The West End Cultural Centre Gets A New Artistic Director

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There's about to be a new guy behind the artistic vision of one of Manitoba's most acclaimed music venues. The West End Cultural Centre has announced the appointment of new artistic director Mike Petkau, who will start his new job on January 4.

Petkau is no stranger to Manitoba's music scene. As a producer, mixer, and recording engineer, he has worked with Paper Moon, Twilight Hotel, Mahogany Frog, Todd Hunter, and Ian La Rue, among others. Petkau did the sound design and co-wrote the score for Cattle Call, which won Best Experimental Film at South by Southwest, and showcased at the Sundance and Toronto International Film Festivals.

Last year, Petkau launched his groundbreaking community-building recording project, the Record of the Week Club, which was nominated for Pop Recording of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awardss, where he was also nominated for Recording Engineer of the Year.

Petkau also co-produced live productions of the Dark Side of the Moon for the Winnipeg Fringe Festival and The Last Waltz for the WECC.

He is currently a member of Winnipeg bands The Liptonians, who picked up a 2008 WCMA for Outstanding Pop Recording, and Les...

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Winnipeg's Only Urban/Hip-hop Radio Station Hits the Airwaves

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Winnipeg's only urban/hip-hop radio station, STREETZ 104.7 FM, has officially hit the airwaves. Debuting on December 14, the station is set to target Winnipeg’s Aboriginal youth demographic, which makes up the majority of Winnipeg's Aboriginal population, estimated at 80,000-90,000 people. Its presence on the radio will go a long way to helping Winnipeg's urban and hip-hop scenes flourish. The station has made a huge commitment to supporting the scene; Aboriginal hip-hop/urban music will make up 40% of STREETZ' content.

The station's playlists have been offering up something a little different, spinning more underground hip-hop than top 40. The roster of DJs, with ages ranging from 19 to 28, are all hooked into the urban music community. Afternoon Boom host Sadie, for example, is an up-and-coming 19-year-old emcee who released her debut critically-acclaimed EP, Boomboxx Sounds, earlier this year. Click here to find out more about STREETZ' DJs...

Listeners will hear a wide range of music from popular Aboriginal hip-hop acts including Wab Kinew, Team Rezofficial, and Da Skelpa Squad, as well as other Manitoba urban acts like The Lytics and Grand Analog.

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Manitoba Music Newsletter Volume 18 No 4

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The winter issue of the Manitoba Music newsletter is out and in mailboxes. This issue features a profile of Art MacIntyre and Transistor 66 Record Co. as well as profiles on Romi Mayes, The Lytics, and Manitoba Film & Music's Jason Smith. You can also find pictures from the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards in Brandon, new music releases, member updates, Aboriginal Music Program news, funding deadlines, and more.

Click here to download a PDF of the newsletter (4MB).

We're happy to say that the newsletter is now printed on recycled paper.

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Ash Koley To Play Lilith Fair

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Lilith Fair is back and Ash Koley is one of the first 40 acts to be announced. The quirky pop duo, which is co-managed by Burning Circus Management's Glen Willows (Inward Eye, Sons of York) and Nettwerk's Terry McBride, features songwriter/producer Phil Deschambault and Winnipeg-born, Toronto-based singer/songwriter Ash Koley.

Koley and Deschambault have been collaborating since 2004, hitting mainstream radio with "Mary the Inventor," which was also featured in Paris Hilton vehicle, The Hottie and the Nottie. More recently, their track "Don't Let Your Feet Touch Ground" landed on hit show, So You Think You Can Dance. Meanwhile, Ash Koley has been active on YouTube, posting 18 videos including their behind-the-scenes bathroom series.

Last month, the duo released White, the first in a series of four three-song digital EPs. The limited edition EPs feature songs from original sessions, before they're  completed and produced for the duo's album, which is slated for a spring release on Nettwerk/Sony.

Lilith Fair will start its tour this summer, heading to a number of cities including Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. Expat Chantal Kreviazuk is also on the Lilith...

