From left: Darryl Brunger (Woody Holler and his Orchestra, Daniel Jordan (Red Moon Road)
By Manitoba Music and Deborah Remus
Many artists are familiar with industry conferences and festivals like BreakOut West, North by Northeast, Canadian Music Week, Folk Alliance International, and the music mecca, South by Southwest. Performing arts showcases, often called “contact events”, are another showcasing avenue that may be a little less in the public eye, but can be just as valuable as a way to book shows and tours.
Manitoba Music is producing a second round of videos in its AMP Sessions video series. The videos will feature live performances of new music by First Nation, Métis, or Inuit members of Manitoba Music. The videos will be distributed online by Manitoba Music and used in promoting showcases, trade show booths, and events. They will be targeted to music fans, industry professionals, and media and can be used by the artists for marketing purposes. DEADLINE: April 23, 2015
Clockwise from top left: Adam Hanney, Ariane Jean, Bobby Desjarlais, Dominique Lemoine, Jeff Bruce, Jordan St.Cyr, Quinton Blair, Raine Hamilton, Stefanie Blondal Johnson
Manitoba Music and FortWhyte Alive are teaming up this month to present the Manitoba Music Winter Songwriter Retreat. The co-writing retreat will bring nine emerging songwriters together to strengthen their songwriting chops through collaboration at a secluded lakeside field station and architecturally unique cabins at FortWhyte Alive, March 29-31.
The Bros. Landreth accept their award at the 2015 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards
The envelopes were opened, the names were read, and Manitobans are heading home with five JUNO Awards. The glittery 2015 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards, which took place at the Hamilton Convention on March 14, handed out hardware to music legend Fred Penner, groundbreaking throat singer Tanya Tagaq, country blues outfit The Bros. Landreth, artist Roberta Hansen and photographer Mike Latchislaw, and Brandon-born violin virtuoso James Ehnes.
Del Barber sharing the stage with The Bros. Landreth at Americana Music Fest
It seems like just yesterday, the JUNOS were taking over Winnipeg... but it's really been a whole year and now Canada's awards show is landing in Hamilton. Those making the trip have plenty of chances to catch some Manitoba music at the festivities, including two-day music fest JUNOfest, charity hockey game JUNOcup, Junior JUNOS kids show, the JUNO Songwriters' Circle, and the big ticket itself, JUNO Awards telecast.
Curlers in action at the 2015 Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel (Photo: J.Senft Photography)
Manitoba’s music scene has rocked the house for charity. Over 140 curlers joined event organizers Manitoba Music and Manitoba Film & Music at the 2015 Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel at the Granite Curling Club on February 28. The sold out event brought the province's vibrant music community together to raise over $4,400 for the Kevin Walters Memorial Fund.
Standing ovation for Chic Gamine at Winnipeg Folk Festival 2014
Whenever the Winnipeg Folk Festival announces its lineup, the weather always seems to get a little nicer. So big thanks to the venerable organization for bringing some much-needed warmth and laying out the first blueprint for the summer. The 42nd annual festival, which will take over Birds Hill Park July 9-12, will offer audiences four nights and three days of musical discovery, including a stellar line-up of celebrated Manitoba talent.
Manitoba songwriters have landed 11 spots on the International Songwriting Competition's list of semi-finalists, including nods for Matt Epp, Seanster and the Monsters' Sean Hogan, Don Amero, Steve Bell, and more. Winners will be announced at the end of April, with prizes including over $25,000 in cash, merchandise, and services.
Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program (AMP) is headed to the "entertainment capital of the world" to connect with some of North America's major players in the U.S.-based Indigenous music scene. AMP will hit Las Vegas March 9-12 for the Reservation Economic Summit, which plays host to tribal leaders, talent buyers, media, representatives from Native American casinos, and business leaders from across America.
After a little winter break, Manitoba Music and the Winnipeg Folk Festival are excited to announce that their popular open mic night will return this month in a new location. The free monthly evenings will move to popular new Exchange District haunt, Maw's Eatery, on the third Tuesday of every month. Singer/songwriter Raine Hamilton will host the first of the new iteration of open mic nights on March 17.
Clockwise from top left: Mise en Scene, The Bros. Landreth, JP Hoe, Del Barber
Over 8,000 babies are given the name “Austin” every year, but there is only one Manitoba. And after what this singular prairie province has in store for SXSW, you’ll be noticing a lot more Manitobas south of the border. Nestled at the heart of the continent, Manitoba is home to an internationally-recognized arts scene and some of the most talented and intrepid musicians around. This month, they’re taking it on the road; tossing toques and mittens and heading due south for the massive Texas music fest.
The Exchange District BIZ and Manitoba Music are partnering once again to present a series of noon hour concerts at The Cube stage in Old Market Square. The series will celebrate Manitoba artists over the month of August in the setting of Winnipeg’s historic and bustling Exchange District. All events are free and open to the public. DEADLINE: March 20, 2015
Manitoba Music is seeking an organized, personable, detail-oriented, and self-motivated individual to assist our staff in music industry research such as collecting vital information on the activities of Manitoba artists and companies, updating international music industry information, and creating web and social media content. DEADLINE: March 5, 2015
JP Hoe, Andrina Turenne, Donna Evans, and Jenna Khan in one of this year's curling videos
As the local music community readies its brooms to rock the house, City Winnipeg's Wheeler in the Morning has produced and launched a fun new series of curling videos to highlight the Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel in support of the Kevin Walters Memorial Fund.
Manitoba Music is pleased to welcome its newest staff member, Anthony Augustine. Augustine will take on the new role of industry development manager after Sean McManus left the position to become the music industry association's executive director in January of this year.
Manitoba Music and FortWhyte Alive are teaming up to present the Manitoba Music Winter Songwriter Retreat 2015. The three-day co-writing retreat will bring nine emerging songwriters together to strengthen their songwriting chops through collaboration at a secluded lakeside field station and architecturally unique cabins at FortWhyte Alive, March 29-31, 2015. DEADLINE: March 5, 2015
Clockwise from top left: The Small Glories, Red Moon Road, Leaf Rapids, Sweet Alibi
Manitoba is bringing a little prairie weather to the "Show-Me-State" next week. Four local acts are gearing up to showcase at the Folk Alliance International Conference (FAI), the premier professional development conference focused on folk, roots, multicultural, and world music in North America. The 27th annual event runs February 19-22 in Kansas City, Missouri.