sākihiwē Export Accelerator Launches Performance Videos Featuring Acclaimed Indigenous Artists

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Wyatt C. Louis
The North Sound
Miesha and The Spanks
Garret T. Willie
Don Amero
Celeigh Cardinal
Andrina Turenne

Pilot Project Releases 10 Performance Videos

Aboriginal Music Manitoba (AMM) is proud to release 10 performance videos from sākihiwē Export Accelerator participants today.  

The pilot project, launched by AMM and Manitoba Music in 2023, is exploring online solutions for export-ready First Nation, Inuit, and Métis artists who want to build audiences for their music outside of Canada. Ten artists from across the country were selected to film and release performance videos, participate in online panel discussions with music presenters, and schedule online meetings with the festival producers and concert promoters who make the most sense for their music.

The videos feature soulful Franco-Manitoban and Red River Métis singer/songwriter Andrina Turenne, 2024 JUNO Awards double winner Aysanabee, JUNO-nominated contemporary folk music duo Burnstick, JUNO-winning singer/songwriter Celeigh Cardinal, country singer and three-time JUNO nominee Don Amero, rock’n’roll singer and guitarist Garret T. Willie, hard rock duo Miesha and The Spanks, Inuit style throat singers PIQSIQ, Americana/alt-country duo The North Sound, and singer/songwriter Wyatt C. Louis.

The videos are available now via the artists’ YouTube channels. Click the images below for video links

Made possible through the Canada Council for the Arts, the accelerator has enlisted the support of the Embassy of Canada to Mexico, the Embassy of Canada to Germany, and the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom to connect the participants with in-market consultants and music presenters in Mexico, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Canada. The project will also go through an extensive evaluation process at the end of its run in 2025 to identify its successes, challenges, and opportunities for growth.

“We released the videos in June to celebrate National Indigenous History Month and give the artists a new marketing tool for the summer music festival season,” says Alan Greyeyes, the project lead and Festival Director for AMM. “The main objective for the videos is to show music presenters in Germany, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and Canada what these artists look like on stage and I’m excited to hear what they think when we start working with them in August.”

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