Why is there such a large percentage of Indigenous people experiencing homelessness on their own traditional territory?
I started working for Homeward Trust Edmonton in June of 2017 at Find Furniture Bank as a delivery driver/warehouse person. I had recently moved to Edmonton from Red Deer in search of a bigger music scene and was just starting to get my foot in the door with a few venues and started to surround myself with like minded musicians. I never thought a simple delivery driving job would change me in such a profound way.
I spent the next five years of my life at Homeward Trust in many different positions. I started as a Housing Locator, then a Housing Outreach Worker, an Indigenous Cultural Support Coordinator for an Indigenous Permanent Supportive Housing program and finally Landlord Support. I saw family members on the streets. I saw the effects of intergenerational trauma every day I worked as a frontline helper on the streets of #YEG.
I wrote this album to shine a light on Indigenous homelessness and each song is a different moment in time in someone’s healing journey. Spotify Pre-save
Thicker Than Blood Music is proud to present a brand new single, "Dad's Guitar" by Indigenous Country artist Trent Agecoutay. If you or someone you love has followed in their Father's footsteps, Dad's Guitar is an uptempo country rocker that will have you reminiscing about the old days!
Out now and available on all Online platforms today, October 5th, 2021!
Thicker Than Blood Music is proud to present Forty Days, a brand new single by Louie Goose!
Louie was born on the west coast of Victoria Island, near what is now known as Ulukhaktok, NT, to a line of hunters, trappers, and whalers. The Goose family moved to Aklavik in the mid-1950s and has been performing for over 50 years.
In 2015 he and his "MacKenzie Delta Band," received the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award for Lifetime Achievement. "Louie is one of the best-known northern musicians and is an excellent choice for this award," says Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod. "When Louie comes to town, there’s no doubt there will be music and dancing. He’s played a big part in keeping his Aboriginal culture vibrant and has had me jigging Delta style more than a few times. I look forward to doing it again to Louie’s music on my next visit to the western Arctic."
Louie began playing guitar at age 10 and was accompanying local fiddlers and singers before he hit adolescence. Louie formed his first band at 16 years with friends from the Grollier Hall Catholic Residential School and is credited with mentoring live music in much of the Beaufort Delta region. Louie’s work as a broadcaster helped Louie develop his unique stage persona that has captivated his audiences for over 50 years.
50 years of dedication to music and song and Forty Days is Louie’s first studio recording and his signature song! Forty Days has rocked many dance floors in the North and is requested multiple times a night during his performances.
Thicker Than Blood Music is an Independent Indigenous Music Legacy and Development Label. Our mission is to uncover, preserve, archive and promote Indigenous Music performances from Indigenous Artists who performed in Bar Rooms and Community Halls from the 1950's to today. We are here to create space for these Artists to tell their stories and share their talents. If you have a story to tell or you have a drawer full of old cassette tapes or vis tapes will performances by Indigenous Musicians please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thicker Than Blood Music is also committed to creating space for the next generation of Indigenous Musicians. If you are an aspiring Indigenous Singer or Songwriter and you are looking for guidance with producing your first single, setting up a website, or an EPK, please reach out to email@example.com and see how we can be part of your team!