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Talking Stick Video Series Artists Announced

Manitoba Music's Indigenous Music Development Program is producing a video series called Talking Stick. The videos will feature live performances of original new music by First Nation, Metis, or Inuit artists along with short on-camera interviews. 

The acts getting in front of the camera for this pilot project are new age rock band Eternal Now, singer/songwriter JC Campbell, blues/rock artist Mitchell Mozdzen, and grunge rock outfit The Bloodshots. 

Production is set to begin next month with Kejic Productions' Erica Marie Daniels at Urban Shaman in the heart of Winnipeg's Exchange District. Targeted to music fans, industry professionals, and media, artists will also be able to use the videos for their own marketing purposes. Manitoba Music will share the productions through social media channels and on its websites to promote upcoming IMDP showcases, market development activities, and events. 

The videos will be available online- stay tuned for premiere dates.

Indian City Lands Native American Music Award

The envelopes are open and the names are read... Indian City has picked up a Native American Music Award. The winners were revealed at the18th annual NAMA gala on October 12 at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino in in Niagara Falls, New York. The folk pop outfit earned the award for Best Music Video Recording for "Through the Flood". They also received nominations for Best Group/Duo of the Year, Best Pop Recording, and Record of the Year for its latest album, Here & Now. The band also picked up nominations for Song of the Year for the title track and Indian City is no stranger to awards galas, landing recent honours for The JUNO Awards, Indigenous Music Awards, Western Canadian Music Awards, and Indian Summer Music Awards. Led by Vince Fontaine (Rising Sun Productions, Eagle & Hawk), the collective of musicians adds to the growing number of Indigenous artists sharing towards a strong and fair legacy of Indigenous people. Check out the fill winners list and find out more at the NAMA website (

Indigenous Artist Development Program at Manitoba Showcase 2018

Five local artists are set to participate in the Manitoba Arts Network's inaugural Indigenous Artist Development Program taking place at Manitoba Showcase 2018 in Portage la Prairie. Making the trip this year will be hip hop artist Winston Chubb, songwriter/artist/producer Dale McArthur, and singer/songwriters Brandi Vezina, Sonia Eidse, and Kris Paul. 

In partnership with Manitoba Music's Indigenous Music Development Program (IMDP), the artists will work with music mentors Vince Fontaine, Crystle Lightning,  and Wayne Lavallee,over three days in addition to attending live performance showcases of artists from across Canada. 

Winnipeg-based musician, composer, producer, and festival curator Fontaine has won several awards, including JUNOS and Indigenous Music Awards and more, throughout his music career and founded renowned groups Eagle & Hawk and Indian City. Los Angeles-based artist Crystle Lightning, who was recently added to the mentors list, has earned acclaim as part of hip hop group  LightningCloud. 

Wayne Lavallee is a singer, songwriter, and multi-JUNO Award winner and nominee based in Vancouver. 

This program is a unique opportunity for up and coming, entry-level Indigenous artists, bands, songwriters and musicians to receive guidance, make connections and learn about the workings of contact events like Manitoba Showcase. These artists have never showcased before so exposing them to a new world of touring possibilities will give them a great start to their new careers.

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