Melody McKiver | Co-Founder, Niigaan: In Conversation and Blogger in Residence Apt 613 and Artengine


Photo credit: John Paillé, 2013.

“Melody McKiver is an emerging Anishinaabe multi-instrumentalist, improviser, interdisciplinary media artist and writer. Melody is Ottawa-based and frequently works out of Toronto, and was previously based out of St. John’s, NL. As a solo performer, they explore the range of the viola’s possibilities, spanning from minimalist to danceable, often incorporating laptop processing and looping.  Melody works with digital video and photography to capture images of Indigenous resurgence, and uses this footage both editorially and within video and sound art. Melody is affiliated with Tribal Spirit Music and plays drums with Toronto’s Indigenous hip-hop fusion band Red Slam Collective. She is is the proud recipient of a 2013 Aboriginal Arts Project grant from the Ontario Arts Council.” From: