EDMONTON – On Monday it was announced that fresh off the heels of a JUNO Award nomination for Indigenous Artist of the Year and ahead of a busy summer music festival season, Celeigh Cardinal releases a new music video for “When All Is Said and Done” with Prism Prize nominated director Jessica Lea Fleming.
“I think the storyline of the song and video is pretty relatable,” Cardinal explained. “No matter how wrong someone is for you, sometimes you can’t help but want them. In fact it can make them all the more enticing.”
Cardinal is known as a powerful Métis singer and songwriter. Her singing voice is rich and deep with a burnished maturity and a dexterous technical virtuosity that wraps itself around notes with a snarl, a purr, or something in the middle.
Her 2017 album ‘Everything and Nothing at All’, earned her multiple awards, including Indigenous Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards. In 2019, Cardinal released her 3rd album ‘Stories from a Downtown’. This latest collection of soulful songs demonstrates her signature knack for crafting hook-laden introspective, confessional tracks that pack an emotional punch. To begin 2020 with a bang, Cardinal was nominated for Indigenous Artist or Group at the JUNO Awards.
Cardinal has performed across North America and internationally, including Reeperbahn in Germany, and tours in The Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden.
As well as her flourishing musical career, Celeigh is the first Indigenous radio personality on Alberta’s own CKUA Radio Network, and she’s the first Indigenous member of CBC Edmonton’s Radio Arts Column, the In Crowd. Creating more opportunities for Indigenous representation in Media and Music is not only essential to Celeigh, it is her inspiration.
Celeigh strives to use the space she takes to lift up other Indigenous artists and be/have the representation she desired as a young girl, and the representation she desires for all Indigenous peoples.
“When All Is Said and Done” appears on Cardinal’s Stories From A Downtown Apartment album, which also earned the Métis contralto singer an Edmonton Music Prize nomination earlier in the year.
Fleming is a Métis filmmaker who picked up her Prism Prize nomination for iskwē’s “Breaking Down” music video, which was release in July of 2019. Learn more about Fleming here.
Ulla Laidlaw produced the video. She’s an artist who carries her formal training in theatre as a leading force into her film, video, installation and multidisciplinary practices. Learn more about Laidlaw here.
The music video for “When All Is Said and Done” was made possible by a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.
Stories from a Downtown Apartment was produced Stew Kirkwood and recorded at Sound Extractor Studios in Edmonton. Cardinal wrote all the songs on the EP and completed the project with support from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.