A Musical Mentorship: A Unique Opportunity for Northern Ontario Musicians

Music and Film in Motion (MFM) has partnered with the Canadian Independent Recording Artists’ Association (CIRAA) to offer one Northern Ontario artist or act the opportunity to be mentored by an established Canadian recording artist.

For this iteration of the mentorship program, the successful Northern applicant will get valuable one-on-one time with Simon Walker of Toronto-based country-folk/indie rock band The Wooden Sky, whose much anticipated third album Let’s Be Ready is due out this September on their label, Chelsea Records.

“This mentorship is a great opportunity for an artist to get to sit down and receive specialized advice from someone who’s been through it all, especially in a time where artists need to be their own business team, too,” stated MFM’s associate director, Tammy Frick.

The mentorship sessions will take place for 15 hours over three months this fall.

“Topics discussed in the sessions can range from songwriting and recording to booking tours and negotiating contracts. The mentee has the rare chance to get guidance that’s tailor-made for where they’re at in their career,” said Frick.

The selected mentee will also have the chance to perform with The Wooden Sky at Sudbury’s Townehouse Tavern on September 18 as part of the Northern Ontario Music Showcase which will feature Northern Ontario’s best up and coming musical talent.

Artists from all over Northern Ontario who are interested in applying can visit www.ciraa.ca for details. CIRAA’s esteemed Mentorship Program has offered emerging Canadian artists access to Canadian music greats such as Feist, Shad, and members of Cuff the Duke and the Trews.