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Manitoba Music Songwriters Showcase | Deadline: Oct 28

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Now Taking Submissions for a Songwriters Showcase

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Thursday, October 28, 2010

Manitoba Music is presenting a showcase of Manitoba songwriters in conjunction with the Music Supervision workshop on November 13, 2010. This event is an excellent opportunity to showcase in front of top names from Toronto and LA in music supervision, licensing, and publishing. Music placements in television, film, and advertising have become a significant source of revenue and an important marketing angle for songwriters, and this showcase will help artists create opportunities in this area.

To be considered for a showcase, you must:


Be available to perform solo on November 13, 2010
Have songs commercially recorded and available for licensing
Be a Manitoba Music member

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


“Songwriter Showcase” in the subject line
A link to a MySpace or other page where your music can be heard
A rationale for how this showcase fits your development plan (200 words)

Submissions will be evaluated based on:


Quality of song writing
Track record...

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Artists and Industry Converge on Kelowna for BreakOut West 2010

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Artists and industry from across Canada converge on the picturesque Okanagan Valley this weekend. Breakout West, which runs October 21-24, takes over Kelowna for its eighth annual festivities -- the first under its new name -- which includes a three-night music festival, two awards shows, a conference, and more.

Forty-six acts from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, and the Yukon will showcase at various downtown venues during this year's festival. Manitoba acts taking the stage include: Maiko Watson, Royal Canoe, Grand Analog, Quinzy, Del Barber, Eagle & Hawk, The Lytics, and Genevieve Toupin. Click here to see the full schedule.

Manitobans will also be on stage for the Western Canadian Music Awards Gala on October 24. Continuing the tradition of pairing two acts together for rare performances at the gala, the WCMAs have Doc Walker on stage with Albertan Shane Yellowbird, Grand Analog with BC's You Say Party!, and Genevieve Toupin with the Yukon's Annie Lou. Hall of Fame inductee Daniel Lavoie, who was born in Dunrae MB, will also take to the stage for a special performance. Click here for more info on gala performers.

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Local Producers Sing and Tell

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Aspiring songwriters will get the chance to hear from four of Manitoba’s finest music creators at The Park Theatre on October 20. The four featured artists at Bluebird North will bring a special perspective to the event: they are all established songwriters and noted record producers.

Performers Chris Burke-Gaffney, Arun Chaturvedi, and Mike Petkau Falk are well-known in the local pop/rock realm, while Ismail Alfa is a familiar name in Winnipeg’s hip hop scene.

Bluebird North: Where Writers Sing and Tell is a songwriters' showcase presented by the Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.). Every show features a different line-up of talented Canadian songwriters who take turns sharing songs and stories in an informal, acoustic atmosphere.

In Winnipeg, Bluebird North is produced by Chris Burke-Gaffney for the S.A.C. This event also takes place in Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, and St. John’s. Bluebird North is sanctioned by the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee. 

Curve 94.3 FM personality Pamela Roz will emcee the event. Roz is a big supporter of local music, hosting the Indie Studio, which airs on Curve 94.3 FM and appears in the Winnipeg Sun online...

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Manitoba Music on the Silver Screen

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Your TV is becoming a great source for local music. Tune into hit shows like Grey's Anatomy, Degrassi, and One Tree Hill lately and you can hear tracks by a number of Manitoba artists and bands.

Singer/songwriter Sierra Noble is the latest in a growing list of acts with songs placed in TV and movies. Her song, "Possibility," off her 2008 EP Possibilities, is featured in the October 19 episode of CW drama, One Tree Hill. Noble was also seen by millions across the globe in the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Country rock trio Doc Walker premiered its CMT music special, Doc Walker's Dock Party: Live in Kelowna, on October 16. Recorded at a free outdoor concert in Kelowna last summer, encore airings of the special are scheduled for November 2 and December 27. The four-time CCMA Group of the Year will also release the show to DVD this November 2.

Ash Koley's song, "Sheep In Wolves Clothing,"  was featured in its entirety in the October 7 episode of top-rated medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy. The track is off the quirky pop duo's debut album, Inventions, released earlier this month on Sony Music Canada and Nettwerk. Since its release, Inventions...

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Manitoba Music at OCFF

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A dozen Manitoba roots acts are travelling east to showcase at the 2010 Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Conference in Ottawa. OCFF will host a strong line-up of Manitoba acts at its 24th annual conference, which runs October 14-17. 

