Manitoba Music


Opportunité de rencontres et de vitrine musicale à : Rame à la rencontre de l’industrie de la musique francophone au Festival du Voyageur 2016

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Manitoba Music, à travers son programme de musique francophone, présente une cinquième édition de l’événement contact, Rame à la rencontre de l’industrie de la musique francophone dans le cadre du Festival du Voyageur 2016. L’objectif de cet événement est de rapprocher des artistes-entrepreneurs francophones de l’Ouest canadien avec des professionnels de l’industrie de la musique francophone. DATE LIMITE DE SOUMISSION : le jeudi 17 décembre 2015

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Sweet Sounds: Folk/Pop Trio Sweet Alibi Sweeps Audiences Off Their Feet with Beguiling Harmonies

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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, Manitoba Fresh continues this month with award-winning folk/pop trio, Sweet Alibi. Tune in to 99.1 Fresh Radio and stay tuned for so much more...

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Signal Boost: Manitoba Music News Roundup

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Bubba B the MC on Dragon's Den (Photo via Facebook)

Just try not to smile during Bubba B's pitch. - Dragon's Den 

Bubba B takes Dragon's Den hopefuls to school. - Profit Guide 

Trio Bembe heats up the holidays. - Shaw TV + FREE Download

AMP Camp participants announced. - Top Tidings 

William Prince seduces with plain-spoken imagery. - Winnipeg Free Press

William Prince is all about storytelling. - The Uniter 

Hot Blizzard Folk Festival announces 2016 lineup. - Herald Leader 

Leanne Pearson and Attica Riots get in on Grey Cup fun. - Winnipeg Sun 

Slow Leaves knows what sound he's looking for. - Brad Machry 

New video from Federal Lights, featuring a wardrobe tour. - Exclaim! 

Chic Gamine: future of pop music? - Lansing State Journal

Doc WalkerChic Gamine rock the rails. - ABC News 4

The Bros. Landreth are on the bill for Bluesfest. - 

Meet Deep Dark Cave. - Shaw TV

Ridley Bent is on board the Cariboo Express. - Vancouver Sun 

Little Miss Higgins & the Winnipeg Five head to Saskatoon. - Prairie Dog Mag 

JP Hoe heads to Sault Ste. Marie. - Soo Today 

(Don) Amero Little Christmas in Dauphin. - Dauphin Herald 

Del Barber is headed back to Tonder Fest. - Rootszone 

The Noble Thiefs spend Thanksgiving in NYC. - Metro 

The Small Glories take the stage in Windsor. - Windsor Star 

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Have Tunes, Will Travel: The Bros. Landreth Can Thank Life on the Road and Brotherly Love for Their Booming Success

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By Jillian Groening

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.

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AMP Camp 2016 participants announced

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Ila Barker, Photo by Sara Bennet

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.

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The Uniter Fiver 2016

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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. 

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Farewell to Donna Evans

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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.

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Signal Boost: Manitoba Music News Roundup

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Murray Pulver

Sweet Alibi is not suffering the seven year itch. - Winnipeg Free Press

Sweet Alibi, featuring a puppy and cupcakes. - Shaw TV

Folk Fest in the City supports local music. - NationTalk

Chic Gamine shakes things up with new album. - Metro + FREE download 

Chic Gamine carries on to Alberta. - Radio Canada

Let Micah Visser take you on a mesmerizing musical journey. - Exclaim!

Red Moon Road impresses at every turn. - Pittsburgh in Tune

Red Moon Road balances stories and feelings. - Pasadena Weekly

Don Amero's on the Unreserved playlist. - CBC

Have yourself Amero Little Christmas. - 730 CKDM

BreakOut West returns to Regina in 2016. - CBC

Every neighbourhood could use a The Handsome Daughter. - Peg City Grub

Dan Russell a.k.a. Cal Austin Jr. tools leather in his spare time. - The Metro

French Press talks touring, collaboratin, and more. - Winnipeg Music Project

Songs and chats from French Press. - Witch Police

French Press makes Youthful Trouble. - Canadian Beats

Scott Nolan's early inspiration came from behind bars. - The Town Crier

Royal Canoe among the gems featured in SXSW lineup. - Spin

Royal Canoe helps stoke the blaze that is SXSW. - Exclaim!

Doc Walker wins big at MCMAs. - Portage Daily Graphic

Murray Pulver's A-list Guest List. - Shaw TV

Mainers and Mainiacs: don't miss The Bros. Landreth. - Maine Today

Practice your Italian, courtesy of Matt Epp. - Alto Adige

Little Miss Higgins and the Winnipeg Five head to Fort Mac. - Fort Maclead Gazette

Slow Leaves plays an intimate show in Ottawa. - CBC

Leaf Rapids brings out locals from its namesake town. - Thompson Citizen

JP Hoe defers credit for his band name. - The Sudbury Star

John Norman is putting Canada on the techno map. - My Cup of Tech

Ghost Twin gets reworked. - Idieyoudie

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Seven Tips for DIY Canadian Touring with Steven Himmelfarb

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By Tony Hinds

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.

