Talking Stick | "Better Off Broken"

By Catie St.Germain

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.

Catie St.Germain is a Metis Country Singer from Niverville, MB, Canada. She is the granddaughter of Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame royalty, Ray St. Germain. She owns a powerful and versatile voice that, combined with her authentic songwriting, blew up the Manitoba Country Music scene in 2023. Catie released her first original song independently in 2023 and her amazing fans reacted! She gained an incredible 25,000 streams in months and was nominated for an unprecedented SIX MCMA Awards including the MCMA Emerging Artist, Fans Choice, Single of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Indigenous Artist of the Year, and Interactive Artist of the Year. Catie's talent and notoriety got the attention of "Petric" leader, Jason Petric who, together with Chris Burke Gaffney, renowned artist developer, signed Catie to their new Atomic Ranch/Warner Canada record label. The team is currently writing and demoing new songs and well on their way to releasing a 2024 album. 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. Transcript

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