The ASKIY Export Residency is a new opportunity for Indigenous artists in Western Canada to focus on music business and career development. The eight-week project took place in the virtual space, offering participants a chance to build relationships with international industry partners from Europe, the US, Australia, and Mexico, work one-on-one with professional industry and artist mentors, and connect with other Indigenous artists/industry professionals from Canada.
ASKIY was developed by the Indigenous Music West program at Manitoba Music, in partnership with Creative BC.
ASKIY means “world” in the Plains Cree language and has been shared by Jerry Roasting from Maskwacîs, Alberta.
Resident Knowledge Carrier
Xwechtaal Dennis Joseph
Xwechtaal served on Squamish Nations Chiefs and Council for 28 years (Ret)and worked for his nation for 40 years.
He is a co-founding member of a Rock & Roll group Bitterly Divine. They have played all major venues at 2010 including many Global Stages and Major performers. Last year they played Skookum Fest at Stanley Park. Festival of Lights 2019 the fireworks display at English Bay. Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver2019. For two years Xwechtaal was a confidant Cultural Advisor leading up to the opening and closing ceremonies for Vancouver/Whistler 2010 Winter Olympics with the David Atkins Productions.
Last year he joined Whytefeather Rock n Roll group with 2 surviving members who formed 51 years ago. This summer they played the inaugural Indigifest inner Harbour at Victoria & currently have a documentary being filmed on them.
Also, this year forming a duo called The Hitchhikers with a Haida Gwaii brother Jamie Thompson where music is based on our respective cultures. In all groups, I play harmonica and backup vocals.
Currently, he is a Cultural Advisor/Elder to Full Circle Performances / Talking Stick Festival founded by recent Order if Canada recipient Actor Margo Kane and more recently became an audio engineer.
“I consider all Elders to be my teachers and have found the best I was raised with including 3 Great Grandparents, Grandparents and Parents most of these older ones were born & raised. In our Longhouses. And taught as they were in the great oral tradition.”
Elisapie is an impressive musician, filmmaker and writer from Salluit, Nunavik, QC. Based out of Montreal, QC she has been performing as a musician since 1998, first in the band Taima and then as a solo artist. Elisapie's first solo album There Will Be Stars (2009) was an ode to the North and lead to a 150-date North American tour. Isaac mixes English, French and Inuktitut into her work. Recently, Elisapie was a 2019 Polaris Music Prize shortlist artist for her album The Ballad of the Runaway Girl (2019).
Along with her band, Taima, Elisapie won the Juno Award for Aboriginal Recording of the Year in 2005. Additionally, has worked on the soundtracks as a writer, singer and composer for many films and television shows and was nominated by the Canadian Screen Award for Best Original Song for her song “Far Away” from the film The Legend of Sarila (2013) as well as the Eval-Manigat prize from the SPACQ Foundation, in the Multicultural Song category in 2012. Elisapie won the Ambassador Prize at the 2011 Teweikan Awards for her activism, film and music work throughout Canada.
An accomplished filmmaker as well as a musician, Elisapie released her documentary If the Weather Permits in 2003 with the support of the National Film Board, which looked at the changes in lifestyle of Inuit in Nunavik, QC. If the Weather Permits received many awards such as the Claude Jutra Award for Best New Director at the Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois and the Rigoberta Menchu Prize at the First People’s Festival.
Award winning Metis singer/songwriter Arlette is a descendant of the Anishinaabeg-Little Pine and the Cree- Little Black Bear tribes. Her music stands out in its bold deliverance and her ongoing quest for peace, equality and justice. Her debut album Tribe of One has been featured on APTN, CBC Radio and is played daily on Northern Native Broadcasting. Following the release of her second album, Wolfgirl , Arlette won Songwriter of the Year at the 2008 Native E Music Awards in New Mexico. In 2009, she was nominated for the Independent Songwriter Awards and was an Honor Award winner at the Great American Song Contest. In 2010, she was named Artist of the Month by the Indigenous Internet Chamber of Commerce. Arlette was a feature performer at the Night Hawk Aboriginal Music Festival, as well as the Celebration Metis, International Aboriginal Day, Missing Women's March and Oppenhiemer Park Christmas Celebration in Vancouver. She also received international airplay this year on Radio Crystal Blue in New York City and released a music video for the song NDN Auntie.
