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Manitoba Music Employment Opportunity: Training Coordinator

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The Training Coordinator is responsible for developing and administering the delivery of Manitoba Music’s professional development initiatives.



The Training Coordinator reports to the Program Manager and is responsible to the Executive Director, to Manitoba Music’s Board of Directors, and to its membership.



The responsibilities of the Training Coordinator are as follows:

Program Coordination

Work with the Program Manager to identify professional development needs and develop appropriate training delivery plans.
Coordinate and administer all logistics for Manitoba Music’s professional development workshop series and related training programs.
Develop learning objectives and support instructors in workshop preparation.
Develop materials such as guidelines, forms, communications, and marketing.
Assist Program Manager in preparing monthly and quarterly cost reports.
Administer and analyse program evaluations.
Compile industry data and professional development program success stories.
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Truth and Reconciliation Commission National Event

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada hosts its first national event at The Forks in Winnipeg, June 16-19. The historic event is an opportunity for all people to learn more about the experiences and impacts of residential schools, meet survivors, and celebrate Aboriginal culture. 

Arts and entertainment programming during the four-day event encompasses the traditional and the contemporary in every artistic medium including music, dance, visual art, film, literature, and more. Highlights include an Inuit showcase of Drum dancing and Throat singing, Metis Jamboree, Pow Wow, film screenings, storytelling, and readings. 

Two big concerts at the Scotiabank Stage should draw a lot of attention, with musical performances by the legendary Buffy Sainte-Marie, hip-hop act Joey Stylez, country/rock veterans Blue Rodeo, Juno-winning vocal quintet Chic Gamine, three-time Juno-winning Inuit singer/songwriter Susan Aglukark, renowned country artist Ray St. Germain, and more. 

Here's your quick guide to music at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission National Event: 



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Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Second Indigenous Festival

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On National Aboriginal Day, June 21, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra kicks off its second Indigenous Festival. Launched in April last year, the four-night festival is a celebration of different cultures from around the globe. This year's event features music and dance from North America's Aboriginal peoples, as well as traditions from India, China, and South America. The festival explores different elements of music and rhythm with performances and collaborations by a diverse group of artists, both traditional and contemporary. 

The festival opens at the Centennial Concert Hall with Ritual, featuring an Intertribal Grand Entry, arranged by Charles Cozens and sung by Spirit Rising. The evening continues with a performance of Cree composer Andrew Balfour's "Manitou Sky," followed by two works by Chinese-Canadian composer and Erhu master, George Gao. Audiences will be treated to Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" featuring the world premiere dance performance by members of the Contemporary School of Dance and the Manitoba Aboriginal School of Dance, choreographed by Odette Heyn-Penner and Buffy Handel. 

Night two of the festival moves to the West...

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The Wailin Jennys Pay Tribute to Bruce Cockburn at Massey Hall

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The Wailin' Jennys are heading to Massey Hall to honour a music legend this week.

The award-winning trio will join a host of Canadian acts paying tribute to singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn at the venerable Toronto venue on June 16. The concert, called The Canadian Songbook: 40 Years of Bruce Cockburn, is part of the Luminato Festival of Arts and Creativity. Hosted by CBC's Jian Ghomeshi, other guests include Barenaked Ladies, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Buck 65, Amelia Curran, Jason Fowler, Michael Occhipinti, Sylvia Tyson, and Hawksley Workman.

"We're excited to be part of a celebration of one of our favourite songwriters of all time,” says Nicky Mehta in a release. “It is nothing short of momentous to get the chance to interpret Bruce Cockburn's songs and share the stage with him--we're very honoured."

The band, which includes Mehta, Ruth Moody, and American Heather Masse, will be performing two Bruce Cockburn songs as well as providing some backing vocals. This isn't the first time the band has landed on stage with Cockburn; they sang backup for his main stage performance at the Edmonton Folk Festival in 2006. 

After a year-long hiatus, The Jennys came...

