My singer-songwriter name is Vela. This means “candle”. It is my capoeira apelido (nickname), earned through transforming grief, loss, and broken bones into joy, gratitude, and healing. The candle is a symbol of hope for me. A candle casts a warm healing light. It lights up dark places. Even a modest candle can ignite a bonfire of change.
My songs shine an unflinching light on topical issues. I love collaborating and co-creating exhilarating harmonies and soundscapes. I also revel in the delicious ridiculousness of life.
Reconciliation River Project
Co-created with John Lloyd, Jack Pyl, Fedor Ilitchev, and several other generous volunteers. The song came when I climbed down next to the pillar of the Chaudière Crossing bridge, where I could see and hear the overflow of the ring dam that imprisons Akikodjiwan. Known in English as the Chaudière Falls, the falls and nearby islands have been sacred to the Anishinabe (Algonquin) and other Indigenous Peoples since time immemorial. The video seeks to show the beauty of the land and waters of this sacred place. The song urges the return of Akikodjiwan to Anishinabe stewardship.
Co-created with Kevin Guerette, Rebecca White Raven, Fedor Ilitchev, and Wesley De Sousa. We recorded my song, #TarFree613, and we made a music video, below! No to this pipeline, no to all pipelines! Yes to the beautiful future we want!
A related track (get the Oil OUT of Canadian Politics!):
Some more of my music is here: https://velacatalyst.bandcamp.com
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“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” – Buddha