Since 2009, The Uniter has compiled a list of the five local musical acts it believes to be the most intriguing to watch in the forthcoming year. The list includes the likes of Royal Canoe, Del Barber, The Lytics, Cannon Bros., and Eagle Lake Owls.
This year, The Uniter is shaking things up and taking that top five a step further. In partnership with Manitoba Music and The Park Theatre, The Uniter is holding a little contest for the top five spots and music fans will be the jury.
Think you are one of the five local acts to watch? Tweet a YouTube video (simple audio, a full on production, you singing in your bedroom - just make it your best song) @TheUniter with the hashtag #uniterfiver and it will be added to uniter.ca where people can vote for their five favourites.
An industry panel will choose the winner from the five highest voted at uniter.ca. The prize includes a chance to record a single with Rusty Matyas of Imaginary Cities, who recently produced records by Federal Lights and Sweet Alibi. The winner will also be featured on the cover of The Uniter, headline an industry showcase on January 17 at the Park Theatre, receive a one-year membership to Manitoba Music, and a prize package.
Submissions are open December 5 until December 20 and the voting ends January 1. To be eligible, bands must be new (formed within the last two years), solo artists must have been playing for online two years under their current name and artists must not have been in The Uniter's previous Five Bands to Watch features.
It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas everywhere you go!
To help everyone get into the holiday spirit, Manitoba Music has put together a special streaming player featuring over three hours of holiday and winter-themed music by local artists at manitobamusic.com/holiday.
The player features a diverse collection of new and original tunes, old favourites, and traditional carols in just about every genre, from indie rock to country to Ukrainian to jazz.
Manitoba’s music community is trading instruments for brooms and getting ready rock the house for charity. Manitoba Music and Manitoba Film & Music will join forces once again for the Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel, which will take place at the Granite Curling Club on February 2, 2014. The fourth annual event, which sold out quickly last year, brings the province's vibrant music community together to raise funds and awareness for the Unison Benevolent Fund.
Studio sessions are mythologized as make-or-break magic times; the high pressure, high priced opportunity for artists to capture the live experience for posterity – and sale. Stories from famous recording sessions come echoing down the halls of time with their associated songs.
With an alchemical aura swirling around studio time, it may be surprising to hear an accomplished artist, producer, and manager lay out the importance of pre-production. But Julia Ryckman (from rock outfit This Hisses), Murray Pulver (songwriter, producer, formerly with Doc Walker), and Liam Killeen (Toronto-based manager with Coalition Music) are all emphatic that without taking time outside the studio to prepare, stepping into the studio doesn’t make sense.
Pre-production can involve recording, reviewing, and revising songs, choosing which songs will be recorded; discussing the sonic pallet or style of production; and mapping a schedule and budget for the recording process.
Here are some tips to help artists and producers get the most out of pre-production.
Meet Maple Music/Fontana North's Maureen Spillane and Heather Kelly from MUSI/Pirates Blend Records, who will be on hand this Saturday,November 16 for I STREAM, YOU STREAM: Releasing Music in the Post Album Age.
Manitoba Music is making its annual pilgrimage to three of the world’s most important music markets to present a slate of eclectic showcases this month. Six emerging Manitoba acts with significant national buzz will make the trip east to perform for top industry players in New York, Montreal, and Toronto.
Showcasing acts include breakout indie pop outfit Royal Canoe; post-punk band Les Jupes; manic pop act Boats; electro-popsters Lost Weekend; indie rockers Federal Lights; and the synth-streaked pop of Indicator Indicator.
Get ready Winnipeg! The 2014 JUNO Awards are coming and the machine is in high gear.
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) was at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre to make a number of announcements about JUNO Week 2014, which will take over Winnipeg March 24-30, 2014.
The Winnipeg JUNO Host Committee unveiled the local brand for the JUNO Week celebrations: We Speak Music. “We Speak Music pays tribute to our musical heritage and history as well as highlighting the importance music plays in our every day lives in the Province of Manitoba,” said host committee co-chair, Carole Vivier, in a release. The Met will serve as Manitoba House, hosting numerous events throughout the week.
Three of Canada’s top Aboriginal recording artists are headed to Quebec to showcase for industry at world music conference and festival, Mundial Montreal. The showcases are part of the Native America North project, which also includes networking and professional development opportunities during the event, running November 19-22. The project is made possible by a partnership between Manitoba Music, through its Aboriginal Music Program, and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Manitoba Music will be presenting a showcase in Winnipeg in partnership with the Big Fun Festival for guest speakers from our upcoming January Music Meeting workshops (January 24-26, 2014). The January Music Meeting will host several of Canada’s top independent music industry professionals including representatives from labels, agencies, management companies, and publicity firms. Presented as part of the Big Fun Festival, this showcase will offer artists a unique opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from outside Manitoba. Submission deadline is November 7, 2013.
From left: Liam Killeen, Meghan Symsyk, Franz Schuller
Meet Coalition Entertainment Management’s Liam Killeen, Indica Records’ Franz Schuller, and Meghan Symsyk from SRO Management/Anthem Entertainment Group, who will be on hand this Saturday, October 26 for SOUND ADVICE: Music Management.
The tour vans are packed and the banjos are getting a new set of strings as 10 emerging Manitoba folk and roots acts travel to Mississauga for the Folk Music Ontario (FMO) conference. Formerly known as the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF), FMO offers showcasing acts a chance to perform for influential artistic directors, presenters, as well as national and international industry organizations. Manitoba Music will present three chances to catch the artists live at the 27th annual event, which runs October 17-20.
Manitoba’s music industry continued to shine at this year's Western Canadian Music Awards, picking up nine awards, including six in the artistic categories, at the 11th annual event. The hardware was handed out at a gala celebration on October 6 in Calgary, hosted by CBC Radio 3’s Grant Lawrence, and at an invite-only industry brunch the day before. Local artists and music companies landed 31 nominations in 20 categories at the annual celebration of music from the western provinces and territories. This year's winners include: KEN mode, Del Barber, Don Amero, Mahogany Frog, Steve Bell, Erin Propp & Larry Roy, and Paquin Entertainment.
Mise en Scene's Jodi Dunlop and Stefanie Blondal Johnson
By Julijana Capone
Mise en Scene’s Stefanie Blondal Johnson (guitar/vocals) and Jodi Dunlop (drums) have been riding a wave of success over the past few years, getting to know the glory and the grind of life on the road, and perfecting the art of napping.
Their reverb-soaked debut, Desire’s Despair, came out in 2012, garnering the band a slewof media attention – CBC Music’s Lana Gay singled out the garage pop duo as ones to watch at this year’s Canadian Music Week – and it’s been a jam-packed year of gigging ever since.
“It’s kind of cool, because now Jodi and I can nap anywhere,” Johnson says. “Like, as soon as we’re in something that moves – like a car or a train or a plane – we just fall asleep immediately. Before I used to be like ‘I don’t know how to nap,’ and now all I do is nap, it seems.”
Clocking in two European tours in the past six months, the band’s latest jaunt included a bunch of sold out slots through the U.K. and Germany opening for L.A. indie-rockers Giant Drag and Glasgow folk/rock outfit Three Blind Wolves, and a Manitoba Music showcase at Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival, alongside other Manitoba acts Federal Lights and Les Jupes. Amid the mêlée of the festival, the girls also got to meet and hang out with Chicago buzz band Smith Westerns and Vancouver indie rock group The Zolas.