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LeBlanc's Quick Takes

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

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

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

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New Company Charts Your Network

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A new company, Network Insights, has just released its second report comparing online audiences to the established Billboard chart. The results, perhaps not surprisingly, indicate a difference between what people doing online and what's getting played on the radio and being sold through traditional means.

Says the Music Industry New Network:


"The second Measuring the Social report proves that across many industries, marketers need to fully understand their online audiences and not just rely on traditional forms of measurement that leave out this massive, influential group of people," said Dan Neely, founder and CEO of Networked Insights. "The way people interact with music now goes far beyond just buying it or listening to it on the radio, and the music industry needs to update the traditional ways they analyze and understand their target audience."
Among other things, the report points out the seven of its top 10 tracks don't event appear on Billboard's top 10. Read more...

Does this surprise anyone? 

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Schmusic - November 27

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FACTOR and Manitoba Music present
SCHMUSIC
Thursday, November 27 | 4-7pm
at Le 100 Nons rehearsal space (La Salle 241) - Centre culturel franco-manitobain, 340 Provencher Avenue
Refreshments provided.

Network, party, schmooze, play with Manitoba Music and this month's host, Le 100 Nons!

If you're interested in hosting a Schmusic event, please contact Danielle Strueby, danielle@manitobamusic.com.

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Manitoba Lands Eight Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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Manitoba Aboriginal artists took home eight statues at the third annual Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA). The hardware was handed out at a nationally-televised gala at the MTS Centre on November 7 and at a celebration on November 6 at McPhillips Street Station in Winnipeg. This year, Manitoba artists were nominated for 30 awards in 20 different categories.

Juno-winning rock act Eagle & Hawk was the big winner at this year’s APCMAs, picking up four awards including Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year, Best Group or Duo, Best Songwriter, and Best Rock CD for its album, Red Road Stories.

Three other Manitoba artists brought home awards, including J.C. Campbell and his StrongFront Records debut, Lazy James, which won for Best Blues CD. Darren Lavallee and his latest release on Sunshine Records, Le Métis, picked up Best Fiddle CD. Little Hawk won Best Folk CD for his sophomore effort, Home and Native Land.

Producer Brandon Friesen shared the Best Producer/Engineer award with Derek Miller for their work on Miller’s latest release on Friesen’s Arbor Records, The Dirty Looks. Miller also won Best Album Cover Design for graphic work by Darren Johnston. Fellow...

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Manitoba Music at Manito Ahbee

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This Halloween marks the start of this year’s 10 day Manito Ahbee Festival, with a strong line-up of Manitoba Aboriginal artists performing around the city in celebration of Aboriginal Arts and Culture. The festival runs until Sunday, November 9, 2008 and leads up to the anticipated Aboriginal Music People’s Choice Awards (APCMA). Last year’s festival attendance cleared over 20,000 people, who attended numerous concerts around the city, participated in an educational conference, shopped at the Indigenous Marketplace and Trade show, experienced the Métis Celebration, and enjoyed a spectacular two-day Pow-Wow.

The nationally televised world class Aboriginal People's Choice Awards will be held at the MTS Centre and will showcase a spectacular diversity of Aboriginal music in all genres, including Aboriginal entertainer of the Year and Best Pow-Wow CD (Contemporary and Traditional), Best Rock CD, and Single of the Year. This year's APCMA's will be hosted by Lorne Cardinal and Andrea Menard with performances by Crystal Shawanda, Brule, Ed Peekeekoot, Eagle & Hawk, Donny Parenteau, The Johnnys, Shy Anne Hovorka, Slidin' Clyde Roulette, Wab Kinew and Dominique Reynolds. Last year’s...

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Publishers/Composers; “Ta-Da ‘We’re in the Money’”

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The Copyright Board of Canada has finally issued the second part of its Tariff 22 decision on Oct. 24, 2008 dealing with communications to the public by telecommunications of musical works over the Internet.

