If you ask most people what they know about Canadian history, they’ll probably mention a few key events, like the War of 1812 or the founding of Montreal. But if you ask an indigenous person about Canadian history, they’ll likely tell you a very different story – one that begins with the arrival of Europeans on this continent and the centuries of violence and oppression that followed. One of the darkest chapters in this history is the residential school system, which was designed to forcibly assimilate indigenous children into Euro-Canadian culture. For more than a hundred years, thousands of indigenous children were forcibly removed from their homes and sent to these schools, where they faced horrific abuse at the hands of their caretakers. As a result of this abuse, many children never made it back home to their families. They were simply vanished – their names lost to time, their graves unmarked and forgotten. It’s only in recent years that we’ve begun to uncover the truth about these schools and the atrocities that took place there. But for the families who lost loved ones, the pain will never go away. These unmarked graves are a constant reminder of Canada’s dark past – and a powerful reminder of the need to right the wrongs of history.
On his highly anticipated latest single slated for release August 19th, 2022 “Downward into the Dark, Dany Horovitz pairs delicate acoustic guitars with atmospheric synths, creating a sound that is both nostalgic and fresh, highlighting the cultural genocide carried out by residential schools in Canada.
The Indie folk musician in Toronto has made a name for himself by hybridizing the acoustic guitar melodies of traditional folk music with contemporary instrumentation. His unique sound has won him a devoted following among fans of both genres, and his latest album is sure to continue his trend of blurring the lines between folk and indie. Horovitz’s music is characterized by intricate guitar work, hauntingly beautiful melodies, and a deft use of both old-fashioned and modern instruments. It’s this willingness to experiment that makes Horovitz one of the most exciting musicians working today. Whether he’s playing a traditional folk song or one of his own compositions, Horovitz always manages to put his own spin on things. As a result, his music and his narrative are uniquely inspiring and utterly captivating.
Produced and engineered by Calvin Hartwick Drums: Colanthony Humphrey Guitar/bass: Sean Royle Strings: Mike Tompa Harmony arrangements/
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