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The Afterbeat Does Super Bowl

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If you tune in to Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, you might catch a few Manitoba faces. Ska/punk outfit The Afterbeat can be seen in a commercial that airs during the football event, one of the most coveted ad spots around. The 10-year-old Winnipeg-based band recently flew down to Los Angeles to film a Budweiser commercial.

During the 30-second spot, the band appears on stage playing to a dancefloor so packed and moving that the waitress can't get through. The band slows the music down long enough for the waitress and a pitcher of Budweiser to get through the crowd.

The remarkable thing about the spot is that not only does the band appear in the commercial but its music does, too. The Afterbeat plays its track "Rude Boy" in the spot, giving countless viewers a chance to connect the band to its music. That bit of extra recognition can make all the difference for an independent band try to reach new markets, as Feist found out after she was featured in an iPod commercial.

Local audiences are buzzing about the change to see some hometown boys on TV. Afterbeat guitarist Mike Reis has been popping up on CBC talking about the experience. The band, meanwhile, has been...

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Manitoba Music Package at Festival du Voyageur

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Wanna party like a Voyageur? Take-in the Manitoba Music night at Voyageur Park on Friday, February 19 with this special all-inclusive package.

Manitoba Music Package
$20 per person + taxes

Package includes:
-  Admission to Voyageur Park
-  Manitoba Music night in Poste Pambian tent
-  Traditional French Canadian Meal (served buffet style)
-  Guided tour of Voyageur Park *optional

Dinner served between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm only

Show starts at 7:00 pm

Groups of 10+ people receive a 10% discount.

To purchase your package or make a group reservation call 204.237.7692 or email us at packages@festivalvoyageur.mb.ca

Space is limited so call today!

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The Western Canadian Music Alliance Announces BreakOut West 2010

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The Western Canadian Music Alliance has announced the dates for BreakOut West 2010. Formerly known as The Western Canadian Music Awards weekend, 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.

Join us at the inaugural BreakOut West in beautiful Kelowna, B.C., October 21st to 24th 2010.

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Manitoba Film & Music Celebrates Second Annual Showcase Event

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Manitoba Film & Music is hosting its second annual Manitoba Film & Music Showcase on January 31 at the Centennial Concert Hall. The free public event boasts 13 Manitoba recording acts spanning just about every genre, as well as film and television entertainment. Last year’s inaugural event filled the Concert Hall with audiences eager to witness great local talent. This year’s showcase is sure to do the same.

Sunday’s show features performances by a variety of acclaimed and award-winning artists, including rock poets The Weakerthans, roots quartet Nathan, singer/songwriter J.P. Hoe, bluesman Billy Joe Green, roots darling Romi Mayes, pop rock band Quinzy, rock legend Harlequin, Francophone singer/songwriter Daniel ROA, rock outfit Domenica, indie popsters Paper Moon, children’s performer Fred Penner, hip-hop act Grand Analog, and music project Record of the Week Club with Mike Petkau. CBC host and rapper Wab Kinew will once again share hosting duting with Manitoba Film & Music staff.

Manitoba Film & Music supports the development, production, and marketing of Manitoba's music and film industries through grants, loans, equity investments, and recoupable advances. Funded by...

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MusicWorks Winter 2010 Workshop Series

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Manitoba Music is gearing up for exciting winter season of professional development workshops for the music industry. Hosted in the Manitoba Music Resource Centre, MusicWorks presents experienced music industry veterans, hot new trend setters, and tastemakers speaking on the most important topics for today’s artists and music industry entrepreneurs.
 
This season, MusicWorks will focus on timely topics like music conference preparation, effective live performance, publicity and release planning, breaking into the UK market, tax preparation, and more. The series brings to Winnipeg some of the most influential music professionals from across Canada and beyond, including: CBC Radio 3 host Grant Lawrence, Andres Mendoza from Cuto Marketing, Six Shooter Records’ Helen Britton and Emily Smart, and Bobby Kimberley from The Musebox.
 
