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After graduating from the Music Industry Arts program at Fanshawe College in London Ontario, Marc returned to northern Ontario where he began collaborating with other First Nations musicians. The first NADJIWAN compact disc titled Brother, released in 1995 went on to achieve much success in both Canada and the United States. From 1995 to 2008 Marc released a total of four records. These releases generated great reviews and found their way onto many radio play lists on both sides of the border including many University/College radio top 40 charts. These albums were nominated for various Canadian Aboriginal and Native American Music Awards. With every release Marc toured the country extensively to promote the music. Some of the many festivals Marc has performed at include: The Mariposa Folk Festival, Hillside Music Festival, Northern Lights Festival Boreal, Folk On The Rocks and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, BC to name a few as well as countless performances in the United States.
In addition to releasing his own original music Marc has composed scores for theatre and television. His work on the production Agokwe earned him a Dora Award Nomination in 2009 for BEST ORIGINAL COMPOSITION. Some of the other theatre productions Marc has worked on include; New World Brave (Debajehmujig Theatre), Coyote City (Centre for Indigenous Theatre) and Artifacts (Fringe Festival), The Great Mountain (Red Sky Performance). Marc has also provided music and scores for CBC, CTV and APTN.
Marc has also worked on artist development and production projects with various local and national artists.
A panel discussion of the complex progression of the curatorial process. Curators, artists, and festival directors explore cultural arts and expression within a thematic context addressing questions surrounding concept, audience, research, production, and space.
Panelists include Marc Merilainen, Tom Hill, Dione Joseph, and Michael Walling.