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Inaugural Electronic Music Fest Ready to Take Over Winnipeg Stages

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The Manitoba Electronic Music Exhibition (MEME) is taking over Winnipeg. The new multi-day music and digital artist festival hits indoor and outdoor city venues June 17 and runs to June 20, with electronic music performances, large scale projection, and video installations. MEME (pronounced "meem") also features educational clinics and workshops, digital visual artists, and new media installations. Inspired by festivals like Montreal's MUTEK, and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF), MEME is the first event of its kind in western Canada.

This year's festival features dozens of artists from four countries, including 27 Manitoba artists. This year's headliners include Mike Monday from the UK, American acts Billy Dalessandro, Pezzner, Mike Gervais, and Voodeux, and Canadians Noah Pred and Dubmatrix. Local acts include electro house trio Lebeato, electronic label Balanced Records co-founder Kasm, acclaimed producer/DJ/composer Joe Silva.

"MEME gives local electronic musicians, such as myself, a chance to showcase their work at an event tailored specifically for that type of music, namely underground dance music. This is something we had to travel out of province, or...

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Canadian Country Music Hall of Honour for Ray St. Germain

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Ray St. Germain will be inducted to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Honour in a special induction ceremony on Friday, September 10th in Edmonton. The announcement was made by the Canadian Country Music Association on June 8 in Toronto.

“We felt it suitable that in 2010 we would honour ten artists who were pioneers and ground-breakers in our rich country music history as there were so many deserving of this induction – and what a list it is!” said Jill Snell-de Cartier, Chair of the Hall of Honour Electors Committee.“These visionaries are all legends and treasured Canadians – each carved their own path and helped pave the road for the incredible talent we see growing in this flourishing market each year.  We look forward to seeing these talented recipients and their families in Edmonton this year at the Hall of Honour ceremony, sure to be this year’s most moving CCMA highlight. Congratulations to one and all on this remarkable achievement.”

Donna & Leroy Anderson, Willie P. Bennett, Marie Bottrell, Eddie Eastman, Don Harron, Fred McKenna, Wayne Rostad, Joyce Smith and Hal & Ginger Willis will also be inducted on September 10th.

Ray is an award winning recording...

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Manitoba Music Invades NXNE

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A dozen Manitoba acts are heading east this month as Canada’s largest music festival and industry conference gears up to take over Toronto. Running June 14-20, North by Northeast (NXNE) features an industry conference and showcase performances by over 500 established and emerging artists in 40 different downtown venues.

Manitoba artists showcasing at NXNE 2010 include indie pop/rock acts Imaginary Cities, Boats, The Details, Quinzy, Ian La Rue & The Condor, Not Animals, and The Paperbacks, hip-hop outfits Grand Analog, Abstract Artform and Rebel Yell, pop/punk band High Five Drive, female-fronted roots/bluegrass quartet Oh My Darling, and blues rockers the JD Edwards Band.

Manitoba Music and MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC will once again team up to co-host the 15th annual Manitoba BBQ on June 18 atop the Drake Hotel. The BBQ provides Manitobans at NXNE with the opportunity to network with some of the biggest names in the industry. This exclusive, invite-only party is one of the hottest events of the conference.

For the first time, Manitoba Music will also present its own showcase of local acts on June 19, featuring performances by Oh My Darling, The Paperbacks, Imaginary...

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Bluebird North: Where Writers Sing and Tell

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It’s a “country meets kids” mash-up at the next Bluebird North songwriters’ showcase at Winnipeg’s Park Theatre & Café on June 8.

On the card for the next Bluebird North concert event are some of Manitoba’s biggest icons, packing huge musical muscles, incredible vocal chops and formidable talent. 

Bluebird North: Where Writers Sing and Tell is a songwriters' showcase presented by the Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.). Every show features a different line-up of talented Canadian songwriters, who take turns sharing songs and stories in an informal, acoustic atmosphere. In Winnipeg, Bluebird North is produced by Chris Burke-Gaffney for the S.A.C.

The June 8 event features Doc Walker frontman Chris Thorsteinson, country singer/songwriter Bryce Pallister, legendary children's performer Fred Penner, and Phil Deschambault with Ash Koley. QX104 FM radio personality Troy Westwood, aka singer/songwriter Little Hawk, will host the event.

