What I wouldn't do/
North Star Calling
Video for Kids Help Phone
In January 2023 I worked with 2 groups of kids in Yellowknife and Edzo for a campaign for the Kids Help Phone - to raise $300million dollars to expand e-services into remote areas and address kids' mental health. My song "North Star Calling" was included in the campaign anthem along with my new dear friend Serena Ryder's song "Oh What I Wouldn't Do". We were joined by over 50 Canadian artists. Our northern kids sang with them, some in studio so you'll hear their voices on the track, and some of them out on the land so you'll see their faces on the video. It was an honour to be included in such a powerful and needed project- to raise our voices together to let kids know that "You are not alone". They are: (From Yellowknife): Anna Curran, Kagan Ball,Myriad Fitzky,Maura Smith, Keira Clinton, Janelle Jordison, Sadee Mitchell, Hazel Bee, Isabella Villegas (From Edzo): Julian Lafferty, Sahn Lafferty, Clarissa Apples, Kate Lafferty, Mia Mackenzie, Mark Leo Mackenzie, Mallory Drybones,
Brianne Wayne Mantla, Halley Lafferty, Iris Lafferty
Falling Stars - Music Video
From the album, North Star Calling
First time I saw you perform was in Santa Fe, NM at the Troublemakers Ball. There were many great performances, but Gary Farmer's introduction caught my ear. I recall you borrowed Samantha Crain's guitar and started to play. I was totally floored by your amazingly beautiful and powerful voice. Dene Love Song hit me like a ton of bricks. I felt your energy and passion. To be honest, it brought a tear to my eye. It was incredible to see and witness such talent and a great voice.
I feel your passion for your family, your people, your love, and your home. My favourites are Dene Love Song, If We Were One, All Alone (both versions), End of the Day, Jimmy, Heart of the People, and Cold Wind. I also love the fact that you incorporate traditional Native vocals into your music. I hope to see you perform many more times. You're one of my top five favourite artists period.
- Kirk Denetclaw
Live at Mundial
Live at Norderstedt
Dene A Journey
Season 1, Episode 2
A Special Place
Dene singer-songwriter Leela Gilday has worked hard to establish herself in Canada’s music industry, but along with her successes, she’s lost a part of her culture. Leela returns to her home community of Deline to take part in learning the art of making a traditional tanned moose hide. She discovers the practice may have more to do with ancient ways then her modern time schedule.
You're Not Alone
"As I sat atop the bleachers on a breezy cool day awaiting my first experience watching and hearing northern performers come alive on the stage to perform for the Canada Winter Games in 2007, I was not ready for what came next... you walked on to the stage, and started to sing "One Drum". A current ran through me and electrified all my senses and awoke inside me the true power and effect that a spoken word can have on the body, mind, and spirit; all 'touched' as one. An experience I will always be thankful for as it helped me feel the power and strength that lives within my ancestry and kin."
- Carla Wallis