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Kym Gouchie resides on her ancestral Lheidli T'enneh territory.

Upcoming Shows

May15

Kym Gouchie Trio

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virtual, Osoyoos, BC

The topic of the performing arts community transitioning into a virtual stage has been a point of discussion since the cusp of the pandemic. Plays, concerts, operas, any kind of live show have now taken their seat within the sea of little squares in Zoom.

And while there’s an obvious void for avid concert-goers, performing artists have been induced to take on the task of versing themselves through a new medium.

The Osoyoos & District Arts Council, adding to this virtual stage, is putting together a show on Saturday, May 15 featuring the music of Kym Gouchie, an artist from the Lheidli T’enneh Nation, also known as Prince George.

Gouchie describes her own style as music that speaks to the heart. They often involve hard subjects, like Indigenous women’s issues and reconciliation. Yet she explains that she uses her music as a vehicle to share these subjects which may be difficult to talk about. It’s a mix of folk roots with elements of Indigenous traditional music.

In her experience as a performing artist, she’s been an anomaly in that work is abundant for her. In fact, she’s even had to turn things down because her plate is overflowing.

“I’m one of these very blessed people that haven’t had really any issues with finding work. And I think it’s got a lot to do with the circles that I keep and just being diversified as an artist and having a lot of skills,” explains Gouchie who plays a traditional hand drum, acoustic guitar and sings.

While she is thankful that the virtual platform has been able to connect her to so many people and places while never having to leave her home, it’s come with its new challenges.

“It’s definitely been a huge curve for me. And I’m not nervous for the performance piece. What makes me nervous is the audio,” said Gouchie.

The pivot from live to virtual performances, Gouchie says, has made her hyper aware of the technical aspects of her shows simply because of the inevitable glitches that are bound to happen. People can be forgiving of poor video quality, but if there’s poor audio quality, people just don’t listen to that, she says.

Even after setting everything up, double checking connections and doing sound checks, a slight change or a shift in the room could change the audio input.

The traditional hand drum, for one, has a very unique sound. The drum produces very deep notes that resonate but Gouchie explains that “Zoom does not have an interface or any kind of ability to mix the audio so that it comes through at equal levels.”

“It’s a vulnerable thing to do to put yourself out there in that way. Because if that’s the first time somebody is hearing you, it’s an impression that you’re making, and I’m not sure that everyone is as forgiving with the audio side of things.”

Earl Krushelnicki, director at the Osoyoos & District Arts Council, says that the abundance of virtual performances these days makes it that much harder to draw in an audience. Even when the show is free.

“I’ve talked to performers and they said, early on, because a lot of performers are doing [virtual shows] from home trying to get their fans to give them some money to help them out. He said early on it was very well supported, but it’s dwindled,” said Krushelnicki.

The council currently trying their best to engage the local communities. The last show was in February by Mad Jazz for Valentine’s day. This upcoming show with Gouchie may be the last virtual one they put on.

Gouchie says that people need to be mindful of artists that have been shifting into this virtual space. Just as the experience of the audience changes with virtual shows, the experience for performers has altered just as much.

“I get a lot from the audience that helps to keep my energy up while I’m performing, and this way we are looking into the lens of a webcam—it’s not even a lens, it’s a spot. And we’re trying to engage, give that personal eye contact and use the space and it is hard,” says Gouchie.

“It is the most challenging thing I think to do. But somehow, as an artist, you just figure it out and you do it over and over and over again and pretty soon I’m finding it easier. I’m still not a fan of it. But I’ve made friends with it and it’s better than not performing.”

The show is free for those with a Osoyoos and District Arts Council membership. Others can email odacopa@gmail.com for tickets.

Jun5

Kym Gouchie Trio

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Virtual - Rotary Centre for the Arts, Kelowna

Kym Gouchie Trio - Presented by the Rotary Centre for the Arts and SoundON Virtual | June 5 | 7:30 pm

With ancestral roots in the Lheidli T’enneh, Cree and Secwépemc Nations, Kym Gouchie is fostering change through her music and art. Her music brings awareness to First Nations and women’s issues, promoting reconciliation and community building while reminding us that we are all in this together. Her stories are a testament to the human spirit, weaving together threads of her own journey from personal tragedy to triumph.

Kym’s traditional hand drum, clean, crisp acoustic guitar and full-bodied voice make her a powerful artist. Performing with her trio on June 5th, Brigitte Demeter and Thurein Myint add vocal harmonies, keyboard, and a selection of other instruments to the music.

Traditional First Nations, folk, and country tones alongside poignant and inspirational lyrics capture the hearts of young and old — her genuine and heartfelt performances have a profound and sometimes emotional impact on their audience.

A respected elder-in-training of the Lheidli T’enneh Nation, also known as Prince George, BC, Kym is sought after to perform and speak at traditional welcoming ceremonies, cultural gatherings, schools, and conferences. Kym splits her time living in Prince George and the Okanagan.

“Kym Gouchie is an artist who has the ability to momentarily make us feel that time can stand still. Performing with a combination of soulful expression, focused intent, integrity, and artistic depth, Gouchie embraces and holds audiences while imparting messages and truths in songs that need to be heard. Kym Gouchie is a force... As artistic director of the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival I have witnessed Kym Gouchie mesmerize an audience and inspire fellow artists. Kym is a truly unique artist who seamlessly blends the contemporary with the traditional.” ~ Peter North, Artistic Director/Salmon Arm Roots & Blues

This presentation is supported by SoundON, Creative BC, the BC Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia and the BC Touring Council.

This performance will be followed by a Q&A with Kym Gouchie and the Rotary Centre for the Arts Theatre Programming Coordinator, Karma Lacoff Nieoczym. The audience is encouraged to ask questions. This show is presented in partnership with Unicorns.live as a streaming and ticketing partner. The show is available until June 11 at midnight.

Kym Gouchie is such a force. She has the ability to instantly draw you into the center of her incredible songwriting with her soaring vocals. Her music provides an opportunity to heal and be together. The generous stories she shares transport you and transcend the physical. I cannot wait for the next time I get to experience her live again and join together in round dance.”

— Piper Hayes, Singer-Songwriter and Voice Instructor @ Centennial College

Kym Gouchie is an artist who has the ability to momentarily make us feel that time can stand still. Performing with a combination of soulful expression, focused intent, integrity, and artistic depth, Gouchie embraces and holds audiences while imparting messages and truths in songs that need to be heard. Kym Gouchie is a force… As artistic director of the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival I have witnessed Kym Gouchie mesmerize an audience and inspire fellow artists. Kym is a truly unique artist who seamlessly blends the contemporary with the traditional.”

— Peter North, Artistic Director/Salmon Arm Roots & Blues

This song is my tribute to the murdered and missing Indigenous Women and Girls. My hope is to create awareness while honouring the victim's families and communities along the Highway of Tears, a 700 km stretch of highway between Prince George & Prince Rupert in British Columbia, Canada.

May we never forget our lost and stolen sisters. May their families find justice. May their families find peace. May we never forget the thousands of Indigenous women, girls and men who are missing and who have been murdered. May their beauty live forever, in the hearts of you and me.

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