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Blender

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In the troubled world of print publications, music mag Blender is the latest to call it quits. The magazine was a glossy pop culture mag, but included serious music feature articles and decent record reviews. Blender follows No Depression which threw in the towel last year, in becoming an online only publication.

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The Simon and Garfunkel of the prairies

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They make beautiful harmonies together. And you'd seriously think they were Paul and Art incarnate. They're Chris Neufeld and Donovan Giesbrecht, performing under the moniker The Other Brothers, and we've got these two playing in the (204) studio this weekend.

The Other Brothers aren't really brothers, even though they look peculiarly similar. They're two solo folk musicians who've recently joined forces. Aside from being catchy, the band name fits because when it comes to their approaches to music, they're a lot like siblings (in all the good, non-bickery ways). They're about to release their first CD as the new duo - you can check out the release part April 3rd at the Park Theatre in Winnipeg at 7pm.

Chris's solo career gained immediate attention. After being featured on CBC radio's Culture Shock, and sharing the stage with the likes of Fred Eaglesmith and Nathan, Chris's debut CD, Colorado Low, was met with eager anticipation. It did not disappoint. The record ranked #1 for three weeks on the UMFM campus charts, and was later selected as one of the top ten albums of 2005. Those who have heard Chris live—whether on stage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Brandon Folk...

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CBC Cuts The Signal (Kinda)

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In a town hall meeting today, CBC's English Services executive vice president, Richard Stursberg, announced details on some of the cuts to its programming.

Of note to music fans: Radio 2 will cut the Manitoba-produced weekend edition of The Signal, hosted by Pat Carrabré (who's up for a Juno this weekend). Radio 2 will also cut In the Key of Charles and plans "more consolidations with Radio 3," whatever that means. It'll also reduce the number of live music production and recordings it does.

While none of this bodes well for, er, much of anything, it does appear that regional show The (204) is safe from the axe, which is good news for Manitoba music and fans alike.

Find out more about the cuts on CBC's website and follow Stursberg's presentation minute-by-minute.

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Manitoba Heads to the Junos

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Vancouver is about to get a taste of Manitoba’s legendary hospitality with a special celebration of Manitoba music during the 2009 JUNO Awards street party in Vancouver on March 29. Presented by Manitoba Film & Music, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, and Manitoba Music, the event will feature performances by 2009 Juno nominees Doc Walker, Tracy Bone, Billy Joe Green, and Big Dave McLean, showcasing some of the great talent coming from our province. With 11 nominations, this year marks Manitoba’s strongest showing in Juno history.

Three Manitoba bands are strong contenders for the top prize in the Roots & Traditional Album of the Year (Group) category this year, solidifying Manitoba’s reputation for great roots music. This year’s contenders include soulful roots music outfit Chic Gamine for its self-titled debut, genre-defying roots act The Duhks for Fast Paced World, and Americana duo Twilight Hotel for Highway Prayer.

Hometown talent is also leading in the Aboriginal Album of the Year category, landing three nominations this year. Nominees include country chanteuse Tracy Bone and her Western Canadian Music Award-winning debut, No Lies, on Winnipeg-based...

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Trends in "Free" Music

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Manitoba Music hosted a session last night with Mark Meharry from MusicGlue. Mark is based in London and is a pioneer of the "free" music approach to building a fan base and building careers for independent artists. Mark helps artists give away music, as a way to track and interact with fans, and build other revenue streams from concert tickets and merchandise. In the face of declining CD sales, artists and music industry companies are looking for new buisiness models and business structures.

One of the trends that we talked about last night was the move from downloading and storing music, to streaming music. Broadband speeds and access to online file storage are increasing and becoming cheaper, moving towards zero cost. This is leading to increased ease of access to music through legal channels like mobile phone delivery and streaming online services. Rather than building libraries of music, the user can simply plug into vast existing catalogues.

Illegal file sharing has been as much about ease of access as is about cost - labels weren't quick enough at making music available and transportable so mega music fans and tech savvy kids looked elsewhere. Now that music is...

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Bracing for the Junos

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Balanced Records' act DJ Brace has a few things to do when he heads to Vancouver for the 2009 JUNO Awards at the end of the month. In addition to his nomination for Instrumental Album of the Year, the expat's music will be featured at the Juno Gala Dinner on March 28. (Most of the Junos are presented at the private, non-televised event.) Brace will also play JunoFest during the weekend festivities as well as the official Juno welcome reception on the 27th with Tagaq and others. Now, if he's actually playing with Tagaq, that's going to be a killer set.

