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Common to kick off Jazz Fest – The Chronicle Herald

Hip-hop artist, actor, author and activist Common kicks off the 33rd annual Halifax Jazz Festival on the Waterfront Stage on Tuesday, July 9. Singer-songwriter Elise Legrow, jazz singer Heather Bambrick’s quintet and Indigenous pop and electronic musician iskwe were also announced as part of the St. Paul’s Church Series, while Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar returns […]

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Okanagan Indigenous Music and Arts Festival – TOTA Regional Tourism News Centre

The Okanagan Indigenous Music and Arts Festival is bringing indigenous arts and culture to the Okanagan this summer. Gellatly fields and Johnson Bentley Memorial Park in West Kelowna will be hopping with the sounds of Traditional and contemporary indigenous music and there will be a treat for the eyes with art and fashion on display. […]

by ahnationtalk on April 17, 201969 Views

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Doire, Lévis up for NOMFA awards – Timmins Press

A couple of Timmins musicians and a filmmaker from Moosonee are among those nominated for a Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards April 16, 2019 A couple of Timmins musicians and a filmmaker from Moosonee are among those nominated for a Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards The Music and Film in Motion will present […]

by ahnationtalk on April 17, 201927 Views

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A Tribe Called Red withdraw from Indigenous Music Awards ‘in solidarity’ with Inuit artists – Toronto Star

April 7, 2019 EDMONTON—Electronic music group A Tribe Called Red has pulled out of the Indigenous Music Awards after organizers refused to revoke a nomination for a Cree artist accused of cultural appropriation. Edmonton-based Connie LeGrande, who performs as Cikwes, includes throat singing on her new album called ISKO which is nominated for best folk […]

by ahnationtalk on April 8, 201958 Views

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Indigenous Music Awards stands by non-Inuit nomination despite boycott threat – Jump Radio

April 4, 2019 The Indigenous Music Awards says it will work to address cultural appropriation concerns in response to a boycott by several Inuit artists, but the nomination at the centre of the controversy will stand. The organization says it has proceeded with due diligence since objections were raised about the nomination of a non-Inuit […]

by ahnationtalk on April 4, 201934 Views

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Should non-Inuit performers be allowed to throat sing? – Nunatsiaq News

3 April, 2019 Throat singing is not a “pan-Indigenous free for all,” says Tanya Tagaq A group of Inuit artists say they plan to boycott this year’s Indigenous Music Awards over concerns around cultural appropriation. These Nunavut musicians, including Tanya Tagaq, Kelly Fraser and Kathleen Merritt (Iva), say they won’t participate in this or other […]

by ahnationtalk on April 3, 201957 Views

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Artists boycott Indigenous Music Awards over cultural appropriation – TheRecord.com

They’re concerned over the nomination of a non-Inuit artist who performs throat singing, which they view as ‘insensitive.’ Several artists are pulling support for the Indigenous Music Awards over concerns about cultural appropriation of Inuit throat singing. Tanya Tagaq, Kelly Fraser and Iva are among the musicians who posted to social media pledging not to […]

by ahnationtalk on April 2, 201924 Views

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Inuit Pop Artist Kelly Fraser Releases “Rebound Girl” Single

Juno nominated Inuit pop artist Kelly Fraser has released an EDM single called “Rebound Girl.” The English language song, added to Sirius XM Indigenous People Channel, was released to CHR radio across Canada. WireService.ca Media Release (04/01/2019) – “Rebound Girl” was written by Fraser in collaboration with Marc Meriläinen (Nadjiwan) and Aqqalu Berthelsen aka DJ […]

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Artists boycott Indigenous Music Awards over cultural appropriation concerns – Lethbridge Herald

April 1, 2019. Several artists are pulling support for the Indigenous Music Awards over concerns about cultural appropriation of Inuit throat singing. Tanya Tagaq, Kelly Fraser and Iva are among the musicians who posted to social media pledging not to participate in the awards until the organization revises its policies or includes Inuit representation on […]

by ahnationtalk on April 1, 201938 Views

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‘Any artist can submit to any other genre category’: President of Juno Awards says – APTN News

Allan Reid, president of the JUNO Awards says he wants to make clear that Indigenous musicians are not confined to just one category. “There’s nothing preventing them from submitting to other areas where they could be nominated,” Reid told APTN News. At this year’s JUNO awards, most of the Indigenous musicians were nominated into the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 27, 201948 Views

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Snotty Nose Rez Kids: Creator Made An Animal – FYI Music News

