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National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Manitoba - 2011

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Ray St. Germain, Don Amero, Elisapie Isaac, the Joe Maxim Band, Derek Miller, Andrea Menard, Dey & Nite, Burnt-Project 1, Shane Yellowbird, George Leach, A Tribe Called Red, Holly Vee, and Mista Vibes are some of the Aboriginal artists performing during the National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Manitoba this year. As in previous years, the celebrations start earlier in the week and take place in a number of venues throughout Winnipeg.

Aboriginal Music Week has concerts set for June 17 and 18 at the Pyramid Cabaret in Winnipeg. This “Warm-Up Weekend” features bluesman George Leach and JUNO Award winners Burnt-Project 1 on the first night, followed by the Electric Pow Wow with A Tribe Called Red on Saturday night.

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) has full day of festivities planned for June 18. Their Aboriginal Day Live event will feature an artisans market, skate board demos, and their annual summer solstice concert at the Scotiabank Stage in downtown Winnipeg.

The Manito Ahbee Festival is hosting a one-day pow wow at the Red River Exhibition Park on June 21. This will be followed by a concert featuring Shane Yellowbird and Don Amero staring at...

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International Songwriting Competition Honours Three Manitoba Songwriters

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Three Manitoba singer/songwriters landed honourable mentions in this year's prestigious International Songwriting Competition. 

Jaylene Johnson's song "Handsome," co-written with Winnipeg-based producer/songwriter Chris Burke-Gaffney and Halifax-based sister act The Keats, picked up an honour in the country category.

Scott Nolan's "Trial Separation", off his new album Montgomery Eldorado, got an honourable mention in the Americana category. Click here to watch the video.

Abstract Artform's Shea Malcolmson also got a nod in the R&B/Hip-hop category for the outfit's song "Here We Are", off their album Prairie Kid.

This year's ISC attracted over 15,000 entries from over 100 countries, judged by top artists like Tom Waits, Peter Gabriel, Rihanna, and Regina Spektor as well as industry big wigs like Amanda Ghost (President of Epic Records) and Ric Arboit (President Nettwerk Music Group). 

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CBC Reveals Manitoba's Top High School Band

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The fans have voted and CBC has revealed the winner of its online search for Manitoba's best high school rock band. Eeper Weeper took the top spot in the CBC Rock UTS competition, beating out 27 other entries from students grades 7-12 from Pinawa, Selkirk, Portage la Prairie, Gretna, Flin Flon, Steinbach, and Winnipeg.

Eeper Weeper is a seven-piece ensemble that has members who attend five different local high schools: Westgate Mennonite Collegiate, Vincent Massey Collegiate, Kelvin High School, Churchill High School, and Gordon Bell High School.

The competition took to the airwaves on CBC Radio's Up to Speed. A panel of judges -- musician Joanne Rodriguez, Mike Petkau Falk of the West End Cultural Centre and Head In The Sand, and songwriter/producer/manager Chris Burke-Gaffney -- narrowed the field down to 10 finalists.

The top 10 also included: Kobalt, Warplane, Adam Hanney, Piss Ticket, Lizard People, A Broken Summer, Premonition, Pocket Change, and Narwhal Strike.

Head to CBC Rock UTS' Radio 3 profile to check out all of the bands and stream their music.

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Frozen Stereo CD Project Hits the Park Theatre May 12

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Manitoba Music and the Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba (ACI Manitoba) have teamed up once again to run a program aimed at Manitoba youth interested in careers in the music industry. Over the span of three months, the Youth Mentorship Program provided 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 workshops helped to develop the students’ practical skills, put to the test with a CD compilation project. Coordinated, marketed, and promoted by the students themselves, the album features tracks from independent Manitoba artists and is branded under the name Frozen Stereo.

Frozen Stereo is a compilation CD features an eclectic collection of music from talented and young local artists in Manitoba. With Adam Hanney, Red Moon Road, Jade Turner, You Be the...