The first part of this tariff was published on Oct. 18, 2007 and dealt exclusively with online music services.

The new decision, retroactive to Jan. 1, 1996 (much cheering here by music publishers and songwriters) deals with all other uses of music on the Internet, namely Internet radio and television, other audio sites and game sites.

For radio stations that already pay royalties to the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) for their conventional activities, the same rates are certified for their Internet activities—1.5% if low use; 4.2% otherwise.

For commercial, pay and specialty television, pay audio services and satellite radio services, the rates are the same as what these users already pay or will be paying SOCAN—1.9% for television and 12.35% for pay audio services (the rate for satellite radio has yet to be set).

CBC, TV Ontario and Tele-Quebec will pay a proportion of 10% of the amounts they already pay to SOCAN....

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Local Roots Acts Land Award Nods, Hit Important Showcases

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Landing numerous award nods and showcases in October, Manitoba’s roots acts are keeping pretty busy this month: three Manitoba bands received five Canadian Folk Music Awards nominations earlier this month, yet another was a finalist in a popular American songwriting contest, and eight have traveled east to showcase at the influential Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Conference.

For the second year in a row, three Manitoba acts have been nominated for five trophies at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. The year's nominees include singer/songwriter Lindsay Jane, who picked up nods for English Songwriter of the Year and Solo Artist of the Year for her latest album, Lovers Find Reasons. Vocal group Chic Gamine is up for New/Emerging Artist of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year for its self-titled debut release. Compadres, which includes Manitoba singer/songwriter James Keelaghan, has a nod for World Group of the Year for Buddy Where You Been?. The CFMAs will announce winners will be announced at a gala on November 23 in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Roots act Jacob and Lily landed the general round finalist spot the Folk Alliance-presented 2008 Mountain Stage NewSong Contest....

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OCFF Announces New Executive Director

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The Board of the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF) is thrilled to announce the hiring of Peter MacDonald as its new Executive Director, a position he assumes November 3rd. Mr. MacDonald was the successful candidate in a rigorous nine month long national search, and replaces Erin Benjamin who left the OCFF in early 2008.

Mr. MacDonald has been active in the Canadian folk music community for more than a dozen years as an artist manager, concert presenter, and owner of Nutshell Music Inc., providing production support to many member Festivals, organizations and artists as well as various corporate and not-for-profit clients. He is also a long-time member of the OCFF and a former member of its Board of Directors, where he served as Treasurer during a critical and successful period of deficit reduction.

OCFF Board President Aengus Finnan states, "Peter brings a unique perspective to this role, one that is grounded in an intimate awareness of our operations, challenges, opportunities, and fiscal needs, and matched by a rich and sound vision for the future."

In addition to bringing vast experience and skill to the position, including critical knowledge of arts and...

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Manitoba Brings Home the WCMA Hardware

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Manitoba music was all over Edmonton at the 2008 Western Canadian Music Awards, landing eight awards at this year’s festivities. The artistic trophies were handed out at a gala event on October 19 at the Myer Horowitz Theatre on the University of Alberta campus and the industry awards were held at a brunch on October 19. Local artists accounted for 28 nominations in 20 different artistic and industry categories, including 19 artistic nods.

This year’s big winner was indie rock outfit The Weakerthans, which brought home hardware for Outstanding Independent Album and Songwriters of the Year for its latest Epitaph/Anti- release, Reunion Tour, and Video of the Year for “Civil Twilight.” The quartet is fresh from some high profile accolades, including the 2008 ECHO Songwriting Prize, the XM Satellite Radio’s Verge Music Awards prize for Artist of the Year, and a spot on the prestigious Polaris Music Prize short list. [Download The Weakerthans' "Night Windows" from The Loudspeaker until October 23.]

The 2008 gala also handed out three awards to emerging Manitoba acts. The Liptonians’ self-produced, self-titled debut landed Outstanding Pop Recording. Outstanding Aboriginal...

