Manitoba’s music industry continued to shine at this year's Western Canadian Music Awards, picking up nine awards, including six in the artistic categories, at the 11th annual event. The hardware was handed out at a gala celebration on October 6 in Calgary, hosted by CBC Radio 3’s Grant Lawrence, and at an invite-only industry brunch the day before. Local artists and music companies landed 31 nominations in 20 categories at the annual celebration of music from the western provinces and territories. This year's winners include: KEN mode, Del Barber, Don Amero, Mahogany Frog, Steve Bell, Erin Propp & Larry Roy, and Paquin Entertainment.
Mise en Scene's Jodi Dunlop and Stefanie Blondal Johnson
By Julijana Capone
Mise en Scene’s Stefanie Blondal Johnson (guitar/vocals) and Jodi Dunlop (drums) have been riding a wave of success over the past few years, getting to know the glory and the grind of life on the road, and perfecting the art of napping.
Their reverb-soaked debut, Desire’s Despair, came out in 2012, garnering the band a slewof media attention – CBC Music’s Lana Gay singled out the garage pop duo as ones to watch at this year’s Canadian Music Week – and it’s been a jam-packed year of gigging ever since.
“It’s kind of cool, because now Jodi and I can nap anywhere,” Johnson says. “Like, as soon as we’re in something that moves – like a car or a train or a plane – we just fall asleep immediately. Before I used to be like ‘I don’t know how to nap,’ and now all I do is nap, it seems.”
Clocking in two European tours in the past six months, the band’s latest jaunt included a bunch of sold out slots through the U.K. and Germany opening for L.A. indie-rockers Giant Drag and Glasgow folk/rock outfit Three Blind Wolves, and a Manitoba Music showcase at Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival, alongside other Manitoba acts Federal Lights and Les Jupes. Amid the mêlée of the festival, the girls also got to meet and hang out with Chicago buzz band Smith Westerns and Vancouver indie rock group The Zolas.
Art lovers take in the numerous exhibitions at the WAG (Photo: Brett Howe, 2011)
Manitobans don't really need an excuse to get out and take in some of this province's incredible talent. We're known for our arts and culture scene, including numerous internationally-acclaimed musicians, composers, visual artists, dancers, poets, and writers. So when Culture Days comes around, there's always plenty to see and do and hear
Indian City performing for Aboriginal Music Live at The Cube, Sep 20
Manitoba artists have a few chances to hear their names called when the hardware is handed out at the Canadian Folk Music Awards next month. Four homegrown acts -- Don Amero, Vince Fontaine, Ruth Moody, and Madame Diva -- landed nominations this year. The envelopes will be opened at the University of Calgary's University Theatre on November 10 at a gala hosted by CBC's Shelagh Rogers and musician Benoit Bourque.
Clockwise from top left: Federal Lights, Mise en Scene, Les Jupes (Photos: Ryan Nolan, Samantha Katz)
Sprechen Sie Manitoban? Three homegrown acts are joining with some prairie cohorts for a showacse in one of Europe’s biggest music markets: Germany. Acclaimed local indie acts Les Jupes, Mise en Scene, and Federal Lights will be hitting Hamburg on September 28 for showcase during the Reeperbahn Festival, which typically attracts over 1,500 music industry professionals and media from 24 countries and attracts 17,000 visitors.
Building on the success of Manitoba Music’s two past trips to the German market and successful export marketing events in France and the UK, the showcase is part of a trade mission that will continue the focus on high-level networking and business development opportunities for Manitoba and western Canadian companies and showcases for artists.
Five Manitoba acts are saying bonjour to Montreal this week. Royal Canoe, Les Jupes, Chic Gamine, and Ingrid Gatin, plus a doc about Mahogany Frog, will be hitting various stages in La belle ville for the 11th edition of Pop Montreal, one of Canada's hottest music festivals, which runs September 25-29.
