Who we are
Twin Flames is a captivating husband and wife duo that combines two accomplished and very unique singer songwriters Chelsey June an Algonquin Cree Métis Woman from Ottawa and Jaaji an Inuk Mohawk man from Nunavik and Kahnawake. Despite polar opposite backgrounds Twin Flames found a common musical language. Together they take the audience on a musical journey across Canada and the Arctic, they echo the voices of their ancestors and depict life on the land as they sing songs in English, French and Inuktitut. They leave audiences fascinated and intrigued.
Twin Flames released their joint album Twin Flames Jaaji and Chelsey June December 1, 2015 at Cabaret la Basoche where they were chosen as favorite upcoming artists. This powerful duo won the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award for Aboriginal Songwriters of the Year. Their debut self-titled album Jaaji & Chelsey June, has now 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
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.
At the 2015 Indigenous music Awards Jaaji’s album Nunaga won best Indigenous Language/Francophone Album of the year and Chelsey June’s Album Finding me was nominated best Folk Album.
Their hit song Porchlight made it to #1 on The National Aboriginal Countdown and is being played across Canada and the United States. They also released a music video for Porchlight which was sponsored by Pauktuutiit. There song was written to raise awareness for missing and murdered Inuit/Indigenous woman and the families that are left behind. You can check out the video on youtube: Porchlight Video - Twin Flames
Jaaji and Chelsey met in the summer of 2014 during the filming of the television series TAM (Talent Autochtones Musicaux) for APTN which both were chosen to appear. Their voices matched one another perfectly right from the start creating soothing melodic harmonies. The two decided to form Twin Flames several months later.
The joining of the two artist was in a sense an experiment. Jaaji was already well known across the arctic and his music was loved and embraced by many. Chelsey also had a following of fans that had taken to her roots story telling music. Starting out on a summer tour in 2015 and recording a joint album Twin Flames was a gamble. The pair were not sure how they would be accepted because of language barriers in the North and the South. Would the Inuit people be open to Chelsey June’s English/French language music? and would the people of the south be open to Jaaji’s Inuttitut language music?
The Summer tour turned out to be a great success. The openness did not always come right away but once people heard the music of Twin Flames the barriers seemed to disappear. The combination of both their talents prove that music should not have a language, colour or race. Music should be about how it makes the listener feel.
Twin Flames have now played over 700 shows in 3 years. They share a great ability to covey emotions through their lyrics and melodies. Together Jaaji and Chelsey June leave audiences feeling fascinated, moved and inspired. Audience members have expressed their deep gratitude for the stories that Jaaji and Chelsey share along with their love for the original songs that fill people's hearts with so many emotions.Their new Album Signal Fire released June 14, 2017, it is now available for download on iTunes and CDbaby. Their combined musical backgrounds and experience make this album completely unique and a treasure to discover. With thought provoking songs they gently educate audiences on the realities of Indigenous and Inuit history and current issues.
Television Features: In Focus APTN, TAM APTN, Rogers “Entre Nous”, CTV Morning, Radio Canada, TVA Arts and Culture, CBC News
- Winners Canadian Folk music awards 2016
- Nominee Native American Music Awards in the United States: Best Folk Recording and Debut Duo of the Year
- Nominee Independent Music Awards: Best Indigenous Artists
- Nominee Indigenous Music Awards 2017: Best Folk Album
- Signal Fire Currently 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 Currently nominated in 3 Categories for the Teweikan Music Awards: Best Folk Band, Emerging Artists of the year and Best Album of the year
- 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
- Top Indie Band 2016 for Native Trailblazers radio over broadcast to over 500 communities
- CBC Unreserved with Rosanna Deerchild
- Topping campus radio charts CKCU
- # 1 song Porchlight on Top 40 Aboriginal music countdown
- Song Isuma Chosen for CBC David Suzuki’s Nature of things “Trapped in a Human Zoo”
- Song Nunaga Chosen for Award winning Documentary “Okpik’s Dream”
Tours across Canada and the Arctic over 700 shows in 3 years. Their first single titled Isuma "Thought" Inspired by the Journal of Abraham Ulkirab has been featured in CBC's David Suzuki's Nature of things: Trapped in a Human Zoo. Abraham Ulkirab was an Inuit man taken away from Labrador in the 1800's by ship to Europe where he became a human exhibition for the world to see. Unfortunately he did not survive more than six months he passed away along with his wife and daughter he never returned home to his community. Isuma was written by Jaaji with a French dialogue written by Chelsey June the song is portrayed as an Inner monologue to ones self a conversation between the heart and the mind it depicts a longing for loved ones and familiar surroundings. Isuma has been embraced by many. A preview can be heard on soundcloud Listen here. To learn more about Abraham's Story check out the book In The Footsteps Of Abraham Ulrikab by France Rivet.