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From Edmonton With More Love

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Day two of the WCMAs included a couple of panels, four showcases, and a very disconcerting visit with large spiders.

First up: a panel on publicity and media, moderated by publicist Aimee Hill of All Access Entertainment and featuring Kyle Kraft (Battle Axe Records), Fawnda Mithrush (SEE Magazine), and Peter North (CKUA). The packed room got the basics of publicity and some solid details on what to do and what not to do when you're trying to get your band noticed. They had a lot to say about how the interweb has killed the traditional hype machine and that you shouldn't bother with publcity until your presentation (live show, recordings, press kit) are ready and you've practiced your interview skills (you practice your music, why wouldn't you practice your presentation?). Hill also pointed to Feist, who people tend to think of as an overnight success but who's actually been at this for at least 15 years (Monarch, anyone?). Fair enough. The panel didn't touch on online publicity or blogs at all, unfortunately.

Next up: a panel on international touring, moderated by Trade Routes' Nicki Dewar and featuring Kat Morris of Glastonbury Festival and The Great Escape,...

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From Edmonton With Love

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A quick look at the City of Edmonton's website leads me to believe that it lacks a snappy, pride-swelling civic slogan. Regardless, my first trip to this city is going well. The 2008 Western Canadian Music Awards are well underway and the venues are packed with the usual blend of visiting industry folks (including the international delegates, like five L.A.-based music supervisors), showcasing artists, and music fans alike.

After spending an inordinate amount of time attempting to figure out my alarm clock, it was off to the Velvet Underground on 102nd Street for a fantastic set by Twilight Hotel. I've been watching this duo for years and I can safely say that the pair's relentless tour schedule has paid off: they are flawless. Total American gothic '50s rock 'n' roll show. Brandy (Zdan) and Dave (Quanbury) sat down for all but one of their songs ("Viva la Vinyl"), which could've sucked the energy right out of the room, but they held their crowd and just plain rocked. And also rolled.

Next it was up the stairs to the Starlite Room for a blistering set by blue rockers The Perpetrators. Hard to believe that much rich sound comes from just three guys. Former drummer Scotty...

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WCMAs Hit Edmonton

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The 2008 Western Canadian Music Awards are just about ready to hit Edmonton. Fourteen Manitoba acts will take over stages at various downtown venues, showcasing in front of top industry professionals including label reps, producers, media, and more.

Showcasing at this year's WCMA Festival will be Americana duo Twilight Hotel, blues rock outfit The Perpetrators, singer/songwriter Cara Luft and J.P. Hoe, hip-hop act Team Rezofficial, country chanteuse Tracy Bone, bluegrass band House of Doc, Francophone act Deuxième Take, acoustic pop duo Keith and Renee, and indie rock acts The Telepathic Butterflies, Boats, Tele, The Liptonians.

There will also be plenty of Manitoba names heard at the awards gala on October 19 as well as the industry awards brunch on October 18. Manitobans are up for 28 trophies at this year's WCMAs. Click here to read more at this year's nominees...

MANITOBA MUSIC AT THE WCMA FESTIVAL 2008

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16

Velvet Underground, 10030-102nd Street – lower lovel
9:30pm – Twilight Hotel

Starlite Room, 10030-102nd Street
1am – The Perpetrators

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17

The Pawn Shop, 10551 82 Avenue - upstairs
12am – The Telepathic...

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Free Press Goes on Strike

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Winnipeg Free Press workers celebrated turkey day by walking off the job yesterday at noon. The strike also effects the Freep-owned Canstar Community News which puts out six papers including this city's only entertainment weekly: Uptown Magazine. Which means no concert listings or local music coverage from either outlet until the labour dispute is resolved.

Reporters and columnists have launched their own website for the duration of the strike, freepressonstrike.com, so readers can still get their news and sports fix. As of yet, the site doesn't have a designated arts and entertainment section.

While not producing a physical paper and missing all its staff, the management at the Freep are maintaining winnipegfreepress.com. 