Snotty Nose Rez Kids – “Creator Made An Animal – ft. Boslen” (Indie): This Indigenous BC hip-hop duo was one of the success stores in Canadian music last year, vaulting into the national spotlight by making the Polaris Music Prize shortlist. Anticipation is high for a new full-length album, Trapline, set for release on May 10. This […]

by ahnationtalk on March 22, 2019497 Views

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Musicians of the Midnight Sun: April and Stan Mercredi – CBC

Mar 19, 2019 In this episode of Musicians of the Midnight Sun, Pat Braden speaks with April Mercredi. In her mid 20s April answered an as in a Red Deer , Alta., for a vocalist and joined Ev Ray and The Country Girls in 1996. On a northern tour in 1969, she met Stan Mercredi […]

by ahnationtalk on March 20, 201934 Views

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Junos hoped to grow with growing number of indigenous artists – Two Row Times

March 20, 2019 This included nominees Indigenous Music Album of the Year; Northern Cree for Nitsanak Brothers and Sisters, Elisapie Isaac for The Ballad of the Runaway Girl, Snotty nose Rez Kids for The Average Savage, Leonard Summer for Standing in the Light and the winner of the category Jeremy Dutcher for Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa — […]

by ahnationtalk on March 20, 201944 Views

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The 2019 JUNO Awards Winners List

Mar 17, 2019 Download The 2019 JUNO Awards Winner List (PDF) NT5

by aanationtalk on March 18, 201960 Views

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Indigenous artist Jeremy Dutcher delivers moving reconciliation speech at Junos – Jump Radio

March 18, 2019 Wolostoq singer/songwriter Jeremy Dutcher, took home his first ever Juno Award on Saturday night during the Juno Gala dinner. He earned the Indigenous Music Album of the Year award for his critically-acclaimed album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonaw (2018). During his acceptance speech, Dutcher, 28, called out the prime minister on his supposed lack of effort […]

by ahnationtalk on March 18, 201950 Views

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Arkells Gave Up Their Juno Acceptance Speech Time to Jeremy Dutcher – Exclaim.ca

Mar 18, 2019 Arkells took home a slew of Junos over the weekend, but they graciously ceded their acceptance speech time to Jeremy Dutcher, who was cut off in the midst of his powerful message about reconciliation. During the Juno gala ceremony on Saturday night (March 16), Dutcher won for Indigenous Album of the Year […]

by ahnationtalk on March 18, 201943 Views

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Unreserved celebrates Indigenous music at the Juno Awards – CBC

Mar 17, 2019 With the Juno Awards being handed out March 17, it seemed like the perfect time to celebrate Indigenous musicians nominated this year. Jeremy Dutcher has been having a whirlwind year, following the success of his first album, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, which is nominated for Indigenous Music Album of the Year. He drops in […]

by ahnationtalk on March 15, 201956 Views

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Sereda headlining Ashern Rodeo fundraiser – The Interlake Spectator

March 13, 2019 The Ashern Rodeo is still almost six months away, but the board is launching its fundraising efforts for this year’s edition with a fundraising concert. Manitoban Jerry Sereda, who has recorded several chart-topping singles on the Indigenous music charts and received a handful of  Western Canadian Music Award and Indigenous Music Award […]

by ahnationtalk on March 13, 201958 Views

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A never-ending cycle unless you break it’: Snotty Nose Rez Kids push against racism – 680 News

Mar 12, 2019 TORONTO — Snotty Nose Rez Kids rappers Darren Metz and Quinton Nyce weren’t equipped as children to analyze the vicious Indigenous stereotypes and racist caricatures flashing on their TV screens. Like many kids of the late 1990s, they were raised on a steady diet of Disney classics while living in Kitamaat Village […]

by ahnationtalk on March 12, 201962 Views

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Île-à-la-Crosse gospel singer nominated for Indigenous music award – Eagle Feather News

March 07, 2019 A northern gospel singer has been nominated for this year’s Indigenous Music Awards. Erin Aubichon from Île-à-la-Crosse felt in shock at first after she found out that she was nominated for 2019 best gospel album award. “I had many reactions but they came in stages,” she said. “My first reaction was ‘I […]

by ahnationtalk on March 8, 201980 Views

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Inaugural residency – MUN Gazette

