Thank You Thursdays

A place to show my gratitude to those who have helped along my journey. I couldn’t do it without you.
Thank You, Mahsi Cho.

Thursday March 29 2017 – Thank you CBC and CBC North! A way to send strength and love out by thanking those who have helped me on my journey. Today I send my thanks out to the CBC, and especially CBC North. Their long history of supporting Canadian musicians has brought so much wonderful music into the world as commissions, performances, recordings and broadcasts. It’s an evolving, complex, wonderful beast that I believe is a part of our nebulous national identity. The CBC loves sound and loves community – two things I also love. Thanks CBC for getting my music out there, and for the great radio chats!

Thursday March 16 2017 –  Thank you Northern Arts and Cultural Centre! This fantastic organization has been a vital part of the NWT arts scene for over 30 years. I was part of their Mentorship program, and have done many performances in many roles on it’s stage – too many to count! Most recently, I recorded parts of my Ravens album on its stage, as well as heard my music premiered by James Ehnes and the Gryphon Trio. NACC’s major support came at a time when I needed help moving my music passion into a business. Through NACC I had a dedicated place to work my art and start building the skills to make it a career possibility. NACC helped me with business skills like finance training and writing business plans, and also was the catalyst for many of the magical connections I’ve made with some of Canada’s top performers. A special thanks to the people making NACC what it is: Marie Coderre at the helm, Treena Riles at the centre, Martin Emslander and his generosity and technical prowess, Ben Nind for bringing me in to the program, and Dana Bowen, Summer Meyer, and the NACC Board for all their support.

Thursday February 2 2017 – Thank you NWT Arts Council! This organization has supported me in various projects for 10 years from music youth workshops and  compositions for world-class performers to travel to premieres. Most recently I received an Arts Council grant that was invaluable in getting my album Ravens off the ground. This organization has been a major factor in establishing my career. Council members have changed over the years, but are always passionate about arts in the NWT. For over 31 years, the NWT Arts Council has been helping northern artists make art. Thank you so much to the Council and the politicians who ensure it has funding. A special thanks to the amazing people in the GNWT’s Community Cultural Development department for their guidance and for administering the process – in particular Boris Atamanenko and Karen Wright-Fraser. Mahsi Cho!

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday January 19 2017 – Thank you Mark Adam. Friend, producer, teacher, musician, beautiful human. Thank you for your trust and creative boldness. Thank you for your willingness to adventure north and your openness to bring me to your home, your family, and your studio The Woods to produce my album Ravens. Mark was my musicianship

teacher, big band leader at Acadia University and taught me so much.