Arlette studied voice at the Saskatchewan Royal Conservatory of Music, as well as at the Banff Centre, where she contributed to the Songs of the Treeline showcase with Micah Barnes. In 2013 She was a highlight at the multicultural festival Tapestrama in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. She is currently living in Kelowna, BC and working on a new album titled Matrilineal Line which is expected to be released in the winter of 2022.
Following a time-tested path from singing in church to performing in cover bands to writing original material, 2020 JUNO Award-winner Celeigh Cardinal has reinvented herself with each new chapter in her career. With a confident voice and boundless energy, Cardinal owns a stage, connecting deeply with her audience through humour, passion and love. Whether sweetly strumming an acoustic guitar or leading her band in a rocking rave-up, she commands our attention. Her singing is rich and deep with a burnished maturity and a nimble technical virtuosity that wraps itself around notes with a purr, a snarl or something in the middle. With two full-length albums completed, and a future release in the planning stages, Cardinal is poised to expand her profile which already includes awards from the 2020 Juno Awards, the 2018 Western Canadian Music Awards, multiple Edmonton Music Awards, and recently she received two nominations for the 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards for Indigenous Artist of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.
A prominent indigenous singer songwriter from Opaskwayak Cree Nation renowned for round dance and 2018 Best Hand Drum Album nominee at The Indigenous Music Awards. Music has allowed him to connect to land, language and ceremony. Through his music his belief is that everyone has song inside of them if only they listen. Music can be medicine that will help you find your own song.
With soul and voice as smooth as warm honey, singer songwriter Ila Barker captures audiences with her sweet melodies and dynamic presence. Ila is of mixed Anishinaabe and settler heritage with roots running deep in the Manitoban prairies. Her craft is seasoned with rich history and powerful refined textures. Coming from a long line of storytellers, she fuses authentic and timeless notes creating moments of serenity and blissful escape.
In February of 2020 Ila released a single called “Let Go”. Atmospheric and stripped down, this collaboration with UK based artist Milan André was recorded off the floor in one take in the northern Cree nation of Nemaska, Quebec. “Let Go” landed on the National Indigenous Music Countdown, and climbed up the charts for three months straight hitting the top 15. Currently Ila is in the planning stages of a future release.
"Jaahljuu" Graham Richard
"Jaahljuu" is the drummer for Jason Camp and the Posers, an all-Haida rock/punk trio fronted by guitarist SG_aan Kwahagang and backed by bombastic "manager" Jonny Begel. "Jaahljuu" and SG_aan Kwahagang work together to write bluesy originals for cruising and crushing. Topics range from the chill Haida life-style and wild island-characters to the corruption and injustice of Canadian law enforcement.
Emotional, heartfelt and eclectic: Norine Braun in 3 words. A Vancouver based singer-songwriter Norine Braun is an award winning artist (2018 Western Canadian Music Award Nominee, Banff Centre Musician in Residence, Canada Council For the Arts Award, Los Angeles Music Awards, Artists For Literacy) who has a slew of festival appearances under her belt. Her music blinks an eye to the past, while firmly looking forward, blending timeless elements such as blues, folk and soul, presenting them to the audience with a freshness and balance that are in tune with today's sensibilities. Norine's eclectic approach to songwriting and her prowess as a heartfelt performer are the fundaments of her solid reputation within her local scene, and beyond.
Old Rebel Soul
Bold. Upbeat. Immense and Soulful is the cutting edge sound which is Old Soul Rebel. A powerhouse duo, coloured by brass and driven by drums, puts a brand new shine on soul and rock n roll. Inspired by their First Nations and African American upbringings, core members Chelsea D.E Johnson and Lola Whyte write music that rebels against what is old and outdated. Check them out as features on various television and radio spots such as CTV’s The Launch, APTN and Onstage TV Live. Their first single “Don’t You Worry About Me” is available on all platforms now.
