Manitoba Music and The Forks are teaming up to keep ears warm this Louis Riel Day weekend with an all-local playlist that can be streamed while skating on the ice. Visitors can lace up their skates, connect with The Forks’ free site-wide Wi-Fi, and press play at manitobamusic.com/skate to listen to an hour of homegrown music while they make their way along on-land trails or stream it while out on the Red River Mutual Trail.
Bobby Desjarlais, Quinton Blair, and Adrian Dyer at the 2015 Songwriter Retreat (Photo: Samanta Katz)
Manitoba Music is teaming up with its prairie counterparts for the latest edition in its songwriter development series. The Prairie Winter Songwriter Retreat will offer nine performing songwriters from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta an opportunity to strengthen their songwriting chops through collaboration.
Manitoba roots artists are packing up their parkas and instruments and heading south to Missouri this month. Nine local acts are gearing up to showcase at the Folk Alliance International Conference (FAI), the premier professional development conference focused on folk, roots, multicultural, and world music in North America. The 28th annual event runs February 17-21 in Kansas City, Missouri.
Fresh Radio is celebrating its first birthday this month. Winnipeg’s modern music station is bringing the party to The New Millennium Centre this week for a special event featuring Federal Lights, Adam Hanney and Co., and World Karaoke Champ Elsaida Alerta.
Francophone music entrepreneurs from across Western Canada are getting ready to gather in Winnipeg this month for an event focused on building key music business connections and creating career development opportunities. La musique francophone de l'Ouest canadien and dubbed Rame à la rencontre de l’industrie de la musique francophone, this is the event’s third edition in Winnipeg and follows up a Montreal session in October.
Des entrepreneurs de la musique francophone de l’Ouest canadien se rassembleront à Winnipeg ce mois-ci pour participer à un événement ayant pour buts l’établissement de relations d’affaires stratégiques au sein de l’industrie musicale et la création d’occasions de développement de carrière. Organisé par Manitoba Music dans le cadre de son initiative francophone La musique francophone de l’Ouest canadien, cet événement appelé Rame à la rencontre de l’industrie de la musique francophone en est à sa troisième édition à Winnipeg et fait suite à l’édition montréalaise qui a eu lieu en octobre dernier.
Attica Riots at Canada Day at The Forks in 2015 (Photo: J.Senft Photography)
Manitoba Music is coordinating live performances on multiple stages including the main stage at The Forks on Canada Day, Friday, July 1, 2016. One of Manitoba’s most popular summer destinations, The Forks attracts thousands of visitors on Canada Day. This year’s concerts will celebrate and promote Manitoba artists with multi-genre concerts featuring solo artists, bands, and DJs, on stages around The Forks. This event is free and open to the public. Performances must be ‘family-friendly’ in language and content. We welcome submissions from high energy bands and solo artists in all genres. Artists will be compensated for their performance. DEADLINE: March 3, 2016
Manitoba artists are strong contenders for top honours at the 2016 JUNO Awards. Homegrown acts are up for several awards, including five nominations for artists that currently call Manitoba home. The nominees for the 45th annual awards were announced by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) on February 2. Canada’s music awards are headed for Calgary for JUNO Week, March 28 - April 3, 2016. This year's nominees include Don Amero, KEN mode, Curtis Nowosad, and Big Dave McLean.
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 indie rock outfit Federal Lights. Tune in to 99.1 Fresh Radio and stay tuned for so much more...
Nineteen Aboriginal musicians from across Canada will converge on Falcon Trails Resort for the Aboriginal Music Performers (AMP) Camp, which kicks off January 31. Hosted by Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts, the week-long residency gives emerging and mid-career Aboriginal recording artists an opportunity to develop their business skills and artistic abilities.
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.
In conjunction with the Big Fun Festival, which will host a special Manitoba Music Showcase, JMM2016 kicks off its three-day on January 29. 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...
Manitoba Music and the ACI Manitoba have teamed up for the latest edition of the Youth Mentorship Program in Music Management. Aimed at youth interested in careers in the music industry, the three-month program provides a dozen students from various southern Manitoba high schools with a chance to expand their knowledge of the industry and develop their own music business skills. The workshops help to develop the students’ practical skills, put to the test with a multi-genre music sampler. The project is now accepting submissions from young Manitoba bands and solo artists. DEADLINE: February 4, 2016
With a loud "hé ho", Festival du Voyageur has unveiled the programming for its 2016 festival. Now celebrating its 47th year, Manitoba's premier winter festival has built a reputation for booking diverse acts covering just about every genre imaginable, from traditional tunes to country to indie rock to roots.
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 rock outfit Colour Revolution. Tune in to 99.1 Fresh Radio and stay tuned for so much more...
The Bros. Landreth accept their award at the 2015 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards
We’re not really sure where the year went. It seems like only a few days ago that we were cracking into 2015 with a busy slate of events and initiatives, building on the momentum from the Year of Music with new executive director Sean McManus at the helm. As we head into the last few days of the year, here are a few moments that stood out…
Royal Canoe's Bucky Driedger and KEN Mode's Jesse Matthewson sat down for a talk prior to Manitoba Music's recent DIY Series workshop on planning a successful album release. During the chat, they detailed seven fundamental tips to devising the perfect album release.
Manitoba Music is heating things up in the middle of winter with its third annual industry gathering, January Music Meeting. Running January 29 to 31 in Winnipeg, the event welcomes some of Canada’s top music industry pros in a conference format that includes group sessions, 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 constantly evolving music business.
Big Fun is turning five! The indie winter festival is ready to take over Winnipeg January 27-31, offering up five days of music on various city stages, including The Good Will, The Handsome Daugher, Windsor Hotel, and more. This year's event features 15 concerts and over 45 acts, including many headlining locals.
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 27, 2016.
The sixth 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 2014, had very close ties with Manitoba Music, Manitoba Film & Music, and the larger the music industry.
Manitoba Music is teaming up with SaskMusic, Alberta Music, with FortWhyte Alive for the Prairie Winter Songwriter Retreat. This retreat will bring together three songwriters from each province for three days of collaborative songwriting. The co-writing retreat will take place at a secluded lakeside field station and architecturally unique cabins at FortWhyte Alive, February 28 to March 2, 2016. DEADLINE: January 4, 2016
Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program is leading a small trade mission to Native American communities in Southern California at the end of February/beginning of March. The project will provide up to five First Nation, Métis, or Inuit music professionals with a chance to connect with tribal leaders, Native American recording artists, talent buyers at Native American casinos, Native American media, and Native American event producers during a three-day tour of the region. DEADLINE: January 14, 2015
Manitoba Music is ready to launch the new Android build of MB Live, its free app that helps music fans find concerts at venues and clubs in Winnipeg and throughout the entire province, powered by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. Featuring the most comprehensive and up-to-date live music listings, the Android app builds on the success of Manitoba Music’s iOS app, which was launched in 2014 to celebrate the Year of Music in Manitoba.