Talking Stick | "Messing Things Up Again"

By Ethan Lyric

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.

Winnipeg-born Indigenous musician and songwriter Ethan Lyric creates charming indie folk songs to soothe the soul. He began writing music in his early teen years, finding inspiration in artists like Conan Gray and Cavetown. Ethan has a passion for songwriting and creating feel-good music that is easy to listen to but also stirs the emotions of his listeners. He has accomplished a lot as a young artist, flourishing in the local music community, as well as having the opportunity to play on stages all across Canada. A highlight was having one of his tracks “The Organ Song” featured in the top ten of the Indigenous Music Countdown. Ethan’s authentic ease is relatable and can be felt in every aspect of his music, making it hard to resist humming along and coming back again and again.

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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