Today, MDM Recordings Inc. proudly announces Kaeley Jade as the 2023 recipient of the Henry Armstrong Award. Launched in 2022, the Henry Armstrong Award is an annual bursary and mentorship program created to develop, elevate, and support the diverse talents in the Canadian Indigenous music community. An Edmonton-based Métis singer/songwriter, Jade blends lush imagery and hooky melodic lines to create her own brand of pop-forward indie folk music. She will receive a $10,000 bursary along with a tailored mentorship program of professional development services.

Shares Jade on her win, “I am so honoured to be this year’s recipient of the Henry Armstrong Award. I am standing on the shoulders of so many incredible people who came before me, and I am forever grateful for my family, friends, peers, mentors, and all the amazing folks who continue to offer their kindness and generosity as I develop my artistry and discover my voice. I especially would like to acknowledge my grandfather, James Richard “Dickie” Dragon, as he is one of my biggest supporters, and I have always been inspired by his creativity, humour, sense of adventure, and his steadfast leadership within the Métis community. Thanks so much—I’m forever grateful!”

“The crop of submissions was unbelievable this year and I am thrilled for Kaeley Jade; through the bursary and mentorship program she’ll have the opportunity to take her music and career to the next level,” says Mike Denney, President and founder of MDM Recordings Inc. “I’d also be remiss if I didn’t mention the immeasurable support of the committee members, jurors, radio and media partners, without whom this wouldn’t be possible.”

Named for Denney’s grandfather Lloyd Henry and mother Gloria Denney (née Armstrong), both fellow Six Nations Lower Mohawk, The Henry Armstrong Award aims to provide unique opportunities for growth and development to the selected recipient. The genesis for the HAA began in the spring of 2021, following the initial uncovering of the 215 Indigenous children in the Kamloops Residential School mass grave. Knowing he wanted to help, Denney called upon his fellow industry and quickly put together a committee united with the goal of promoting inclusivity, equity, and equality in the Canadian Indigenous Music space and beyond.

The HAA icon was conceptualized and designed by Leticia Spence from Pimicikamak and Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Spence is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator based in Treaty One territory.

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