March 7, 2019 The School of Music is welcoming its first Indigenous artist-thinker as part of a new residency program. Michael R. Denny is a Mi’kmaw singer, drum maker, storyteller and dancer from the Eskasoni First Nation in Nova Scotia, the largest Mi’kmaw community in the world. He is spending part of this month leading […]

by ahnationtalk on March 7, 201967 Views

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Classical musicians pushing for more involvement in Indigenous projects – CBC

The Canadian Indigenous Classical Music Gathering was one of the first gatherings of its kind Mar 02, 2019 Indigenous classical musicians have a message for the music industry: nothing about us without us. Musicians met in Banff earlier this month for the Canadian Indigenous Classical Music Gathering. It was one of the first gatherings of […]

by ahnationtalk on March 4, 201984 Views

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Coeur De Pirate, Loud, Jeremy Dutcher, and The Reklaws confirmed to perform at The 2019 JUNO Awards Broadcast, live on CBC

February 25, 2019 TORONTO – The Canadian Academy of Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and CBC today announced the next wave of artists set to perform at The 2019 JUNO Awards Broadcast, hosted by Sarah McLachlan. Francophone singer-songwriter and pianist Coeur de pirate, Québec rapper Loud, country music duo The Reklaws, and Canadian Indigenous tenor and composer Jeremy Dutcher, will all take the stage for Canada’s biggest night in […]

by ahnationtalk on February 25, 201976 Views

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Emerging Indigenous musicians, songwriters to benefit from new mentorship program – ElliotLakeToday.com

This new program provides one-on-one, personalized mentorship to musicians and songwriters who identify as First Nations, Métis and Inuit, and who are based anywhere in Northern Ontario MUSIC IN FILM IN MOTION SUDBURY – Music in Film in Motion (MFM) is pleased to announce the launch of the Indigenous Music Mentorship Program. This program will […]

by ahnationtalk on February 21, 2019112 Views

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New program helps Indigenous musicians – Sault Star

February 20, 2019 Indigenous musicians can tap a new mentorship program offered by Music and Film In Motion. One-one-one assistance is available to musicians and songwriters who are First Nation, Metis and Inuit and based anywhere in Northern Ontario, a release says. Mentors include singer-songwriter Nick Sherman, musician Josh Deperry, who performs at Classic Roots, […]

by ahnationtalk on February 20, 201978 Views

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AFNQL: ADISQ Creates the Félix Award for Indigenous Artist of the Year

Montréal, February 19, 2019 – ADISQ, the Quebec Association for the Recording, Concert and Video Industries, creates the Félix award for Indigenous Artist of the Year, to be awarded to an Indigenous artist who most distinguished himself or herself on the music scene. ADISQ has been working on this initiative for a year already in […]

by ahnationtalk on February 19, 2019128 Views

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ALEXISONFIRE debut new track “Familiar Drugs”; Announce headline shows

February 15, 2019 ALEXISONFIRE UNLEASH BRAND NEW SONG “FAMILIAR DRUGS” First Original Track from AOF in almost 10 years Stream/Purchase now here ANNOUNCE SELECT HEADLINE SHOWS Toronto | New York | Los Angeles | London, UK FEBRUARY 15, 2019 – Iconic rock band ALEXISONFIRE debuted a brand new song, “Familiar Drugs” today. Produced by AOF, long-time friend Karl Bareham (City and […]

by pmnationtalk on February 19, 201965 Views

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AFNQL Media Advisory: Important Announcement Regarding the Indigenous Music Industry and ADISQ

Wendake, February 18, 2019 – The Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL), Ghislain Picard, will make an important announcement regarding the Indigenous music industry and the Association québécoise de l’industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la vidéo (ADISQ). This announcement will take place at the symposium “The Network and its Challenges” […]

by ahnationtalk on February 18, 201992 Views

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iskwē won’t let us look away from injustice for Indigenous people – NOW Magazine

Her new video Little Star, released on the anniversary of acquittals in the Colten Boushie and Tina Fontaine cases, is an ode to young, Indigenous lives lost February 14, 2019 On February 9, 2018, Gerald Stanley, accused of fatally shooting 22-year-old Colten Boushie, was acquitted. Shock waves reverberated across Canada, only to be followed weeks […]

by ahnationtalk on February 14, 201981 Views

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Manitoba Music Welcomes New Indigenous Music Export Coordinator, Jade Harper

February 12, 2019 Manitoba Music is pleased to welcome its newest staff member, Jade Harper, in the role of Indigenous Music Export Coordinator. “We’re excited to welcome Jade to the team to build this new program working with First Nation, Metis, and Inuit peoples from across Western Canada,” says Sean McManus, executive director of Manitoba […]

by aanationtalk on February 12, 2019124 Views

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Get ready to Rumble! – Brantford Expositor

