Published on November 10, 2011 by Amy
Leela Gilday is a Dene/Canadian singer and songwriter born and raised in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. From a very young age, Leela was immersed in music, and by the age of 8 had already begun her singing career. Today she is one of the North’s better known performing artists.
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Ms. Gilday has released three solo albums to date. Since her early start in music, she has been honored with many awards, beginning in 2002 as Best Female Artist, Best Folk Album and Best Songwriter at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for her first release Spirit World, Solid Wood. She was also named in Maclean’s Magazine Top 50 Under 30 in that same year. In 2003 she was nominated at the Juno Awards for “Best Music of Aboriginal Canada”, and in 2007 won for Aboriginal Recording Of The Year with the release of her second album Sedzé. Up Here Magazine named Leela as Northerner of the Year in 2007. Her third release Calling All Warriors debuted in 2010.
Birth Name: Leela Gilday
Place of Birth: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Date of Birth: Unknown
Ethnicity: Dene, Canadian