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Canadian BBQ on CBC Radio 3

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CBC Radio 3 with host Grant Lawrence will broadcast the Caswell House party live from South by Southwest in Austin on Friday, March 20 at 5pm CST. For the eleventh year, Manitoba Music and MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC join forces with North by Northeast to present the annual Canadian BBQ at the Caswell House. This year’s party features live performances by Winnipeg's own Boats and The Details, as well as Toronto’s Bedouin Soundclash and Victoria’s Immaculate Machine. Be sure to tune in and listen live at cbcradio3.com.

5:15pm - The Details
6:15pm - Boats
7:15pm - Bedouin Soundclash
8:15pm - Immaculate Machine

If you listen really carefully, you can probably hear all the folks in the Manitoba delegation eating BBQ.

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Wab's Top 5

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They all came together in early March to perform at "Native Rocks," a concert at Winnipeg's Pyramid Cabaret that coincided with this year's National Aboriginal Achievement Awards. You'll hear R&B singer Inez, troubadour Jasmine Netsena, one of the best young slide guitar players Jason Burnstick, the powerful Angus Jourdain, and the hottest thing to come out of Churchill, MB, Evan Reeve. That's Saturday, March 21st, 5-6 pm on CBC Radio One!

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Some Random Creativity

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What would happen if someone scoured YouTube for unrelated clips of people playing music and edited them together into one cohesive song? Click here to find out. Dude from Thru You has created seven videos this way.

My personal favourite is the Babylon Band, complete with church organ, a teenage bouzouki player, and techno beats. Madness! 

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Jazz Fest Announces Three Headliners

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Jazz Winnipeg has announced three of its headling acts for the 2009 Jazz Winnipeg Festival. The 20th anniversary event will feature soul legend Al Green, The Derek Trucks Band, and chanteuse Dee Dee Bridgewater with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Jazz fans will have to wait until April 17 for the remainder of the line-up to be revealed.

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Record Number of Manitoba Artists Infiltrate Austin Music Fests

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An unprecedented 14 Manitoba acts are heading to Texas to showcase at two major music festivals in March. Manitoba will have its strongest showing at the prestigious South by Southwest and RedGorilla Music Fest, which runs simultaneously in Austin, sending some of its most exciting acts to showcase in front of influential international music industry professionals.

Now in its 21st year, SXSW -- which runs March 18-21 -- is one of the world’s biggest music festivals and conferences, featuring over 1300 acts from across the globe performing in every imaginable genre. This year’s list of local showcasing acts includes alternative pop outfits Boats, M60, and The Details, as well as hip-hop act Grand Analog, Juno-nominated roots duo Twilight Hotel, blues rockers The Perpetrators, and rock act The Telepathic Butterflies. 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 eleventh year, Manitoba Music and MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC joins forces with North by Northeast to present the hottest party at SXSW at the Caswell House -- a gorgeous mansion in Austin, where industry and artists...

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Folk Fest Announces 2009 Performers

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The ice is melting, the birds are chirping, but the surest sign of spring in Manitoba? The Winnipeg Folk Festival has announced it's 2009 line-up.

This year's fest will include a handful of locals, including Don Amero, Alana Levandoski, Dust Poets, Big Dave McLean, and kid's acts Mr. Mark and Puppet Folk. There are also plenty of big names set to grace at least the main stage: Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Arlo Guthrie.

The line-up also includes  a veritable who's who of the the CBC Radio 3 playlist: Gentleman Reg, Belle Orchestre, Amelia Curran, The Deep Dark Woods, T.Nile, and Great Lake Swimmers.

The band I've been waiting for years to watch live? Texas' Okkervil River.

I'm sure there will be the inevitable discussion about how acts like Patrick Watson fit into the definition of "folk music." Personally, I've given up on the idea of "folk" as an exclusive genre. All I know is that this is the most exciting line-up I've seen in years.

Read the full list here...

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Bravo Debuts Kyle Riabko Doc

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Bravo! Canada is set to debut a documentary about music wunderkin, Kyle Riabko, on March 15. Directed by Gemini Award-winning Jeff Newman, the piece documents Riabko as he tests his Broadway chops in the production of Spring Awakening. (Thanks to our friends at On Screen Manitoba and Lori Stefaniuk for the tip.)

