Market Builder Residency for
Indigenous Artists & Industry 

March 25-31, 2019
Toronto, ON
Presented by Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts








Alan Greyeyes, a member of Peguis First Nation, manages iskwē and Celeigh Cardinal; works as the festival director for the sākihiwē festival; and, volunteers on the board of directors for the Polaris Music Prize, the Winnipeg Folk Festival’s Indigenous advisory committee, the National Music Centre's Indigenous Steering Committee, and the Rap and Indigenous category committees for the JUNO Awards.

Born and raised an "Indigenous Cowgirl" in the great muskeg of Northern Alberta, Bebe Buckskin; a Cree/Metis artist, is the embodiment of Northern grit and soul.  Classic blues - rock, swamp - soul is the term that best describes the anchor of her music, with infusions that skim upon outlaw country, folk and R&B. This ex-rodeo queen swamp woman is unafraid to bare her raw intensity on stage, making for a riveting and authentic performance. Velvety robust vocals paired with a soulfully dynamic band, floats the listener away on a journey through soundscapes of nostalgic inspirations. Deep dense decadence for the senses.

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To describe Celeigh Cardinal as simply a Métis singer/songwriter from the Peace Country of Alberta, is like saying the Grand Canyon is a nice place to visit. Her voice carries a rare blend of warmth, power, range and nuance that puts her in the company of world class vocalists such as Bonnie Raitt and Adele. Harkening back to earlier days of blues and the golden era of jazz, her heartfelt, biographically inspired, songs blend soul and emotion into her performances. Releasing her first full-length album Everything and Nothing at All in 2017, the breakout track, There Ain’t No Way, brought her serious attention from the Canadian music industry. The album earned Celeigh Indigenous Artist of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards and a nomination for Best Pop Album at the CBC Indigenous Music Awards. Celeigh racked up eight nominations winning Female Artist of the Year and Indigenous Recording of the Year at the Edmonton Music Awards. She received a REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award from the Hnatyshyn Foundation in Winnipeg and participated in the (Re)Claim program at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Celeigh has performed across Canada, the United States, and internationally, including the Live at Heart Showcase in Orebro, Sweden. This spring, Celeigh is travelling throughout North America writing with some of the industry’s most respected writers and producers. She is the first Indigenous radio personality on Alberta’s own CKUA, and she’s the first Indigenous member of Edmonton’s Arts Column, the In Crowd. Celeigh resides in Edmonton, Alberta and performs with her trio and band. She is one “not to be missed “on the festival circuit in Western Canada, the summer of 2019.

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Drezus has been a staple in the Indigenous music scene for over a decade. Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and from the Muskowekwan and Cote First Nations respectively, Drezus has opened up a new world that combines traditional Anishinaabe and Nehiyaw teachings with hip-hop music and expression. He credits his growth and perseverance through life's challenges to the creative arts. He won five Indigenous Music Awards from 2013-2015, was nominated for a Juno in 2009 and most recently won a MTV VMA award for “Best FIght Against the System” in 2017 with Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas. Travelling the world getting to do what he loves has been a dream come true, especially when he gets to share it with the Indigenous youth of Turtle Island!

