Leela Gilday

Brief Biography

Leela Gilday is one of the North's better known performing artists and she's well on the way to becoming one of Canada's better known performers. Her second album, Sedze, won the 2007 Juno for Aboriginal Recording of the Year.

Leela Gilday was born and raised in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. She is a singer/songwriter from the Dene Nation. Leela started singing at an early age, and her performing career began at the Folk on the Rocks Music Festival stage when she was eight years old. She earned a bachelor of music degree in vocal performance at the University of Alberta. Leela now performs across Canada and abroad with her band. Her songwriting reflects her northern roots and gives voice to her perspective on love and life.
Her classically trained voice has been described as “soulful and torchy” but at times sounds clear and high, evoking the feel of summers in the land of the midnight sun. Her music has been warmly received by audiences across Canada and the world.
Her album, Spirit World, Solid Wood garnered much recognition, earning her a Juno nomination and three Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards in 2002 for Best Female Artist, Best Songwriter, and Best Folk Album. Gilday's album and her constant touring have placed her front and centre in the Native music scene: she has appeared on the cover of the nationally-distributed SOCAN magazine, “Music and Words”, earned a place in Maclean's Magazine “Top 50 under 30” and been featured in numerous national CBC television and radio broadcasts. Most recently, Leela Gilday's alma mater honoured her with a University of Alberta Horizon Award for individuals with significant early career achievements. She lives in and works from Yellowknife.