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New Music Wednesdays Kicks Off May 11

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The Osborne Village Inn, in partnership with Manitoba Music, is launching an exciting new weekly concert series featuring local music in all genres. New Music Wednesdays will be a breeding ground for new bands in Manitoba's vibrant original music scene. 



The first New Music Wednesday kicks off on May 11 with three diverse acts on stage, including singer/songwriter James Struthers, rock trio Sons of York, and indie folk/rock outfit Mise En Scene. Upcoming shows in the series will feature performances by indie singer/songwriter Feed the Birds (May 18), pop/rockers Voldis and the Melodicas (June 1), and many more.

 

New Music Wednesdays is a great new opportunity for Manitoba artists and bands to get on stage, make new fans, try out new tunes, and perfect their live show. Whether they play rock, hip hop, roots, jazz, pop, world, electronica, or anything beyond or in-between, bands can submit to be a part of New Music Wednesdays. 

The first Wednesday of every month will be Manitoba Music Night at New Music Wednesdays, featuring exclusively Manitoba Music members. 

The Osborne Village Inn will book three bands per night, every week. Bands and artists interested in...

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CBC Takes Off With Rock UTS High School Band Search

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High school bands having been hitting the airwaves and generating buzz in Manitoba this spring. CBC Radio's Up to Speed has been running an online search for Manitoba's best high school rock acts, dubbed CBC Rock UTS. They received 28 entries from students grades 7-12 from Pinawa, Selkirk, Portage la Prairie, Gretna, Flin Flon, Steinbach, and Winnipeg.

A panel of judges -- musician Joanne Rodriguez, Mike Petkau Falk of the West End Cultural Centre and Head In The Sand, and songwriter/producer/manager Chris Burke-Gaffney -- narrowed the field down to 10 finalists, all of which have been receiving great fan support.

The top 10 includes: Kobalt, Warplane, Adam Hanney, Piss Ticket, Lizard People, A Broken Summer, Premonition, Pocket Change, Narwhal Strike, and Eeper Weeper.

Listeners can tune into Up to Speed every day this week between 5:15 and 5:35pm to hear more about each of the bands that made it through to the top 10, including tunes from each band. The top 3 bands will be revealed on May 9 and perform live on Up to Speed on May 13.

Head to CBC Rock UTS' Radio 3 profile to check out all of the bands and stream their music, and stay tuned for the final...

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Three Awards for Manitoba Acts at This Year's North American Indigenous Image Awards

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Three Manitoba artists have picked up hardware at this year's North American Indigenous Image Awards (NAIIA). The awards gala, which took place on April 29 in Albuquerque, honours the accomplishments of Indigenous artists working in film, print, comedy, photography, and music. This year's winners include Desiree Dorion, Jerry Sereda, and Eagle & Hawk.

Dorion, who had two nods for her debut Soul Back Jack album,  won for Outstanding Country Album.

Eagle & Hawk picked up an award for Outstanding Rock Metal Album with its latest effort, The Great Unknown.

Sereda continues to gain momentum this year, winning Outstanding Music Video for “I Ain’t Learned Nothing Yet”.

Manitoba acts earned six NAIIA nominations this year. Past award winners include Tracy Bone and Team Rezofficial.

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Music Monday Unites Canada Coast-to-Coast with 700,000 Voices for Music Education

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More than 700,000 students from more than 1500 schools across Canada are gathering today for the seventh annual Music Monday – a nation-wide, simultaneous concert that celebrates the importance of music education.  On Music Monday, students and teachers take their music programs outdoors and into their communities to perform the same song at the exact same time, uniting the entire country in song.


MUSIC MONDAY
May 2, 2011
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
The Canopy at The Forks, Winnipeg

Join us for this celebration featuring a performance by Juno Award nominated, Canadian Folk Music Award winning artist Luke Doucet of his song “Tomorrow is Coming” accompanied by 200 student guitar players, choirs and guest performers. Click here to watch the video of "Tomorrow is Coming."


