AMP Camp 2009 Invited Artists

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Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program is pleased to announce the list of invited artists for AMP Camp 2009. A total of 40 strong applications were received, making the adjudication process both interesting and difficult.

AMP Camp is made possible by a partnership between Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program and the Music Section of the Canada Council for the Arts. The project provides the participants with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the music industry along with their ability to succeed in it. Each day of the five-day retreat includes close to 12-hours of professional development workshops on business topics and creative development labs to help the artists develop their music.

AMP Camp will be held in Gimli, Manitoba from March 1-6, 2009. The participants will benefit from the experience and expertise of  a faculty of established artists and music industry professionals. This year's faculty includes Juno nominated recording artist Kinnie Starr (, Order of Canada recipient Heather Bishop (, world renowned percussionist Sal Ferreras (, world class dobro player Doug Cox ( and communications expert Heather Kelly ( A number of other instructors will be added in the upcoming months to provide additional expertise to the group.

The artists who will have been invited to AMP Camp 2009 are:

Jared BigCanoe, Ontario
Jasmine Netsena, Northwest Territories
Eddy Robinson, Ontario
Inez Jasper, British Columbia
Randell Hill, Ontario
Jason Burnstick, British Columbia
Shy-Anne Hovorka, Ontario
Marie-Jose Dandeneau, Manitoba
John Wapioke, Ontario
Mary Mahler, Manitoba
Mady Harper, Manitoba
Evan Reeve, Manitoba
Candace Twance, Ontario
Loretta Desjarlais, Saskatchewan
Shawn Bernard, Alberta
Will Belcourt, Alberta
Melissa Knott, Ontario
Graeme Jones, Ontario
Beaver Thomas, British Columbia
Angus Jourdain, Ontario
Natashia Moodie, Manitoba

2009 will mark the fourth year for AMP Camp. Past participants have gone on complete albums, receive multiple award nominations, win music awards, and make music their full-time job.

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

For more information about AMP Camp and Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program please visit

For more information about the Canada Council for the Arts please visit

For further information, please contact:

Alan Greyeyes
Aboriginal Music Program Coordinator
Manitoba Music
1-376 Donald Street, Winnipeg MB, R3B 2J2
P: 204.975.0284
F: 204.942.6083

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