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Originally from Sanikiluaq, Nunavut, Kelly Fraser has performed countless concerts across Canada, especially in the Arctic (Nunavut/Nunavik), where she is a well-known performing artist/songwriter. Kelly Fraser sings pop covers in Inuktitut, sings original edm and pop music and also uses her traditional Inuit drum and throat singing before she starts her usual dancing and singing to pay homage on her Inuit culture. Like many Inuit, Kelly has been through many personal struggles and she uses her pain as inspiration to make art that can positively impact other native youth. She seeks to spread her messages of joy, healing, and cultural pride through a blend of traditional Inuit music and modern production. Her sophomore album is influenced by contemporary pop, EDM, and hip-hop. Kelly sings and raps in both English and Inuktitut, seamlessly blending the two languages with her powerful, insightful, and politically-relevant lyrics. Besides her busy schedule as a recording and performing artist, Kelly teaches Inuktitut language lessons, does cultural and motivational speaking, teaches songwriting, and helps to organize Nunavut Hitmakerz, a project which aims to give underprivileged Nunavummiut youth opportunities to learn creative expression and technical skills. Kelly also teaches children in Winnipeg about Inuit through the Aboriginal School of Dance. Kelly Fraser's album Sedna recently received a nomination from the Juno Awards 2018 for Indigenous Album of the year and a nomination from the Indigenous Music Awards for Best Pop Album. Kelly performs with from the Aboriginal School of Dance, owned by Buffy Handel, an award winning dancer who has performed all over the world and for prestigious stages such as the Juno Awards, the Indigenous Day Live and many more.  

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Diana Hellson was born January 11, 1992 in Calgary, Alberta. Starting as young as three years old, Diana has been naturally drawn to the stage and has spent her lifetime performing through Dance, Theatre and Music. In 2012, Diana was given the name “Mamarudegyal MTHC” by her Calgary KRUMP family Empirical Freedom and began her journey as a Solo Hip Hop and R&B Artist soon after. Moving to Vancouver, BC in 2014, Diana AKA Mamarudegyal MTHC quickly became a mainstay on the Underground Hip Hop Scene. Joining forces with Coast Salish duo “Status Krew” in 2015, Diana started Indigenous Hip Hop and Multimedia group Rudegang Entertainment. Releasing her debut EP “MRG EP” in 2016, and taking home two Fraser Valley Music Awards (Best Hip Hop - Female, Queer Excellence in Music) in 2017, Mamarudegyal MTHC has made quite a name for herself and has the BC Hip Hop scene waiting impatiently for her follow up album, currently in progress. 

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With the release of her 2019 album ‘EMPOWER’ ready to be launched this spring, award-winning artist Renée Lamoureux is eager to share her brand new material to the world. With her pop-country sound and a genre she likes to describe as music that motivates, Renée possesses a voice ranging from soulfully powerful to sweet and gentle- related to the likes of Serena Ryder and Melissa Etheridge. Born and raised in Ile Des Chênes, MB, a small French town south of Winnipeg, Renée began to explore music taking piano lessons at six years old but it wasn’t until her parents bought her a microphone the following year that she discovered her love of singing. One day in 5th grade, her teacher assigned the class to write and record a song, performing it to their parents. That day Renée found her love of writing. As a performing artist and a singer/songwriter, Renée has been privileged to travel across the world doing what she loves- sharing her music.  Formally known as one half member of Canadian duo Keith and Renee- together the band released six albums, touring across North America over a decade- highlights including touring with major artists such as Jann Arden, Dean Brody, Dallas Smith. From 2008- 2010, Renée was fortunate to contribute her philanthropy work with WE Charity (Free The Children), performing WE Day and in countless schools across Canada- traveling to countries in Africa and Dubai. Her songs have been placed on AT&T commercials in the USA, Degrassi The Next Generation and Degrassi Goes Hollywood.

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Spirited, honest, and soulful; these words come to mind when listening to the music of Riit, a young Inuk performer who was born and raised in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, a hamlet of about 1600 residents just below the Arctic circle. A multi-talented musician, she is a throat singer, guitarist, singer, and accordionist. The singer-songwriter started honing her artistic talents early as a participant at music, theatre, and video workshops in her hometown.  Along with The Jerry Cans, Riit has shared the stage with well-known musicians like Twin Flames, Elisapee Isaac, and IVA. She has performed solo and with groups across the North at festivals like Folk on the Rocks in Yellowknife and Alianait Arts Festival in Iqaluit. Riit has also taken her talents around the world, throat singing in places as far as away as Scotland, Paris, London and Australia. She recently started recording a full length album and performing her original songs, which feature her unique voice, throat singing mixed with electro pop music. 