P I Q S I Q
"Kayley Inuksuk Mackay and Tiffany Kuliktana Ayalik are Inuit style throat singers performing ancient traditional songs and eerie new compositions."
With a style perpetually galvanized by darkness and haunting northern beauty, sisters, Tiffany Kuliktana Ayalik and Kayley Inuksuk Mackay, come together to create Inuit style throat singing duo, PIQSIQ. Performing ancient traditional songs and eerie new compositions, they leave their listeners enthralled with the infinity of possible answers to the question “what is the meaning of life.”
With roots in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot and Kivalliq Regions, the sisters grew up in Yellowknife, NWT, where endless sunlight shines for two short summer months and deep, wintery darkness consumes the rest of the year. These environmental extremes had a huge impact on Tiffany and Kayley’s overall aesthetic and the pair have always engrossed themselves in creating soundtracks to life that reflect this natural phenomenon.
The Northwest Kid
THE NORTHWEST KID aka. NWK performs Alternative Hip-Hop and has been actively performing as a poet/emcee within the Canadian music scene for nearly a decade. NWK‘s previous releases (MIxed-blood Mixtape, Mob Medicine, Dozy & NWK, and Transformation) have provided him with the opportunity to share the same bill with artists such as Leonard Sumner, Jeremy Dutcher, A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Tagaq, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Lido Pimienta, and The Roots.
Troy Kokol is an award-winning Canadian singer, producer, animator, video director, and songwriter with over 200 cuts to his name in a variety of music genres, TV, and film. Troy is a recipient of the SOCAN Award for Country Music and a 2-time CCMA Songwriter of the Year nominee.
Zoey 'Pricelys' Roy
She's just one of those firecrackers, ya know? Zoey 'Pricelys' Roy is a poet. A celebrated artist, Zoey has been featured on stages around the world including the Calgary Folk Music Festival where she opened for Sheila E; BIGSOUND - Australia's largest music festival; and the Unsilent Project where she went on tour with a 94 piece orchestra. She is a dynamic speaker with a story to tell. Zoey has spoken on stages worldwide, including We Day; the United Nations; and the Walrus Talks about humanizing ourselves through the turbulence of colonialism. Zoey merges her passion with poetry and performance with her passion for learning. She is currently in a PhD in Education program at York University and holds a Bachelor's of Education and a Master's of Public Policy from the University of Saskatchewan. Zoey is an advocate and uses the knowledge and life experience she has to create something good for the world around her. Look out for Zoey's upcoming projects Zoetry - a collection of hip hop music and spoken word albums and a live show that transcends audiences into the realm of a full-on poetic intervention on the raw human spirit through an intimate one-woman performance.
Alan Greyeyes runs the artist and project management company, Ogichidaa Arts, and serves as the Festival Director for the sākihiwē festival. He also volunteers on the board of directors for the Polaris Music Prize; the Rap category at the JUNO Awards; and the Mayor's Indigenous Advisory Circle for the City of Winnipeg. In 2020, Alan received the Arts Award of Distinction from the Manitoba Arts Council and the Kevin Walters Legacy Award from Manitoba Music.
MJ DANDENEAU is a French Anishinaabe / Métis woman born on Treaty 1 Territory. She is an accomplished bassist, sound designer, producer and booking agent for Europe and Australia for the past 15 years. She has assisted artists in music career development and serves as a connecting point into the international touring arena. MJ’s key focus and passion are supporting and empowering indigenous artists in successfully navigating the international market.
Sarah Pocklington (Cree/Scottish/English) is the Arts Manager for the First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC). Sarah is a vocalist/composer with a comprehensive background in Arts Management, Festival and Event Production, Indigenous Studies and Community Engagement. A member of the Juno nominated Indigenous women’s trio Asani, Sarah’s experience in Arts Management, Performing Arts Curation, and as a former Adjunct Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of Alberta, extends over 25 years. In her position with FPCC Sarah recently developed and programed BC’s first Indigenous Music Retreat which took place in Whistler in early May, 2018 and was the Executive Producer of FPCC’s inagural Indigenous Music, Arts and Culture Festival “Indigifest” held in Esqumalt Gorge Park on August 24, 2019.