The Coalition for Music Education holds an annual Music Monday Showcase Concert – a signature event meant to capture the spirit of Music Monday across the nation. In 2011, the Showcase Concert will be in Winnipeg at The Forks. 

Co-commissioned with CBC Radio 2, “Tomorrow is Coming” is available on iTunes with proceeds going to support the work of the Coalition. A wide variety of ...

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Call for Submissions: Manitoba Music at Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany | Deadline: May 12

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Manitoba Music at Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany



SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Thursday, May 12, 2011


 


Manitoba Music, in partnership with CIMA is presenting a showcase of Manitoba artists at the Canadian Blast at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany, September 22-24, 2011. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase for European and international music industry. Germany is an important market for Canadian artists touring in Europe and the Reeperbahn Festival is emerging as one of the most exciting festivals and conferences in the region. Manitoba Music will work directly with each selected artist to identify members of the industry they are interested in inviting.


 


The showcase will be a daytime event aimed at industry professionals. The showcase takes place as part of the Reeperbahn Campus (September 22-24), which participating artists and artist managers would be encouraged to attend.

 
To be considered for a showcase, you must:

Have a current or upcoming release (demo / EP / full-length)
Be export-ready (prepared to capitalize on international opportunities)
Have financial ...

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Call for Submissions: Manitoba Music Folk/Roots/Americana Showcase in New York City | Deadline: May 12

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Manitoba Music Folk/Roots/Americana Showcase in New York City

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Thursday, May 12, 2011
 
Manitoba Music is presenting a showcase of Manitoba folk, roots, and Americana artists at the Living Room in New York City. The showcase will take place between October 4 and 12, 2011. Confirmation of the date will be made after reviewing submissions.
 
This is an excellent opportunity to showcase for New York based music industry including influential folk and roots radio, labels, agents, and buyers. New York is the largest concentration of music industry personnel in the world and was the birthplace of contemporary folk music. Manitoba Music will work directly with each selected artist to identify members of the industry they are interested in inviting.
 
The showcase will be an evening event aimed at industry professionals but open to public. The showcase will take place at the venerable Living Room club in Manhattan.
 
To be considered for a showcase, you must:

Market yourself within the folk/roots/Americana genres
Have a current or upcoming release (demo / EP / full-length)
Be export-ready (prepared to...

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500 Prairie Artists to Invade Ottawa

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The prairies are taking over the nation's capital this spring. Five hundred artists from all disciplines will be in Ottawa for Prairie Scene, a celebration and showcase of  arts and culture from Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Running April 28 - May 8, this is the NAC's fifth Scene event in a series that launched in 2003 with Atlantic Scene.

Boasting 80 events over 13 days, Prairie Scene features some of Manitoba's best and brightest musical talent from just about every genre, including: Chic Gamine, The Wailin' Jennys, Romi Mayes, Desiree Dorion, Daniel ROA, Del Barber, The Duhks, Grand Analog, JP Hoe, Greg MacPherson, Matt Epp, Michelle Grégoire Quintet, Royal Canoe, The Liptonians, Oh My Darling, The Waking Eyes, Wab Kinew, The Perpetrators' Jay Nowicki, and many more. Click here for the complete music schedule.

Prairie Scene will also play host to innovators in theatre, dance, comedy, film, literature, visual and media arts, and the culinary arts.

In addition to concerts and events open to the general public, Prairie Scene  also offer a chance for 70 national and international presenters to discover the best of Prairie culture, creating new performance opportunities...

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Manitoba Music Industry Courts L.A. Market

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Representatives from several Manitoba-based companies are heading to California next month to do business with some of the music industry’s leading players at MUSEXPO 2011. One of North America’s key 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 May 1 to May 4 in Hollywood. 