Sebastian Gaskin is an R&B singer/songwriter and guitarist based in Winnipeg, Canada. He released his first single titled “6AM” at the beginning of 2018, which ended up reaching the number 1 spot on the National Indigenous Countdown, and was also the recipient of the 2018 Indigenous Music Award for Most Outstanding Manitoban. He creates music for your late nights and early mornings, creating reverb-soaked soundscapes combined with heart-thumping bass and melancholic melodies. His talents have taken him across Europe and onto the stages of multiple festivals within Canada. 

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Vince Fontaine is a musician, producer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba and one of Canada’s most important Indigenous composers. Celebrated for his creative direction of multi-award winning band Eagle & Hawk and his talented collective Indian City, Fontaine’s career abounds with awards and recognition. Vince has deep roots from his Ojibway heritage and the community of Sagkeeng First Nation.

Rising Sun Productions website / Indian City website / Eagle & Hawk website


VP International Business Development, Six Shooter Records
Born in Halifax, Outhit began her career as a production assistant with UK concert giant Harvey Goldsmith. Over the next 10 years, Allison rounded all the corners at the intersection of Art and Commerce, with stints in community radio, journalism, music and video production, and arts administration in London, Montreal, Halifax and Toronto, while also completing a law degree.

After touring as lead guitarist/vocalist/songwriter with several bands, releasing multiple albums and inking a co-publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music, Allison went to work in film and television production, amassing over 70 hours of production credits and one Gemini nomination. In 2006, she left film production to join Toronto-based indie label/manager/distributor Outside Music as Head of Business Affairs.

In February 2011, Outhit joined the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR) as its Vice President of Operations. At FACTOR, Allison was a key imagineer of program and operational changes that redesigned and reinvigorated Canada’s largest and most impactful music funding organization.

Allison is a lifelong fighter for social justice. She is proud to have been mentored in community legal advocacy by the late African-Nova Scotian activist Rocky Jones, and recently completed the Centennial Certificate in Leadership and Inclusion.

The proud recipient of the Halifax Pop Explosion’s 2014 Scene Builder Award, Outhit’s life in the musical trenches, along with her depth of entertainment business experience and legal knowledge, give her a skill set uniquely primed to help artists keep on keeping on.

Owner / Public Relations, Indoor Recess
Amanda’s lifelong love of music – nurtured from a young age by a guitar-playing dad and drummer mother – led her to the Public Relations program at Durham College, where she focused much of her studies on the music biz. An internship with MapleMusic Recordings (now Cadence Music Group) helped pave the way to her career with Indoor Recess in 2010. Over the years, she has had the privilege of working with countless musicians and events, delighting in the opportunity to discover new artists and watch them grow and bask in their successes.

Director of Publishing & Licensing, Arts + Crafts
Amy Eligh began her career in Publishing at Casablanca Media / Red Brick Songs in the Copyright and Royalties department, before moving into Creative – where she successfully stationed herself for over a decade before moving to Arts & Crafts Music. Within her role as Director of Publishing & Licensing, Amy pitches large-scale catalogue of songs for film, trailers, advertising, video games, and TV (US & Canada) as well as oversees the day to day within the department.

In addition to pitching, Amy organizes showcases for clients / songwriters with TV networks, music supervisors, and advertisers. She also develops new writers, arranges co-writing sessions, coordinates and hosts song-writing camps, and scouts for talent.

At Arts & Crafts Music, Amy works with Broken Social Scene, Timber Timbre, Reuben and the Dark, Overcoats, Heartstreets, Ollie, Taylor Knox, and many more. Amy is also on the Board of Directors for FACTOR and the Canadian Music Publishers Association. 