Aijia Li, Tiny Triumphs (Australia)
Aijia Li (AJ) is an artist manager currently overseeing the careers of Australian artists such as Eliza & The Delusionals, The VANNS and Woodlock. She’s a member of Association of Artist Managers (AAM) in Australia.
For the past 3 years, AJ has been working alongside Tom Larkin (Shihad, BIGSOUND, Homesurgery Recordings) at VVV MGMT (now Tiny Triumphs Management). During this time, she has worked with various Australasian artists including Bad Juju, Between You & Me, Caravana Sun, City of Souls, Darren Middleton, Devin Abrams, Dear Seattle, Eat Your Heart Out, Kingswood, Killing Heidi, Pinkish Blu, and Villainy.
A native of Mainland China, AJ moved to New York City in 2013, obtained a Master of Arts degree in Music Business at New York University in 2015. During her time in the US, she interned with Nettwerk Music Group, Caroline Division at Universal Music
Group and Sony Music Entertainment where she gained experience in working at labels, especially in the areas of Sync Licensing, Publishing, and Digital Marketing. In 2016, she joined a technical research team at YouTube in Google NYC, working closely with YouTube CMS and Google Knowledge Graph, for the new product YouTube was developing, YouTube Red (now YouTube Music Premium).
Alexis Sallee, INDIGEFI
Alexis Sallee grew up in Anchorage, Alaska of Iñupiaq descent. Her love of sound for film and music started at an early age and found its focus in radio. She worked as a sound editor of local and national programming for the Anchorage based Koahnic Broadcast Corporation after graduating high school. In 2010, Alexis moved to Florida to attend Full Sail University where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Recording Arts. Taking her skills to L.A., she continued working with Koahnic, now as a host and producer. She pioneered special productions such as “Iñupiaq Drum and Dance: A Cultural Renaissance'', "Definition of Resilience", and "Native Artist" podcast. Alexis currently resides in Ventura, CA where she hosts INDIGEFI and is going into her ninth year working in the audio post production industry. Some of her film and television credits include Oculus, Poltergeist, Before I Wake, Birth of the Dragon, NBC’s Allegiance and Showtime documentary Play It Forward.
As a Filmmaker, she Co-Directed and Produced the 2018 documentary Definition of Resilience, which highlights the dynamic stories of Indigenous hip-hop MCs. In 2019, she wrote and directed her debut short film Who We Are a personal project dedicated to her Iñupiat ancestors. Alexis continues to work on cultural visual projects that honors Indigenous stories and people.
Danny Keir, ENKI Music (Europe)
Danny is an artist manager and international music consultant.
Based in London, UK, Danny has worked across hundreds of release campaigns for international artists building structure and opportunity and coordinating multi market representation and collaboration. Having independently managed artists for over 10 years Danny is equipped with the experience and understanding of a global artist business.
Danny is the co-founder of Enki Collective, a music export and artist services company specialised in managing release campaigns and building value for artists in new markets. Enki operate as creative advisors and industry gatekeepers, providing network development and market knowledge to build value and consistency for each campaign.
The name Enki derives from the Sumerian era; the first literate civilisation that founded its divinities on matters pertaining to natural and social orders. Enki was the god of life, creativity, and mischief. Enki represents the characteristics of progress and disruption and is the embodiment of contemporary cultural complexities, from the dynamic live, work, play environments to the health and wellness agendas. These influences inform the vision for ENKI music and provide the core principles of our work.
Gabriela Urquiza, Glam Rock (Mexico)
Gabriela Urquiza is the Director of Glamrock Agency, a showbusiness company based in Mexico City. Originally created in Buenos Aires in 1999, Glamrock Agency opened its offices in Mexico City in 2012.
The agency is well known in Latin America and U.S as one of the pioneers in artist development, marketing strategies, booking and management.
Gabriela collaborated in the beginnings of Latin Grammy and LARAS Academy, producing the release of the Academy and the Awards for Latin America in Argentina in 1998 also she brought the first Latin Grammy educational program “Grammy in the Schools” to a Latin American country.