Manitoba’s MUSEXPO delegation includes: Songs4media.com’s Chris Burke-Gaffney and Jewls Dengl, producer/songwriter Arun Chaturvedi, Contact Artist Management’s Jack Shapira, Vince Fontaine of Rising Sun Productions, Paquin Entertainment’s Michelle Szeto, Studio 11’s Jason Gordon, singer/songwriter JP Hoe, BreakOut West’s Rick Fenton and Melissa Kaminsky, David Kennedy of Manitoba Trade and Investment, Manitoba Music’s Sara Stasiuk, and MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC’s Carole Vivier and Jason Smith.   

For the fifth year in a row, Manitoba Music and MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC will co-host a special networking event for select conference delegates on May 2, and a reception for influential music supervisors hosted with NBC Universal’s Head of TV Music, Alicen Catron Schneider on...

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Performance Opportunity at the Gimli Film Festival | Deadline: May 9

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Submission Deadline:  4:00 PM CST Monday, May 9
 
The Gimli Film Festival, in partnership with Manitoba Music, is presenting Music at the Movies, a performance opportunity for five emerging Manitoba bands or solo artists to showcase their talent prior to each evening’s Beach Movie. This event is free and open to the public. Last year over 500 people gathered each evening to watch a movie on the 35- foot screen set on the shore of Lake Winnipeg.
 
Performances must be ‘family-friendly’ in language and content. We welcome submissions from emerging Manitoba bands or solo artists with full-band accompaniment who are prepared to perform a one-hour set for a large outdoor audience.

Artists will be compensated for their performance.

To be considered for a performance, you must:


Have new music (demo, EP, full-length)
Be available to perform on one of the evenings between Wednesday, July 20 and Sunday, July 24
Be a member of Manitoba Music


Preference will be given to artists who:


Appeal to a wide audience
Have cultivated a local audience and local press


...

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Manitoba Artists Earn Six Nominations at the North American Indigenous Image Awards

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Desiree Dorion, Jerry Sereda, Eagle & Hawk, and Segweh have earned nominations from the North American Indigenous Image Awards (NAIIA) this year. Now in its third year, the NAIIA honour the accomplishments of Indigenous artists working in film, print, comedy, photography, and music.

Desiree Dorion has two nods for her Soul Back Jack album. The CD is nominated for Outstanding Country Album, while the title track is up for Outstanding Album Single. Eagle & Hawk also has two nominations. The Great Unknown is in the running for Outstanding Rock Metal Album and “What if We Could” is up for Outstanding Album Single.

Country singer Jerry Sereda continues to gain momentum this year. His video for “I Ain’t Learned Nothing Yet” is nominated for Outstanding Music Video.

Segweh has earned their second nomination in the US for their debut release. They picked up a trophy from the Native American Music Awards in November and their self-titled CD is in the running for Outstanding Rock Metal Album at the NAIIA.

The NAIIA ceremony is set for Friday, April 29 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Albuquerque. Past award winners include Tracy Bone and Team Rezofficial.

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2011 Winnipeg International Jazz Festival Boasts Impressive Line-up

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Boasting over 70 performers hitting the stage, there’s something for just about everyone during the 2011 International Jazz Winnipeg Festival’ 10-day run. Now in its 22nd year, the venerable downtown music fest – Winnipeg’s largest -- announced its 2011 line-up at Le Garage on April 15. The event, which runs June 16-25 in various city venues, draws thousands of concert goers every year to its wide range of shows spanning just about every genre, from jazz standards to funk, hip-hop to hardbop, roots and blues, and everything in between.

Marquee names performing at this year's Theatre Series include the legendary  Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, Juno Award-winning rapper Shad, The New Gary Burton Quartet featuring the acclaimed titular vibraphonist, and New Orleans' Dirty Dozen Brass Band, popular Oregon-based orchestra Pink Martini, and Quebec City's gypsy jazz act The Lost Fingers. The festival will also get a special preview show on June 14 with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

The Theatre Series also welcomes home expat Glenn Patscha with his New York folk group Ollabelle. Rounder Records' klezmer project The Black Sea Station, which includes...

