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Meet the January Music Meeting Panelists

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The pencils are sharpened and the schedules are done... January Music Meeting is back and ready to host some of Canada’s top music industry pros for the second edition of the winter mini-conference. Label, agency, management, festival, publishing, and publicity representatives will converge on the Manitoba Music office to discuss the state of Canada’s independent music industry and provide concrete advice on how to succeed in the ever-changing music business. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain access to tastemakers and experts from across the country while connecting with local artists and industry peers, at a conference designed and held right here in Manitoba. Be sure to take the time to research the speakers ahead of time. Here's a little something to get you started...

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Manitoba Artists Land Nods for The 2015 JUNO Awards

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Tanya Tagaq

The 2015 JUNO Awards may be on their way from Winnipeg to Hamilton, but Manitoba artists are still speaking music. Homegrown acts are up for several awards, including nine nominations for artists that currently call Manitoba home. The nominees for the 44th annual awards were announced by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) on January 27. Canada’s music awards are headed for Hamilton for JUNO Week, March 9-15, 2015. This year's nominees include Tanya Tagaq, Del Barber, The Bros. Landreth, Fred Penner, LuLu et le Matou, and more.

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Big Fun is Ready to Warm Up Your January

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KEN mode hits the Sherbrook Inn on January 30

It's time for some Big Fun. Big Fun Festival, that is. 

Big Fun kicks off its fourth fest January 28, taking over Winnipeg stages for five nights of live music. This year, the indie music festival has expanded, adding an extra day and offering a dozen shows featuring over 40 acts, including many headlining locals. 

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In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web

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The Catamounts

The Good Will set some good rules. - CBC

This time, it's Manitoba Music's turn in the spotlight. - National Music Centre

Put your winter woes aside and have some Big Fun. - Make a Little Noise

The Dust Rhinos are a staple of Festival du Voyageur. - Vacay + FREE download

Jess Reimer looks to locals for inspiration. - Winnipeg Free Press + Loft Sessions

Jess Reimer follows her natural voice. - The Uniter

Festival du Voyageur announces 2015 lineup. - Winnipeg Free Press

Kevin Roy and Daniel Péloquin-Hopfner of Red Moon Road go pop punk, kinda. - The Manitoban

Kevin Roy warms up the crowd for The Proud Sons. - Plugin Mag

Keith and Renee's new album has more hooks than a tackle box. - Winnipeg Free Press

Ruth Moody helps out a pal. - TV Net

If you can read Russian and like Ruth Moody, this articles for you. - NewsMuz

KEN mode can't keep still. - Stylus

Vince Fontaine takes part in Music 'N' Mavens. - Souwester

Steve Bell has accomplished a lot in 25 years. - Western Catholic Reporter

Odanah's Blood and Sour Mash is anything but condensed. - Stylus

John Norman stays busy. - FAZE Mag

Tanya Tagaq is a must-know of 2015. - Rolling Stone

Tanya Tagaq grabs attention with heaving ferocity. - NY Times

Next for Tanya Tagaq is global domination. - The Independent

You have questions, The Catamounts have answers. - Stylus

Greg MacPherson will blow you away. - The Coast

Royal Canoe and Vikings kept the crowd moving. - The Manitoban

Times Change(d) lives it up by celebrating 14 years. - Canstar

Just like the cat, Fred Penner came back. - Moose Jaw Times Herald

Union Sound Hall brings people together. - The Manitoban

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Call for Submissions: Aboriginal Artist CDs and One-sheets for the Reservation Economic Summit

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Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program (AMP) will be distributing marketing materials for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit members at the 2015 Reservation Economic Summit trade show in Las Vegas, March 9-12, 2015. There will only be enough display space for up to six CDs and 20 one-sheets from AMP participants. The main goal of the trade show booth is to encourage Native American community leaders to book Aboriginal artists from Manitoba for live performances in their communities. DEADLINE: February 26, 2015

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In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web

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The New Wild (Photo: David Guezen)

