Three of Canada’s top Aboriginal recording artists are headed to New York to showcase for industry at global performing arts conference and marketplace, APAP|NYC.
The showcase is part of the Native America North project, which also includes networking and professional development opportunities during the event, running January 10-14. Native America North was created to help First Nation, Inuit, and Métis artists access new markets and connect with presenters around the world.
Building on the success of last year's event at APAP|NYC, Manitoba Music will once again partner with the National Museum of the American Indian to present an afternoon showcase on January 11, with artists who perform a diverse styles of music, yet remain highly attuned to their heritage and communities. This year's featured performers are multi award-winning rock outfit Indian City; internationally-acclaimed Brandon-based throat singer and composer Tanya Tagaq; and Yellowknife's JUNO Award-winning singer/songwriter Leela Gilday. The artists and their managers will also participate in a pre-conference panel discussion on January 10.
The events at APAP are part of the market development initiatives through Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program, which promote Manitoba's wealth of Aboriginal talent on the national stage. Launched in 2004, the Aboriginal Music Program exists to help First Nation, Métis, and Inuit people develop sustainable careers in Manitoba’s music industry. The program delivers projects and services that respond to the needs of the industry and is a driving force behind a vibrant Aboriginal music community in Manitoba. The Aboriginal Music Program is made possible by the generous support of the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba, FACTOR, and Manitoba Film & Music.