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Five Year Commitment to Canada Music Fund Announced

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"We should be proud of what we as Canadians have created. It is unique, it is distinct and it is working." Heather Ostertag, President & CEO of FACTOR said today, in response to an announcement made in Montreal by the Department of Heritage.

The Honorable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced that the Government of Canada is further ensuring stability for the arts by renewing the Canada Music Fund for a five year term.

Minister Moore emphasized that the government is changing the structure of the Canada Music Fund.

"The music industry generates billions of dollars' worth of economic activity every year. Our Government is proud to offer greater stability in these uncertain economic times by stabilizing resources dedicated to Canadian music, while helping maintain thousands of jobs," said Minister Moore.

Information with specific details on these changes will be provided at a later date.

Heather Ostertag, also stated, "We are fortunate to have strong leadership and vision from our current government which recognizes the importance of supporting sustainable business models and believes in the cultural component and...

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15 Young Canadian Composers Win a Total of $27,000

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The SOCAN Foundation (the Foundation) today announced the recipients of the 18th Annual SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers. Maxime McKinley captured first prize in the Sir Ernest MacMillan Awards category and shared second and third prizes in two other categories. Aaron Gervais was awarded first prize in the Godfrey Ridout Awards and Pierre-Marc Beaudoin won first prize in the Hugh Le Caine Awards category while sharing second prize in that same category. Eight of the 15 winners are based in or currently studying in Quebec.

This year’s competition attracted 212 entries from various regions throughout Canada, judged anonymously over three days in Toronto by a jury comprising distinguished composers Gary Kulesha, Vincent Ho and Martin Bédard. The annual SOCAN Foundation Awards recognize Canadian composers under 30 years of age for specific musical works in six categories of concert music.

“We were stunned by the orchestral performances in the submissions this year,” says Gary Kulesha, a senior lecturer in composition in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. “This years submissions demonstrated originality with submissions ready to be enjoyed widely.”...

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Four Canadian Country Music Award Nods for Manitoba Acts

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The nominations are out and two Manitoba acts stand to take home a combined four Canadian Country Music Awards.

Country rockers Doc Walker are up for three CCMAs this year, including Group of the Year, Songwriter(s) of the Year for their song "One Last Sundown," and the Fan's Choice Award. Described as Canada's hardest working country band, Doc Walker took home 11 awards at last year’s CCMAs in Winnipeg and recently won a JUNO Award for Country Recording of the Year.

Fans' can vote online until September 6 for the Fan's Choice Award on CMT's website.

Country singer/songwriter Ridley Bent, who recently re-located to Manitoba from B.C., got a nod for Roots Artist of the Year. In 2008, Bent received three Canadian Country Music Award nominations.

Winnipeg-based company House of Bands is up for a couple of industry awards for 2009 CCMA Web Developer of the Year, for sites for Tara Oram and Doc Walker.

Winners will be announced during the CCMAs on September 13 in Vancouver. Hosted by Jason Priestley, the show will be broadcast nationally on CBC Television with encore broadcasts on CMT in Canada.

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Will Mobile Streaming Audio Kill the Ipod?

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Spotify is not available in Canada, but in countries where is it licensed to operate, it's turning a lot of heads and gaining a lot of fans.

The service offers streaming audio of music that the user picks from a huge catalogue of (mostly) major label releases. Spotify isn't so much about discovery or social networking, like other streaming audio services. It's more like a library of music that users can access at any time, not to download and own, but to listen to.

The idea of streaming music, rather than buying it, downloading, and storing it, is becoming more and more popular, as broadband becomes faster and more ubiquitous. But the real jump in streaming audio comes when it becomes more accessible on personal devices like cell phones. And that's where Spotify is right now.

The Swedish music company plans to launch an iPhone app very soon. The big question is whether Apple will turn down the app's application, because it poses too much competition to the iTunes store.

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Online Voting Now Open for 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards

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Help choose the winners of the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards

Are you a member of your province’s music industry association? If so, you are entitled to vote for this year’s Western Canadian Music Awards.

Music industry association members are qualified to vote in 14 artistic award categories, ranging from Independent Album of the Year to Blues Recording of the Year. Your ballot will be instrumental in choosing the winners of the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards, which will be handed out in Brandon, Manitoba on Sept. 20, 2009.

