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It’s been a whirl-wind of a summer touring the new album, meeting new friends and getting hug and love-up some old ones. Rumour has it that we’re thinking of getting back into the studio this winter to record a new album, but until then…order our latest album, ‘For The Light’ on iTunes NOW!  Click here to order and enjoy a free-streaming of our title track, ‘For The Light’ and single, ‘I’ve Got It Bad.’

We had an amazing time performing ‘Stay’, from the new album and we made sure to represent our #MMIW at the #CanadaAM studios on the#AMSoundstageClick to watch the whole clip!

We excitingly express our thanks and gratitude to Paul Reddick for dreaming & colouring outside of the box by creating the ‪#‎CobaltPrize‬, a contemporary blues composition award that was presented at the annual ‪#‎MapleBluesAwards‬. With Digging Roots as the inaugural recipient of the award we are both humbled and honoured. The prize composition was ‘Hwy 17’ from our new album ‘For The Light‘ that speaks to the incomprehensible issue of the near 1200 Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women ‪#‎MMIW‬. We also send loving appreciation to our great friend Derek Andrews and the fantastic people at The Toronto Blues Society for hosting the ‪#‎BluesSummitVII‬ where we got to visit friends and were introduced to new ones! Meegwetch/niawen!

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Digging Roots made it back into the studio after some heavy International touring and the end result is a masterpiece of Light and Love! Click here to order their latest album, ‘For The Light’ on iTunes NOW! 




Date City Venue
Tour: Bring the Light
08/19/16 - 08/21/16 Salmon Arm, BC Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival
Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: (250) 833-4096. Address: Salmon Arm Fair Grounds 490 5th Ave SW. Venue phone: (250) 833-4096.

Digging Roots is super excited to come back to the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival. Last time ’round at the end of this festival they were shaking their heads at the truly amazing time they had!

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St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage, Morrisburg, ON
The Blue Feather Festival, Whitehorse, YK
The Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield, QC
Terres En Vue, Montreal, QC
Harrison Festival of the Arts, Harrison Hot Springs, BC
The Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Canso, NS
The Grand Theatre, Kingston, ON
Canadian Music Week Showcase, Toronto, ON
Farquhar Auditorium, Victoria, BC
The Port Theatre, Nanaimo, BC
The Duncan Garage Showroom, Duncan BC
Sid William Theatre, Courtenay, BC
Festival Place Theatre, Sherwood Park, AB
Big Spirit Festival, Fort McMurray, AB
Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, BC
Riddu Riddu Festival, Norway
Dundas Square Aboriginal History Celebration, Toronto, ON
The National Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON
Fort York, Toronto, ON
Fort George, Niagara On The Lake, ON Home Routes Tour, MB, ON
Nipissing University Theatre, North Bay, ON
Long Point First Nation, QC
The Gladstone, Toronto, ON
Massey Hall, Toronto, ON
Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI, USA
The Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, YK
The Company House, Halifax, NS
The Deep Roots Festival, Wolfville, NS
Alderville Black Oak Savanna, Alderville First Nation, ON
Acoustic Harvest, Toronto, ON
The MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON
Hugh’s Room, Toronto, ON
North Country Fair, Driftpile, AB
Kenora Summer Music Festival, Kenora, ON
Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Vancouver, BC
Bella Coola Music Festival, Bella Coola, BC
Robson Valley Music Festival, Dunster, BC
The Layback Lounge, Harrison Hot Springs, BC
The Bulkley Valley Exhibition, Smithers, BC
The Artisan, Regina, SK

Winneway Winter Carnival, Winneway, QC
National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, Edmonton, AB

The Rivoli, Toronto, ON
Sami Easter Festival, Guovdageaignu, Norway
The Talking Stick Festival, Vancouver, BC
Nathan Philips Square, Toronto, ON
Fat Cat Blues Bar, St John’s, NF
Gathering of Nations, Albuquerque, NM, USA
The Debajehnujig Centre – Wikwemikong, ON
Wytchwood Arts Barns – Toronto, ON
Banff Centre for the Arts
Fulfillment of a Dream Festival – Owen Sound, ON
100 Georges – North Bay, ON
The Debajehnujig Centre – Wikwemikong, ON
The Winnipeg Folk Festival, Winnipeg, MB
The Haven Social Club, Edmonton, AB
The Iron Side Bar & Grill – Calgary, AB
The Water Festival – Georgina Island, ON
The Mansion – Barrie, ON
The Waltz – Hamilton, ON
Oshki Aa-yaa’aag Mino Bimaadiziwi – Morson, ON
Planet IndigenUs – Toronto, ON
Georgina Island Water Festival – Georgina Island, ON