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Canada Unveils Next Attempt at Copyright Reform

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This afternoon, federal Industry Minister Tony Clement released details on the Canadian Government's latest attempt at copyright reform. The last recent attempt, bill C-61 died on the order paper when parliament was prorogued in 2008.

The new legislation is an attempt to balance the rights of copyright holders and consumers. Initial reaction is mixed, which can likely be seen as a victory for the government, as public opinion on this issue is generally weighted heavily against any kind of reform.

Michael Geist, one of the most vocal and most listened to voices in the debate, has offered a guarded response and a good amount of info on his blog.

Additional info is available from: CBC; Globe and Mail; Reuters; and Reuters; Business Week; Winnipeg Free Press.

Specific to music, the proposed legislation creates provisions for private copying between personal devices. In addition, the term of copyright protection for sound recordings for performers and producers will be extended to 50 years from the first release date.

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Copyright Blog Entry Becomes Headline News

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The man at the heart of the Fair Copyright for Canada Facebook page created a media storm last month with comments claiming that the Harper government was within weeks of releasing a new copyright bill.

Michael Geist and his facebook properties came to public prominence in 2007 with his fight against the government's planned copyright reform and bill C60, which was said to be a close copy of the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

In May, Geist posted comments on his blog that cited unnamed sources, saying that the government was close to releasing details of a new copyright bill, which he called "the most anti-consumer copyright bill in Canadian history."

Within hours, the post generated news items across traditional and online media - Geist catalogued in the following day's blog entry - all of it generating hundreds of comments and much of it pointing back to Geist's Facebook pages.

The public interest and debate in issues around copyright is to be commented, to be sure. Unfortunately, most of the noise comes from consumer advocate camps and those that believe getting free things off the internet is their right, making a discussion about creators' rights...

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100 Mile Musical Diet Challenge

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The West End Cultural Centre, Balanced Records, Uptown Magazine, Head in the Sand, and Manitoba Music want you to get more local music in your diet. June marks the first annual 100 Mile Musical Diet Challenge, which hopes to capture the imagination of all Winnipeg music fans and get people interacting with more local music. 

The idea, inspired by the popular food movement, originated with former Liptonians drummer, Terrell Froese. According to Mike Petkau, artistic director at the WECC and the man behind Head in the Sand, Froese listened to nothing but local music for a month last year, as "a response to the globalization of music as a commodity. ...[Froese] found a lot of personal value in both the challenge and the daily musical discovery."

"Winnipeg is a small city, but has a lot of fascinating music being made in its nooks and crannies," says Petkau. "Sure, there are the big names who get press and exposure, but the real innovators and the really exciting stuff is often a little deeper under the surface. We want to encourage Winnipeg music fans to dig a little deeper, explore a little further, celebrate, and support the many great...

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Local Composer Scores Soundtrack for Acclaimed Film Black Field

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Manitoba audiences finally have their chance to see writer/director Danishka Esterhazy's acclaimed feature debut, Black Field. Premiering in Winnipeg on May 28 and Brandon on June 16, the film has already screened in Europe and was awarded Best Canadian Feature at Toronto's Female Eye Film Festival in March. Filmed and produced in Manitoba, Black Field features a score by local composer Joe Silva.

Known for his work as a DJ and electronic music producer, Silva has been doing more work in film and television in recent years. Silva's music can be heard in HGTV series House Poor as well as three of Esterhazy's short films. Last year, Silva also teamed up with PO-MO Project's Meghan Athavale for an animated video of his song "I Don't Remember," featuring vocals by expat Sherry St. Germain.
A historical drama set in 19th century Manitoba and inspired by the gothic novels of the Brontë sisters, Black Field is the story of two sisters who find themselves left without any help to support their farm following the death of their father. The young sisters’ lives are forever changed when a mysterious and charming man  arrives at their isolated farm. As the mesmerizing...