Who qualifies
Members of western Canada’s five music industry associations: Alberta Music, Manitoba Music, Music BC, Music Yukon and SaskMusic

How it’s done
Eligible members will receive ballot instructions via email - Subject: 2009 WCMA Voting

Deadline to vote is Friday August 14, 2009.

If you haven’t received your email voting form, you may want to check your junk mail folder. Some of our members have found their WCMA ballot in their junk mail. Eligible voters will be provided with a username and password - allowing you to cast your vote for each of the WCMA categories electronically.


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Manitoba Music presents... Stage 8/29

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Manitoba Music presents...
STAGE 8/29
Saturday, August 29, 2009 | 4-9pm
Scotiabank Stage at The Forks
Novillero, DJ Bmac, The Afterbeat, DJ Dlo, LeBeato, DJ Mike B., Solidaze, DJ Penny Lane, Alana Levandoski, and more to be announced

On August 29, 2009, Manitoba Music will say farewell to summer by taking over The Forks’ Scotiabank Stage for one last musical extravaganza, dubbed Stage 8/29.

The concert’s formula is simple: five DJs, five bands, five hours. But into that brisk format, Manitoba Music has packed some of the most explosive performers from the keystone province. Stage 8/29 will feature turntable sets by DJs Mike B., Penny Lane, Dlo, Bmac, and Solidaze, as well as blistering live performances from ska kings The Afterbeat, electronic pioneers LeBeato, and rockers Novillero. The complete line-up will be announced August 17.

To bring visual life to the vibrant sounds, there will also be live art demonstrations by a crew from progressive downtown art studio The Graffiti Gallery.

Manitoba Music executive director Sara Stasiuk believes that Stage 8/29 will help foster a new generation of local-culture fans. “We’re thrilled to present this...

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Two decades of latin rhythms... not bad for the middle of the prairies.

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This week on the show, Wab Kinew is bringing an hour of hot Latin sounds to the radio.

As soon as you mention the name Papa Mambo, dance floor enthusiasts react with excitement. Celebrating its 20th anniversary on July 30, Papa Mambo has spent years providing high-caliber music and performances on stage, radio, TV, and on CD across Canada.

This weekend, tune in for a concert they played at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, filled with their signature blend of jazz and Latin music, getting Winnipeggers out of their seats and onto the dance floors.

A Latin jazz ensemble made up of 11 of some of Winnipeg’s most sought-after musicians, the group is led by the charismatic Rodrigo Muñoz. Their diverse array of jazz-inflected Latin rhythms and progressive musical ideas promises a performance full of hot solos, driving ensemble work, and tempo-shifting dance floor madness. So tune in!

Listen to:
The (204) with Wabanakwut Kinew
Saturdays 5-6 p.m. on CBC Radio 1

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The Summer of Festivals Continues

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Summer in Manitoba wouldn't be the same without a plethora of festivals. Jazz Fest and Folk Fest have rolled up their trumpets and tents, and Fringe Fest's outdoor stage winds down on July 26. Whether you're looking for a day trip or you've already started airing out your tent, there are still a number of chances to catch some great live music in a festival setting...

Brandon Folk, Music and Art Festival | July 24-26
Brandon Folk Fest celebrates its 25th birthday this year. Located at the Keystone Centre Grounds, the festival features main stage performances, workshops, visual arts, famiy entertainment, concessions, and more. This year, you can catch sets by Manitoba acts Katie Murphy, Cheering for the Bad Guy, Ingrid Gatin,  Jessee Havey and the Quirks, Tribe of One, Dust Poets, as well as touring acts Veda Hille, Mihirangi, and Constantines.

Fire 'N' Water Music Fest | July 24-26
The Lac du Fire 'N' Water Music Fest in Lac du Bonnet, billed as a festival organized for artists by artists, has been building a steadily following over its three-year lifespan. Running at the same time as Brandon Folk Fest, this year's line-up includes The Magnificent 7s, Twilight Hotel,...