Canada AM: Performace – Toronto, ON
World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium – Tyendinaga, ON
Ottawa Folk Festival – Ottawa, ON
Eaglewood Folk Festival – Pefferlaw, ON
Ontario Council of Folk Festivals: Toronto Blues Society Showcase – Ottawa, ON
The Mod Club – Toronto, ON
Toronto Blues Society Showcase (OCFF) – Ottawa, ON

Electric Jam (OCFF) – Ottawa, ON
Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards – Winnipeg, MB

Definitely Not the Opera: CBC Performance – Toronto, ON
Martial Caron Theatre – Winnipeg, MB
Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards – Hamilton, ON
Hamilton Place Studio – Hamilton, ON
Silver Dollar, Toronto, ON
CBC\’s Glen Gould Studio – Toronto, ON

Casino du Lac-Leamy – Gatineau, QC
Mount Zion School – Montego Bay, Jamaica
The Juke Joint – Montego Bay, Jamaica

Winterfolk VIII – Toronto, ON
Octave Theatre – Kingston, ON
Talking Stick Festival – Vancouver, BC
2010 Winter Olympics: Cultural Olympiad – Vancouver, BC
Paralympic Torch Relay: Nathan Philips Square – Toronto, BC
JunoFest: Fat Cat Blues Bar – St. John\’s, NF
Gathering of Nations: Stage 49 – Albuquerque, NM
Uptown Bar and Grill – Albuquerque, NM
Ollinkan Internation Festival: Various Venues – Mexico City, Mexico
Festival Barroquisimo Puebla: Unidad Habitacional – Puebla, Mexico
Festival Barroquisimo Puebla: Zócalo de la Cludad – Puebla, Mexico
Notes – Newtown, Australia
The Heritage Hotel – Bulli, Australia
The Clarendon Guest House – Katoomba, Australia
The Brass Monkey – Crobulla, Australia
The Dreaming Festival – Woodford, Australia
Aboriginal Day 2010 – Ottawa, ON
Alianait Arts Festival – Iqaluit, Nunavut
Indigenous Festival 2010: With the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – Winnipeg, MB
Canada Day Celebrations: Mel Lastman Square – Toronto, ON
Kenora Harbourfront Festival – Kenora, ON

Teslin Tlingit Festival – Teslin, YK
Beaches International Jazz Festival – Toronto, ON
Hillside Festival – Guelph, ON
Komasket Music Festival: Opening for the Wailers! – Vernon, BC
Kincardine Summer Music Festival – Kincardine, ON
Kitchener Blues Festival – Kitchener, ON
Harvest Sun Music Festival – Kelwood, MB
Trout Forest Music Festival – Ear Falls, ON
The River Barge Festival – Winnipeg, MB

Live Green Festival: Dundas Square – Toronto, ON
The Thinking Rock Festival – Killaloe, ON
Contact East: Showcase – Antigonish, NS
Blyth Festival Theatre – Clinton, ON


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Luminato, ON
Georgina Island Water Festival, ON
Blues Sur Seine, FRANCE
Sweet Water Music Festival, ON
Summerfolk, ON
Cisco Ottawa Blues Fest, ON
2008 North American Indigenous Games, BC

8th, 9th, 10th Annual Native American Music Awards, NY
Dawson City Music Festival, YK
National Museum of the American Indian,
Smithsonian Institute, DC
Detroit Festival Of The Arts, MI
Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, BC

Harrision Festival of the Arts, BC
Islands Folk Festival, BC
CKCU Ottawa Folk Festival, ON
Live From The Rock Festival, ON
Blue Skies Festival, ON
Shelter Valley Folk Festival, ON
Eaglewood Folk Festival, ON
Mariposa Folk Festival, ON


MTS Centre, MB
JunoFest, ON
Myer Horowitz Theatre, AB
Lakeview Auditorium Theatre, SK

EA Rawlinson Centre, SK
Chan Centre For The Performing Arts, BC
Stockey Centre For The Performing Arts, ON

