• A Festival of Ideas
  • May 2 - 5, 2024
  • Guelph

Rosary Spence

Originally from the coastal Cree community of Fort Albany First Nation, off the coast of James Bay, Rosary Spence is a well-recognized Indigenous singer, steeped in time-honoured Aboriginal rhythms and styles. Spence prides herself as an established self-taught vocalist but has also studied vocals at The Banff Centre For the Arts and has participated in vocal training with a diverse group of artists at various times throughout her professional career. Spence has been a featured artist on a variety of albums and collaborations with various artists throughout her musical career. Spence’s debut album (released May 2015) is titled Maskawasiwin, a Cree word for Strength. It is dedicated to all of the teachings and teachers whom have provided her with strength thus far in her life’s journey. These teachers include her children, the wisdom of her peers and mentors, her family and friends, and last but not least, her maternal grandparents Frederik and Fabiola Spence whom were alive during the creative process of this recording, but whom have both since passed onto the Spirit World. Rosary currently resides in Toronto, Ontario.