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Doc Walker Nominated for CCMA Fans' Choice Award

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Country rock favourite Doc Walker is once again again up for the Canadian Country Music Awards' Fan's Choice Award. The hard-touring trio took home the hardware for the award at the 2008 CCMAs in Winnipeg.

Fans will be able to vote online for their favourites -- also including George Canyon,  Jessie Farrell, Aaron Pritchett, and Johnny Reid -- starting July 24 on CMT's website. Voting closes on September 6 and the winner will be announced during the CCMAs on September 13 in Vancouver. The show will be broadcast nationally on CBC Television with encore broadcasts on CMT in Canada.

Described as Canada's hardest working country band, Doc Walker took home 11 awards at last year’s CCMAs and recently took home a JUNO Award for Country Recording of the Year.

Nominees for the rest of the CCMAs will be announced at a media conference in Toronto on July 29.

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My Mother's Red Soundtrack

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I always thought Garden State's soundtrack was better that the movie itself. Funny or Die has taken this concept to the extreme with a fun little video featuring Alanis Morissette, Alicia Silverstone, a red hat, and a soundtrack that I'd guess a bunch of people wish really existed. Which it pretty much does on KEXP. And iPods. Click here to watch it.

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The (204) with the Fringe on top.

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Wab won’t be around this weekend; he is missing and believed to be wandering the garbage-strewn grounds of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Kidding, kidding. But seriously, he’s not going to be around this upcoming episode. That’s because theatre junkie Joff Schmidt is bringing the Winnipeg Fringe Festival to the radio. Inaccurate historical facts, love in the beer tent and animal crackers are all part of this week’s Fringe (204).

Learn the local history they DIDN'T teach you in high school, as Joff takes a historic - and questionably factual - tour of the Exchange District with actors from "Gingers' Walk." Fringe veterans Graham Ashmore (The Darling Family) and Trish Cooper (The Comment Card, Homely Woman #2) play a brother and sister team, Johnny and Mary Frances who are expert tour guides.

Plus an in-studio comedic performance from Winnipeg improv group Outside Joke. They'll pull out the big guns with an improvised scene inspired by Joff's love of animal crackers. Catch their improvised "anti-musical" "Outside Joke Makes It Up To You."

And, the story of how one man came to the Fringe from New York, and left with a family. NYC's Ryan Paulson was doing a show here in...

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Manitoba Acts Nab 43 Nods for Seventh Annual Western Canadian Music Awards

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When Manitoba welcomes the Western Canadian Music Awards back to the province this September, homegrown artists will be ready to bring home numerous awards at the seventh annual event. The city of Brandon is set to host this year’s awards gala for the first time on September 20, when winners in 28 artistic and industry categories will be announced. Manitoba acts account for 43 nominations in 25 different categories, 30 of which are artistic awards.

This year’s artistic award nominations include several double nominees, as well as a clear domination of the roots, Aboriginal, and children’s music genres.

Fusion folk/rockers The Duhks, roots singer/songwriter Scott Nolan, acoustic pop troubadour J.P. Hoe, twang-tinged singer/songwriter Romi Mayes, pop/rock outfit The Waking Eyes, and composer Sid Robinovitch are all up for two awards each. 2009 JUNO Award winner Chic Gamine, The Duhks, Nolan, and newcomer Oh My Darling take four of five spots for Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year. Nolan and The Duhks are also up for Songwriter of the Year, along with Mayes and Hoe. The Waking Eyes stand to take home hardware for Rock Recording of the Year and Independent Album of the...

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Sierra Noble Opens for Paul McCartney

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Sierra Noble was a bit sad that she'd be missing the Winnipeg Folk Festival this weekend, but she has a pretty good reason. The young singer/songwriter is in Halifax playing a little show on Saturday opening for some guy named Paul McCartney.

Noble got the call from show promoter Nikki Shibou from 9INEmanagement on Tuesday and a day before the concert, it still hasn't quite sunk in.

"I've been thinking a lot about what it means to me to be opening for Paul McCartney, trying to sort out the emotions that keep rushing," muses Noble. 
"All it takes is thinking about his career, all of the songs he's been responsible for writing, and how instrumental he was in forming popular music as we know it today, and somehow he heard and liked my music and thought that this little singer/songwriter from Winnipeg deserves to share his stage. It's the biggest honour of my musical life so far."

