Mike Sixonate at HNL Conference 2019

Mike was invited to kick off the Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador annual conference in Gander, NL. He warmed up the crowd at 8:30 in the morning before they started in on the weeks full schedule of tourism industry events and workshops. Some of the provinces top industry professionals travelled to gander to talk about innovative ways to continue to grow our thriving tourism industry.

The morning was a great success and Mike managed to wake the crowd of a couple hundred people by singing his beautiful song Twillingate Tickle, a song that paints a picture of the hardships of the Newfoundland fishery as well as the perseverance of the people whom it employs. 

Mike spoke to the group of tourism professionals about the importance of keeping our musical and story telling culture in the forefront of a travellers experience. He spoke about the experiential impact of telling genuine stories sharing original music to people visiting the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Mike also spoke about the importance of fair compensation for our artists and spoke briefly about SOCAN and what it means to musicians. 

Mike also shared another original song, Last Chance Dance, which has been getting some radio play in the last couple of months. The song got the room clapping, stomping, and energized.

Lastly, Mike played Joe Batts Arm Longliners. A song that was written many moons ago by Frank Dwyer of Fogo Island. A song that really jives with people wanting to connect with Newfoundlanders; a song that makes first time listeners visualize a scene of Newfoundland and its rich fishing history. The song has been widely arranged and played by many bands and artists.

The importance of representing our provinces active songwriters within the tourism industry was something Mike tried to portray to the room full of industry delegates. Mike talked briefly about the importance of sharing not only popular Newfoundland content like Joe Batts Arm Longliners to visitors, but focusing on making sure new and original content gets its chance to get to market.













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