EAGLE & HAWK
“ When I see you, I see me and I see Red” – Mother Earth (2004)
Through blending their vision and musical talent, Eagle & Hawk have created a progressive style of music that embraces their Aboriginal roots while building bridges of cultural understanding. Their leading role in defining the genre of contemporary Aboriginal music has earned them the respect of the Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal communities alike.
Envisioning a new sound that would combine modern rock with Aboriginal elements, guitarist and bandleader Vince Fontaine founded Eagle & Hawk in 1994. They soon journeyed from the ‘Indian City’ of Winnipeg, Manitoba to the capitals of Europe where they blasted onto countless stages with a powerful and effervescent live show that impressed their international audiences.
Eagle & Hawk's 4th album, On and On, won a Juno Award in 2002 in the category of “Best Music of Aboriginal Canada”. Their 5th album Mother Earth earned yet another Juno nomination in 2004 and brought home 5 awards including a Native American Music Award for "Best Pop/Rock Recording" and three Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for “Best Song”, Best Songwriter” and “Best Album.”
Determined to match, if not exceed, the success of their previous multi-award winning releases, Eagle & Hawk dug deep to write and record their latest album Life Is.... Once again, Eagle & Hawk offer up the entire spectrum of musical styles, human emotion, and spirit. By blending acoustic and electronic sounds laced with traditional Aboriginal imagery, they create a circle of sounds. Life Is... became their 3rd consecutive album to be nominated for a Juno Award and was honoured with two Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award, and two Indian Summer Music Awards.
The front man on stage is lead vocalist Jay Bodner. His rich voice and stage charm have disarmed audiences from coast to coast in Canada, Europe and the United States. Since joining the band in 1998, Jay has not only contributed on stage, but has helped define Eagle & Hawk’s unique sound through his vocal and songwriting efforts.
Rounding out the core of the band is the rhythmic backbone of drummer Kevin Radomsky and Gerry Atwell on keys. Featured performers include traditional singer Ray "Coco" Stevenson and multi-style traditional dancer Buffy Handel who together, carry the visual and rhythmic beauty of First Nations culture.
To date, Eagle & Hawk have toured Europe more than ten times and have entertained countless audiences across North America. The band has been performing at many annual festivals such as the Indian Summer Festival, the Cherokee Indian Fair, and various Folk festivals, to name a few. In 2005, they “rocked” the masses at the Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa; and in early 2006, they traveled all the way to Cannes, France to showcase their talent to music industry representatives from around the world.
Since 1994, Canada’s Eagle & Hawk have continued as a leading sound in contemporary Aboriginal music. By infusing a mixture of modern rock, and a commitment to sharing a perspective on Aboriginal life, Eagle & Hawk have established themselves as a musical leader who’s live show is as energizing and irresistible as ever.