Visual Lizard's Doug Ross and Premier Greg Selinger demo the Manitoba Live app
Music fans have a new way to find out about live music in Manitoba.
Premier Greg Selinger officially launched Manitoba Music's new concert-finding app Manitoba Live on March 4 at the West End Cultural Centre at a news conference hosted by Ace Burpee of 103.1 Virgin Radio. Manitoba Live, powered by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, is a free iOS app that helps music fans find concerts in venues and clubs in Winnipeg and throughout the entire province. The app features the most up-to-date concert and festival listings in Manitoba, brought to you by the Manitoba Music team.
With Manitoba Live, users can instantly find live music events by venue and by date, see which shows are happening nearby, discover new bands and venues, see artist lineups, get more info on hundreds of local artists, connect via Twitter and Facebook, share the hottest shows with friends, and add events to their calendar so they never miss a show.
Developed by Winnipeg digital media firm Visual Lizard, Manitoba Live is fuelled by Manitoba Music’s popular listings portal, the Live Music Calendar (LMC), which attracts thousands of visitors every month. Manitoba Music has spent a decade building the listings infrastructure and database, as well as a connection with venues and artists, to help music fans find the live music they want. Manitoba Live takes this a step further, putting the power in the pockets of music fans across the province.
CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today platinum-selling hip hop artist and 2013 JUNO Award winner Classified, platinum-selling and three-time JUNO Award-winning artist Johnny Reid, and hit-making, 2014 JUNO performer and multi-platinum-selling, four-time JUNO Award winner Serena Ryder as co-hosts of THE 2014 JUNO AWARDS. It was also announced that Classified and Serena Ryder are set to performer together to open the two-hour award show.
The 2014 JUNO Awards are taking over Winnipeg at the end of March! In the lead-up to JUNO Week (March 24-30), the Winnipeg Host Committee joined forces with Kevin McDonald of Kids in the Hall fame to commit RANDOM ACTS OF JUNO.
Manitoba musicians will be trading biting windchill for hot live music and heading due south for massive Texas music fest South by Southwest (SXSW) next month. Several local acts are slated to perform at the festival and conference, which runs March 11-16 and features career-building showcases and key networking opportunities.
The Manitoba Showcase takes over Canada House on Austin’s famed 6th Street for a showcase featuring buzzed-about acts, including JUNO-nominated genre-bending pop outfit Royal Canoe, acclaimed singer/songwriter JP Hoe, in-your-face pop/rock pair Mise en Scene, and indie rock band Federal Lights. The Manitoba event creates an additional performance opportunity for artists with official SXSW showcases.
Sweet Alibi performers at The 2014 JUNO Awards news conference on February 25
The party of the year is coming to Winnipeg next month!
JUNO Week hits the city March 24-30 with host of exciting events, including the popular two-night music festival, JUNOfest, as well as the JUNO Songwriters' Circle, JUNO Fan Fare, JUNO Cup, and more. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) was in town on February 25 for the lineup announcement, which featured a live performance by local roots trio Sweet Alibi.
Running March 28 through 29 in 15 Winnipeg venues, JUNOfest 2014 will feature over 100 bands from across the country spanning pretty much every genre, including many of this year's nominees and a massive Manitoba presence.
The confirmed lineup of Manitoba acts hitting JUNOfest stages next month includes 2014 JUNO nominees Royal Canoe and Desiree Dorion, as well as Chic Gamine, Crooked Brothers, Dead Ranch, Distances, Dr. Rage & The Uppercuts, Federal Lights, Grand Analog, Imaginary Cities, Joe Silva, Nathan, Nathan Zahn, Sierra Noble, Sweet Alibi, The Bros. Landreth, The Lytics, and The Treble.
Manitoba Music is bringing back its popular mentor program for Aboriginal artists this spring. Run through its Aboriginal Music Program (AMP), “AMP Mentors” was launched to engage new and emerging First Nation, Inuit, and Métis songwriters and musicians in Manitoba.
The diverse group of experienced mentors includes fiddle champion Patti Lamoureux, blues legend Billy Joe Green, hip hop producer Tim “2oolman” Hill, rock veteran Calvin Nepinak, classical vocalist Rhonda Head, and publicist Kim Wheeler.
Teams at the Granite Curling Club (Credit: J.Senft Photography)
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 2014 Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel at the Granite Curling Club on February 2. The fourth annual event, which sold out in record time, brought the province's vibrant music community together to raise funds and awareness for the Unison Benevolent Fund.
This year's event raised over $4,500, taking the bonspiel's total donation to over $14,500 for the Unison Fund, landing media and national industry attention in the process.
“Once again, the Manitoba music community has shown its generous spirit in its support of the Unison Benevolent Fund,” said Manitoba Music's executive director, Sara Stasiuk, who also sits on the Unison Fund's board of directors. “We're proud to be able to do our part to help the Unison Benevolent Fund reach its goal.”
