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 nearly 30 various music awards and nominations they have accumulated over the past six years as Twin Flames, it is obvious they have something special going on.
Chelsey June, métis (Algonquin Cree heritage) from Ottawa, and Jaaji, Inuk and Mohawk from Nunavik and Kahnawake, are part of an Indigenous renaissance. Their cultural backgrounds span Canada’s geography and their songs, delivered through a mix of English, French and Inuktitut, have helped them earn a unique place among contemporary music makers from coast to coast. Their humour on stage is often unexpected and a welcome comedic relief when discussing darker issues, combined with impeccable storytelling Twin Flames allows 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, 2x Canadian Folk Music Award recipients for Aboriginal Songwriters of the year and 3x Native American Music Award winners and most recently 3X Winners for the Inaugural Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards. Their songs tell stories of courage and survival. A beloved powerhouse with 30 Music award Nominations and having played more than 1000+ shows throughout Canada, Greenland, the United States, Australia and France they are well on their way to becoming a Canadian household name. Using unique sounds, Indigenous Spirit flutes, traditional drums and western instruments, synthesizing harmonies, they offer a truly unique experience. 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 spouses, Twin Flames have released three full-length albums and have been nominated for 29 Music awards both Nationally and abroad — including 2 Canadian Folk Music Award wins, and 3 Native American Music Award wins and most recently 3 wins at the Inaugural Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards — Two number 1 Hits on the Indigenous Music Countdown’s Top 40. They have played more than 1000+ shows throughout Canada, Greenland, the United States, Australia, France and the Cayman Islands. 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 Inuttitut music video to be featured on MuchMusic and their songs have been featured in movies and television series such as CBC's Tallboyz, Trouble in the Garden, David Suzuki’s Nature of things; Trapped in a Human Zoo and The Documentary Okpik’s Dream 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 presentations which take them across the country and the Arctic sharing music and 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 cultural knowledge with non-indigenous youth to help them discover Indigenous and Inuit cultures through music. Twin Flames are advocates for mental health, suicide prevention and healthy lifestyles.