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An interdisciplinary residency with a music focus

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Program Information

Tanya Tagaq

Tanya Tagaq performing. Photo by: Nadya Kwandibens


Re(Claim) is an interdisciplinary music program in which Indigenous artists ‘reclaim’ the era of silent films, moving and still images made about Indigenous peoples. Through live performance, music creation, composition, song, spoken word, dance, film and photography, this new program subverts the gaze behind the camera and brings a fresh voice to an era of silence.

Short compositions/creations will be created for silent film and will be performed at Banff Centre at the conclusion of the residency.

What does the program offer?

Participants will work with faculty and peers in a highly collaborative setting to:  

  • Create music and score for film and hybrid forms either through notation and/or through improvisation, specifically silent films made about Indigenous peoples;
  • Learn more about the era of silent films;
  • Develop improvisational skills as artists;
  • Build a strong foundation of collaboration;
  • Explore integrated and organic approaches to collaboration and composition in-studio and for live performance.  

Who should apply?

  • We welcome Canadian and international Indigenous artists from diverse music genres and performance backgrounds to apply.
  • Applicants should have a strong background in music creation, composition, and/or performance. 
  • Applicants should be open to a highly collaborative process that integrates interdisciplinary and experimental approaches to creation and scoring for film and/or new media. 

Enrollment is limited to 8-10 participants.

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What's Included

Single RoomRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes a single bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

Regular Meal PlanRead MoreClose

Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

The Regular Flex meal plan includes $29 credit per day, equivalent to lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

Showcase your workRead MoreClose

This program offers opportunities to showcase your work [in one of our performance venues].

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open 6 days a week.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program fee (single room)*
$2 052.60

Application fee: $35

*Significant financial assistance is available for this program. 

Artists accepted to the program will receive 100% scholarship to cover the program fee including tuition, single room, and meal plan at The Banff Centre. Travel to/from The Banff Centre will be the responsibility of each artist.

How to Apply

It is important to be aware of all steps included in submitting your application.
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A one-page resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience.


A quality video, five to 15 minutes in length, demonstrating your music creation, composition, and/or performance experience.

Personal statement

An audio-visual statement, 2-4 minutes in length, answering these two questions: 

  • How will you contribute as an artistic collaborator to this interdisciplinary residency with a focus on scoring to film? 
  • Why do you want to be a part of this program?


The name, email address, and telephone number of one person willing to provide a reference.


Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to an applicant’s work ethic, professionalism, and ability to contribute to the program. 

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete. 


  • Applicants must be of Indigenous descent and 18 years of age or older.
  • International and Canadian Indigenous artists are welcome to apply.
  • Applicants must have at least three years' experience in their respective artistic fields.


All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre.  Fees are in Canadian dollars unless stated otherwise.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

EmailRegistrar_IndigenousArts@banffcentre.caToll Free Number (Canada + USA)1.800.565.9989Phone403.762.6180

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