A little about us...
Indie rock, synth rock, and folk-pop are just a few of the ways critics have tried to label the music of Twin Flames. It isn’t an easy task and really, labels only serve the needs of those who choose to employ them. From the beginning, husband and wife duo Chelsey June and Jaaji have chosen to let their music speak for itself and when considered alongside the 30+ various music awards and nominations they have accumulated over the past seven years as Twin Flames, it is obvious they have something special going on.
Jaaji, (Inuk from Nunavik and Mohawk Kanien’kehá:ka from Kahnawake) and Chelsey June, (Métis, Algonquin, Cree and settler heritage) from Ottawa, are part of an Indigenous renaissance. Their cultural backgrounds span Canada’s geography and their songs, delivered through a mix of English, French and Inuttitut, have helped them earn a unique place among contemporary music makers from coast to coast to coast. Their humour on stage serves as welcome comedic relief when discussing tougher issues. They possess impeccable storytelling skills and allow audiences to feel a truly human connection.
Twin Flames Build bridges across cultures, continents, and styles and are long celebrated for their sonic landscapes spanning Canada and the Arctic. Twin Flames, brings together a richness of personal history and musical experience, 4x Canadian Folk Music Award recipients, 3x Native American Music Award Winners, 3x Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards Winners. Their songs tell stories of courage and survival.
A beloved powerhouse couple well on their way to becoming a Canadian household name. They have now played more than 2000+ shows throughout Canada, Greenland, the United States, Australia and France. Using unique sounds, Indigenous Spirit flutes, traditional drums and western instruments, synthesizing harmonies, Twin Flames offer a truly unique show.
Before combining their talents under the title of Twin Flames, Chelsey June and Jaaji had their own respective award-winning and nominated careers; they met on-set during the filming of APTN’s TAM (Talent autochtones Musical) in 2014.
Since joining together, both professionally and as a couple, Twin Flames have released three full-length albums which have charted in Canada and abroad. They've had Two #1 Hits on the Indigenous Music Countdown’s Top 40. The duo was selected as artist-in-residence for the 2019 Folk Alliance International conference and partnered with UNESCO to write Human the official song to celebrate 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages. Human was also a part of CBC’s Music Class Challenge in 2020 and reached #1 on the Indigenous music countdown.
Twin Flames have also written songs for musicals which include the theme song Dreamer used for The Dream Catchers musical with the TD Confederation Centre Young Company; most recently Twin Flames wrote a full musical for Sheridan college titled “In Darkness Show me the Stars” performed by the fourth-year students.
Their music video for Broke Down Ski’tuuq was the first and only all Inuttitut music video to be featured on MuchMusic and their songs have been featured in movies and television series such as CBC's Tallboyz (Grace Too), Trouble in the Garden (Plane Song), David Suzuki’s Nature of things; Trapped in a Human Zoo (Isuma) and The Documentary Okpik’s Dream (Nunaga) to name a few. Their music videos "Taanisi" and "Porchlight" were chosen among the films screened at the INDIANER INUIT: DAS NORDAMERIKA FILMFESTIVAL, in Stuttgart, Germany January 2018.
Jaaji and Chelsey's passions include working with youth and inspiring them to dream without limitations. They are founders of Twin Flames - Sharing Stories of Unbreakable Spirits their presentations take them across the country both in person and virtually, sharing music, cultural awareness workshops, and songwriting workshops in schools. Their goal is to give back to communities. They hope to encourage youth to be change makers. They share their personal journeys and knowledge of historical events that led to changed way of life for their families and Indigenous peoples in Canada. Twin Flames are advocates for mental health, suicide prevention, sobriety and healthy lifestyles.