She is the former Director of Alternative, Rock and Latin Music Department of Fenix Entertainment Group, one of the biggest South Cone showbusiness company during 6 years.
She booked artists for dozens of festivals such us Rock al Parque (Colombia), Personal Fest (Argentina), FIIS (Chile), Quito Fest (Ecuador), Vive Latino (Mexico), Portamerica (España), Pal Norte (Mexico), LAMC (NYC), Ruido Fest (Chicago), Nuevo Fest and Hispanic Fiesta (Philadelphia), among others.
Since 1999, Gabriela Urquiza has had a key role in the Latin Market, collaborating with the positioning of some of the biggest Latin artistst in the market. She worked with the #1 artists Calle 13, Draco Rosa, Plastilina Mosh, Kinky, Ely Guerra, Dante Spinetta, Miranda!, Catupecu Machu, among others.
Her labor in management includes artists such as: Silvina Moreno, Jonaz (Ex Plastilina Mosh), and in the past she managed La Vida Boheme, Plastilina Mosh, Dante Spinetta, Gonzalo Aloras. In the present she also works in international management with successful Argentinean bands La Beriso y Bersuit Vergarabat. She also works with Canadian Acts, developing their careers in Latin America: Afrotronix, Tourist Company, Rayannah, Elijah Bekk.
Gabriela created Mercado, a division of Glamrock Agency, a merchandising and experiences company which worked on the merch licenses of some of the biggest artists such as: Paul Mc Cartney, Metallica, Beyonce, Guns &Roses, Iron Maiden, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Justin Bieber, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Calle 13, Miranda, Gustavo Santaolalla, Bersuit , among others . She also works coordinating with M&G of Paul Mc Cartney, Demi Lobato, Justin Bieber, Santaolalla, Il Divo, Draco Rosa, among others.
In 2020, Glamrock Agency created two online festivals, Festival Glamrock (Argentina/Canada Edition) with 12 artists from both countries and one of the biggest artists from Mexico as Host. This festival reached 20k views per day. Late in October, Festival Cardinal, became the first Online Continental Festival, with 60 artists from 13 countries of American Continent that had 93k views during the three days edition.
Guillaume Decouflet, Valeo Arts Management
Guillaume Decouflet is an artist manager working for A Tribe Called Red, Jeremy Dutcher, and Jean-Michel Blais at Valeo Arts Management.
Guillaume founded Valeo in February of 2017, after leaving Arts & Crafts Records where he worked as one of the artist managers. Before working as an artist manager, he was one of the main producers of the Pop Montreal music festival between 2005 and 2009. Guillaume also produced a college radio show that spawned a fairly successful blog and digital record label (Masalacism) which focused on forward-thinking world or alternative music in non-English or French languages. It was as a radio host and label manager that Guillaume started working with A Tribe Called Red in 2011 by commercially releasing their first single. Before working in music in Canada, Guillaume built an academic background in social science in France where is from with a masters degree in Anthropology (EHESS), a BA with honors in History and a BA in Sociology. This academic background informs his approach to the music projects he is working for, as well as his approach to marketing and music consumption.
Jeremy Rotberg, Tiny Triumphs (Australia)
Coming from the background of being a booking agent, Jeremy Rotberg recently joined Melbourne-based Tiny Triumphs Management and stepped into the role of an Artist Manager. He looks after Hein Cooper’s career, an Australian artist who spent the last few years living and recording in Canada, and gained international recognition with his hit single ‘Rusty’ and his first two albums.
Jeremy began his music career at 123 Agency as a booking agent in 2015. During his 5 years there he was responsible for booking acts such as Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Hollow Coves and Eliza & The Delusionals amongst others, as well as coordinating tours for international artists Too Many Zoos and Labrassbanda. With a focus on the career development of artists, Jeremy worked with a variety of venues and promoters across Australia and was responsible for a slew of headline tours for artists on his roster. He booked acts at all major Australian festivals including Splendour in The Grass, Groovin The Moo and Woodford Folk Festival. Many artists’ careers progressed rapidly and had international success during their time working with Jeremy. Through the years of being an agent, Jeremy built a powerful network and maintained strong relationships with artists, managers, agents, promoters and publicists around the world.