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Manitoba Folks Acts Get Recognized

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For the second year in a row, three Manitoba acts have been nominated for five trophies at the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA). The fourth annual awards will be handed on November 23, 2008 at the Arts & Culture Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

The year's nominees include singer/songwriter Lindsay Jane, who picked up nods for English Songwriter of the Year and Solo Artist of the Year for her latest album, Lovers Find Reasons. Vocal group Chic Gamine is up for New/Emerging Artist of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year for its self-titled debut release. Compadres, which includes Manitoba singer/songwriter  James Keelaghan, has a nod for World Group of the Year for Buddy Where You Been?.

In the past three years, some of Manitoba’s top folk and roots acts have been nominated for the CFMAs. Last year, The Duhks and their album Migrations picked up a trophy for Best Album - Contemporary.

The CFMAs were created to celebrate the breadth and depth of Canadian folk music. Unlike the Junos, WCMAs and Canadian Country Music Awards, however, the CFMAs are not organized by a non-profit board-run association but rather a committee made up mostly of musicians.

Meanwhile,...

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Manitoba Music Goes Pop in Berlin

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I am in the back room of the Canada Stand at Popkomm Berlin - about 200 meters from the famous 82 year old Berlin Radio Tower. It's just after noon on the final day and the exhibit hall at Messe Berlin is jumping with people from around the world trying to fit in last-minute meetings, make deals, and get industry people to attend the last night of showcasing in clubs around town.

The Canada Stand is a large space that CIRPA coordinates at international events. This allows Canadians can buy in for a small fee so they can have a home-base to house their promo materials, take meetings, and have access to the people and resources they need to make the most of a chaotic event like this. 27 Canadian companies/organisations are a part of this stand - companies like Arts & Crafts, Six Shooter, Mint Records, Canadian Music Week, Sonic Unyon, True North, and Manitobans Arbor, Balanced, and Rising Sun. The public side of the stand has about 25 cafe tables that are constantly populated with people meeting with their long-time European distributors, with potential clients, and with random others who drop by to see what may come of a chance meeting.

This event has 3 halls...

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Arts and Culture on the Campaign Trail

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UPDATE: Tory platform indicates Harper is willing to re-consider the controversial eligibility requirements for film tax credits found in bill C-10. UPDATE: The Liberals release details of their arts platform: would raise total expenditure on the arts to $530 million over the next five years, Heritage critic Denis Coderre says. UPDATE: Canadian artists have joined together to record a song, titled "You Have a Choice," to mobilize Canadian voters to let their voices be heard in support of strong, concrete action on climate change. The song is sponsored by Avaaz, a new web movement with over 300,000 supporters across Canada.Sept. 24 2008: Support for arts creation and the culture industries has made a splash in the Canadian federal election campaign this week. It's great to see all the parties talking about arts and culture and to have these issues of valuable and value-added support for culture on the table as an election promise.

The Liberals have called for a reversal of recent arts cuts and have pledged to increase funding to the Canada Council and the CBC, according to the Globe and Mail and CBC news.

The NDP also promised to reverse the cuts and announced a tax...

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Winnipeg Folk Festival Announces New Executive Director

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The board of directors of the Winnipeg Folk Festival is very pleased to announce the appointment of Tamara Kater as its new Executive Director. Board chair Terry Sargeant made the announcement today, following a board decision based on an extensive international search.

As Executive Director, Ms. Kater will be responsible for day-to-day management of the organization, ensuring that operations are aligned with the Festival’s vision, mission and mandate. She will also be involved in establishing and implementing strategic goals and for leading a major resource development program.

She will work closely with Artistic Director Chris Frayer, as well as with the staff and volunteers to ensure that the Winnipeg Folk Festival continues to be the number one festival in the country.

