Star Catcher Youth Performance Series

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The Star Catcher Performance Series, presented by APTN and sponsored by Sirius XM, will feature 10 emerging Indigenous artists in a video recorded series that will support their creativity and visibility, to be featured on the Manito Ahbee Festival and IMA socials. This performance series will build career aspirations for the future.

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FRANNIE KLEIN

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Frannie grew up on the shores of Lake Manitoba in Bacon Ridge and Eddystone.  She grew up tapping trees for Maple Syrup/Sugar, ranching cows, dancing Pow wow and competing in fiddle competitions. Coming from a very musical family, Frannie found her voice in her mid teens, where she then moved to the concrete jungle of Winnipeg. She now helps run a Burger Shop and a Cleaning Company in Winnipeg where she now calls home.    

GATOR BEAULIEU

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Gator Beaulieu is an Anishinaabe Singer from Ebb and Flow First Nation with roots in Sandy Bay First Nation, Manitoba.
He recently released his Official Music Video for his latest single entitled "Highway Number Six". Additionally Gator's collaboration single with Anishinaabe Blues Legend Billy Joe Green a track entitled " Hard Hearted Woman" also hit #1 on the Indigenous Music Countdown.

With a sound of his own inspired by country, blues and indigenous music Beaulieu has taken his style from BonFires and Honky Tonks as well as one stage to another. Gator has humbly performed on stages with Indigenous Dignitaries and many more.

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Kenora based indie singer/songwriter, Miigwan Buswa's soft vocals will take you through the trials and tribulations of romantic, platonic, and self love. Drawing inspiration from personal experiences and the natural world around her, some of Miigwan's influences include Big Thief, Phoebe Bridgers, and Hayley Williams. Miigwan is currently working on an EP, set to release this summer.

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Shibastik, Cree for "underground flow," is an accomplished painter, athlete, lyricist, hip hop producer and a proud member of the Moose Cree First Nation. He was born in Moose Factory, Ontario and grew up across the Moose River in Moosonee. Now living in Thunder Bay he still represents and remains close to the two isolated northern communities located along the southwestern coast of the James Bay. Inspired by life as a Cree hunter on the Mushkegowuk Lowlands, his music and art promote awareness and appreciation for both the land and First Nation culture, past and present.

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Mattmac is a blind music producer and recording artist who has taken his melodic pop trap beats and inspiring story to quickly establish himself as one to watch on the national music scene in Canada. Hailing from Garden Hill First Nation, with over 500,000+ streams across all platforms, Mattmac’s catchy melodies, thoughtful lyrics and hard hitting beats presented on his debut release is turning heads across North America. Hear his latest single "Think Too Much" on NCI's Indigenous Music Countdown hosted by SiriusXM Canada today!

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As a child, Aocelyn loved to sing and dance. At 14, she wrote her first song in an attempt to deal with the bullying she faced. She continued to write songs and freestyle, but also began to produce her own beats and perform online. Aocelyn hopes to one day perform live so her fans can experience her music in person. In 2018, Aocelyn was featured on the Ajungi album – her first experience in the professional music industry. Acoelyn has since recorded her debut album, Lovely, which is set for release in 2021.

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Bobby Sanchez is a two spirit poet, model and musician, born and raised in Lenape and Siwanoy Land.  Bobby’s indigenous blood comes from Ayacucho Peru, a descendant of the Wari and Chanka People.

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Sōhka is an emerging Neo Soul singer songwriter who was born and raised in Sakitawak, Saskatchewan. Her music focus' on originality, uniqueness and soul medicine to encourage well-being for indigenous peoples by incorporating euphoric type beats with a twist of her own style, which is inspired by the elements, individualistic ideas, and the way she sees the world. Sōhka performed in many local shows including the Saskatchewan Music Festival winter of 2019. She released her first track August of 2020 called "Protector" and her more recent track “Blindsided”. She will be releasing her Transcendence album later in 2021.

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Jacob Okatsiak is a hip-hop artist from Arviat, Nunavut. As a kid, he performed at his local church and learned to play drums, piano, and guitar. Inspired by other Indigenous rappers, Jacob began to rap and record his own music, building a northern fan base. For Jacob, rap music is a form of self-expression which has allowed him to gain confidence and speak from his heart about his.

emotions and life experiences. Jacob is continuously making new music and he supports other Inuit artists by trying to bring their voices to the fore. His lyrics are thought-provoking, and his performances are rhythmic and engaging. In his attempts to have a positive impact on his community, he often reflects something his Grandma told him: “Start with what you have and do what you have to do in order to achieve your dreams.” To learn more, go to www.hitmakerz.com/jacobokatsiak.


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Shauna Seeteenak is an Inuk hip-hop artist and political rapper, originally from Baker Lake, Nunavut. From the age of ten, she discovered that through song there was a way to express her emotions beyond talking and create a shared experience through her music. Currently based in Iqaluit, Shauna has made a name for herself in the industry and has collaborated with Inuit and international artists. She is a genuine storyteller and centers her music on the truths and challenges facing Inuit people, including mental health, sobriety, breaking stereotypes, overcoming barriers, surviving the north, and trying to heal. Shauna has teamed up with the Iqaluit-based record label, Hitmakerz, to produce her debut album, Therapy Sessions, which is set for release in 2021.

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Adrian D Thomas AKA Smokey D Palmtree is a alternative rock musician from the Gila River Indian Community in southern Arizona. Having just recently graduated college with degrees in Recording Engineering, Popular Live Performance, and Live Sound and Lighting, Smokey D hopes to make a name for himself and his community.