While only 19 years old, Noble's musical life is already pretty impressive. The internationally-acclaimed fiddler has performed across the globe, won numerous accolades, was featured in a music documentary, had her music go up in space, and has played for dignitaries like Governor General...

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Winnipeg Folk Festival Kicks Off 36th Year

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By Jen Zoratti

Tamara Kater is one of the proudest Winnipeggers you’ll ever talk to -- and she’s not even from around here.

The 38-year-old Montreal native took the reins of the Winnipeg Folk Festival as executive director last December, replacing longtime ED Trudy Schroeder who is now at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her current gig at the Winnipeg Folk Fest, she was executive director of the Ottawa Folk Festival, where she spearheaded a successful revenue diversification strategy.

So what made her decided to apply for the Folk Fest job in the ‘Peg? Turns out, the city itself played a big role.

“There were so many things. I’m passionate about folk music, and I’m passionate about festivals. I felt like I really found my calling at the Ottawa Folk Festival,” Kater says, over the phone from her Old Market Square office. “But I had the opportunity to visit Winnipeg a few years ago and I really fell in love with it. So when you combine all those things, it was win, win, win.”

Though Kater’s first trip to Winnipeg was in 2007 -- and her first Folk Fest experience was in 2008 -- she immediately felt like she belonged here.
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Not just for the hippies... It's time for the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

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While Wab Kinew is out enjoying the Winnipeg Folk Festival this weekend, guest host Bridget Forbes takes over the studio to talk about the beloved fest. Tune in for festival memories, a chat with long-time fest volunteer Karen Dana (32 years is pretty good, no?), and returning festival performer Fred Penner talks about how he got pigeon-holed as a kids' musician.

There will be music from Juno-nominees The Duhks, prodigy band the Abrams Brothers, local country man Andrew Neville paying tribute to Willie P. Bennett, and soul singin' swear-he-sounds-like-Sam-Cooke performer, John Boutte.

Listen to:
The (204) with Wabanakwut Kinew
Saturdays 5-6 p.m. on CBC Radio 1

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Four Manitobans nominated at the Indian Summer Music Awards

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Eagle & Hawk, Leanne Goose, Ray St. Germain and Team Rezofficial are in the running for the 2009 Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA). The nominees for the September 12 award show were announced this weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Eagle & Hawk has two nominations for Sirensong in the Alternative Rock and Classic Rock categories, while Leanne Goose’s Anywhere is up for Classic Rock, Life Ain’t Hard by Ray St. Germain is in the running for the Country album of the year, and Team Rezofficial’s The World and Everything In It is nominated in the Hip Hop category.

Tumivut is up against its Arbor Records label-mates Team Rezofficial in the Hip Hop category and AMP Camp 2009 participant Inez is in the running for Pop album of the year for Singsoulgirl.

The ISMA are one part of the Indian Summer Festival, which is held in Milwaukee each September. The festival includes a competition pow wow, traders market and multiple concert stages. Eagle & Hawk and the Asham Stompers are set to perform at this years event.

For more information about the ISMA and Indian Summer Festival, please visit

Alternative Rock
Sirensong by Eagle & Hawk

Classic Rock...

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Oh my! It's Oh My Darling (yes, we know, that's not the most clever blog entry title)

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Oh My Darling is a relatively new group on the Winnipeg roots scene. They are a quartet of young women creating quite a buzz here in town.

They play a combination of originals and traditional tunes - you know, those traditional pieces that go so far back,  no one really knows who came up with it in the first place. No matter if it's an old or new tune, there's always an emphasis on bluegrass and the rootsy Americana style - or "Canadiana" if that's how you want to run with it.

This Saturday, you'll hear their first CBC recording, which took place at the West End Cultural Centre. Their concert was a benefit for Run for Rights - a foot race that raises funds for social justice and human rights.

Also airing this weekend, another fundraising concert out of the Park Theatre this time. Winnipeg veterans Nathan played at the Canadian Physicians Aid and Relief fundraiser for Tanzania's Rainwater Harvesting Project!

