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
Manitoba Music is accepting submissions from performing songwriters or bands interested in participating in a new songwriters conference and festival hosted by Music PEI. The PEI SongWorks Conference and festival will include an opportunity for Manitoba artists to mentor Prince Edward Island songwriters, to perform for PEI audiences, and to showcase and pitch songs to international music supervisors and publishers from across Canada and the U.S. The event will take place May 11-17, 2015 at various locations in PEI. The event will consist of demo writing and recording, songwriting workshops, and showcase performances at various venues in Charlottetown, Summerside, and Georgetown. DEADLINE: January 15, 2015
Manitoba Music is heating things up in the middle of winter with its second annual industry gathering, January Music Meeting.
Running January 30 to February 1 in Winnipeg, the event welcomes some of Canada’s top music industry pros in a conference format that includes panels, workshops, discussion groups, and one-on-one meetings. Reps from the label, agency, management, festival, publishing, and publicity sides of the industry will converge on Winnipeg to discuss the state of Canada’s independent music industry and provide concrete advice on how to succeed in the ever-changing music business.
Manitoba Music is a not-for-profit music industry association with an office located in Winnipeg. We are currently looking for someone to join our team in the position of Industry Development Manager. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Industry Development Manager oversees the delivery of our industry development programs including professional development, industry development, and market development initiatives. DEADLINE: January 14, 2015
Western Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee Fred Penner at the Western Canadian Music Awards, October 2014 (Photo: Travis Ross / Courtesy of BreakOut West)
The JUNOS. BreakOut West. Manitoba Live. Polaris. Calling 2014 the Year of Music in Manitoba is almost an understatement...
Winnipeg was the official capital of Canadian music as excitement amped up for The 2014 JUNO Awards, which recognized homegrown acts with 13 nominations. The massive event took over Winnipeg in March for a week of fun including packing local venues for JUNOfest, a glittery invite-only gala, and the big ticket televised spectacle at the MTS Centre. Winnipeg also hosted many lead-up events and "Random Acts of JUNO" everywhere from transit buses to shopping malls and frozen skating trails to indie coffee shops, proving that here in Winnipeg, we really do speak music.
The Uniter is teaming up with Manitoba Music and the West End Cultural Centre once again this year and the showcase will happen on January 15, 2015 at the WECC.
Do you think you are one of the five local acts to watch in 2015? If so, please tweet a brand new YouTube video (it can be simple audio, a full on production or you singing in your bathroom - just make it your best song) @TheUniter with the hashtag #UNITERFIVER between now and December 18, 2014. Acts that meet the criteria will be added to The Uniter's site on December 19. Views don't count, the winners will be taken from how many "likes" the video gets on YouTube. Voting will end on January 2, 2015 at noon.
Sean McManus (Photo: Mark Reimer / Uniter Archive - uniter.ca)
Manitoba Music is pleased to announce that Sean McManus will take on a new role as executive director in January 2015. McManus has been with Manitoba Music for seven years in different positions, including program manager and training coordinator.
Manitoba Music, à travers son programme de musique francophone, présente une troisième édition de l’événement contact, Rame à la rencontre de l’industrie de la musique francophone dans le cadre du Festival du Voyageur 2015. L’objectif de cet événement est de rapprocher des auteurs-compositeurs-interprètes francophones de l’ouest canadien avec des professionnels de l’industrie de la musique francophone. DATE LIMITE DE SOUMISSION : le jeudi 18 décembre 2014
'Tis the season to listen to some great holiday tunes from local artists! We've put together a playlist overflowing with holiday spirit featuring over three hours of holiday and winter-themed music by local artists at manitobamusic.com/holiday.
2014 Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel (Photo: J. Senft Photography)
Manitoba’s music community is getting ready rock the house for charity. Manitoba Music and Manitoba Film & Music will join forces once again for the Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel, which will take place at the Granite Curling Club on February 28, 2015.
The fifth annual event, which sells out quickly every year, will bring the province's vibrant music community together to raise funds and awareness for the Kevin Walters Memorial Fund -- a charity that honours Walters' memory through financial support for promising performers and organizations in music, film, performance and the creative arts. Walters, who passed away in June 2014, had very close ties with Manitoba Music, Manitoba Film & Music, as well as larger the music industry.