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Indigenous Song Camp 2023

By Alan Greyeyes | October 20, 2023

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We're joining the SOCAN Foundation and Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in Toronto, October 23 - 26, for the second annual Indigenous Song Camp, presented by Amazon Music. The camp will give a dozen Indigenous artists a chance to collaborate with other songwriters and producers at the Kilometre House and it's generously supported by Amazon Music, Ontario Creates, and Kilometre Music Group.

The participants, collaborators, and mentors include Adrian Morris, Alicia Kayley, Carsen Gray, Cassidy Mann, Chris LaRocca, Greyson Gritt, Jenna Andrews, Joseph Sarenhes, Justine Tyrell, Logan Staats, Martin Anon, Miesha Louie, Mimi O'Bonsawin, Qattuu, Runway the Catwalker, Semiah Smith, Terez, Tia Wood, and Stephen Kirk.

Knowledge keeper Kim Wheatley will lead a welcoming ceremony on Monday morning, mentors will offer advice on business and creative topics over lunch each day, the group will claim one of the five studios and songwriting rooms for six hours of collaborations each afternoon, Amazon Music will lead a workshop on writing custom music for advertising, and music industry relatives will be invited to a private listening session on the last night.

The inaugural Indigenous Song Camp brought Sebastian Gaskin, Ila Barker, Prado Monroe, Aysanabee, Sunsetto, Josh Q, Nimkish, Ruby Waters, and Angel Baribeau together with collaborators Twigg, Nate Kreiswirth, Brandon Leger, TJ Whitelaw, Mido, Eli Brown, Chris LaRocca, and Harper Gordon.

SOCAN's songwriting camps have played a pivotal role in nurturing the careers of artists like Ria Mae, Savannah Ré, and Charlotte Cardin, among others. 

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Aboriginal Music Manitoba (AMM) acknowledges the Government of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, and the Winnipeg Arts Council for their financial support of the sākihiwē festival and the sākihiwē summer outreach concert series.