September 10th, 2021 – CBC News London: Indigenous drummers join pan-Canadian drum circles Sunday in Victoria Park. Read more here.
February 2021 – GWNtertainment #6 by Jaimie Vernon
Fantastic roundup on Canadian music scene current news and Together We Can Stand Up single got a mention! Read more here.
Turtle Island Radio – A weekly radio show showcasing Indigenous made music
Together We Can Stand Up single will be featured on the February 19th, 2021 weekly radio show. Going out in Europe on Resonance 104.4fm, radio AGORA 105,5, Radio Onde Furlane, Radio Freequenns – Das freie Radio im Ennstal, and as a podcast on Fridays from Pantheon Podcasts search for Tunes from Turtle Island on Googleplay, iTunes, Deezer, Stitcher, Megaphone or your fav podcast supplier. Listen to the radio show here.
LU Radio – CILU 102.7 FM – Special Guest on Zee’s Place Today
Toronto-based Juno Award winning First Nations singer, Brenda MacIntyre Medicine Song Woman shares her brand new single “Together we can stand up”. This 2021 anthem for hope inspires us to create a better future together.
Zee’s Place. Decolonizing your airwaves every Wednesday from 2-4pm EST on CILU 102.7FM. Listen online here.
2021 MUSIC RELEASES:
Together We Can Stand Up (single): Release Date January 28th, 2021
“Together We Can Stand Up” is a 2021 anthem of peace, hope and unity. The lyrics and melody poured through me for this Indigenous reggae tune in July 2020, and my producer Errol Starr Francis co-wrote and is featured in it. I was feeling drained from all the hatred, racism and separation I kept seeing during the pandemic. This unique Canadian Indigenous music is a peace anthem about standing up with and for each other and for what’s right. It’s about ending the injustices and inequities by coming together in a good way to create a better future.
2019 MUSIC RELEASES:
Picking Up the Pieces (album): Release Date September 13th, 2019
Conscious indigenous funky roots reggae fusion and hand drum healing songs to help you dance, sing or meditate your way through grief, transitions, anxiety, chronic pain, trauma and the crazy state of the world.
If you’re looking for an engaging and experienced keynote speaker, indigenous singer or workshop facilitator for your conference, awards gala or special event in Canada or Europe, book a time below to discuss!
Brenda MacIntyre, Medicine Song Woman
Brenda MacIntyre aka Medicine Song Woman has shared her evocative melodic voice and fusion of reggae, rap and indigenous hand drumming on stages across North America. The London Ontario-based Juno Award-winning singer has been featured on national TV and the Toronto Star front page.
Known by her Indigenous name Medicine Song Woman, Brenda MacIntyre has shared her evocative melodic voice, hand drumming and unique healing music across Turtle Island. The London Ontario-based Juno Award-winning singer reached the CBC Searchlight2020 TOP 100, was nominated for the 2021 Ontario Arts Council Indigenous Arts Award and is a 2021 Powwow Pitch semi-finalist. Her recent media features include CityNews Toronto, Global News and a Toronto Star front page headline. After losing her parents as a teenager and her son to murder in 2016, Brenda has developed a 13 Moon resilience program based on her healing music to help women rewire their brain, body and mind with love, hope, possibility and purpose especially during challenging times.
Known by her Anishnaabe name Medicine Song Woman, Brenda MacIntyre has shared her evocative melodic voice, healing music, Indigenous hand drumming and spiritual teachings with appreciative audiences of 30 to 3,000 across North America. The London Ontario-based Juno Award-winning singer and keynote speaker has been featured on CTV, CityNews Toronto, APTN, Global and a 2019 front page headline in the Toronto Star. She was in the CBC Searchlight 2020 Top 100 and is currently a 2021 Powwow Pitch semi-finalist.
Her original Indigenous roots reggae fusion music dishes out healing vibes over a platter of earthy enchanting rhythms. Her vocals weave between a smooth Sade vibe and the melodic uplifting feel of reggae queen Marcia Griffiths. Her unique Medicine Song Healing™ concerts, circles and private sessions invite you deep into potent, spontaneous healing soundscapes. She speaks and sings to create awareness and healing for people affected by grief, chronic pain, identity loss or trauma.
