On his new single “Land Of Skoden,” out today on Heading North Music, NADJIWAN, the Toronto-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer also known as Marc Meriläinen pays tribute to his ties to northern Ontario with a rousing roots-rock banger, recorded live off the floor at the legendary Grant Avenue Studios in Hamilton, Ontario.

The video for "Land Of Skoden" is also premiering today exclusively at Roots Music Canada.

The term “skoden” was pretty much unknown in Canada—at least non-Indigenous Canada—until 2018 when it made headlines in Sudbury, Ontario. Someone painted “SKODEN” on the city’s old water tower, prompting police and residents to reportedly act “alarmed,” as they did not know what it meant.So what does “skoden” mean? According to Marc, “To make a long story short, many Indigenous folks use it as a precursor or colloquialism for ‘let's go then.’ The typical response to 'skoden' would be ‘stoodis,’ or ‘let's do this.’ Many residents in Sudbury and the rest of Canada didn't know this and assumed it was something offensive or even threatening. But in reality it's just a playful saying.”Although born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Meriläinen also has family in Sudbury as well as in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, formerly known as the Whitefish Lake First Nation. It is an Ojibway First Nation located on the shores of Whitefish Lake, 20 km southwest of Sudbury. As he describes in the song, when driving there from Toronto, it’s become a tradition for Marc to tell his family at the outset that they are travelling to the “Land of Skoden.”“The song is meant to be one of those classic summer road trip tunes that you’d hear on the radio while driving to your favourite summer destination,” Meriläinen says.“Land Of Skoden” follows the 2021 NADJIWAN concept album Star Nation, which Exclaim! described as “deeply nostalgic in its prog-rock leanings, but also so refreshingly new by virtue of Meriläinen's beautiful, vast tales and keen eye.”Transforming the sound and image of Indigenous music has been one of Marc Meriläinen’s goals from the very beginning, and his prodigious output has been recognized in many corners, including the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, the Native American Music Awards, the Indigenous Music Awards, and Toronto’s Dora Mavor Moore Awards for the Performing Arts, along with invitations to perform at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and the 2015 Pan-Am Games in Toronto.

Star Nation

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Anomalous

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Over six self isolated recording sessions held between March and June 2020 Nadjiwan brings new treatments to 5 classic Nadjiwan songs plus the brand new single, "Time Heals All Wounds".

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The Dog Lake Sessions

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The latest release from multi-award nominated indigenous artist Nadjiwan. Recorded August 2019 in a cabin at Dog Lake, Ontario during a break from the Nadjiwan - 25th anniversary Generations Tour. The album is about loss but also how we can lift ourselves up from the feeling of hopelessness. Love finds a way.

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Generations

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Generations features the brand new title track and a modern version of the song that started it all, "Brother Run" alongside the best of Nadjiwan's 25 year career.

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Tomahawk Rock

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The 2018 release from multi-award nominated indigenous rock project NADJIWAN titled 'Tomahawk Rock' is a return to the band's early rock roots. 'Tomahawk Rock' was recorded live in an old school house over 2 days and showcases the classic NADJIWAN indigenous rock sound!

The record features some great guest performers including Juno nominee Kelly

The 2018 release from multi-award nominated indigenous rock project NADJIWAN titled 'Tomahawk Rock' is a return to the band's early rock roots. 'Tomahawk Rock' was recorded live in an old school house over 2 days and showcases the classic NADJIWAN indigenous rock sound!

The record features some great guest performers including Juno nominee Kelly Fraser, Cheri Maracle and Dave Deleary.

Released by Heading North Music and distributed by the Independent Digital Licensing Agency the new release will be available at various online retailers August 2018.

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Superposition

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The 2017 full-length studio album titled Superposition from the multi-award nominated project NADJIWAN. The first new record since ‘Philosophy For The Masses’ (2008), Marc Meriläinen a.k.a. Nadjiwan has been busy creating his unique style of music. From an Ojibway and Finnish background Marc has tried to utilize the sounds from both cultures. In

The 2017 full-length studio album titled Superposition from the multi-award nominated project NADJIWAN. The first new record since ‘Philosophy For The Masses’ (2008), Marc Meriläinen a.k.a. Nadjiwan has been busy creating his unique style of music. From an Ojibway and Finnish background Marc has tried to utilize the sounds from both cultures. In this 5th studio album by Nadjiwan, Marc once again explores the complex issues of humanity as well as delves into the depths of what really makes up our own individual realities. Released as a single earlier this year, ‘Reentry’ has reached the #1 spot on the National Indigenous Music Countdown.

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Philosophy For The Masses

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