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Committee Recommends Reversal of Cuts

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Earlier this year, Canadian Heritage announced that the Canadian Musical Diversity fund was being cut, the biggest casuality being the Canada Council Specialized Music Recording Grant. This grant allowed artistically driven projects to get support for making albums. Many jazz, concert music, folk and roots, and experimental artists received funding through this fund. Often, these are projects that don't have the sales projections to justify funding from FACTOR, but were designated by the Canada Council juries as artistically excellent and valuable to the artistic culture of Canada. Heritage Minister James Moore claimed that the cuts were driven by consulations with the music industry.

This week, a committee of Canadian Heritage has recommended reversing the cuts to the Canadian Musical Diversity fund that were planned for April 2010. The MPs of the standing committee on Canadian heritage said they could find no compelling justification for the cut. New Democrat heritage critic Charlie Angus (and musician) has been driving the effort to have the cuts reversed.

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Art Has Significant Impact on Winnipeg's Economy

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Winnipeg has an international reputation for its arts scene. Now its got some more numbers to back it up. The Winnipeg Arts Council has just released its new economic impact report, Ticket to the Future, that shows that the performing arts have a significant impact on the city's economy.

The Winnipeg Free Press' headline, "Arts double the draw of pro sports in city," is one indication of the 42-page study's content. The brief article goes on to summarize a few of the study's findings:

The Winnipeg Arts Council's new Economic Impact Reports, released Tuesday, shows that the city's arts and creative industries contribute $1 billion to the economy and employ 6.3 per cent of the labour force, or 25,000 people.
Some more findings from WAC's release:

Each year, city residents volunteer almost 1.6 million hours of their time to local non-profit arts organizations, equivalent to nearly 800 full-time positions.
Cultural activities are the third most popular activity for tourists visiting Winnipeg, ahead of both sightseeing and outdoor sports and activities. The report estimates that tourists spent about $85 million in 2007 while enjoying arts and...

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New Arts and Cultural Industries Economic Impact Study

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Ticket to the Future, Phase 1:
New Economic Impact Report Shows Arts and Creative Industries Contribute Significantly to Winnipeg’s Economy
Winnipeg, Manitoba—December 8, 2009: Art = Commerce. At least that is what a new study commissioned by the Winnipeg Arts Council shows.  The arts and creative industries account for $1 billion in economic activity in Winnipeg and employ about 25,000 people; that’s 6.3% of the city’s labour force or nearly enough people to fill Canad Inns Stadium. 

The study, known as Ticket to the Future, was conducted by PRA Inc. (Prairie Research Associates). PRA Inc. surveyed 115 non-profit arts organizations and found that in addition to all the revenue generated by patrons to cultural events and institutions, the organizations contribute directly to the economy themselves by spending a total of $66 million annually, the vast majority of it in Winnipeg. These organizations plan and implement 6,300 events in the city each year, offering a wide range of programming to encourage young and culturally diverse audiences to participate in the arts.  

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New Music Promotion Site: Google Street View

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If you're a band, you're probably on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, Last.FM, New Music Canada, Wikipedia, and Sonicbids. But are you on Google Street View?

Fear Salesman is. The band's interpid frontman, Nate Heagy, took advantage of the roaming Google car during its visit to Saskatoon by camping out on a street corner with a guitar and a banner sporting his band's name. And now, you can find him promoting Fear Salesman if you happen to search that exact location. Click here to read CBC's story and interview with Heagy.

I can be found promoting the balancing of microwaves on top of fire hydrants on Google Street View. Alas, I neglected to place a banner nearby so my efforts remain a mystery to anyone who might happen across the image. 

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Manitoba Film & Music Showcase

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brought to you by Rogers
2:00PM – 4:30PM

MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC is hosting the 2nd Annual Manitoba Film & Music Showcase, brought to you by Rogers.  It’s a FREE public event filled with multiple genres of music, film and television entertainment, including local music acts, The Weakerthans, Grand Analog, Romi Mayes, Fred Penner, Nathan, JP Hoe, Harlequin, Billy Joe Green, Quinzy, Daniel ROA, Domenica, Paper Moon, and Record of the Week Club with Mike Petkau.  The showcase will feature an up close and personal interview with director Gary Yates (High Life, Seven Times Lucky); screenings of the animated short Runaway (directed by Cordell Barker in conjunction with the National Film Board of Canada), Cubicle Land, (Original Pictures), Live at the West End (Low Budget Productions); spotlights on Farpoint Films, Frantic Films, the National Screen Institute - Canada and the National Film Board of Canada and a live aerial silks performance from filmmaker/aerial artist, Talia Pura, whose short film, Aerial Artistry has...

