Rik Leaf

Rik Leaf

Creative Director, 2005 - Present -  Recording Artist/Producer/Slam Poet, Published Author. Rik has released numerous CDs, worked in TV/Film tours internationally as a solo artist and with Tribe of One. Through his artistic activism he has worked with the UN and the Department of Foreign Affairs.


Website URL: http://www.rikleaf.com

Monday, 30 April 2012 22:35

Just Be Your Most Amazing Self!

Tribe of One just returned from Albuquerque, New Mexico where we had two showcase performance showcases at Gathering of Nations. Gathering of Nations is the largest pow wow in the world and represents dancers, drummers and singers from over 500 tribes across North America. It’s amazing!

Our first performance was in Pow Wow Alley and our second was on the famous, Stage 49. From the minute we arrived at the airport in Winnipeg, the trip had all the characteristic moments of creative chaos that make each Tribe tour an adventure. Flying with United we were motivated to get all our guitars and flight cases checked without paying overweight and over-sized fees. This involves a ridiculous amount of flirting with airline agents as we try to distract them from doing their job with due diligence. (we’re good at it so we have a great success rate)

After navigating security and customs officials, (where I was once again ‘randomly’ selected for additional screening…artistic profiling people, it affects all of us!) We got through, and immediately fell into the familiar patterns of humor and hilarity, as we discussed wildly imaginative plans, plays and performances to make the world a better and more beautiful place to live.

The anticipation grew. We’d been working toward GON for months, so it was a relief to actually be there and have a chance…a chance to be amazing. Cause that’s really what it all comes down to. We work our asses off. Like most entrepreneurs we work long hours with little or irregular pay. Every day, drumming up the motivation and dogged determination not to give up…to keep going and believing and speaking that hope and courage out loud to the universe in hopes of attracting other like- minded, kindred spirits.

Cause it's worth it, finding a chance to just be your most amazing self…is really a chance to change the world!


Monday, 26 March 2012 20:19

Gathering of Nations

Coming up April 26-29 Tribe of One is heading to Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, New Mexico!

Over 3,000 indigenous / Native American / Indian dancers and Singers representing more than 500 tribes from Canada and the United States come to Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA annually to participate socially and competitively at the Annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow. Tribe of One has two showcase performances during our time, on Friday, April 27 at 6:15 in pow-wow alley and Saturday April 28 on Stage 49 at afternoon at 3:00 p.m.

Stage 49 features the Best in Native American Music Performances and Entertainment! 2 days of free contemporary Native music and entertainment will be highlighted on Stage 49 featuring Native musicians performing in all genres of music (country, reggae, rhythm and blues, hip-hop, rock 'n' roll, traditional performance and much more).

This is Tribe of One's first time performing at GON and we're all incredibly excited. With international tour dates in the works and a brand new CD being released, it is a perfect time to head to New Mexico.

Stay tuned for our video series we're producing from the event.

Sunday, 24 July 2011 05:41

Tribe of One - Islands Folk Festival

July 22/11 Tribe of One performed at the Islands Folk Festival on Vancouver Island. The following video clips were recorded from the Friday night, main stage performance.

Monday, 13 June 2011 17:50

Tribe of One Photos

Tribe of One Promotional Photos

Monday, 13 June 2011 17:36

Tribe of One Bio

Tribe of One features First Nations, Metis, French & English musicians, dancers, painters and slam poets together in one technically innovative, highly adaptable, cross-cultural show that features an amazing blend of Sound, Physical Movement & Dance, Performance Painting, Slam Poetry.

Sound - A fusion of indigenous instruments from cultures around the world creates a thunderous Tribal Sound that blends World-Roots-Funk-Blues

Physical Movement and Dance – Dancers from indigenous cultures combine traditional and modern dance styles, regalia and costumes to transform the stage through colour and movement.

Performance Painting – Audiences are captivated as images and colours emerge from an empty canvas infused with the swirl of music, movement and creative energy on and off the stage.

Storytelling – rich lyrics, slam poetry, instrumental soundscapes and spontaneous stories to transport audiences to a world of imagination and wonder.

Tribe of One’s incredibly positive, groove-heavy, exciting and danceable live performances make them festival favorites. From Festival du Voyageur and the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik, to art galleries and cultural celebrations, Tribe of One engage audiences through every sense simultaneously.

Monday, 18 April 2011 16:32

Tribe of One - Culture & Art Workshop

Tribe of One is a group of world-class performers who fuse the rich heritage of Indigenous cultures with modern forms of artistic expression. Featuring First Nations, Metis, French & English musicians, dancers, painters and slam poets. Tribe of One provides painting, dance, music and drumming workshops throughout morning and early afternoon with a multi disciplinary performance at the end of the day.

In addition, Tribe of One also produces a DVD that incorporates the artistic contributions of the students and is presented to the school at the end of the day. The Tribe’s presentation teaches the value of risk taking and the importance of discovering how your unique gifts and abilities not only empower you to invest in your future, but also provide meaningful opportunities for collaboration with others who have different skill sets, backgrounds, beliefs, lifestyles and cultures.

Tribe of One provide all production requirements, sound system and lighting, sound technicians, instruments and equipment..

For additional information, please visit

http://tribeofone.com or email

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Word on the street:

“In their workshops and in concert, Tribe of One went far beyond entertaining our students (though they did that too.) Their highimpact visit gave a real boost to the fi ne and performing arts in our school, and I shudder to think that we might have missed an amazing opportunity had I been too quick to hit the delete button.”

· Geoff Bueger, Principal, Princess Alexandra School, Hay River, NWT, 2010


Monday, 18 April 2011 16:25

Tribe of One - Culture & Art Workshop

Since 2005 Tribe of One has worked with educators to present highly innovative, captivating and engaging workshops for students.

Friday, 01 April 2011 05:13

Winter Festivals 2011

Festival du Voyageur is Western Canada's largest winter festival, held annually in the French Quarter of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Tribe of One played a headline performance on the Riviere-Rouge stage holiday Monday, Louis Riel Day, February 21, 2011.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010 16:49

Crazy Percussive Guitar

A short raw video clip from the Tribe of One & Aboriginal School of Dance Showcase.

November 2010

Monday, 11 October 2010 05:37

Rik Leaf

Recording Artist * Producer * Slam Poet

Rik is one of those people who have more visions & ideas  than lives to live them. A socially active artist with an insatiable appetite for creativity and community, Rik has toured to war-torn countries with the United Nations and the Department of Foreign Affairs, traveled to First Nation communities across Canada and been the driving force behind Tribe of One since /98.

Rik has recorded four full-length CDs and been featured on 6 international compilations in addition to producing a variety of other artists. He tours internationally with his band, Tribe of One, as well as a solo artist.

2008-10 he was the host & co-producer for 3 seasons of the Artist Next Door TV series. In July /09 Rik & his wife Zara, a nationally renown tattoo artist, sold their home in Winnipeg and spent a year touring the world with their two kids, Zion & Riel. The tour ranged across the globe from Canada, Hawaii, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden and the U.K. Rik produced an online video series available on youtube called 'Where in the World Are Zion & Riel' documenting the tour.

"Our society seems to relegate risk-taking and adventure to something you do in your early 20's or retirement years. We were excited to embark on the trip of a lifetime as a young family involving with our kids in the adventure," says Leaf, adding, "not only is it possible, it's actually desirable!"

In July 2010 they returned to Canada, choosing to make a new home on Vancouver Island. Rik is currently writing a book about the year of adventure & discovery, touring with Tribe of One and working on a documentary.

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