Ms. Kater brings fifteen years experience as a cultural manager to the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Most recently she has been Executive Director of the Ottawa Folk Festival where, in less than two years, she oversaw significant positive change in the governance and management of the organization. She has led the Ottawa Folk Festival in a revenue diversification strategy, which increased earned...

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The Weakerthans Win ECHO Prize

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Winnipeg indie rock poets The Weakerthans and their song “Night Windows” have won The ECHO Songwriting Prize, one of Canada's most prestigious national songwriting prizes, which comes with a $5000 cash prize. The winning song was chosen by music fans through online voting.

The ECHO prize is another in The Weakerthans’ list of accolades for its latest release, Reunion Tour. They picked up the XM Satellite Radio’s Verge Music Awards prize for Artist of the Year late last month, and were recently short listed for the influential Polaris Music Prize. They’re also up for four Western Canadian Music Awards; winners will be announced on October 19 in Edmonton.

This is the second win and third nomination for a Manitoba band in ECHO’s three year history. In 2006, the inaugural ECHO prize went to local political punk outfit Propagandhi and its song "A Speculative Fiction." Last year, Juno-winning roots quartet Nathan and its song “Scarecrow” were nominated.

SOCAN initiated the prize in order to identify developing talent in today's independent music scene. According to SOCAN's website, "the prize honours some of the most innovative, creative and artistic songs created in the...

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CARAS Announces 2008-09 Board of Directors

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The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is pleased to announce its 2008-2009 Board of Directors, and would especially like to welcome and acknowledge the following new members to the Board:

Bruce Allen: President, Bruce Allen Management
Vivian Barclay: General Manager, Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.
Humphrey Kadaner: President, HMV Canada
Julien Paquin: President – Agency Division, Paquin Entertainment
Patti Anne Tarlton: VP Live Entertainment, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.

"The Canadian music industry continues to be shaped and influenced by the degree of energy and enthusiasm invested by those who participate in it. We are privileged to have such a talented and passionate Board from all spectrums of the music industry to steer CARAS' goals in a positive and assertive direction," said Melanie Berry, President of CARAS.

CARAS gratefully acknowledges the commitment of its Board members who continue to proactively impact Canada's music industry and bring forth their expertise, insights and leadership to the CARAS organization.

The Complete List of the 2008-2009 CARAS Board of Directors and Officers:

Chair: Stephen Stohn,...

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Nokia's 'Comes with Music' comes with, well, music

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Nokia has jumped firmly into the mobile music market, making a move against the dominance of Apple's iTunes/iPod. The new service can be purchased with specific new handsets and allows users free access to all the music in their catalogue. They have distribution deals signed with all the majors and many smaller independent distributors.

"In a market where price and selection are so much more important than brand to consumers, Apple cannot count on retaining users when competing with an offering which seems free to the end user," said David MacQueen, an analyst for Strategy Analytics.

For more info: The Economist included the new scheme in a recent discussion of pricing systems in the industry, namely "free;" the Financial Times noted that wireless service providers are calling the plan a "game changer;" and Electricpig explains everything you need to know about how it works.

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Tracy Bone brings home a NAMMY

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Tracy Bone brought home another trophy this weekend for her debut release on Arbor Records, entitled No Lies. The album earned Bone the nod in the Best Country Recording category at the 10th annual Native American Music Awards (NAMMYS), which were awarded at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, New York on October 4. Bone earned top honors in the same category at the Indian Summer Music Awards in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 6.

Bone’s label mate Stevie Salas was also victorious on the weekend, winning in the Best Rock Recording category for The Sun & The Earth.

Aboriginal Music Performer Camp (AMP Camp) participant Karen Donaldson-Shepherd won in the Best Folk Recording for Where The Green Grass Grows, which was released with her group The Crow Girls.

Manitoba was represented well at the award show as nominees Tracy Bone, JC Campbell and Vince Fontaine (Eagle and Hawk) made the trip to Niagara Falls. Gloria Spence and Bertha Twin of the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards also attended the show.

