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Aysanabee & Multi-Award Winner DJ Shub Join Forces For PowWowStep Remix Of 'We Were Here'

Co-written and produced by JUNO-award winner producer Hill Kourkoutis, We Were Here was the first single released from Aysanabee debut album WATIN. Aysanabee and multi-award winner DJ Shub joined forces for the PowWowStep remix of We Were Here available on all platforms Friday December 9 2022.

Solemn and soaring, backed by a swirling blend of indie, soul and electronic soundscapes, mournful saxophone and pulse-quickening finger-picking, Aysanabee’s striking sound is equal parts hypnotic and melodic. His debut album, WATIN named after his grandfather, includes 10 tracks and nine interludes featuring the voice of his grandfather.

WATIN was #7 on CBC Best 22 Albums of 2022. Aysanabee’s single Nomads charted on Billboard Canada Rock for 11 weeks, was #6 on CBC’ top 1000 Canadian Songs of 2022, charted on Medi- abase Canada Alternate Rock and Canada Active Rock, and was #1 on CBC Music Top 20. We Were Here was #1 on SiriusXM’s Indigenous Music Countdown and was featured in an episode of Station 19.

In a whirlwind year, Aysanabee performed nearly 200 shows on major stages and festivals and venues across the country (Ottawa Bluesfest, Montreal Jazzfest, Mariposa, Riverfest, Summerfolk, Mission Folk, Alianait, Wake the Giant, the CP Holiday Train and many more). Aysanabee shared the stage with notable acts including The National, Digging Roots, Amanda Rheaume, Sam Roberts, Our Lady Peace, DJ Shub, Julian Taylor, Jeremy Dutcher, Dan Mangan, Mavis Staples, July Talk, Half Moon Run, Tokyo Police Club, Steven Page, Aqua, Ruby Waters, and more.

Considered to be the Godfather of PowWowStep, DJ Shub has undoubtedly pioneered a growing genre of electronic music. His latest album WAR CLUB was released to critical ac- claim during the pandemic, featuring collaborations with other Indigenous and BIPOC artists like Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Cadence Weapon, Boogát, Fawn Wood, Phoenix Pagliacci, Handsome Tiger, Thera11n, Classic Roots to name a few. DJ Shub won the 2022 JUNO award for Contemporary Indigenous Artist of the Year, and previously won Breakthrough Group of the Year in 2014. He was also an Indigenous Music Award nominee at the 2018 Juno Awards for his POWWOWSTEP EP, won a Much Music Video Award for Best EDM/ Dance Video in 2017 and was shortlisted for the esteemed Polaris Music Prize Award in 2013.



DEC 15 - TORONTO, ON 0 Basement Revue

JAN 18 - PETERBOROUGH, ON - The Red Dog*

JAN 20 - MONTREAL, QC - Bar Le Ritz*

JAN 21, 22 - OTTAWA, ON - Club Saw*

JAN 26 - KINGSTON, ON: The Mansion*

JAN 28 - TORONTO, ON: The Opera House*

*opening for Ruby Waters


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