National Industry gathers in Winnipeg for January Music Meeting. -

Get in bed with Chic Gamine. - In Bed With

Chic Gamine inspires. - Go Up State

KEN mode talks Success. - Winnipeg Free Press

Festival du Voyageur puts locals at centre stage. - Winnipeg Free Press

2015 lineup for Festival du Voyageur announced. -

The New Wild brings us dirt and grit, in a good way. - The Uniter

Big Fun and New Music Festival will keep you busy this winter. - The Manitoban

The Small Glories hit the road. - Camrose Canadian

Time(s) Changed turns 14. - Winnipeg Sun

Winnipeg Folk Festival teams up with The Good Will for Thursday showcases. -

Carey J. Buss believes in quality over quantity. - The Uniter

Ruth Moody pops up on new Mark Knopfler album. - Italpress

Ruth Moody lends a tune. - First Online

Mark Knopfler gets a guest appearance from Ruth Moody. - Efe Eme

Greek Riots branches out. - The Manitoban

Autumn Still moves forward. - The Uniter

You could call Tanya Tagaq Inuk punk. - Broadway World

Tanya Tagaq's performances are beyond words. - Noisey

Bonnaroo includes Tanya Tagaq in 2015 lineup. - 102.1 The Edge

Tanya Tagaq's music is felt locally and abroad. - ici radio-canada

Tanya Tagaq gets edgy at High Flying Rodeo. - The Globe and Mail

Pipe & Hat's Tim Jones takes management beyond business. - The Uniter

Catch a look at Royal Canoe live. - Baeblemusic

Royal Canoe and Vikings heat things up at Frost Fest. - The Manitoban

Somebody Language takes on many forms. - The Uniter

Leonard Sumner, and Ali Fontaine to perform on late night TV. - Indian Country Today

Don Amero is in focus. - Indian Country Today

The Janzen Boys keep it in the family. - The Uniter

Keith and Renee celebrate their album release at The Park Theatre. - 730 CFDM

Keith and Renee start the year feeling good. -

J. Williamez embraces good and evil. - The Uniter

Red Moon Road brings it back home. - Pembina Today

The West End Cultural Centre is here to stay. - The Uniter

Hear some tunes from Federal Lights, John K. Samson and Cassidy Mann. - CBC

At home with John K. Samson and Christine Fellows. - The Uniter

Jazz Winnipeg kicks off Nu Sounds Series. -

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Performance Opportunity: Music PEI Conference and Festival

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Manitoba Music is accepting submissions from performing songwriters or bands interested in participating in a new songwriters conference and festival hosted by Music PEI. The PEI SongWorks Conference and festival will include an opportunity for Manitoba artists to mentor Prince Edward Island songwriters, to perform for PEI audiences, and to showcase and pitch songs to international music supervisors and publishers from across Canada and the U.S. The event will take place May 11-17, 2015 at various locations in PEI. The event will consist of demo writing and recording, songwriting workshops, and showcase performances at various venues in Charlottetown, Summerside, and Georgetown. DEADLINE: January 15, 2015

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Music Industry Gathering Heats Up Winnipeg in the Middle of Winter

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Manitoba Music is heating things up in the middle of winter with its second annual industry gathering, January Music Meeting.

Running January 30 to February 1 in Winnipeg, the event welcomes some of Canada’s top music industry pros in a conference format that includes panels, workshops, discussion groups, and one-on-one meetings. Reps from the label, agency, management, festival, publishing, and publicity sides of the industry will converge on Winnipeg to discuss the state of Canada’s independent music industry and provide concrete advice on how to succeed in the ever-changing music business.

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Manitoba Music Employment Opportunity: Industry Development Manager

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Manitoba Music is a not-for-profit music industry association with an office located in Winnipeg. We are currently looking for someone to join our team in the position of Industry Development Manager. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Industry Development Manager oversees the delivery of our industry development programs including professional development, industry development, and market development initiatives. DEADLINE: January 14, 2015

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In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web

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JP Ho Ho Hoe

Chic Gamine provides the soundtrack to the holidays. - Straight + FREE download

Get festive with music from Chic Gamine. - LF Press

Chic Gamine keeps it short but sweet. - Top 100

Imaginary Cities, Federal Lights, and Mise en Scene are a top weekend pick. - CBC

JP Hoe carrys on tradition. - Metro

Don Amero goes caroling. - Calgary Herald

Take a peak into Tanya Tagaq's life. - Chatelaine

Tanya Tagaq breaks microphones. - CBC

2014 was a good year for Tanya Tagaq. - Exclaim!

Tanya Tagaq gets remixed. - RPM

Tanya Tagaq makes the top 10. - Northshore News

Erin Propp brings Christmas classics to life. - Winnipeg Free Press

Animal Teeth treat us to a live video. - The Uniter

The Crooked Brothers go big. - Winnipeg Sun

Royal Canoe plays outdoors. - CBC Player

Royal Canoe sees inspiration in movement. - Relix

Rob Crooks gives city's bad side a good rap. - Winnipeg Free Press

Del Barber finds inspiration in biblical stories. - CMT Edge

The Treble plays 24 shows to support CancerCare Manitoba. - Samaritan Mag

The Bros. Landreth are no fools. - CMT Edge

Rob Crooks raps The Good Will. - Metro

Rob Crooks shows the upside of downtown. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Duhks are a top pick of the year. - Folk Alley

The Duhks cover most points of the musical compass. - The Australian

The Duhks are a top pick of 2014. - NPR

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MANITOBA MUSIC'S YEAR IN REVIEW: One Helluva Year of Music in Manitoba

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Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Fred Penner at the Western Canadian Music Awards, October 2014 (Photo: Travis Ross / Courtesy of BreakOut West)

The JUNOS. BreakOut West. Manitoba Live. Polaris. Calling 2014 the Year of Music in Manitoba is almost an understatement...  

