Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program is leading a small trade mission to Planet IndigenUs in Toronto this summer. The project will provide up to three First Nation, Métis, or Inuit music professionals with a chance to connect with international buyers and artists at a series of showcases and networking events set for August 6-10. 2015. DEADLINE: June 11, 2015
The five friendly faces of brothers Anthony, Andrew, and Alex Sannie, cousin Mungala Londe and “adopted” brother DJ Lonnie Ce have become household names in their hometown of Winnipeg.
After bursting on to the scene when radio DJ Ace Burpee — formerly of Hot 103 — got a hold of their single “Big City Soundgirl” in 2009, the group quickly became one of the most recognized musical acts in the city.
Manitoba Music is pleased to announce that submissions are now open for three programs designed to build the capacity of Manitoba’s music industry: Artist Management Internship Program, Music Industry Internship Program, and Business Acceleration Consulting Program.
There will be plenty of chances to celebrate Manitoba talent when the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA) make their way to Victoria this fall. The 2015 nominees were revealed at the official media conference at Victoria’s McPherson Playhouse and at simultaneous announcements across Western Canada, including Winnipeg’s event at Manitoba Music. Manitoba artists and industry earned 27 nominations in 17 categories for the 13th annual celebration of music from the western provinces and territories. The hardware will be handed out at a gala event on September 20.
Manitoba’s music is once again breaking ground at Canadian Music Week (CMW), one of Canada’s biggest music industry festivals, May 1-10 in Toronto. Ten homegrown acts are booked to play the festival, which offers them the chance to perform in front of and network with music fans, industry, and media from across Canada and the world.
Manitoba Music is getting ready to make its way across the Atlantic next month, including industry events in London and its third annual showcase at major international music event The Great Escape (TGE) in Brighton. Teaming up with fellow Western Canadian music industry associations SaskMusic, Alberta Music, and Music BC, Manitoba Music will co-host a showcase under the BreakOut West banner at TGE on May 16 at Brighton’s The Green Door Store. This year’s event features a stellar Western Canadian lineup including two Manitoba acts, hip hop heroes The Lytics and husband and wife Americana duo Leaf Rapids.
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.