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Manitoba Artists Get Into the Holiday Spirit

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Now that there's finally some snow flying around, the ubiquitous holiday tunes make a bit more sense. If you'd enjoy those happy winter favourites performed by some talented Manitoba artists, HOT 103 can help you with that.

The radio station has released HOT 103 presents The 12 Days of Winnipeg Christmas, an 18-track CD featuring both original tunes and classic Christmas songs peformed by local artists. The list includes Paper Moon, Keith and Renee, The Details, The Shouting Ground, J.P. Hoe, Don Amero & Jason Gordon, Quinzy, Jodi King, Jaylene Johnson, as well as some guest appearances by Sierra Noble and Troy Westwood. HOT 103 will be selling the CD at One Big Day for Christmas at the Safeway on Ness Avenue by Polo Park in Madison Square for just $10, in support of the Christmas Cheer Board and the Winnipeg Humane Society. After that, the CD will be available at HOT 103 Studios.

You can hear a sprinkling of tracks from HOT 103's compilation streaming in the Manitoba Music Radio. We'll be adding more holiday tunes throughout the month, so stay tuned. Santa will also be in charge of The Loudspeaker offering up a new sonic Christmas cookie every Thursday in December....

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Propagandhi Tops Exclaim!'s Best-of List

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Winnipeg political punk legend, Propagandhi, has landed at the top of Exclaim!'s year-end best-of list and subsequently on the cover of the magazine's 200th issue. The magazine also named the band's fifth effort, Supporting Caste, as its best punk album of 2009.

Released on Winnipeg labels G7 Welcoming Committee Records and Smallman Records in March, Supporting Caste was produced by the band and Descendants alum, Bill Stevenson at The Blasting Room in Colorado. The album has garnered a lot of critical praise since its release.

Propagandhi, meanwhile, is hitting a Dublin stage in early December before continuing on to a handful of dates in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England. The band has spent a chuck of the last year on the road, playing shows all over the world including stops in Australia, Italy, Hungary, Netherlands, and Germany, and sharing bills with the likes of Sacrifice and Bad Brains.

The band is taking time off  the road in 2010 to start writing a new album. While there are no definitive plans as of yet, it's possible that fans might get something new to listen to by late 2010.

Click here to read the article...

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2010 Manitoba Music Industry Directory

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Manitoba Music is now in production for the 2010 edition of the Manitoba Music Industry Directory.

The 2010 Manitoba Music Industry Directory is a comprehensive industry listing of the businesses, professionals, and musicians who work in Manitoba’s music industry. The total circulation is over 6000, including Manitoba Music’s 700 plus members, media, talent buyers, festivals, venues, local businesses, and nationally/internationally through a variety of music industry trade conferences including North by Northeast (NXNE), Canadian Music Week (CMW), the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMAs), and other events.

Throughout 2010 this directory will sit on 6000 desks and -- as the only printed directory of its kind -- will be referenced often.

Every Manitoba Music member gets one free basic listing in the Directory, including name, email, phone number, website, and primary genre. Music businesses may list up to three additional categories. Please note that due to printing costs, we will no longer accept bio/descriptions for free basic listings.

If your contact info has changed, you can update your listing easily:

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Don Amero Named Best Male Artist at Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

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Don Amero has added to his already impressive list of accolades this year. The Winnipeg-based singer/songwriter was named Best Male Artist at the 2009 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA). The awards were handed out at a gala event on November 27 at the Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton.


This is the second award for Amero this month. Amero, who released his sophomore effort Deepening in early 2009, won Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year at the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards in Ottawa on November 21. He was also nominated Entertainer of the Year, Best Folk/Acoustic CD, and Aboriginal Radio Single of the Year at this year’s Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards in Winnipeg.


Amero was in Hamilton for the CAMA celebrations, performing during the gala as well as the Manitoba Aboriginal Artists Showcase at The Studio at Hamilton Place immediately after the show. The showcase was presented by Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program and featured performances by other CAMA nominees from Manitoba, including Gerry McIvor, Wab Kinew, and Lost Priority. Ontario’s popular act Digging Roots and B.C.’s Inez were also on the bill for the...

