Standing ovation for Chic Gamine at Winnipeg Folk Festival 2014
Whenever the Winnipeg Folk Festival announces its lineup, the weather always seems to get a little nicer. So big thanks to the venerable organization for bringing some much-needed warmth and laying out the first blueprint for the summer. The 42nd annual festival, which will take over Birds Hill Park July 9-12, will offer audiences four nights and three days of musical discovery, including a stellar line-up of celebrated Manitoba talent.
Manitoba songwriters have landed 11 spots on the International Songwriting Competition's list of semi-finalists, including nods for Matt Epp, Seanster and the Monsters' Sean Hogan, Don Amero, Steve Bell, and more. Winners will be announced at the end of April, with prizes including over $25,000 in cash, merchandise, and services.
Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program (AMP) is headed to the "entertainment capital of the world" to connect with some of North America's major players in the U.S.-based Indigenous music scene. AMP will hit Las Vegas March 9-12 for the Reservation Economic Summit, which plays host to tribal leaders, talent buyers, media, representatives from Native American casinos, and business leaders from across America.
After a little winter break, Manitoba Music and the Winnipeg Folk Festival are excited to announce that their popular open mic night will return this month in a new location. The free monthly evenings will move to popular new Exchange District haunt, Maw's Eatery, on the third Tuesday of every month. Singer/songwriter Raine Hamilton will host the first of the new iteration of open mic nights on March 17.
Clockwise from top left: Mise en Scene, The Bros. Landreth, JP Hoe, Del Barber
Over 8,000 babies are given the name “Austin” every year, but there is only one Manitoba. And after what this singular prairie province has in store for SXSW, you’ll be noticing a lot more Manitobas south of the border. Nestled at the heart of the continent, Manitoba is home to an internationally-recognized arts scene and some of the most talented and intrepid musicians around. This month, they’re taking it on the road; tossing toques and mittens and heading due south for the massive Texas music fest.
The Exchange District BIZ and Manitoba Music are partnering once again to present a series of noon hour concerts at The Cube stage in Old Market Square. The series will celebrate Manitoba artists over the month of August in the setting of Winnipeg’s historic and bustling Exchange District. All events are free and open to the public. DEADLINE: March 20, 2015
Manitoba Music is seeking an organized, personable, detail-oriented, and self-motivated individual to assist our staff in music industry research such as collecting vital information on the activities of Manitoba artists and companies, updating international music industry information, and creating web and social media content. DEADLINE: March 5, 2015
JP Hoe, Andrina Turenne, Donna Evans, and Jenna Khan in one of this year's curling videos
As the local music community readies its brooms to rock the house, City Winnipeg's Wheeler in the Morning has produced and launched a fun new series of curling videos to highlight the Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel in support of the Kevin Walters Memorial Fund.
Manitoba Music is pleased to welcome its newest staff member, Anthony Augustine. Augustine will take on the new role of industry development manager after Sean McManus left the position to become the music industry association's executive director in January of this year.
Manitoba Music and FortWhyte Alive are teaming up to present the Manitoba Music Winter Songwriter Retreat 2015. The three-day co-writing retreat will bring nine emerging songwriters together to strengthen their songwriting chops through collaboration at a secluded lakeside field station and architecturally unique cabins at FortWhyte Alive, March 29-31, 2015. DEADLINE: March 5, 2015
Clockwise from top left: The Small Glories, Red Moon Road, Leaf Rapids, Sweet Alibi
Manitoba is bringing a little prairie weather to the "Show-Me-State" next week. Four 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 27th annual event runs February 19-22 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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.
Presented through Manitoba Music's Francophone initiative, La musique francophone de l'ouest canadien and dubbed Rame à la rencontre de l’industrie de la musique francophone, the event builds on the success of last year’s inaugural Rame à la rencontre and a Montreal edition in October.
Running February 20 and 21, in conjunction with Festival du Voyageur, Rame à la rencontre features two showcases and an afternoon industry panel as well as networking opportunities and one-on one meetings for participants. The event offers the Francophone music community a rare opportunity to connect with the industry tastemakers, showcase their talents, and continue to learn about the business of breaking into Francophone markets.
Manitoba Music is coordinating live performances on multiple stages including the main stage at The Forks on Canada Day, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. 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. DEADLINE: February 26, 2015
Neil Watson Trio played Hygge House at Manitoba Music On Ice 2014 (Photo: J.Senft Photography)
Manitoba Music and The Forks are once again teaming up with local festivals and venues to warm up the frozen ice on the Louis Riel Day Weekend. Brave Manitoba musicians will put on their warmest winter wear for an acoustic afternoon of live music at the innovative Warming Huts on the Red River Mutual Trail for the third edition of Manitoba Music On Ice on Sunday, February 15.
Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts are set to launch a new project, the Market Builder Residency for Aboriginal Artists and Industry. Running February 8-13, 2015 in Toronto through Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program, Market Builder provides a unique opportunity for seven export ready artists and four music entrepreneurs from across Canada to connect with industry leaders and exceptional creators in Toronto.
Manitoba Music and ACI Manitoba have teamed up for the seventh 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 project is now accepting submissions from young Manitoba bands and solo artists. This multi-genre compilation will feature new music by young Manitoba artists and will help promote young artists to music industry companies and local media. Deadline: February 19, 2015
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...
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.
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.
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