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Record Store Day Offers Up Live Music

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When the fifth annual Record Store Day hits stores on April 16, there will be plenty of sales to keep music fans busy. But there's more to the festivities than just 40%-off stickers and rare vinyl.

Celebrated the third Saturday in April, Record Store Day takes over more than 700 independently owned music stores internationally. In addition to sales and specially-released merchandise, stores offer special programming, from live performances to cook-outs to parades. The event was founded in 2007 to celebrate the art of music.

Locally, several stores are officially participating in the celebration, including Into the Music, Music Trader, Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store, War On Music, Red River Book Store, Planet of Sound, and Argy's Collectibles offer their own events. Head to Into the Music, Music Trader and the Winnipeg Folk Festival music store to catch sets by homegrown talent like Vampires, This Hisses, Scott Nolan, Rambling Dan Frechette, The Telepathic Butterflies, and more while perusing blowout sales.

After the business day ends, the party moves to The Lo Pub where participating stores come together for a night of music courtesy of DJ Hunnicutt and...

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Now taking submissions for Manitoba Aboriginal Artists Volume 5 compilation CD

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOON, Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program is planning the release of a promotional compilation CD, Manitoba Aboriginal Artists Volume 5, in August of 2011. The CD will be multi-genre, targeted to music industry professionals working with popular and traditional genres (e.g. – rock, punk, pop, roots, hip-hop, pow wow, fiddle, etc.). It will be distributed widely through various music industry festivals and conferences, as well as directly to key players working in the Aboriginal and Native American music communities.

To have your track included for consideration, please submit ALL of the following: 

• Mastered CD with selected track name and number clearly indicated
•The following information:
      ◦ Artist name, song title, songwriting and publishing credit, and track length
      ◦ Genre classification
      ◦ 20-word bio (for inclusion in CD liner notes)
      ◦ Contact information: contact name, phone, email, and website
      ◦ If applicable, label and publisher contact information
• One high-resolution digital photograph (for inclusion in the CD liner notes)
• Completed Grant of Rights form (available at...

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Indie Label Showcase @ The Lo Pub | Apr 29

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Manitoba Music presents...
INDIE LABEL SHOWCASE
Friday, April 29 | Doors 9pm
The Lo Pub, 330 Kennedy Street
$6 at the door
with
Royal Canoe, Attica Riots, Enjoy Your Pumas

Manitoba Music is set to present another exciting showcase of Manitoba talent on April 29 at The Lo Pub. The line-up includes indie pop/rock outfits Royal Canoe, Attica Riots, and Enjoy Your Pumas.  

The showcase offers these bands the opportunity to connect with and perform for influential industry tastemakers in town for Manitoba Music’s April 30 workshop on indie record labels. Visiting panelists include Arts & Crafts’ Jeffrey Remedios (Broken Social Scene, Feist), Last Gang Entertainment’s Mark DiPietro (Chromeo, Metric), Profound Lore’s Chris Bruni (Agalloch, KEN mode), Boompa Records’ Rob Calder, (Woodpigeon, Leeroy Stagger), and ’s Mike Renaud (Hannah Georges, Said the Whale, Imaginary Cities). 

Throughout the year, Manitoba Music produces special showcases of local talent for the guest speakers from the MusicWorks professional development workshop series. The series presents experienced music industry veterans and hot new trend setters speaking on the most important topics for...

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Power 97 Announces River City Rocks Class of 2011 Band Search

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Power 97 is once again on the hunt for the best independent rock bands in Manitoba. The rock radio stations has launched this year's edition of its River City Rocks competition, which offers winning bands a prize package geared to helping them promote their music. Bands can apply online at the River City Rocks website, which is powered by Supernova.com. 

