MJ DANDENEAU of Ojibwa/Métis ancestry was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in a French-speaking family. Her tours and studio work have literally taken her all over the globe and nationally recognized with recording awards such as Canadian JUNO, WCMA-Award & CFM-Award. MJ’s deep-seated roots to her French-Canadian and Métis heritage are translated and embodied in the music she creates.
Over the past 15 years, MJ has created a fiercely independent musical history that includes numerous TV performance productions, studio session recordings, producing and performing around the world (Europe, UK, North America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand). Her musical path has led her to play with many international artists (see list below), ultimately attributing to her ability to be versatile and well versed in many genres of music.
Her involvement in the music industry stretches into numerous aspects of the business. Her extensive knowledge has been sought out and she has been requested to sit on various juries and consultation committees for the Canada Art Council, FACTOR, Manitoba Art Council, MARIA, Winnipeg Art Council, OCFF, Manitoba Film & Music, Western Canadian Music Awards & JUNO Awards.
MJ’s multi-faceted talents have given her, through her own business, MJEntertainment Canada Inc, the ability to be an effective Touring Manager for the past 8 years working with artists such as the The Good Lovelies, Sarah Macdougall, Oh My Darling and Amanda Rheaume. She also possesses extensive knowledge as a Booking Agent for nearly 7 years, booking across Europe and Canada. She has worked with numerous promoters, labels, publicity and distributors such as Blue Rose, Outside Music, Different Strings, Roots Around the World, Musemix and Frontier Promotions.
With a degree in sound engineer, she also lends her skills as a Sound Engineer/Producer with the groups and artists while on tour. In addition to MJ being a touring musician, being a proud French–Canadian and Métis woman she is also a facilitator that offers interactive bilingual cultural workshops for students. She tours from coast to coast, north to south, all the small towns and reserves of our nation. MJ’s mission is not only to be a teacher but most importantly a mentor, instilling values of patience, respect, integrity and kindness. These values have been passed on from her elders and bring back so young people can ultimately adapt these teachings in their every day lives.
“MJ is one of the hardest-working freelance musicians (for studio work and touring) in this part of the world. She is phenomenally versatile. able to perform in any genre of music you can name, and has recorded and toured with musicians/bands representing a wide variety of musical stylings across the world. She has developed quite a reputation for the quality of her musicianship, her consistency and dependability, and has been very much in demand for session and touring work.” –Winnipeg Free Press