2014 WCMA nominees The Bros. Landreth perform at the June 4 nominee announcement at Manitoba Music
There will be plenty of chances to celebrate homegrown talent when the Western Canadian Music Awards roll into Winnipeg this fall. Manitoba artists and industry picked up an impressive 44 nominations in 28 categories for the 12th annual celebration of music from the western provinces and territories with talented acts from Manitoba’s Aboriginal, Francophone, and roots music communities dominating their respective categories. The hardware will be handed out at an industry brunch on October 4 and at a gala event on October 5 in Winnipeg at the newly-opened Club Regent Event Centre.
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Manitoba will be heating things up in Toronto for the country’s largest music festival and industry conference next month. A dozen Manitoba acts have been tapped for coveted showcase spots at North by Northeast (NXNE), which runs June 13-22, 2014.
Industry insiders and music fans can catch sets from the diverse crop of Manitoba acts, which runs the gamut from roots to soul-tinged pop to indie rock (and a minimum of two cellos), including several bands making their first appearance at the massive music fest.
Manitoba Music will return to The Cameron house for an eclectic showcase of critically-acclaimed new music from the prairie province on June 19 with Federal Lights, Jess Reimer, Slow Leaves, Yes We Mystic, Sweet Alibi, and Sons of York.
Manitoba Music is presenting a showcase in Toronto on November 18, 2014. This showcase is an opportunity to perform for and network with key Toronto music industry professionals including labels, agents, publishers, supervisors, publicists and more. DEADLINE: June 12, 2014
Manitoba Music is presenting showcases and networking sessions this fall in Minneapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago, November 3-7, 2014. This showcase is an opportunity to perform for and network with key music industry professionals from across the Northern Midwest including labels, agents, promoters, buyers, publicists and more. DEADLINE: June 12, 2014
We are now accepting submissions from artists and bands interested in participating in M for Montreal, November 19-22, 2014. This is an opportunity to perform for and network with influential Canadian and international music industry professionals. DEADLINE: June 12, 2014
Manitoba Music, in partnership with BreakOut West and other western music industry associations, will coordinate showcases and networking activities with international industry delegates in advance of the BreakOut West festival and conference in Winnipeg (October 2-5, 2014). DEADLINE: June 12, 2014
Manitoba Music is celebrating the 10th anniversary of one of its most acclaimed initiatives, the Aboriginal Music Program (AMP).
The Pyramid Cabaret is set to host the birthday party on June 21, National Aboriginal Day, featuring an open mic hosted by The C-Weed Band along with appearances by Eagle & Hawk, Joe Maxim Band, Ali Fontaine, Winnipeg Boyz, and many more. Kicking off at 9 p.m. with emcee Miss Melissa of NCI FM, the event is free for Manitoba Music members and $10 at the door.
Since its launch in 2004, the Aboriginal Music Program has delivered groundbreaking projects and services to help First Nation, Métis, and Inuit people develop sustainable careers in Manitoba’s music industry. It remains the first and only program dedicated to Aboriginal musicians and industry in North America. Made possible through the support of the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba, FACTOR, and Manitoba Film & Music, the program is a driving force behind a vibrant Aboriginal music community in Manitoba.
Festivals, Back Forty Folk Festival, Year of Music
The Back Forty folk Festival is turning 25. The annual celebration of music will return to the Morden Park to blow out the candles and kick off this Year of Music's summer festival season on Sunday, June 1.
For the fourth year, the West End Cultural Centre will host the ultimate showdown between artists: Bands Vs. Filmmakers. The annual fundraiser for Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque features an evening of all new film premieres by five local indie filmmakers presenting their work live to accompany performances by five local indie bands. Each filmmaker works individually with a particular band to create an visual and musical experience for the audience, which will be simultaneously screened behind each band’s performance. This year's line-up features a diverse group of local artists including Hana Lu Lu, Les Jupes, Mise en Scene, and Ridley Bent.
Eleven local high school students have spent the last few months learning about the music biz and are ready to share what they've learned with music fans. Manitoba Music and ACI Manitoba teamed up once again to run a program aimed at Manitoba youth interested in careers in the music industry. Over the span of three months, the Youth Mentorship Program provided students from various southern Manitoba high schools with a chance to expand their knowledge of the industry and develop their own music business skills.
Winnipeg-based singer/songwriter Cat Janhke has taken high honours in this year's massive International Songwriting Competition. Her song "Do What You Say", recorded for her project Cat and the Menagerie, has landed in second place in the ISC's dance/electronica category.
Toronto's getting a little taste of Manitoba this week as five local acts head east for Canadian Music Week (CMW), one of Canada’s biggest music industry festivals. Running May 6-10 in live music venues venues, the annual event offers bands a chance to showcase for -- and connect with -- industry, media, and fans.
This year's lineup of showcasing acts includes hardcore heroes Comeback Kid, up-and-coming alt.country act The Bros. Landreth, punk/pop duo Mobina Galore, synth-streaked pop outfit Indicator Indicator, and punk rocker band Distances.
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Manitoba Music is making its second trip to the England, including industry events and showcases in London and at major international music event The Great Escape (TGE) in Brighton next month.
Manitoba Music will team up once again with fellow prairie music industry associations SaskMusic and Albert Music to co-host a showcase at TGE on May 10 at Canada House. Boasting a stellar lineup of talent from across the Canadian west under the BreakOut West banner, the event features two Manitoba acts, indie rock/pop pair Mise en Scene and roots trio Crooked Brothers, along with Rah Rah, Andy Shauf, Boreal Sons, Powder Blue, and The Wet Secrets.
The weather has warmed up just in time for you to wander Winnipeg in search of some great deals on music. Saturday, April 19 is Record Store Day. which is celebrated around the world as a day to appreciate independently-owned record stores.
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Manitoba Music is producing a second round of videos in its Loft Sessions series. The live performance videos feature staged performances of new music by export-ready Manitoba artists to be used for online promotion. 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: April 24, 2014