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Andrea Menard Actor + Singer + Writer + Messenger

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“As I walk into my Name”

A Canadian Aboriginal Icon, Andrea Menard has performed for Royalty, Prime Ministers, Premiers, Ambassadors, Governor Generals, and even sang her song Peace to NATO’s Generals. From five-time Gemini-nominated actor to multiple award-winning singer/songwriter, Andrea’s electrifying, spiritual and heartfelt performances surpass the boundaries of culture and language and capture audiences of all ages and nations.

As she walks through life, Andrea knows where she comes from and where she is going.  Her authenticity is refreshing and will leave you wanting more.  This very funny ‘medicine talker’, continues to bring joy and break down barriers wherever she goes. 

In May 2014, she partnered with the longest standing Symphonic Orchestra in Canada, the Regina Symphony Orchestra.  The self-titled show, I Am Andrea Menard took all the elements of her various talents - the jazz crooner, the traditional Métis singer, the actress, and the storyteller, and showcased a genuine entertainer. 

“Menard is all about channelling hope at a time when many of us may need it most.” Eric Thom, Maverick Magazine, UK

“Menard is more versatile than duct tape, Red Green would approve”.  Les Pearson, Medicine Hat News.

Her new album, Lift, which launched in early 2014, is a collection of joyful songs about beauty, awakening, and unity. Andrea’s third album, Sparkle, is featured in a 70-minute holiday special. The heart-warming musical TV show, deeply influenced the direction of her latest album.

“I just want to make music that makes people feel good, about life and about themselves.  I want to honour the teaching of my elders, so that when I sing, they feel joy. “

Menard’s second album, Simple Steps, describes her experiences and reflections of her place in the world as a proud Métis woman. The Velvet Devil, Menard's debut CD features original jazz songs from her hit one-woman musical stage play, The Velvet Devil, that travelled across Canada. In 2006, The Velvet Devil became an award-winning television movie for CBC, co-written by Menard and Larry Bauman, and produced by WestWind Pictures (Little Mosque on the Prairie). The movie won 17 cinematic awards worldwide and Menard was nominated for “Best Performance by an Actress” at the Gemini Awards and won the 2007 American Indian Film Festival’s “Best Actress” award.

Andrea is part of the all-star casts in both the TVO/APTN medical series, Hard Rock Medical, which films in northern Ontario, and Blackstone (APTN, Prairie Dog Film & TV), the edgy, dramatic series about politics on a reserve. Always helping bridge communities, Andrea also landed a role in the first transgender sitcom, The Switch (OutTV). Andrea is well-known for her award-winning lead roles in the supernatural crime drama, Rabbit Fall, and in the gritty dramatic series, Moccasin Flats. Both performances garnered nominations for Gemini Awards in the “Best Actress in Leading Dramatic Role in a Continuing Series” category.

  • A Happy Tune Made It Happen

    Why isn’t my happiness sticking?

    If you are like Métis singer and actress Andrea Menard, you probably thought or hoped your “lack of happiness” was someone else’s fault. Ooops.

    Andrea’s fun, musical keynote will reveal how a simple change in awareness can change your tune. By uncovering some of the ways she let not-so-happy data infiltrate her mind, Andrea took happiness by the horns and let music boost her daily joy.

    Andrea’s journey from melancholic to Music Messenger will make you laugh, sing, and wake you up to your happier potential.

    How to Avoid the Potholes when Walking Between Two Worlds

    In her uplifting and funny musical keynotes, Andrea Menard uses her unique perspective as a Métis performer to dive into the hilarity of being both an “Us” and a “Them.” Who knew that walking in two worlds could be so much fun…once you knew the rough spots on the road?

    This Music Messenger uses humour, music, and cultural awareness to help teams and organizations melt away imaginary lines of separation and foster new paths of “FUNderstanding,” no matter what worlds you’re walking.

    Permission to Make Noise & Make Silence

    In her uplifting musical keynotes, Métis actress and singer, Andrea Menard, reveals how giving permission to make a little noise & to break a little from the noise can fine-tune your life.

    Always touted as over-sensitive, this Music Messenger uses music and humour to poke fun at our chaotic world, where over-stimulation and over-isolation can exist in the same day. Andrea believes that we can all use a boost in self-esteem and self-care and she gives us permission to laugh and change.