Winnipeg was the official capital of Canadian music as excitement amped up for The 2014 JUNO Awards, which recognized homegrown acts with 13 nominations. The massive event took over Winnipeg in March for a week of fun including packing local venues for JUNOfest, a glittery invite-only gala, and the big ticket televised spectacle at the MTS Centre. Winnipeg also hosted many lead-up events and "Random Acts of JUNO" everywhere from transit buses to shopping malls and frozen skating trails to indie coffee shops, proving that here in Winnipeg, we really do speak music.

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In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web

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Marco Castillo

The Crooked Brothers are all about that bass. - Winnipeg Free Press + FREE download

The Crooked Brothers share stories behind the music. - CBC

Marco Castillo makes the finals at international festival. - MyToba

Marco Castillo heads south. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Treble play a show or two, or 24. - Global Winnipeg

It's been a busy 24 hours for The Treble. - CTV Winnipeg

The Treble accomplishes a lot in 24 hours. - BT Winnipeg

Desiree DorionTracy Bone, and Ali Fontaine break stereotypes. - Mic

Mobina Galore's Cities Away lands nine out of 10. - Punk Rock Radio

New album brings Mobina Galore across Canada. - Vancouver Sun

Mobina Galore takes Cities Away to cities away. - The Province

Big Fun announces KEN mode for 2015 festival. - MyToba

KEN mode will keep your winter loud. - Visions

Greg MacPherson gets lively at the Dead Of Winter festival. - The Chronicle Herald

Eagle Lake Owls rises up. - Ear To The Ground

Tanya Tagaq makes the top 10. - Exclaim!

Why you need to know Tanya Tagaq. - TVO

Tanya Tagaq gets most of the media attention. - Straight

Iskwé, Boogey the Beat, and Tanya Tagaq makes this best of 2014 list. - RPM

Claire Morrison is in the spotlight. - Metro

Kevin Walters, Leonard Sumner, Panicland, and Imaginary Cities are make the fascinating Manitobans list. - Metro

Royal Canoe is more than just another indie-pop band. - Baeble Music

Chic Gamine spreads holiday cheer on the road. - The Star Phenoix

Christmas comes early with music from Chic Gamine. - ici radio

Erin Propp lends her sweet voice to Suite Messiah. - Winnipeg Free Press

Steve Bell takes his new album on the road. - Cross Roads 360

Doc Walker gets a little help on the drums. - Winnipeg Free Press

Great songs matter to Doc Walker. - Vancouver Sun

Ruth Moody escapes the great white north. - Ulladilla Times

Five things with Del Barber. - Beat

Keith and Renee sound off. - Paper Blog

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The 2015 Uniter Fiver

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The Uniter is teaming up with Manitoba Music and the West End Cultural Centre once again this year and the showcase will happen on January 15, 2015 at the WECC.

Do you think you are one of the five local acts to watch in 2015? If so, please tweet a brand new YouTube video (it can be simple audio, a full on production or you singing in your bathroom - just make it your best song) @TheUniter with the hashtag #UNITERFIVER between now and December 18, 2014. Acts that meet the criteria will be added to The Uniter's site on December 19. Views don't count, the winners will be taken from how many "likes" the video gets on YouTube. Voting will end on January 2, 2015 at noon.

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In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web

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The Bros. Landreth serenade the Year of Music news conference

Manitoba Music's own Sean McManus gets a new gig. - Winnipeg Free Press

Sean McManus steps in as Executive Director. -

Sean McManus takes the reins at Manitoba Music. - Brandon Sun

Sara Stasiuk talks departure, curling, and holiday music. - BT Winnipeg

Annual charity bonspiel to support Kevin Walters Memorial Fund. - Winnipeg Free Press