February 8, 2019 The influences of Indigenous artists across a number of musical genres are widespread, And they will be celebrated in Rumble: The Concert, which has two performances Wednesday at the Sanderson Centre in Brantford. The concert features an impressive lineup of musicians performing songs as a narrative to reveal the Indigenous musicians, who […]

by ahnationtalk on February 8, 201988 Views

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Singer-songwriter Amanda Rheaume finds her roots – Queen’s Journal

February 8, 2019 Musician uses new album to explore Anishinaabe heritage Amanda Rheaume hated singing. Now, it’s her strongest connection to the family she never met. Over the last decade, Rheaume has established herself in Canadian music in a variety of genres. Ranging from country to Americana roots pop, Rheaume’s voice has a folksy soft crackle […]

by ahnationtalk on February 8, 201981 Views

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Indigenous Voices at Folk Alliance International Conference

February 6, 2019 The voices of First Nation, Metis, and Inuit peoples will have a strong presence at the Folk Alliance International (FAI) conference this month. FAI is a key professional development conference focused on folk, roots, multicultural, and world music in North America. The 31st annual event will take place in Montreal, hosted on […]

by ahnationtalk on February 7, 2019133 Views

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Juno-nominated Jeremy Dutcher performs sold out show on Friday – Brunswickan

Sitting in front of his piano under a ceiling filled with lights Jeremy Dutcher put on a culture-rich performance with the help of his ancestors. From Tobique First Nation, Dutcher combines his power opera vocals and piano with archival audio clips of his Wolastoqiyik ancestors. The Polaris Prize winner was one of the 50 artists […]

by ahnationtalk on February 6, 201979 Views

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#AIRsessions: Free Music Workshop Series Announced for Youth in Winnipeg’s North End

February 4, 2019 Manitoba Music and the National Art Centre are teaming up with facilitator and curator Ila Barker to present a 10-session music-based workshop series for youth ages 13-25 called #AIRsessions. Kicking off on February 7, the free sessions will happen twice monthly on Thursday nights 6 – 9 p.m. at the Indigenous Family Centre (470 Selkirk […]

by ahnationtalk on February 5, 2019128 Views

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BC music biz keeps hitting high notes – BCBusiness

Jan 31, 2019 From the Juno Awards to festivals, the scene is turning it up to 11 B.C.’s music industry is rock ’n’ rolling. Given the wealth of musicians in and from the province, it’s no surprise that the sector is a major economic driver. Music BC, which advocates for the industry’s advancement, has compiled an official […]

by ahnationtalk on February 1, 201979 Views

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Gord Downie’s Secret Path leads Halifax music students down a tough road – TheChronicleHerald.ca

“Last summer, I just sat down with the album and listened to it 40 or 50 times and then wrote it out for orchestra and singer and rock band, essentially.” – Nathan Beeler, conductor, Halifax Regional Arts Symphony Orchestra When it comes to school projects, nobody could accuse the Halifax Regional Arts Symphony Orchestra of lacking […]

by ahnationtalk on January 30, 2019139 Views

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Manitoba Artists Land Nods for 2019 JUNO Awards

January 29, 2019 Manitoba-Based Acts Up for Awards in Indigenous, Metal, and Roots Categories Manitoba artists are strong contenders for top honours at the 2019 JUNO Awards. Homegrown acts are up for several awards, including three nominations for artists that currently call Manitoba home. The nominees for the 48th annual awards were announced by the Canadian […]

by pmnationtalk on January 30, 201978 Views

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Nominations Announced for The 2019 JUNO Awards

Jan 29, 2019 TORONTO — The nominees for the 48th Annual JUNO Awards were announced today by The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) at a press conference attended by media and industry notables at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre (CBC), in downtown Toronto. JUNO Week 2019, hosted in London, ON, will culminate with […]

by ahnationtalk on January 29, 2019143 Views

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Local musician hits #34 on Top 40 Indigenous Music Countdown – Sherwood Park News

January 29, 2019 A local Indigenous singer-songwriter is becoming quite the rising star with her music getting picked up on Sirius XM and FM stations across the county. Robin Cisek’s original song Waiting on You recently hit #34 on the Top 40 Indigenous Music Countdown, which the aspiring musician calls a major accomplishment. “Making the […]

by ahnationtalk on January 29, 201996 Views

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Award-winning musician Jeremy Dutcher gets inspiration, humility from home – CBC

