Creative BC News


Dec 20, 2018 | Funding Recipient

Indigenous Vancouver-based artist Nimkish is fearless in her lyricism, confronting anti-Indigenous racism and colonial violence alongside other hard subjects like anxiety, grief and heartache. To the great tradition of singer-songwriters healing through their music, Nimkish brings a bright-eyed aim to flourish in all she has experienced. Her lyrics give affirmation to past pain while living in the moment. 

Supported by Creative BC's Career Development program, Damage Control, Nimkish's latest album, was written and recorded in 2020, a year that caused so many to endure grief and loss. For Nimkish, grief was particularly sharp, having just lost her father, to whom she credits her musical interest. Each song on Damage Control documents a coping mechanism; the album is a map for moving through pain.

Nimkish’s honesty and resilience make her music a feat of strength. Having started out as a poet, she writes constantly, in notebooks and on her phone, a chronicler of emotional expeditions. She doesn’t just allude to hardship, she calls it out by name, taking command by shining a light directly into darkness. On Damage Control, Nimkish demonstrates a cutting edge curation of revelatory tracks, truth and closure at their core.