Momentum keeps building for Mobina Galore. - The Uniter + FREE download

Del Barber shares the best of Winnipeg. - Tone Deaf

Del Barber reboots "O Canada". - The Globe and Mail

The Year of Music winds down. -

Red Moon Road casts off on tour. - Prince George Free Press

The Crooked Brothers brings its rural sound to big stages. - Meridian Booster

The Crooked Brothers has the album of the week. - Vivascene

Home is where the albums made for The Crooked Brothers. - Stylus Magazine

The Crooked Brothers spill some guts on the new album. - Metro News

Finn gears up to blow minds with its EP release. - Stylus Magazine

Luck isn't the only thing responsible for Finn's success. - The Manitoban

Check out some live sessions from Kevin Roy. - UMFM

Kevin Roy gets in the holiday spirit. - The Uniter

Chic Gamine gets festive. - The Cragand Canyon

Chic Gamine hits the road with Vinyl Cafe. - ici radio-Canada

Things fall into place for The Bros. Landreth. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Bros. Landreth, Tanya Tagaq, and Fred Penner take home trophies. -

Rise and shine with Darling Twig. - BT Winnipeg

Marco Castillo makes the finals in international competition. - MyToba

John Norman establishes himself in the techno scene. - Beats Media

John Norman's sound turns heads globally. - Tanzgemeinschaft

Naysa is in the spotlight. - Rokline

Get deep with The Wailin' Jennys. - Yakima Herald

JP Hoe continues with tradition. - The Uniter

Autumn Still's EP is just the beginning. - MyToba

Shotgun Jimmie leads the ensemble. - Said The Gramaphone

Trio Bembe wakes us up with a tune. - BT Winnipeg

Fred Penner counts down. - Inside Halton

Tanya Tagaq takes the number 2 spot of 2014. - CBC

Best of 2014 includes Tanya Tagaq. - Huffington Post

Steve Bell shares his stories. - Lethsun Times

Doc Walker shifts gears. - Winnipeg Free Press

Locals make sure there are no silent nights this holiday season. - The Manitoban

The Weakerthans make this holiday-ish playlist. - Royal City Record

Christine Fellows returns with a new album. - MyToba

Emma Cloney amongst locals to play Winter Folk Fest. - The Manitoban

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Opportunité de rencontres et de vitrine musicale à : Rame à la rencontre de l’industrie de la musique francophone au Festival du Voyageur 2015

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Manitoba Music, à travers son programme de musique francophone, présente une troisième édition de l’événement contact, Rame à la rencontre de l’industrie de la musique francophone dans le cadre du Festival du Voyageur 2015. L’objectif de cet événement est de rapprocher des auteurs-compositeurs-interprètes francophones de l’ouest canadien avec des professionnels de l’industrie de la musique francophone. DATE LIMITE DE SOUMISSION : le jeudi 18 décembre 2014

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CURLING FOR A CAUSE: Music Community's Fifth Annual Charity Bonspiel to Support the Kevin Walters Memorial Foundation

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2014 Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel (Photo: J. Senft Photography)

Manitoba’s music community is 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 28, 2015.

The fifth annual event, which sells out quickly every year, will bring the province's vibrant music community together to raise funds and awareness for the Kevin Walters Memorial Fund -- a charity that honours Walters' memory through financial support for promising performers and organizations in music, film, performance and the creative arts. Walters, who passed away in June 2014, had very close ties with Manitoba Music, Manitoba Film & Music, as well as larger the music industry. 

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Manitoba Artists Pick Up Hardware at Canadian Folk Music Awards

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The Bros. Landreth at the Americana Music Festival (Photo: Sean McManus)

Manitobans claimed hardware at the 10th annual Canadian Folk Music Award nods this weekend. The awards were handed out on November 29 at a bilingual gala  at Ottawa's Bronson Centre. Winners included Fred Penner, Tanya Tagaq, and The Bros. Landreth.

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In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web

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Sara Stasiuk moves on to grow the local industry. - Winnipeg Free Press

astre emerges from the woods with new EP. - The Uniter

Last Ditch On The Left celebrates its debut album. - The Metro + FREE download

Last Ditch On The Left wakes up early with a tune. - BT Winnipeg

Music is definitely a family thing for The Bros. Landreth. - Billboard 

Slow Leaves's Beauty Is So Common isn't common at all. - PopMatters

Manitoba represents at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. - Confront