Composer and Artistic Director, Camerata Nova
Of Cree descent, Winnipeg based composer Andrew Balfour is an innovative composer/conductor/singer/sound designer with a large body of choral, instrumental, electro-acoustic and orchestral works, including; ​Take the Indian ​(A Vocal reflection on Missing Children), Notinikew (Going to War), ​Empire Étrange: ​The Death of Louis Riel, ​Migiis​: A Whiteshell Soundscape, ​Bawajigaywin ​(Vision Quest), ​Gregorioʼs Nightmare​, ​Wa Wa Tey Wak ​(Northern Lights)​, Fantasia on a Poem by Rumi​, ​Missa Brevis ​and Medieval Inuit​, ​Quamaniq​, ​Manitou Sky​-An orchestral tone poem. His new Indigenous Opera, ​Mishaboozʼs Realm ​was recently premiered in Montreal and Halliburton, Ontario, commissioned by LʼAtelier Lyrique de Opéra de Montréal and Highlands Opera Workshop. He has also been commissioned by the Winnipeg, Regina and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, Ensemble Caprice, Groundswell, the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, the Winnipeg Singers, the Kingston Chamber Choir and Camerata Nova, among many others. His works have been performed and/or broadcast locally, nationally and internationally.

His 2019 season includes commissions for Roomful of Teeth, Tafelmusik, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Andrew is also the founder and Artistic Director of the innovative, 14-member vocal group Camerata Nova, now in its 22nd year of offering a concert series in Winnipeg. With Camerata Nova, Andrew specializes in creating “concept concerts”, many with indigenous subject matter (​Wa Wa Tey Wak ​(Northern Lights), ​Medieval Inuit​, Chant!​)​. These innovative offerings explore a theme through an eclectic array of music, including new works, arrangements and innovative inter-genre and interdisciplinary collaborations.

Andrew has become increasingly passionate about music education and outreach, particularly on northern reserves and inner city Winnipeg schools where he has worked on behalf of the National Arts Centre, Camerata Nova, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and various Winnipeg school divisions for the past eight years.

Andrew was Curator and Composer-in-Residence of the WSO’s Indigenous Festivals in 2009 and 2010 and in 2007 received the Mayor of Winnipeg’s Making a Mark Award, sponsored by the Winnipeg Arts Council to recognize the most promising midcareer artist in the City.  In 2017, he was awarded a Gold Medal by the Senate of Canada for his contribution to Canada’s indigenous and music communities.

As one of the most successful Indigenous audio engineers in North America, David Strickland has a Grammy award, JUNO awards, and platinum selling records under his belt. From Method Man to Drake to The Clipse, Glenn Lewis and Sade, David has worked behind the boards with some of the most celebrated artists in hip hop and R&B over the past 25 years.

Bridging the gap for Indigenous artists in North America is inherently important to David. As a role model for First Nation’s Youth, David combines traditional and cultural teachings in his work and is committed to raising awareness on major social issues. David talks more about this passion in the VICE documentary First Out Here, a documentary about the rise of Indigenous hip hop artists in Canada. Through his storied career, David Strickland has persevered through many challenges to reach the top of the Canadian music industry and he is excited to share this story of his forthcoming album The Spirit of Hip Hop.

Citing similarities between hip hop’s foundation and the Indigenous story in North America, David strives to showcase these connections by creating a unique blend of traditional Indigenous sounds and mainstream rap rhythms. David equates the four elements of Hip Hop with Indigenous expression – DJ is the Drummer; MC is the Storyteller; B-boys are the Dancers; Graffiti Artists are the SandPainter / Petrogliph artists. These four elements are part of the teaching from legendary Native American photographer, icon, and activist Ernie Paniccioli. From Drezus to Def Squad to Winnipeg Boys and Jully Black; The Spirit of Hip Hop brings together an all star line up of Indigenous and mainstream hip hop artists to create this culturally relevant sound.

