Talking Stick | "Closer"

By Burnstick

Season four of the Talking Stick video series is set to premiere this month, featuring live performances of original new music by Indigenous artists along with on-camera mini interviews. Produced through the Indigenous Music Development Program at Manitoba Music, the four-part series runs on Wednesdays at 7 PM CT. Read more at

Ethan Lyric on February 7
Burnstick on February 14
FONTINE on February 21
Catie St.Germain on February 28

Talking Stick shines a spotlight on artists and new music from the local Indigenous music community. It also offers the artists a chance to add professionally 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.

Music has been at the heart of this dynamic kinship since the duo met over a decade ago. It's no surprise that their songs are timeless and incomparable.  Burnstick's signature sound is driven by Jason's proficient playing of 100-year-old Weissenborn lap slide guitars, resonating intently with Nadia's rich and striking vocals.  Together, Burnstick pushes the boundaries of contemporary folk music.  It's hard to deny the magic they create as they command the stage with their palpable performances and harmony-laced songs.  In 2019, Nadia Burnstick, francophone-Métis, and Jason Burnstick, Plains-Cree, released their JUNO-nominated debut album, Kîyânaw (Cree: Us), featuring thunderous singles "Pay No Mind" and CFMA Single of the Year "Some Kind of Hell".  Furthermore, with their unique ability to compose authentic and expressive soundscapes, they have worked on a multitude of award-winning film and television projects throughout the years.  A family unified and guided by music, Burnstick has no plans of stopping anytime soon, as they are set to release their sophomore album this upcoming spring.

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 Graffiti Art Programming surrounded by stunning artworks.

“I’m extremely proud of Talking Stick and so inspired by all the incredibly talented artists who’ve been a part of this series these past five years” says host and producer Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais, the Indigenous Music Development Coordinator at Manitoba Music, who departs Manitoba Music at the end of the month for new opportunities in B.C. “This project has been about shining a spotlight on emerging artists and creating space for them to share their music and their stories. We’re so grateful to the artists and to Erica and her team at Kejic for sharing share this vision with us.”

IMDP was launched in 2004 to support First Nation, Inuit, and Métis artists and music companies 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.

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