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Call for Submissions: MUSEXPO Showcase Opportunity

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Monday, February 9, 2009

Manitoba Music and MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC are planning an exclusive showcase at MUSEXPO in Los Angeles between April 26 and April 29, 2009.

MUSEXPO is one of North America’s most important music business conferences with very exclusive showcasing opportunities. It is attended by some of the highest profile and most powerful people in music and entertainment, including heads of A&R, film and television music supervision, online and traditional video gaming, telecommunications, and more. Some of this year’s confirmed speakers and delegates include: David Rezner (Chairman/CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group), Kenny MacPherson (President/Senoir Executive, Chrysalis Music), Ian Rogers (CEO, Topspin), Ron Spaulding (Executive VP/GM of Fontana), Bob Lefsetz (Editor, The Lefsetz Letter), Terry McBride (CEO, Nettwerk Music Group), Steve Schnur (Worldwide Executive of Music & Marketing, EA Games), and Simon Wright (President & CEO, Virgin Entertainment Group).

The Manitoba initiative will also include an exclusive showcase for area music supervisors in Los Angeles on April 30. The list of invitees for this showcase is a...

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Ridley Bent Wins Independent Music Award

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Country singer/songwriter and recent B.C. transplant, Ridley Bent, has landed top honours at the eighth annual Independent Music Awards, which named his song "Nine Inch Nails" the winner of this year'sCountry - Song category. Click here to listen to "Nine Inch Nails"...

The multi-genre IMAs work to create career opportunities for winners and finalists through continuous public promotion, marketing, and distribution. The year-long IMA campaign includes a compilation CD of winners' music distributed to both fans and industry at international music conferences and festivals and promoted to radio and as well as millions of subscribers on sites like Purevolume and eMusic. Fans are also able to vote for their favourite nominees online on the IMA website.

Bent is also featured in a couple of recent interviews, including the nationally-televised CMT Chevy Cross Canada Countdown's Top 20 and Shaw TV's Backstage in Winnipeg. Running January 23-25, the CMT segment includes an interview shot on the Toronto set of Bent's next video, "Arlington." He also chats with Tracy Koga at Times Change(d) and performs his award-winning song "Nine Inch Nails" in the Shaw TV segment, which is also...

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Gian to the Rescue

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Gian Ghomeshi had James Moore, Heritage Minister, on his CBC radio show Q this morning. Click here to read the article on the CBC website...

A couple excerpts:
"It's a huge part of our GDP. It's twice the size of all those who work solely in agriculture. It's three times the size of our forest industry. So it's a huge part of our economy and most importantly, in my view, is that arts and culture is about improving the quality of life of Canadians," Moore said.

Moore said Trade Routes will not be reinstated, but that the government "agrees with the goals" of the program and will consider other options.Quite a change in tone from our government!

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Obama and the Creative Industries

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If there is one thing that has been striking in the past few days of American political celebrations, beyond the pitch perfect speech writing and orations of the central figure, it has been the stellar music that accompanies every moment. From the fabulous Lincoln Memorial Concert on the weekend, to the thoughtful and prominent musical offerings in the inauguration ceremony itself. There was so much high profile music involved that Billboard produced a music specific schedule for the four days of festivities.

The question for us now that the parties are over, is not whether musicians love Obama, that seems clear, and indeed Obama seems quite fond of music and the arts, but what will it mean for the creative industries in America and abroad to have a music lover back in the White House.

The new President came to power thanks in a large part to urban voters and, according to the Telegraph, the support of the creative class. What remains to be seen, is if Obama can reciprocate with support for the creative industries. Richard Florida writes that while politicians and economists are shouting about putting shovels in the ground and saving the auto industry, true economic...

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Open Mic at The Folk Exchange - January 23

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Manitoba Music and the Winnipeg Folk Festival present
OPEN MIC NIGHTS at THE FOLK EXCHANGE
with Kraink
Friday, January 23, 2008 | 7pm

Winnipeg Folk Festival and Manitoba Music are happy to announce the next Open Mic Night @ The Folk Exchange. The exciting line-up of guest hosts -- which has included Karla Adolphe, J.P. Hoe, Don Amero, Rob Wrigley, Keri Latimer, Ruth Moody and Twilight Hotel -- continues this month with Kraink.

