New Season Of Talking Stick Video Series Highlights Emerging Indigenous Artists From Manitoba

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Darryl Buck (Photo by Veronica Sayese)
Martin Desjarlais (Photo by Veronica Sayese)
Tracy Bone (Photo by Veronica Sayese)
Violet Vopni (Photo by Veronica Sayese)

Genre-Spanning Series Premieres September 21 via Facebook and YouTube

Season two of the Talking Stick video series is set to premiere this month, featuring live performances of original new music by First Nation, Metis, and Inuit artists along with on-camera mini interviews. Produced through the Indigenous Music Development Program at Manitoba Music, the four-episode series kicks off its monthly run on September 21 via Facebook and YouTube.

Talking Stick shines a spotlight on emerging artists and new music from the local Indigenous music community. It also offers the artists a chance to add professional-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.

Singer and hand drummer Darryl Buck launches the new season on September 21. Coming up: country act Martin Desjarlais on October 21, singer/songwriter Violet Vopni on November 21, and JUNO-nominated artist Tracy Bone on December 21.

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 the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

“We’re so excited to share a new season of Talking Stick and introduce four incredibly talented emerging artists,” says host and producer Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais, the Indigenous Music Development Coordinator at Manitoba Music. “A big thank you to the funders for making this series possible, to the Winnipeg Art Gallery for their partnership, to Erica and the team at Kejic, and to all the artists for sharing their songs and stories with us.”

IMDP was launched in 2004 to help First Nation, Metis, and Inuit people 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. The IMDP is supported by the Province of Manitoba and Manitoba Film & Music.

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