Manitoba Music’s Indigenous Music Development Program (IMDP) is launching a new video series called Talking Stick. The pilot project will feature live performances of original new music by artists that identify as First Nation, Metis, or Inuit along with on-camera mini interviews available online at www.indigenousmusic.ca.
Talking Stick shines a spotlight on emerging artists and new music from the local Indigenous music community. It also offers the artists a chance to add professional-filmed videos to their own marketing toolkits, which can be critical for career advancement and accessing new markets in a business that relies on exceptional live video more than ever.
Produced with Kejic Productions, a Winnipeg-based company owned and operated by Cree/Ojibway producer and director Erica Daniels, Talking Stick was filmed at Urban Shaman in the heart of Winnipeg’s Exchange District.
Brandon-based blues/rock artist Mitchell Mozdzen has been building his fan base from the busking circuit to festival stages, including the Brandon Folk Music & Art Festival, Whoop & Holler Folk Festival, Summer Lights Music Festival, and the Stingray Young Performers at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, as well as his debut EP, Red. He’ll get in front of the Talking Stick camera on April 10 2019.
Stay tuned for more in the Talking Stick series over coming months from including Eternal Now and JC Campbell.
IMDP was launched in 2004 to help First Nation and Metis peoples 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. 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.