Chelsey June has been capturing the hearts of audiences with her soulful voice and unique song writing skills. Chelsey grew up in Ottawa and Gatineau with her mother who was from Maniwaki she spent her childhood surrounded by music, it was this early introduction to a wide variety of songs that helped shape her unique sound and style.
During her teenage years Chelsey began to write poetry. In her 20’s she decided to try song writing. Songs came very naturally and writing became an instant passion. Chelsey grew up with little information regarding her Indigenous heritage she was just told that she was Indigenous. Her culture was unfortunately something that was lost in her family due to the fear and the stigma associated with being Métis.
In her adult years Chelsey met with many Aboriginal elders and embarked on her personal journey of learning about her roots. Not only did she reconnect with her culture but she also shared it with her family. Chelsey was able to connect with the traditional teachings and stories and for the first time in her life she finally felt like she was "home". She refers to these feelings as blood memories thoughts and feelings that she always carried. "Although I did not get the opportunity to grow up with my culture I always felt like it was a part of me." Chelsey makes a point to be an advocate for all people who find it hard to find their place." I am proud to be a Métis woman and humbled that I get to have a voice in this great big world."
She released her first album “Seize the day” in 2013 and her EP “Finding me” which was nominated best Folk album at the the 2015 Indigenous music awards and the debut album Jaaji & Chelsey June Twin Flames in 2015.
Jaaji - Lead Vocal and Songwriter
PRONOUNCED: Yaah Ye
Jaaji is an Inuit name derived from the English name George. Jaaji grew up in a humble little community called Quaqtaq in Northern Nunavik where he was raised by his Grandparents with the Traditional ways of the Inuit. Many of his influence in song writing depict life on the land.
Jaaji spent his summers as a child with his biological father in Kahnawake, a reserve of the traditionally Iroquoian-speaking Mohawk nation on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. Jaaji’s biological father attempted to teach him how to play guitar at the age of 7 but Jaaji preferred to play outside. It was only later in life that Jaaji picked up Guitar and started to write his own songs.
A former police officer it was only in In 2014 Jaaji decided to commit to music full time and see where it would take him. Jaaji has now become a house hold name in Inuit based Music. He is working hard to ensure that his voice and musical storytelling is heard around the arctic and the world. Jaaji was busy in his debut year on the music scene breaking internet records for the North with his hit song Nunaga he also TV appeared on TAM (Talente Autochtone Musicaux) which showcases Aboriginal Music. His Album Nunaga won Best Indigenous Language album at the 2015 Indigenous Music Awards.
He has been featured on CBC North CBC Montreal , Radio Canada, K103.9 fm, just to name a few. Aside from playing in a band, Jaaji teaches Inuttitut song writing at the Nunavut Sivuniksavut College in Ottawa in 2015 and is also studying to be a Sound Engineer at the Technical Audio Recording Academy. Jaaji is also a public figure and does seminars and workshops with his partner and Bandmate Chelsey June regarding Social Awareness, Alternative Measures to healthy living.. Check out Twin Flames workshops Tab for more info.
Ursula Schultz - Fiddle
Ursula has been sharing her music through the Pontiac and Ottawa Valley. At eleven she was introduced to the fiddle. She fell in love with Traditional Ottawa Valley music and has a perfect unique style. Along the way she has been influenced by quite a few music legends and this shows in how she plays with so much passion.
Chris Zimmerman - Percussionist
Chris is a working Musician who has played over 500 shows since 2010. Covering styles from Jazz to Rock. Chris has been playing the drums since the age 13. Chris is also a music teacher. With Twin Flames Chirs plays a hybrid version of percussion which includes a T shaped Cajon, a kick drum and a snare. The groove he makes is original and leaves audience members intrigued.
Francis Dupuis - Bassist
Francis has over 20 years experience in music. He has played with various bands and is happy to now be part of the Twin Flames team. He is an excellent player and adds a tremendous heartbeat to the band.