Manitoba's Year of Music celebration continues with another fantastic summer of festival this long weekend. This year marks the 125th anniversary for Islendingadagurinn or the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, which celebrates Icelandic culture and heritage... and throws one heck of a party in Gimli.
Running August 1-4, the event -- the second oldest continuous ethnic festival in North America -- offers food, crafts, games, competitions, sport, and even a Viking village. It also offers music fans three nights and two days of live music. This year's lineup is a diverse bunch, from alt-country to indie pop to jazz-tinged Mexican prog rock, featuring a big local contingent.
Festival act The Treble live at the BreakOut West news conference, July 22
With the nominees for the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards already announced, it’s time to reveal the performers for the BreakOut West Music Festival, happening October 3-4 in Winnipeg, MB. With many more performers yet to be announced the first round already sees quite a few WCMA nominees taking the stage at the two-day festival
On May 16, the Copyright Board of Canada released a long-awaited decision on royalty rates for streaming services. This decision, called Re:Sound Tariff 8 – Non-Interactive & Semi-Interactive Webcasts, 2009-2012, set the rate for commercial webcasters at 10.2 cents per 1,000 plays, while the CBC tariff is set at 13.1 cents per 1,000 plays – a massive setback for the Canadian music community, and for the artists and music companies that invest in their careers.
To put these rates into perspective:
An artist would need 12,647 plays to be able to pay for a download of their own song.
More than 16,000 plays would be needed to purchase a medium Tim Hortons coffee.
More than 4 million plays would be needed to fill up a tour bus with a tank of gas!
At the heart of any great music career story is a great song. Manitoba Music is bringing nine performing songwriters together to enhance their songwriting chops and create new songs through collaboration at Manitoba SongCamp. The three-day co-writing retreat will take place in a tranquil cabin setting in the Whiteshell, July 20 – July 23, 2014.
The session brings together a diverse group of established and emerging performing songwriters spanning several genres, including Cassidy Mann, Charlotte Kosc, Flo Oramasionwu (Flo), Grant Davidson (Slow Leaves), Jenna Priestner (Mobina Galore), Kevin Roy, Maxine Peters, Matt Worobec (Lost Weekend), and Sonia Eidse.
After much anticipation, the prestigious Polaris Music Prize released this year's short list and Brandon-based Inuit throat singer and composer Tanya Tagaq's acclaimed album Animism is one of the top 10 Canadian albums of the year.
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Sons of York kick off Manitoba Music Live at The Cube on August 1
Homegrown talent is on the menu at Old Market Square this summer. The Exchange District BIZ is teaming up with Manitoba Music to present a series of free lunch hour concerts highlighting local artists at The Cube stage throughout August.
Running noon to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Manitoba Music Live at The Cube kicks off August 1 with rock’n’roll faves Sons of York for a launch event hosted by Breakfast Television’s Jenna Khan. The series’ diverse lineup runs the gamut from the indie pop to country to soulful roots, featuring performances from JUNO Award nominee Don Amero, Western Canadian Music Award-nominated roots trio Sweet Alibi, pop/rock outfit The Treble, ukulele-wielding singer/songwriter Brooke Palsson, and pop newcomer Sc Mira.
What do you get when you put talented Manitoba bands in front of the camera and ask them to play their hearts out? You get the Loft Sessions: music magic, captured in intimate videos with all the passion of a live show.
Manitoba Music and video director Chris Gaudry have teamed up once again for the second edition of the live performance video series, set in the hardwood and brick of the heritage buildings of Winnipeg's Exchange District. Gaudry and his team, which included award-winning sound engineer Cam Loeppky, filmed a live performance by each artist in a multi-camera shoot.
This year's series kicks off on July 8 with uptempo tune "Country Girl" by JUNO Award-nominated country/roots singer/songwriter Del Barber and his killer, denim-clad backing band, The Profiteers.
The tents are up, the mics are out, and the Year of Music celebration continues with one of Manitoba's major destination events, the venerable Winnipeg Folk Festival. Running July 9-13 at Birds Hill Park, the 41st annual event offers audiences three days and five nights of musical discovery, including a stellar 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-strong local children's acts include another 2014 JUNO nominee, Marie-Claude, plus favouries Aaron Burnett and Mr. Mark.
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Work Permit changes announced yesterday for foreign music artists will dramatically improve the landscape for much of the live music community in Canada for the benefit of venues across the country, artist managers, agents, Canadian record labels, as well as Canadian and foreign artists. These changes were made at the request of Canada's music community.
Our music community has suffered an incredible loss with the passing of Kevin Walters.
Kevin has been a legend in Manitoba’s music scene for decades. A concert promoter, manager, industry worker, mover and shaker, super connector, Kevin knew everyone and everyone knew him. He used that power to help people build their careers, to reach new heights, and to, in turn, connect with others.
Kevin has been everywhere. Once upon a time, he was a DJ, managed Night Moves, was a booking agent with the Hungry I Agency, formed his own artist management and production company Twin Productions, took a gig as merchandising manager for Barenaked Ladies, and had a long career at the manager of sound recording programs at Manitoba Film & Music.