Manitoba Music will also welcome acclaimed singer/songwriter David Francey as the latest instructor in its Songwriter in Residence program. Since its launch in 2006, the program has offered local songwriters the opportunity to connect with and learn from a number of celebrated songwriters, including Tom Wilson, Hawksley Workman, Emm...

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Upcoming Benefit Concerts in Support of Haitian Relief Efforts

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It’s been 10 days since the devastating earthquake that rumbled through Haiti, leaving one of the poorest countries in the world in a state of emergency. In true Manitoba fashion, local musicians are showing their support by organizing benefit concerts for Haiti.

On January 25, the Haiti Relief Fundraiser happened at The Lo Pub. Over 20 local hip-hop artists and DJs, including Nestor Wynrush, Mike B., Fenom, and Wab Kinew took to the stage. All proceeds went to Oxfam.


Also on the 25th, Calvary Temple hosted a Worship Concert. Christian pop singer Amanda Falk and singer/worship leader Kristjana Hale were on hand. The evening also had a silent auction, and live Skype talks with people working in Haiti.

The Pyramid Cabaret has its own Open House for Haiti benefit on January 28. Singer/songwriter JD Edwards, indie roots singer Ingrid Gatin, roots rockers The Dusty Roads Band, folk country band A History of Night, and folk roots group The Sweet Alibi unite for an evening of music, with all proceeds from door sales going to the Canadian Red Cross’s Haiti initiative. Admission is $10.

Also on January 28,  Eagle & Hawk,  Sierra Noble, Ray St. Germain, and Billy Joe Green...

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Now Taking Submissions for MUSEXPO Showcase Opportunity

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Now Taking Submissions for MUSEXPO Showcase Opportunity

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Monday, February 1, 2010
 
Manitoba Music and MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC are planning a series of high-level showcase and networking events at MUSEXPO in Los Angeles between April 25 and 29, 2010. 
 
MUSEXPO is one of North America’s most important music business conferences and offers only a limited number of 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: Harvey Goldsmith (Founder, Harvey Goldsmith Presents), Steve Schnur (Worldwide Head of Music & Marketing, EA Games), Craig Kallman (Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records Group), Ron Fair (Chairman, Geffen Records), Kevin Wall (Founder/CEO, Control Room & Live Earth), Big Jon Platt (President, N. American Creative, EMI Publishing), Alex Patsavas (Founder/Music Supervisor, Chop Shop Music), and Rob Spaulding (President, Fontana Distribution). For more...

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Manitoba Music Heads to Cannes for 44th Annual MIDEM Conference

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Representatives from the Manitoba music community will be in Cannes, France next week to attend MIDEM, the world’s biggest music business conference. Ten local industry professionals will head overseas from January 23-27.

MIDEM allows the opportunity for members of our local music industry to expand their presence across the globe, as the conference hosts over 10,000 international music industry bigwigs. Artists, labels and record companies attend the conference to wheel, deal, and get exposed to the hottest, newest music through trade shows, networking events, and live music showcases.

This year, the diverse Manitoba delegation of labels and industry professionals attending MIDEM includes: Aboriginal production company Rising Sun Productions’ Vince Fontaine, Aboriginal label Arbor Records’ founder Brandon Friesen, Ukrainian folk label Olesia Records’ owner Alexis Kochan, Songs4Media.com creators Chris Burke-Gaffney and Jewls Dengl, electronic record label Balanced Records’ co-founder Adam Hannibal, David Kennedy from Manitoba Trade and Investment, Sean McManus from Manitoba Music, and Manitoba Film & Music’s Jason Smith and Carole Vivier. Attendance is funded in part...

