Dancers: Randi Gardypie and Melissa Rodrigues Camera: Claudia Medina and David James An EnMedia Production Mixed Blood is off of Liv Wade’s album, Resilience. For downloads of the song or EP, here are some links: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/res… https://livwade.bandcamp.com/releases
Liv Wade is a Metis musician based on Salt Spring Island where she is a beekeeper and runs a hobby farm with her partner. A life-long musician, Liv takes her inspiration from female icons, such as Buffy St Marie, Kathleen Edwards and Sarah Harmer. She also draws from artists like Ron Sexsmith, Lucinda Williams and Leonard Cohen whose artistry in lyric writing inspires her own song writing.
Liv’s interest in music began in early childhood. Growing up she attended the creative Waldorf School as a child. She first started making “sounds” on the piano when at around age five her parents enlisted her in lessons. Liv was always captivated by the feelings music evoked and at age 13 began learning guitar, with classical guitar training following not long after. She is trained in both classical guitar and piano. Around the same time Liv started writing poems and delved into testing her voice in song. But, it wasn’t until her early 20’s after she learned about her birth mother and her roots and connected with her heritage that Liv truly broke the barrier and began creating and recording music. Liv grew up studying through the Royal Conservatory of Music and though while growing up, most people knew her as a visual artist, Liv always had a desire to be a vocal artist. She has attended the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity in Alberta and Aboriginal Music Program in Manitoba.
Just over four years ago Liv lost her birth mother who she hadn’t met, then a serious accident a year later saw her facing a mountain of recovery and Liv didn’t think she would be making music ever again. Liv is returning to life and is the recipient of the BullsEye Media Emerging Artist award from ImagineNATIVE and Slaight Music. She has just released her second album in collaboration with Canadian producer, Winston Hauschild. Liv’s verve for life is encapsulated in her latest album ‘Resilience’, which speaks to her loss and recovery.