Manitoba Music and APTN Launch Indigenous Day Live Music Meetings & Showcase

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Brandi Vezina
The Bloodshots

Mentor Meetings Connect First Nation, Metis, and Inuit Artists with Industry Pros in Winnipeg, June 21-22

Manitoba Music and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) are partnering this month to connect artists identifying as First Nation, Metis, and Inuit with Canadian music industry professionals at the Indigenous Day Live Conference & Showcase.

Running June 21-22 in Winnipeg through the Indigenous Music Development Program at Manitoba Music, the event will offer up-and-coming artists an opportunity to meet with and learn from pros working in artist management, talent buying and music festivals, and publicity during APTN’s annual Indigenous Day Live event. The two-day session will kick off with a day of professional development activities on June 21, including one-on-one meetings, panels, and roundtable discussions, and a showcase on the afternoon of June 22 at The Forks’ Canopy Stage.

The six participants, selected by an industry jury, are all actively building their careers on a regional and national level. Country/blues rocker Brandi Vezina, blues/folk duo Burnstick, rapper CJvy, indie pop/rocker Fontine, hip hop artist Stun, and rock outfit The Bloodshots will all take part in the mentor sessions and share their music live on stage.

Mentors include Killbeat Music’s Jared Falk, Manitoba Film & Music’s Stephen Carroll, Mighty Cypress Talent’s Stu Anderson, ogichidaa arts’ Alan Greyeyes, Regina Folk Festival’s Sandra Butel, and BNB Studios' Jen Doerksen.

The event was made possible by the support of FACTOR through the financial support of the Government of Canada and Canada's private radio broadcasters.

The IDL mentor meetings and showcase are part of a slate of Indigenous music development programs at Manitoba Music. In March, Manitoba Music ran the third edition of the Market Builder Residency for Indigenous Artists and Industry, which connected export-ready artists and entrepreneurs with Toronto-based industry leaders and exceptional creators. This fall will see Indigenous music export showcases in several markets.

The IMDP was launched in 2004 to help First Nation and Metis people and Inuit develop sustainable careers in the music industry. The program delivers projects and services that respond to the needs of the industry as identified by a steering committee. The IMDP is supported by the Province of Manitoba and Manitoba Film & Music, and FACTOR through the financial support of the Government of Canada and Canada's private radio broadcasters.

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