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Quinton Tootoosis

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Quinton Tootoosis

Quinton "Magwa" Tootoosis is a name that is synonymous with Northern Cree, Poundmaker, Saskatchewan world class round dance singing and hand drumming. This name has graced many a pow wow or round dance CD over the years, including Fly-In Eagle and Wildhorse, to name a few.

His debut CD, 'Singing for the People', released in 2008 has enjoyed enormous success. One of the songs "Jakobe" is posted up on YouTube, and boasts over 33,000 hits. Another song, "Snuggles and Cuddles" has over 37,000 hits.

Quinton Tootoosis Is from Poundmaker, SK and his parents are Shirley Tootoosis  from Poundmaker and Harold McNabb from Peepeekesis, SK.  His late grandfather and grandmother were John B. Tootoosis from Poundmaker and Louisa Angus from Thunderchild SK. John B. Tootoosis's grandfather was Yellowmudblanket, who was brother to the great Chief Poundmaker.

Quinton's grandfather used to sing to him and his brothers when they were infants. John B. sang mourning songs, sun dance songs and taught the boys hand games. As well,  he taught them pow-wow songs in the original old style way of singing.

Quinton has attended a vast majority of major pow-wows across Canada and the US, singing with a variety of different drum groups because of his ability to sing in both the original style and contemporary style for round dance and pow-wows.

In the early 90's Quinton sang with his brothers who were called Little Hawk led by older brother Cornell Tootoosis and later went on with Fly-In-Eagle from Littlepine, SK led by Allen Bonaise. In 1998 Quinton sang with the Wild Horse singers from North Battleford SK, lead singer Boss Gardipy.

Quinton has made many friends along his travels and has had the chance to sing with all these groups from year to year and pow-wow to pow-wow and recording to recording:

Little Hawk
Fly-in-Eagle
Assinaboine Jr's
Battle Creek
Wild Horse
Cozad
Grey Eagle
Northern Cree
High Noon
Haystack
Big Bear
Mandaree
Red Bull
Trail Mix
Black Stone
Pipestone Creek
Stoney Park
Seekaskootch
Sweetgrass
Eyabay
The Boyz
Noon Xpress
Young Grayhorse
Southern Cree
White Tail
Whitefish Jr's
Walking Buffalo
Big River Cree
Little Island Cree
North Buffalo Cree
Red Dog
Elks Whistle
Wood Stock
Meskwaki Nation
Indian Nation
Mystic River
Iron Swing
Bear Creek
Northern Cree
Young Bird
The Rough Riders
The Cobraz
Poundmaker

Quinton has been to  England as well as France to perform for the National War Veteran's Association and he performed for the Unknown Soldier in Canada's capital city, Ottawa. He has made two solo round dance CDs featuring some of todays hottest legendary singers. His first project was with One Nation Productions called "Singing for The People" in 2008.

Round Dance Love

Quinton's second CD, "Round Dance Love" from Black Bear Records, was released April 2010.

Sound clip available on the release page.

 

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