44th annual DCMF: July 22-24, 2023!

2022 Songwriter In Residence: Cassia Hardy

We are incredibly excited to announce Edmonton-based Cassia Hardy as our 2022 Songwriter in Residence. 


Cassia Hardy is a loudish musician and songwriter from amiskwaciy, Treaty 6. As the singer/guitarist for the rock band Wares, she has performed at festivals and clubs across north Turtle Island, sharing the stage with Ezra Furman, US Girls, and Cloud Nothings, among others. Her music is voltage controlled, dreamy and deliberate, not raw but rather worked to a fine point.

Few albums combine raw vulnerability with shredding solos as seamlessly as Wares’ Survival. On her first release for Mint Records, Edmonton’s Cassia Hardy blazes through riff-wielding indie-rock symphonies for anyone striving to stay alive and create a brighter future. By sharing her own journey towards hope, she hopes to light a path for anyone lost in the dark. As Hardy explains in its liner notes, “this record is dedicated to decolonial activists, anti-fascist agitators, prairie queers fighting for community and a better life.”

Wares Website

Outreach & Performance

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Cassia’s live performance has been replaced with the creation of a short film to be presenting online and to the community in person at a later date.

We are following the public health situation closely, and we are prepared to modify all outreach activities and performances as needed. 

Thank you to our Songwriter in Residence Committee and our partners, the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture and North Klondyke Highway Music Society. This program is made possible with the support of the Government of Yukon and the Government of Canada.