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Red Road Music II

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The West End Cultural Centre
with Manitoba Music, NCI-FM and CBC Radio present…

RED ROAD MUSIC II:
Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Featuring Lucie Idlout
with special guests Don Amero and Burnt Project 1

Hosted by Wab Kinew (CBC Radio) & Melissa Spence (NCI-FM)

According to Native American tradition, walking the red road is a metaphor for living within the Creator's guidance - a life of truth, friendship, respect, spirituality, and humanitarianism. The lives of Aboriginal musicians are often connected to the red road, a life path, which ultimately leads to self-discovery and enlightenment.

Lucie Idlout may come from Nunavut but she has managed to burst out of the typical Aboriginal music stereotypes. This rocker calls Toronto home and recently contributed to the Great Canadian Song Quest for CBC Radio 2.

Hometown sensation Don Amero has been tearing up the award shows with his recent wins at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. His album Deepening has produced two number one hits on the Top 30 Aboriginal music charts.

Juno-award winning Burnt Project 1 has been around the Winnipeg music scene since 2001 and is...

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Times Change(d) Turns Nine

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Someone’s having a birthday party and you’re invited.

Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club turns nine this year, and to celebrate, it’s having a four-night-long party. The bash kicks off on January 14 with blues rockers The Perpetrators and alternative folk rocker Scott Nolan. Nashville folk/bluegrass singer Tom House and Winnipeg country/bluegrass band the D. Rangers, and eclectic roots group Mayor Matt Allen and the Little Buddies take the stage on January 15. January 16 has two sets by House: a solo one at 7pm, the other at 10pm with the D. Rangers. Jaxon Haldane of Jackpine and Les Jupes will also play. On Sunday night the Whisky Awards will be handed out with the help of Big Dave McLean and friends.

The venerable Winnipeg institution is often considered one of the best places to catch roots and blues in Winnipeg. Acts such as folk rockers Elliott BROOD, Winnipeg darling Romi Mayes, folk songstress Amelia Curran, and country rocker Dustin Bentall have all played at Times Change(d) in the past.

The venue, which opened in 2001, has established a loyal fanbase amongst music fans and musicians alike. On the horizon are gigs from The Dusty Roads Band, The Wind-Ups,...

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Live at the West End Returns

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Live at the West End returns with two shows on January 11 and 12. Just like last year, the shows will be recorded for air on MTS TV Winnipeg On Demand sometime before the end of the year. The series grew out of a special televised concert in 2007, which was broadcast on Shaw TV.

The spirit of having two artists of different genres share a stage adds to the appeal of the live shows. This time around, Live at the West End features a new roster.  Blues rocker JD Edwards, and singer/songwriter Patrick Keenan grace the stage on the 11. Acclaimed soprano Julie Biggs, and celtic rockers the Dust Rhinos perform on the 12. Both nights promise to be a rollicking good time.

If the format sticks from last year, then each episode will feature the artists’ full performance and an interview. The shows will then be made available as an MTS Freeview in its Winnipeg On Demand section. Last year’s performances are still available to watch, featuring J.P. Hoe (and a cooking lesson), Dr. Rage & the Uppercuts, Cat Jahnke, and more.

Stayed tuned for the new episodes later this year.

Doors for each show open at 7:15pm, and admission is free. Bring your outside voices.

The CBC...

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2nd Annual Manitoba Film & Music Showcase - January 31, 2010

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2nd ANNUAL
MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC SHOWCASE
brought to you by Rogers
*FREE PUBLIC EVENT*
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2010
2:00PM – 4:30PM
DOORS OPEN AT 1:00PM
CENTENNIAL CONCERT HALL
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA

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

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Windsor Hotel May Become Parking Lot

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The Winnipeg Free Press reports the possible demolition of one of Winnipeg’s oldest music venues, the Windsor Hotel. According to their source, the building may be replaced by a parking lot sometime in the near future.


The Windsor has seen a plethora of blues acts grace its stage since it opened in the 1970s, and continues to be a favourite place for blues jams. Its destruction could be a terrible loss to the local music scene and to Winnipeg’s history. The owners of the Windsor applied to be put on Winnipeg’s heritage conservation list, but were denied status in 2005. This leaves the Windsor unprotected from a new owner’s decision to level the 107-year-old building.

