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Indigenous singer–storyteller performs new music in Coquitlam

Kym Gouchie is on a southern B.C. tour that includes at stop in Coquitlam on Saturday, April 6.
Kym Gouchie appears in Coquitlam on April 6, 2024.

Indigenous stories and songs will be spun at a special performance in Coquitlam next month.

Kym Gouchie will appear at the Evergreen Cultural Centre on Saturday, April 6, with Naomi Kavka on cello and guitar and Ian Olmstead on keyboard.

The show is part of Gouchie’s tour of southern B.C. that also includes dates in Langley, North Vancouver, Chilliwack and Penticton.

This month, the Lheidli T’enneh singer-songwriter dropped the first track from her upcoming record Shun beh nats’ujeh, which means “We heal through songs” in the Dakelh language; the full album will be released on May 31.

A well-known musician and visual artist, Gouchie, who also has ties to the Cree and Secwépemc nations, plays the guitar and hand drum to original music that weaves stories about First Nations, women’s and environmental issues.

Many of her songs are sung in English; however, Gouchie worked with her grandmother, Mary Gouchie, before she passed in 2019 to also compose tunes in the Carrier language.

Gouchie’s single “For the People” was part of the Truth and Reconciliation compilation CD, in 2015.

Two years ago, she received a service award from the Prince George Public Library for preserve the Lheidli T'enneh history, culture, language and music.

Tickets to see Kym Gouchie on April 6, 2024, at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1206 Pinetree Way) are $37/$34/$16. You can call the box office at 604-927-6555 or visit the facility’s website.