Alan Syliboy and the Thundermakers - Stan Rogers Folk Festival - Canso, Nova Scotia, Canada

Alan Syliboy and the Thundermakers

Nova Scotia


Alan Syliboy and the Thundermakers is an award-winning Canadian Indigenous Rock and Spoken Word group out of Mi’kma’ki. Blending genres from rock, jazz, improvised experimental, spoken word, and ambient orchestral music, the Thundermakers maintain a foothold in the past, while always pushing towards a better future for Indigenous Peoples everywhere. They have received three nominations for Indigenous Artist of the Year from the East Coast Music Association (2019, 2021, 2022) and won Indigenous Artist of the Year in 2018 and 2019 from Music Nova Scotia.


Their live performances, featuring multi-media presentations of Syliboy’s visual art and animations comprise a show-going experience as powerful as it is exploring in nature. They’ve performed hundreds of times across the

Atlantic provinces including at the 2017 Stan Rogers Folk Festival with late Canadian-American jazz drumming icon and friend Jerry Granelli (1940 – 2021), two collaborations with Symphony Nova Scotia (The Fusion Sessions in 2021, and the Pjila’si Sessions in 2022) and were featured at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Halifax, NS in 2023.

Their new album “Marks on the Ground” captures much of the recent collaboration with Symphony Nova Scotia. A blend of contemplative storytelling, re-imaginings of traditional Mi’kmaw songs and stories through a contemporary lens. Examining topics such as colonization, cultural loss, and climate change. This new self-produced project will be released in June 2024.