It also features a bit of screen time for a couple of Winnipeggers. Producer and artist manager Chris Burke-Gaffney, who shepherded Riabko in his successful career as a singer/songwriter, makes an appearance in the doc. So does sogwriter Luke McMaster, formerly of popular Winnipeg-based pop act McMaster & James.

Spring Awakening - New York's hottest show. Groundbreaking. Tony award-winning. Starring a dynamic cast of astoundingly gifted young performers. And it's about to be taken over by a kid from Saskatchewan. Kyle Riabko: The Lead is a thrilling TV documentary following aspiring musician Kyle Riabko as he takes a detour from his dream of becoming a rock star to take on the lead role in the hit Broadway musical: Spring Awakening. Unprecedented Broadway access. Heartbreaking, uplifting stories from audience members' real lives. This show captures the essence of...

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The Record of the Week Club

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Take 3 or 4 musicians who've never worked together before; lock them in a studio for an evening; and force them to create a new song before they can go home. Think it sounds like a good idea?

We did, so we're devoting most of the show to exploring the topic.

Many of Winnipeg's finest musicians were recently involved in a musical experiment that's wrapped up recently in the city: The Record of the Week Club. It's a really interesting social experiment. This weekend you'll hear music created in one night by people from different musical backgrounds. Plus, they'd never met before the session.

We'll hear from participants like John K Samson of The Weakerthans, killer vocalist Andrina Turenne, and taiko drummer Phoebe Mann. We'll also go and speak with the mastermind, producer Mike Petkau. And, CBC's very own Ismaila Alfa - a rapper by night - will be Wab's co-host, so that we can get the artist' point of view, first hand.

A note to the die-hard listeners: If you're wondering whether you've heard us talk about this project before, it's because you have. We loved this episode much, we decided to dust it off and share it again to those who missed it earlier this...

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Juno Awards Weekend Event Update

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The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today additional features highlighting the popular JUNO Awards Weekend Events including Juno Cup, Juno Fan Fare, JunoFest and Songwriters' Circle.

Only TWO weeks remain for fans to purchase tickets to select JUNO Awards Weekend Events as well as THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS broadcast on Sunday, March 29 at 5 p.m. PT. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.ca, or by phone at (604) 280-4444.

Juno Cup - Presented by The Keg Steakhouse & Bar
Date: Friday, March 27
Location: UBC Thunderbird Arena
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Tickets: $14.99

Joining the powerhouse roster of NHL Greats for the 6th annual Juno Cup game are former Canucks' alumni Garth Butcher, Gino Odjick and Troy Crowder. Although the NHLers are outnumbered by The Rockers, the pros do have a secret weapon: newly announced guest coach (and rocker turncoat), Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo.

Adding power and punch to The Rockers team is two-time JUNO Award winner George Canyon, Matt Johnson (54-40), Paul Hawley of the Vancouver rock group, Hot Hot Heat and Captain Scotty of the infamous Jeff O'Neil show on 99.3 The Fox. These new...

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Juno Awards Weekend Event Update

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The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today additional features highlighting the popular JUNO Awards Weekend Events including Juno Cup, Juno Fan Fare, JunoFest and Songwriters' Circle.

Only TWO weeks remain for fans to purchase tickets to select JUNO Awards Weekend Events as well as THE 2009 JUNO AWARDS broadcast on Sunday, March 29 at 5 p.m. PT. Tickets can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.ca, or by phone at (604) 280-4444.

Juno Cup - Presented by The Keg Steakhouse & Bar
Date: Friday, March 27
Location: UBC Thunderbird Arena
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Tickets: $14.99

Joining the powerhouse roster of NHL Greats for the 6th annual Juno Cup game are former Canucks' alumni Garth Butcher, Gino Odjick and Troy Crowder. Although the NHLers are outnumbered by The Rockers, the pros do have a secret weapon: newly announced guest coach (and rocker turncoat), Greg Keelor of Blue Rodeo.

Adding power and punch to The Rockers team is two-time JUNO Award winner George Canyon, Matt Johnson (54-40), Paul Hawley of the Vancouver rock group, Hot Hot Heat and Captain Scotty of the infamous Jeff O'Neil show on 99.3 The Fox. These new...