The Remix Project
Over the years, Derek "Drex" Jancar himself has led a colourful life rich in experience. He has been a recording artist, a social entrepreneur, a youth leader, a talent manager, a marketing director for a luxury car company, a co-founder of several award-winning grassroots youth-led initiatives and a co-founder of NHL star Dave Bolland's charitable foundation. Currently Drex's portfolio consists primarily of management responsibility towards Drake's OVO Fest and OVO Clothing, Majid Jordan and Remix.

DJ MelBoogie
Hailing from Toronto, DJ MelBoogie is one of the country’s best-known female DJs. For 25 years, her roots have been deeply embedded in radio, both as a host, and mixshow format DJ. She has also hosted several events in the GTA community, including Canadian Music Week, North By North East Indie Showcase, and has been a speaker/panelist at a variety of music industry conferences. Mel has also made several television appearances, including CBC Television, CP24, Much Music, New Music, MTV Canada, Toronto Life, and more. She’s also opened for some of the most respected performers in the world of entertainment, including Kevin Hart, Nick Cannon (MTV’s Wild ‘N Out) Major Lazer, Lauryn Hill, Busta Rhymes, and more.

Agent, Paquin Artist Agency
Grant Paley has spent the past 21 years entrenched in the music scene – as both artist and agent.

Joining Paquin Artists Agency Division in 2009, Grant represents a diverse roster of artists in Canada, the United States, Australia & New Zealand. He’s works directly with such artists as Delhi 2 Dublin, Chali 2na, the Funk Hunters, DJ Shub, SkiiTour, DJ Brace, the Gaff, the Librarian, Longwalkshortdock, Neon Steve, Desi Sub Culture and 30 more artists outside of the Electronic Music genre.

Before making the transition to full-time agent, he toured extensively under the alias RPG, and most notably as part of multi-WCMA winning funk group Moses Mayes.

Grant also lends his expertise to several music programs by acting as mentor & speaker to emerging artists & conferences around the world. He has sat on juries for FACTOR, the Canada Council for the Arts, CARAS, WCMA/BreakOutWest and Manitoba Film & Music.

Bridging cross-cultural aesthetics while exploring her own struggle to both fit into and breakaway from modern Western archetypes has been an important part of iskwē’s artistic vision since the release of her WCMA nominated self-titled debut album in late 2013. Her lead single “Nobody Knows,” produced by Juno Award nominees The Darcys and featured in the Netflix series Between, captivated audiences by turning a stark spotlight on the more than 1200 missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.

Unafraid to challenge the convictions of her detractors by honouring her heritage, standing steadfast in her viewpoints, iskwē’s artistry knows no bounds. Blending soulful, breathlessly delivered lyrics

coloured by the many shades of human nature with a sonic palette that takes its cue from the shadowy atmospherics of the 1990s Bristol sound, iskwē’s music revels in her strength of self and that is her true rallying cry.

iskwē garnered a win at the 2017 West Coast Music Awards (WCMA) for Electronic/Dance Artist of the Year and her 2017 album The Fight Within recently received a JUNO nomination for Indigenous Music Album Of The Year.

iskwē has adopted Standard Roman Orthography to write her name.

Founder/Director, Sandbox Studios
Kiana 'rookz♖' Eastmond is the founder and director at Sandbox Studios, one of the most successful urban music artist development and recoding facilities in Toronto. With sessions with Cardi B, Tory Lanez, Kid Ink, and most of the city's up and coming, Sandbox has become a staple in the scene. Former music manager and now an award-winning serial entrepreneur, rookz is a public speaker, consultant and innovator, sitting on panels from Toronto to New York, and all over the world, 'rookz' is quickly becoming one of Toronto's stars behind the stars. 

Music Supervisor

Mikaila is a media addict with a spiritualized tattoo and a love of all things Radiohead. She supervises and licences music for TV (Condor, Vikings, Mary Kills People, The Handmaid’s Tale S1), and film (The Grizzlies, Seven in Heaven, An American Dream: The Education of William Bowman, Hevn). Her talents include reciting Austin Powers in its entirety and eating Thai food in excess.