Manitoba Music has organized market development and showcasing opportunities for the Manitoba acts to present themselves both on stage and off to some of this country’s most influential members of the national folk, traditional, and roots music scene. The annual conference features four days of performances, workshops, special events, and panel discussions. OCFF is an important experience for more than 700 attendees, including artistic directors, presenters, and provincial, national, and international industry organizations. 

Manitoba Music will once again host its annual “Manitoba Music presents...” showcases on October 15 and 16. Artists will also have the chance to take part in a trade show, networking with top festival and talent buyers, recording labels, managers, and more. This year’s performers include Keri Latimer, Chic Gamine, Romi Mayes, Del Barber, James Struthers, Don Amero, The Crooked Brothers, Kaia Kater, JD Edwards Band,...

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Manitoba Acts Land 11 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award Nods

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Five Manitoba recording artists have netted 11 nominations at the 2010 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA). The 12th annual awards are held in conjunction with the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, which runs November 26-28, 2010 in Hamilton, Ontario. The hardware will be handed out at a gala event on November 26 at the Hamilton Place Theatre. 

Rock outfit Eagle & Hawk has landed an impressive five nods for its latest release, The Great Unknown. The band is up for Best Album of the Year, Best Group or Duo, Best Rock Album, Best Songwriter, and Best Producer Engineer. The Great Unknown has racked up 15 award nods this year, including the CAMAs, Western Canadian Music Awards, Native American Music Awards, Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, and Canadian Folk Music awards, and a win in the Contemporary Modern Instrumental category at the Indian Summer Music Awards. 

Country chanteuse Desiree Dorion is a double nominee this year, picking up nods for Best Female Artist and Best Country Album for her new album, Soul Back Jack. Dorion is also up for the upcoming Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards in the Best Country CD category.

Another double nominee, hip hop act...

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Meet and Greet with AUX TV | Nov 3

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Meet Raja Khanna, founder/president of AUX
Wednesday, November 3 | 4 PM
Manitoba Music, 1-376 Donald Street

Presentation with refreshments and networking to follow

AUX is what’s next in music television. Raw, authentic and intimate, AUX is the emerging and diverging music channel. Digging deep into music culture and uncovering some of the best artists from indie rock to hip hop, this is real music television. 

Come hear how you can be involved.

RSVP to sean@manitobamusic.com

Presented by Manitoba Film & Music and Manitoba Music

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Now Taking Submissions for a Toronto Music Industry Showcase

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Thursday, October 14, 2010

Manitoba Music is presenting a showcase of Manitoba artists in Toronto the week of November 22 – 26, 2010. This event is an excellent opportunity to showcase in front of top names in the Toronto-based music industry. Toronto is home to some of North America’s most important music industry professionals and this showcase will target agents, labels, publishers, music supervisors, program directors and more. Manitoba Music will work directly with each selected artist to identify members of industry who they are interested in inviting.

To be considered for a showcase, you must:
•    Have a current or upcoming release (demo / EP / full-length)
•    Be export-ready (prepared to capitalize on opportunities in Canada and internationally)
•    Have financial capacity to undertake travel and accommodations in Toronto (Market Access Program Support is available, but will not cover full costs)
•    Be a Manitoba Music member

Submit by email to showcases@manitobamusic.com the following:
•    “Toronto Showcase” in the subject line
•    A link to a MySpace or other page where your music can be heard
•    A rationale for...

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Canadian Music Industry Rep in Europe

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Shain Shapiro is a Canadian expat living in London, UK and is the European consultant for the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA). As the CIMA representative, Shain coordinates European showcasing opportunities for Canadian artists including the various ‘Canadian Blast’ events and consults with labels and artists on European market development and touring.

Shain can help artists develop marketing plans and strategies for international activities, pitch projects and companies to agents, publicists, distributors, publishers and promoters across Europe, and assist with the logistics of touring and doing business overseas. He is an accredited sponsor for UK visas and can advise on foreign taxes.

Any Manitoba artist or company wanting to increase their activities in Europe and the UK should contact Shain to see how he might be able to help.

Download a detailed one-sheet: Shain Shapiro Info Sheet

For more information, visit www.Canadianblast.com, contact Sean McManus at Manitoba Music, sean@manitobamusic.com, or contact Shain directly at shain@cimamusic.ca.

