James Bay

December 15, 2017

Back when I was in high school (a long time ago, haha!)  I was into music and did well in music classes and school performances. I also really liked art classes and made wall murals and other Pink Floyd-like images. I wasn’t the best, but it was a fun way to express some of my tastes….

December 11, 2017

I’m in my cabin washing dishes while the boys get sucked back into their electronics, and feeling far away and disconnected from the music industry. Taking time to teach my sons the Cree traditions, building survival skills, and developing resilience into their very core is important to me. Someday they will walk in my footsteps,…

June 18, 2017

A few months ago, a respected Moose Cree First Nation Elder passed away. Jack Wynne lived to be 92 years old, and was the last living World War II Veteran from the James Bay region of Northern Ontario. Jack’s last days at home in Moose Factory were spent surrounded by the love and comfort of his family,…

December 6, 2016

Midnight Shine drummer George Gillies grew up in the James Bay community of Fort Albany, with music a major part of life. But his first instrument wasn’t drums. George initially learned to play guitar in Grade 6, when his teacher decided that the entire class be taught guitar by a nun. Guitar seemed to come…

June 9, 2016

This week was a very busy time for me, trying to juggle work demands while assisting ArtsCan Circle during their visit to Attawapiskat. I heard about ArtsCan last winter and the good work they did in Fort Albany. They had fiddlers, record producers, photographers, and other artists working with youth, and it was really moving to see…

May 6, 2016

Living in Moose Factory near James Bay has its travel challenges, especially around spring break up of the Moose River. During this time, because we live on an island, the river ice is melting, and its too dangerous to drive snow machines or trucks on the ice road. I had to travel to Toronto last weekend,…

May 2, 2016

The spring goose hunt this year was not a very fruitful one. Elders say it’s because of the limited amount of snow, which makes for poor spring hunting – in James Bay, anyway. Weather has been wonky too. Most of this winter was mild and I don’t recall one snowstorm at all. I guess you can’t…

March 14, 2016

Exciting times lie ahead for Midnight Shine, and we are looking forward to what 2016 has in store. Writing this post makes me realize how excited I am to be playing live with the band again. The four of us live in different towns in Northern Ontario, so it’s difficult to get together and rehearse. We…

February 1, 2016

Midnight Shine are pleased to announce they’ll be working with agent Ralph James and United Talent Agency out of Toronto to help put their music on the map. Hailing from the James Bay region, Midnight Shine is turning heads with a sound that seamlessly mixes roots, classic and modern rock. When Ralph James first heard…

December 18, 2015

Winter is here. I always welcome winter because it’s my favourite season. Winter means exploring the vast James Bay and Hudson Bay landscape, which is an amazing experience full of special moments. Life is both slow and tough for us up here, and I like it that way because it gives us time to take in…