Phoenix Traverse is an acoustic musician who lives in Winnipeg (originally from Lake St. Martin), and started playing guitar at the age of 13. Through the years he taught himself how to play guitar in a variation of an open c tuning. The biggest inspirations for him are his father (Donnie Traverse) who was in a band for 20 years, and Ben Howard who is a big part of his playing style. He also plays bass/guitar in an alternative pop-punk band (Avenue 46) that has been together for almost a year, and recorded a short EP, released on September 4th on all streaming platforms. Phoenix is performing as part of the Indigenous Artist Development Program.