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Cultural Human Resources Council releases Report on the Effect of the Recession on Canada's Culture Sector

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"The global recession is expected to reduce revenues for cultural enterprises by approximately $3.1 billion in 2009".

This is one of the findings of "The Effect of the Global Economic Recession on Canada's Creative Economy in 2009", a report prepared by The Conference Board of Canada for the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) that measures the impact of the current recession on the cultural sector.

Traditional culture sector revenue streams such as business advertising, endowments, and municipal funding have been eroded due to the weak economy and the steep decline in stock markets. Cultural industries have felt the pinch. For example, the report highlights the fact that written media and broadcasting which depend heavily on business advertising are expected to see real revenues fall by 6.1 per cent and 4.8 per cent respectively.

In terms of earnings, the report estimates that the global recession will reduce average employment earnings of workers in the culture sector by 2.2 per cent in 2009. The report also notes that the number of self-employed workers in creative and artistic production occupations is expected to grow while revenues fall. As a...

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Street Musician To Debut CD

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If you've spent any time at River and Osborne, you've heard Eric the Great. You might not know that's his name but you've  probably seen him playing his guitar outside the liquor mart and rocking the Johnny Cash. You might not expect the friendly street musician to be the newest Manitoban to release a CD but he is. Apparently, he's spent the last month in secluded rehearsal. Head to the Pyramid Cabaret on November 26 to see him with full band. Inside! Click here to check out the event on Facebook.

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Meet the Trumpolin

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John Racaru wants to introduce you to the Trumpolin. The Romanian-born,  Winnipeg-based violinist and composer will debut the newly-invented instrument as part of his Musica Special Concert Series this weekend. The instrument, which has a patent pending, appears to be a fascinating combination of a trumpet and a violin. I can't possibly imagine how this sounds but I'm going to assume that it's awesome. Racaru says the instrument, which he made himself by hand, isn't absolute new but the system of producing the sound is.

You can find out for yourself at the "Holidays with Bach, Brahms & Bossa Nova" on November 28 at the  Winnipeg Art Gallery. The show starts at 8pm and features Racaru, the WSO's Patricia Anne Evans, Cary Denby, Laurelle Froese, and Edvany da Silva, with choreography and dancing courtesy of  Paula Blair and Hellen Lemoullec-Mancini. And the Trumpolin. 

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Jazz Winnipeg's Nu Sounds Series

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Nu Sounds, Jazz Winnipeg's popular concert series, returns this month with six shows featuring some of the best artists and composers from Manitoba's jazz community at the Park Theatre.

Brazilian guitarist Marco Castillo kicks things off on November 29 with his quartet, which also includes bassist extraordinair Gilles Fournier, percussionist Scott Senior, and keyboardist Marc Arnould. Castillo is shaking things up a bit by playing a mix of jazz standards and pop songs played in Brazilian rhythms.

Audiences can also catch upcoming performances from pianist Will Bonness in March, and vocalist Amber Epp and her group, Amber Epp In Rhythm in April. Bonness and Epp both have brand new CDs launched on November 23 at a packed double CD release party at the West End Cultural Centre.  

This season's hottest ticket may be the May 16 show, a first-time collaboration between four of Winnipeg's top female jazz composers: Janice Finlay, Michelle Grégoire, Lianne Fournier, and Danielle Baert. Collaborate... Create... Compose! will feature new music from each as well as a piece "inspired by and incorporating a communal collection of musical elements contributed by the individual...

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Where Did Chantal Kreviazuk Leave Her Mittens? CBC Knows.

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Want to know what Oh Susanna thinks of Tofino, BC? Tune in to CBC Radio 2 today at 2:30pm to find out. That's when the station will reveal the final 13 songs in its Great Canadian Song Quest.

The concept was simple: listeners across the country were able to vote online for their favourite provincial locations and corresponding artists who would then be tasked to write a song about the chosen spot in four weeks.

Manitoba had a chance to be represented by Juno-winning roots acts Nathan, Chic Gamine, The Duhks, expat Joel Kroeker, or Winnipeg-born pop superstar, Chantal Kreviazuk. Voters chose Kreviazuk, who will debut "In Waskada Somewhere," which immortalizes the small southwestern Manitoba town of, well, Waskada. Click here to listen to a clip.