National Arts Centre, ON
Harbourfront Centre, ON
Museum of Civilization, QC
Gryphon Theatre, ON


The Haven Social Club, AB
The Minstrel Café, BC
Hugh’s Room, ON
Rasputin’s, ON

Babylon, ON
El Mocambo ON
Rivoli, ON
Healey’s, ON

The Horseshoe, ON
Silver Dollar, ON
The Gladstone, ON
The Black Sheep Inn, QC


Native American Music Awards, NY
NXNE Showcase, ON
JunoFest, SK
Canadian Folk Music Awards, AB

Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards, MB
Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, ON
Ontario Contact, ON
North American Folk Alliance, TX & TN

OCFF Showcase, TX
Canadian Embassy Showcase, TX
New Music West Showcase, BC


Canada AM
Breakfast Tevelision (Various Canadian Cities)
Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards Show, MB, APTN
Canadian Folk Music Awards Show, AB
Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, ON

Much Music
First Music and Art, APTN
Rez Blues, APTN, Bravo
Rez Tunes, APTN, Bravo
Beyond Words, APTN
Entertainment Beat, APTN

Nish, Rogers Television
Profile, A Channel
Album of the Week, Freestyle CBC
Sounds Like Canada, CBC
Many other CBC, Rogers, CHUM, &
College/Community Shows

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Those of you who have been waiting for something new from Digging Roots won’t be disappointed with their latest offering: ‘For The Light.’ After four years of heavy touring in cities and remote corners of Canada, the US, Europe, Mexico and Australia (including the Canadian and Norwegian Arctic), Digging Roots is ready to share their new album. 


Inspired by their travels, ‘For The Light’, firmly inhabits roots and blues with a nomadic wanderlust; confidently exploring other terrains from the inner cities, the back roads and all the places in between. The husband and wife songwriting team, Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish have written and produced a collection of love songs that reflects a maturing sense of storytelling.

With sweet harmonies smokey wails and melodic accompaniments of ukulele, banjo, mellotron and of course Raven’s bombastic resonator guitar, this album is something special; an eclectic tapestry of light and dark sound that is vintage and fresh all at once. 


Digging Roots recorded the bones of their last album ‘WE ARE’ while held up in a little cabin on the shores of Lake Simcoe with a host of collaborators including the iconic Kinnie Starr, DJ Bear Witness (of a Tribe Called Red) and avant-garde Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq. The album explored a unique mix of roots, alternative, hip-hop and reggae, with bluesy overtones and  went on to win international critical acclaim and amassed a respectable collection of awards including a 2010 JUNO Award.


The duo (backed by full band) from Toronto, Ontario seem to have enjoyed a fairytale kind of good luck; recording in their own studio, traveling the world playing music, raising a family and winning awards — but in fact — it is old fashion hard work and a unique creative chemistry that is their secret.

They first met before an audition for a music festival while they were both still music students. They won their first gig after their chance meeting that day and haven’t looked back. It wasn’t long before they were writing songs and playing coffee houses and festivals. That same year they caught the attention of music manager Derek Andrews, signed a record deal, put together a band and started touring. Digging Roots was born.


The following year they released their debut album ‘seeds’, to a wealth of critical success, awards and a JUNO nomination.


Their latest project, is rich with subtle references and sounds of their Indigenous roots. The lyrics go on further to tell tales of travellers, troublemakers, lovers and freedom fighters. There are stories of desperation and resilience, of simple pleasures and wide open spaces.


With a whimsical thread of idealism, they propose the idea that love can keep the darkness at bay, with songs like the lazy summer afternoon of, ‘Sunshine;’ or the intimate longing of ‘Stay’. In
contrast, the song, ‘HWY 17’, takes a fierce bluesy stand against the darkness in our own nature. Fans can still expect Digging Roots’ signature style of relaxed, unaffected optimism on such old school sounds of their single, ‘I’ve Got it Bad’ and the their pow-wow trail anthem, ‘All Night’.


The album’s masterpiece however, is the title track, ‘For The Light’. Sung in Anishinabemowin and English, the song forges into new sound spaces, unravelling and weaving the threads of tradition onto an entirely new design.


‘For The Light’ was released on June 17th, just in time for the first day of summer and National Aboriginal Day. The band is touring festivals, special events and theatres and showcases into 2015, booked across Canada, the U.S.



Raven Kanatakta & ShoShona Kish





Derek Andrews



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