Manitoba Music is gearing up for a busy fall season of market development events that will connect homegrown talent to influential industry contacts in major music markets in Canada, the U.S., Germany, and Australia.
Manitoba Music will make its first voyage to Australia to develop connections with key music industry companies in Melbourne and at Brisbane's BigSound 2014. Already a known commodity across the U.S. and U.K., pop/rock pair Mise en Scene will hit the showcase circuit in Melbourne and Brisbane as part of Canadian Blast September 8 and 10, along with the band's Winnipeg-based label, Pipe + Hat.
Next, Manitoba Music will team up once again with prairie counterparts SaskMusic and Alberta Music to present events in Nashville during the 15th annual Americana Music Festival (AMA), September 16-20. The series of collaborations at international industry events under the BreakOut West banner are vital to the market development and career advancement of Manitoba artists and music companies, and work to strengthen our combined exporting power.
WCMA executive director Robyn Stewart and BOW Host Committee chair Sean McManus at Fort Gibraltar, Sep 3
With less than a month away, BreakOut West took over Fort Gibraltar on September 3 for a series of announcements for the upcoming Winnipeg event, which runs October 2-5. New executive director Robyn Stewart and BOW Host Committee chair Sean McManus announced the second round of festival artists and the complete lineup of performers for the Western Canadian Music Awards Gala, which will be hosted at the new Club Regen Event Centre on October 5. Also announced is the lineup for kid-centre event Mini BreakOut West, more details on the weekend's Industry Conference, and the BreakOut West Kickoff Party featuring Dan Mangan.
Manitoba Music is gearing up for an exciting new season of professional development workshops and training opportunities for the music industry. Kicking off September 11 at Manitoba Music's Resource Centre, MusicWorks presents experienced music industry pros, trend setters, and tastemakers speaking on the most important topics for today’s artists and music industry entrepreneurs.
This year, Manitoba Music continues its popular MusicWorks segment, the DIY Series, for the second year. This stream of workshops offers developing artists and industry, as well as veterans looking to update their skills, the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the music business. The series starts with the music business fundamentals that everyone needs to master – radio play, bio writing, social media, touring, and copyright -- and ends with planning a release, showing how each of these pieces fit together to create a cohesive strategy.
MusicWorks will also host some of the most influential music professionals from across Canada and beyond for the Industry Series. These workshops will feature an in-depth focus on timely topics, including artist management, touring, conference and showcasing, understanding A&R, and more. This season, Manitoba Music will also take the workshops and networking to Brandon, as part of the Manitoba Arts Network's Manitoba Showcase 2014.
Manitoba Music is presenting a showcase at the Royal Oak Inn in Brandon on October 24 during the Manitoba Arts Networks’ Manitoba Showcase 2014. This event is an excellent opportunity to network with and perform for delegates from arts organizations across the province as well as visiting music industry professionals. DEADLINE: September 11, 2014
Sol James performs at the Prairie Barge Festival announcement
The prairie borders are being erased for one big, free outdoor party on Labour Day Weekend. Manitoba and Saskatchewan are celebrating the Year of Music together for The Prairie Barge Festival, showcasing the vibrant talent of our two provinces just a few feet away from the Assiniboine River.
“Moving the stage a few inches up on to land won’t interfere with the incredible prairie talent, or the beautiful backdrop of the river,” says Paul Jordan, CEO, The Forks North Portage Partnership.
Presented by founding legacy partner, Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Music, and Creative Saskatchewan, the festival runs August 29-31 in The Forks Historic Port, and promises three days of music, art, and culture. While high waters have grounded the barge this year, the fun will still play on the famed stage, which has hosted countless artists over its multi-year history.
The festival will feature performances from a diverse collection of acclaimed artists spanning the genres. Cellist and composer Leanne Zacharias, folk artist Keiffer McLean, alt rockers League of Wolves, pop/rock pair Mise en Scene, indie blues rock band The PistolWhips, indie folk/pop outfit Yes We Mystic will take over the stage on Friday and Saturday, joining already announced artists JUNO Award-winning soul/pop outfit Chic Gamine, alt-country favourites The Deep Dark Woods, 2014 Western Canadian Music Award nominee marijosée, singer/songwriter and former Waltons front man Jason Plumb, and a spectacular outdoor performance from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
Manitoba Music, à travers son programme de musique francophone, présente une première édition du Camp de la musique francophone de l’ouest canadien au lac Falcon (MB) du 24 au 28 novembre 2014.
L’objectif de cette activité est d’offrir à 8 artistes de niveau intermédiaire de l’ouest canadien l’occasion de se rassembler en milieu isolé pendant 5 jours intensifs de développement artistique et professionnel.
The summer of music festivals continues with the sixth annual edition of Aboriginal Music Week. Running August 20-24 in various Winnipeg venues, this year's fest will feature a number of free and tickets shows as well as community celebrations, workshops, film events, and industry networking.
AMW will play host to a number of touring acts, including first visits from emcee Tall Paul, violinist Laura Ortman, music producer Astronomar, and hip hop duo Mob Bounce, and guitarist Logan Staats. JUNO Award winners George Leach and Leela Gilday are both set to return, along with pop singer Inez Jasper, prehispanico music creator DJ Javier Estrada, and more
Homegrown talent also plays a big part on the bill this year, including performances from award-winning rock outfit Eagle & Hawk, Métis fiddlers Darren Lavallee and Melissa St. Goddard, trip hop singer and 2014 Western Canadian Music Award nominee Iskwé, funk-rockers Burnt-Project 1, champion drum group Spirit Sands Singers, rockers The Mosquitoz, country chanteuse Frannie Klein.