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Nine Nominations for Manitoba Acts As Winnipeg Gets Ready to Welcome the Canadian Folk Music Awards

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There will be plenty to celebrate when the Canadian Folk Music Awards make their first visit to Manitoba next month. Eight Manitoba acts have been nominated for nine awards at the sixth annual celebration of folk, roots, and traditional music from across Canada. The CFMAs will be handed out at a gala event on November 20 at the historic Pantages Playhouse in Winnipeg.

This year’s Manitoba nominees run the gamut from seasoned folk veterans to relative newcomers, including six first time nominees.

Banjo virtuoso Daniel Koulack leads the Manitoba nominees with two nods, his first, for Instrumental Group of the Year and the Pushing the Boundaries award for his release with Saskatoon fiddler Karrnnel, Fiddle & Banjo.

Other local acts making their CFMA debut include: acclaimed singer/songerwriter Nathan Rogers for Contemporary Singer of the Year, Manitoba-born, Montreal-based singer Geneviève Toupin for French Songwriter of the Year, Francophone children’s performer Madame Diva for Children’s Album of the Year, and Traditional Singer of the Year nominee Woody Holler and His Orchestra.

Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter trio The Wailin’ Jennys has a nod for its third...

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Music Skills: Upgrade Your Career

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Manitoba Music is pleased to announce Music Skills 2010-11. Designed to train music industry workers, entrepreneurs, and artists, this exciting program provides participants with the business skills and industry knowledge they need to fully reach their potential for success.

Music Skills offers direct and tailored training, from business basics to industry insights, to help each individual meet their own career objectives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT IS IT?
Music Skills is a training program designed to meet the specific training priorities of the participants.

Areas of training can include:


Bookkeeping & Finances
Grant & Marketing Plan Writing
Project Management   
Label Management
Publicity and Marketing   
Publishing and Licensing
Artist Management   
Composition and Production

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Applicants fill out and submit the application form. The selection is based on the experience and the goals of the applicant. The selected participants meet with the Music Skills coordinator to determine the best training options to help them meet their career goals.

Participants with similar interests will be...

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POP! Et Cetera Festival Gets Ready For Second Explosion

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POP! Et Cetera is back in 2010 with more bands and more shows. The second annual music festival kicks off 10 nights of concerts at various Winnipeg venues on October 1. Coordinated by local DJ and promotor Mike B. of Better Swimmers, POP! boasts over a dozen nightly shows with performances by hometown favourites and out-of-towners.

Packed into this year's 10-night fest is some of the best in indie music, from pop to rock to electronica to hip hop, and a few genres in between. A total of 32 acts are hitting city stages, including locals Not Animals, Les Jupes, Royal Canoe, Lebeato, Twin, The Wilderness Campaign, The Liptonians, Cyclist, and Boats. Touring acts making their way to Winnipeg include Son of Dave, Rae Spoon, Holy Fuck, Japandroids, DVAS, and Jamie Lidell.

While all of last year's events happened at two venues, this year things have expanded to the Pyramid, The Lo Pub, West End Cultural Centre, Royal Albert, Cavern, The Rocker, and The Academy.

Even POP!'s second free digital sampler has doubled in size; this year's edition offers 13 tracks by festival acts. Download the sampler for free from POP!'s website. You can also get a sample of sampler, Not...

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Culture Days Crosses the Country

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In a year brimming with cultural events, from the Cultural Capital of Canada campaign to The Big Show, Manitoba is welcoming another exciting celebration of the arts this month. Boasting over 150 free arts and culture activities in 53 venues across the province, Culture Days promises an action-packed weekend of music, dance, visual arts, and more from September 24 to 26.

Culture Days is a collaborative pan-Canadian volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation, and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. A national Steering Committee, together with provincial committees, are self-mobilizing at the grassroots level to implement concurrent annual province-wide public participation events each September beginning in 2010.  Across the country, there are over 1630 activities submitted by 841 organizers in over 330 cities and towns.

Winnipeg was chosen to host the national Culture Days launch on September 24 at The Forks. Along with screenings and more, the event will include the Manitoba Covers Project concert, presented by CBC Radio and Manitoba Music.

"The original idea was to ask Manitoba...

