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.
Singer/songwriter JC Campbell will have his Talking Stick premier on September 21, 2019. Campbell is no stranger to the music scene, landing on the Indigenous Music Countdown, SiriusXM, and beyond, and his album Lazy James earned him Best Blues Album the Indigenous Music Awards. He’s currently teamed up with acclaimed producer/engineers Murray Pulver and Paul James with upcoming plans to release new music.
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.