AMP Camp 2008 Begins

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The Manitoba Audio Recording Industry (MARIA) is pleased to announce the beginning of AMP Camp 2008. This week-long residency for Aboriginal recording artists from across Canada will be held at the Misty Lake Lodge in Gimli, Manitoba from March 9-14, 2008.

AMP Camp 2008 is made possible through a working partnership between MARIA's Aboriginal Music Program and the Music Section of the Canada Council for the Arts. It provides the participants with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the music industry along with their ability to succeed in it. Each day at AMP Camp includes professional development workshops on business topics and creative development labs to help the artists develop their music.

This year's faculty includes Juno nominated recording artist Kinnie Starr , Order of Canada recipient Heather Bishop, world renowned percussionist Sal Ferreras, Breach of Trust frontman Marty Ballentyne and world class dobro player Doug Cox. The group will also receive instruction from communications professional Heather Kelly, radio executive Dave McLeod, booking agent Todd Jordan and training consultant Sam Baardman.

The participants include 25 outstanding artists, representing Aboriginal communities in New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. They come from electronic music, blues, hip hop, country, rock, gospel, roots and pop backgrounds.

The participants are:
Barry Morin Jr., Saskatchewan
Buddy Cardinal, British Columbia
Cheryl L'Hirondelle, British Columbia
Conrad Simon, New Brunswick
Curt Young, Alberta
Leanne Goose, Manitoba
Desiree Dorion, Manitoba
Eddy Robinson, Ontario
Evan Reeve, Manitoba
Geronimo Inutiq, Quebec
Jared Big Canoe, Ontario
JC Campbell, Manitoba
Violet Naytowhow, Saskatchewan
Karen Donaldson Shepherd, Alberta
Lindsay Knight, Saskatchewan
Marcel Gagnon, British Columbia
Mary Mahler, Manitoba
Troy Westwood, Manitoba
Niska Napoleon, British Columbia
Rayne DeLaronde, Manitoba
Sarah Decarlo, Ontario
Shakti Hayes, British Columbia
Terri-Anne Strongarm, Saskatchewan
Tracy Bone, Manitoba
William Belcourt, Alberta

The Aboriginal Music Program would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Manitoba Culture, Heritage & Tourism, Employment Manitoba, Manitoba Film and Sound, the Manitoba Arts Council and a contribution by MARIA through the Manitoba Music and Motion Pictures Development Project.

A PDF copy of the AMP Camp Participant and Instructor Profiles is available for download here:

For digital photographs of the participants and/or instructors please contact the Aboriginal Music Program Coordinator:
Alan Greyeyes
P: 204.975.0284

For more information on the Aboriginal Music Program of MARIA, please visit:

For more information on the Music Section of the Canada Council for the Arts, please visit:

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