We are proud to announce that we are doing an additional 3 workshops in Fort Albany First Nations in partnership with ArtsCan Circle and the Peetabeck Academy.
After a long wait we are coming back to Fort Albany our last workshop went extremely well and our music video was a hit. Our program
Sorry for the long delay. We had a major COVID-19 Outbreak in Fort Albany that causes J.Otis to be stranded from work but after 3 long months, we present the second video from Healing Through Music 2021!
Straight from the roads of Fort Albany, Weeds is a gut punch and a heart song to contemporary Rez life. Unlike Firemakers, Weeds is a more laid-back song talking about the mind of the youth of Fort Albany First Nations and the struggles they go through. Featuring 2 unnamed artists Weeds talks about the struggles of mental health and the pressure of growing up in a reserve.
The workshop holds space for youth to create, hang out, vent, eat, and be there for each other. ArtsCan Circle opens pathways of opportunities for First Nations, Innu, Inuit, and Métis youth to collaborate with artists, access instruments and artistic tools, and share their stories through creative expression. Our mission is to confront the multiple realities and inequalities facing First Nations, Innu, Inuit, and Métis youth in remote, Northern communities. To convey one clear message to the youth: You are valued and your voices are important.
PLEASE ENJOY THE SONG
On March 9th, 2021
67 Records is bringing back its long beloved program Healing Through Music. HTM is a youth trauma-informed music mentorship program where our staff at 67 Records work alongside a group of indigenous youth create a song and music video together.
We are happy to announce that we’re working with ArtsCan circle to bring this
Program to Jeremiah Otis’ hometown of Fort Albany First Nations working alongside Peetabeck Academy to bring a 10-day workshop to bring a group of youth together to create a song and produce a music video.
Through our multiple day program we teach kids everything from beat structure and lyric development to video production. We aim to give youth with a unique experience that also provides them with an outlet for their personal struggles. This program has been handcrafted by J.Otis over several years and this time he’s bringing Christopher Cottle to assist with the video production.
We’re really excited to be back in Fort Albany First Nations and looking forward to making really awesome music together with the youth.
We wanted to thanks ArtsCan Circle for helping us get our first Healing Through Music Workshop we are glad to announce our first music video release!
During our workshop we worked alongside several youth to create our first song called Fire Makers featuring Teasie T, Krazy K, Lil Mikey, and Yung Cherry Bomb.
Here’s a statement from ArtsCan Circle “After initially postponing the creation of “Firemakers” due to COVID-19 lockdowns and travel restrictions, ArtsCan Circle and 67 Records have now completed this music video filmed entirely in Fort Albany First Nation. Under the mentorship of recording engineer Jeremiah Ottis and filmmaker Christopher Cottle, four youth, ages 12 – 16, participated in a ten-day ArtsCan Circle “Healing Through Music” workshop. It consisted of song-writing, recording, filming, editing and creative teamwork. The young artists’ rap names are Yung Cherry Bomb, Lil Mikey, Krazy K, and Tease T.
“Firemakers” encapsulates the story of being young and navigating a world where it’s sometimes best to make your own rules. Home isn’t always safe, and so a small gang of friends makes the decision to stay outside till sunrise, the haunting presence of a lone rez dog following them wherever they go. The music video captures these youth wandering through the raw beauty of Fort Albany, playing hide and seek with local police as they explore their landscape, rapping about what they see and feel. Capturing that delicate and fleeting world between childhood and adulthood, the project itself is dedicated to healing intergenerational trauma, including finding healthy ways for youth to express themselves.
The video will premiere on ArtsCan Circle’s YouTube Channel and Spotify. Slaight Family Foundation funded this project.”
We are extremely proud of the youth that we worked with and look forward to doing more projects in the future.