According to the Free Press, an offer was made to buy the old hotel and bar by Boyd Newton, the co-owner of the Royal George in Transcona, and three partners, including former Windsor owner Rick Penner, but they were turned down.

There is already a “Save the Windsor” Facebook group and online petition. For those who want to brave the cold and show their support for the Winnipeg institution, a rally is scheduled for January 9 at 2pm outside the Windsor.

UPDATE: The Free Press reported on January 7...

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Olympic Torch Relay Makes Its Way to Manitoba

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The 2010 Vancouver Olympic Torch Relay is blazing its way across Manitoba. It hits Winnipeg on January 5, making its first appearance in Transcona around 4:30pm and continuing on through Elmwood, and St. Boniface. The Relay will then travel downtown to The Forks, where a welcoming party awaits.

From 5pm onwards, The Forks will host a variety of roving performers and displays. Mainstage festivities will take over at 5:45pm to showcase the range of world class talent from Manitoba. After an official welcome, award-winning country chanteuse Tracy Bone kicks off the evening performances. Juno-winning roots ensemble Chic Gamine plays next, adding their unique blend of genres and vocals, followed by hip-hop act Brakada. The night concludes with a performance from country music powerhouse Doc Walker. The performances will be broken up by speeches and video presentations as well as a performance by the Norman Chief Memorial Dancers. The Torch Bearer is expected to arrive close to 7pm.

This is only the beginning of the exposure Manitoba acts will receive during the 2010 Olympics. Inward Eye, Eagle & Hawk, Nathan, Romi Mayes, Wab Kinew, Gathering of Flies, Quinzy, JC Campbell,...

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Happy Holidays from Manitoba Music

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We've got some great holidays songs by Manitoba artists streaming in the Manitoba Music radio. Click here to listen. Happy holidays from Manitoba Music!

 
ARTIST - SONG
Quinzy - "This Is Not a Circle"
J.P. Hoe - "The Shopping Mall Santa"
The Liptonians - "When We Moved Indoors"
Nathan - "Favorite Things"
Oldfolks Home - "We Won't Cry at Christmas Time"
House Of Doc - "Coventry Carol"
Jodi King - "Listen to the Angels"
Paper Moon - "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
Jaylene Johnson - "Winter Wish"
Jodie Borlé - "I'll Be Home For Christmas"
Flo - "The Christmas Song"
The Shouting Ground - "Feliz Navidad"
WHY - "Can't Every Day Be Like Christmas"
Don Amero & Jason Gordon - "All I Need for Christmas"
Keith & Renee - "Winter Wonderland"
The Details - "Strings & Ribbons"
Please note that the Manitoba Music office will be closed until January 4.

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The West End Cultural Centre Gets A New Artistic Director

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"My first...

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Manitoba Music Newsletter Volume 18 No 4

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

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

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

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Ash Koley To Play Lilith Fair

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

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

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

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

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Committee Recommends Reversal of Cuts

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

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

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Art Has Significant Impact on Winnipeg's Economy

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

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

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



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

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New Arts and Cultural Industries Economic Impact Study

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

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

The study also looked at attendance statistics, which show that local non-profit arts...

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New Music Promotion Site: Google Street View

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

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

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

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Manitoba Film & Music Showcase

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2nd ANNUAL
MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC SHOWCASE
brought to you by Rogers
*FREE PUBLIC EVENT*
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2010
2:00PM – 4:30PM
DOORS OPEN AT 1:00PM
CENTENNIAL CONCERT HALL
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA

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

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Manitoba Artists Get Into the Holiday Spirit

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

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

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

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Propagandhi Tops Exclaim!'s Best-of List

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

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

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

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

Click here to read the article...

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2010 Manitoba Music Industry Directory

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

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

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

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

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

ONLINE:
Log in to...

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Don Amero Named Best Male Artist at Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Street Musician To Debut CD

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

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