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AEWest Spotlight: Celeigh Cardinal

Our AEWest program begins in just a few weeks and while applications are still open we are sharing a few past participants experiences and successes.


How have you grown as a musician since AE West? 

My career has grown significantly. I’ve won a JUNO, got some WCMA nominations, released an album, showcased in Europe. I attended AE West at, truly, the most perfect time. 

What was your biggest takeaway? 

My biggest takeaway from the program feeling empowered in my ability to run my career as a business, and less like a troubadour. 

What was the most valuable lesson? 

I think the most valuable lesson was that, yes, there is A LOT more to do than I realized when it comes to running a career in the music industry, but there is a tonne of support available and especially, at CMI. 

What advice would you give for someone thinking about taking AE West? 

I’ve already recommended the program to multiple up-and-coming Indigenous artists, who I think would benefit so much from the program. 

What was the most surprising thing you learned? 

To be honest, I had an amazing co-writing session that made me realize I LIKED co-writing! 

What challenged you the most? 

The many layers of dealing with royalties. 

What was the most meaningful moment of the program? 

Working with Carol-Lynne Quinn who has now become my vocal coach. She is now a very real part of my team and life. 

How have you been able to use what you’ve learned in your career? 

It gave me practical and relevant information that I could immediately apply to everyday practices. 

How did the program change the way you think about your business? 

It made me think of myself AS a business! 

How did the program prepare you for your next steps? 

Very quickly after the program concluded, I became very busy, and it helped me be a little ahead of the game.