Quantum Tangle + Battle of Santiago
Quantum Tangle combines the wide-ranging artistic visions of Greyson Gritt, Tiffany Ayalik and Inuksuk Mackay who draw from their respective Anishinaabe-Métis and Inuit backgrounds to create a fusion of old-world sounds and new-world flair. Proudly and boldly displaying their roots, Gritt, Ayalik and Mackay tailor their music to examine systemic racism and colonialism, while offering ways to empower marginalized groups.
The name Quantum Tangle is a two-part homage: to the scientific phenomenon known as quantum entanglement (basically, that nothing is separate and that a seemingly separate entity directly affects another) and to a tongue-in-cheek reference to blood quantum rules established by governments to prove Indigenous ancestry. However you interpret their name, Quantum Tangle is at the vanguard of Indigenous musicians transforming Canadian culture, as they look back through history to challenge, educate and encourage audiences to be socially aware.
In 2016, their EP Tiny Hands won the 2017 JUNO for Indigenous Album of the Year. Quantum Tangle followed it up with a dynamic full-length debut for Coax Records, Shelter As We Go, an acclaimed collection of songs that combine deep blues riffs, traditional throat singing, and haunting melodies intertwined with hard beats and equally hard-hitting storytelling.
Prismatic is honored to have such a talented band grace the music stage at Prismatic 2019.
Battle of Santiago
Juno-nominated, Toronto-based group, Battle of Santiago, combines classic Afro-Cuban rhythms and vocals with a distinctly Canadian post-rock spirit and sensibility.
Battle of Santiago is strongly rooted, as a Cuban musical talent, in Toronto, which includes one of the largest Cuban expat communities in North America. They are leaders in Canada’s thriving Latin music scene.
The band’s upcoming release La Migra dives deep into Afro-Cuban waters, mixing Afro-Cuban Yoruba chants with subtle electronica and rumbas with post-rock experimentalism. The sound is more than just Radiohead meets Fela Kuti, there is some cumbia tinged with dub Latin rock and smooth funk.
Battle of Santiago has showcased at conferences like Mundial Montreal and CINARS. They have toured in Canada, USA, France, Spain, and the Netherlands. They have performed at festivals including Luminato, Guelph Jazz Festival, Harrison Festival for the Arts, Hillside Music festival, Amsterdam Roots Festival, Worldfest, and at venues like Joe’s Pub in NYC, the Kennedy Center in Washington, and the Levitt Pavilion in Los Angeles, just to name a few!
Prismatic is excited for Battle of Santiago to come and rock the stage – be sure to wear your dancing shoes!