October 13, 2017
Ottawa-based A Tribe Called Red has pulled out of a sound and light show to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations amid concerns the event disrespects Indigenous culture.
In an email to CBC News, Ottawa 2017 confirmed the electronic music trio’s music will no longer be part of Mìwàte, which premiered on Albert Island last Friday. Two of their songs, Indian City and Suplex, were part of the 10-minute soundtrack of the show.
“A Tribe Called Red has requested to have their music withdrawn from the project,” said Ottawa 2017 spokesperson Denise Leblanc.
The group’s management said they would prefer not to be involved in Canada’s sesquicentennial, she said. The group did not respond to a request for comment from Radio-Canada Friday.
“We respect their decision and are honouring their request to make a change to the soundtrack. In collaboration with Moment Factory, we are in the process of adapting content that will be equally extraordinary and fitting for the Mìwàte experience,” Leblanc said.
Leblanc said she expects there to be “a seamless transition” over the next two weeks.