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Singer/Songwriter, Filmmaker, modern dancer, actor, and teacher, Donald Morin's lineage is of the Gros Ventre, Sarcee, Cree, Saulteaux, Ojibwa, and French genealogy. He currently resides in Treaty 6 territory of Edmonton, Alberta. Donald completed his eighth semester at Concordia University studying music theory, drama, and Indigenous Studies. Donald just finished work for the play Everyman. He was a music consultant, actor, and performed guitar for music in the play. Donald performed for The Red Road Healing Society fundraiser for Empowering Our Youth on June 19th. He has studied Music, Technical Theatre, Production Design, Music Therapy, Cree, and Education. He was recently interviewed on the Arts Rationale Radio Program broadcasted and streamed on 02-24-22. Mr. Morin won the Akademia 2021 Rising Star Award; a special honor being bestowed upon those artists whose talent and perseverance as a Performing Artist have seen Donald Morin's music trending since March 11, 2021; over 13,000 at one point. Voted 2021 Rising Star Award, Academy Music Awards in May 2021. He also filmed the May 5th, 2022, Red Dress Event in Edmonton, Alberta, and has written new songs and compositions for his work as an artist. In April 2020, Donald received notice of a grant award from The Alberta Media Alliance Society for his current film project "As a Koden, Talking Story Who Is Your Name?" In October 2019, he secured his diploma in Graphic Design Technology from CDI College, upgrading his creative skills from a Bachelor of Arts Degree FPA Major Film Concentrate at SFU School for Contemporary Arts. His song submission 'Mad Dogs on The Run Sundown' won best folk and singer/songwriter for the January 2020 Akademia Music Award in the category of Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song. He also won the Akademia 2020 Artist Vision Award and in December 2018, he won the Alberta Arts Foundation’s Indigenous Arts Award for his film work and has completed essential work for the project 2019 toward. He is currently writing Volume III of his Creator’s Muse series of songs, poems, essays, plays, and the backstory of the Artist and narrative of living and creating through the constraint of colonialism, and popular culture. He performed his music for the May 5th Annual Events for murdered and missing Indigenous People, and he is a top player on the ReverbNation website.

In 2016, his song "Walking with Sweet Mary" won best folk ballad for February at the Akademia Awards, USA. Previous work consisted of the lead role of “Sam Wolf” for Caravan Farm Theatre's summer musical IOU LAND. His music has been performed throughout Europe, Hawaii, and Salish Territory through the years. Mr. Donald Morin performed at the Truth & Reconciliation Event in Edmonton, 2014, and the Neechie Festival, a benefit for the Siksika people flooded outside of Calgary, Alberta. The event was held at Hobbema Reserve. In May 2013, he was the Technical Director and coordinator of The Edmonton Red Jam Slam event with coordinator Carrie Lawrence. He completed acting work on his recurring character Johnny on BLACKSTONE, a Canadian TV series shot in Edmonton, AB. Other film involvement consisted of acting coach and camera work for the auditioning aspect of the film The Family by Jason Jeffery. In 2012, Mr. Morin also appeared at The Calgary Donald performing the starring role SAM WOLF in IOU land Musical Caravan Farm Theatre, Armstrong BC, 2005 Donald Morin performing at a Theatre in The Raw Anniversary gig, early 21st century, Vancouver. BC International Film Festival in The World Premiere of The Feature Film The Killing Games by Canadian Director Barry J. Gillis. He was also hired for the Aboriginal Arts Festivals held in Edmonton 2010 and 2011 and involved with International Artist Rebecca Belmore with her performance artwork at the Museum of Anthropology and the Orr Gallery in unceded Salish terre du Vancouver 2010. In 2008, Donald worked for Monroe Communications as an actor on a web-based project called The Law Project. In 2007, he studied and worked with Gunargie O’Sullivan during the Ten-Day Intensive of The Activist Documentary Film Workshop of the Galliano Island Film and Television School in BC. He also co-produced radio programs for Coop Radio’s Community Radio Programs When Spirit Whispers and Snewaylh Language