Chuck Copenace and his crew at the AMP Sessions shoot at Bedside Studios
After a solid decade as a side musician and collaborator, Ojibway jazz musician Chuck Copenace is stepping front and center. With a growing repertoire of original compositions and a 2016 album release set, Copenace plans to dedicate a good chunk of his touring schedule to concerts on First Nation reservations and Native American communities with the goal of encouraging Indigenous youth to take up and master instrumental music. Check out his new tune "Appetites" in this week's AMP Sessions...
Manitoba Music is returning to Montreal this month for an event focused on building key music business connections and creating career development opportunities for Francophone music entrepreneurs from across Western Canada.
Rame à la rencontre : Manitoba Music apporte la musique francophone de l’Ouest à Montréal
Manitoba Music retourne à Montréal ce mois à l’occasion d’un événement ayant pour buts l’établissement de relations d’affaires clés au sein de l’industrie de la musique et l’offre d’occasions de développement de carrière pour les entrepreneurs de la musique francophone venant de l’Ouest canadien.
Manitoba Music has teamed up with Fresh Radio for a new monthly spotlight on local music, dubbed Manitoba Fresh to introduce audiences to a stellar slate of buzzworthy local artists emerging on the Canadian music scene. Featuring on-air segments and online performances via Fresh Radio, and in-depth band profiles right here on manitobamusic.com, Manitoba Fresh continues this month with acclaimed outfit, Chic Gamine.
Manitoba Music will present a showcase in Winnipeg in partnership with the Big Fun Festival and in conjunction with the January Music Meeting (January 29-31, 2016). The third annual January Music Meeting (JMM) will host some of Canada’s top independent music industry professionals including label reps, agents, managers, and publicists. Presented as part of the Big Fun Festival, this showcase will offer artists an opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from outside Manitoba as well as local music fans. Artists will be expected to register for the JMM workshops. DEADLINE: October 22, 2015
Manitoba Music is presenting a showcase at The Good Will Saturday on November 28. As a musical companion to our Understanding A&R: Demo Derby, Manitoba bands will have an opportunity to perform for and network with key music industry professionals. DEADLINE: October 22, 2015
One of Winnipeg's favourite music spots is having a birthday party and you’re invited. The Park Theatre turns 10 this year, and to celebrate, it’s having a four-day party with some of its best musical friends. The bash kicks off on October 1 with bombastic Edmonton six-piece, The Wet Secrets. Dangercat, Harley James Flett, Mobina Galore, and The Ripperz' Chris Sawatzky will hit the stage for some mayhem on October 2. October 3 sees Park faves The Perpetrators and The Reverend Rambler offering up some face-melting blues rock. The venue caps off its 10th anniversary weekend with songwriter night on October 4 featuring Scott Nolan, Romi Mayes, Zachary Lucky, Kieran West, and Richard Inman.
Ali Fontaine and Ila Barker at the AMP Sessions shoot at Bedside Studios
This week's AMP Sessions video series feature's a new one from Ali Fontaine, an Anishinaabe singer/songwriter from Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba. In 2011, she was named Best New Artist and earned the title for Best Country CD at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. Two years later, she picked up the Native America Music Award for Best County Recording. Fontaine is currently working on her third album and has her eyes set on a 2016 release date.
After a little summer holiday, Manitoba Music is ready for the return of its open mic night, co-presented with the Winnipeg Folk Festival. The free monthly evenings are set to take over popular West End haunt, The Handsome Daughter, on the third Tuesday of every month. Kicking the season off on October 20, singer/songwriter Elessar Thiessen will be the first host hitting the open mic stage.
More than ever, a career in the music industry requires a continuous balance of creativity and business expertise. To help support music entrepreneurs in gathering that critical knowledge and making connections, Manitoba Music is gearing up for a new season of professional development workshops and training opportunities: MusicWorks. Kicking off September 24, the long-running series presents experienced music industry pros, DIY experts, and tastemakers speaking in depth on key topics for today’s artists and music entrepreneurs.
Clockwise from top left: Tanya Tagaq, Ridley Bent, Fred Penner, West End Cultural Centre's Jason Hooper at the WCMA Industry Awards
After a stellar run in Victoria for the year's BreakOut West, the envelopes were opened for the 13th annual Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA) on September 20, celebrating the accomplishments of some of Western Canada's best and brightest. This year's winners included Tanya Tagaq, Ridley Bent, Fred Penner, Karl Stobbe, Paquin Entertainment Group, West End Cultural Centre, and Roberta Hansen.
