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Leonard Sumner

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.’

"He has been called one of the most important, vital new voices of the First Nations roots music scene in Canada. In truth, Sumner could be categorized as one of the most important, vital new voices in the entire Canadian roots music scene." - Island Music Fest

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