On Open Mic Nights, musicians and music-lovers unite to share songs, inspiration and just plain old good times in the casual, intimate atmosphere of the Winnipeg Folk Festival’s Folk Exchange venue, located at 211 Bannatyne Avenue (behind the Festival Music Store @ Albert Street).

Bring your instrument and take your turn on the Folk Exchange stage–or just come to listen (non-players will be charged a $2 cover).

Call the Festival at (204) 231-0096 for more information.

http://www.manitobamusic.com
http://www.winnipegfolkfestival.ca
http://www.kraink.com

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New CDs To Keep You Warm

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This hasn't actually been proven by any reputable source but we think that releasing an album keeps you warmer. Enough acts are doing it during this winter's incredible death grip to lend our theory some credibility...

On January 9, folk/rock quintet The Duhks celebrated the Winnipeg release of its latest offering, Fast Paced World. The album was technically released by U.S. roots label Sugar Hill Records in the gentler month of August, but this month had The Duhks playing two sold-out shows at The Park Theatre to hometown fans. The band promptly hops back on the road for dates in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, California and beyond. Acclaimed roots singer/songwriter Adrien Sala also released his new CD on January 9, as did metal outfit Jarhead.

Many are used to seeing guitarist/drummer Chris Carmichael on the stage backing the likes of Romi Mayes, Big Dave McLean, and Scott Nolan but he's just about to launch a CD of his own. The roots/blues singer/songwriter takes over the Times Change(d) stage to launch his debut solo effort on January 16 before heading out on the road for a busy tour with The Perpetrators.

Hip-hop artist Wab Kinew, known for his work with...

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Make Obama a Mixtape

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CBC Radio wants to make Barack Obama a mixtape! It's offering Canadians a chance to choose "49 songs from North of the 49th parallel that defines Canada to the new President." (Canada's Wikipedia entry isn't snazzy enough.)

CBC's Denise Donlon (who was totally my favourite Much VJ) says:

“One of the best way to know Canada is through the depth and breadth of our artistic expression,” says Denise Donlon, Executive Director, CBC Radio. “We're excited about the new President and we want him to be excited about us, so we're asking our audience to help compile the list of our most definitive Canadian songs!”Canadians have until Friday at 8pm ET to submit song choices for the shortlist. On January 12, CBC Radio 2 will reveal a 100-song shortlist which folks can vote on until January 16 at 11pm ET. After that, you'll have to make Obama your own mixtape. 

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Digital Jumps, Vinyl Soars, CDs Slump in 2008

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Neilsen SoundsScan released sales numbers for music in the United States last week, and for Canada this week.

The good news is that music sales are up. Overall units sold in Canada increased in 2008 by 11.5%. The bad news for the industry is that album sales are down, and album sales have the largest impact on profitability. Overall album sales dropped by 8.5%. Sales of digital albums rose by nearly 70%, but still represent only a fraction, less than 10%, of overall sales.

The cool thing, is that vinyl sales in the US (I can't put my finger on Canadian numbers) doubled in 2008 to 1.88 million units. I think we've all noticed vinyl on the merch table at more and more shows lately, often accompanied with a digital download. In the spirit of making music as accessible as possible through digital downloads but also providing value-added physical packaging to entice consumers to buy a physical product, vinyl seems to fit the bill nicely, and it seems that young music fans are leading this trend.

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iTunes Drops Digital Locks

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Apple announced Tuesday, at the MacWorld Expo, changes to the iTunes store that many though were inevitable: the end of digital locks known as DRM. The technology restricted consumers' ability to copy music to multiple devices and was viewed by major record labels as a way to protect copyright and reduce elligal file sharing.

Apple has been a hold out on the DRM approach to music sales - several other companies, including Amazon and Rhapsody, had already negotiated DRM-free deals with the majors.

As part of the changes, Apple has also announced that labels will be able to set a price point for track sales at $0.69, or $1.29, in addition to the usual $0.99 price that Apple has ardently stuck to over the past few years.

Read more at the Wired Blog and Globe and Mail.

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Freep Sees and Hears

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The Winnipeg Free Press ran an article today detailing a few people and places to watch in the coming year of Manitoba music. Read the article on the Freep website...

Topping the list of artists is rapper/producer and CBC host Wab Kinew, whose debut solo offering, Live by the Drum, comes out on January 24 at the Pyramid.

The article also mentions the West End Cultural Centre, The Lo Pub, The Park Theatre, Ash Koley, DJ Hunnicutt and DJ Co-op, Stephen Hua, and local producers Cam Loepkky and Shawn Dealey, Jack Shapira, Brandon Friesen, John Paul Peters, and Lloyd Peterson.

