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Alternative, Powwow, Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Indie Pop

Nigel Irwin

May 15, 2020

Nigel Irwin is a singer-songwriter from Niagara, who has been releasing music since 2014, as a solo act and now with his new persona Decree. Decree is a culmination of Irwin’s travels and work reclaiming his Indigenous culture through music and storytelling. Irwin first began playing in bars in Niagara, and moved to Toronto to expand his horizons. Since then, Irwin’s music has appeared on CBC, SiriusXM, ElementFM and Zoomer radio. Some notable accomplishments include headlining the Aboriginal Pavilion festival in Toronto, playing the main stage at Indigenous Day Live Ottawa, opening for Susan Aglukark at the Aboriginal Day festival, contributing music to the feature film The Layover and performing for New Music Night sponsored by Indie88 at The Horseshoe. Decree is a project that raises the bar in terms of production, style and delivery of Irwin’s voice. Fully-committing to his Cree heritage through language, drumming and vocal chants, Decree is about bringing out that authentic voice that’s inside all of us. Blending a mix of singer-songwriter vibes and indie-pop charm through a native lens, Decree is pure genre-bending. When not composing and performing, Irwin is also an accomplished actor and writer. Recently, he was touring with the show Amal, where he portrayed Thomas; an indigenous man who sponsors a Syrian family to live in Canada. The production was shown in Kitchener, Toronto, Montreal and a small tour in Tunisia. Lately, Irwin has been developing the music library Nagamo Publishing. The first-ever production catalogue created entirely by indigenous composers. This had led to scoring opportunities for several APTN shows and commercials. Irwin is also the 2019 recipient of the Bullseye Music Award through imagineNATIVE and Slaight Music.