Matricia Brown - Drum Keeper, hand drummer, big drummer, singer, songwriter

 

Recently Matricia has spent her summers educating and entertaining guests at the Jasper Park Lodge, through the APT Tour groups. This involved over 70 performances for her and her group. Covering a different cultural theme in First Nations and interweaving knowledge with her drumming and singing, they shared songs they have composed as well as several songs gifted from other women and drum groups. 

Matrcia is a singer, songwriter, musician, drummer and an artist. Matricia teaches drum making, leather binding and many more traditional arts and craft workshops. She also has her own jewellery line where she infuses First Nations aspects of her culture into modern jewellery designs. She makes many moccasins, traditional fur mittens and much more.

Matricia has had the privilege of sharing her culture over the last 15 years to schools throughout the Yellowhead Region. She has been a guest lecturer at every school in Edson and has presented at Dream-speakers Film Festival (Edmonton) 2008, and at Kiyanaw-Klondike (Edmonton) 2009, and NCTCA 2010. She has won the Aboriginal Women's Day award from the Edson Friendship Centre where she has served  as an active Board Member and volunteer since 2004.  She is also a member of the drumming group "Warrior Women" and has performed throughout Alberta teaching youth her songs and culture.

Artist for the Arts - Award recipient 2012 - Arts on Fire

University of Calgary - Voice Performance

Royal Conservatory of Music                 Voice Teacher

Board Member of the Edson Friendship Centre-Secretary -Treasurer -since 2007

Red Brick Singers-Teacher and Director Since 2004

Sturgeon Lake Band Member

Vocal Variations - Choir Director 2009-2012

Peter Pan The Musical  Edson Summer Musical       Director/Producer 2010

The Wizard of Oz        Edson Summer Musical       Director 2011

Overall Jewelry Award   Yellowhead Rotary Arts Festival 2012

Mayors Artist Award Jasper 2015

Senior Voice Recipient 2010    Yellowhead Rotary Arts Festival

Collaborative Winner Jewelry Category-2009 Yellowhead Rotary Arts Festival

Aboriginal Woman's Day recipient-Edson Friendship Centre 2005

Owner and Operator of Cree-ative Cree-ations

Member of "Warrior Women" Drumming Group

Member of "Lavocabella" www.lavocabella.com

 

 

 

Mackenzie Brown - Drummer, singer, songwriter, musician, artist, Child and Youth advocate

Mackenzie Brown is a 22 First Nations Cree woman from the Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation. She is a performer, singer, songwriter, actress, philanthropist and advocate of fun. She is currently finishing her Bachelor of Child and Youth Care where she will continue on to get her Masters in Musical Therapy. Mackenzie works with “at-risk” First Nations youth in the Edmonton area. She incorporates aspects of alternative therapy in her work with youth and families. She has started up cultural programs where she uses traditional arts and crafts for healing purposes.

Mackenzie and her mother perform as “Warrior Women”. They drum and teach around Alberta for the Northern Alberta Teachers Conference, the annual Jasper Dark Skies Festival, Youth Dream Catchers Conference, Canada Day, Aboriginal Day festivities, and International Women’s Day. In the summer you can find Mackenzie in Jasper performing at Jasper Park Lodge, Parks Canada, Rocky Mountaineer and various other events. Along with drumming, performing and educating, Mackenzie is also an avid acrylic artist, her paintings often depicting aspects of her culture infused with vibrant colors.

Mackenzie is also an avid volunteer in her community, volunteering with organizations such as the Stollery Children Hospital Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network and Get Real.

Mackenzie has been recognized in her community for her community service and volunteer work through awards such as the Arts of Fire Outstanding Youth Artist 2013, Premiers Citizenship Award 2013, Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Citizenship Award 2014, the Alberta Indian Arts and Crafts award of 2017.

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