Today CTV and The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced East Coast rocker Matt Mays and platinum selling, Saskatoon rockers The Sheepdogs as additional performers for THE 2014 JUNO AWARDS broadcast, Sunday March 30 on CTV and CTV GO. A five-time JUNO Award nominee, including a 2014 nomination for Rock Album of the Year (sponsored by Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada), Mays makes his JUNO stage debut this year. Three-time JUNO Award winning rockers, The Sheepdogs, are poised to shake up the JUNO stage for their second consecutive year. The Saskatoon band returns with a special tribute performance honouring Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees, Bachman-Turner Overdrive (BTO). Matt Mays and The Sheepdogs join previously announced performers Robin Thicke, Serena Ryder, Tegan and Sara, and Walk Off The Earth.
Manitoba acts are packing up their guitars and heading to Kansas City, Missouri next week to showcase for the folk and roots music industry. The International Folk Alliance Conference (IFA), which runs February 19-12, is the premier professional development conference focused on folk, roots, multicultural, and world music in North America. The showcase is the latest in a series of partnered events with SaskMusic, Alberta Music, and MusicBC under the BreakOut West banner. The lineup boasts 40 acts in total, including Manitoba performers Del Barber, Ruth Moody, JP Hoe, Crooked Brothers, Sweet Alibi, Red Moon Road, and more.
Manitoba Music continues its busy winter of career development opportunities for the music industry with its inaugural Francophone event, Rame à la rencontre de l’industrie de la musique francophone.
Running February 21-23, in conjunction with Festival du Voyageur, Rame à la rencontre features two showcases and an afternoon industry panel as well as networking opportunities 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.
Eighteen Aboriginal musicians from across Canada will converge on Falcon Trails Resort for the Aboriginal Music Performers (AMP) Camp, which runs February 9-14, 2014. 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.
This will be the seventh edition of AMP Camp, which now runs every two years. Past participants -- including 2014 JUNO Award nominee Inez Jasper (who will participate again this year) and past JUNO nominees Don Amero, and Tracy Bone, and CBC’s The 8th Fire composer Cris Derksen -- have gone on to release acclaimed albums, receive multiple music awards and nominations, and make music their full-time job.
Red Moon Road plays at Hygge House at last year's Manitoba Music On Ice
On Louis Riel Day Weekend last year along the frozen ice of the Assiniboine River, a dozen or so brave Manitoba musicians donned their best winter wear for an acoustic afternoon of live music at the innovative warming huts. Manitoba Music On Ice warmed up thousands of chilled visitors on the world's longest natural skating trail.
Produced by some of Winnipeg's acclaimed festivals and presenters, the event was such a success that organizers The Forks and Manitoba Music are heating up the ice again this year, and almost doubling the line-up along the Red River Mutual Trail.
When The 2014 JUNO Awards take over Winnipeg next month, Manitoba artists will have plenty of chances to pick up hardware. Homegrown acts are up for 13 awards, including an unprecedented nine nominations for artists that currently call Manitoba home. The nominees for the 43rd annual awards were announced by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) in Toronto on February 4, streamed live on CTV’s website. Canada’s top artists are headed for Winnipeg for JUNO Week, March 24 – March 30, 2014. Nominees include KEN mode, Royal Canoe, Desiree Dorion, Mahogany Frog, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Erin Propp and Larry Roy, Marie-Claude, Little Miss Higgins and the Winnipeg Five, and Matt Epp.
The Exchange District BIZ is partnering with Manitoba Music to present a series of noon hour concerts at The Cube in Old Market Square. The series will celebrate Manitoba artists over the month of August in Winnipeg’s bustling Exchange District. All events are free and open to the public. Performances must be ‘family-friendly’ in language and content. We welcome submissions from high energy Manitoba bands or solo artists with full-band accompaniment who are prepared to perform a one-hour set of mostly original music for an outdoor audience. The final performer selection will rest with the Exchange District BIZ. Artists will be compensated for their performance. DEADLINE: February 24, 2014
JP Hoe, Perry Miller, Jim Cuddy at the Jan 23 JUNO Cup announcement in Winnipeg (Photo: Melissa Courcelles / We Speak Music)
What goes better together than hockey and music? Canada’s top musicians are trading in their guitars for hockey sticks for the annual JUNO Week battle against former NHL Greats at this year’s JUNO Cup! The 2014 roster is already looking fierce, with Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy heading up The Rockers, currently consisting of Devin Cuddy, Vince Fontaine (Eagle & Hawk, Indian City), Jay Bodner (Eagle & Hawk), JP Hoe, and Stephen Carroll (The Weakerthans)! They’re pitted against the NHL Greats, a line-up featuring NHL alumni Carey Wilson , Mike Ford, Mike Keane, Perry Miller, Thomas Steen, and Trevor Kidd!
Mobina Galore (Credit: Jan Kotyk and Jeremy at Crooked Antler)
It's January and the weather is ridiculous. What better time to run a music fest?! Yes, the Big Fun Festival returns for its third year, taking over downtown Winnipeg stages January 22-26. This year, the indie music festival has expanded, adding an extra day and offering a dozen shows featuring over 30 acts, including many headlining locals.
"Manitoba has such an amazing wealth of talent and we are constantly amazed every year by the quality and quantity of the submissions," says Big Fun artistic director Stefan Braun of the heavy local focus. "The best part is that the genres are so eclectic that it makes booking the festival incredibly easy and we can pull from every scene and show the city something they may not have seen before."