MJ Dandeneau is a Metis woman of French and Anishinaabe descent from the Red River Nation. Her mother comes from the Metis Red River Valley and her father comes from Penetanguishene, Treaty 61.
She is an accomplished bassist, director and producer. Through her business, MJ Entertainment Canada Inc, she has worked and toured with various artists worldwide for the past 16 years. Nationally recognized with recording awards such as JUNO, WCMA, CFM she has recently received the Indigenous Full Circle Award from the Manitoba Arts Council.
MJ’s extensive music career includes booking agent for Europe and Australia, Artistic & Musical Director for various bands and artist, industry board member and funding assessor for Canada Art Council, Factor, Juno, WCMA Awards, CFM Awards, MusicAction and Manitoba Art 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, Sarasvati Theatre and Theatre and Cercle Molière.
MJ’s key focus and passion are supporting and empowering indigenous artists in successfully navigating the national and international market.