Manitoba Music's own executive director, Sara Stasiuk, is named a "player" in the article. I'd love to insert some sort of joke about that and the huge picture of her in the paper but she's my boss.

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What Did You Do Over the Holidays?

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Welcome to 2009 and for those of you who had a bit of a break, welcome back to work. Anyone else harbour deep resentment towards their alarm clocks this morning?

If Facebook activity is an accurate representation of reality, just about everyone I know had a busy holiday season. They went to concerts and movies and, like, did stuff. Outside. With other people. *Shudder*

I did not. I stayed inside and went back and forth between reading Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and making an elaborate, five-hour playlist in iTunes. (I may also have watched an obscene amount of television.)

It ended up being my 100 favourite songs from the past year. Not necessarily released in the past year, mind you because I appear to be at least six months behind the rest of the world in discovering new music.

What did you do?

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Manitoba Film & Music Showcase - January 8

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MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC SHOWCASE
*FREE PUBLIC EVENT*
THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009
7:00PM – 9:00PM
DOORS OPEN AT 6:30PM
CENTENNIAL CONCERT HALL

CELEBRATING MANITOBA MUSIC AND FILM ON STAGE WITH OVER A DOZEN LIVE LOCAL FILM AND MUSIC PERFORMANCES!

MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC (formerly MANITOBA FILM & SOUND) is hosting the first ever Manitoba Film & Music Showcase, a FREE public event filled with multiple genres of music, film and television entertainment, including musical performances by local acts, Eagle & Hawk, Fresh I.E, The Waking Eyes, Ray St. Germain, Bryce Pallister, Twilight Hotel, Inward Eye, Dominique Reynolds, Steve Bell, Heather Bishop, Alana Levandoski and Flo as well as screenings, excerpts and commentary from local films and filmmakers including Cattle Call (which screened at Toronto International Film Festival and will be screened at upcoming 2009 Sundance Film Festival, written, directed and produced by Mike Maryniuk and Matthew Rankin), Dumb Angel, (written and directed by Deco Dawson), Norma Bailey, Lisa Meeches and Guy Maddin, featuring a dynamic live excerpt of Maddin’s critically acclaimed, My Winnipeg (which Time Magazine ranked in it’s top 3 films...

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Year in Review

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Over 100 nominations, more than 30 awards, 65+ showcases, plenty of lucrative song placements, and a lot of trips to Europe made 2008 a great year for Manitoba music. Take a look at some of the great stories from the past year…

JANUARY

The year started off with a nod… Twilight Hotel landed a Folk Alliance Music and Business Award nomination for Emerging Artist, handed out in February during this year's Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, Tennessee. Read more… 

Nine local industry professionals and one artist went overseas for the 42nd edition of MIDEM in Cannes, France, the world’s biggest music business conference, including: Aboriginal production company Rising Sun Productions’ Vince Fontaine, Aboriginal label Arbor Records’ founder Brandon Friesen, Ukrainian folk label Olesia Records’ owner Alexis Kochan, Cafesonique.com’s Ron Lamoureux, and electronic record label Balanced Records’ co-founder, Adam Hannibal. This year Balanced Records artist Solidaze collaborated with French label Spice and Ice to showcase his work. Read more…

The Nods broke the coveted CMJ 200 Chart in the U.S. at #177 (CMJ Radio 200 chart #1041). READ MORE…...

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Manitoba Music Radio: New Adds

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There are new tracks being added to the streaming Manitoba Music Radio every week. Click here to listen.

1. Jodie Borle - "My Favourite Things" - special holiday music
2. Quinzy - "Feast" - special holiday music
3. Jaylene Johnson - "Winter Wish" - special holiday music
4. Cat Jahnke - "What Child Is This" - special holiday music
5. Bonafide - "Love in Da Streets"
6. Alana Levandoski - "Hello"
7. Quinzy - "Fell in Love with the Enemy"
8. Paper Moon - "What Are You Going to do With Me?"
9. Paul Bergman - "Crow Scarecrow"
10. The Perms - "Give Me all Your Lovin'"
11. Anthem Red - "King Cans"
12. Ian LaRue & The Condor - "Sanguine Cursive"
13. Mahogany Frog - "Loveset"
14. Rik Leaf - "What We've Been Waiting For"

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Two Simplistic Songs Both Sound Simplistic

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Coldplay is the target of a law suit by Joe Satriani on a plagiarism charge that claims that Chris Martin and friend's Frida Kahlo inspired anthem "Viva La Vida" is a copy of the melody and chords from Joe Satriani's 2004 space ode "If I Could Fly."

