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Backstage: Douglas McLean Chats With Franco-Ontarian/Abenaki Artist Mimi O'Bonsawin

By Douglas McLean.

I had a long conversation with Franco-Ontarian/Abenaki singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist, Mimi O'Bonsawin, about her latest album release 'Willow', you can listen to the entire interview interspersed with Mimi's music at the links below.

You can listen to the entire interview and music HERE

“Just like the bark of the willow tree, the making of this album has brought me so much healing. I have never felt more alive," says Mimi O'Bonsawin. For many years, Mimi struggled to find her ‘sound’, her ‘voice’. “This album sounds like the music I have always heard in my heart.” Mimi adds; “It is honest, it is real and it is full of life. I feel like all of my previous albums have led me to where I am now, learning and growing at every chapter.”

Willow” released on March 03, 2023, is one of those rare albums that takes your ear and heart away. Mimi is a gifted artist, her music and lyrics reflective of a strength and wisdom beyond her years, she fills the listener with a serene hopefulness and an inner joy at the wonder and awe that surrounds us in each and every breath.

Mimi O’Bonsawin is a contemporary roots singer-songwriter from Northeastern Ontario. Through her rhythm and story-driven songs, Mimi embraces the beauty of the land, all the while yielding to her Franco-Ontarian and Abenaki roots. The ethereal quality of her music whisks you away with uplifting melodies and introspective lyrics that weave pop sensibilities with acoustic instruments. The layers of percussion and surprising harmonies make you feel the music rather than just hear it.


Stone Gaze

Where My Roots Grow

Here's to the Women

The River

Earth Child's Song

I am Alive

You can listen to the entire interview and music HERE



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