A&R Manager, Arts & Crafts Productions
Nathan brings respected expertise in scouting, signing and developing acts; having previously worked in artist management and A&R roles with Bedlam Music Management / Dine Alone Records and the Drake Hotel as Head Music Programmer. He has had a hand in signing and managing acts such as The Sheepdogs, Arkells, Monster Truck, as well as record deal signings like The Civil Wars, Overcoats, Washed Out, Lucy Rose, Liza Anne and Yoke Lore.

Head of Artist and Label Marketing, Spotify Canada
Nathan Wiszniak brings over 18 years of music marketing and programming experience to the Spotify Canada team. Nate’s knowledge of the Canadian marketplace can be attributed to his positions at Sony Music in Retail and Artist Marketing and at Fontana North where he was a Label Manager, responsible for the marketing, acquisition and distribution for 100+ independent labels. His role at Spotify Canada as Head Of Artist And Label Marketing encompasses the day to day relationships with labels, artists, management and organizations within the Canadian music industry.

AIM: Artists In Motion
Nicole Rochefort has been contributing to the Canadian performing arts industry since 2000. Her past experience includes production assistance, stage management, and artist development. Formerly an agent with LiveTourArtists, Nicole represented Canadian recording artists of various musical genres, as well as corporate clients for special event bookings. In 2008 Nicole joined the prestigious boutique theatre agency Kids’ Entertainment and toured internationally recognized theatre companies within the US market. In 2010 she established AIM: Artists In Motion.

Nicole is an instructor at The Harris Institute, Chair of the Durham College Music Business Management Advisory Committee, member of the Ontario Creates Music Industry Advisory Committee and is a former director of the Board for Folk Music Ontario. She has participated in a variety of industry association juries and is a regularly requested panelist at seminars, conferences and events. Nicole is passionate about artist development and strives to educate, encourage and energize artists to achieve their professional goals and aspirations.

Roar Creative Consulting
An interdisciplinary creative, social media strategist and artist, (Xara Choral Theatre, Heritage Canada) Selena has over 10 years of experience writing and editing for acclaimed publications, (CBC, Babble Media, Disney, United Way’s Local Love, Today’s Parent, The Mighty, Quill & Quire) social management (Manitobah Mukluks, Pendleton Canada, Future History TV) B2B, mentoring and not-for-profit content creation, brand building, design and consulting services (Barrie Native Friendship Centre, The City of Barrie, Women’s College Hospital). Predominately collaborating with Indigenous creatives and media professionals, Selena is passionate about elevating First Nations, Metis and Inuit stories, perspectives and voices in digital media and consulting on Indigenous-led partnerships and representation within colonial institutions (Rogers, The City of Barrie, Women’s College Hospital). She strives to build bridges renegade style, and is busy growing from a one womxn operation to building a small boutique agency dedicated to hiring Indigenous and providing non-linear skills training opportunities for youth. When the chaos permits, Selena is a Director on the DarkSpark Board and is a part of the Elementary Teacher’s Federation of Ontario’s Land Acknowledgement Advisory.

Owner/Operator, Endemic Marketing

Tyler Tasson boasts plenty of experience on both sides of the music industry’s bargaining table – a fact that has afforded her a unique perspective on the business. Now, with her firm Endemic Music Marketing, she’s putting that perspective to work for artists, devising custom-tailored solutions to help propel their careers forward.

In the year preceding Endemic’s launch in 2017, Tyler served as Manager of Label Services for music industry behemoth ole following its acquisition of Anthem Entertainment Group, her professional home for the previous six years. That high-profile position found her doing marketing for a roster that included the likes of Rush, Big Wreck, The Tea Party, and others.   

But before she joined the “dark side” (her words), Tyler was pounding pavement as an independent musician with various projects – as she puts it, “Dealing with the nightmare that is being an indie artist and doing everything for yourself.”

