OHSOTO’KINO Music Incubator Showcase

Join us in celebrating the next wave of Indigenous talent! Presented by the National Music Centre (NMC), this showcase features the 2022 OHSOTO’KINO Music Incubator participants.

The participating artists include Ojibway experimental jazz musician Chuck Copenace (member of the Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nation in Treaty 3 and now based in Winnipeg); Electric Religious, the project of Métis singer-songwriter and guitarist Brandon Baker (hailing from Treaty 6); Cree pop-R&B singer-songwriter Melody McArthur (originally from Treaty 8 and now living in Edmonton); Nehiyaw-Dene and Métis spoken word/rap artist Zoey Pricelys Roy (member of Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in Treaty 6); and Cree country artist Jade Turner (member of the Misipawistik Cree Nation in Treaty 5).

Launched in early 2022, OHSOTO’KINO is a new Indigenous programming initiative sponsored by TD that focuses on three elements: creation of new music in NMC’s recording studios, artist development through a music incubator program, and storytelling through NMC exhibitions via the annually updated Speak Up! gallery and through content on NMC’s Amplify platform. OHSOTO’KINO is a Blackfoot phrase, which means ‘to recognize a voice of.’ This title acknowledges both the Blackfoot people and the territory on which National Music Centre resides.

Delivered at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre in Mohkinstsis (Calgary), the incubator program spans five days of artist development, where the participants learn new skills, connect with music industry experts from across the country, and hone their craft and professional chops. Artists for the music incubator were selected by NMC’s National Indigenous Programming Advisory Committee, which includes First Nation, Métis and Inuit representation, and acts as a guiding voice for NMC Indigenous programs and content.

Learn more: studiobell.ca/ohsotokino

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