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MusicWorks: Upcoming Season Call for Input

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Each year, Manitoba Music takes the summer off from its workshop series to regroup, refocus, and plan the upcoming season (and maybe take in a few rays of sunshine at some summer festivals). The planning for next season is currently underway, and we’ve got some great events in the works. When fall hits, we’ll be right back into covering all the usual topics (touring, publishing, management, marketing, funding, etc.), as well as current hot topics based on the state of the today’s music industry – all presented by experienced artists, entrepreneurs, and music industry professionals.

Before we finalize the season, however, we want to hear from you. Manitoba Music members are invited to send workshop suggestions to for consideration in the upcoming fall/winter session. We can’t guarantee to have room for all of them, but we’ll do our best to put any great ideas into action where possible.

Deadline: June 4, 2010

To see a list of past workshops (which will give you a good idea as to the topics we will most likely repeat), click here.

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Undercurrents Compilation CD Highlights Innovative Young Artists

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Manitoba Music and the Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba (ACI Manitoba) have teamed up for the second year 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 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. 

Students participated in a series of workshops facilitated by local industry professionals covering different aspects of the music business, from touring to releasing records to marketing and publicity. The project was coordinated by Derek Kun of rock act Burnthe8track. The list of mentors included: Keli Martin from indie pop/rock outfit The Details, Burning Circus Management's Glen Willows, Winnipeg Free Press' Rob Williams and Melissa Martin, Private Ear Recording's John Paul Peters, Unity Sound's Matt Mayor, Transistor 66 Recording Co.'s Art MacIntyre, label rep Amelia Curran, Sidelined Productions' Nathan Terin, and Paquin Entertainment's Todd Jordan.

The workshops helped to develop the students’...

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Manitoba Music Board of Directors Position | Deadline: May 21

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There will be one position on Manitoba Music’s Board of Directors to fill at this year’s Annual General Meeting. 

While all expressions of interest will be considered, the Board has identified the following areas as priority for the position:

Professional financial or accounting designation, or experience and demonstrated related skill in the area

If you have interest in being considered for the position, please send your bio and/or resume to Ginette Lavack Walters, Chair of the Board Governance and Development Committee, at by 4pm Friday, May 21.

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Two Local Acts to Open for Bon Jovi

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Two independent local acts are hitting stadium stages this summer to open for legendary rock act, Bon Jovi. Singer/songwriter/fiddler Sierra Noble and indie pop quintet Enjoy Your Pumas will each get the once-in-a-lifetime chance to play in front of thousands of rabid fans this July.

Noble, who opened for Paul McCartney last July, will play a 20-minute set before Bon Jovi and Kid Rock on July 17 at the Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg. Fellow Manitobans Enjoy Your Pumas will open for Bon Jovi at its Regina show on July 28 at the Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field.

Both acts won their opening slots through the Wanted: A SuperBAND Tonight! contest on music site, OurStage.  A panel including Bon Jovi's management, OurStage, and local radio stations, selected the winners from a fan-ranked list of  semi-finalists. Over 3 million fans vote in the online contest, which landed a dozen bands the opening spot on Bon Jovi dates in Canada and the U.S.

Already an internationally-acclaimed fiddler, Noble has performed across the globe, won numerous accolades, was featured in a music documentary, had her music go up in space, and has played for dignitaries like Governor General...

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Call For Submissions - The Plaza at the Forks Performance Series | Deadline: May 14

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Now taking submissions for The Plaza at the Forks performance series

SUBMISSION DEADLINE (EXTENDED): 4pm, Friday, May 21, 2010

Manitoba Music is presenting a series of performances at The Plaza at the Forks, Winnipeg’s premier skateboard facility. The performances will take place Saturday afternoons in June, July, and August.

We are looking for bands and DJs who would like to be considered as a performer in this series. To be considered, please email a link to a website, epk, or myspace page that contains photos of the artist and streaming music.

