By Stevie Connor.
Mitchell Makoons (He/Him) is a Roots/Rock musician from Brandon, Manitoba. Mitchell started playing guitar at the age of seven to accompany his grandfather and brother playing Metis fiddle tunes. Mitchell continues to be an active member of the Manitoba Metis community. The songs Mitchell writes incorporate traditional Ojibway music and culture with modern influences.
Mitchell has toured several times across Western Canada and has begun to break in the Canadian festival scene. In 2023 Mitchell performed at Dauphin’s Countryfest, Ste. Madeline Metis Days, All Folk’d Up Music Festival and Winnipeg Fringe Festival, to name a few.
Makoons has released 4 singles and 1 EP to date. He has received radio play across Canada, United States and on Sirius XM. Two of Mitchell’s singles have made it to the top 10 on the Indigenous Music countdown with “Still My Father’s Son” peaking at No. 5. In 2022 Mitchell was nominated for 3 Manitoba Country Music Awards.
Mitchell Makoons was formerly known as Mitchell Mozdzen. Under his legal name Mitchell released 5 EPs accompanied by their own Western Canadian tour. In early 2021 he decided to change his stage name to something that nodded to his Ojibway heritage. Makoons is an Anishinaabemowin word that means “Little Bear or Bear Cub”. Since Mitchell Mozdzen’s spirit name is “Standing Strong Black Bear” and he is only 5foot 5inches, this name is perfectly fitting.
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