Kimberly Sunstrum is a Queer, Afro-Canadian singer-songwriter from the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Performing with drummer-percussionist Kira Montfort, they put on a high energy, dynamic performance of original music. Blending profound vocals with heartfelt lyrics, backed by irresistible rhythms, Sunstrum and Montfort’s music delves into topics on family, race, feminism, queerness and the ways in which these multidimensional identities influence how we navigate the world.
About the Artists
KIMBERLY SUNSTRUM, lead vocals/electric guitar, (she/her/they)
Kimberly Sunstrum is a heart-stopping performer. Her song writing is deep, evocative, and powerful and her music delightfully impossible to pin down. It’s an inspired blend of the music she listened to growing up in Sub-Saharan Africa and Canada. She strings together sounds from South African pop hits, classic R&B, old-time country and 70’s Motown power bops and spins them all in to her own unique melodies. She writes about the world as she sees it with a powerful poetry and grace. Mixed-race identity, feminism, love, family, and queerness are reflections of her life and constant themes in her songs.
KIRA MONTFORT, electronic drums/synth (she/her)
Backed by Ottawa based drummer/percussionist Kira Montfort, Sunstrum and Montfort pour passion into every single performance. Their enigmatic synchronicity leaves audiences feeling energized and excited. Sunstrum released her latest single, Confessions in August 2018. It’s a follow-up from her 2017 album The Kid, The Wall, and The Box and the title single to her upcoming album. Look out for new music from Sunstrum in 2019.