Listen to:
The (204) with Wabanakwut Kinew

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Canada Council welcomes $25 million funding renewal

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Canada Council for the Arts welcomes today’s announcement that the Government of Canada has renewed for five more years the $25 million in annual funding scheduled to sunset at the end of the current fiscal year. This represents total funding of $125 million over the next five years. Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages James Moore made the announcement in Vancouver, and Canada Council Director and CEO Robert Sirman was there to hear the good news.

“This funding confirmation couldn’t come at a better time,”
said Mr. Sirman. “It gives the Council a solid base for planning the implementation of the third year of its Strategic Plan 2008-11, and helps stabilize the arts sector during a particularly challenging economic period.”

Today’s announcement recognizes the important role of the arts in Canada and the value which the Council’s support of professional arts practice brings to all Canadians. According to Statistics Canada, there are approximately 600,000 cultural workers in Canada of whom over 140,000 are practising artists. Further, a study by the Conference Board of Canada reported that the economic impact of the culture sector was $46 billion. A...

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All That Jazz

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One of Manitoba's favourite summertime events is celebrating its 20th birthday this year. The venerable Jazz Winnipeg Festival, which kicks off on June 26 and runs to July 5, will offer audiences some sweet sonic presents in the form of Al Green, Branford Marsalis Quartet, Buddy Guy, and many more. Hitting stages at various venues throughout Winnipeg, the festival will also host no fewer than 49 homegrown acts, running the gamut from traditional jazz to alt.pop to electronica.

This year's local contingent includes: Athavale, Big Jay Harrison, Mira Black, Jodie Borle, Marco Castillo, Amber Epp, Janice Finlay, Flo, Michelle Gregoire, Knut Haugsoen, LeBeato, Romi Mayes, Moses Mayes, Price/Nowosad Quintet, Oldfolks Home, Rosemarie Todaschuk, and Lindsey White Band.

Two venues which are new for the festival this year - Le Garage in St. Boniface and the Rachel Browne Theatre in the Exchange District - will each host two acts a night, including many hometown artists, and are sure to be the place to hang all week. Meanwhile, fans of the more alternative side of jazz will be able to catch local openers for most events in the extremely popular Club Series at the Pyramid, which...

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Jazz Festival celebrates 20 years!

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Music lovers can rejoice because the Jazz Winnipeg Festival is upon us. This week we devote the entire show towards sharing some of our favorite picks for the next week of music. And I gotta tell ya, it's more than just jazz. If you're into world, blues, electro dance, funk, indie rock, soul, big band, Brasilian or R&B, then you should probably take a look at this year's lineup.

Wab will introduce Blue King Brown, a multi-cultural crew from Australia who will be bringing fun beats and a strong message to the Exchange District.

Plus, music from locals like Flo, Boats, Moses Mayes, Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers... and some folks from other parts of this fine country too, like Toronto singer,writer and pianist Elizabeth Shepherd. And of course, there will be chances to win tickets to some of the concerts!

Listen to:
The (204) with Wabanakwut Kinew
Saturdays 5-6 p.m. on CBC Radio 1

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Manitoba Does Sled Island (and a few other things)

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A handful of Manitoba bands have popped up in Calgary this week for what some are calling Canada's hottest new music festival. Sled Island, which runs June 24-27, boasts a line-up of over 200 bands and nifty artwork that includes an adorably menacing Viking bunny (we'd like to see it up against NXNE's demented rabbit, quite frankly).

Hitting the Sled Island stages this year will be some of Manitoba's favourite indie rock acts, including Les Jupes, Sons of York, The Paperbacks, Crosstown Rivals, and Oldfolks Home. They'll be joined by a few notable names, like The Breeders, Final Fantasy, Malajube, Anvil, Ladyhawk, and Women.

Breaking out of the realm of a simple indie rock fest, this year's edition of Sled Island is introducting a few new features, including a program of visual art and independent films.

If you don't happen to be in Alberta this weekend, there's still plenty of music to go around here at home. The next few days bring a few CD releases by Jackpine (June 25 at the Park Theatre), Jicah (June 26 at The Academy), M60 (June 26 at the Park Theatre), and The Mission Light (June 29&30 at the Park Theatre) and a little show they call the Jazz Winnipeg...

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Happy National Aboriginal Day!