For four days this month, MEME is turning Winnipeg into a great big multimedia playground. The annual festival, which runs August 14-17, features DJs and artists from across the world and right here at home who will be showcasing music and digital art in venues like the Pyramid Cabaret, Union Sound Hall, and outdoors at The Cube stage.
For music fans looking to discover new artists at a small festival in the pristine outdoors, the Rainbow Trout Music Festival (RTMF) might be the perfect summer event. The sixth annual event, which runs August 15-17 just south of St. Malo, offers three days of music, camping, swimming, crafts, and more.
The prairie borders are being erased for one big, free outdoor party on Labour Day Weekend. Manitoba and Saskatchewan are celebrating the Year of Music together for The Prairie Barge Festival, showcasing the vibrant talent of our two provinces.
Presented by founding legacy partner, Winnipeg Arts Council, Manitoba Music, and Creative Saskatchewan, the festival runs August 29-31 in The Forks Historic Port, and promises three days of music, art, and culture.
We are now accepting submissions of interest from artists and artist representatives to participate in an industry networking event in Nashville, TN, September 16, 2014. This is an opportunity to network with Nashville-based music publishers, agents, promoters, songwriters, and more. There may be limited opportunities for a short showcase performance. Participants in this event should be export ready with a strong rationale and existing activities/contacts in Nashville. DEADLINE: August 21, 2014
The summer of music festivals continues with the sixth annual edition of Aboriginal Music Week. Running August 20-24 in various Winnipeg venues, this year's fest will feature a number of free and tickets shows as well as community celebrations, workshops, film events, industry networking, and more.
We are now taking submissions from artists interested in participating in Manitoba Music showcases at the Folk Music Ontario conference (formerly OCFF) in Toronto, October 16-19, 2014. This is an opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from the Canadian and international folk, roots, and traditional music community. The conference includes speakers and seminars, performer showcases, and jam sessions. Approximately 800 delegates attend the conference, including artistic directors, presenters, and provincial, national, and international industry organizations. DEADLINE: August 21, 2014
Manitoba Music is creating a series of live performance videos of First Nation, Métis, or Inuit artists to be used for online promotion. The series will feature staged performances of new music by Aboriginal members of Manitoba Music. 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: September 2, 2014
Manitoba's Year of Music celebration continues with another fantastic summer of festival this long weekend. This year marks the 125th anniversary for Islendingadagurinn or the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, which celebrates Icelandic culture and heritage... and throws one heck of a party in Gimli.
Running August 1-4, the event -- the second oldest continuous ethnic festival in North America -- offers food, crafts, games, competitions, sport, and even a Viking village. It also offers music fans three nights and two days of live music. This year's lineup is a diverse bunch, from alt-country to indie pop to jazz-tinged Mexican prog rock, featuring a big local contingent.
Festival act The Treble live at the BreakOut West news conference, July 22
With the nominees for the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards already announced, it’s time to reveal the performers for the BreakOut West Music Festival, happening October 3-4 in Winnipeg, MB. With many more performers yet to be announced the first round already sees quite a few WCMA nominees taking the stage at the two-day festival
On May 16, the Copyright Board of Canada released a long-awaited decision on royalty rates for streaming services. This decision, called Re:Sound Tariff 8 – Non-Interactive & Semi-Interactive Webcasts, 2009-2012, set the rate for commercial webcasters at 10.2 cents per 1,000 plays, while the CBC tariff is set at 13.1 cents per 1,000 plays – a massive setback for the Canadian music community, and for the artists and music companies that invest in their careers.
To put these rates into perspective:
An artist would need 12,647 plays to be able to pay for a download of their own song.
More than 16,000 plays would be needed to purchase a medium Tim Hortons coffee.
More than 4 million plays would be needed to fill up a tour bus with a tank of gas!
At the heart of any great music career story is a great song. Manitoba Music is bringing nine performing songwriters together to enhance their songwriting chops and create new songs through collaboration at Manitoba SongCamp. The three-day co-writing retreat will take place in a tranquil cabin setting in the Whiteshell, July 20 – July 23, 2014.
The session brings together a diverse group of established and emerging performing songwriters spanning several genres, including Cassidy Mann, Charlotte Kosc, Flo Oramasionwu (Flo), Grant Davidson (Slow Leaves), Jenna Priestner (Mobina Galore), Kevin Roy, Maxine Peters, Matt Worobec (Lost Weekend), and Sonia Eidse.
After much anticipation, the prestigious Polaris Music Prize released this year's short list and Brandon-based Inuit throat singer and composer Tanya Tagaq's acclaimed album Animism is one of the top 10 Canadian albums of the year.
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Sons of York kick off Manitoba Music Live at The Cube on August 1
Homegrown talent is on the menu at Old Market Square this summer. The Exchange District BIZ is teaming up with Manitoba Music to present a series of free lunch hour concerts highlighting local artists at The Cube stage throughout August.
Running noon to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Manitoba Music Live at The Cube kicks off August 1 with rock’n’roll faves Sons of York for a launch event hosted by Breakfast Television’s Jenna Khan. The series’ diverse lineup runs the gamut from the indie pop to country to soulful roots, featuring performances from JUNO Award nominee Don Amero, Western Canadian Music Award-nominated roots trio Sweet Alibi, pop/rock outfit The Treble, ukulele-wielding singer/songwriter Brooke Palsson, and pop newcomer Sc Mira.