  • Music Awards 

    Lift (2015) 

    • Nominated for Western Canadian Music Award: 2015 Aboriginal Recording of the Year
    • Received Honourable Mention at the 2015 Positive Music Awards: “Let’s Sing a New Song” – Honourable Mention
    • Received Honourable Mention at the 2016 Positive Music Awards: “Sparkle” – Honourable Mention

    Sparkle (2008)

    • Sparkle (2010) - nominated 2 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards:
    • 2010 Female Entertainer of the Year
    • 2010 Best Music Video, Evergreen (Big Soul Productions, directed by Tony Hrynchuk)
    • Sparkle (2008) - wins an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, 2009 Best International Album
    • Sparkle (2008) - nominated for a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award:
    • 2009 Best Music Video, Evergreen (Big Soul Productions, directed by Tony Hrynchuk) 

    Simple Steps (2005)

    • Simple Steps (2005) - wins a Western Canadian Music Award: 2006 Outstanding Aboriginal Recording
    • Simple Steps (2005) - wins 3 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards: 2006 Best Folk Album, 2006 Best Single – 100 Years, 2006 Best Album of the Year
    • Simple Steps (2005) - wins an Indian Summer Music Award: 2006 Best Folk Album
    •  Simple Steps (2005) - nominated for 4 awards: 2006 Best Female Artist – Canadian Aboriginal Music Award, 2006 Best Folk Album - Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, 2006 Best Songwriter - Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, 2006 Best Female Artist - Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

    The Velvet Devil (2002)

    • The Velvet Devil (2002) - nominated for 3 awards: 2003 Best Aboriginal Recording –Western Canadian Music Awards, 2003 Best Female Artist - Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, 2003 Best Folk Album - Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

    Individual Performance - Acting:

    • Nominated Leo Award - 2014 Best Supporting Performance Female – Dramatic Series (Blackstone)
    • Wins award at the 35st Annual American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco - 2010 Best Actress, A Windigo Tale (Windigo Productions)
    • Nominated for a Gemini Award - 2011 Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series – Sparkle (APTN, Wabunganung Films) – Andrea Menard
    • Nominated for a Gemini Award - 2009 Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role, Rabbit Fall (Space TV, APTN, Angel Entertainment) – Andrea Menard
    • Nominated for 2 Gemini Awards - 2006 Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role. Moccasin Flats (Showcase, APTN, Big Soul Productions) – Andrea Menard, 2006 Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series, The Velvet Devil (CBC, APTN, SCN, WestWind Pictures) – Andrea Menard
    • Winner of a Gemini Award - 2008 Best Individual or Ensemble Performance in an Animated Series - Wapos Bay (APTN, Dark Thunder Productions) - Gordon Tootoosis, Raven Brass, Trevor Cunningham, Lorne Cardinal, Taylor Cook, Eric Jackson, DerRic Starlight, Andrea Menard
    • Winner of 4 Showcase Awards (SMPIA), 2009 Best Lead Female, Rabbit Fall (Space TV, APTN, Angel Entertainment) – Andrea Menard, 2008 Best Lead Female, The Velvet Devil (CBC, APTN, SCN, WestWind Pictures) – Andrea Menard, 2008 Best Original Script, The Velvet Devil (CBC, APTN, SCN, WestWind Pictures) – Andrea Menard, Larry Bauman, 2008 Best Original Score, The Velvet Devil (CBC, APTN, SCN, WestWind Pictures) – Andrea Menard, Robert Walsh, Rob Bryanton
    • Nominated for 3 Showcase Awards (SMPIA) - 2009 Best Supporting Female,  Wapos Bay (APTN, Dark Thunder Productions) – Andrea Menard, 2008 Best Supporting Female, Wapos Bay ((APTN, Dark Thunder Productions)  - Andrea Menard, 1998 Best Lead Female, Harold & Katje (WestWind Pictures) – Andrea Menard
    • Wins an award at the 31st Annual American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco - 2007 Best Actress, The Velvet Devil (CBC, APTN, SCN, WestWind Pictures), Andrea Menard

    Project Accolades - The Velvet Devil

    • Wins 13 Showcase awards at the 2008 Saskatchewan Motion Picture Awards, Best of Showcase - The Velvet Devil - WestWind Pictures (Michael Snook, Clark Donnelly & Andrea Menard), Best Drama (Over 60 Minutes) - The Velvet Devil - Westwind Pictures (Michael Snook, Clark Donnelly & Andrea Menard), Best Direction (Dramatic) - Larry J. Bauman – The Velvet Devil, Best Art Direction - Hugh Shankland – The Velvet Devil, Best Overall Sound - Rob Bryanton, Steve Hasiak & Leon Johnson – The Velvet Devil, Best Original Score - Rob Bryanton, A Menard & Robert Walsh – The Velvet Devil, Best Script (Fictional) - Larry J. Bauman & Andrea Menard – The Velvet Devil, Best Costume - Cathy McComb – The Velvet Devil, Best Hair - Tamara Harrod – The Velvet Devil, Best Post-Production Special Effects - Jack Tunnicliffe – The Velvet Devil, Best Performance (Male Supporting) - Rod Salloum – The Velvet Devil, Best Performance (Female Lead) - Andrea Menard – The Velvet Devil, Best Performance (Female Supporting) - Kayleigh Shikanai – The Velvet Devil
    • Wins the Silver Chris in the Arts Category at the Columbus International Film & Video Festival, 2006 Silver Chris - Arts Category - The Velvet Devil – Westwind Pictures (Michael Snook, Clark Donnelly, Andrea Menard) 
    • Wins 2 awards at the 31st Annual San Francisco American Indian Film Festival, Best Leading Actress – Andrea Menard – The Velvet Devil, Best Supporting Actress – Renae Morrisseau - The Velvet Devil.
    • Wins a 2008 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award, Best Music Program – The Velvet Devil – Andrea Menard