N.B. - You must be a Manitoba Music member to be considered for inclusion. For more information about Manitoba Music membership, visit or contact Rachel Stone (975.5190,

Submit by 4pm, May 21, 2010 to:
Ruben Ramalheiro, Program Coordinator
Manitoba Music

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Survey of Interest: Showcase in Australia

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Manitoba Music is looking for artists who would be interested in showcasing at One Movement in Perth Australia, October 6-10, 2010. If you would like to be considered, please send an email to with “Australia” in the subject by May 11. This is a survey of interest only, there is no guaranty of inclusion or support for this event. 

The successful One Movement for Music and One Movement MUSEXPO Asia Pacific events which launched in Perth, Australia last year, will again take place this year from October 6 - 10 in Western Australia. The event which attracted hundreds of Asia Pacific and worldwide delegates and the crème de la crème of emerging global talent is expected to raise the bar even higher in its second year. Visit for more information.


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Undercurrents CD Release at The Up & Coming Showcase | May 18

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ACI Manitoba, the West End Cultural Centre, and Manitoba Music present
Undercurrents CD Release at The Up & Coming Showcase
Tuesday, May 18 | 7:30pm
West End Cultural Centre | $7

The Undercurrents compilation CD is an eclectic collection of young and talented artists from Manitoba. Ranging from hard rock to folk, the CD features unsigned artists such as Subcity, Blame The Television, Mason Weselowski, and Ingrid Gatin. Each artist apart of the CD represents the wide variety of music available from the up and coming music scene in Manitoba. On this compilation you will find some of the most innovative new music that is currently being written by young Manitoba musicians. 

The Undercurrents compilation CD will be released at a multidisciplinary youth art show, The Up & Coming Showcase, which will be held at the West End Cultural Centre on May 18 at 7pm. The show will feature two of the artists on the CD: Mason Weselowski and Carly Dow. Tickets are $7 in advance or at the door. Advance tickets are available at the WECC. 

This compilation CD was a project, put together by a number of students, with the hopes of promoting independent local music....

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Iceland and Manitoba Converge with Nuna (now)

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Iceland and Manitoba converge for four weekends of cultural exchange in May. Núna (now) kicks off its multidisciplinary arts festival April 30, bringing together artists from Iceland and Manitoba. The fourth annual event hits various venues throughout Winnipeg and Gimli, showcasing  dance, visual arts, film, theatre, literature, and, of course, music.

Núna offers several concerts with homegrown talent on stage with some of Iceland's best, as well as events blending music and visual arts. Fans of indie electro pop have two chances to catch Winnipeg's Oldfolks Home with Reykjavík's FM Belfast. Icelandic indie singer/songwriter Ólöf Arnalds will also be featured over two nights with acclaimed Manitoba songstress Christine Fellows and electronic artist Blunderspublik.

You can also get an exclusive sneak preview of the soon-to-be released feature-length tour documentary featuring hometown heroes The Weakerthans. Directed by frequent Weakerthans collaborator Caelum Vatnsdal, We're the Weakerthans, We're from Winnipeg  documents the band's cross-Canada tour from the spring of 2009. The documentary is also set to air on MTS TV Winnipeg On Demand in coming...

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Jazz Winnipeg Festival Announces 2010 Line-up

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Music fans will have a chance to catch over 80 concerts when the Jazz Winnipeg Festival returns to stages for its June 23 through July 4 run. Now in its 21st year, Jazz Fest announced its 2010 line-up at Le Garage on April 23. The annual event, which draws thousands of concert goers every year, is once again presenting a wide range of shows spanning just about every genre, from jazz standards to hip-hop to electronica to roots and blues.

Big international names performing at this year's Theatre Series include the legendary Sonny Rollins, eclectic hip-hop act and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon house band The Roots, melodic folk rockers Great Lake Swimmers, Canadian vocalist/musician Ranee Lee, and acclaimed singer/songwriter Toshi Reagon. The Theatre Series also includes special concept concerts like Martha Wainwright performing the songs of Edith Piaf and award-winning film score composer and trumpeter Terence Blanchard's "Jazz in Film" with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra.

Indie genre defiers like Deerhoof and Buck 65, emotronic party outfit Sugar and Gold, disco house band Think About Life, afrobeat act Budos Band, and roots/blues...