Manitoba Music is bringing together some of Canada's most experienced music presenters for a unique event aimed at increasing opportunities for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis musicians from Manitoba. The Aboriginal Music Presenters Summit will include a day of panel discussions and mentor sessions at the Manitoba Music office on September 20, as well two showcases of local talent at The Cube in Old Market Square.
As we prepare to say goodbye to another fantastic summer of music, there's still more songs to be heard in the beautiful outdoors. The 12th annual Harvest Moon Festival, which runs September 13-15 in Clearwater, will serve up a weekend of workshops on sustainable living, farmer's market, kid's fun, fair trade fair, and a big helping of local music.
Meet Florent Clavel from Third Side Music, Outside Music's Evan Newman, and Heather Gardner from Vapor Music Group, who will be on hand this Saturday, September 14 for our Understanding A&R: Demo Listening Derby event.
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., and Germany.
First up is the latest in Manitoba Music's series of collaborations with prairie counterparts, SaskMusic and Alberta Music, to present the BreakOut West Backyard Party at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee. It's Manitoba Music's first showcase at the 14th annual event, which features thousands of artists, fans, and top industry pros from Nashville and around the world.
The September 19 showcase at East Nashville haunt, The Groove, will feature performances by three acts that are poised to break into the hot Americana market: internationally-acclaimed Manitoba roots darling Ruth Moody (also of The Wailin' Jennys), Saskatchewan’s J.J. Voss, and Alberta's Joe Nolan. The prairie triumvirate will also co-host a networking event with Nashville-based music publishers on September 17 featuring Manitoba country duo Keith and Renee, Alberta's Pear, and Saskatchewan's Codie Prevost.
After a busy summer of new music from 21 Manitoba artists, the fall is looking like another good music harvest. There are over a dozen new titles from Manitoba artists this fall with more on the horizon, as well as many local release parties, in just about every genre. Check out the roundup of upcoming albums and events after the jump and start your September off with some great new local music!
As summer comes to close and school is back in session, new members are finding their way in to our offices and the recourse centre. August brought us a new batch of talented artists and a manager on the industry side. Find out more about who joined and what they're working on right here!
Country music fans are going to get a taste Manitoba when Edmonton hosts this year's Country Music Week. The annual celebration runs September 4-8 and includes a number of free and ticketed events as well as the popular Canadian Country Music Awards.
Get to know more about Michelle Szeto, Head of PR & Marketing at Paquin Entertainment Group, who will be on hand for our first of six DIY SERIES events called 'How to Write an Effective Artist Biography' Wednesday, September 11.
New regulations for international touring artists playing in Canada have been making headlines since the Calgary Herald’s August 28 article, New fees for international touring musicians threaten smaller clubs and live venues across Canada. These new rules, which went into effect on July 31, could have a devastating impact on the future of Canada’s music industry.
We're excited to welcome a new addition to Manitoba Music. Joel Couture has joined our team to helm our new Francophone Music Program. Joel was born and raised in St. Boniface and has been involved in the Franco-Manitoban community as a musician for many years. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba and spent six years at l’Université de Saint-Boniface working in student recruiting and event planning. As a recording and touring musician, Joel has played with many local artists, including Matt Epp, Justin Lacroix, and The Mailman’s Children. Stop by the office on Mondays and Tuesdays and say hello or drop him a line at email@example.com. Restez à l'écoute pour plus de détails au sujet de notre tout nouveau programme!
We're pleased to announce the new fall/winter season of MusicWorks, our professional development workshops for the music industry. Kicking off September 11, MusicWorks presents experienced music industry pros, hot new trend setters, and tastemakers speaking on the most important topics for today’s artists and music industry entrepreneurs. Once again, we will host some of the most influential music professionals from across Canada and beyond for the Industry Panel Series. We're also launching a new MusicWorks segment: the DIY Series, which offers emerging artists and entrepreneurs, as well as veterans looking to update their skills, the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the music business.