“ Twin Flames have a great ability to wrap Indigenous stories in traditional styles, often incorporating both Western and Indigenous instruments in their songs.”
— exclaim magazine
Despite polar opposite backgrounds Twin Flames found a common musical language. Twin Flames combines Jaaji an Inuk/Mohawk man from Nunavik and Chelsey June a Métis Woman from Ottawa. Together they take the audience on a musical journey across Canada and the Arctic, they sing songs in English, Inuktitut and French.
Twin Flames raging fire: This powerful duo won The Canadian Folk music award for aboriginal songwriters of the year 2016. Their debut self-titled Album Jaaii & Chelsey June released December 2015 was also nominated for two Native American music awards in the United States: Best Folk and Best new duo. The Album topped music charts with the song Porchlight which reached #1 on The National Aboriginal Music Countdown. Twin Flames were voted top indie band for Native Trailblazers radio 2016.
In June 2017 they released their much anticipated second album Signal Fire which has been gaining recognition. They won Aboriginal Songwritiers of the year once again at the Canadian Folk Music Awards 2017 from the 3 Categories they were nominted in: Vocal Group of the Year, World Group of the Year and Aboriginal Songwriters of the Year. They were also nominated in 3 Categories for the Teweikan Music Awards: Best Folk Band, Emerging Artists of the year and Best Album of the year.
They have played over 700 shows in less than three years with performances that have taken them across Canada and the Arctic. Notable festivals include: Ottawa Bluesfest, Folk on the Rocks, Dragon Boat Festival, Toronto Indigenous Festival, Festival Mondial, Folk Harbour Festival, Adaka Culteral Festival , Alianait Festival and many more.
What started as small flame is turning into a raging fire one that is staying lit in the hearts of fans and listeners. Together they showcase the awesome power of music and its ability to connect people from all walks of life. With thought provoking songs they gently educate audiences on the realities of Indigenous and Inuit history and current issues as well as life-changing moments.
Debut Twin Flames Album
Unreserved Rosanna Deerchild
Mental health tour in Nunavut Twin Flames to play in six communities in September
“might not be the kinds of songs people expect when they hear the word "traditional," but they're the songs we need to hear.”
“Twin Flames wowed the audience with their powerful songwriting. The strength of their set and their music in general ”
— exclaim magazine
MUSICIANS: Ursula Schultz (Fiddle), James Francis Dupuis (bassist),
Chris Zimmerman (Drums), Guest (Throat Singers)
“Fiddle player Ursula Schultz couldn't help but smile after the crowd cheered for every one of her solos.”
— exclaim magazine
Signal Fire, Twin Flames - Released June 2017
Jaaji & Chelsey June, Twin Flames – Released December 2015
Nunaga by Jaaji Feat. Chelsey June – Released January 2015
Finding me by Chelsey June feat.Jaaji – Released December 2014
Seize the Day by Chelsey June – Released September 2013
2017 Signal Fire Winners Aboriginal Songwriters of the year 2017 Canadian Folk music awards
2016 Twin Flames Jaaji and Chelsey June Winners Aboriginal Songwriters of the year 2016 Canadian Folk music awards
Signal Fire nominated in 3 Categories for The Canadian Folk Music Awards 2017: Vocal Group of the Year, World Group of the Year and Aboriginal Songwriters of the Year.
Signal Fire nominated in 3 Categories for the Teweikan Music Awards: Best Folk Band, Emerging Artists of the year and Best Album of the year.
Their debut self-titled album Jaaji & Chelsey June, received a total of 5 nominations from several different award platforms which include:
Native American Music Awards in the United States: Best Folk Recording and Debut Duo of the Year
Independent Music Awards: Best Indigenous Artists Indigenous Music Awards 2017: Best Folk Album
Featured on In Focus APTN, TAM APTN, Rogers “Entre Nous”, CTV Morning, Radio Canada, TVA Arts and Culture, CBC News
# 1 song Porchlight On Top 40 Aboriginal music countdown
Plane song made it to top 10 in Ottawa for CBC searchlight
Song Isuma film score for CBC David Suzuki’s Nature of things “Trapped in a Human Zoo”
Song Nunaga film score for Award Winning Documentary “Okpik’s Dream”
Tours across the Canada and the Arctic over 700 shows from 2015-2018 Major Festivals including:Ottawa Bluesfest, Folk on the Rocks, Dragon Boat Festival, Toronto Indigenous Festival, Festival Mondial, Folk Harbour Festival, Adaka Culteral Festival, Alianait Festival and many more.
Jaaji IMA winner Best Indigenous Language Album Nunaga 2015
Chelsey June IMA nomination Best Folk Album Finding me 2015
Regular spinning on CBC Radio across Canada
Regular Spinning on Sirius XM
Earth Song radio special feature in LA
Native Trailblazers radio over broadcast to over 500 communities
CBC Unreserved with Rosanna Deerchild
Topping campus radio charts CKCU
Aboriginal Music Program Participants Winnipeg MB 2015
“You gave me your CD at a show and I wanted to let you know that you have such a gift of healing with your voices. When times are hard and they were this week, I listen to your CD and with every tear I shed I heal what a great gift to have and to have received”
— A fan