Musical producer

Saskatchewan. A music producer hopes his new studio will help Indigenous artists flourish


George Parker attached a studio to his home in Cando, Saskatchewan. to help provide opportunities for Indigenous artists.

The studio is fully equipped to help artists, podcast producers and documentarians.

“It gives us a place to work within our own time constraints. Time doesn’t turn for us,” said Parker, who has worked in the Indigenous music industry for 30 years.

“We bring in artists who plan to do live shows from here and just do the continued promotion of Indigenous culture,” he said.

Parker says he has worked in the Indigenous music industry for 30 years.

One of these reserved groups is the rock and roll group Black Rain from the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation.

The band says having a place to record is a massive financial help.

“Financially, the last time we recorded was then paid for by ourselves,” Jaime Peekeekoot said.

“Our first album that we paid for ourselves was around $6,000.”

The band can’t wait to be a part of Parker’s major events, but they’re not lost on how difficult it was to just put on a record.

“It’s amazing to have the convenience of this, years ago it was hard for us to get into a studio,” Ryan Peekeekoot said.

The studio is part of Parker’s larger project of Indigenous Cloud, an online Indigenous cultural streaming service.

Launched in 2019, it was revamped in November to help promote all types of content creators such as podcast makers and those who make documentaries.

“We can go out and promote Indigenous concerts, sell tickets for the live stream,” Parker said.

Currently, the platform has been expanded to have technological capabilities to provide Indigenous education courses, teach Indigenous languages ​​as well as music lessons.

Parker plans to stream community events through the app, such as rodeos, horse races, music festivals, powwows and Indigenous arts and crafts.

“I think it’s important to keep Native music alive and in the public right with what’s going on these days with the residential school system. I guess this is an opportunity for people across Canada and around the world to realize exactly what happened to the Indigenous community,” Parker said.

In the future, Parker plans to open a 3,200 square foot soundstage on his property to assist with larger productions and also provide housing for artists coming to work at the studio.