It's April and... there are scattered flurries in the forecast. Seems like a good time to stay inside and watch some new music videos from Manitoba artists. In the last few days alone, there have five new video releases...
Imaginary Cities' live video of new single "Chasing the Sunset" heralds the band's upcoming new release, Fall of Romance.
After three tours of eastern Canada and the U.S. and a spot at Canadian Music Week last month, indie rock outfit Salinas debuts its video (and, er, drummer) for new single, "Elation".
Another busy month bringing us new artists in different genres and a music promotion company on the industry side. Join us in welcoming new members that joined over the month of March and meet them here!
Manitoba Music is now accepting applications for the 2014 edition of Aboriginal Music Performers (AMP) Camp. 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. Running February 9-14, 2014 at Falcon Trails Resort, AMP Camp will invite 20 Canadian artists from the pool of applicants to participate.
Manitoba will have a strong presence at one of Canada’s biggest music industry festivals this month. A whopping 17 Manitoba acts are making the trip to Toronto to showcase for industry, media, and fans at Canadian Music Fest (CMF), which runs March 19-24 during Canadian Music Week and features 500 showcasing bands over five nights at 45 live music venues.
Showcasing acts include pop/rock outfits Imaginary Cities, Boats, Federal Lights, Take Me To The Pilot, Oldfolks Home, Pumas, Salinas, and The Treble; hip-hop acts Abstract Artform and Goody; roots rocker James Cohen; metal band Waster; and punk rockers Diver City. Winnipeg-based indie label Pipe & Hat will have its own showcase featuring soul/pop band The Noble Thiefs, rock act The Revival, pop/rock duo Mise En Scene, and rock 'n' rollers The Bokononists.
It may be minus double digits right now, but it's not too early to think about music in the sunshine. The Winnipeg Folk Festival announced the lineup for its 40th annual event, which will take over Birds Hill Park July 10-14. Audiences will have five nights and three days for musical discovery, including a diverse line-up of internationally-acclaimed Manitoba talent, including Del Barber, Oh My Darling, Nathan Reogers, The JD Edwards Band, The Magnificent 7s, and Madame Diva.
Manitoba Music is creating a series of live performance videos of Manitoba artists to be used for online promotion. The series will feature staged performances of new music by export-ready Manitoba artists. The videos will be distributed online as part of the marketing roll-out for Manitoba Music showcases and events including export trade missions, and will be targeted to music fans, industry professionals, and media. The deadline for submissions is 4pm, Thursday, March 28, 2013.
For those lucky enough to be in Texas for the Manitoba at SXSW showcase on March 14 at Canada House, you'll see these bands first hand. The rest of us will just have to make due with these music videos…
Boats released it new album, A Fairway Full of Miners, on U.S. label Kill Rock Stars last month and followed up the buzz with its video for "Getting Worst.jpeg".
One of NPR's top picks for SXSW, Chic Gamine has made its U.S. debut with Closer, which features "Days and Days".
Imaginary Cities has offered up a little taste of its upcoming new album, Fall of Romance, in new song "Chasing the Sunset", but here's the official video for "Say You" because we love stuffed animals.
Royal Canoe will be hitting SXSW fresh from singing two labels deals, Nevado Records and Roll Call Records. Here's the band's Mike Maryniuk-directed underwater adventure, "Hold Onto the Metal".
Royal Canoe has inked two record deals. Exclaim! broke the news that the indie pop outfit has signed with Toronto label Nevado Records, which is home to Bahamas, Library Voices, Yukon Blonde, and more. The following day, the band announced that it had also signed with U.S. label Roll Call Records (Wintersleep, On An On). The band is on its way south to showcase at SXSW before heading across the pond for a European tour and a spot at the U.K.'s Great Escape Festival.
Transmission: Music Industry News & Updates is a new feature on the Manitoba Music website that will offer a semi-regular summary of music industry news from across the country and around the globe. Below is the second installment and look forward to providing future roundups of relevant and interesting industry happenings. We hope you enjoy it.
Jaylene Johnson took high honours once again at the International Songwriting Competition (ISC). The singer/songwriter's "I Wish I Could Hate You", penned with expat Heather Longstaffe and Wendy Wills, is a finalist in the country category this year. Johnson is no stranger to the ISC, picking up honourable mentions in the country category two years in a row.