The suit comes after much discussion and comparison among fans about the similarity of the songs, and a Grammy nomination for Coldplay.

Coldplay denies the charge. According to the Guardian:
"With the greatest possible respect to Joe Satriani," they said in a statement, "if there are any similarities between our two pieces of music, they are entirely coincidental, and just as surprising to us as to him."

Of course, by dubbing the similarities "coincidental", Coldplay do not just deny that they pinched Satriani's riffs – they deny the possibility that even subconscious riff-jacking occurred. Or in other words, Chris Martin has never listened to a Joe Satriani track in his life.

Nevertheless, "Joe Satriani is a great musician," Coldplay said.

The guitarist was recently interviewed about the lawsuit, describing to Music Radar the moment he first heard Viva La Vida. It was as if "a dagger went right through my heart,"...

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Declines in CD Sales hits Indie Distributor

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Distribution Fusion 3, a 25 year old Canadian independent distributor with a deep catalogue of jazz, blues, world and comedy recordings has filed for bankruptcy protection.

Billboard magazine reports that the company has reduced it's staff from over 50 to 13. Six positions were just recently cut. The company has 30 days to try to restructure. In the meantime, they have stopped selling and shipping recordings.

The troubles are reported to be the result of a confluence of events that include fewer record stores, smaller retail catalogue sections, lacklustre CD sales, and a distressed dollar.

Company founder Jim West  also owns Justin Time Records and has been an important figure in Canadian music industry development, serving as chair of FACTOR, CIRPA and CARAS over the years.

UPDATE: It's worth adding a note here about the collapse of one of the UK's most important independent distributors Pinnacle Entertainment. The company, which handled distro for around 400 indie labels in Britain, declared bankruptcy on Dec. 3.
The main problem facing labels is the prospect of not getting paid for the sales which Pinnacle have already conducted on their behalf. This will...

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Blame It On Floor Thirteen

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If you're a gamer, you might find some Floor Thirteen under your tree this holiday season...

The band licensed its song, “Blame It On Me,” to major video game company EA Games in August. Since then, EA Games has placed the song in top selling game franchise, Need For Speed. The game is expected to be played by millions across 30 different countries.

The same track also appears in the latest in the popular franchise, The Sims. The Sims 4 is schedule for release in February 2009. If it’s anything like past Sims games, millions of people will forgo sleep to concentrate on the highly-addictive simulation game.

Click here to listen to "Blame It On Me" by Floor Thirteen.

Since the summer release of its debut full length, Mmmm!, the band has been turning up in more than just games. In September, “Blame It On Me” popped up on George Stroumboulopoulos’ The Strombo Show. The next month, the band headed to the U.K. to showcase for major industry bigwigs in London’s MUSEXPO Europe, along with fellow Manitoba band, Domenica. Floor Thirteen was also the featured artist on internationally syndicated import radio show, Passport Approved, which airs all over the U.S. and has a...

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CBGB Reborn

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CBGB, the legendary New York City launching pad for the likes of The Ramones, Blondie, and Talking Heads is making a return... ish. Friends and family of founder Hilly Kristal are behind bunch of things under the institution's name, including an exhibit in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame (the disgusting urinal is my favourite), a travelling exhibit with the Warped Tour, an interactive website,  a clothing line, and a potential new venue in Las Vegas. READ MORE...

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204 Not Stirred

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CBC Radio One's weekly Manitoba-focused arts and culture show finally has a name that reflects what it's about (or at least where it's about)... The 204.

Like its predecessor, Shaken Not Stirred, The 204 is hosted by recent CAMA and APCMA nominee Wabanakwut Kinew. Kinew's video for "If This Was Right" with singer/songwriter Dominique Reynolds. Click here to watch the video. The show is also produced by Sarah Michaelson, a.k.a. DJ and frequent Solidaze collaborator Mama Cutsworth. 

As an aside... when we changed our name from "MARIA" to "Manitoba Music" a few months ago, we had to rename our quarterly printed newsletter because "MARIATalk" didn't work anymore. In a member-voted survey,"The 204" almost won. Another popular pick was "Stanley." (We ended up not really naming it at all.) Click here to download the fall newsletter (6.5 MB).

