Six Nations brings music home with the debut of Six Nations Unity Festival on Friday July 22nd at 7pm at the Gathering Place by the Grand in Six Nations, ON. Featuring a nationally renowned lineup of homegrown Indigenous talent including Derek Miller, Logan Staats, Lacey Hill, Jace Martin, Semiah Smith, and Acension Harjo, Six Nations Unity Festival needs to be a must on your summer destination map.

Pre-sale tickets available online here at Eventbrite

or in-person on Six Nations of the Grand River Territory at

Jukasa Radio, CKRZ Radio, Iroqrafts, and Debra’s Fashion & Smokin’ Doodads @ 2299 Chiefswood Road.

$10 tickets are also available at the door.

Artist Lineup

Derek Miller

Two-time JUNO winning singer/songwriter/guitarist Derek Miller from Six Nations of the Grand River is a journeyman musician with eclectic taste and a knack for guitar oriented roots-inflected rock with a pop sensibility. With his unique take on roots rock, and soul- stirring blues, Derek Miller is a force of musical nature.
With 17 albums to his credit, Miller has shared a stage with artists such as Blood, Sweat & Tears, George Thorogood, Smokey Robinson and The Neville Brothers. Canada’s Olympic Committee, wanting an artist that reflected Canada’s roots, hired Miller to rock the crowds alongside Eva Avila and Nikki Yanofsky at the Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

In addition to recording with Willie Nelson, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Daniel Lanois, among many other talented artists across the globe, Derek has also recorded for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, resulting in the 2016 JUNO-nominated album Rumble: A Tribute To Native Music Icons. Most recently, Buffy asked the guitarist to play on her 2015 Polaris prize and Juno-winning album Power In The Blood.

Derek continues to work as a touring performer/artist, producing music, making television, writing novels, making movies and racing cars.

Logan Staats

Once in a red moon, an artist emerges on the scene as if fully formed. Born on the Six Nations Reserve and raised in the small ghost town of Brantford, Ontario – Logan Staats started writing and performing music in his early teens. From a young age, Logan’s haunting and distinct voice has won him multiple opportunities to share the stage with acts like Buffy Sainte-Marie, Keith Secola and Mumford and Sons, to name a few. Still a young man, Logan is regarded as an accomplished, multi-nominated and an award winning artist. Forever a student of

great music – Staats enjoys jamming, collaborating and learning from his contemporaries and other recording artists. A great example is a powerful late night live off the floor version of Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice” in collaboration with peer Terra Lightfoot. Logan’s live performances are juxtaposed by a level of self-possession and control that still wildly careen through emotions of sadness, hope, longing and joy. A product of passion, compulsion and tireless musical commitment – Logan’s songs are his own. Armed with his guitar and harmonica, he has transitioned from running the weekend bar circuit to playing sold out ven-ues across Canada including his favourite venue, The Sanderson Centre, in his hometown.

Logan is fresh off his win on The Launch, a new TV show that gives Canadian singers a shot at stardom. Staats was chosen out of 10,000 applicants to be featured on the inaugural season of the series, and was mentored by Canadian country megastar Shania Twain. The song that Staats performed is called The Lucky Ones, and was written by Grammny nominated songwriter busbee. What’s more, The Lucky Ones topped the Canadian charts as the number one song in the country the day after the release.Ingrained with the mentality that anything is possible when you put your heart and soul into it, Staats is hell bent on raising the bar for indigenous/mainstream crossover music. Currently on an open journey of art, expression and culture, no matter which medium you find Logan through- he’s incredible to watch.

Lacey Hill

Have you heard Lacey? Watch as she takes the stage. Isn’t she gorgeous? She sits on her stool, or chair, or on the edge of the stage, and her long hair slides down her shoulder. The guitar settles comfortable in her hold as she plucks a few strings and tunes it to her liking. Then she strums. Her music is set on fire by her distinct voice. You keep watching her. The vocals are delicate, yet powerful. She makes her guitar sing too. One song is happy. Another is sad. Her third is jealous and spiteful. Now you’re watching and listening. Each one, you find, is stuffed with honesty. Each one, you find, rings with the energy Lacey used to create something wonderful from pain. Each one, you find, fills you with something you dismiss as deja vu. The melodies wash over you, her lyrics, carried by her voice, weave something unspeakable in and outside of her guitar playing. She’s something. You keep listening and you’re ecstatic and touched and haunted all at once.

The last notes fade from the air. She stands up. She smiles. “Thank you.”

Website: https://www.classic-roots.com/

Jace Martin

Jace Martin is a USA Billboard Mainstream Top 40 Charting artist & producer. He has toured North America and shared the stage with Salome Bey, Robbie Robertson, Sam Moore, Jonny Lang & More. His newest album “Rainboworld” released in 2020 is dedicated to his greatest mentor in music, Salome Bey. The album features excerpts from the theatre production Rainboworld, written by Salome Bey and ft Divine Brown, Joey Stylez, HellNBack, Gavin Brown, Justin Abedin and more.

Semiah Smith

Semiah is a singer/songwriter from Six Nations, Ontario. She began professionally singing traditional music from her Haudenosaunee heritage in her late teens in solo performances and as a member of the singing trio, Hatiyo (the good voice). At the same time, she also began writing songs in English, however had never published any of her contemporary works until her first single, ‘Nothing Can Kill My Love for You’ debuted on May 14th, 2021. Semiah continues to challenge herself in her song writing to explore the nuances of identity, love, and the growing pains of her twenties.

Ascension Aton:wa Harjo

Ascension Aton:wa Harjo is a 19 year old Mohawk, Kickapoo, Seminole from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. He started dancing as soon as he could walk, soon after at the age of 2 he started Hoop Dancing like his father before him. He has traveled all over the world with his parents dancing and performing for many different audiences. He loves sports and plays on all the teams he can, his favorite being basketball. He is very involved in learning his native language of Mohawk as well as learning the traditional social and ceremonial songs. Ascension’s passion is Dance! Wether it be powwow, smoke, hip hop modern or hoop he is always dancing and has performed with the likes of Nelly Furtado, World Champion Hoop Dancer’s Tony Duncan and Lowry Begay, Santee Smith’s Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Redsky, and Grammy Award winner Wayne Silas Jr. to name a few. He has also danced with some of the best dance troupes across Turtle Island, as well as participating in the closing ceremonies of the 2015 Pan Am Games held in Toronto, the opening ceremonies for the North American Indigenous Games (NIAG) with Taboo from Black Eyed Peas, and the 2018 INDSPIRE AWARDS!

Ascension also won the Teen Division Hoop Dance World Championships in 2018 making him one of the most elite Hoop Dancers on Turtle Island!

He won the tittle at the World Championships of Hoop Dance held at the Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ. Ascension’s hope is to keep dancing and to maintain a healthy lifestyle and promote a positive self image for himself and his culture.

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