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Ila Barker and Jade Turner © Tiffany Spence and VanHeyst Photography

AIRsessions Workshop: Ila Barker and Jade Turner

Season 3 | Episode 7

Zoom webinar
Ila Barker and Jade Turner © Tiffany Spence and VanHeyst Photography
Family programming Music Country

Zoom event

Artist-in Residence Ila Barker is joined by Jade Turner.

Jade Turner is an award-winning songwriter and performer, and it’s only the beginning for this charming rising star in Manitoba’s country scene. Winner of 2017’s IMA Best Country Album and 2018’s MCMA Emerging Artist of the Year awards, with many more nominations to boot, Jade Turner is well on her way to making her mark on the Canadian music scene, and Turner feels the best is yet to come. From brand new singles like the nostalgia-inducing, sunny jam ‘Highway Town’, to the more bluesy, soulful singing from Hangover Blues, Turner has shown that she has a versatile sound whose stories will resonate with country lovers everywhere. The new batch of songs are produced by multi-award winning producer Murray Pulver, who lends his talents to bring to life the full emotion of each story Jade tells.

The album is self-titled, which is fitting for a project that is filled with songs that express Jade’s different aspects of her personality and passions. Her eclectic interests coupled with the unpredictability of life makes for a one of a kind take; Jade’s love of motherhood, memories of her hometown, hard work as a millwright, travel dreams, her connection to the land, learning from her past and more are delivered in a way that paints the picture of her world like a good book. The maturity and musicality with which Jade tells her stories makes for an emotional ride of an album that country fans will find themselves relating to throughout. 

Jade Turner’s fun-loving, blatantly honest, adventurous self is exactly what shines through in her music, whether she’s sharing her experience, hoping to teach us a lesson, expressing her own worries or looking to induce a smile.

Register to participate in this small-group online session to learn about how these artists make music and to share your questions and musical ideas. Priority registration to Indigenous youth aged 13 to 25. Other participants accepted if space is available.

The workshop will take place on Zoom. To register and for more information, please contact Ila at ilabarkermusic@gmail.com.

This series is presented as part of the NAC Music Alive Program: Manitoba, in partnership with the sākihiwē festival, Music for Life, Indigenous Music Development Program at Manitoba Music and Canada Council for the arts

This live event adheres to the health and safety guidelines of the region in which it was recorded.

Ila Barker and Jade Turner © Tiffany Spence and VanHeyst Photography