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2009 Manitoba Music Industry Directory

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The 2009 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, distributed to 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 2009, 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 listing in the Directory, including name, email, phone number, website, and 30-word bio/description. If your contact info or bio has changed, you can update your listing easily:

ONLINE: Log in to manitobamusic.com (if you've forgotten your password, there's a reminder function), click on "Edit My Information" and update the info uder the "Public" tab. Please remember to update the "directory bio" and keep it under 31 words!

EMAIL: You can email updates to...

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Guns N' Pepper

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Guns N' Roses is not happy with a recent Dr. Pepper promotion offering everyone in America a free can of soda provided the band release its much-delaying album before 2009. Chinese Democracy came out and Dr. Pepper made good. However, demand for the coupon for free soda was so high that the company's website crashed, fans turned on GNR and now lawyers are involved. Read more...

A special thank you to Wikipedia for informing me that Rose' given name is William Bruce Rose, Jr.

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Farewell Odetta

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Legendary folk singer and human rights activist Odetta died today at the age of 77. The influential artist inspired countless people throughout her lifetime and career, notably Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez. Click to watch classic footage Odetta performing at the Newport Festival.

I had the chance to interview her over the phone for Uptown Magazine nearly a decade ago. I'd grown up with her music and met her when I was about four years old. It felt a bit weird just calling her at home. She was a formidable interviewee, so I brought up my childhood anecdote about meeting her (apparently, I have her a vehement anti-smoking lecture) hoping to impress her with my reverential memory. Didn't work. Then again, she had other things to remember, like being named "The Queen of American folk music" by Martin Luther King, Jr.

She was an incredible performer and will definitely be missed. Click to watch a Odetta performing in 2005 of "House of the Rising Sun."

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The Mother of All Hearings

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The Copyright Board’s hearing dealing with performing and reproduction rights in songs and sound recordings in Canada by commercial radio stations kicks off in Ottawa Dec. 2 .

The Canadian Assn. of Broadcasters is at bat first at the two week hearing. Afterwards, SOCAN (performing rights in songs), CMRRA-SODRAC Inc., (reproduction rights in songs), AVLA-SOPROQ (reproduction rights in recordings) and NRCC and ARTISTI (performing rights in recordings) will each have their turn at the plate.

This “Super Hearing” is a landmark. It is the first time Canadian-based music labels have sought broadcast mechanicals from broadcasters, making it one of most important proceeding ever for broadcasters, record labels, music publishers, songwriters, and artists alike.

While this is the first time the federal Board has consolidated all radio-related tariffs into a single proceeding, the individual tariffs filed by the collectives are what is being considered, and the result will be a series of decisions, certifying each individual tariff on terms to be set by the Board.

The individual tariffs, and the businesses of the collectives, have not, however, been merged, and each...

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Manitoba Artists Land Three Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

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Manitoba artists picked up some hardware at this year’s Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards in Toronto: Eagle & Hawk and Ray St. Germain brought home a combined three awards from the gala, which took place on November 28 at the Rogers Centre. The CAMAs, now celebrating their tenth year, are held in conjunction with the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, which ran November 28-30.

Rock outfit Eagle & Hawk won for Best Group or Duo and Best Rock Album for its album, Sirensong. These latest wins continue an impressive string of awards this year that includes four Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards last month, for Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year, Best Group or Duo, Best Songwriter, and Best Rock CD.

Country legend Ray St. Germain won for Best Aboriginal Music Radio Program Promoting Aboriginal Music for his NCI FM show, The Métis Hour.

Artists on Manitoba-based Aboriginal music label Arbor Records also did well at this year’s awards, including wins by rocker Stevie Salas for Best International Album and Derek Miller for Best Original Score in Aboriginal/Indigenous Theatre, Dance or Film/Video Production.

Several Manitoba acts were in Toronto for the festivities,...