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Strong Local Presence at Toronto’s Canadian Music Week

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Thirteen Manitoba acts are packing their gear and heading to Toronto this week to showcase at one of Canada’s biggest music industry conferences and festivals. Some of Manitoba’s leading artists as well as up-and-coming acts will represent their home province in front of fans, industry, and media at Toronto’s Canadian Music Week (CMW). CMW runs March 11-14 and features 500 showcasing bands over five nights at over 45 live music venues.

This year’s list of showcasing acts includes several of Manitoba’s top rock outfits, including: The Waking Eyes, Sights & Sounds, Inward Eye, Domenica, Floor Thirteen, and Port Amoral. Joining the rockers will be indie popsters The Liptonians, The Details, and Taylor Demetrioff, as well as country crooner Bryce Pallister, singer/songwriter/fiddler Sierra Noble, and hip-hop act Grand Analog. The legendary Burton Cummings will also take to the stage for the festivities.

The Manitoba delegation will also include prominent local industry professionals, Paradise Alley Production’s Dale Penner, Smallman Records’ Jason Smith and Rob Krause, and Arbor Records’ Brandon Friesen.

CMW is an annual event that encompasses a festival, conference,...

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One Ultimately Liveable City

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Toronto-based freelance writer Noah Richler kinda likes Winnipeg. This means that our fair city has received its semi-regular validation that this ain't a bad place to live, this time from TheStar.com...



"That modesty: You realize, after a while, that it has less to do with Winnipeggers underestimating just how fascinating their city is than their knowing, in some quiet part of their being, that if they do the modern thing and share it too much, then they may well lose the conditions that make it such a singular and ultimately liveable city."
Richler spends a decent amount of time talking about the local arts scene, although he mistakenly attributes The Be Good Tanyas to Manitoba (he's probably thinking of another award-winning female folk trio, The Wailin' Jennys). He also reminded me that I don't always have to eat at Spicy Noodle House (although quite frankly, he should've had #128 while he was here).

Click here to read the full article.

I sound incredibly glib but I actually thoroughly enjoyed Richler's article, as well as other articles like these.

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They're gonna make it big [and we don't just mean 'cause they're on The (204)]

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This weekend, we're going to play four artists from the (204) who are on the brink of big things. AND - you'll hear what they sound like live in concert. Talk about a special time - zowie!

They are [drum roll]:

JP HOE
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Pop singer JP Hoe launched his newest CD "The Dear John Letters" at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Joining him on stage, along with his band, was a string quartet made up of members of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, adding an extra touch of lushness to the mix.

JACOB AND LILY
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Incorporating the cajon beat box, world percussion instruments and a partial drum kit, Caleb Friesen (a.k.a. Jacob) is the perfect compliment to Karla Adolphe’s ( a.k.a. Lily) powerful voice and award winning songwriting.

THE NOWOSAD PRICE QUINTET
Curtis' myspace
Keith's myspace
Drummer Curtis Nowosad and guitarist Keith Price are arguably two of the busiest young players on the local scene and the proof lies in their group's repertoire of standards and their own jazz arrangements of contemporary pop songs. Other band members that played the Park Theatre the night of the recording were: Will Bonness on piano, Julian Bradford on bass, and...

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Stimulating the Stimulators

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The new American economic stimulus program isn't all cars and investors. It also includes $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts.

The 44-year-old federally funded organization exists to offer funding and support for artistist projects, not unlike our own Canada Council for the Arts. The NEA slogan: "A great country deserves great art."

In an interview with CNN, former NEA chairman, actress Jane Alexander challenges the notion that arts funding isn't good for the economy.



"What people forget is that there are over 2 million people in the United States of America who are professional artists. Those are jobs like any other jobs. The artists have families, they have people for whom they're responsible and they give to their communities."
 The full interview on CNN is an interesting read. 

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Music Community Mourns Rob Hoskin

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The music community is mourning the passing of Rob Hoskin, a legend in the scene since beginning his career as a booking agent in the late '70s. Hoskin worked at Bruce Allan Talent, Feldman & Associates, Winnipeg's Hungry I Agency, and most recently Morris Entertainment. A celebration of Rob's life will be help on Saturday, March 7 at 3pm at Cropo Funeral Chapel (1442 Main Street). Please click here to read Rob's obituary. Our thoughts go out to Rob's family and friends in this difficult time.

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The Clockwise Witness

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Add this to the "Random But Vaguely Music-Related Time Wasting Courtesy of Facebook" category. (I feel okay about it because it was done on a lunch hour, ahem.)

