performing this year
Joel Wood, "Mikwanak Kamôsakinat" (One Who Picks Up Feathers), is a member of nine-time GRAMMY Nominated powwow and round dance drum group Northern Cree. In December 2020, Joel released his debut solo project, entitled Singing Is Healing. The album earned a Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Award for Handdrum/Fiddle/Instrumental Album of the Year in 2021 and a JUNO Award nomination for Indigenous Artist or Group of the Year in 2022.
Joel's second album, entitled Mikwanak Kamôsakinat, which was recorded at the National Music Centre, earned him a second JUNO Award nomination in 2023.
Joel also plays the Native American flute and competes as a grass dancer. Joel is alcohol & drug free and is an advocate for walking on the red road. He is a husband and is also a proud father of three girls and two dogs.
"If you believe who you are, where you come from, your identity, your culture, your language... It will take you to places you've never even dreamed of!" -Steve Wood, Joel's dad.