Performing during the free daytime programming,
Saturday April 28, 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm, Room 5 (upstairs);
Sunday April 29, 1:00 pm – 2:50 pm, Fellowship Hall (downstairs)
Larissa is an emerging Anishinaabekwe singer\songwriter from Couchiching First Nation and Fort Frances in Northwestern Ontario. Her music is a blend of folk-inspired sounds and social justice issues, particularly around contemporary Indigenous issues in Canada. Larissa is completing her studies in the Bachelor of Music program at Carleton University. She has studied with Lynn Miles and Don Ross in the Singer/Songwriter stream and is also pursuing a minor in Indigenous Studies.
Larissa’s interest in music started at a very young age. She began writing songs when she was 6 and performed at her first talent show at age 7. By 13, she was performing her own songs. In 2010 she entered the Aboriginal Music Tour competition for young artists, winning the opportunity to be the opening act to award-winning Shy-Anne Hovorka’s weeklong tour in Southern Ontario. This is also the year that Larissa participated and performed in the Galaxy Young Performer’s Program at the Winnipeg Folk Festival for the first time. Larissa was later invited to be a singer when Shy-Anne Hovorka was the selected soloist in 2011 to perform compositions from her album Interwoven Roots for the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and invited to tour throughout Ontario for two weeks. In 2013, Larissa was a performer at the Harmony of Nations Music Festival in Fort Frances, ON alongside Buffy Ste. Marie and in 2014, she wrote and performed a song for this festival’s opening ceremonies.
More recently, she played the Phil Ochs Festival in Ottawa, the Winnipeg Folk Festival as a returning participant of the Stringray Young Performers Program, as well as a sold out show of her own works in her hometown. Larissa has appeared on stage with artists like Keith Secola, Joey Stylez, and Ryan McMahon. She’s currently recording a Demo CD as a part of her final courses at Carleton. After graduation, Larissa is looking forward to furthering her musical aspirations.