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Contact Ouest 2010 Comes to Manitoba

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More than 150 artists, agents, broadcasters, promoters, and producers converge on Winnipeg this month for Contact Ouest 2010: Edition Manitobaine. Running September 23-26, the French language event features performances in every artistic discipline, including music, dance, and comedy, connecting artists to influential presenters from across the country. 

This year's event features showcases by Manitoba acts Gérald Laroche and Gilles Chabenat, KIN, Madame Diva, Justin Lacroix Band, Les Surveillantes, and Nadia Gaudet at the Le Centre culturel franco-manitobain's Pauline-Boutal Hall. Other showcase performers include Lennie Gallant, Guillaume Arsenault, and Alexis Normand.

While primarily for arts presents, the showcases are open to the public and tickets are available for $10.Click here for the complete showcase schedule.

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Strong Showing for Manitoba Acts at Aboriginal Music Awards

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Aboriginal recording acts from Manitoba had a strong showing this week at two American music awards. Two acts picked up hardware at the 2010 Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMAs) while three acts landed six nominations for Native American Music Awards (NAMMYs).

The ISMAs, which exist to promote and honour the best of Native American Indian music, were handed out at a gala celebration on September 11 during the Indian Summer Festival in Milkwaukee, WI. Country rocker Kimberley Dawn came away victorious, earning the Rock Category ISMA for her new CD, Built That Way. Juno-winning rock outfit Eagle & Hawk won in the Contemporary & Modern Instrumental category with its latest release, The Great Unknown.

Eagle & Hawk has been quite successful at the ISMAs – the band’s previous album, Sirensong, won top honours in the Alternative Rock and Classic Rock categories in 2009, and the group is a regular on the Indian Summer Festival stages each year.

Eagle & Hawk has also received three NAMMY nods for The Great Unknown, including Best Rock Recording, Songwriter of the Year, and Song/Single of the Year for “What If We Could.” Recent Canadian Folk Music Award-winning artist, Don Amero,...

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Eagle and Hawk Bring Home Award from Milwaukee

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The Great Unknown has earned Eagle & Hawk another trophy from the Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA) in Milwaukee. The winners for each of the 14 categories were announced at a ceremony on September 11 during the Indian Summer Festival and the JUNO Award winning rockers brought home the hardware from the Contemporary & Modern Instrumental Category.

Country rocker Kimberley Dawn also came away victorious, earning the Rock Category ISMA for her new CD entitled Built That Way.

Eagle & Hawk have been quite successful at the ISMA- Sirensong won top honours in the Alternative Rock and Classic Rock categories in 2009 and the group is a regular on the Indian Summer Festival stages each year.

The ISMA exist solely to recognize, promote, and honor the best of Native American Indian music. The competition is open to both established and emerging artists and entries are judged by a panel of professionals from the music and entertainment industries.

For a complete list of 2010 ISMA winners, please visit: http://www.indiansummer.org.

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New Multi-Disciplinary Arts Celebration Comes to Manitoba

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In a year brimming with cultural events, from the Cultural Capital of Canada campaign to The Big Show, Manitoba is welcoming another exciting celebration of the arts this month. Boasting over 150 free arts and culture activities in 53 venues across the province, Culture Days promises an action-packed weekend of music, dance, visual arts, and more from September 24 to 26.

Culture Days is a collaborative pan-Canadian volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation, and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. A national Steering Committee, together with provincial committees, are self-mobilizing at the grassroots level to implement concurrent annual province-wide public participation events each September beginning in 2010.  Across the country, there are over 1630 activities submitted by 841 organizers in over 330 cities and towns.

Winnipeg was chosen to host the national Culture Days launch on September 24 at The Forks. Along with screenings and more, the event will include the Manitoba Covers Project concert, presented by CBC Radio and Manitoba Music.

"The original idea was to ask Manitoba...

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Doc Walker Named CCMA Group of the Year for the Fourth Time

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Doc Walker has been named the Group of the Year for the fourth time by the 2010 Canadian Country Music Awards. This is the third consecutive win in this category for the Portage la Prairie country rock trio, who posted  video from backstage just after the win. Hardware was handed out at the nationally-televised awards gala on September 12 in Edmonton.  

Guitarist Murray Pulver and dummer Steve Broadhurt also picked up honours for the All-Star Band Award while the band's web designer, Winnipegger Ashley Harms, tied for Website of the Year. Stephano Barberis won for Video Director of the Year for his work on Doc Walker "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," as well as videos for The Higgins and Jessie Farrell.