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Put your music on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS!

IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY?" YOU SAY?
What Makes the Cherry Red (Christine Fellows)

WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
Sunny Sunday (Chic Gamine)

WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
A Little Beauty (Boot)

HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
Poor Robin (Christine Fellows)

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE?
Love is No Big Truth (Kings of Convenience)

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
Rollin’ and Tumblin’ (R.L. Burnside)

WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
F-Word (Jens Lekman)

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
I’ll Go and List for a Sailor (Morris On)

WHAT IS 2+2?
Lighthouse (Amon Tobin)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
It’s Alright Baby (Komeda)

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
In Our Bedroom After the War (Stars)

WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
All the Fallen Leaves (Jim Bryson)

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN...

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Arbor Live Hits the Small Screen

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This month, Brandon Friesen's music empire will expand yet again. The award-winning producer, engineer, label and studio owner will launch his latest project: Arbor Live. Airing across the country on APTN, the music variety television show features an exciting new mix of live performances, scripted comedy, and artist interviews.

Hosted by rock legend Stevie Salas, episodes will include comedy bits, behind the scenes antics, and featured artists participating in gags. Beyond the laughs, Arbor Live will also feature performances by emerging Aboriginal artists alongside some of today's hottest music stars.

"We're doing something very unique in the sense we're trying to get away from the standard live music variety show formula where you have a few acts playing then interviews. We find that model has been way overdone," says Friesen.

Along with about 50 million other projects he has on the go, Friesen is founder and owner the show's namesake, Arbor Records. The label, which now has offices in both Manitoba and Ontario, releases genre-spanning albums by Aboriginal artists, including Salas. Friesen and Salas came up with the show's idea while working together on Salas'...

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National Aboriginal Achievement Awards and more!

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The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards (NAAA) were established to encourage and celebrate excellence in the Aboriginal community. The Awards recognize the outstanding career achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, in diverse occupations. This year, the awards are being held March 6 in Winnipeg. Although the awards aren't about strictly music, Manitoba certainly has plenty of success in that department to brag about.

This week on the show, Wab has a couple special guests. Eagle and Hawk will be playing at the NAAA; so we thought Vince Fontaine and Jay Bodner of the group could come in ahead of time for an intimate studio session. There's also going to be exclusive concert material from this past Manito Ahbee showcase, including sets from Leanne Goose and Donny Parenteau.

And later in the show...

New music from Winnipegger-turned-German horse master, Old Seed (aka Craig Bjerring). For about a year, Craig spent a year on a horse ranch in Germany. Just to regroup - no music, just horses. But the troubadour is back at the music making. This month, he's played Rome, Frankfurt, Paris, and now, the great metropolis of Winnipeg. Craig sent us some of the new...

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JunoFest Performers Announced

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As Vancouver prepares for the music invasion that is the 2009 JUNO Awards, plenty of bands are packing their bags and getting ready to head west. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has announced the extensive line-up of 2009 JunoFest performers slated to hit the stages during JUNO Awards Weekend, March 27 and 28.

The two-night music extravaganza showcases the talents of over 100 local, regional and national artists representing the diverse spectrum of Canadian music. Nearly half of the participating line-up has been chosen locally to highlight Vancouver’s music scene, in addition to performances from 2009 JUNO Award nominees and some of Canada’s national touring acts.

This year's festivities include five Manitoba acts, including nominees Twilight Hotel, Billy Joe Green, Big Dave McLean, and Tracy Bone, as well as Inward Eye. Joining them are friendly former Manitobans DJ Brace and Starfield, who are both nominated for awards this year.

JunoFest isn't the only way to catch Manitoba music during this year's Juno weekend. Eagle & Hawk's Vince Fontain and Jay Bodner will once again lace up their skates for the Juno Cup, along with the likes of...

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If I Was an Album

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Because sometimes you don't actually want to work on Mondays, here's something amusing that's making its way around Facebook:

1 - Go to "wikipedia." Hit “random”
or click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to "Random quotations"
or click http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to flickr and click on “explore the last seven days”
or click http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

4 - Use photoshop or similar to put it all together.

5 - Post it on Facebook with this text in the "caption" and TAG the friends you want to join in.

You can see my album on the right. My band is apparently named after a fictional supervillain from the Dragon Ball universe and my quote is, coincidentally, from one of my favourite authors, Doris Lessing. I think my album art is pretty effing brilliant.

