Jarrid Lee (Chief & Council)

Categories: Groups and Duos, Musicians: Guitar, Musicians: Vocalist, Solo Artists, Songwriters/Composers

Genres: Blues, Country, Indigenous-Identifying, Rock


Jarrid Poitras
3206 McGill Street
Saskatoon , SK, S7H 3P4

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In the vast, musical landscape of country-rock, few artists manage to embody authenticity, musical prowess, and social activism quite like Jarrid Lee. Hailing from Saskatoon and representing the Plains Cree community, Jarrid isn't merely a musician; he's a powerful voice that transcends cultural and musical boundaries, echoing with stories of resilience, unity, and the human condition.

Born with a burning passion for music and an innate talent for storytelling, Jarrid's journey into the musical world was both inevitable and fiercely self-driven. As an Indigenous artist, his rich cultural tapestry provides the backdrop for songs that are uniquely Canadian yet universally relatable. While he resonates with the intimate stories and emotions that make country music a beloved genre, it's his infusion of rock elements that gives Jarrid's style a unique edge, a true testament to his roots in both realms.

Jarrid's authentic country-rock style has earned him numerous accolades and cemented his place as a potent figure in Canadian music. With a debut 5-song EP titled “Up on Stage,” he burst onto the scene, capturing immediate attention and securing six SCMA nominations, two SaskMusic nominations, and a coveted Songwriters Award for his hit “Small Town” through CKRM's “Spirit of Saskatchewan.” Not to mention, “Up on Stage” clinched the #1 spot on Sirius XM 165 The Indigiverse and the Canadian Indie Country Countdown.

His sophomore project, a 6-song album called It's Time, extended his reach beyond Canadian borders. The album's song “Let's Get Gone” peaked at #8 on the Top 40 IMC and reached listeners in Ireland and Australia. A music video for the song amassed 7k likes just two months after its debut, showcasing Jarrid's video appeal. The same album has received seven SCMA nominations and a SaskMusic Nomination, and is currently in the running for Album of the Year for 2023 through SaskMusic.

But Jarrid Lee isn't simply a musician. He's a multifaceted artist and cultural ambassador. His song “It's Time” was featured in Willie Littlechild's presentation for Truth & Reconciliation of Canada to the United Nations as a symbol of hope. He's been featured in the CTV series “Acting Good” and has been honored with nominations for the Summer Solstice Indigenous Music Awards and Josie Music Awards in Nashville.

If you're a fan of resonant voices like Don Amero, Brett Kissel, Jason Benoit, Prairie States, Charlie Major, Duane Steele, Chris Stapleton, or Luke Bryan, then Jarrid Lee belongs in your playlist. His work deftly captures the down-to-earth honesty of Brett Kissel, the vulnerable masculinity of Chris Stapleton, and the rousing spirit of Luke Bryan, all while standing in a league of his own.

Yet for all his accolades, Jarrid remains incredibly grounded. His humility can almost eclipse his immense talent—a harmony of the musician and the man behind the music. This sense of humility aligns with his broader mission, a balance of offering universally relevant music while amplifying the stories, struggles, and victories of the Indigenous community.

In this dual role of artist and advocate, Jarrid makes an indelible mark. His latest single, “I Don't Back Down,“ encapsulates this perfectly. The single explores themes of resiliency, shame, and being hurt by what you love—subject matter that resonates across cultural lines yet speaks to the unique experiences of the Indigenous community. And with guest blogs and advocacy work, he takes his message a step further, using his platform to speak on critical issues like his family's history with residential schools in Canada.

Jarrid Lee isn't merely here to entertain; he's here to enlighten and inspire. As he strums his guitar and pens lyrics that blend personal narratives with universal truths, one thing is certain: Jarrid Lee isn't just another name in the musical directory; he's a storyteller for a generation, a voice for the voiceless, and a talent impossible to ignore. So, go ahead, delve into the soul-stirring world of Jarrid Lee and prepare to be enchanted by the harmonious blend of love, culture, and bare, beautiful music.



  • Jarrid Lee “It’s Time” Single Release

    Jarrid Lee “It’s Time” Single Release

    September 21, 2021

    "This song was by far the hardest one to write and it is the debut single off my new full length album entitled  “It’s Time” that will be released here in the near future" says Jarrid Lee. 

    I urge you to listen to this song that will be released in conjunction with Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation happening on Sept 30th then try your best to realize what happened here on Turtle Island is our truth with regards to residential school. I encourage you to listen with an open heart and an open mind and be the change you would like to see in your own life with reconciliation on hand.
    “It’s time” to wake up “It’s time” to go through the pain “It’s time” we make a change and finally stand up for what’s right.

    My ancestors have spoken and they have come to tell the truth through this song, a message for all of the survivors we are still here strong & resilient and for the people who are learning please help us heal. 
    You can do your part and help by pre saving this song, and please SHARE IT.

    ———Jarrid Lee———

    Warning: This song was intended for hope and educational purposes and may cause a trigger with the lyrics. 
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  • Small town

    Various Artists

    December 2019

    3 song EP that showcases the song writing style of Jarrid Lee.

    Small town won Jarrid a songwriter award from CKRM called the “Spirit of Saskatchewan” songwriters award and a spot to play the mainstage at Craven in the summer of 2018.

  • Up on Stage

    Various Artists

    June 2020

    A 5 song EP that has an upbeat, road trip heartfelt feel to it with songs that include 

    Country Girls, Small Town, Up on Stage, Glass of Wine, Spedden Devil

    This is Jarrid’s first commercial release with one song tied to a songwriters award and another that will be featured in a film in 2021

  • Up on Stage

    Various Artists

    June 2020

    A 5 song EP that has an upbeat, road trip heartfelt feel to it with songs that include 

    Country Girls, Small Town, Up on Stage, Glass of Wine, Spedden Devil

    This is Jarrid’s first commercial release with one song tied to a songwriters award and another that will be featured in a film in 2021