John Bartlett, Kelp Management
Jon is the founder and director of Kelp Management, an Ottawa-based artist services company, which grew out of the record label Kelp Records, founded in 1994. He currently manages a stable of artists that include Andy Shauf, Lido Pimienta, Foxwarren, and Ada Lea. Bartlett has travelled extensively over the past decade, as a panelist speaker (SXSW, Pop Montreal, Sled Island, Halifax Pop Explosion) and delegate (Reeperbahn, The Great Escape, Americanafest, Eurosonic Noorderslag), and is uniquely positioned to provide a perspective on how artists and music industry workers can export abroad and grow their careers.
Rev. MOOSE, Maurader / NIVA
Managing Partner/Co-Founder, Marauder
Executive Director/Co-Founder, NIVA (National Independent Venue Association)
Rev. Moose stands at the forefront of developing artists and organizations from around the world. His boutique music marketing firm, Marauder, customizes long-term strategies and services for each client's specific needs in the North American market. Through his work running Independent Venue Week in the US, Moose helped create NIVA (National Independent Venue Association) to organize and support American independent venues and promoters. Before founding Marauder, Moose greatly extended the international reach of The Syndicate's radio, publicity, and marketing departments; additionally, during his many years at the helm of CMJ, he helped develop US programs for national export initiatives. His deep involvement with worldwide musicians inevitably directed him towards managing a diverse roster of international artists as co-owner of The Underground Management.
Tara Gatewood (@taraN8V) is an Isleta Pueblo/Diné award winning host and producer of the nationally syndicated radio call-in show, Native America Calling. Each weekday she leads thought-provoking conversations with invited guests and callers on issues specific to Indigenous nations like art, health care, culture, politics, pop culture and justice. Beyond radio broadcasting, her palette of story-sharing also includes working in South Dakota, Minnesota and Massachusetts. She reported and photographed for several news organizations and her past works can be found in the Boston Globe, Aberdeen American News, St. Paul Pioneer Press and Native Peoples Magazine. She is also the voice of the Indigenous Foundation radio program heard on Santa Fe New Mexico’s KSFR 101.1 FM each Saturday.
Tom Larkin, Tiny Triumphs (Australia)
New Zealand Born but now Australian based, Tom Larkin has been a career musician for the past 30 years, as the founding member of the NZ rock band Shihad.
- Sold over 330,000 Records worldwide
- Secured 2 x Gold albums and 6 x ARIA award nominations in Australia
- In New Zealand have 9 x Platinum albums and hold the outright record for most chart hits (44), the most Number #1 albums (5), the most NZ music Award nominations and wins
- The band have toured with acts like Black Sabbath, Faith No More, Guns & Roses, Metallica, Korn, Tool and in December 2015 played to over 70,000 people as part of their fourth tour with AC/DC since 1991
Having established a base in Melbourne since 2003, Tom is the founder of Tiny Triumphs Artist Management. Tiny Triumphs are responsible for overseeing the careers of The VANNS, Eliza & The Delusionals, Hein Cooper, Woodlock, Villainy & Emma Dilemma.
Over the last decade, Tom has carved out a niche as an artist developer with his work as a producer and owner of HOMESURGERY RECORDINGS, A project studio with a fearsome reputation based in the inner city suburb of Brunswick, and in 2018 was appointed as the Conference Programmer for BIGSOUND - now the largest and most significant music conference in Australia.
As of November 2019 Tom joined the Board of SUPPORT ACT – An organization at the front lines of providing Crisis Support for those in the Music Industry..
Robert Thomson is a musician, artistic producer and a proud member of the Haida Nation. Robert is a managing producer at Full Circle: First Nations Performance and the Talking Stick Festival music programmer. In 2019, Robert received the award for “Emerging Performing Arts Leader” presented by the Canadian Association for Presenting Arts.
Outside of Full Circle, Robert is currently the electric bass player in the projects SOLA, Ostwelve, Logan and Nathan, a sound designer/performer/live looper in the experimental musical Morag, You’re a Long Time Deid, and board member for Canadian New Music Network and Canadian Presenters Association for the Performing Arts.