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This Sunday (June 21) is not only Father's Day, it also marks National Aboriginal Day. And we do it up big in Winnipeg. There'll be events at the Red River Exhibition, The Forks... and Wab's got all the details for what music you should check out. Don Amero, Eagle & Hawk, Tracy Bone and more!

One artist you can catch this weekend is Errol Ranville… a.k.a. "C-Weed", a nickname Errol received while growing up in a large family in a small community in rural Manitoba. He was born in the Metis settlement of Ste. Rose du Lac. He's a modern day troubadour, singer, and songwriter who has been a part of the Canadian music scene for over 30 years. He plays live at the Forks on National Aboriginal Day.

Plus, we've got tickets to giveaway for this year's Jazz Winnipeg Festival! Hard to believe it's Jazz Fest season again. This year the fest turns 20. There are some really major players coming to town to play, like Al Green, Jane Bunnett, Branford Marsalis. We feature some of the Manitoba talent this episode, like vocalists Heitha Forsyth and Jodie Borle, as well as the Jeff Presslaff Trio.

And of course, happy Fathers' Day to all the papas out there!

Listen to:
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Manitoba Music Newsletter Vol.18 No. 2

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The summer 2009 issue of the quarterly Manitoba Music newsletter is out (and now printed on recycled paper). This edition's features include:

Spinning Under Control: The Local DJ Scene by Melissa Martin

Profile on the Winnipeg Folk Festival's Tamara Kater by Jen Zoratti

Profile on Keith Price and Curtis Nowosad by Mike Sherby

Online Indie Artist Promotion by Sean McManus

Click here to download a 3MB PDF of this issue.

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Warm Weather Brings Live Music

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This is a big weekend for live music in Manitoba. Between National Aboriginal Day, World Music Day, and a variety of CD and video releases, there are plenty of hot ticket events to catch now that the weather has finally decided to act like summer. Here are just a few of the concerts coming up this weekend at a club, stage, or field near you...

The three-day outdoor mini-festival, which takes place about 100km outside of Winnipeg in East Braintree, will host more than 27 DJs on a fully-decorated, UV-lit dance floor cut out of the woods. The alcohol-free, 18+ festival offers up a marketplace and free workshops during the day and runs June 19-21. DJs include Adamantium and Lo Progression and many (many, many) more.  Click here for more info.

On June 20, the free outdoor concert in Winnipeg's historic Exchange District will feature live bands and DJs from 2-10pm at the newly rebuilt Old Market Square. You can catch sets from Floor Thirteen, Asado, The Afterbeat, and Shiny Toy Guns all the way from Los Angeles. You can also catch wake and skate demos, a fashion show, and an afterparty at the King's Head with DJs Pump and Headspin. Click here...

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Manitoba Music at North by Northeast

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Eleven Manitoba acts will head east next week as Canada’s largest music conference and festival takes over Toronto. North by Northeast (NXNE), which runs June 17-21, features an industry conference and popular showcase performances by over 500 artists in 40 different downtown venues.

Showcasing this year at NXNE are alt.rockers The Details and Novillero, rock bands Haunter, The Furr, Inward Eye, and American Flamewhip, punk/pop trio AM Glory, roots acts Twilight Hotel and Del Barber, and hip-hop outfits Grand Analog and The Lytics. AM Glory’s manager, Glen Willows of Burning Circus Management, will also make the trip.

Manitoba Music and MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC will host the 15th annual Manitoba BBQ on June 19 atop the Drake Hotel. The BBQ provides Manitobans at NXNE with the opportunity to network with some of the biggest names in the industry. This exclusive, invite-only party is one of the hottest events of the conference.


The Details @ The Rivoli | 10pm
Haunter @ Hideout | 1-pm
Twilight Hotel @ Cameron House | 11pm

AM Glory @ The Rivoli | 9pm
The Furr @ Whipper Snapper Gallery | 10pm...

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Selling Used MP3s is Not (File) Sharing

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I'm all over the second hand economy. My house is full of used furniture, my closet full of used clothes, and yes, I've bought lots of used CDs over the years, even though I know that the artist isn't getting any of that money.

When it comes to music, I've also come to terms with the argument that people want to be able to legally copy their music on to multiple devices, and maybe even make a copy of a track for a friend.

