MJ DANDENEAU is a Métis woman of French and Anishinaabe descent from the Red River Nation. Her mother comes from the Métis Red River Colony (île-à-la-Crosse) and her father comes from Penetanguishene, Treaty 61.
MJ is an accomplished bassist, director and producer. Nationally recognized with recording awards such as JUNO, WCMA, and CFM, she has recently been awarded the Indigenous Full Circle Award, one of the Manitoba Arts Council’s prestigious prizes in the Arts. Through her business, MJ Entertainment Canada Inc, MJ has worked and toured with various artists worldwide for the past 16 years.
MJ’s extensive music career includes work as a booking agent for Europe and Australia, Artistic & Musical Director for various bands and artists, industry board member and funding assessor for the Canada Council for the Arts, Factor, Juno, WCMA Awards, CFM Awards, MusicAction and the Manitoba Arts Council. She has assisted artists in music career development and serves as a connecting point into the international touring arena. MJ has also had the opportunity to expand her musical reach by taking on roles as a Composer for musical theatres such as Royal MTC, MTYP, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Sarasvati Theatre and Theatre Cercle Molière.
MJ’s key focus and passion are supporting and empowering indigenous artists in successfully navigating the national and international market.
Styles: World, Jazz, Blues, RnB, folk, Roots
Session bassist for recording and touring