Indigenous Hard Rock, Indie
The Johnnys are a rock’n’roll band founded by Veronica Johnny (vocals, guitar) and Dave Johnny (drums, bass). Their early recordings are punk influenced; later releases have a 1970s hard rock feel. Veronica’s Cree heritage is increasingly reflected in their lyrics, with an indigenous lens exploring political resistance and change, the environment, and social justice. Their single Nisakihtan Kiya Kisoskatowin is sung entirely in Nehiyawewin. They are passionate about Indigenous language revitalization; the environment; and empowering music projects with youth groups such as Girls Rock Camp Toronto. The Johnnys’ three independently released, full-length albums were all nominated for national music awards, with the songs Time to Shine and Have a Good Time, All the Time both reaching #2 on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown radio charts. The Johnnys appear as a duo or a full band, delivering rowdy, high-energy, humour-filled performances. They’ve played across Canada, been featured on TV and film and their first three albums were nominated for national music awards. Their fourth, Leathers and Feathers was released on June 5th, 2020 and features their song Your Girl, released on May 22, 2020.