From humble musical beginnings, Veronica Johnny has emerged as a dynamic force in the Indigenous arts industry across Canada, working as a performer, producer, manager, promoter, Cree language advocate and entrepreneur. Veronica is an Ontario-based, Cree, two-spirit artist from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories.
Creatively, she pursues two paths. One is as a traditional & contemporary hand-drummer and arts-educator facilitating participatory workshops. Her most public profile is as the front-woman, rhythm guitarist and manager of the multi-award nominated rock band The Johnnys, which she co-founded with husband, Dave Johnny. Veronica co-produced all of The Johnnys recordings, with two singles reaching #2 on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown charts.
Veronica has become a seasoned performer as both solo artist and a member of groups, amassed studio experience on either side of the mixing console and facilitated fundraisers & music showcases. She studied Engineering at Trebas Institute, took Music Industry, Arts & Performance at Centennial College and Decolonization training at Dechinta Bush University.
Every benefit of increased name-recognition has consistently been channeled back into community projects, reflecting Veronica’s ongoing passion for helping youth, women and developing artists. Veronica has worked with thousands of students and youth on issues of music, health, self-esteem, language and cultural identity.
(2003) Veronica McNeill (independent)
(2007) I Like It A Lot by The Johnnys (independent)
(2009) Veronica featured on Medicine Song by Brenda MacIntyre
(2010) Louder Faster More Fun by The Johnnys (independent)
(2013) ROCK by The Johnnys (independent)
(2016) Fostering Open eXpression among Youth Recording Project (independent)
(2011) Ne MaMa (independent)
(2013) Shift in Light (independent)
(2003) O’Canada - 10 official languages (Legislative Assembly of the NWT) - Veronica was selected to sing the Cree version, Ka Kanatak, and assisted on the translation with Cree Elder Dorothy Desjarlais.
(2015) Nehiyaw Nikamonak: Oyoyowin ohci Nanaskomowin - Cree Songs: Howls of Gratitude (Cree Language Program, NWT Metis Nation) - Veronica co-wrote and/or produced four Cree tracks with youth.