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artist Leela Gilday

Yellowknife, NT, CANADA

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Leela Gilday

A captivating Dene singer/songwriter, Leela Gilday is a passionate, soulful performer who takes listeners on a journey through a musical world where freedom and joy balance sorrow and injustice.  Her lyrics, reflective of her northern roots, embrace the essence of Dene life from an urban perspective.

She hails from Yellowknife, NWT and is a member of the Dene Nation.  “We have long recognized her as as talented member of our nation,” says Dene National Chief, Bill Erasmus.

Leela Gilday has won many national awards to her credit including a Juno and Western Canadian Music Award for her second album Sedzé.  In 2009 she won Best Music Video at the Dreamspeakers Festival in Edmonton AB and in 2008, she received a Fellowship at the Banff Centre for the Arts.  According to Alex Vardy of the Georgia Straight, “Leela Gilday (is) a rising star in the world of aboriginal music and a future pop icon as well.”

Touring has taken Leela from Tokyo to Toronto to Haida Gwaii.  She has toured extensively throughout Canada playing festivals, theatres, ceremonies, and folk clubs.  Performance highlights include the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Vancouver East Cultural Centre, ImagineNATIVE Festival in Toronto, 6th Annual Aboriginal Music Festival in Saskatoon, and Canada Day on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. In 2008, Leela shared the stage at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre with Feist, Ron Sexsmith, and Jorane.

Radio and television appearances include CBC Radio (Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe, Sounds Like Canada) and the Aboriginal People’s Television Network (2008 National Aboriginal Day Broadcast). 

Leela Gilday has just her much anticipated third CD entitled "Calling All Warriors"  (2010).  She performs and tours solo or with a band.

“Leela is a huge new talent whose star shines brightly.  Once you’ve heard her sing, you won’t forget her name.  The world is waiting”  Sandy Scofield

“Every once in a while, one encounters a  voice that sends tingles up and down the spine...a voice that abandons itself to the song, with the whole body thrown in for good measure, a serious talent that has been finely honed, and that indefinable thing we call charisma.”  Michele Letourneau, Northern News Services.

November, 2006
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