Manitoba Music is interested in producing a series of videos showcasing Manitoba artists in live performance. The project should result in a series of videos that have a uniform look and feel. The videos will take an approach similar to that found in videos by Southern Souls or Tiny Desk Concerts. A short highlight reel promoting Manitoba Music more generally will also be created. The videos will be used to promote Manitoba artists to the music industry and music fans in Canada and abroad including at Manitoba Music events in Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, New York, Germany, U.K., and beyond.
Manitoba Music is partnering with the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) to produce a Manitoba Aboriginal artists showcase at the Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas on March 13, 2013. The showcase will be a part of the conference's exclusive VIP reception, which will play host to tribal leaders, talent buyers, media, representatives from Native American casinos, and business leaders from across the U.S. Three acclaimed singer/songwriters from Manitoba will showcase at the event, including Don Amero, Desiree Dorion, and Tracy Bone.
Manitoba Music is coordinating an afternoon and evening of live performances on multiple stages including the main Scotiabank Stage at The Forks on Canada Day – Monday, July 1, 2013. One of Manitoba’s most popular summer destinations, The Forks attracts thousands of visitors on Canada Day. This year’s event 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. The deadling for submissions is Thursday, March 14.
Manitoba musicians will be shedding their parkas, packing their vans, and heading due south for SXSW next month. Six local acts will hit the massive Texas music fest, which runs March 12-17 in Austin, including a Manitoba showcase and other official showcase spots. Manitoba Music and Manitoba Film & Music have teamed up to present a stellar showcase of prairie talent on March 14 at Canada House including Imaginary Cities, Royal Canoe, Chic Gamine, and Boats.
Manitoba Music and the Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.) are pleased to announce the third session of the innovative collaborative project, SongWorks. Taking place March 10-13 in the Whiteshell, the S.A.C. initiative is designed to bring professional songwriters and artists together to create new Canadian songs for upcoming recording artists’ releases.
Bucky Driedger (Royal Canoe, The Liptonians), Rusty Matyas (Imaginary Cities), and Vanessa Kuzina (Oh My Darling) worked in one-on-one sessions with local songwriters to help shape a song. Here they are talking about the importance of collaboration to their careers as part of our 'Songwriter in Residence' series.
Get to know more about Tim Potocic from Sonic Unyon Records, Padyamonium Management's Michael Gorman, and CLK Creative Works' David 'Click' Cox who will be on hand for our 'Going the Distance: Indie Career Sustainability' panel this Saturday, March 2.
There's so much great live music to see in the coming days, includ the last weekend of Festival du Voyageur. And while you're decided what to do and maybe which toque to wear, we can some new music videos together! We've got brand three new ones from Pumas, Oh My Darling, and Jenny Berkel.
Right now, Oh My Darling is one of 19 Manitoba acts showcasing at the Folk Alliance conference in Toronto but through the magic of the interweb, you can watch the band's new video for "Love Me Love Me Not".
Jenny Berkel is another Folk Alliance showcaser and also currently finishing a month-long artist residency at Toronto's Cameron House, but here she is performing her new song "Like a Rope
Manitoba’s music community rocked the house for charity this month. Over 140 curlers joined event organizers Manitoba Music and Manitoba Film & Music at the 2013 Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Curling Bonspiel at the Granite Curling Club on February 10. The annual event, which sold out quickly, brought the province's vibrant music community together to raise funds and awareness for the Unison Benevolent Fund. In the bonspiel’s three-year history, it has raised over $10,000 for the Unison Fund, landing media and national industry attention in the process.
Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program will release a new promotional music sampler in August 2013. This multi-genre collection will represent new Manitoba releases by export-ready artists of Aboriginal ancestry, and will be targeted to music industry professionals and media in all areas of popular music. The compilation will be distributed digitally and as a CD to industry professionals and journalists including at music industry conferences and in support of Manitoba Aboriginal Artist export trade missions. Submission deadline is 4pm, Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Click "read more" for complete details.
Aboriginal recording artists from Manitoba continue to rack up the accolades, landing two nominations for the 2013 JUNO Awards. The nominees for the 42nd annual awards were announced by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) in Toronto early on February 19, streamed live on CTV’s website. This year's nominees include Don Amero and Burnt Project 1.