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Facebook Privacy Debate Rages On

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People are all a flutter again about recent and upcoming changes to privacy on Facebook. Gawker's headline reads "Facebook Crushes Privacy with Impunity" while CNN has opted with a friendlier "Facebook makes it easier for users to share interests across web."

Facebook has already made it harder to hide from old "friends" from elementary school. Apparently, Facebook is now making it easier for those old friends to see that you liked a particular article on CNN.

According to CNN:

Included are major revisions to Facebook's privacy settings, which will allow some select third-party Web sites to access and store users' personal information.

Those sites can use that information to show what a user's Facebook friends have been doing on their sites. CNN, and are among the first sites signing up to use the technology. So if you're a Facebook user reading, you'll be able to see what all your Facebook friends are looking at, view recommended stories and see which friends liked which stories
So are these changes exciting or do they make you want to deactivate your account? If you're using Facebook to promote your music, does this concern you...

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Manitoba Courts L.A. Market

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Two Manitoba artists and representatives from several top Manitoba-based companies are heading to California this week to do business with some of the music industry’s most influential players at MUSEXPO 2010. One of North America’s most important music business conferences, MUSEXPO is attended by top international industry professionals, label execs, A&R big wigs, and major television and film music supervisors. The event runs April 25 to April 28 in West Hollywood.

MUSEXPO selects only 30 acts from around the world for coveted official showcase spots. Roots darling Alana Levandoski and rapper Sketch Williams were chosen by MUSEXPO to join this year’s line-up, which includes some of the hottest buzz bands from the U.S., Europe, Asia, and beyond.

Levandoski, who will showcase at the infamous Viper Room on April 26, has garnered international acclaim with the release of her sophomore effort, Lions & Werewolves. Recorded in Levandoski’s hometown of Kelwood, the album was produced by famed Coldplay producer, Ken Nelson. Levandoski has spent much of the last year on the road, including a UK tour last month.  ...

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Here Come the Junos

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St. John's is bracing for an influx of artists and industry from Canada's music industry. Festivities for the 2010 JUNO Awards include the popular two night JunoFest, Songwriter's Circle, massive autograph session Juno Fan Fare, and of course the awards themselves.

Juno nominee Romi Mayes will play JunoFest, taking the stage at Yellow Belly's on April 16. The hard-touring singer/songwriter is up for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo for her latest independent release, Achin' In Yer Bones. Mayes was a double winner at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards in Brandon in October, bringing home Roots Solo Recording of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. This is Mayes’ first Juno nomination.

Three other Manitoba artists have chances to bring home hardware at the 2010 JUNO Awards. Country rock act Doc Walker is up for Country Recording of the Year for the second year in a row, this time for it latest release, Go. Acclaimed singer/songwriter Steve Bell is nominated for Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year for his latest release, Devotions, out on Winnipeg-based label Signpost Music. Another previous Juno winner, Brandon-born violinist James Ehnes...

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Government of Canada and Province of Manitoba Announce the Manitoba Music Industry Development Project

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Over the past few years, we have been working hard through industry consultations, external research, and liaising with our government partners to craft a strategy for providing support to the critical areas of need in our industry. The result is an exciting slate of programs that implements a multi-year strategy to grow the Manitoba music industry: the Manitoba Music Industry Development Project. Officially announced on April 6, this new project is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba through the Canada-Manitoba Economic Partnership Agreement. Click here to read the official media release.

The music industry plays a key role in the economic, cultural, and social life of our province. Musicians, artist managers, record producers, agents, record labels, publicists, promoters, and everyone working in our industry contribute tremendously to the quality of life in our communities; providing a vibrant social environment, a considerable employment base, economic returns, and an honest reflection of our regional and cultural identity. Our governments have shown great understanding of the importance of the knowledge-based industries with this investment...