program with Co-host/producer Gunargie O’Sullivan. In 2006, he performed for Rebecca Belmore and acted for Infinity Films of Florida, USA. Other work consisted of a showing of his animation Sky People, Spirits, and Transformations, the SFU Film Workshop dual-screen narrative collaborative Take It Easy When You Talk About Me, and a short film montage for Aboriginal Film Night. In 2004, he did film mentoring work for The Indigenous Media Arts Group (IMAG) and completed teaching the Professional Development program for Native Artists at IMAG. He showed a 45-minute version of his 7 Fires 4 U Kitchi Manitou film and presented his academic paper "NDNs Donald Morin with the cast of The Killing Games at The Calgary International Film Festival with Director Barry J. Gillis. In the Age of Terror" in Atlanta, Georgia, USA at the University of Georgia, Art & Design and for The Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2004 International Conference. He was also one of the keynote Speakers/Presenters at The Annual AGM for The National Alliance for Media Artists at the RimShot Media Festival in Vancouver and did the lighting for the short The Birthday produced by Wendy Nahanee. In 2003, he completed the S.E.A.R.C.H program at The Alliance for Art and Culture, sat for the 2003 Canada Council for The Arts selection committee, and continued at the Digital Film program at The Native Education Centre. The 7 Fires 4 U…Kitchi Manitou film was also presented at the 13th Annual La Terres En Vue Film/Video Festival in Montreal of June 2003. That year he also completed the direction of two video shorts for Monique Giard entitled VICIOUS ATTACK, and I’M FIRST NATIONS AND PROUD OF IT. In 2002, 7 Fires 4 U…Kitchi Manitou premiered at the 5th Annual IMAGeNation Indigenous Film/Video Festival in Vancouver. In 2002 he directed and videographed the one-hour DVCAM production promoting Elder’s Care for Producer Rasunah Marsden. Work also involved Film Consultant for German Company Relevant Film’s project “Blueprint," photographed in Europe and Canada. In 2001, Donald shot 16mm film for 7 Fires 4 U…Kitchi Manitou and worked with Robert Free of the American Indian Movement in Seattle, Washington. In 2000, Mr. Morin also worked on various Television series such as First Wave, and So Weird. He also published the magazine edition of The Metis Sauvage European Tour website for Mannitou Creations and shot 16mm film footage of his 2002 release. In 1999, he produced and toured The Metis Sauvage European Tour in Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, and London. In March 1994, he worked as a principal actor in the NBC Movie of The Week with Richard Crenna and Beverly D'Angelo in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Morin produced and edited the 96-minute documentary dance video of Karen Jamieson’s cross-cultural production of Gawa Gyani in Tokyo, Japan 1994. Donald was also the Writer/Director and Producer and fellow actor for NDNs & Dogs, A Multi-media theatre event at Neo-Nativist festival (90), Earth Voice Festival (92) & The National Native Youth and Multicultural Conference (94). Donald Morin performed the LEAD role of Eddy LaRoche in the Quebec 35mm film Windigo in 1993. In 85/88/91, he was drama instructor/director for the Spirit Song Theatre Company, Vancouver, BC, where he rewrote Sea Street to an eight-person play for Native youth from a two-person show for the 1987 Indigenous World Native Youth Conference, UBC, from a one-man play for Surrey Teachers Assoc. In 1985, he was also the lead Actor for Soul Survivor, which toured the Edmonton Fringe Festival & Vancouver Fringe Festival. Donald Morin was with the Directors Guild of Canada from 1983-1989 and The Jerry Lodge Talent Agency from 1981-1992. His early start in the "biz" were parts on Mars Need Helen Production and First Blood as a Stand-in. In closing, his personal testimony as a 60s scoop survivor was presented Nationally and Internationally at the Truth & Reconciliation Event of Edmonton 2024. Mr. Morin began his 40-year career in September 1980 and continues to work as a performer and filmmaker today. All inquiries for Mr. Morin can be directed to (780)983-7189, email donaldmorin@gmail.com. In closing, Donald gives credit to the Creator for giving him music to share with the world. Miigwech, all my relations.
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