Doc Walker landed nominations for an impressive five artistic and six industry CCMAs this year, including the Fan’s Choice Award, Single of the Year, Songwriters of the Year, and Album of the Year.  

Manitoba artists and industry have an unprecedented 20 chances to pick up hardware at the CCMAs this year, incuding nods for singer/songwriter Ridley Bent,  multi-instrumentalist Grant Siemens, Kelly Berehulka of Casinos of Winnipeg, Rob Waloschuk of Dauphin’s...

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Get Ready for The Big Show

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On September 12, 2010, Manitoba Music returns to The Forks’ Scotiabank Stage for its second annual outdoor celebration of home grown talent, The Big Show. Hosted by Hot 103’s Ace Burpee, The Big Show packs in sets by six of Manitoba’s most electrifying and innovative acts. The Big Show will feature the first major hometown performance by Nettwerk/Sony’s chart-topping pop duo Ash Koley, fresh from several Canadian dates with Lilith Fair. Joining them will be acclaimed singer/songwriter J.P. Hoe, hip hop outfit Magnum K.I., punk popsters The All Night, indie pop/rock quintet Enjoy Your Pumas, and country songstress Desiree Dorion. Mama Cutsworth will be on stage for turntable sets between bands.

The free four-hour concert caps off the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’ Ciclovia festival, which will see thousands of people streaming onto a car-free Broadway for a day of bike demos, markets, music, fitness classes, and more. 

The Big Show continues the success of Manitoba Music’s Stage 8/29 event last summer, which attracted five thousand music fans with performances by five DJs and five bands in five hours. The goal of this year’s concert stays the same, says...

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Open Mic at The Folk Exchange | Sep 17

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Winnipeg Folk Festival and Manitoba Music present
OPEN MIC NIGHT at THE FOLK EXCHANGE
with Vanessa Kuzina
Friday, September 17, 2010 | 7pm

Open Mic Night @ The Folk Exchange are back! Winnipeg Folk Festival and Manitoba Music are happy to announce this month's guest host, singer/songwriter Vanessa Kuzina of Western Canadian Music Award nominated group, Oh My Darling. On Open Mic Nights, musicians and music-lovers unite to share songs, inspiration, and just plain old good times in the casual, intimate atmosphere of the Winnipeg Folk Festival’s Folk Exchange venue, located at 211 Bannatyne Avenue (behind the Festival Music Store @ Albert Street). Bring your instrument and take your turn on the Folk Exchange stage–or just come to listen (non-players will be charged a $2 cover). Call the Festival at (204) 231-0096 for more information. Click here to check out the event on Facebook.

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BreakOut West Festival 2010 Announces Lineup

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The lineup for the BreakOut West 2010 Festival is out! Forty-six acts from across western Canada will hit downtown Kelowna venues October 21-23, 2010. Festival wristbands are available for $20, allowing access to all venues for all shows for the entire weekend.

Manitoba acts heading to Kelowna include: Maiko Watson, Royal Canoe, Grand Analog, Quinzy, Del Barber, Eagle & Hawk, The Lytics, and Genevieve Toupin. Click here to see the full schedule.

Manitobans will also be on stage for the Western Canadian Music Awards Gala on October 24. Continuing the tradition of pairing two acts together for rare performance at the gala, the WCMAs have Doc Walker on stage with Albertan Shane Yellowbird, Grand Analog with BC's You Say Party!, and Genevieve Toupin with the Yukon's Annie Lou. Hall of Fame inductee Daniel Lavoie, who was born in Dunrae MB, will also take to the stage for a special performance. Click here for more info on gala performers.

Manitoba artists and industry are nominated for 34 WCMAs in 22 categories this year, including 20 artistic nods. Nominees include The Weakerthans, Doc Walker, The Wailin’ Jennys, Grand Analog, Magnum K.I., The Lytics, Madame Diva, LuLu...

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Welcome Aboriginal Music Program Administrator Terilyn Lavallee

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Manitoba Music is excited to announce the addition of Terilyn Lavallee to our team. Terilyn will be joining the Aboriginal Music Program and helping out with program communications, event production, and administration.

Terilyn grew up in St. Eustache and graduated from St. Paul’s Collegiate in Elie two years ago. She’s currently in her third year of university, studying to become a teacher.

