Samian

rapper

Hailing from the Pikogan First Nation, part of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Québec, Samian has achieved success as a rap artist, actor, author, and photographer – all while proudly wearing the colours of his people, for whom he feels respect and gratitude.

His career started in 2004 when he participated in a film created as part of the indigenous Wapikoni film project. Since then, he has released three albums, one of which won Hip-Hop Album of the Year at the ADISQ gala in 2011. Samian has performed concerts all over Canada and in over 10 countries around the world. He has also published an anthology of poems taken from the lyrics of his albums. Many of his lyrics can also be found in Québec school books. In February 2016, he was the winner of the prestigious Artist for Peace award.

Samian has also been a spokesperson and photographer. He has presented his photographs during the World Press Photo Montréal in 2015. The next year he had his first photograph exhibit, named Enfant de la terre (“Children of the Earth”), at Place des Arts in Montréal. The Exhibit has since been in many galleries, museums, and theatres across Québec. The Exhibit has also been published as a book in 2016. Samian’s big-screen debut was in Roche Papier Ciseaux (2013) ("Rock Paper Sissors"). He also appears in Scratch (2014) and Chasse-Galerie: La légende (2016). His first leading role was in a film by François Girand, Hochelaga: Terre des àmes (“Hochelaga: Land of Souls”), which was selected as the Canadian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards