Kym Gouchie

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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 authentic community engagement. Her stories are a testament to the human spirit, weaving together threads of her own journey from personal tragedy to triumph.

Kym’s traditional hand drum, clean, crisp acoustic guitar and full-bodied voice make her a powerful force. Indigenous-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. Throughout the pandemic, Kym has found beauty in the ability to connect with people around the world with the click of a button. She sees herself as a bridge, connecting hearts and minds… reminding us that we’re all in this together.

A respected elder-in-training of the Lheidli T’enneh Nation, also known as Prince George, BC, Kym is sought after to perform and speak at schools, conferences, traditional welcoming ceremonies, and cultural gatherings.

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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 authentic community engagement. Her stories are a testament to the human spirit, weaving together threads of her own journey from personal tragedy to triumph.

Kym’s traditional hand drum, clean, crisp acoustic guitar and full-bodied voice make her a powerful force. Indigenous-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. Throughout the pandemic, Kym has found beauty in the ability to connect with people around the world with the click of a button. She sees herself as a bridge, connecting hearts and minds… reminding us that we’re all in this together.

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 World 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, USA. 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 nation’s 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.

Kym is currently working on various projects which include a Children’s Album geared towards resurrecting and teaching her Indigenous language. She is also 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 sought after to perform and speak at schools, conferences, traditional welcoming ceremonies, and cultural gatherings.

What They Say…

LIVE shows

“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

VIRTUAL shows

“We recently included Kym and Northern Sky’s incredible performance during our virtual Board meeting with municipal leaders from across Canada. The feedback from our Board Members was so positive – I heard that it was the “best ZOOM break I’ve ever had” and that people didn’t want to leave their computers to go get lunch or coffee because they were enjoying Kym’s music so much. We all appreciate you for being such a special, memorable part of our virtual meeting, Kym”

– Garth Frizzell, President – Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

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Performances

Theatre Concerts, Community Halls, Festivals, Conferences, Event MC, School Shows, Traditional Welcome

2022 Shows & Workshops

February 19, 2021
Tofino BC, Concert • Location TBA

February 18, 2021
Courtenay BC, Concert • Location TBA

February 17, 2022
Duncan BC, Concert • Location TBA

2021 Shows & Workshops

October 2021 • TBA
Prince George BC, Concert • Lheidli T’enneh First Nation

June 24, 2021
ONLINE Cultural Presentation & Land Acknowledgement • Choral Canada

June 24, 2021
ONLINE Cultural Presentation & Land Acknowledgement • BC Arts Council Virtual Arts Assembly

June 23, 2021
ONLINE Concert & Presentation • Making Tomorrow Better Conference

June 21-25, 2021
Dawson Creek BC, ONLINE Concert • Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre

June 21, 2021
ONLINE Concert with Leela Gilday • Do Stuff Together

June 21, 2021
Dawson Creek BC, ONLINE Concert & Storytelling Presentations  • BC School District #59

June 5, 2021
Kelowna BC, ONLINE Concert • Rotary Centre for the Arts

May 15, 2021
Osoyoos BC, ONLINE Concert • Osoyoos & District Arts Council

May 3 & 4, 2021
ONLINE Concert & Presentation • BC Links to Learning Symposium

April 15-18, 2021 • 7:30pm EDT
Toronto Ont., ONLINE Concert • Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation

April 13 & 14, 2021
BC, ONLINE Presentation & Traditional Drumming Workshop, First Peoples’ Cultural Council

April 8-9, 2021
Burnaby BC, ONLINE Short 5 Showcase• Pacific Contact

April 7, 2021
BC • School Shows Guest Artist (private sessions)

March 31, 2021
Toronto Ont., • Common Thread Community Chorus Guest Artist (private session)

March 20, 2021
Trail BC, ONLINE Concert • The Bailey Theatre, Trail & District Arts Council

March 19, 2021
Vernon BC, ONLINE Concert • Vernon & District Performing Arts Online Concert

March 7, 2021 • 11:00am
BC-wide • BC Touring Council: On The Road Ahead Workshop Speaker

March 5, 2021 • 7:30pm
Nelson BC, ONLINE Concert • Capitol Theatre

March 5, 2021 • 8pm
Revelstoke BC, ONLINE Concert • Arts Revelstoke 

February 4, 2021 • 8:15pm PST
Prince George BC, ONLINE Concert • Coldsnap Festival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Showcases

Folk Music Ontario (2018)
Mundial Montreal (2019)
International Indigenous Music Summit / Folk Alliance International (2020)
Pacific Contact Short 5 Showcase (2021)

 

 

To Book or for more info

Contact Sandra Smith • sandra@plaidpeoplemusic.com • 250-643-6221

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Find Kym Online

For the artist’s sake, please purchase and download before you stream. Thanks!

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Discography

2019 • Snachailya Collection Vol. 1
2019 • “Sister Rain” (Vinyl Record)
2018 • For the People Live (album)
2017 • Northern Shining Star Woman (album)
2016 • In the Hearts of You and Me (single)
2014 • Mountain of Youth (EP)

I recognize with respect and gratitude that, in Smithers, the land on which I live, work and play is the unceded traditional territory of the Gidimt'en Clan and the Wet’suwet’en people. em>

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