Music fans can get in on the action starting May 1. The public can vote up to once per day all next month to help to help Power 97 determine the top 20 bands in the River City Rocks search. The top 20 bands will be judged by a Power 97 panel, selecting the best four bands to win it all: a membership to Manitoba Music, a gift certificate to Quest Musique, a promotional package including an upcoming Power 97 concert appearance, and radio airplay on Power 97 for the entire summer. 

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Manitoba bands to make their mark on the music scene,” says Power 97's music director, Casey Norman. “Both Supernova.com and Power 97 are eager to discover the River City Rocks Class of 2011.” 

Rock acts Broken Halo, Prophet, The Afterbeat, and Talk City beat out hundreds of other local bands to...

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Manitoba Bands Break the Ice with Spring Releases

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There is no stopping the flood of new releases coming from notable and new Manitoba acts this spring.




March saw the release of several new albums, including the latest releases by  critically-acclaimed noisecore outfit KEN Mode, up-and-coming singer/songwriter Emma Cloney, roots/blues band Hillbilly Burlesque, rock quartet The Root In Fluents, and indie jazz/folk act Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers.

Coming up this month, there over a dozen new albums hitting store shelves and getting the release party treatment.

Punk hop duo Rebel Yell kicks things off on April 1 at the Pyramid, releasing sophomore effort Social Studies alongside a new video for the first single, "Kill Em All."

Rockabilly newcomers WoodShed Havoc unleashes The Current State, out on Dollartone Records, at the Park Theatre on April 2.

World-travelling singer/songwriter Matt Epp and his band The Amorian Assembly will take over the West End Cultural Centre on April 23 to release At Dawn, although the album will be available in stores April 12. Click here to see the video for "Met Someone" off the new album.

Latin world music threesome Trio Bembe releases its sophomore album, Oh My Soul,...

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Manitoba Music Newsletter Volume 20 No. 1

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The spring issue of the Manitoba Music newsletter is out and in mailboxes. This issue features a profile of The Liptonians, Pip Skid, and Randy Frykas, and Q&A with Fred Penner, and a piece on Showcasing 101. You can also find pictures from the inaugural Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Curling Bonspiel, new music releases, member updates, Aboriginal Music Program news, funding deadlines, and more.

Click here to download a PDF of the newsletter (6MB).

 

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Manitoba's Juno Nominees Head to Toronto for 40th Annual Festivities

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Four acts will be on stage to showcase Manitoba’s incredible talent when the music industry hits Toronto this weekend for the 2011 JUNO Awards. Chic Gamine, Del Barber, Little Hawk, and Eagle & Hawk -- who are all nominated for coveted Juno Awards this year -- are set to perform at the two-day JunoFest event for fans and industry big wigs, as well as attend the awards gala for a chance to hear their names called. 

Five Manitoba acts are up for hardware at the 40th annual awards celebration, which takes place on March 27 at the Air Canada Centre and will be broadcast live on CTV. This year’s Manitoba nominees are a testament to the strength and diversity of Manitoba’s roots and Aboriginal music communities. Three Juno nods went to acts in roots/traditional categories while locals took two spots in the Aboriginal category. 

Soul/folk quintet Chic Gamine, which picked up a Juno in 2009 for its self-titled debut, is once again up for Roots/Traditional Album of the Year (Group), this time for sophomore release City City. Relative newcomer Del Barber is also up for Roots/Traditional Album of the Year (Solo) for his second album, Love Songs for the Last Twenty. A nominee in...

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Manitoba Folkways: Music in Your Own Back Yard

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Two local artists are launching a new music collection project in Manitoba this month, called Manitoba Folkways.

If that name evokes some memories of American folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax and the influential record label, it's entirely on purpose. With a nod to both, project organizers Jen Delos Reyes and Kerri-Lynn Reeves will be heading to four locations in Manitoba to do field recordings of the music of the people. 