But a recent scheme by a company in the US that wants to facilitate sales of used MP3s has me struggling to figure out how this would work - or why it should.

Lots of people want to take music that they've purchased and put it out into the interwebs for other people to download. We call this file _sharing_ because no money trades hands. Many in the industry have come to see this as not such a bad thing. It's musical discovery and dissemination and it feeds music fandom.

Bopaboo, a Washington, D.C.–based company is set to launch a used digital music store later this year. The idea is that you would share the music on your computer in return for credits that would allow you obtain music from others. Not only do they want to help people share music...

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New Independent Music Charts

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The Official UK Chart Co has announced changes for the charts aimed at independent releases. The UK Independent Charts will track singles and albums where at least 50% of ownership is not in the hands of a major. Independent status used to be determined based on distribution. The independent chart was initially created in 1978 and hasn't really been changed since then.

At the same time, the new Independent Breakers charts will also help draw attention to successful indie acts that haven't broken the top 20.

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Manitoba Music at the Red River Ex

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You may have been traumatized by clowns and rollercoaster rides as a child, but it's time to put those old fears behind you and head back to the Red River Ex. The popular summer attraction, which brings in thousands of visitors every year, is about more than just extreme rides and cotton candy. The Ex also boasts an impressive line-up of live music, including marquee names like the Sam Roberts Band and Marianas Trench. This year's festivities will also offer a strong dose of local talent, including a reunion of Manitoba rock heroes, The Watchmen, on June 16.

Audiences will have a chance to catch some more great homegrown music on June 16 at the Red Barn Stage. From 4pm to midnight, Manitoba Music will host roots/blues guitarist Chris Carmichael, pop singer/songwriter Jodi King, rock outfits Sons of York and The Perms, and alt.popsters M60 and Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers.

4:00-4:45 - Chris Carmichael
5:30-6:15 - Jodi King
7:00-7:45 - Sons of York
8:30-9:15 - M60
10:00-10:45 - Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers
11:15-12:00 - The Perms

The Manito Ahbee Festival will present a special National Aboriginal Day music showcase on June 21 on the Central...

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From strangers to music collaborators in one night.

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Mike Petkau is one man who can not only convince people to talk to strangers, but make music with em. He's the mastermind behind the Record of the Week Club, which happened for 16 weeks in 2008. You take 3 or 4 musicians who had never met before, lock them up in a studio for one night. In that time, they have to get to know each other, write, record and mix one song. And that song would be made available for download the very next morning.

One week it was an indie rock god collaborating with an Inuit throat singer and electronic music producer. Another week it was a DJ with a folk singer and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra member.

In the wrong hands, this idea could have been a disaster.

But not only did it produce 16 amazing songs they've now been combined to form one ultimate album, which is coming out June 18 at the West End Cultural Centre. Tune in this Saturday, June 13, to hear impressions from participating artists like Andrina Turenne of Chic Gamine, Taiko drummer Phoebe Mann and John K. Samson of the Weakerthans. Plus, Mike Petkau will walk us through the recording process and what it was like to witness pretty insane collaboration every Wednesday for 4 months....

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Six-Episode Concert Series Hits the WECC

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Last week we brought you news of the second televised season of the Artist Next Door series. This week, it's another music series that's getting ready to hit the silver screen.

Low Budget Productions in association with Absurd Machine Films and MTS TV, TV On Demand will be showcasing Manitoba talent with a six-episode HD concert series live from the newly renovated West End Cultural Centre. 

The series grew out of a special televised concert two years ago, which was broadcast on Shaw TV, featuring a pairing of D.Rangers and Moses Mayes. The new series, which moves to MTS TV On Demand, will feature two bands per night over three free public concerts, June 15-17.

"There has not been a concert series that focuses on Manitoba talent since the days of 10 O'clock Live and it's follow up show 10:30 Live. I remember watching these shows when I was too young to go to the bars," says producer Johnny Marlow. "It gave me a chance to see bands in their element. I also got to see bands I might never have thought to check out."

The first night will play host to new country crooner Bryce Pallister and  singer/songwriter Cat Jahnke. The next night, you can catch acoustic pop...

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