Cover Artwork: Book cover for Dylan Robinson’s Hungry Listening, featuring artwork by Bracken Hanuse Corlett. Atsi, gathering songs from the museum to return to our families (2018)
CMC BC is pleased to announce that Stó:lō scholar Dylan Robinson was presented with the Barbara Pentland Award of Excellence last Friday, February 5, 2021, for his extraordinary contribution to Canadian Music.

The award was presented online at the beginning of a CMC-sponsored talk Dylan gave about his landmark new book Hungry Listening: Resonant Theory for Indigenous Sound Studies. He will present a second talk on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 12 noon. Please contact our Administrator at bcregion at cmccanada dot org for free admission.

Dylan Robinson is a xwélméxw artist and scholar of Stó:lō descent and an associate professor who holds Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts at Queen’s University. He has received a Ph. D. in Music from the University of Sussex; an M. A. in Music and Visual Arts from the University of Victria; and a B. A. in Art and Cultural Studies from Simon Fraser University.

His research has been supported by national and international fellowships at the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, in the Canadian Studies Program at the University of California Berkeley, the Indigeneity in the Contemporary World project at Royal Holloway University of London, and a Banting Postdoctoral fellowship in the First Nations Studies Program at the University of British Columbia.

From 2010-2013 Dylan led the SSHRC-funded “Aesthetics of Reconciliation” project with Dr. Keavy Martin that examined the role that the arts and Indigenous cultural practices played in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the Indian Residential Schools. This research led to a second collaborative project, “Creative Conciliation”, supported by a SSHRC Insight grant, to explore new artistic models that move beyond what many Indigenous scholars have identified as reconciliation’s political limitations.

Dr. Robinson’s current research project documents the history of contemporary Indigenous public art across North America, and questions how Indigenous rights and settler colonialism are embodied and spatialized in public space. Funded by the Canada Research Chair program, this project involves working with Indigenous artists and scholars to collaboratively imagine new forms of public engagement and create new public works that speak to Indigenous experience. Dr. Robinson is also an avid Halq’eméylem language learner. Yú:wqwlha kws t’í:lemtel te sqwá:ltset!