Dale McArthur (Dale Mac) is an Indigenous Artist – songwriter, guitarist, and audio producer- from the White Bear First Nation, Saskatchewan. His guitar versatility moves him across genres – mainly Rock, Roots, and Blues with an edge – to form his personal guitar style.
His early days of being a lead guitarist in a successful Cree Language hard rock band in the 2000s led to his rebrand and solo debut acoustic based contemporary EP titled “WhistleMan” (2015 SOCAN) under the alias “Kinder Scout”. His songs have been featured in radio and TV. Dale’s songwriting has since evolved to include true to life topics such as his identity, culture, and life experiences told through Canadiana. He has also studied vocals via Adriana Balic (Pink) and audio production via Jonathan Wyner, Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music with support from National Indian Brotherhood sponsorship.
By summer 2016, a single titled “The Road Ahead” reached #21 on the Indigenous Music Countdown and Sirius XM. That single later appeared on Dale’s sophomore EP “American Horse” released Nov 2017 (SOCAN) under his name Dale Mac. The EP is blues rock driven, influenced by his time watching and meeting blues guitarists in Nashville, and titled after Chief American Horse who, like Dale’s late father, advocated for healthy relations between nations, education, and family. This EP blended cultural references hidden in his lyrics with contemporary music to introduce people to his view of reconciliation and balance.
In February 2018, Dale was selected to attend Banff Arts Centre for Creativity for the Banff Musicians In Residence Program along with other successful artists. It was there he made a healing and artistic choice to share his Indigenous experiences and life stories more prominently as an Indigenous Artist and guitarist. His new writings gained him support from many artists and producers which inspired him to tell his experiences through his next album.
As a result, his third release titled ”Pejuta (Medicine) Road” is in pre-production while he promoted the American Horse EP.
In June 2018, Dale was asked to return to Banff Arts Centre to host National Indigenous Peoples Day where he shared his stories through music and his new works.