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Manitoba Music's Francophone Music Business and Professional Development Residency Returns for Second Edition

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Renée Lamoureux

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.

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Meet the MusicWorks Panelists | Understanding A&R

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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...

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BreakOut West Announces 2016 Host City 

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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.

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Signal Boost: Manitoba Music News Roundup

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Mise en Scene at MBxMN in Winnipeg, Nov 7 (Photography by Jenny Ramone)

Living Hour and Mise en Scene featured in debut MBxMN Music Exchange. - The Current

Manitoba Country Music Awards return to honour local talent. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Bros. Landreth tapped for MerleFest. - Rolling Stone

Camerata Nova takes audences to Germany circa 1620. - Winnipeg Free Press

William Prince's upcoming first album is raw and sincere. - The Metro

Selci's Earth Person features jazzy sounds and shiver-inducing vocals. - The Uniter

Brown Town Muddy Water documents Winnipeg's early indigenous music scene. - CBC

Locals still get an intimate experience at Mise en Scene's shows. - CBC

Autumn Still takes the stage in Kingston. - The Whig

The Mariachi Ghost's new video offers a glimpse of its style. - El

Micah Visser is taking chances with new single. - Canadian Beats

Royal Canoe cancels U.S tour due to visa delays. - FYI Music News

The Noble Thiefs won't finish last. - Metro

Check out the trailer for Burning Ember: The Steve Bell Journey. - CBC

Chic Gamine makes long distance work. - Vue Weekly

The Small Glories play benefit show in Bellingham. - Bellingham Herald

Greg MacPherson talks touring, West Broadway, and more. - Global

Red Moon Road premieres "Crashing Down". - Ground Sounds

Don Amero heads to Dauphin with bells on. - 730 CKDM

Reimagined The Hub focuses on live music. - The Manitoban

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Folk Fest in the City Supports Community Programs, Nurtures Local Music Community

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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. 

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Manitoba Country Music Awards Celebrate Local Music Community

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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. 

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Signal Boost: Manitoba Music News Roundup

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Chuck Copenace at Bedside Studios for the AMP Sessions video shoot

The Good Will hosts Manitoba X Minnesota on Nov 7. - MyToba

Attica Riots goes acoustic live in studio for Manitoba Fresh. - 99.1 Fresh

Sc Mira and The Lytics head to Japan with CIMA. - Music Industry News Network

The Noble Thiefs are a steal of a show. - Post Crecent

Rock lovers say goodbye to the Zoo. - CBC

Manitoba Chamber Orchestra's Karl Stobbe is best in the west. - The Citizen

The Mariachi Ghost team up with Guy Maddin for new video. - Exclaim!

The Mariachi Ghost Day of the Dead celebration at the ROM. - The Kit

Ghost Twin "like a horror pop ballad of mournful regret". - Grayowl Point

Chuck Copenace helps tell the story of Six Nations from within. - Brantford Expositor

Autumn Still releases debut album, When It Was. - Shaw TV

Don Amero's story inspires. - NationTalk

Abstract Artform featured in D.O. Gibson's Amsterdam video. - Hip Hop Canada

Steve Bell helps keep attention on Freedom Road. - The Canadian Press

Royal Canoe cancels US tour due to visa backlog. - CBC

Chic Gamine will cure your Adele withdrawal. - Lansing State Journal

New Orleans welcomes back Chic Gamine. - NOLA

Jocelyne Baribeau and Madame Diva hit Alberta. - Ici Radio-Canada 

The Bros. Landreth bring soul and local flavour to MTS commercial. - Yahoo

Greg Rekus takes the stage for The Fest in Florida. - American Towns

Tour Winnipeg with Slow Leaves. - Flypaper

The Small Glories take the stage at Moab Folk Festival. - Holiday & Travel Magazine

Count on JP Hoe for catchy melodies. - Nightlife

Ridley Bent is on board the Cariboo Express. - Calgary Herald

Faouzia releases her first song. - Radio Canada

Check out KEN Mode's pony costumes. - Metal Injection

Count on Denmark to be talking about The Wailin' Jennys. - Rootszone

Winnipeg's biggest music fan? - Metro Winnipeg

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Red Hot Riot: Winnipeg Rock Outfit Attica Riots Burns Bright and Plays Loud

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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, 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...

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Music Export Canada presents Canada Music Mission to Japan

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Sc Mira (Photo: Travis Ross)

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.

