Indigenous Music Album of the Year 2019


The Ballad of the Runaway Girl


Indigenous Music Album of the Year





Through a myriad of projects, Elisapie has established herself as a true Inuit icon. She was first discovered in 2003 as the director of her documentary If the Weather Permits, a film which thrust viewers into her own origin story. The following year, she released her first album with the duo, Taima, winning a JUNO Award for Indigenous Music Album of the Year. She has since released two solo albums, There Will be Stars (2009) and Travelling Love (2013). The most recent one was awarded a FĂ©lix for Anglophone Album of the Year.

In September 2018, Elisapie released her fourth album, The Ballad of the Runaway Girl, through Bonsound. In the self-doubt that arose from a tumultuous postpartum depression, Elisapie has found comfort and hope in ancient Indigenous folk tunes. While she was imagining recording an Inuit folk cover songs album, inspiration came by simply strumming her guitar and new songs came naturally. Intimate pieces of her own identity, such as her adoption, her exodus and the role of women in society, have woven themselves into her work to form a whole. The Ballad of the Runaway Girl is a poetic gesture driven by urgency, doubt, gentleness, sensitivity, grace and motherly love.