Brenda MacIntyre, Medicine Song Woman

Long Bio

Known by her indigenous name Medicine Song Woman, Brenda MacIntyre has shared her evocative melodic voice and fusion of reggae, rap and indigenous hand drum healing music with appreciative audiences of 30 to 3,000 across North America. The Toronto-based Juno Award-winning singer has been featured nationally on MuchMusic, CTV, CP24, APTN and most recently, Global and the front page of the Toronto Star.

Her original experimental music dishes out lush melodies and healing vibes over a platter of earthy enchanting rhythms and has been featured on CBC Radio and hundreds of other radio stations, garnering top ten status multiple times. Brenda MacIntyre speaks and sings to create awareness and healing for people affected by grief, chronic pain, identity loss or trauma.

MacIntyre leaves her listeners awestruck by the softness and raw power of her voice. Her nominations include the Indigenous Music Awards, Canadian Reggae Music Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards and Canadian Indies, and she was Toronto’s  Aboriginal Businesswoman of the Year in 2007.

Brenda MacIntyre’s career began in 1985 when she moved to Toronto after both her parents had died in BC. Her first single was charted as a “hot new item” on North Miami’s Top 40 station WPOW 96FM. Her second single “Rock a Talk” was featured on “The Gathering” compilation released by Attic Records at the Opera House. In 1992, the CD won a Juno Award.

Brenda has performed and spoken at varied venues, such as the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, Toronto Union Station, California State University, Nathan Phillips Square and Bank of Montreal. Her audiences span women’s events, conferences, galas, festivals and indigenous communities.

Powered by her grief from losing her son to murder in 2016, Brenda MacIntyre pours her soulful voice over a confluence of indigenous hand drum healing, soft rap and conscious roots reggae in her upcoming album “Picking Up the Pieces,” to be released in September 2019.

Dedicated to homicide loss survivors and her son Quinn, “Picking Up the Pieces” will bring tears to your eyes and a smile to your face, with its message of love, hope and possibility.

Short Bio

Known by her indigenous name Medicine Song Woman, Brenda MacIntyre has shared her evocative melodic voice and fusion of reggae, rap and indigenous hand drum healing music with appreciative audiences of 30 to 3,000 across North America. The Toronto-based Juno Award-winning singer has been featured nationally on MuchMusic, CTV, CP24, APTN and most recently, Global and the front page of the Toronto Star.

Powered by her grief from losing her son to murder in 2016, Brenda MacIntyre pours her soulful voice over a confluence of indigenous hand drum healing, soft rap and conscious roots reggae in her upcoming album “Picking Up the Pieces,” to be released in September 2019.

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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 Toronto-based Juno Award-winning singer has been featured on national TV and the Toronto Star front page.

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LATEST RELEASE: Picking Up the Pieces: 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.

The “Picking Up the Pieces” CD Launch Party will feature a hybrid of solo indigenous hand drum healing songs with boundary-breaking funky indigenous conscious roots reggae and hip hop fusion wrapped in indigenous ceremony. Imagine Buffy Ste. Marie, Erikah Badu and Sade jamming to reggae music and you have a taste of what’s on this album.

The launch party was held at the Small World Music Centre, 180 Shaw Street in Toronto on Friday September 13th. Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8pm. Bring your dancing shoes and get ready for laughter, tears and a whole lot of healing.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 28, 2019 – CLICK FOR PRESS RELEASE.

Notable Accomplishments

  • May 27/19 Toronto Star Front Cover Feature Article
  • July 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

Radio Interviews & Press Clips

2019 Global News

Brenda MacIntyre called her own personal press conference after the sentencing.
Global News & CBC News captured it.

2019 Toronto Star article

2019 Global TV

2019 2nd Toronto Star article

2017 News Clip

2011 Extraordinary Women TV video interview

The One Network TV mini-interview

Stage Plot / Tech Rider

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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

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