Nominated for the 2021 Ontario Arts Council Indigenous Arts Award and 2019 Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize, she has also received nods from past Indigenous Music Awards, Canadian Reggae Music Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards and Canadian Indies. She was also Toronto’s Aboriginal Businesswoman of the Year in 2007.
Brenda MacIntyre’s career as a singer and songwriter began in 1985 when she moved to Toronto after both parents had died in BC. Her first single charted as a “hot new item” on North Miami’s Top 40 station WPOW 96FM. Under the stage name Special Ice, she dropped a second single “Rock a Talk,” which was featured on Juno Award-winning compilation CD “The Gathering” (Attic Records).
She is livestream-ready and has performed and spoken at venues across North America, including the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, Toronto Union Station, California State University, RBC, BMO and in 2021, Our Roots & Beyond Festival and Drums Across Canada (Celebration of Nations).
Dedicated to homicide loss survivors and her son Quinn who was murdered in 2016, Brenda’s latest album “Picking Up the Pieces” will bring tears to your eyes and a smile to your face with its message of love, hope and possibility. Her 2021 peace anthem “Together We Can Stand Up” calls us all to stand together to co-create a new world of belonging and sharing with each other.
Through her signature Medicine Song Healing work, keynote speaking, and her Picking Up the Pieces 13 Moon Resilience and Reawakening program, Brenda MacIntyre specializes in helping women empaths to get through trauma, grief and exhaustion, while embodying resilience and reawakening to the gifts they carry.
For interviews, bookings and other enquiries, please contact Brenda’s Team.
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- 2020 Long-Listed, CBC Searchlight
- 2019 Nominee, Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize
- 2019 Toronto Star Front Cover Feature Article
- 2016 “The Seventh Fire” Canadian Premiere at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Music Licensing Deal and Live Performance.
- 2010 MUSIC MAKER OF THE MONTH – “Native America Calling”, Koahnic Broadcast Corporation, Anchorage, Alaska– heard on 52 stations in the United States and Canada by approximately 500,000 listeners each week.
- 2010: #5 – TOP 10 FOLK/ROOTS/BLUES, CFRU 93.3 FM Jan 26/10
- 2009: #3 DEBUT – TOP 10 FOLK/ROOTS/BLUES, 92.5 FM THE EX Dec 8/09
- 2007 Toronto Aboriginal Business Association Businesswoman of the Year
- 2003 Nominee Best World Album, Canadian Independent Music Awards
- 1992 Juno Award – The Gathering, featuring Brenda’s single “Rock A Talk”
- 1992 Nominee – Canadian Reggae Music Awards
Live Show Highlights
- July 31/19 City Hall Live at Nathan Phillips Square
- June 21/19 IndigenousNOW.ca Launch
- 2017, 2018 Toronto Union Station
- July 2016 Headliner: Algonquins of Ontario Nation Gathering
- 2010 Winnipeg: Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominee Showcase (Nominated for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year)
- 2010 Toronto NXNE Showcase
- 2009 Canadian Music Week Showcase
- 2008 Harbourfront Centre Performance
- 2007 Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival
- 1991 Headliner – Bamboo Club
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT BRENDA
“Her music is infectious. A blend of multiple genres, including fusion, reggae, soft rap, Indigenous hand drum singing and hip hop.”
— Caryn Lieberman, Digital Broadcast Journalist Global News
“Many thanks. You are gifted with music, medicine and magic.”
— Shelagh Rogers, CBC (MC of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards)
“It was a pleasure to work with Brenda. As the lead-off performer for our music festival, we couldn’t have asked for more. Her singing, drumming, and inspiring words really set the mood for a very enjoyable weekend.”
— Clayton Brander, Artistic Director, Sunshine Music Festival 2007 (British Columbia)
“Brenda MacIntyre, Juno Award winning singer/songwriter had a great performance at the recently concluded 38th annual Niagara Folk Arts events. The “Medicine Song Woman” brought her philosophy of empowerment to the stage as she drummed to the audience’s delight. The Mosaic Edition expresses thanks to Brenda for linking up from Toronto after her outstanding performance at the Niagara festival.”
— Edward Akinwunmi, Publisher & Editor, Mosaic Edition (Niagara Region, 2006)
“We were approached by a number of young participants who commented on your incredible talent and the power of the Healing Song. Many shared that your teachings helped them to feel comfortable and empowered them to speak out.”
— Julie Coultas, United Nations Association in Canada