Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts are proud to announce that 19 Aboriginal artists from across Canada have been selected for the 2016 edition of the Aboriginal Music Performers Camp (AMP Camp). The week-long residency will include more than 50 hours of professional and artistic development sessions at the Falcon Trails Resort in Manitoba. The project begins on January 31st and ends on February 5th.
The participants were selected by a jury of industry professionals based on the artistic ability demonstrated in their recordings and their dedication to building a career in music. They include country singers Jade Turner and Ashley Robertson; award winning rapper Drezus (Jeremy Manitopyes); both members of hip hop duo Mob Bounce (Craig Frank Edes and Travis Hebert); singer/songwriters Ila Barker, Nelson Little, Miranda Currie, Bebe Buckskin (Danielle Ghostkeeper), Chelsey Jodoin, Arthur Renwick, Brendt Diabo, and Jaaji (George Okpik); vocalists Rhonda Head and Jeremy Dutcher; electronic music producer Wolf Saga (Johnny Sherritt); musician and media artist Melody McKiver; and, Sister Says collaborators Gillian and Robert Thomson.
2016 will mark the eighth year for AMP Camp. Past participants, including Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award winner Shy-Anne Hovorka, JUNO Award nominee 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.
Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program was launched in 2004 to help First Nation, Inuit, and Métis people in Manitoba 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 FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters, the Province of Manitoba, Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, and Manitoba Film & Music.