Amy J Nahwegahbow
Mary Bryton is an aspiring First Nations singer, songwriter, and musician who is a member of the Whitefish River First Nation. Mary is a recent graduate of the Vocal Arts Program at Canterbury High School in Ottawa. She is a multi-talented artist who sings as a soloist and in a choir, as well as plays drums and guitar, with Royal Conservatory of Music certification in Level 8 Voice and Music Theory.
In 2014, Mary appeared in APTN’s documentary series "Dream Big" that featured Aboriginal youth experiencing a “day in the life” of their dream career. Find the episode here: Pop Star – Episode 1 http://aptn.ca/dreambig/vidoes/season-1-english/
Mary is a recipient of a 2018 SOCAN Foundation and SiriusXM Young Canadian Songwriter Award. She performed the National Anthem in three languages (English, French and Anishnaawbe) at the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto and in 2019-21 at Ottawa Senators games in honour of Reconciliation.
In the summer of 2019, Mary attended NYU Steinhardt's intensive two-week Contemporary Vocal Workshop in New York where she completed intimate masterclasses and learned from luminaries in the Department of
Music and Performing Arts Professions and the music industry. She participated in the 2019 Canadian Songwriter Challenge - Indigenous edition organized by MusicOntario where she co-wrote and recorded 3 songs with guidance from mentors and music industry experts at DreamHouse Studios in Toronto.
Mary is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education program at Queen's University DAN School of Drama & Music where she is studying advanced music theory and vocal performance. Mary plans on completing her debut album of original songs and collaborations this upcoming year.