Although Winnipeg is praised for its vibrant arts community, moody movements that can only occur in an isolated town smothered in snow for majority of the year, sometimes you have to seek out greater audiences.
For local Americana roots-rockers The Bros. Landreth, keeping their roots planted firmly in their hometown while having the freedom and the means to tour has been pivotal to their success. Not only have the charmingly scruffy musicians broadened their artistic horizons through life on the road, but they’ve also anchored their sound and retained a solid fan base through their genuine artistry and loyalty to their prairie city.
Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts are proud to announce that 19 Aboriginal artists from across Canada have been selected for the 2016 edition of the Aboriginal Music Performers Camp (AMP Camp). The week-long residency will include more than 50 hours of professional and artistic development sessions at the Falcon Trails Resort in Manitoba. The project begins on January 31st and ends on February 5th.
Calling new local bands and musicians: Do you think you are one of the five local acts to watch in 2016? Apply for the Uniter Fiver and enter for a chance to access recording opportunities, industry contacts, local coverage, and a showcase at The Good Will on January 14.
It’s with sadness that we announce that Donna Evans will be leaving Manitoba Music at the end of this week to head up accounting and rentals for Prairie Theatre Exchange. Donna joined our team in 2009. Over the years, she took on more and more responsibilities, including member services, coordinating the annual Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel, producing our ongoing New Music Night and Open Mic series, and putting together many of our outreach activities. She has also continued developing her skills in accounting and admin, undertaking financial and operational duties during her time with us.
When emerging as a newbie musician, the notion of DIY touring can seem terribly daunting. You mean I literally have to do it myself? An artist's mindset does not always lend itself well to the world of business, which can lead to many needless mistakes out on the road. Some mistakes can even be made long before the tour has begun, casting the inevitability of doom onto your entire trip.
Francophone music entrepreneurs from across Western Canada are converging on Manitoba this month to connect with top Canadian industry pros for the second edition of music business and professional development residency, Le camp de développement professionnel pour les artistes-entrepreneurs francophones de l'Ouest canadien.
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 résidence de perfectionnement professionnel et en affaires nommée Le camp de développement professionnel pour les artistes-entrepreneurs francophones de l’Ouest canadien.
Clockwise from top left: Melissa Mowat, Mike Nash, Heather Gardner, Sara Stasiuk
Coming up on November 28, Watchdog Management's Melissa Mowat, Montreal-based producer/songwriter, Mike Nash, Six Shooter Records' Sara Stasiuk, and Heather Gardner from Vapor Music will be joining us for our Understanding A&R: Demo Listening Derby. Get to know them a little better...
The Noble Thiefs at BreakOut West 2015 in Victoria (Photo: Matt Urquhart)
The Western Canadian Music Alliance are pleased to announce that Regina, Saskatchewan has been named host city for the 14th annual BreakOut West, taking place October 13-16, 2016. SaskMusic, Creative Saskatchewan, Tourism Saskatchewan, City of Regina, and Regina Hotel Association have all taken part in bringing the annual festival, conference and Western Canadian Music awards back to Regina, which last hosted the event in 2012. The first Western Canadian Music Awards was also hosted in Regina in 2003.
There's plenty of music to see and hear when the Grey Cup rolls into Winnipeg this month. Kicking off November 25, the 103rd Grey Cup Festival takes over various city venues for five days of celebration, including concerts, a street festival, family-friendly events, and more.
The Mariachi Ghost's Alexandra Garrido (Photo: Alex Palma)
Manitoba has earned a reputation for its folk and roots music. Internationally-acclaimed acts like The Bros. Landreth, The Wailin’ Jennys, The Duhks, Fred Penner, Chic Gamine, Del Barber, and many many more have been winning awards, hitting the charts, and taking over stages across the globe. One of the oft-cited reasons for many artists is something we happen to have in our own backyard: the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
The Manitoba Country Music Association celebrated its first awards show in nearly two decades on November 10 at the The Park Theatre, recognizing the hard work and talent of Manitoba's country music community. Hosted by QX104's Leanne Carter, the event featured awards presentation and performances by several local acts.
Manitoba artists picked up top honours at this year's Covenant Awards, which honour Canadian Christian music. Steve Bell, The Color, and Fresh IE picked up multiple awards at the 37th annual gala on November 5.
The busy season of market development activities continues this month as Manitoba Music heads to popular music discovery festival, M for Montreal, to present a pair of industry showcases with Attica Riots and Cannon Bros.
Attica Riots performing with the WSO at Manitoba Live on Canada Day at The Forks (Photo: J.Senft Photography)
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 emerging dance rock outfit, Attica Riots. Tune in to 99.1 Fresh Radio and stay tuned for so much more...
Over the last few years, CIMA has engaged in dozens of trade missions and showcase events in countries worldwide through our Canadian Blast export initiative. This year’s Mission will include eight Canadian artists performing at two important showcase opportunities – a public concert and showcase at duo MUSIC EXCHANGE in Tokyo, and another at the prestigious Oscar Peterson Theatre at the Canadian Embassy, featuring Mise en Scene, The Lytics, and more.
Manitoba Music will present a business mixer and showcase in Los Angeles, February 8-10, 2016. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with key players in the L.A. based music and film industries in an intimate environment. Showcasing artists should plan additional activities in Los Angeles such as meetings, songwriting, or recording. Companies wanting to participate in the business mixer should contact Anthony Augustine at their earliest convenience. DEADLINE: November 19, 2015
Manitoba Music is producing another 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: November 19, 2015
Clockwise from top left: Mise en Scene, Living Hour, Gospel Machine, Reina del Cid
Manitoba and Minnesota have a lot in common. Of course, there are the oft-cited temperatures and a certain brand of Midwestern humility. But there’s a long history of nurturing and supporting incredible artistic talent that connects the two Ms… and next month, they’re getting together and crossing the border.
Manitoba’s own indie rock/pop four-piece Mise en Scene and dream pop outfit Living Hour will take over for some Midwestern fun at The Good Will on November 7 along with garage gospel act Gospel Machine and pop/rock singer/songwriter Reina del Cid. On November 12, the four bands will take the show to Minneapolis’ 7th St. Entry.
The population of Flin Flon is about to get a little bigger. The Manitoba Arts Network is getting ready to take over the town for the latest edition of its Manitoba Showcase, which runs October 22-24. Manitoba Music is joining in the fun again this year with workshops, an industry showcase, and the return of the late night open mics.