J’aime Payne brings artist-to-artist Secret Santa gift exchange to Huntsville



Locally-grown singer, songwriter J’aime Payne, is celebrating the official national launch of The Snow Lake Initiative, a grants/funding and mentorship program for Canadian artists of all disciplines, with an artist-to-artist Secret Santa gift exchange.

Artists in the Huntsville area are being given an extra special way to participate. Locally, there will be a Secret Santa gift drop-off event on December 6, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Soul Sistas Cafe & Restaurant, 68 West Road #3, Huntsville. Meet and greet J’aime Payne, the founder of The Snow Lake Initiative, and enjoy free apple cider and home-made desserts.

How the Secret Santa works: Sign up on the website, create your artistic gift or use an existing piece of art and send it in by the deadline of December 6, 2018.

    • Email your gift to; [email protected]
    • Mail; The Snow Lake Initiative, P.O. Box 5412, Huntsville, Ontario, P1H 2K7.
    • Locally; There will be a drop-off event in Huntsville on December 6, 2018 at Soul Sistas Restaurant, 68 West Road #3, Huntsville, Ontario, P1H 1L8.

Gift ideas: A hand-drawn/painted or digital postcard (visual artists), a download link to your latest album/song, your latest CD or free download card (recording artists), send tickets or guest list for two to one of your shows (performing/dance artists) or send a scarf, if you are a knitter/handicrafter.

The Snow Lake Initiative is Canada’s new grant and mentorship provider for Canadian artists. The vision is to provide limited funding and development for artists of all disciplines, through pre-arranged sponsorships. “I took what I learned working at The Canadian Independent Recording Artists’ Association (CIRAA),” said Payne, “to develop my own model of micro-granting, which is appearing in the arts more and more. The goal is to aid Canadian artists in their creative endeavours and help them eliminate obstacles, without defining their obstacles for them. This is done through inclusive guidelines and an understanding that artists truly know their own creative business best.”

It is a three-tiered program for Canadian artists in all artistic disciplines; singers, songwriters, visual artists, dancers, authors or sculptors. The three tiers are a Micro-Grant Program, a Mentorship Program and a bartering-style Grant-Writing Program. It is totally free to become a member.

J’aime Payne (pronounced “gem”) is a singer, songwriter, who grew up in Huntsville, Ontario. She relocated to Toronto in 2013, where she gained critical behind-the-scenes work experience with several high-profile businesses in the music industry. Her ventures included commercial work for television, successful applications for provincial grants (grossing more than $500K), business management for some of Canada’s multi-million-dollar export artists, and a treasured stint with CIRAA as Director of Member Services – before the association dissolved in 2016.

Payne’s own creative journey has included the release of three full-length albums. Her most recent work ‘Pretty Please’ was funded generously through FACTOR’s Juried Sound Recording Program and paired with a MuchFACT video for her single “Figure It Out.” A new single/video release is slated for the winter of 2018.

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