Leonard Sumner is an Anishinaabe MC/Singer/Songwriter from the Little Saskatchewan First Nation, located in Interlake Region of Manitoba. He provides perspective from a voice often unheard and over-looked in the traditional music communities: truthful, insightful, and providing a new sound straight from ‘the Rez’.
His music is best described as a fusion of hip-hop, country and rhythm and blues. His lyrics are intricate and honest, combined with his message and heart, massage into a raspy flow that growls with a bittersweet existential angst. On stage, he captivates crowds with a guitar slung over his shoulder, singing and rhyming to the beats, allowing his style to be enjoyed by people who typically ‘aren’t into rap.’
The fated destruction and rebirth of Jack Pine’s namesake tree is one of many inspirations that lead this Ottawa singer-songwriter to perform original alternative-folk songs that point to the beauty within the wreck, and the heart within the wretch. Jack Pine howls and spits biting folk lyricism, while his mandolin plays furiously, then softly.
His band Jack Pine and The Fire’s 2017 sophomore album Left To Our Own Devices was written on a remote and isolated Northern Ontario island. “Lone Wolf” elucidates the plight of a lone wolf looking for love, “Cabin Fever” depicts a man going stir crazy while cooped up indoors for far too long, and songs like “Credit River” and “The Run Down” question the values of popular capitalist society from an outsiders perspective. Through Jack’s songs, this long awaited follow up to their 2012 debut peers into the cracks in all our relationships - with ourselves, with each-other, and with the earth.
Jack will be accompanied for this performance by Anders Drerup on guitar.