The project features a nice wide variety of Canadian records artists, including Hawksley Workman, Martha Wainwright, The Deep Dark Woods, Joel Plaskett, and Lucie Idlout. It also highlights a nice wide variety of Canadian locations, none of which I've been to. 

All the artists will be on Radio 2 Drive this week with host Rich Terfry talking about the songs that inspired them.

Does anyone about the "Canadian songbook"...

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Canadian Folk Music Awards Coming to Winnipeg in 2010

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2010 is going to be a busy year in Manitoba. The Homecoming celebrations and Cultural Capital 20101 are promising to fill the province with music and festivities throughout the year and now the Canadian Folk Music Awards are getting in on the action. The sixth annual gala event makes its first trip to Winnipeg's Pantages Playhouse on November 20, 2010.

Created in 2005, the CFMAs celebrate and promote Canadian folk music in all its forms and genres. They are the first awards dedicated specifically to celebrating the breadth and depth of folk music in Canada. During their five-year history, Manitoba artists have picked up five awards and 31 nominations, including Don Amero's win for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year and nods for Romi Mayes, Sierra Noble, and Eagle & Hawk at this year’s celebration.

”Manitoba has a strong roots music scene that's had consistent recognition at the CFMAs,” said Winnipeg Host Committee chair, CFMA board member, and Manitoba Music executive director, Sara Stasiuk in a release. “With such a supportive community, it makes sense that this show makes a stop in Winnipeg. The gala event is a high-caliber celebration of folk and roots music in Canada...

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Winnipeg Tied With Austin for Music

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Martin Prosperity Insights, which is led by the fascinating Richard Florida, has recently come out with an interesting study of the music industry. The piece begins with a bit about how technological advances have meant that bulk of music business costs are incurred by "creative work" rather than manufacturing and distribution. It goes on to explore the differences between the Canadian and U.S. music industries and measure the per capita concentration of music industry in Canadian and U.S. cities.

On a per capita basis, Canada’s music industry dramatically outperforms the US when it comes to the presence of music business establishments (this category includes record labels, distributors, recording studios, and music publishers). Canada has 5.9 recording industry establishments per 100,000 residents, about five times the US figure of 1.2.

Winnipeg is tied with Austin, Texas with a location quotient of 1.43 and sits just below the midway point on the 15-city graph, which is topped most dramatically by Nashville. Locations quotients aside, the U.S. industry still makes millions more than the Canadian industry. Also, I have used the term "location quotient" for the first...

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Canadian Folk Music Awards Kick Off in Ottawa

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The folk and roots community descends on Ottawa this weekend for the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Four hometown acts picked up nods for the fifth annual event. Hardware will be handed out at a gala ceremony on November 21 at the Dominion Chalmers Church. The bilingual event will be hosted by the CBC’s Shelagh Rogers and Quebecois musician Benoit Bourque.

The CFMAs kick off the new Nominee Showcase on November 20 at theNational Arts Centre Fourth Stage. The showcase will feature performances by some of this year's nominees as well as winners from the Ontario Council of Folk Festival's 2009 OCFF Songs from the Heart Awards. Manitoba singer/songwriter Don Amero is set to perform while fellow nominee Romi Mayes will be in Ottawa for the festivities.

Fresh from a double win at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards, roots singer/songwriter Mayes and her latest release, Achin in Yer Bones, has picked up a nod for Contemporary Album of the Year.

Amero, a double nominee for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, is up for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year for his work on Deepening.

Other Manitobans up for CFMAs this year are Eagle & Hawk's songwriters -- Vince...

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Manitoba Music Employment Opportunity: Program Coordinator

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Manitoba Music is looking for a personable, flexible, detail-oriented multi-tasker to join our team as Program Coordinator. Working closely with Manitoba Music’s Program Manager, the Program Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the delivery of Manitoba Music’s programs.

Manitoba Music (formerly MARIA) is a member-based, not-for-profit industry association representing over 700 members in all facets of the music industry. Through our programs and services, we provide information, education, communication, advocacy, industry development, and networking opportunities to nurture, develop and promote the growth and sustainability of the Manitoba music industry. We think music is fun. For more information, please visit

The responsibilities of the Program Coordinator are as follows:

Program Coordination

Coordinate and provide administrative support for Manitoba Music’s business development and exporting marketing programs.
Administer Market Access Program contracts on an ongoing basis.
Maintain program databases.
Develop program materials such as guidelines, forms, and marketing...