"I was interested in Alan Lomax's approach and vision," explains Delos Reyes of the project's inspiration. "He elevated vernacular music to a place of reverence and made people's music (not just the music of trained musicians) of significant cultural value. I also am motivated by the idea of how music forms identity and community. In regards to what Lomax did for American folk music, and American identity, I wondered what it would have been like had Lomax recorded in Canada and how that might of changed our sense of identity in this country." 

They're actively seeking people who write music about their lives and about Manitoba. But don't let the name fool you; they're not just looking for folkies. They're hoping that people from all...

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Manitoba Artists Infiltrate Austin Music Fest

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An impressive group of Manitoba musicians are getting a head start on the spring thaw this month with a trip to Texas. But it’s not all sunburns and barbeque for the 10 local acts making their way south; they’ll be showcasing and networking at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin. The prestigious festival will put some of Manitoba’s most exciting and innovative acts on stage in front of powerful international music industry professionals. 

Now in its 23rd year, SXSW -- which runs March 15-20 -- is one of the world’s biggest music festivals and conferences, featuring over 1300 acts from across the globe performing in every imaginable genre. Manitoba acts will have the opportunity to perform for some of the industry's top names as well as rabid audiences in several Austin venues. 



For the first time, Manitoba Music will host a showcase of top talent from the keystone province at SXSW on March 17 at The Parish Underground. The line-up features breakout soul/pop duo Imaginary Cities, indie pop/rock outfits The Liptonians, Royal Canoe, The Details, and Hope Atlantic, and hip-hop act The Lytics, This show is the latest in Manitoba Music’s series of successful market...

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Heather Longstaffe Wins National Songwriting Prize

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The trip to Toronto was hardly a waste of gas for Heather Longstaffe. The country singer/songwriter picked up the top prize in the Canadian Radio Star National Songwriting Competition for her song called, you guessed it, "Waste of Gas."

Longstaffe won the Manitoba portion of the competition back in January, via Hot 103, which sent her to showcase at Canadian Music Week in Toronto. On March 12, she was picked from a pool of 11 other national candidates as the winner of the grand prize, which comes with $10,000 in cash, a $5,000 national radio promotion package, 30 hours of mixing and mastering time courtesy of Metalworks, and quite of bit of gear.

"I am genuinely shocked to have won," says Longstaffe "Up until the last day of submissions I intended on entering a different song. I knew I was entering a country song into a pop contest so winning, to me, didn't even seem like a possibility. This is the first time I have been recognized for my songwriting ability so it is very, very special and means a lot to me. I am stoked and so grateful!"

After releasing her EP, Back To Reality, last year, Longstaffe has been spending time co-writing in Nashville since January....

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Five Manitoba Acts Showcase in Las Vegas for Reservation Economic Summit

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Five Manitoba acts are headed for the wild Nevada desert this week. Award-winning singer/songwriter Don Amero, decorated rock outfit Eagle & Hawk, country chanteuse Desiree Dorion, teenage pop singer Savannah Rae Boyko, and R&B singer isKwe are set to showcase for Native American community leaders at the Manitoba Aboriginal artist showcase during the Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas on March 16. 

Produced through Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program in partnership with SAY Magazine, the event brings together the local artists with important tribal leaders, business people, and festivals. The performance and networking opportunities help the artists from Manitoba connect with influential talent buyers to develop more touring and gigging opportunities for across the U.S.

Now celebrationg its 25th year, the Reservation Economic Summit draws hundreds of American Indian and Indigenous entrepreneurs, tribal economic and business development decision-makers, tribal leaders, government and corporate executives and buyers seeking Aboriginal suppliers and contractors.

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Ash Koley Wins at Canadian Radio Music Awards

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Quirky pop duo Ash Koley was named Best New Group or Solo Artist Hot A/C at the Canadian Radio Music Awards, which were handed out to top radio acts on March 10 at Toronto's Royal York Hotel. The duo -- Phil Deschambault and Ash Koley -- also performed at the ceremony for an audience of top industry and media. Click here watch their acceptance speech and live performance.