Another interesting note: Terilyn is a big fan of fiddle music and can do the Red River Jig.

You can reach Terilyn for more information about the Aboriginal Music Program and upcoming projects or workshops at Terilyn@manitobamusic.com.

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Now taking submissions for the 2011 Manitoba Music Promotional CD and Download Card

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Now taking submissions for the 2011 Manitoba Music Promotional CD and Download Card






SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOON, Thursday, September 23, 2010

Manitoba Music is planning the release of a new promotional compilation CD and download card in January, 2011. This multi-genre recording will represent the best of new Manitoba releases, and will be targeted to music industry professionals in all areas of popular music (rock, punk, pop, roots, country, hip-hop, urban, etc.).

The CD will be distributed widely at music industry conferences and in support of Manitoba Music export trade missions. As well, the CD will be sent directly to key music industry executives including managers, labels, agents, festivals, publishers, buyers, radio programmers, publicists, music journalists, and many others who can help your career. Download cards will also be distributed at Manitoba Music events and activities.

To have your track included for consideration, please submit ALL of the following:
•    Mastered CD with selected track name and number clearly indicated
•    The following information:
     o    Artist name, song title, songwriting...

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Manitoba Nets 26 APCMA Nods

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Manitoba acts and locally produced programs have netted 26 nominations for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards this year. The winners will be announced at one of two award shows in downtown Winnipeg on November 4 and 5, 2010.

Fans cast votes on the APCMA website to determine who wins in each category, but industry stakeholders were involved in the selection of nominees in the non-genre or “industry” categories during the first round of online voting this year.

Winnipeg’s Most leads the charge with four nominations, while Eagle & Hawk and Don Amero are close behind with three each. Streetz FM favorite, Young Kidd and blues legend Billy Joe Green have two chances to win this year, while 10 other acts and two locally produced radio programs have individual nominations for their work.

The Best Country CD category is chalked full of Manitoba releases this year. Darrelyne Bickel’s M.I.A., Desiree Dorion’s Soul Back Jack, Jerry Sereda’s Campground Cowboy, and Kimberley Dawn’s Built That Way are in the running alongside Shane Yellowbird’s latest disc, meaning that four of the five nominations are for work from the keystone province.

The Best Rap/Hip Hop category...

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Festival Floats Arts for All in Forks Harbour

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Head to The Forks this week and you might see something a little different happening on the waterfront. The inaugural River Barge Festival is docking for five days of free music and enteratinment starting August 25. Featuring over 30 artists playing everything from roots to rock to cajun to country, and just about everything in between, the festival celebrates popular culture, diversity, and the performing arts in Winnipeg.

Taking place on a specially-built barge docked to The Forks, the event offers performances by many of Manitoba's top musical acts, including Juno-winning roots outfit Chic Gamine, country chanteuse Tracy Bone, roots singer/songwriter Romi Mayes, venerable children's performer Fred Penner, pop/rock duo Imaginary Cities, jazz guitarist Greg Lowe, country rock newcomer Darrelyne Bickel, hip hop trio Magnum K.I., a special performance with fiddler/singer Sierra Noble with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and many (many) more.

The River Barge Festival is just one of the large-scale events planned for the Winnipeg Cultural Capital 2010 Arts For All program. Other events include The Big Dance on Broadway, My City's Still Breathing arts symposium featuring...

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Manitoba Music Returns to The Forks' Scotiabank Stage for 2nd Annual Music Celebration

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On September 12, 2010, Manitoba Music returns to The Forks’ Scotiabank Stage for its second annual outdoor celebration of home grown talent, The Big Show. Hosted by Hot 103’s Ace Burpee, The Big Show packs in sets by six of Manitoba’s most electrifying and innovative acts. The Big Show will feature the first major hometown performance by Nettwerk/Sony’s chart-topping pop duo Ash Koley, fresh from several Canadian dates with Lilith Fair. Joining them will be acclaimed singer/songwriter J.P. Hoe, hip hop outfit Magnum K.I., punk popsters The All Night, indie pop/rock quintet Enjoy Your Pumas, and country songstress Desiree Dorion. Mama Cutsworth will be on stage for turntable sets between bands.

The free four-hour concert caps off the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’ Ciclovia festival, which will see thousands of people streaming onto a car-free Broadway for a day of bike demos, markets, music, fitness classes, and more. 

