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Francis Baptiste

September 21 @ 4:00 pm

Appearing at Sundog Fest Kick-off Weekend – Saturday Afternoon

Saturday Sept 21, 4:00pm at Polson Park

Heritage On the Mend

A washed-up, divorced, recovering alcoholic tries to balance being a single father and being a middle-aged musician.

In 2022 Indigenous songwriter Francis Baptiste released his debut album, Sneqsilx (Family), an album that features songs sung in his native language Nsyilxcən [nah-silk-sen], the endangered language of the Syilx [see-ilks] people. The 10-song album was his effort to preserve and connect with his heritage. The chance to reconnect with his roots helped him through turbulent times.

Following the release, Baptiste performed for Talking Stick Festival, Vancouver Jazz Fest, Music Waste Festival,Rogue Arts Festival, Barnside Harvest Festival, Shipyards Festival, Khatsahlano Festival, and the PNE. Singles from Sneqsilx (Family) were played on CBC Radio, SiriusXM, and college radio stations across the country. The album received press in Exclaim Magazine, the Vancouver Sun, Discorder Magazine, the Times Chronicle, and several music blogs.

Baptiste’s sophomore LP is set to release in Summer of 2024. The new work continues to feature songs in the endangered language of Nsyilxcen. It also continues to explore themes of addiction and Indigenous identity in the face of estrangement and assimilation.

https://www.francisbaptiste.ca/

Details

Date:
September 21
Time:
4:00 pm
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Website:
https://www.francisbaptiste.ca/

Organizer

Arts Council of the North Okanagan
Phone
250-542-6243
Email
info@acno.ca
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Venue

Polson Park, Vernon BC
2600 BC-6
Vernon, British Columbia V1T 2Y5 Canada
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Phone
+12505456035
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