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Ila Barker and DJ Shub © Tiffany Spence and Francesco Giorgio

AIRsessions Workshop: Ila Barker and DJ Shub

Season 3 | Episode 10

Zoom webinar
Ila Barker and DJ Shub © Tiffany Spence and Francesco Giorgio
Family programming Indigenous arts Music

Zoom event

Artist-in Residence Ila Barker is joined by DJ Shub.

Considered to be the Godfather of PowWowStep, DJ Shub has undoubtedly pioneered a growing genre of electronic music since his initial start with internationally-acclaimed group A Tribe Called Red.

Born Dan General, he is a Mohawk, turtle clan of the Six Nations of the Grand River located in Ontario, Canada. Since the creation of PowWowStep, he has grown more aware of the Indigenous way of life through his music, merging his heritage with his craft. “This style of music – there is so much culture in it, and that’s what makes it so original,” said DJ Shub.

As a solo artist, DJ Shub released his first EP PowWowStep in 2016 and has since played some of the biggest music festivals in North America. He’s also been featured in a number of national media outlets. His song “Indomitable” was notably handpicked by Sacha Baron Cohen as the theme music to his hit Showtime series, Who Is America?

DJ Shub produced his first full-length album entitled War Club, released on December 4th, 2020. His new record includes collaborators like Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Hellnback, Boogat, Phoenix, Randy Bachman, and many more. War Club is the message. Music is my weapon. 

Register to participate in this small-group online session to learn about how these artists make music and to share your questions and musical ideas. Priority registration to Indigenous youth aged 13 to 25. Other participants accepted if space is available.

The workshop will take place on Zoom. To register and for more information, please contact Ila at

This series is presented as part of the NAC Music Alive Program: Manitoba, in partnership with the sākihiwē festival, Music for Life, Indigenous Music Development Program at Manitoba Music and Canada Council for the arts

This live event adheres to the health and safety guidelines of the region in which it was recorded.

Ila Barker and DJ Shub © Tiffany Spence and Francesco Giorgio