Jan 28, 2019 Tobique First Nation singer’s debut album won the Polaris prize in 2018 Jeremy Dutcher is dedicating his award-winning debut album to the Indigenous people of his home province. Tobique First Nation’s Dutcher is having a big couple of years. His album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa won the $50,000 Polaris Music Prize and was named […]

by ahnationtalk on January 29, 201987 Views

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Announcing! East Coast Music Awards Nominees 2019

January 28, 2019 Classified, Ben Caplan, and Jeremy Dutcher lead 2019 East Coast Music Award nominations …full list unveiled this morning in Charlottetown (le français suit) The East Coast Music Association is thrilled to announce the 2019 East Coast Music Award nominees. Classified leads the pack with seven nominations, and Ben Caplan follows with six. […]

by ahnationtalk on January 28, 2019144 Views

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Lucien Spence feels Nashville Ready – Winnipeg Free Press

Jan 25, 2019 Lucien Spence is a local country singer, songwriter and musician who started singing at age six and playing guitar at 12. His love of music evolved into a way of telling stories about his Indigenous background and his people, and now he’s writing songs that relate to everyone globally. The music of […]

by ahnationtalk on January 25, 2019156 Views

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Pro series showcase of Canadian diversity includes music composed by BU grad

January 24, 2019 The much lauded piano quartet Ensemble Made In Canada (EMIC) will perform the next concert in the pro series season at Brandon University (BU). The pro series concert will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m., at the Lorne Watson Recital Hall in the Queen Elizabeth II Music Building. Continuing […]

by ahnationtalk on January 24, 2019106 Views

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From the ECMA Board of Directors

January 23, 2019 The East Coast Music Association is saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Gary Sappier. A leader in the Blues and Indigenous communities, Gary will be terribly missed in the East Coast music scene. With a strong desire to make a difference, Gary began his musical career in the Tobique First […]

by pmnationtalk on January 24, 2019123 Views

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Performance Opportunity: Canada Day at The Forks | Deadline: Feb 7

January 17, 2019 SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4PM CST Thursday February 7, 2019 Manitoba Music is coordinating live performances for Canada Day at The Forks this summer. One of the province’s most popular summer destinations, The Forks attracts thousands of visitors on Canada Day. This year’s concerts will celebrate and promote Manitoba artists with genre-spanning concerts featuring […]

by pmnationtalk on January 18, 2019130 Views

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VS. Arts Grant – $5,000 for a musician in Canada who is Indigenous, Black or a person of colour, between the ages of 18–28, to create their debut EP recording

The inaugural VS. Arts grant includes $5,000 for a musician in Canada who is Indigenous, Black or a person of colour (IBPOC), between the ages of 18-28, to create their debut EP recording. Groups who meet these criteria are also welcome to apply. Deadline: May 15, 2019. The grant also includes periodic conversations with musician Vivek Shraya to discuss album vision, […]

by pmnationtalk on January 17, 2019133 Views

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Hé ho! Festival du Voyageur Celebrates 50 Years, Announces 2019 Lineup

January 16, 2019 With a loud “hé ho”, Festival du Voyageur has unveiled the programming for its 2019 festival. Manitoba’s premier winter festival has built a reputation for booking diverse acts covering just about every genre imaginable, from traditional tunes to country to indie rock to roots. Beyond the ice sculptures, beard growing, and the warmth of caribou, the February institution […]

by pmnationtalk on January 17, 2019141 Views

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APTN is Conducting the first Ever National Indigenous Music Impact Study

APTN is Conducting the first Ever National Indigenous Music Impact Study Jan. 8, 2019, Winnipeg, Man. – APTN is conducting a National Indigenous Music Impact Study (NIMIS), the first of its kind in Canada. The study will look at the challenges and successes that the Indigenous music community faces, and will estimate the economic contributions […]

by ahnationtalk on January 14, 2019247 Views

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Attawapiskat band Midnight Shine covers Neil Young’s ‘Heart of Gold,’ partly in Cree – CTV News

January 9, 2019 Indigenous rockers Midnight Shine have added fresh glitter to Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” with new version that features a verse in Mushkegowuk Cree. The Attawapiskat band released a music video for their cover that’s filmed entirely in the northern Ontario community. The clip features lead singer Adrian Sutherland playing guitar and […]

by ahnationtalk on January 9, 201993 Views

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