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Hetherman Joins FACTOR Team

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FACTOR is pleased to announce the addition of a new member to the staff, Vice-President, Industry Affairs Brian Hetherman.
Prior to being offered the position, Brian tendered his resignation from the FACTOR Board of Directors. Brian was the appointed MMF Representative on the FACTOR Board since 2007.  In accepting the position it was recognized that Brian will require some time to divest himself of current management and label commitments. He is therefore starting with FACTOR part time on December 1st, 2009. April 1, 2010 he will join the FACTOR team full time.
The Vice-President, Industry Affairs is an integral senior member of the management team at FACTOR, who will act in concert with the President and CEO as the voice and the face of FACTOR to its many stakeholder groups.
In 1990 Brian Hetherman became Sales Representative for MCA Records working closely with retail accounts, he then moved into the position of Marketing & Promotion Representative where he worked with local radio stations to promote MCA's roster of artists. In 1995 he was promoted to the dual role as Director of A & R for MCA/Universal and head of MCA Music Publishing. Brian left...

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Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010 - Staff Announced for 18 Months of Special Events

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Carol Phillips, Executive Director of the Winnipeg Arts Council and Executive Producer of Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010, has today announced two appointments that will guide the production and presentation of this year of extraordinary cultural events in Winnipeg.

Dominic Lloyd leaves his current position as Artistic Director at the West End Cultural Centre, to take on the Project Manager role for Cultural Capital 2010. He brings his extensive experience in putting together special events and festivals, strong financial management skills and excellent knowledge of the local arts community, to the operations and logistics management of the year. Dom says, " It was Winnipeg's reputation as an arts capital that brought me here in 2004, and I view this opportunity as a way to help boost that reputation even more to our own citizens and to people across Canada and around the world." Dom officially begins his new duties December 7, 2009.

Alix Sobler, freelance writer and communications consultant, Winnipeg playwright and theatre professional, will take on the task of Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Formerly Manager of Public Relations and ...

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Manitoba Artists Land 10 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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Manitoba acts have picked up 10 awards at the 2009 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. The winners were announced over two events: APTN First Night at McPhillips Street Station on November 5 and the nationally-televised APCMA gala at the MTS Centre on November 6. Local artists and industry received a record 51 nominations this year.

With three award wins, rock outfit Eagle & Hawk was a big winner once again this year, taking home hardware for Best Group or Duo, Best Producer or Engineer, and Best Rock CD for its latest release, Sirensong. The band has already racked up a number of awards and nominations for Sirensong, including recent wins at the Western Canadian Music Awards, Native American Music Awards, and Indian Summer Music Awards, as well as nods from the upcoming Canadian Folk Music Awards and Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. The Juno-winning band took home four awards at the 2008 APCMAs. 

Blues man Billy Joe Green picked up hardware for Best Blues CD for his Juno-nominated release, First Law of the Land – If Broken, Return to Maker, which was released by local label, StrongFront Records. Fellow Juno nominee, country pop chanteuse Tracy Bone, won for...

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Music Skills: Upgrade Your Career

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Music Skills: Upgrade Your Career

You’re driven, talented, and passionate about your music career. Now, get the skills you need to take your career to the next level.  

Today, Manitoba Music is excited to launch a new pilot program, Music Skills, that will become an essential part of success for anyone working in the music industry in Manitoba.

Music Skills will educate and train industry workers, entrepreneurs, and artists with the business skills and industry knowledge they need in order to fully reach their potential for success. Taught by today’s top professionals, this exciting program will deliver free, intensive, and direct training, tailored to meet each individuals own career goals.

Music Skills will initially launch three streams: a music management seminar, a video game composition seminar, and a flexible client-driven program for entrepreneurs and employees from across the industry.

Clients will receive formal training in the skills needed to become successful in the area of artist management. This will include training in:

•    Music Publishing
•    Music Law
•    Accounting & Bookkeeping
•    Office Management
•  ...