Music, multimedia, and visual art are colliding at The Good Will. Synonym Art Consultation brings this year's Wall-to-Wall festival to The Good Will on September 24 for the Manitoba Music Video Premiere Night and the launch of a new interior mural by acclaimed artists Gabrielle Funk and Takashi Iwasaki. The event will showcase new music videos and live performances by indie folk/electronic looping pedal maven Rayannah, dark electronic duo Ghost Twin, funk/soul act Jupiter Storm, and multi-gentre experimental artist Selci.
Slow Leaves got a bit of nice news this week. The emerging singer/songwriter has landed one of the winning spots in the inaugural Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class, a new and coveted artist development program. The three winners, selected by a JUNO Award-winning ‘Super Jury’, will receive critical tools to develop their careers, build their own sustainable business, and become ‘JUNO ready’ before heading to the 2016 JUNO Awards in Calgary.
2015 WCMA nominee Ridley Bent is set to showcase at the BreakOut West Festival
Manitoba acts are getting ready to take over Victoria this week as BreakOut West kicks off its 2015 festivities. Running September 17-20, the 13th annual event features a music festival, industry conference, and two awards shows, as well as plenty of opportunities for emerging Western Canadian artists and music companies, to make key connections and do some serious business.
Manitoba talent was well-represented at this year's Indigenous Music Awards, which changed their name from the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards earlier this year. The hardware was handed out on September 11 at the 10th annual gala awards show at the MTS Centre and the invite-only Ohshkii Awards. Winners included Hellnback, NCI FM's National Aboriginal Music Countdown, and Jason Burnstick.
Manitoba Music, en collaboration avec l’Acadie et le Québec, présente une première édition de Scènes Canada les 21 au 26 mars 2016. Avec l’objectif de promouvoir les artistes-entrepreneurs de la francophonie canadienne en Europe, Scènes Canada représente un concept intégré aujourd’hui à la programmation de deux grandes villes françaises et la capitale belge. Deux artistes représentants chacune des trois régions partenaires auront l’opportunité d’offrir une prestation durant deux soirées. Un total de six concerts sera ainsi présenté devant le public et les professionnels. DATE LIMITE DE SOUMISSION : le lundi 21 septembre 2015
Manitoba Music is now accepting applications for the eight edition of Aboriginal Music Performers (AMP) Camp. Hosted by Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts, the week-long residency gives mid-career Aboriginal recording artists an opportunity to develop their business skills and artistic abilities. Running January 31 to February 5, 2016 at Falcon Trails Resort in southern Manitoba, AMP Camp will invite 20 Canadian artists from the pool of applicants to participate. DEADLINE: October 20, 2015.
Clockwise from top left: Jocelyne Baribeau, Patti Kusturok, Crooked Brothers, Steve Bell
Four acclaimed Manitoba-based artists have landed nominations for this year's Canadian Folk Music Awards, including nods Jocelyne Baribeau, Patti Kusturok, Crooked Brothers, and Steve Bell. The hardware will be handed out on November 8 at the 11th annual bilingual gala, this year in Edmonton.
Manitoba Music is presenting an industry showcase during the Manitoba Arts Networks’ Manitoba Showcase 2015 event in Flin Flon on October 23. This is an excellent opportunity to network with and perform for delegates from arts organizations across the province as well as visiting music industry professionals. DEADLINE: September 22, 2015
William Prince at the AMP Sessions shoot at Bedside Studios
Our AMP Sessions video series is back this week with a new one from William Prince, produced and directed by Chris Gaudry. Prince is storytelling singer/songwriter from Peguis First Nation who sidesteps clichés to provoke thought and facilitate discovery. His baritone vocals pay tribute to his late father and his genuine delivery acknowledges the hundreds of hours he's spent on stage. Prince's debut album, produced by long time collaborator Scott Nolan, is set for a November release and the lead single "The Carny" can be purchased on iTunes after September 15.
Country music fans have something to get excited about this November. The Manitoba Country Music Association will be hosting its first awards show in nearly two decades. Taking place on November 10 at The Park Theatre and hosted by QX104, the event is set to feature awards presentation and performances by several local acts. This year's list of nominees features a lot of familiar local names in 14 categories.
The Lytics are set to showcase in Germany and Poland this month
Manitoba Music is gearing up for an extremely busy fall season of market development events connecting homegrown talent to influential industry contacts in important music markets in Canada, the U.S., Germany, and Poland. The not-for-profit, member-driven music industry association will hit 10 cities in the next three months, presenting opportunities for several export-ready independent music entrepreneurs.
Manitoba Music has teamed up with Fresh Radio for a new monthly spotlight on local music, dubbed Manitoba Fresh to introduce audiences to a stellar slate of buzzworthy local artists emerging on the Canadian music scene. Featuring on-air segments and online performances via Fresh Radio, and in-depth band profiles right here on manitobamusic.com, Manitoba Fresh returns this month with a feature on isKwé. Tune in to 99.1 Fresh Radio and stay tuned for so much more...