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Signal Boost: Manitoba Music News Roundup

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Well Sister

Beloved rock venue The Zoo closing after one last Halloween blowout. - Winnipeg Free Press

A fond farewell to The Zoo. - The Winnipeg Sun

Manitoba Music crosses boarders with Living Hour and Mise en Scene. - The Current

The Lytics reflect on an opportunity of a lifetime. - WRG Magazine

Mike D and The Lytics talk about the culture of creativity. - WRG Magazine

Transistor 66's happily dysfunctional family is going strong. - Beatroute

Well Sister's music is a spiritual autobiography. - The Uniter

Autumn Still is easy to enjoy. - Grayowl Point FREE download

Slow Leaves talks Allan Slaight Master Class, new album, and more... - Rudy Blair

William Prince's voice is perfect for Danny Schur's ode to Winnipeg. - Metro

New book on local '90s underground excavates a vivid world of dive bars. - Beatroute

Greg Rekus joins the Halloween festivities in Orlando. - The Examiner

Keith Price talks touring, catching the jazz bug, and more. - Ottawa Citizen

An unexpected treat from Kindest Cuts and Ghost Twin. - Silent Shout

Chic Gamine's Light A Match burns bright - KEXP

Chic Gamine's got Motown souls, French pop spirits, and rock'n'roll hearts. - Lansing State Journal

The Mariachi Ghost to play Dead of the Dead party. - NewCa

Fred Penner will help send away the winter blues in Regina. - The Province

French Press gears up for career expansion with upcoming release. - Meridian Booster

It's still festival season for The Small Glories. - American Towns

Romi Mayes is a voice that's here to stay. - Great Falls Tribune

An inside look at AudioOpera's new album. - The Uniter

A Mariah Carey cover by The Bros. Landreth is still on the table. - Edmonton Examiner

Red Moon Road goes Rogue this weekend. - The Georgia Straight

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Call for Submissions: Manitoba Music Los Angeles Business Mixer

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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

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Call for Submissions: Manitoba Music Promotional Videos (Loft Sessions)

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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

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MANITOBA X MINNESOTA: Manitoba Music Teams Up with MPR's The Current for Music Exchange Project, Showcases in Winnipeg and Minneapolis

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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.  

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Signal Boost: Manitoba Music News Roundup

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Holly Ruth and The Greyjays

Transistor 66 keeps it in the family. - Metro News FREE download

Transistor 66 helps get the noise heard. - The Uniter

Chic Gamine goes "All Night". - 99.1 Fresh Radio

Light a Match shows Chic Gamine's striking evolution. - Huffington Post

William Prince and Danny Schur show some Winnipeg pride. - Winnipeg Free Press

High marks for Lindsey White's latest release, Renegade . - The Manitoban

Feel the heart in Holly Ruth and the Greyjays' album. - The Uniter

Futurekids keep things interesting and fresh. - The Earology Dept

New Canadiana from Basic Nature. - Weird Canada

History of '90s Winnipeg underground music scene recounted in new book. - Winnipeg Free Press

JP Hoe lands in CBC Radio 2's top 20. - CBC Music

A+ for JP Hoe's Hideaway. - Terrorverlag

10/10 for Federal LightsCoeur de Lion. - Terrorverlag

Federal Lights lays down a The Weakerthans fave. - In Bed With - Live Sessions

Yet another opportunity to practice German courtesy of Federal Lights. - Paperblog

Check out Greek Riots for an adrenaline rush. - The Earology Dept

Take a peek inside the home of Stefanie from Mise en Scene. - The Uniter

Dub Ditch Picnic builds on a global community of weirdness. - Beatroute

Discover Rayannah's archery skills and more. - Unis TV

Red Moon Road is its own best advertisement. - The Star Phoenix

Red Moon Road gets a little help from its friends. - Vancouver Sun

Doc Walker rides the Holiday Train through Minnesota. - Waseca County News

The Bros. Landreth take the stage in Regina. - Prairie Dog Mag

Catch The Bros. Landreth in Edmonton. - Gig City

And if you're so inclined, follow The Bros. Landreth all the way west to Vancourver. - The Westender

The Wailin' Jennys make an appearance on this German soundtrack. - Sixx

Fubuki Daiko celebrates 20 years. - Metro News

Dauphin's Countryfest releases all-Canadian Canada Day lineup. - Brandon Sun

Royal Canoe looks for common ground across partisan lines. - Noisey

Royal Canoe is a time signature nerd's collaboration dream. - Ottawa Life Magazine

Fred Penner on the election: #duediliganceandvote. - CBC

So... what does Fred Penner have in common with a sexy perogy? - CBC

KEN mode returns to Windsor with a new sound. - Our Windsor

Winnipeg man opens record store featuring live music. - CTV

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