A household name in the Canadian Music industry since 1973, Winston Wuttunee, from Red Pheasant Cree Nation, has performed across North America as well as Europe and Australia as a singer, keynote speaker, and comedian.
Winston has opened for Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, appeared on national television, including Canada’s version of Sesame Street, on radio, and in films.
He has performed internationally at many festivals, sharing the stage with Al Simmons, and Fred Penner, even crawling through the Show’s famous log.
A career highlight was taking the stage at New York’s Carnegie Hall to perform his own composition “Museecho” to a standing ovation.
Winston’s music is both inspired and inspiring, utilizing cultural teachings and values in his songs. He once explained: “I was blessed by the Elders to heal wounds. My music is spiritually healing.”
His song “I Cried” was penned as a response to someone he knew who had attempted suicide, whereas the ballad “My Son” was written to encourage children to become great leaders such as Crazy Horse and Louis Riel. When Calgarian Rafe Vadnais’ braid was cut off at school in 2018 Winston reached out and offered his song, “My Braids” to the family.
Over the decades, Winston has been awarded for his many albums, nominated for a Juno, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2002 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, an Indspire Award (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards) in 2013 for culture, heritage and spirituality. He is most proud of the honour of receiving an honourary doctorate from the University of Manitoba in 2019.