The Big Show continues the success of Manitoba Music’s Stage 8/29 event last summer, which attracted five thousand music fans with performances by five DJs and five bands in five hours. The goal of this year’s concert stays the same, says...

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Now Taking Submissions for Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF) Showcases

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Now Taking Submissions for Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF) Showcases


 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Thursday, August 26, 4pm

 

Manitoba Music will be presenting showcases at the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals conference in Ottawa, October 14-17, 2010.

 

Now in its 24th year, the OCFF conference is a key event for Canada’s folk, roots, and traditional music community. The conference includes speakers and seminars, performer showcases, and jam sessions. Approximately 800 delegates attend the conference, including artistic directors, presenters, and provincial, national, and international industry organizations.

 

Manitoba Music will present a sponsored daytime showcase and two late night music-floor showcases. These showcase events offer Manitoba acts a unique opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from the folk and roots community.


 

Artist selection will be made by a selection committee. Showcase dates and times will be provided to selected artists. Production costs will be covered by Manitoba Music; however artists will be responsible for their own travel...

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Manitoba Acts and Industry Land 35 Western Canadian Music Award Nominations

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When the envelopes are opened at the Western Canadian Music Awards this fall, Manitoba artists and industry will have 35 chances to hear their names called. The annual awards gala heads to Kelowna on October 24, when winners in 28 artistic and industry categories will be announced. Manitoba accounts for 34 nominations in 22 different categories, 20 of which are artistic awards. For first time in its eight-year history, the WCMAs will be broadcast nationally on CBC Television and Radio Canada.

Rock poets The Weakerthans lead with three nominations, including artistic nods for Rock Recording of the Year and Songwriters of the Year for their live effort, Live at the Burton Cummings Theatre. Acclaimed singer/songwriter trio The Wailin’ Jennys landed two nods for its own live recording, Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, including Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year.

Local acts dominate the Rap/Hip Hop and Francophone categories, with three nominations in each. Last year’s winner Grand Analog, and first-time nominees Magnum K.I. and The Lytics are up for Rap/Hip Hop Recording of the Year. Children’s acts Madame Diva and LuLu et le Matou, and Manitoba-born, Montreal-based...

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Welcome Training Coordinator Roland Deschambault

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We're excited to announce a new addition to the Manitoba Music team. New Training Coordinator Roland Deschambault is already hard at work getting ready for the upcoming MusicWorks season and is open for consultations. Prior to joining Manitoba Music, Roland has enjoyed success for 15 years in many positions within the local and national music industries. Previously, he has worked at Paquin Entertainment as an Artist Management Assistant, at Koba Entertainment as Music Supervisor, and has worked with Glen Willows of Burning Circus Management and brother Phil Deschambault in the development of their artists, including Ash Koley. Roland has also been instrumental in the development of Manitoba artists including Bryce Pallister and Heather Longstaffe, and continues to perform as their bassist/vocalist. As a recording and touring musician for 10 years, Roland was bass player, vocalist, co-manager and tour manager for such bands as Vanderveen, Jonah Stone, and Not Going To Vegas.

You can contact Roland for consultations, help, and advice at 975.5188 or roland@manitobamusic.com.

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Armadas & Arsonfest

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While most bands hit the road to tour, Twin is heading out on the river. The alt.folk trio, featuring singer/songwriter Dave Fort, guitarist/luthier David Enns, and saw/violin player Lesley Brown, will take to the water by canoe on this month for the first tour of its kind: the Assiniboine River Music Armada.

Fort, who also plays in experimental electro outfit Absent Sound, will launch the Armada from the Brandon Folk Music & Arts Society and August 7 and head out for a series of shows in Manitoba. The ambitious Armada will be carrying all instruments and gear from venue to venue by canoe.

He'll will pick up a few others along the way, including Matlock folkie Zoppa, Brandon-based folk musician and organic farmer Martin Finnie, and accordion-wielding songstress Ingrid Gatin. Gatin joins the canoe in Portage La Prairie and will help take the tour back to Winnipeg.

Audiences can catch concerns in Brandon, Spruce Woods Provincial Park, Long Plains Reserve, Portage La Prairie, and finally, at Winnipeg's Lo Pub on August 18. But beyond the shows, the public is invited to hop in their canoes and join in the 10-day adventure. People can be a part of the inaugural Armada for...

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