The CRMAs took place during Canadian Music Week, which hosts a huge music festival, industry conference, and not one but four awards shows.

Ash Koley's name might be heard at another one of those shows on March 12, the Canadian Independent Music Awards aka The Indies, where it's up for Pop Artist/Group of the Year. Fellow Manitoba bands Doc Walker and Comeback Kid also have nods for Country Artist/Group of the Year and Punk/Hardcore Artist/Group of the Year, respectively.

Ash Koley has been building significant buzz over the last year, complete with flashmobs at the Olympics, and appearance on Fashion Television, touring with Lilith Fair, and releasing its debut album, Inventions, on Sony/Nettwerk in the fall. The duo, which is managed by Nettwerk's Terry McBride, won the CRMA for its chart-topping...

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Manitoba Music Industry Showcase: Los Angeles Showcase

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Thursday, March 17, 2010 

Manitoba Music is presenting a showcase of Manitoba artists in Los Angeles on May 5, 2011.This event is an excellent opportunity to showcase in front of top names in the L.A.-based music and film industries. Los Angeles is home to some of North America’s most important music industry professionals and this showcase will target labels, publishers, music supervisors, program directors and more. Manitoba Music will work directly with each selected artist to identify members of the industry they are interested in inviting. 

The showcase in L.A. will be a daytime event aimed at industry professionals. The showcase takes place adjacent to the MUSEXPO Conference (May 1-4), which participating artists or artist managers would be encouraged to attend.

To be considered for a showcase, you must:


Have a current or upcoming release (demo / EP / full-length)
Be export-ready (prepared to capitalize on international opportunities)
Have financial capacity to undertake travel and accommodations in Los Angeles (Market Access Program Support is available, but will not cover full costs)
...

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Manitoba Music Showcase Opportunity: Indie Label Showcase

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Thursday, March 24, 2011. 

Manitoba Music will be presenting a showcase for guest speakers from our upcoming Indie Label Panel, to be held at Manitoba Music on April 30. The panel features representatives from independent Canadian labels including Arts & Crafts, Boompa Records, Hidden Pony Records, Last Gang Entertainment, and Profound Lore Records. This showcase event offers Manitoba acts a unique opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from outside of Manitoba.


We welcome submissions from artists of all genres. Preference will be given to artists who perform music appropriate for the visiting speakers. Before submitting, we encouraged applicants to research the speakers’ labels and their rosters

To be considered for a showcase, you must:


Have a current release (demo / EP / full-length)
Be available to perform on the evening of April 29, 2011
Be export-ready (prepared to capitalize on national and international opportunities)
Be a Manitoba Music member 

Submit by email to showcases@manitobamusic.com the following:


“Indie Label...

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Manitoba Music Performance Opportunity: Canada Day at The Forks

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Thursday, March 24, 2011


Manitoba Music is planning an afternoon/early evening of live performances at the Scotiabank Stage at The Forks on Canada Day -- Friday, July 1, 2011. One of Manitoba’s most popular summer destinations, the Canada Day event attracts thousands of visitors. This year’s event will celebrate and promote Manitoba artists and music with a multi-genre concert featuring four acts, including solo artists, bands, and DJs, on the marquee stage at The Forks. This event is free and open to the public.  

Performances must be ‘family-friendly’ in language and content. We welcome submissions from high energy bands and solo artists with full-band accompaniment, in all genres.  

Artists will be compensated for their performance.  

To be considered for a showcase, you must:


Have a current release (demo / EP / full-length)
Be available to perform on the afternoon and/or evening of July 1, 2011
Be a member of Manitoba Music 

Preference will be given to artist who:


Have received recent radio play in Canada
Have cultivated a significant local audience and local press
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