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Brenda MacIntyre - Medicine Song Woman

Singer/Songwriter, Hand Drumming, Powwow, Other, Reggae

Brenda MacIntyre

May 06, 2020

Known by her Indigenous name Medicine Song Woman, Brenda MacIntyre has shared her evocative melodic voice and fusion of reggae, hip hop and Indigenous hand drum healing music with appreciative audiences of 30 to 3,000 across North America. The Toronto-based Juno Award-winning singer has been featured nationally on MuchMusic, CTV, CP24, APTN and most recently, Global, TVO and the front page of the Toronto Star and was in the CBC Searchlight 2020 Top 100. * Her original experimental music dishes out lush melodies and healing vibes over a platter of earthy enchanting rhythms and has been featured on CBC Radio and hundreds of other radio stations, garnering top ten status multiple times. Brenda MacIntyre speaks and sings to create awareness and healing for people affected by grief, chronic pain, identity loss or trauma. * MacIntyre leaves her listeners awestruck by the softness and raw power of her voice. Her nominations include the 2019 Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize, and in the past: the Indigenous Music Awards, Canadian Reggae Music Awards, Canadian Folk Music Awards and Canadian Indies. She was also Toronto’s Aboriginal Businesswoman of the Year in 2007. * Brenda MacIntyre’s career began in 1985 when she moved to Toronto after both her parents had died in BC. Her first single was charted as a “hot new item” on North Miami’s Top 40 station WPOW 96FM. Her second single “Rock a Talk” was featured on “The Gathering” compilation released by Attic Records at the Opera House. In 1992, the CD won a Juno Award. * Brenda has performed and spoken at varied venues, such as the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival, Toronto Union Station, California State University, Nathan Phillips Square and Bank of Montreal. Her audiences span women’s events, conferences, galas, festivals and Indigenous communities. * Powered by her grief from losing her son to murder in 2016, Brenda MacIntyre pours her soulful voice over a confluence of Indigenous hand drum healing, old school hip hop and conscious roots reggae in her album “Picking Up the Pieces,” released in September 2019. * Dedicated to homicide loss survivors and her son Quinn, “Picking Up the Pieces” will bring tears to your eyes and a smile to your face, with its message of love, hope and possibility.