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Tracking Success Showcase

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Manitoba Music presents
TRACKING SUCCESS SHOWCASE
Friday, December 5 | 10pm
Academy Food Drinks Music, 437 Stradbrook Avenue
$7 at the door
with
Floor Thirteen
J.P. Hoe
Paper Moon
Scott Hinkson

Manitoba Music (formerly MARIA) will present another exciting showcase of homegrown indie talent on December 5. Rock outfit Floor Thirteen, singer/songwriter J.P. Hoe, indie pop darlings Paper Moon, and rocker Scott Hinkson will take over the stage at The Academy to showcase for the panelists from Manitoba Music’s upcoming Tracking Success workshop: Sam DeAngelis (MapleMusic Recordings, Toronto), Ron Harwood (EMI Music Canada, Edmonton), Oscar Furtato (Tandem Tracks, Victoria).

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 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.
This year’s...

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Job Opportunity: Office Administrator - Manitoba Music

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Manitoba Music is looking for a personable, flexible, detail-oriented multi-tasker to join our team as Office Administrator.

PURPOSE
Reporting to the Executive Director and Association and Communications Manager, the Office Administrator is responsible for providing administrative, financial, and clerical services and support in order to ensure effective and efficient operations.

ABOUT MANITOBA MUSIC
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 www.manitobamusic.com.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
• Financial and bookkeeping, including: reporting, accounts payable/receivable, bank reconciliation, and cheque preparation
• Preparing program materials such as printing and collating of contracts, course materials, marketing materials
• Assisting with marketing...

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Blender's Top 33

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You know the holidays are just around the corner when you start seeing year-end best-of lists. Music mag, Blender, has released its 33 Best Albums of 2008, featuring a pretty wide variety of artists and genres....

1. Lil' Wayne - Tha Carter III
2. Girl Talk - Feed The Animals
3. TV On The Radio - Dear Science
4. Metallica - Death Magnetic
5. Hot Chip - Made In The Dark
6. Robyn - Robyn
7. Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
8. Randy Newman - Harps & Angels
9. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
10. Fall Out Boy - Folie A Deux
11. Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs
12. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
13. Al Green - Lay It Down
14. Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
15. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
16. Be Your Own Pet - Get Awkward
17. Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst
18. Ponytail - Ice Cream Spiritual
19. Katy Perry - One Of The Boys
20. Wale - Mixtape About Nothing
21. Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part I: Fourth World War
22. Coldplay - Viva La Vida
23. The Cool Kids - Bake Sale
24. The Roots - Rising Down
25. Santogold - Santogold
26. Usher - Here I Stand
27. Mariah Carey - E=MC2
28. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Real Emotional Trash...

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Manitoba Songwriter Signs with Publishing Giant

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Award-winning songwriter/producer Phil Deschambault has signed a deal with one of the most prominent music publishing companies around today: EMI Music Publishing Canada. Deschambault frequently collaborates with vocalist Ash Koley, and has composed work for local, national, and international film, television, and commercials. Check out Deschambault's work with Koley in the Manitoba Music Radio and the video gallery.

“I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to join EMI Publishing Canada and am very excited about what the future holds,” said Deschambault in a media release.

“Phil is one of the most talented songwriter/producers we have come across in a long time and we are thrilled he signed with us,” said Mike McCarty the release, president of EMI Publishing Canada, and a renowned developer of talent. “We look forward to helping him achieve international success.”

EMI Music Publishing owns one of the largest catalogs of songs in the world, containing more than a million contemporary and classic titles. It has an impressive and established roster of songwriters and the company has won, and continues to win, more industry accolades and publisher of the...

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LeBlanc's Quick Takes

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++ Canadian independent label Quinlan Road is offering customers via its web store a complete and immediate 112 K download of Loreena McKennitt’s new recording “A Midwinter Night's Dream” as well as all albums from all of her catalog when they order the CD. The offer runs until Jan. 31, 2009. McKennitt seeks to ensure that her fans have the music while they wait for the new recording to arrive. Hop to Loreena shop at: http://quinlanroad.com/explorethemusic/5.asp

++ CBC-TV’s “The Hour” host George Stroumboulopoulos received the Bob Edwards Award today (Nov. 14, 2008) in Calgary. Stroumboulopoulos is a former MuchMusic VJ (Yo George, that handle follows both you and CNN’s John “J.D.” Roberts forever). The award is passed out to Canadian journalists who possess the same literary spirit as Edwards whom columnist Allan Fotheringham calls “the finest journalist Canada has ever had the pleasure of reading.” Edwards passed in 1922 after irregularly publishing the Calgary Eye Opener for 20 years.

++ It may have taken him 12 album and over a decade but Nova Scotia MC/producer Classified (Luke Boyd) has signed with a major label, Sony Music Canada. The Enfield, Nova Scotia...

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