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Manitoba Music Launches Two New Programs

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Manitoba Music is excited to announce the creation of two new programs: Music Industry Internship Program and the Strategic Consulting Program.
The Music Industry Internship Program will support a paid internship at an established and recognized music company in Manitoba. The purpose of the Music Internship Program is to support the creation of sustainable jobs in Manitoba’s music industry, to mentor new workers in the music industry, and to provide human resource assistance to Manitoba companies with a shortage of skilled labour. Applicant companies may apply for up to 75% of the wages for a paid Internship, to a maximum of $15,000. The program is intended to fund one intern for a one year term, commencing between April 1, 2010 and June 1, 2010. Contributions will be in the form of a grant. Deadline: April 15
The purpose of the Strategic Consulting Program is to support Manitoba music industry companies in the engagement of business development consultants with the goal of increasing company capacity, accelerating company growth, and/or strengthening the company’s business model. Applicant companies may apply for up to 75% of consulting fees, to a maximum...

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Important changes to the Market Access Programs

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New guidelines and application forms for the Market Access and Corporate Annual Business Travel Programs are now available. They are in effect for the 2010-11 fiscal year. Please ensure you are using the new forms for all events and projects after March 31, 2010.
The purpose of the Market Access Program is to support Manitoba artists and music industry professionals in attending and enhancing their presence at professionally organized music industry conferences and showcases, in significantly enhancing their access to new markets, and in developing new business relationships through purposely organized showcases.
Important changes to the Market Access Program:

The Approved Events list has been eliminated. Applicants are required to provide a strong rationale for their participation in the market development event.
Eligible funding for the Market Access Program has increased to 75% of expenses to a maximum of $2000 for domestic events $3000 for international events.
Artist applications now allow for artist fees, increased per diems, and admin fees.
Industry applications now allows for increased per diems and admin...

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Spring Brings New Crop of Music Releases

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Manitoba's lovely little cold snap won't harm the fresh crop of new music releases popping up this spring...

The Weakerthans launched their new release, Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre, on March 23. The live DVD was recorded in April of 2009 as the band toured in support of their album, Reunion Tour, with an expanded line-up featuring trumpet, violin, and female vocals, playing songs from all four acclaimed releases in front of an adoring and ethusiastic hometown crowd. Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre will also be released on vinyl with a DVD insert.

Singer/songwriter James Struthers releases his six-song debut, Nadia, produced by Arun Chaturvedi. Catch the CD release party at the Pyramid Cabaret on March 25 with opening sets by The Thiefs and Ernie Booms.

Transistor 66 Record Co. adds to its long list of music releases, launching the long-awaited debut from The Lonely Vulcans. The quintet is set to release the 10-track self-produced Night Date on March 26 at the Royal Albert Arms, where the band will be joined by Woodshed Havok and The Smoky Tiger.

On March 27, the West End Cultural Centre will host not one but two CD release parties with not...

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Western Canadian Music Alliance Announces 2010 Submissions Now Open

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The Western Canadian Music Alliance has announced that 2010 submissions are now open.

Now online at and commencing immediately, submissions for the BreakOut West Festival, The Western Canadian Music Awards, and The Western Canadian Music Industry Awards will run until 11:00 p.m. CST Friday April 30, 2010.

Formerly known as The Western Canadian Music Awards the newly named BreakOut West will maintain and build on all of the elements and events that have made the past seven years such an overwhelming success, including:

- A re-visioned conference focusing on current industry trends and one-on-one experiences.

- A two showcase per band festival maximizing our artists' exposure and opportunity.

- The Industry Awards Brunch and of course the Western Canadian Music Awards themselves, celebrating another year of excellence.

The inaugural BreakOut West takes place in beautiful Kelowna, B.C., October 21st to 24th 2010.

Find out more at

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Non-profit organization helping bands cross border gets NY Times attention

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As the eyes and ears of the music world focus on SXSW, thoughts of border-crossing tours are prominent on the minds of many artists.  Of course, the process of obtaining the right paperwork isn't always easy, and we've all heard the horror stories. There are, however, many organizations out there that can help make the process easier.

The New York Times recently featured one such organization, Tamizdat, which offers artists Visa Services for a reduced fee.  Its' executive director, Matthew Covey, discussed the issues which usually surround visa applications.

Other organizations provide similar services for various fees, including the AFM which offers the service to all union members who wish to travel across the border.

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