Arlette Alcock

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Arlette Alcock
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Arlette Alcock Performing at the Nighthawk Aboriginal Arts and Music Festival in 2010
Background information
Birth name Arlette Christine Aida Brabant
Born (1958-10-08) 8 October 1958 (age 59)
Genres Folk, Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1997–present
Website www.arlettemusic.com

Arlette Alcock (born Arlette Christine Aida Brabant, 8 October 1958) is a Métis-Canadian folk musician, songwriter and social activist. Arlette is best known for performing her outspoken songs which detail the past and current challenges facing Metis and Aboriginal Canadians.[1] [2] Since 1997 she has released two full-length albums of original music under the mononym Arlette. Both albums have received extensive Aboriginal Radio airplay in Canada and the United States.[3] Arlette has been nominated for a variety of Aboriginal music awards in North America and won the Songwriter of the Year award at the Native-E Music Awards in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 2008.[4]

Career[edit]

Arlette began writing poetry and playing guitar when she was a teenager, building a reputation as a songwriter. Her writing focuses on her Indigenous heritage, spirituality, racism and residential school abuse.[5] [6]

Her debut album Tribe of One was released in 1997. Her second album, Wolfgirl was produced by Grammy Award Nominee Gaye Delorme [7] and released in 2007. Both albums received airplay on Aboriginal Radio stations in Canada and the United States, as well as the CBC National Radio in Canada. [8][9][3] [10]

In 2008 Arlette won the Songwriter of the Year award at the Native-E Music Awards, [11][5] in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[12] She was nominated for Best Folk Recording at the Native American Music Awards the same year,[13] and her single "Her Suitcase" was an Honor Award Finalist for acoustic folk single in the 2008 Great American Song Contest.[14]

Arlette has been featured on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network show Beyond Words,[15] is a member of the National Aboriginal Recording Industry Association[16] and has collaborated with many other notable Métis Canadian musicians including Cheryl l'Hirondelle,[17][18] Sandy Scofield,[19] and Janet Panic.[20] [21]

Personal life[edit]

Arlette Alcock was born in Trail, British Columbia on 8 October 1958 to Roseline Chartrand, of the Pine Creek First Nation of Manitoba and Raymond Adam Brabant, of the Little Black Bear First Nation of Saskatchewan.

Arlette is a Métis descendant of Blackfoot , Saulteaux , and Irish lineage on her mother's side, together with Cree and French ancestry on her father’s side. Her parents were both Canadian residential school survivors. [5] [9]

In addition to her career as a musician, Arlette has also worked as a library technician for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs,[22] and the First Nations University in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

Arlette is a vocal advocate for many social justice issues in Canada [23] [24][25] including missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW),[26] the protection of women's reproductive rights [27] and people living with addictions in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, where her mother died 1988. Her mother's story is referenced in the lyrics of her song Roseline.

Discography[edit]

Year Album
1997 Tribe of one
2007 Wolfgirl

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aboriginal Leaders and Role Models". manachihtowin. 
  2. ^ "Truths from the Earth". 3 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Aboriginal radio most active list. - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com. 
  4. ^ "Arlette Alcock - RPM.fm". rpm.fm. 
  5. ^ a b c "Indigenous Music Awards". ima.functionfour.ca. 
  6. ^ "Award-winning songwriter—and CUPE member—plays for AWG". 
  7. ^ "ARLETTE: Wolfgirl (Independent)". 2 October 2010. 
  8. ^ Lizard, Visual. "Nominees and Winners - Indigenous Music Awards". www.indigenousmusicawards.com. 
  9. ^ a b Music, CBC. "CBC Music - Artists". artists.cbcmusic.ca. 
  10. ^ "Métis women singers, songwriters, storytellers of Métis struggles and perseverance - Aboriginal CKCU - 2014-03-23". CKCU. 
  11. ^ "Truths from the Earth". 3 February 2011. 
  12. ^ Keillor, Elaine; Archambault, Tim; Kelly, John M. H. (27 March 2013). "Encyclopedia of Native American Music of North America". ABC-CLIO – via Google Books. 
  13. ^ http://www.nativevillage.org/Messages%20from%20the%20People/NAMMYS%20and%20Aboriginal%20Music%20Awards/2008%20Native%20American%20Music%20Awards.htm
  14. ^ "FINALISTS 2008 - Great American Song Contest". www.greatamericansong.com. 
  15. ^ "Beyond Words". TVGuide.com. 
  16. ^ "MEMBERSHIP – NARIA". www.esp-sostenible.org. 
  17. ^ Pechawis., Archer. "Cheryl L'Hirondelle". www.firstvisionart.com. 
  18. ^ http://www.pavedarts.ca/galleries/21/21_artist_bio.pdf
  19. ^ Music, Manitoba. "The Aboriginal Music Lab in Vancouver". 
  20. ^ "Women of the Coast! Janet Panic hosts 10 female singer songwriters, including: Skye Wallace , Sister Says, Lindsay May, Caitlin Toom, Arlette Alcock, Jillian Lebeck, Kaya Fraser, & Many More! @ Railway Club - Jul 17, 2011 Vancouver BC". livevan.com. 
  21. ^ "4REAL". www.4real.com. 
  22. ^ https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/ubcic/pages/1440/attachments/original/1484861488/24_ubcic_ourfuture.pdf?1484861488
  23. ^ eMinor. "Show at CUPE BC's Aboriginal Gathering and Human Rights Conference". ReverbNation. 
  24. ^ "Truth and Reconciliation Commission update: Bamoseda report - 680 NEWS". 1 October 2010. 
  25. ^ "IT Application". 
  26. ^ "Nathalie Bertin". nathaliebertin.blogspot.ca. 
  27. ^ http://www.arcc-cdac.ca/action/notable-canadian-women-oppose-motion312.pdf

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