Kym Gouchie BIO
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With ancestral roots in the Lheidli T’enneh, Cree and Secwépemc Nations, Kym Gouchie is fostering change through her music and art. Her music brings awareness to First Nations and women’s issues, promoting reconciliation and community building while reminding us that we are all in this together. Her stories are a testament to the human spirit, weaving together threads of her own journey from personal tragedy to triumph.
Winner of Stingray Music‘s Rising Star Award in 2019, Kym’s traditional hand drum, clean, crisp acoustic guitar and full-bodied voice make her a powerful artist who performs solo and with accompanists or full band. Traditional First Nations, folk, and country tones alongside poignant and inspirational lyrics capture the hearts of young and old — her genuine and heartfelt performances have a profound and sometimes emotional impact on her audience.
Highlights in recent years include being one of four featured performers on BC Premier John Horgan’s LIVE online concert at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown and receiving Stingray Music’s “Rising Star” Award in the Indigenous category at Mundial Montreal’s international music conference in 2019. Her performance led to invitations to speak at the 2020 Folk Alliance International Music Conference and to perform with her keyboard accompanist Brigitte Demeter at the International Indigenous Music Summit in New Orleans. Kym’s singles get continual airplay on SiriusXM in the US and Canada and have charted on Canada’s National Aboriginal Top 40 Music Countdown more than once and remained there for several months, with ‘Sister Rain’ reaching #1 in 2015. Her single “For the People” was selected by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission for a compilation CD to educate Canadians about the Residential School Legacy and, after performing and interviewing LIVE on CBC’s national radio show The Current for a special broadcast on the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, her song “Cleansing the Highway” was picked up by a Toronto composer who arranged it for orchestra and recorded it for her album.
Kym is currently working on various projects which include a Children’s Album geared towards resurrecting and teaching her Indigenous language, and she’s writing a one-woman play titled “Her Blood Runs Through My Braids” which is an expose honouring her four Grandmothers and how their lives have taught and inspired her.
An inspirational mother of four and Grandmother of nine, Kym is also an accomplished visual artist with a Fine Arts Diploma. She illustrated the cover of “Highway of Tears: A True Story of Racism, Indifference and the Pursuit of Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls” written by Canadian journalist Jessica McDiarmid, published in 2019 by Doubleday Canada.
Kym is also a respected elder-in-training of the Lheidli T’enneh Nation, also known as Prince George, BC. She is an Aboriginal advocate, a spokeswoman and member of the Aboriginal School District Elders and Knowledge Keepers Committee, and a member of the Kh’astan Drummers in that region. She is a sought after to perform and speak at traditional welcoming ceremonies, cultural gatherings, schools, and conferences.
What They Say
“Kym Gouchie is an artist who has the ability to momentarily make us feel that time can stand still. Performing with a combination of soulful expression, focused intent, integrity, and artistic depth, Gouchie embraces and holds audiences while imparting messages and truths in songs that need to be heard. Kym Gouchie is a force… As artistic director of the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival I have witnessed Kym Gouchie mesmerize an audience and inspire fellow artists. Kym is a truly unique artist who seamlessly blends the contemporary with the traditional.”
~ Peter North, Artistic Director/Salmon Arm Roots & Blues
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Theatre Concerts, Community Halls, Festivals, Conferences, Event MC, School Shows, Traditional Welcome
Folk Music Ontario (2018)
Mundial Montreal (2019)
International Indigenous Music Summit / Folk Alliance International (2020)
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