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Aboriginal Music Week Hits Manitoba Venues

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The inaugural Aboriginal Music Week (AMW09) kicks on November 3 with five nights of music featuring some of the best and most innovative Aboriginal and Native American acts from across North America. The new festival, which during Manito Ahbee: A Festival For All Nations, includes five evening concerts and three free lunch hour concerts at various Winnipeg venues.

The AMW09 line-up hits just about every genre imaginable, from country to pop to urban. Performers include Nashville-based country superstar Crystal Shawanda, Los Angeles indie pop outfit The Bastard Fairies, Saskatchewan hip-hopper Joey Stylez, Calgary alt.rockers Ghostkeeper, Latin soul artist Quetzal Guerrero from Arizona, Toronto roots/rockers Digging Roots, and Inuit electronica producer DJ Madeskimo. Manitoba acts taking the stage include rapper Wab Kinew, country chanteuse Tracy Bone, songwriter/emcee Sadie, teenage country newcomer Darrelyne Bickel, and singer/songwriters Don Amero, Evan Reeve, and Sonia Eidse.

For those looking to get a little something for their iPods, AMW09 is offering up 11 free mp3s from this year's performers, available for free download from


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Fall Brings Plenty of New Manitoba Music

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For those out buying new boots and scarves to prepare for the coming winter, there are a few other things that can keep you warm this season: new music releases. Manitoba acts will launch over 30 new music releases this fall, including nearly a dozen titles coming out in November. Most of the CDs will be available at their respective release parties as well as online and in several local retailers. You can also find out about more new music in the New Music Releases section, listen to it in the streaming radio, download it from The Loudspeaker, and check out more concerts in the Live Music Calendar.

Here's a look at a few CD release shows coming up in the next month...


Matt Epp - Safe or Free (Independent)
November 3 @ Pyramid Cabaret with The Lytics

The Crooked Brothers - Deathbed Pillowtalk (Independent)
November 5 @ West End Cultural Centre with Keri Latimer and The Magnificent 7's

Red Riot - She's A Killer (Independent)
November 6 @ Dylan's Pub on Pembina with AM Glory, Davinport, and Seconds From Disaster

Quinzy - Self-Defense (Independent)
November 7 @ Academy Food Drinks Music

Bill Klysh (Independent)
November 9 @ West End Cultural Centre...

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Now Taking Submissions for November 2009 Manitoba Music Showcase Opportunities

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, October 27, 4pm

Manitoba Music will be presenting two showcases in November for the guest speakers from the MusicWorks professional development workshop series. The series brings experienced industry professional to Manitoba to speak on the most important topics for today’s artists and music industry entrepreneurs. These showcase events offer Manitoba acts a unique opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from outside of Manitoba.

Performers will be selected by the Showcase Committee, which includes Manitoba Music staff and other music industry stakeholders, in consultation with the workshop speakers. Showcase dates and times will be provided to selected artists.

To be considered for a showcase, you must:
- Have a current or upcoming professional release  (demo / EP / full-length)
- Have professional promotional material including a website and print resolution image
- Be export-ready
- Be a Manitoba Music member 

Preference may be given to performers that:
- Have toured or have upcoming tour plans, either regionally, nationally, or...

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Manitoba Music Showcase - October 24

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Manitoba Music presents...
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Showtime 9-10:30pm
Blush Ultraclub, 323 Portage Avenue
No Cover before 9pm
with The Lytics, Magnum K.I., Wab Kinew
and projected visuals by PO-MO Project

Manitoba Music presents another exciting showcase of homegrown talent on October 24. Hip-hop acts The Lytics, Magnum K.I., and Wab Kinew will take the stage to perform for music industry heavyweights, Chris McKee (McKee Agency), David "Click" Cox (CLK Creative Works), and Dalton Higgins (Harbourfront Centre). McKee, Cox, and Higgins will be in Winnipeg for a workshop panel at the Manitoba Music Resource Centre earlier on October 24.



Manitoba Music presents...
Taking it From the Streets to the World: Hip-Hop and Urban Music Panel
Saturday, October 24 | 1pm
Manitoba Music Resource Centre, 1-376 Donald St
$20 for members, $40 for non-members
Chris McKee, McKee Agency
David "Click" Cox, CLK Creative Works
Dalton Higgins, Harbourfront Centre

A successful talent buyer, booking agent, and artist manager speak about marketing and artist development for hip...

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