New Video "BREAKWALL"
"Anishinaabe singer-songwriter Ansley Simpson was the winner of the inaugural Bull’sEye competition at imagineNATIVE’s 2016 Festival. Simpson teamed up award-winning Métis filmmaker Shane Belcourt to make the first music video to create title track from her debut album “Breakwall”. This striking video braids cinematic images with lush melodies with a swelling love song between opposites that no longer attract yet can’t be separated – a wave and a breakwall."
Ansley Simpson's much anticipated debut album is now released!
Available in Digital Download and CD.
"Breakwall is a swelling, soft symphony of emotion that builds in gentle intensity over the course of the album’s nine tracks.
Standouts include the lush and winding “A Mixture of Frailties”, the transforming flow of the album’s title track “Breakwall”, and the icy ambience of album closer “Sleeping Giant”.
Sharing a deep sense of narrative power with her sister Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Ansley’s lyrical hymns to love, presence, and possibility entwine you in an unfolding, sonic world of her own making. This is music to guide you back to the shore, when you’ve been lost too long in the waves."
"Ansley Simpson is a Toronto-based Anishinaabe singer-songwriter and inaugural winner of the BullsEye Media Emerging Artist award from ImagineNATIVE and Slaight Music. Her much anticipated debut album “Breakwall” is a gentle, powerful collection of songs that showcase her lilting vocals, clear melodic sensibility, and intricate guitar playing to moving effect. Ansley immerses the listener in a swelling, soft symphony of emotion that builds in gentle intensity over the course of the album’s nine tracks. She is a natural performer, holding audiences spellbound with her haunting vocals and poetics. “Ansley’s lyrical hymns to love, presence, and possibility entwine you in an unfolding, sonic world of her own making. This is music to guide you back to the shore, when you’ve been lost too long in the waves.” (Revolutions Per Minute
Album Photograph "Swell" / Matthew Hinther
Cover Design / Andrew Oliver
Head Shot / Aaron Mason
For booking and Inquiries
To contact Ansley Simpson please email firstname.lastname@example.org
UP-COMINg SHOWs: Fall/Winter 2017-2018
TBA! Check back for updates!
Past Shows - 2017
Small World In the Park
A Free Day of Global Music in Trillium Park
Sunday September 17, 2:00 - 10:00 free admission
Trillium Park, Ontario Place
Join us for a day of global sounds at the recently opened Trillium Park. A beautiful lakeside space that NOW Magazine calls a 'marvel', it’s the perfect spot for a musical picnic! Bring a blanket and a bite, stay for the day and linger by the fire to wind down summer on an upbeat!
2:00pm - Ansley Simpson
2:45pm - The Tich Maredza Band
3:30pm - Nya Soleil
4:30pm - Yusuke Hoshi
5:00pm - Tamar Ilana & Ventanas
5:45pm - Maracatu Mar Aberto
6:30pm - Yusuke Hoshi
7:00pm - Kafena
7:45pm - HanHan
8:30pm - Turbo Street Funk
9:15pm - A Little Rambunctious Round the Fire
July 6, 7, 8 - Northern LIghts Festival BorÉal - Sudbury
MAIN STAGE, SPEAKEASY- I'll be playing a solo set at the ‘Northern Lights Folk Festival’ which remains Canada’s longest continually running outdoor music festival, holding its 45th edition in 2016, and taking place on the picturesque shores of Ramsey Lake in Bell Park, in the heart of Sudbury. Over the years, NLFB has grown into a seasoned presenter of Canadian roots and modern music, and a lightning rod for the energy of Northern Ontario’s artistic community.
MAIN STAGE: July 6 - 6:20pm,
SPEAKEASY: July 7, 11:30pm,
MAIN STAGE: July 8, 3pm
Sept 10 - TORONTO BiCYCLE FESTIVAL - TORONTO
Humber Bay Park West - 2PM FREE!! (Please RSVP on their site below) The Toronto Bicycle Music Festival is a yearly series of free outdoor PEDAL-POWERED concerts taking place in and between our city's great community parks and streets. This year on September 10th we'll be making music and travelling in and between Trinity Bellwoods and Humber Bay Park West. Fam Friendly!
April 26th Drake Underground
Tickets $12 - Doors 7pm - 19 and over event
LIVE AT THE DRAKE UNDERGROUND APRIL 26th!!! Co-release of Ansley Simpson's much anticipated album "BREAKWALL" along with her sister Leanne Betasamosake Simpson's book "This Accident of Being Lost" (Published by House of Anansi).
This is not a night to be miss! Click the image for tickets!!
1150 Queen St. W.
Toronto, ON, M6J 1J3
May 15 - the Garnet, Peterborough ON
231 Hunter St. West, Peterborough, ON
May 16 - the Cornerstone, Guelph ON
We're coming for you Guelph!! Whitehorse songwriter Rob Dickson and I will be throwing down beautiful songs off our new albums - PWYC - Doors 8pm
1 Wyndham St N, Guelph, ON
June 1 - WATER IS LIFE BENEFIT - HART HOUSE THEATRE, TORONTO
Water For Life Benefit Concert 7-10pm
Presented in Partnership with Hart House Theatre, and the Hart House Farm and Social Justice Committees.
We are holding the WATER IS LIFE music benefit, with proceeds going to Grandmother Josephine's last Water Walk this spring and summer AND to the Onaman Collective's Culture Camp Forever, that will begin to be built in May.
"Special appearances" include the following acts:
Digging Roots, Tara Williamson, Marie Gaudet, Ansley Simpson, Cris Derkson, Jenny Blackbird, Marc Meriläinen, Arthur Renwick, Andy Mason, Isaac Murdoch, Christi Belcourt, Shane Belcourt, Gillian Austin, Marie Gaudet, Cliff Cardinal plus The Water Is Life house band.
Ticket prices are $25 for non-students and $15 for seniors and students, available online and in person at Hart House Theatre Box Office....see https://tickets.harthouse.ca/online/article/waterislife.
JUNE 11 - HAMILTON and SON, WHITEHORSE, YT
This beautiful venue in Whitehorse is a guitar shop and venue space, I love the idea of playing a show for guitars that have yet to find their person. Playing with Rob Dickson in his home town! Tickets $20 - Doors 7pm
3165 3rd Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon