directed by the Blackfoot/Sámi filmmaker Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and stars Nuxalkmc boxing champ Ivy Richardson and her mother Charlene Schooner. "Under Your Always Light" is about escaping the ongoing violence of colonialism and into the love, beauty, strength and compassion of Indigenous spaces. It is an unapologetic celebration of the strength of Indigenous peoples, particularly women and Two Spirit/Queer people, and it places our struggle at the heart of Indigenous resistance and resurgence.

"This Accident of Being Lost" (music written and performed by Tara Williamson),  is a poem, a song, a book and now a video directed by Dene filmmaker Amos Scott. The video was made along with the students in the Spring 2015 cohort at the Dechinta Centre for Research & Learning.  It was shot in Treaty 8 of Denendeh  on Chief Drygeese Territory in the Akaitcho region, the territory of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, and features a special appearance by Dene actress, moose hide tanner and artist Melaw Nakeh’ko (The Revenant). Click here to read the behind the scenes story of the making of This Accident of Being Lost.


The video for "The Oldest Tree in the World" (music written by Nick Ferrio) was made by Métis filmmaker Cara Mumford.  It was shot in Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg territory near Peterborough, ON, and is a love song to the oldest maple tree in our territory.


Islands of Decolonial Love



When a young Nishnaabekwe experiences racism for the first time, her mama realizes that she can’t protect her daughter from the evils of the world, but that she can have tremendous influence in mitigating the damage. The music for, "Leaks" was written by Tara Williamson, and this track was released as an album entitled "Islands of Decolonial Love" alongside  a book of short stories and poetry of the same name, published by Arbeiter Ring Publishing.


Sofar Toronto, live performance of "Road Salt" with Nick Ferrio and Ansley Simpson.

Short Film: Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes)

“Biidaaban”, dir. by Amanda Strong, based on the short stories of Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, winner Nominated, Best Animated Short, Canadian Screen Awards; Toronto International Film Festival’s Canada Top 10; Best BC Short, Vancouver International Film Festival; Honourable Mention, Best Canadian Film, Ottawa International Animation Festival, Best Script, Ottawa International Animation Festival; and Best Short Work, ImagineNative.