Throughout his time with MFM, Kevin had a massive impact on the lives of all of us in Manitoba’s music community, helping to foster careers and mentor developing entrepreneurs, sharing his wealth of knowledge and expertise. For many, Kevin was the first industry person they met as they embarked on their careers. He helped countless artists make groundbreaking albums, play for audiences across the world, touch the lives of their audiences, and realize their dreams.
Kevin was the guy behind the scenes making things happen. He helmed the 2006 Grey Cup Festival, helped to bring the Canadian Country Music Awards to Winnipeg, was a primary founder of the Prairie Music Awards that became the Western Canadian Music Awards and BreakOut West, launched the Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival, organized Manitoba Homecoming 2010 and Culture Days, booked talent at the Red River Ex, and was an integral part in bringing The JUNO Awards to Winnipeg not once but twice. If there was a major live music event, Kevin was probably involved and you could usually catch a glimpse of him smiling and greeting the countless people he knew in any room.
We have been incredibly lucky to have Kevin as part of Manitoba Music’s board of directors for over a decade. He took on the role of president in 2012 and continued his tenure until his passing. During his time with us, he has helped Manitoba Music immeasurably; he’s been an instrumental part of our growth and development into an internationally-respected music organization.
He has supported us, challenged us, listened to us, led us, and mentored all of us. We are all better for knowing him. He had a smile for everyone, a calm centre in any storm, impeccable judgment, and a generosity that made it easy to work with him. He has always been a ubiquitous presence in Manitoba’s community, loved and respected by all who worked with him, knew him, or even just heard of him. He made so many friends here at home, across the country, and beyond.
Words can’t express this loss to our community. His absence leaves a void. We have all been fortunate in the time we’ve shared with Kevin and celebrate his life, his accomplishments, and his incredible spirit. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends, and all who knew him. We will all miss him so much.
Canada's longest running country music festival is turning 25. Dauphin's Countryfest kicks off is annual festivities on June 26 and runs until June 29, hosting over 20 mainstage acts plus two additional stages with bands spanning the genres from country to rock to roots.
Eight Manitoba acts hit the massive music fest's stages this year, including The Bros. Landreth, Desiree Dorion, JP Hoe, Federal Lights, Leanne Pearson, Jordan Allard, Greg Arcade, The Craig and Ash Band, Dirty Catfish Brass Band, DJ Co-op, Oh My Darling, and Until Red.
The Polaris Music Prize ended months of debate and speculation with the announcement of this year's long list of top Canadian albums and Brandon-based Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq's acclaimed album Animism is among the prestigious names.
Manitoba artists have netted 14 nominations for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) this year. The nominees were announced at a press conference on June 19 at Portage Place. The winners will be revealed at the ninth annual gala awards show at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on September 12, 2014 and the invite-only Ohshkii Awards Night at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on September 11. Nominees include Indian City, Leonard Sumner, Desiree Dorion, and Winnipeg Boyz.
Manitoba will be heating things up in Toronto for the country’s largest music festival and industry conference next month. A dozen Manitoba acts have been tapped for coveted showcase spots at North by Northeast (NXNE), which runs June 13-22, 2014.
Manitoba Music will return to The Cameron house for an eclectic showcase of critically-acclaimed new music from the prairie province on June 19. The event will feature Aporia Records’ indie rock act Federal Lights; Pipe + Hat Records’ bluegrass-tinged singer/songwriter Jess Reimer; Americana act Slow Leaves; indie pop/folk outfit Yes We Mystic; roots darlings Sweet Alibi; and high energy rock’n’roll siblings Sons of York. Check out the schedule of Manitoba bands at NXNE and watch some videos while you wait for the bands to hit the stage...
The busy season of summer music festivals is here and Manitoba Music has a new and improved way for music fans to find their music.
Manitoba Live, powered by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, is a free iOS app that helps music fans find concerts in venues and clubs and at festivals in Winnipeg and throughout the entire province. Launched in March 2014, the app gained immediate attention from media and won over local music fans looking to find reliable and comprehensive concert listings.
The newly-released Manitoba Live 2.0 features a robust search function, making it even easier to quickly find concert listings by artist, location, genre, keyword, and category. The new function lets users search for everything from open mics to album releases to festivals, find upcoming shows at individual venues or in particular Manitoba cities and towns, and helps those who perhaps only caught the first name of an interesting artist hitting local stages or maybe just wants to know about upcoming blues shows.
Manitoba Music will be heating things up at The Forks this year with a diverse lineup of all local talent on three stages. Performing for an audience of thousands who gather at The Forks to celebrate our nation’s birthday, Manitoba Live will feature stellar sets from over a dozen acts spanning just about every genre, culminating in a remarkable onstage collaboration between award-winning alt-country singer/songwriter Del Barber and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Presented by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, the family-friendly event is part of the Year of Music celebration in Manitoba.
The TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival is turning 25. One of the summer's best sources for live local music, the venerable downtown fest kicks things off with a free opening weekend at The Cube in the heart of the Exchange District, June 12 - 15.
This year's fest boasts over 50 Manitoba acts in the clubs and theatres and on the outdoor stage. The Cube will feature a diverse line-up, including jazz and soul on Thursday, Latin Jazz on Friday, the wildly popular indie night on Saturday, and more.
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