16.11.24 Performing “f(l)ight: Songs & Stories for a Radical Indigenous Present”

“Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg artist, musician, poet and writer, who has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation.

Leanne’s RPM debut LP, f(l)light, is a haunting collection of story-songs that effortlessly interweave Simpson’s complex poetics and multi-layered stories of the land, spirit, and body with lush acoustic and electronic arrangements, and claims a unique space in contemporary Indigenous music and performance

The album is a haunting, powerful hybrid of words, songs, and perspectives. From the gentle invocation of other forms of life offered in songs like “Road Salt” and “The Oldest Tree in the World”, to the dissonant sonics of “Caribou Ghosts and Untold Stories” and the pulsing, hypnotic rhythms of “Under Your Always Light”, Simpson’s words reverberate within and between the sounds that surround them.

f(l)ight is the sound of ancestral memory and present possibility unfolding toward a horizon of freedom.”

Album available on Bandcamp


  • Ojigkwanong (Centre for Aboriginal Culture and Education)
  • School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies
  • Indigenous Policy and Administration Department
  • Mawandoseg (Aboriginal Student Services)
  • MacOdrum Library
  • English Department