The weather has warmed up just in time for you to wander Winnipeg in search of some great deals on music. Saturday, April 19 is Record Store Day. which is celebrated around the world as a day to appreciate independently-owned record stores.
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Manitoba Music is producing a second round of videos in its Loft Sessions series. The live performance videos feature staged performances of new music by export-ready Manitoba artists to be used for online promotion. The videos will be distributed online by Manitoba Music and used in promoting showcases 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 24, 2014
Well, it's officially spring and the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival's 2014 lineup announcement is here to melt the rest of the snow.
Now celebrating its 25th birthday, Winnipeg’s largest downtown music festival will feature nearly 100 performers taking over various city stages, June 12-22. Drawing thousands of concert goers, the live music spans just about every genre, from jazz standards to R&B, hardbop to hip hop, roots and blues to indie rock and electronic pop, latin jazz, and just about everything in between.
"Since this is our 25th anniversary, we definitely wanted our lineup to reflect our history. We achieved that with legends like Ellis Marsalis and Arturo Sandoval," said executive producer Paul Nolin in a release. "At the same time — in the spirit of jazz and the festival itself — we've got a healthy dose of new, cutting edge artists as well."
Two Manitoba-born artists brought home hardware at the JUNO Awards Dinner & Gala on March 29. Internationally-acclaimed Brandon-raised violinist James Ehnes was the sole double-winner at the exclusive, non-television event, held at Winnipeg's Convention Centre. A first time nominee this year, Winnipeg-raised Mike Downes won Traditional Jazz Album of the Year for Ripple Effect.
Indie pop/rock troupe Royal Canoe dropped its debut LP, Today We’re Believers, in 2013, following a series of EPs, including Extended Play and Purple & Gold. The group has been drawing an endless stream of buzz for its inventive, avant sound, landing on best-of lists from The New York Times to Consequence of Sound and securing opening slots with Alt-J and Bombay Bicycle Club. The band was also named a top band to see at this year’s SXSW by Spin Magazine, and was recently added to Osheaga’s impressive summer bill. It’s the first JUNO nomination for the six-piece, and guitarist Bucky Driedger will apparently be wear a sequined... well... we don't want to spoil it...
The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (MCO), led by musical director Anne Mason, teamed up with Toronto-based soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian for its latest JUNO-nominated collaboration. Also nominated for a JUNO in 2005 for its recording with world-renowned opera singer Measha Brueggergosman, the MCO previously toured with Bayrakdarian in 2008, performing at major North American centres including a stint at New York’s Carnegie Hall, which resulted in three curtain calls. MCO's Vicki Young took a few minutes to answer our random Q+A...
Noise rock trio KEN mode received a barrage of critical attention in 2013, landing on year-end lists galore and a spot on the Polaris Music Prize long list. Plus, the group has been virtually owning the metal/hard category since it was first introduced at The 2012 JUNO Awards; the band won the first ever award in the category for its album, Venerable, band now, Entrench, its fifth full-length and second JUNO entry in three years, is up for another one. Where was KEN mode's first gig? Find out...
Top: Imaginary Cities with the WSO on Canada Day (Photo: J.Senft Photography) Bottom: Royal Canoe (Photo: Delf Gravert)
The Centennial Concert Hall is ready to rock for JUNO Week
The venerable Winnipeg institution, which is most often home to great orchestral works and ballets, will be taken over by Manitoba Rocks, a special event featuring four of Manitoba's most buzzed about rock and pop outfits for in unique collaboration with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Running in association with JUNOfest, March 28-30, audiences have three chances to take in the spectacle.
Taking the stage will be a diverse collection of homegrown talent, including soul/pop outfit Imaginary Cities, hip hop act The Lytics, JUNO-winning roots quintet Nathan Music Co., and 2014 JUNO nominee Royal Canoe.
Brandon-born James Ehnes has made a name for himself on the international classical circuit as a virtuosic violinist. His catalogue of work, which includes over 30 recordings, has received many prestigious awards, such as a Grammy Award, a Gramophone Classical Music Award (also referred to as the Oscar’s of classical music) and seven JUNO Awards. He's up for two more JUNOS this year. Find out what concert changed his life...
The winning-combo of singer/songwriter Erin Propp and veteran Canadian jazz guitarist, Larry Roy released Courage, My Love and have been riding a wave of critical acclaim ever since. The duo won Best Jazz Album of the Year at the 2013 Western Canadian Music Awards, and picked up their first JUNO nod for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. The question is... if Propp had a superpower, what would be?
Clock from top left: KEN mode, Grand Analog, Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five, Royal Canoe, Mise en Scene
Nominations for the Independent Music Awards, better known as The Indies, are out and there are some familiar Manitoba names on the list. 2014 JUNO Award nominees KEN Mode, Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five, and Royal Canoe landed nods from the 14th annual awards, along with Grand Analog and Mise en Scene. The hardware will be handed out at Toronto's Kool Haus on May 10.