    Project Accolades – Blackstone

    • Nominated 13 Alberta Showcase awards - 2014
    • Nominated 7 Leo Awards – 2014
    • Nominated 5 Canadian Screen Awards - 2014
    • Nominated for 3 Canadian Screen Awards - 2103, Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role - Steven Cree Molison, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Series - Georgina Lightning, Best Achievement in Casting - Rhonda Fisekci
    • Winner of two Gemini Awards, Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic series – Michelle Thrush 
    • Nominated for 49 awards, winning 20, including multiple Leos Awards, including Best Dramatic Series in 2012 and numerous Alberta Film and Television Awards.
    • Nominated for 2 Directors Guild Awards, 2011 Best Dramatic Series, Blackstone (Showcase, APTN, Prairie Dog Film & TV)

    Project Accolades – Rabbit Fall

    • Nominated for 2 Directors Guild Awards, 2008 Best Dramatic Series, Rabbit Fall (Space TV, APTN, Angel Entertainment), 2009 Best Production Team, Rabbit Fall (Space TV, APTN, Angel
    • Winner of 2 Showcase Awards (SMPIA) - 2009 Best Drama (under 60 Minutes), Rabbit Fall (Space TV, APTN, Angel Entertainment)

    Project Accolades - Moccasin Flats

    • Nominated for 3 Gemini Awards in 2006 - Best Dramatic Series – Moccasin Flats – Big Soul Productions (Jennifer Podemski, Laura Milliken), Best Original Music Score – Moccasin Flats – Donald Quan, Derek Miller, Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role – Moccasin Flats - Andrea Menard 

    Project Accolades – Wapos Bay

    • Receives a 2006 Gemini Award, and two 2008 Gemini nominations - Canada Award – Wapos Bay – Dark Thunder Productions (Dennis & Melanie Jackson, Anand Ramaya), Best Individual or Ensemble Performance in an Animated Series - Gordon Tootoosis, Raven Brass, Trevor Cunningham, Lorne Cardinal, Taylor Cook, Eric Jackson, DerRic Sterlight, Andrea Menard – Wapos Bay, Best Writing in a Children’s or Youth Series – Dennis Jackson – Wapos Bay

As she walks through life, Andrea knows where she comes from and where she is going.  Her authenticity is refreshing and will leave you wanting more.  This very funny ‘medicine talker’, continues to bring joy and break down barriers wherever she goes. 

In May 2014, she partnered with the longest standing Symphonic Orchestra in Canada, the Regina Symphony Orchestra.  The self-titled show, I Am Andrea Menard took all the elements of her various talents - the jazz crooner, the traditional Métis singer, the actress, and the storyteller, and showcased a genuine entertainer. 

“Menard is all about channelling hope at a time when many of us may need it most.” Eric Thom, Maverick Magazine, UK

“Menard is more versatile than duct tape, Red Green would approve”.  Les Pearson, Medicine Hat News.

Her new album, Lift, which launched in early 2014, is a collection of joyful songs about beauty, awakening, and unity. Andrea’s third album, Sparkle, is featured in a 70-minute holiday special. The heart-warming musical TV show, deeply influenced the direction of her latest album.

“I just want to make music that makes people feel good, about life and about themselves.  I want to honour the teaching of my elders, so that when I sing, they feel joy. “

Menard’s second album, Simple Steps, describes her experiences and reflections of her place in the world as a proud Métis woman. The Velvet Devil, Menard's debut CD features original jazz songs from her hit one-woman musical stage play, The Velvet Devil, that travelled across Canada. In 2006, The Velvet Devil became an award-winning television movie for CBC, co-written by Menard and Larry Bauman, and produced by WestWind Pictures (Little Mosque on the Prairie). The movie won 17 cinematic awards worldwide and Menard was nominated for “Best Performance by an Actress” at the Gemini Awards and won the 2007 American Indian Film Festival’s “Best Actress” award.

Andrea is part of the all-star casts in both the TVO/APTN medical series, Hard Rock Medical, which films in northern Ontario, and Blackstone (APTN, Prairie Dog Film & TV), the edgy, dramatic series about politics on a reserve. Always helping bridge communities, Andrea also landed a role in the first transgender sitcom, The Switch (OutTV). Andrea is well-known for her award-winning lead roles in the supernatural crime drama, Rabbit Fall, and in the gritty dramatic series, Moccasin Flats. Both performances garnered nominations for Gemini Awards in the “Best Actress in Leading Dramatic Role in a Continuing Series” category.

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