Some of the brightest emerging talent from Western Canada’s Francophone scene is heading to the nation’s capital next month to connect with top industry. Manitoba Music, through its Francophone Music Program, will host an industry showcase at this year’s edition of the awards show and conference, Gala des prix Trille Or in Ottawa.
Whether you're a musician, a budding producer, or have dreams of running your own indie label, hands-on experience is vital to exploring a career in the music business. Ten local high school students have been doing just that and now they're ready to share what they've learned with music fans.
Clockwise from top left: Dondrea Erauw, Chad Richardson, Tyler Tasson, Andy Stochansky
Manitoba Music is gearing up for the latest edition in its songwriter development series with the help of a national songwriters initiative. Slated for July 5-8, the Manitoba Music Summer Songwriter Retreat will combine co-writing opportunities with creative and business mentorship, connecting industry heavy-hitters with emerging Manitoba talent to strengthen their songwriting chops through collaboration. DEADLINE: May 14, 2015
Music fans have a little extra something to look forward to this weekend. April 18 marks the eighth annual Record Store Day, which is celebrated around the world as a day to appreciate independently-owned record stores.
Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program is producing a showcase for a delegation of music presenters and managers in Winnipeg during the National Aboriginal Day weekend. The showcase is set for June 20, 2015 at the Pyramid Cabaret and up to five First Nation, Métis, or Inuit acts will be selected to perform. DEADLINE: May 20, 2015
TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival's 2015 lineup announcement heralds the warmer weather and summer is officially on the horizon. Now celebrating its 26th year, Winnipeg’s largest downtown music festival will feature nearly 100 performers taking over various city stages, June 11-21. Drawing thousands of concert goers, the live music spans just about every genre, from jazz standards to R&B, hardbop to hip hop, roots and blues to indie rock and electronic pop, latin jazz, and just about everything in between.
Clockwise from top left: The Bros. Landreth, Del Barber, Tanya Tagaq, Comeback Kid
Four Manitoba acts have rounded up five nominations at this year’s Independent Music Awards, aka The Indies: Tanya Tagaq, The Bros. Landreth, Del Barber, and Comeback Kid. The awards will be handed out at the Grand Ballroom of Toronto's Sheraton Centre on May 9.
Close your eyes and imagine soaking up live music and sun without having to wear a jacket... Manitoba's newest music fest is ready to take over The Forks this summer. After establishing itself in Edmonton, Interstellar Rodeo makes its Winnipeg debut August 14-16, boasting a diverse and dynamic lineup that includes over a dozen acts, from Americana to rock to pop to the truly genre-bending.
From left: Darryl Brunger (Woody Holler and his Orchestra, Daniel Jordan (Red Moon Road)
By Manitoba Music and Deborah Remus
Many artists are familiar with industry conferences and festivals like BreakOut West, North by Northeast, Canadian Music Week, Folk Alliance International, and the music mecca, South by Southwest. Performing arts showcases, often called “contact events”, are another showcasing avenue that may be a little less in the public eye, but can be just as valuable as a way to book shows and tours.
Manitoba Music is producing a second round of videos in its AMP Sessions video series. The videos will feature live performances of new music by First Nation, Métis, or Inuit members of Manitoba Music. The videos will be distributed online by Manitoba Music and used in promoting showcases, trade show booths, and events. They will be targeted to music fans, industry professionals, and media and can be used by the artists for marketing purposes. DEADLINE: April 23, 2015
Clockwise from top left: Adam Hanney, Ariane Jean, Bobby Desjarlais, Dominique Lemoine, Jeff Bruce, Jordan St.Cyr, Quinton Blair, Raine Hamilton, Stefanie Blondal Johnson
Manitoba Music and FortWhyte Alive are teaming up this month to present the Manitoba Music Winter Songwriter Retreat. The 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.
The Bros. Landreth accept their award at the 2015 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards
The envelopes were opened, the names were read, and Manitobans are heading home with five JUNO Awards. The glittery 2015 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards, which took place at the Hamilton Convention on March 14, handed out hardware to music legend Fred Penner, groundbreaking throat singer Tanya Tagaq, country blues outfit The Bros. Landreth, artist Roberta Hansen and photographer Mike Latchislaw, and Brandon-born violin virtuoso James Ehnes.
Del Barber sharing the stage with The Bros. Landreth at Americana Music Fest
It seems like just yesterday, the JUNOS were taking over Winnipeg... but it's really been a whole year and now Canada's awards show is landing in Hamilton. Those making the trip have plenty of chances to catch some Manitoba music at the festivities, including two-day music fest JUNOfest, charity hockey game JUNOcup, Junior JUNOS kids show, the JUNO Songwriters' Circle, and the big ticket itself, JUNO Awards telecast.
Curlers in action at the 2015 Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel (Photo: J.Senft Photography)
Manitoba’s music scene has rocked the house for charity. Over 140 curlers joined event organizers Manitoba Music and Manitoba Film & Music at the 2015 Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel at the Granite Curling Club on February 28. The sold out event brought the province's vibrant music community together to raise over $4,400 for the Kevin Walters Memorial Fund.
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.