Cris Derksen


In a world where almost everything — people, music, cultures — get labelled and slotted into simple categories, Cris Derksen represents a challenge. Originally from Northern Alberta she comes from a line of chiefs from Northtall Cree Reserve on her father’s side and a line of strong Mennonite homesteaders on her mother’s. This Juno-nominated classically trained cellist and composer braids the traditional and contemporary, weaving her classical background and her Indigenous ancestry together with new-school electronics to create genre-defying music. Derksen has performed nationally and internationally with some of Canada’s finest, including: Tanya Tagaq, Buffy Sainte Marie, Naomi Klein, and A Tribe Called Red, to name a few.