Black Bear Records is an independent recording studio and record label that has been operating in Calgary since 1982. Owner Peter D'Amico, engineer and producer, manages and acts as booking agent for a select group of artists. Peter first started working as a recording engineer with CBC in 1964. He left the studio to pursue a career as a full-time musician, touring Canada with his band for 18 years before settling in Calgary, Alberta and building his own studio.

Questions? For more information on the artists represented, contact studio owner Peter D'Amico at 403 230 0331 or email

Black Bear Records offers recording, producing, engineering and mastering services. Consultation by appointment only.

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Jamie Medicine Crane


Jamie Medicine Crane

Jamie Medicine Crane, also known as Ahsistowaki, meaning Brave Women (Blackfoot), is a speaker, dancer, musician and women's advocate.

Jamie's newest venture is performing with Curt Young, who is a singer/songwriter, presenting "I Like Who I Am" utilizing Contemporary and Traditional Native music, song and dance. Curt plays cedar flute, hand drum and guitar to accompany Jamie's words and dance. They did their first performance at the ATA Summer Conference in Banff to great success.

Jamie has spoken as a keynote/motivational speaker for "The Importance of First Nations Métis and Inuit Education" as well as topics such as Self Esteem, Empowerment, Wellness, Violence Prevention. Workshops are also presented on these topics.

At a young age she started to Native Fancy Dance, and continued to explore different dance styles. When she was 13 years old she was introduced to professional modeling; and continued to model as a hobby throughout her life.

In 2001 she opened Niitsitapi Dreams Modeling School where she assisted young women aged 13-17 in a program that built their self esteem and opened their eyes to a variety of opportunities. (Niitsitapi means the 'real people'.)

In 2003 she was selected as Miss Kainai/Lethbridge and was one of the first Native women to run in Miss Universe Canada, in which she was awarded Miss Congeniality. Later that year she was also selected as Miss Blackfoot Canada 2003; and travelled throughout North America to represent the Blackfoot people.

She was chosen as a Young Women of Distinction from YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) Lethbridge in 2003 and shortly after joined the Women's organization advocating for women as a board member at YWCA Lethbridge & district. Jamie was awarded an Esquao Award for Women of Distinction from the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women.

Jamie became an advocate for women and children since she was a teenager. In July 2007 Jamie was chosen to represent Canada in the YWCA's World council held in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa. She met over 2000 women from around the globe and when Jamie performed her Fancy Dance to the Maasai drums, the audience certainly enjoyed a meeting of diverse cultures.

She currently sits on the YWCA National Board of Directors.

Jamie has two degrees: Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Education. After graduating from University she became a classroom teacher at École St. Mary's where she started a children's Native Dance Troupe.

Jamie has performed with artists such as Dallas Arcand, Dakota House and with Jesse Farrell at the Peach Festival for over 15,000 people.










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