Celeigh Cardinal

Celeigh Cardinal is totally friggin’ metal. Her songwriting is both honest and sublime; it hits me in the head AND the heart. And just wait till she starts to sing. You’ll wake up in the middle of the night with a cold sweat, jonesing to hear that voice just one more time. Oh yeah, and she’s kind and hilarious to boot... Gross. ”

— David Landreth (The Bros. Landreth)

Bio

“I’ve always connected with artists whose voices resonate; you can feel it in your body.  That is what I’ve always wanted to be.”  

Discovery is the beauty of music. It reveals itself in layers. Such is the evolution of 2020 JUNO Award winner, Celeigh Cardinal.  Following a time-tested path from singing in church to performing in cover bands to writing original material, Cardinal has reinvented herself with each new chapter in her career. With a confident voice and boundless energy, Cardinal owns a stage, connecting deeply with her audience through humour, passion and love. Whether sweetly strumming an acoustic guitar or leading her band in a rocking rave-up, she commands our attention.  Her singing is rich and deep with a burnished maturity and a nimble technical virtuosity that wraps itself around notes with a purr, a snarl or something in the middle.  With two full-length albums completed, and a future release in the planning stages, Cardinal is poised to expand her profile which already includes awards from the 2020 Juno Awards, the 2018 Western Canadian Music Awards, multiple Edmonton Music Awards, and recently she received two nominations for the 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards for Indigenous Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.   

 Celeigh has performed across North America and internationally, including Reeperbahn in Germany, and tours in The Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden.   

As well as her flourishing musical career, Celeigh is the first Indigenous radio personality on Alberta’s own CKUA Radio Network, and she’s the first Indigenous member of CBC Edmonton’s Radio Arts Column, the In Crowd. Creating more opportunities for Indigenous representation in Media and Music is not only essential to Celeigh, it is her inspiration.  Celeigh strives to use the space she takes to lift up other Indigenous artists and be/have the representation she desired as a young girl, and the representation she desires for all Indigenous peoples.

Celeigh is quickly becoming one of the great Canadian voices that make up the fabric of the Canadian roots music scene.”

— Doug Cox, Vancouver Island Music Festival

Performances Highlights

Thriving Roots- Americana Music Association  (Virtual) September 16th, 2020 - Performed in Winnipeg, MMB 

Summerfolk Festival, Owen Sound, ON (Virtual)               August 21-22nd 2020 - Performed in Edmonton, AB 

Philadelphia Folk Fest, Philadelphia, PA (Virtual).          August 14th, 2020 - Edmonton, AB 

Revelstoke Arts Council – Guerilla Gigs                            August 5th, 2020 - Revelstoke, BC 

Women in (e)Motion Festival                                                  March 6th, 2020 - Bremen, Germany 

Folk Alliance International - Official Showcase Artist            Jan 23-26th, 2020 - New Orleans, LA 

Assembly of First Nations Winter Gala                                       Dec 7th, 2019 - Ottawa, ON 

Mundial Montreal - Official Showcase Artist                    November 21-24th, 2019 - Montreal, QC 

Folk Music Ontario - Official Showcase Artist                September 27th – 29th, 2019 - Toronto, ON

Reeperbahn Festival - Official Showcase Artist             September 19-22, 2019 - Hamburg, Germany 

Indigenous Music West Showcase                                  September 17, 2020 - Berlin, Germany 

Regina Folk Festival                                                                  August 9-11, 2019 - Regina, SK 

Big Valley Jamboree                                                                August 2, 2019 - Camrose, AB 

Calgary Folk Festival                                                                 August 25-28, 2019 - Calgary, AB 

Vancouver Folk Festival                                                           August 18-21, 2019 - Vancouver, BC 

Alianait Arts Festival                                                                   June 28-30, 2019 - Iqaluit, NU

 

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