Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Web site: http://www.nadjiwan.com
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NADJIWAN is a truly Canadian musical artist and experience. The man behind the project and the music is Marc Nadjiwan. Born in northern Manitoba and raised in the untamed beauty of Northwestern Ontario, Marc knew from an early age he would perform music.
As a youngster, Marc was raised on a steady diet of both traditional Native music as well as Canadian icons such as Gordon Lightfoot and Ian & Sylvia Tyson. Later in his teens, Marc continued attending pow-wows in order to feed his tastes for traditional storytelling and his Ojibway roots. At the same time he began opening his ears to the world of pop music.
After graduating from the Music Industry Arts program at Fanshawe College in Southern Ontario, Marc returned to Thunder Bay where he began collaborating with other First Nations musicians. The first NADJIWAN compact disc titled "Brother", released in 1995 went on to achieve much success in both Canada and the United States.
In 2000, Marc released the album "Awake", featuring many well-known guest musicians such as Andy Stochansky, Maury Lafoy (Starling, The Supers, Ron Sexsmith) Arlene Bishop, Chris Gartner (Kevin Hearn band) and Todd Lumley (The Waltons).
The album quickly generated great reviews and found its way onto many radio play lists on both sides of the border including many University/College radio top 40 charts. Several songs were also selected to be a part of the musical soundtrack for the theatre production "New World Brave".
Marc, performing solo or with his band, has traveled across Canada and the United States to appear at various music festivals. He also opened for Blue Rodeo on various occassions for a special benefit performance.
In March 2005, Marc has released his latest album "Begin" which has received great reviews from critics and fans. Notably, "Begin" was one of Renegade Radio's Top 10 Albums for summer 2005. Recently, the single "Aambe" from this release has made it to the number 1 song spot on Hand of Grandfather's Top 5 singles. Marc also received a BEST MALE ARTIST nomination from the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for this effort.
Marc is currrently putting together material for his next studio album tentatively titled "New Mexico". Although Marc has left the humble and untamed beauty of Northwestern Ontario for the steel and glass castles of Toronto, he will never forget his roots. The deepening red skies, flourishing forests and fresh running rivers will always remain in his heart, soul and music.