Talking Stick

By Violet Vopni

featuring Violet Vopni
Saturday, November 21, 2020

Season two of the Talking Stick video series features live performances of original new music by First Nation, Metis, and Inuit artists along with on-camera mini interviews. Produced through the Indigenous Music Development Program at Manitoba Music, the four-episode series kicks off its monthly run on September 21 via Facebook and YouTube.

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.

Singer and hand drummer Darryl Buck launches the new season on September 21. Coming up: country act Martin Desjarlais on October 21, singer/songwriter Violet Vopni on November 21, and JUNO-nominated artist Tracy Bone on December 21.

Produced with Kejic Productions, a Winnipeg-based company owned and operated by Cree/Ojibway producer and director Erica Daniels, Talking Stick was filmed on location at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

IMDP was launched in 2004 to help First Nation, Metis, and Inuit people 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.

Violet Vopni is a singer/songwriter, psychic therapist, astrologer and reiki grand master from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Vopni identifies as Indigenous, bisexual, and polyamorous. Being of Metis and Icelandic descent, Vopni draws inspiration for her songwriting from her experiences with childhood trauma and generational abuse. Vopni is an advocate for mental health and believes in healing mind, body and spirit. Vopni started her psychic therapy practice in 2005 and has helped over 5000 clients worldwide. Vopni is the lead singer of alternative metal band Helfreya and jazzy folk pop trio The Keen & The Kind.

In his evolution as a man, Desjarlais is stepping into the world of writing his own music and hopes to release his first EP in 2020.

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