Tara Williamson is a poet and provocateur from Winnipeg, by way of Peterborough, ON. A First Nations singer/songwriter, she has performed across Canada with the likes of Christa Couture, Billie Joe Green, and Cris Derksen.
Her new EP, ndn summer, is a testament to her ability to cross genres, moods, and territories. This 3-song collection is a compelling look at Indigenous politics, love, betrayal and loyalty. Engineered and produced by Juno award-winning MC, singer, musician and poet, Kinnie Starr, ndn summer is a soundtrack for lovers and fighters alike.
“Come My Way” is a clear anthem from the groundbreaking global Idle No More movement and a powerful complement to Willamson’s writing and activism. Using the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) language, “Sweetheart” is a candid and crass questioning of loyalty and love that conveys betrayal across linguistic boundaries. The title track, “ndn summer” reminds us that lovers rule this recording. Between protests and politics, gentle rains and early mornings still prevail.
ndn summer is a follow up to Williamson’s debut EP, Lie Low, which was received with acclaim from across Turtle Island (North America). Between her singles “Boy” and “July,” she has been featured on the National Top 40 Aboriginal Music Countdown and numerous Top Releases of 2013 blog lists.
ndn summer is available on iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, Spotify and through the website www.tarawilliamson.net as of June 21, 2014.
Cover art by Zara Diniz. Check out her website at http://www.zaradiniz.com/
“Sweet, edgy, and sultry.” – The Association for Native Development in the Performing Arts
“I'm a fan of any song that starts with ‘half a bottle of whiskey and a pretty dress’" – Meg Wilcox, CBC’s Bandwidth.