It’s the disparity between those two extremes – the DIY grinders and the major-label monoliths – that inspired her to launch Endemic Marketing and help independent artists access services typically offered by a record label without having to forfeit a percentage of their revenues.

Endemic’s list of a-la-carte services includes project management, social media auditing, digital marketing and advertising, album and tour marketing, and beyond. They’ll also help to connect clients with trusted freelancers for services such as design, photography, web development, and more.

Solutions are specifically catered to each artist and their brand, letting creators keep 100% of their earnings and, more importantly, complete control of their art. What’s more, transparency is central to the business, ensuring that artists understand and approve where every dollar is spent and why.

“In today’s music business, you don’t need a label to do well,” Tyler says – and she should know. “With the right kind of development, promotion, and advertising, a career in music is more accessible now than it’s ever been, and we want to empower artists to pursue their passion and keep their focus on making great art.”

Project Coordinator, Sponsorship & Outreach, FACTOR
Taiwo comes to FACTOR having spent many years working in youth-advocacy and capacity-building through various nonprofit organizations across Toronto. This journey has led him to arts funders, ArtReach Toronto & Toronto Arts Council before landing at FACTOR in 2016. Tai’s approach to the arts is guided by a focus towards equity and deep love of Black creativity and magic-making.


Aaron Miller, People’s Champ Management
Allan Reid, CARAS
Brian Wright-McLeod
Derek Andrews, Mundial Montreal
Evelyn Cream, FACTOR
Helen Britton, Six Shooter Records
Jay Dufour, Producer
Jeff Leake, Sirius XM
Mikaila Simmons, Instinct Entertainment
Pat Leyland, Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland LLP
Rich Brisson, Cadence Music Group
ShoShona Kish, Digging Roots
Stefanie Purificati, APA Agency
Stephen McGrath, Massey Hall / Roy Thompson Hall



Indigenous Music Development Coordinator (Term)
With roots running deep in the prairies, Ojibwe artist entrepreneur Ila Barker is set to make a lasting impact on the music industry on Turtle Island (North America). Barker graduated in 2016 from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of the Arts in Conflict Resolution. Currently Ila is working for Manitoba Music as the coordinator for the Indigenous Music Development Program. She also works as a remote contract facilitator for the National Art Centre.

Indigenous Music Export Coordinator
Jade joined the team in 2019 to coordinate the Indigenous Music Export Program. Jade brings with her several years’ experience in program development and event management with specialized skills in the areas of communications, community mobilization, engagement, and marketing. As a Cree and Anishinaabe woman originally from Peguis First Nations (Treaty 1), Jade incorporates her ancestral culture into her work to ensure that the processes she facilitates are celebratory and respectful of Indigenous communities and peoples. She has been a long-time volunteer with the Indigenous Music Awards and in the recent years was employed as the Red Carpet Coordinator. Jade has dedicated both her professional and community life to supporting the success and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples and as such has worked at the local, provincial, national and international levels on issues such as education, youth capacity development, health and wellness, and violence and sexual exploitation of Indigenous women and girls. She is also an emcee, keynote speaker and facilitator, hand drummer, and traditional singer. The Indigenous Music Export Program is a new program for Manitoba Music. Funded by the Government of Canada, the program goal is to deliver compelling and relevant programs to First Nation, Metis, and Inuit artist entrepreneurs and industry across western Canada to strengthen connections and generate opportunities for business capacity and export. Contact her for more information.

Executive Director, Manitoba Music
Sean joined Manitoba Music in 2002 as the first training coordinator and returned in 2007 after a stint in Toronto. He is a graduate of Brandon University School of Music and has a Masters degree in Musicology/Ethnomusicology from York University. Sean has taught music and theatre, and toured with the folk band the Dust Poets for 10 years. At Manitoba Music, Sean developed training programs, expanded international export and market development, and created business development programs. He sits on several local and national creative industry boards and advisory committees.