Honestly, I think this has some great applications to the larger music industry. There are a lot of bands out...

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JunoFest Rolls Out Its Musical Line-Up

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Live music hits the streets of Vancouver! Today at a JUNO Awards concert inside HMV in Downtown Vancouver, The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced the extensive line-up of 2009 JunoFest performers slated to hit the stages during JUNO Awards Weekend. JunoFest wristbands (priced at $30) go on sale starting Saturday, February 28 at 10:00 a.m. (PST), through Ticketmaster and participating JunoFest venues. JunoFest takes place on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28, each night from 9:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m. Wristbands offer fans priority entry at all JunoFest venues (subject to capacity). Must be 19 years of age or older to attend.

Produced in association with Vancouver-based Donnelly & Associates Event Marketing Inc., JunoFest is a two-night music extravaganza that showcases the talents of over 100 local, regional and national artists representing the diverse spectrum of Canadian music.

Nearly half of the participating line-up has been chosen locally to highlight Vancouver’s rich and diverse music scene, in addition to performances from 2009 JUNO Award nominees and some of Canada’s national touring acts.

JunoFest ’09 line-up to-date: (*2009...

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2009 Juno Weekend Events

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MARK THE CALENDAR FOR JUNO WEEKEND EVENTS
COMING MARCH 26-29 IN VANCOUVER

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced today the details of its popular JUNO Awards Weekend Events including Juno Cup, Juno Fan Fare and Songwriters’ Circle. Tickets to select Juno Weekend Events go on sale starting Saturday, February 28 at 10:00 a.m. (PST) and are available through Ticketmaster.

To kick off the upcoming four-day weekend in Vancouver, March 26-29, JUNO Awards organizers staged a morning face-off at General Motors Place between 12-time JUNO Award winner Jim Cuddy and former Vancouver Canuck Cliff Ronning to help announce this year’s team rosters for the 6th Annual Juno Cup game presented by The Keg Steakhouse & Bar. The Rockers have gathered an enormous roster with artists such as Barenaked Ladies, Blue Rodeo, Great Big Sea, Kathleen Edwards and Sarah McLachlan.

Juno Cup - Presented by The Keg Steakhouse & Bar
Date: Friday, March 27
Location: UBC Thunderbird Arena
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Tickets: $14.99

Juno Cup is an ever-growing popular event among fans that mixes music with sport, matching NHL alumni with top artists and...

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Walking in Memphis (is not something the locals do)

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We've been in downtown Memphis before, so when Sara and I arrived at the airport, we caught a cab straight to the whole foods market grocery store. Walking through downtown Memphis feels a bit like being on Truman show - there are roads and sidewalks and nice street lights but no people, and certainly no grocery stores. And with the restaurant scene leaning heavily toward the heavy (famous bbq and such) some veggies and fruit would be welcome snacks in the days ahead. So I was surprised but not that much to run into fellow Canadians at the whole foods, who were also making a trek for supplies, and we were happy to catch a lift back to the conference.

Folk Alliance all takes place in one downtown hotel, with a little spillover into the adjoining conference centre. That makes it a pretty close knit event where you keep running into old friends, and it makes it pretty straight forward when trying to make new connections. The amount of great music is phenomenal (the amount of bad music is kind of staggering too, although pretty easy to avoid).

With 9 Manitoba acts at the conference this year we've had a big presence and a great reception. Many of the artists are down for the...

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Western Canadian Music Awards Submissions Now Open

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Deadline: April 19

Made up of the five industry associations in the west; Manitoba Music, SaskMusic, Alberta Music, Music BC and Music Yukon the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA) annually celebrates the force of musical and industry talent in Western Canada. The four-day event is comprised of a music industry conference, a multi-genre music festival, and two awards shows. This year’s event will be held in Brandon, MB, September 17-20.

The WCMA festival is an intimate music extravaganza showcasing the greatest Western Canadian musical talent. The WCMAs are a place where great new talent is discovered and bands making their mark on the national scene can take it to the next level, getting seen by key music buyers and festivals across the US and Europe. It has been said that the WCMAs "bring the world to you", providing priceless networking opportunities for industry and musicians.

The WCMA Awards Show is a unique celebration of the talent that has shone in Western Canada over the past year. Is this the year you will grace the stage to accept the hardware?

Submissions for the 2009 Artistic and Industry Awards nominations and for the WCMA Festival showcases open...

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