Aboriginal Musicians from Across Canada Converge on Manitoba for AMP Camp Residency Project

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Nineteen Aboriginal musicians from across Canada will converge on Falcon Trails Resort for this year's installment of the Aboriginal Music Program (AMP) Camp, which runs March 4-9, 2012. Hosted by Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts, the week-long residency gives emerging and mid-career Aboriginal recording artists an opportunity to develop their business skills and artistic abilities.
2012 will mark the sixth year for AMP Camp. Past participants, including JUNO Award nominee Tracy Bone, Canadian Folk Music Award winner Don Amero, and CBC’s The 8th Fire composer Cris Derksen, have gone on to release acclaimed albums, receive multiple music awards and nominations, and make music their full-time job.
This year's faculty includes many established artists and music industry professionals, including: marketing expert Andres Mendoza, JUNO Award-nominated recording artists Kinnie Starr, world class dobro player Doug Cox, hip-hop booking agent Chris McKee, Winnipeg Folk Festival artistic director Chris Frayer, Raven Kanatakta of award-winning act Digging Roots, NCI FM’s David McLeod, Jesse Ohtake of Toronto’s Manifesto Festival, Velma Barkwell of East End Music Productions, composer/producer Tim McCauley, MDM Recording’s Mike Denney, White Bowl Productions’ Brian Minato, acclaimed bassist and composer MJ Dandeneau, Las Vegas-based pop vocalist Sherry St. Germain, and sound technician Matt Mayor.
The artists have been invited to AMP Camp 2012 are: Binaeshee-Quae (Ontario), Drezus (Manitoba), Moe Clark (Quebec), Sonia Eidse (Manitoba), Blair Goudie (Newfoundland), Bonnie Couchie (Ontario), Beatrice Love (Alberta), Kathia Rock (Quebec), Lorenzo (Manitoba), Tiffany Moses (British Columbia), Christa Couture (British Columbia), Discreet Da Chosen 1 (British Columbia), Christine Ginter (Saskatchewan), Malcolm Campbell (Manitoba), Dustin Harder (Manitoba), Nick Sherman (Ontario), Trent Agecoutay (Alberta), Liv Wade (British Columbia), Cheryl L’Hirondelle (Ontario).
AMP Camp is an iniative of Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program (AMP), which was launched in 2004 to assist people in the Aboriginal community in Manitoba to develop sustainable careers in music by connecting them with opportunities within Manitoba Music and beyond.
Manitoba Music would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR) through the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters, Manitoba Culture, Heritage & Tourism, Manitoba Film & Music, and the Manitoba Arts Council.

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