Del Barber heads down unda. - ABC Brisbane

Del Barber warms up in Australia. - Courier Mail

Slow Leaves is better than dad-rock. - Pop Matters

Tanya Tagaq is one to watch. - Calgary Herald

Steve Bell has a story to tell. - Ottawa Life

JP Hoe is still a highlight of Regina’s JUNOFest. - MJ Times

Pocket Change celebrates Party Culture. - Young Voices

Chic Gamine releases new holiday album. - The Permanent Rain Press

Don Amero goes carolling.  Times Colonist

Don Amero gets into the Christmas spirit. - Lethbridge Sun Times

The Wailin’ Jennys will haunt you with harmonies. - Yakima Herald

Crooked Brothers stray far from the conventional. - The Projector

Ten minutes with Royal Canoe. - Ten Minute Interviews

Fred Penner turns villainous. - Winnipeg Free Press

Christine Fellows will make you cry so hard. - KCRW

Times Change(d) keeps the doors open. - CBC

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Manitoba Music's Sara Stasiuk to Step Down

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Sara Stasiuk

It is with mixed emotions that Manitoba Music announces that Sara Stasiuk will step down as executive director at the end of December to pursue other employment in the music industry.

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In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web

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The Xanad00ds

Steve Bell celebrates 25 years. - Metro + FREE download

ATLAAS gives you what you've been waiting for. - The Uniter

Yes We Mystic rocks Montreal. - Journal Metro

Christmas comes early with a new EP from Chic Gamine. - BC Local News

The Weakerthans make a feline playlist. - The Guardian

Camerata Nova gets festive. - The Metro

The Xanad00ds gears up launch debut album. - MyToba

The Park Theatre is not slowing down. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Good Will keeps in fresh. - MyToba

Carly Dow brings a new perspective to NeilFest. - Winnipeg Sun

Royal Canoe will put a big stupid smile on your face. - CONFRONT Magazine

Sierra Noble's fans show some support. - BT Winnipeg

Ridley Bent gets wild in the west. - Beatroute

Festivals are The Crooked Brothers' happy place. - Vancouver Sun

The Crooked Brothers keep it polite. - BC Local News

Matt Epp pairs his music to visual art. - Kelowna Daily Courier

The Wailing Jennys hits stages across the continent. - Statesman Journal

Kevin Roy shares his stories. - Lloydminister Source

Locals unite at the West End Cultural Centre in honour of Stan Rogers. - MyToba

You won't want to miss Tanya Tagaq. - Calgary Herald

JP Hoe's music matters. - Pembina Today

Spend your Friday with Naysa. - Weekend Notes

Until Red is Brandon's best looking band. - 730 CKDM

SXSW will see more Manitobans in 2015. - Paste Magazine

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Tracy Bone Brings Home a Native American Music Award

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Tracy Bone

Manitoba singer/songwriter Tracy Bone has earned some new hardware, bringing home a Native American Music Award (NAMA) on November 14 for Best Country Recording. This is just the latest accolade for Bone, who was also nominated for Best Female Artist at the NAMA. She has already won a West Coast American Indian Award and Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award for her latest recording, Woman Of Red, as well as a Western Canadian Music Award nomination.

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Le programme de musique francophone de Manitoba Music lance une résidence de perfectionnement professionnel et en affaires

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Tresor Chimusa

Des entrepreneurs de la musique francophones de l’Ouest canadien convergent sur le Manitoba ce mois-ci pour rencontrer des professionnels de l’industrie canadiens reconnus à l’occasion d’une nouvelle résidence de perfectionnement professionnel et en affaires nommée Le camp de la musique francophone de l’Ouest canadien.

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In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web

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The Mariachi Ghost (Photo: Jay Poturica)

Leonard Sumner performs "Best of Me" in new AMP Sessions video series. –

AMP Sessions shines a spotlight on Aboriginal artists in new video series. – NationTalk

The words are on the wall for Red Moon Road. – Exclaim!

A pretty comprehensive look at Winnipeg’s rock history. – Noisey

Vampires bring a tidal wave of noise down on your head. – Make A Little Noise

Nic Dyson aims to make a difference. – Community News Commons

The Weakerthans is one of Fun. Guitarist Jack Anotoff’s faves. – The Daily Beast

Crooked Brothers bond over music. – Calgary Herald

Vince Fontaine among the performers for NAMA livestream. – CTV News London

Stream Alfa’s new album Harmattan. – The Uniter

Tanya Tagaq plays the best punk show ever. – Apt16

Doc Walker’s “That’s How I Like It” one of the hottest country songs. – KICX

Del Barber to sing the anthem in Corner Gas special. – The Canadian Press

Ridley Bent joins fellow alt-roots giants on stage. – Beatroute

New sounds on the horizon from Nu Sounds SeriesTrio Bembe. – Winnipeg Free Press

Not even the sky is the limit for Keith and Renee. – Country 101.1

Federal Lights gears up for Movember. – BT Winnipeg

The Mariachi Ghost plays Day of the Dead festival. – El Horizonte

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