Formed in 1998, Mahogany Frog, the proggy instrumental outfit known for its vast, multi-layered exploration of sounds, has called SENNA, its sixth LP and second on the Moon June Records label, its heaviest and most challenging record to date. This is the first JUNO nomination for the group, which was recently the subject of music documentary Alors, t’as soif de quoi? and picked up a Western Canadian Music Award in the fall. Find out what song Scott Ellenberger would like played at his funeral...
Singer/songwriter Matt Epp’s co-write with The 2014 JUNO Awards Broadcast co-host Serena Ryder helped to earn her well-deserved JUNO nod for Songwriter of the Year. The song "When You Know" appears on Epp’s latest album, Learning to Lose Control. Epp will share his songs and stories at the JUNO Songwriters' Circle on March 30. And what he intends to wear to the awards show might be a bit of a surprise...
Kid-at-heart Marie-Claude McDonald (aka Francophone chanteuse Marie-Claude) will vie for Children’s Album of the Year for her debut effort as a family entertainer, Mon coffret à surprise, which also picked up a Western Canadian Music Award nod in 2013 for Children’s Recording of the Year. Find out what concert changed her life...
Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five (Credit: Andy P Stanislav)
Saskatchewan transplant Little Miss Higgins and her band, The Winnipeg Five landed a JUNO nod for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year for Manitoba-made Bison Ranch Recording Sessions. In the second in our series of JUNO nominee profiles, find out front woman Jolene Higgins' most embarrassing moment on stage and more...
Clockwise from top left: Ben Kaplan, David Travers-Smith, Eric Ratz, Kevin Churko, Randy Staub, Ryan Guldemond
Meet Ben Kaplan, David Travers-Smith, Eric Ratz, Kevin Churko, Randy Staub, and Ryan Guldemond, who will be on hand Saturday, March 29 for In Conversation: 2014 JUNO Award Nominees for Producer and Engineer of the Year.
When The 2014 JUNO Awards take over Winnipeg for a week of music and festivities, March 24-30, there will be plenty of chances to see and hear some great local talent. Many of this year's homegrown JUNO Award nominees took some time from their busy schedules to answer our random questions; stay tuned for a new profile every day leading up to the JUNOS!
Dauphin-raised Aboriginal Album of the Year nominee Desiree Dorion is our first profile... find out who her dream duet would be with and what she thinks of being nominated for Canada's music awards...
After a punishing winter that doesn't seem to have quite finished with us yet, trust the Winnipeg Folk Festival to bring some much-needed warmth and sunshine.
The Winnipeg Folk Festival announced the lineup for its 41st annual event, which will take over Birds Hill Park July 9-13. Audiences will have five nights and three days for musical discovery, including a diverse line-up of internationally-acclaimed Manitoba talent.
The list of homegrown music acts hitting festival stages features emerging alt.country act The Bros. Landreth, acclaimed singer/songwriters JP Hoe, Cara Luft, and Ruth Moody, soul/pop darlings Chic Gamine, 2014 JUNO nominees Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five, and roots trio Sweet Alibi. The always-stellar local children's acts include another 2014 JUNO nominee, Marie-Claude, plus favouries Aaron Burnett and Mr. Mark. The Bros. Landreth and Chic Gamine are both slated for the Main Stage, on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.
Some of Canada’s top studio engineers and producers are converging on Winnipeg during JUNO Week 2014. This unprecedented gathering of industry pros, In Conversation, offers a rare opportunity for Manitoba’s studio community to connect with the people who have helped shape the sound of contemporary music.
Moderated by Chris Taylor of TKO Lawyers and Last Gang Records and joined by JUNO Award-winning engineer John “Beetle” Bailey (Molly Johnson, Serena Ryder), the panel features 2014 JUNO nominees Brian Howes (Hedley), Ben Kaplan (Mother Mother), David Travers-Smith (Ruth Moody, Jaron Freeman-Fox), Eric Ratz (Monster Truck), Kevin Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, LUX), and Randy Staub (Alice in Chains, Michael Bublé), and Ryan Guldemond (Mother Mother). Find out more about registration
To celebrate the launch of the new Manitoba Live app, Manitoba Music has teamed up with 103.1 Virgin Radio for a contest for live music fans, who can enter to win exciting prize packages every week until the end of April, including concert tickets for some of the hottest local venues and much more. Fans can enter now to win exciting prize packages via manitobalive.ca, including concert tickets for Fefe Dobson and The Neighbourhood, exclusive opportunities to meet superstars like Phillip Phillips, hockey tickets, JUNOfest tickets, and more. Stay tuned to 103.1 Virgin Radio and follow #mblive in coming days and weeks for more info on more fun events and prizes.
The eyes of the country are focusing on Winnipeg as the JUNOS prepare to come to town from March 24-30, 2014. With just over two weeks to go, now is the chance to show everyone that We Speak Music in Manitoba and we’re JUNO proud!
February was a short but busy month at the Mantoba Music office, with workshops in the resource centre and new members signing up -- including new artist members in several genres and a hip hop producer on the industry side. Meet them all here!