Manitoba artists received seven nominations for the NAMMYS this year, with Vince Fontaine and Lawrence Mullhall up for Songwriter of the Year,...

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Manitoba Music Heads to Germany

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Manitoba artists and music industry companies will head over the pond this week to do business at a major music industry conference. Popkomm, which runs October 8-10 in Berlin, attracts top-class international delegates to its innovative conference and trade show, and features exciting new talent in its popular music festival. This year, Manitoba will have its strongest presence yet with a delegation that includes some of the province’s leading industry professionals.

Making the trip to Berlin will be Brandon Friesen of 441 Studios and Arbor Records, Adam Hannibal of Balanced Records, Vince Fontaine of Rising Sun Productions, Ron Lamoureux and Dorina Morelli of cafesonique.com and Roxie Music Group, and Manitoba Music’s new executive director, Sara Stasiuk.

Female-fronted rock outfit Domenica and Balanced’s expat electronic act DJ Brace are set to showcase at the Popkomm Festival, which features more than 400 solo artists, bands and DJs showcasing in over 25 official locations in Berlin. The showcases offer artists a unique opportunity to catch the attention of influential industry reps, including labels, distributors, and talent buyers.

While at Popkomm, the...

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More Discusson on Arts Funding and the Election

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For Canadian Music Week, the Canadian Independent Record Production Assn., the East Coast Music Assn. (ECMA), the Western Canadian Musical Alliance, the check is not in the mail If the Conservatives continue in power.

Nor should members of the Holy Fucks hold their breath waiting for federal government tour funding.

Hundreds of Canadian cultural groups and artists recently learned they would not be receiving federal support in 2010 due to the Conservatives stripping $45.5-million from nearly a dozen arts programs.

Arts funding has emerged as a hot button election issue, particularly after Prime Minister Stephen Harper defended his government’s cuts with American-style, anti-intellectualism rhetoric, arguing that “ordinary people” object to tax dollars being used to fund glitzy galas at arts and cultural events…...Ordinary people understand we have to live within a budget.”

Yet, a July, 2008 report “Valuing Culture: Measuring and Understanding Canada’s Creative Economy” by the Conference Board of Canada indicated that the economic footprint of Canada’s culture sector was $84.6 billion in 2007, or 7.4 per cent of Canada’s total real GDP, including direct,...

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Can my concert ticket buying habits be somehow subsidized?

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Think of those people who buy weird little action figures that they’re way too old to buy but they buy them anyway (you know who you are). Whatever floats your boat!? To be honest, I understand these little plastic men buyers. . . . I can relate to wanting something you know you can’t afford/you know that you don’t "need" but you justify it in any way possible.

Enter concert tickets...

I tried to show some restraint and I didn’t buy Elton John tix. Something died inside of me that day. No worries I of course caved and was jolted back to life when I agreed to let a friend purchase EJ tix off of kijiji for way too much! My persuasive friend and I sent a cheque to a complete stranger in hopes of actually getting the tix in return, in hopes that the tix were actually legit and in hopes that the tix would scan through on the night of the concert. (Does anyone else out there do stupid things like this?). After making plan B (I called it operation distraction) we made our way to the concert. If the tickets didn’t scan I was going to cause a scene by either crying hysterically or by kicking a security guard in the shin while "twist my arm friend" ran through security getting...

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Manitoba Music Welcomes New Executive Director

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Manitoba Music, formerly the Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association (MARIA), is pleased to announce the appointment of a new executive director, Sara Stasiuk.

Stasiuk has been with Manitoba Music since 2002, most recently as Programs and Operations Manager, and has been a key factor in every aspect of Manitoba Music’s achievements. Among Stasiuk’s many duties, she has managed the creation, development and implementation of the successful Manitoba Music and Motion Pictures (M3P) Development Project. She has been active in developing Manitoba’s presence at prominent national and international music industry conferences and marketing the Manitoba music industry across the country and beyond.

Stasiuk has been acting as executive director since Sam Baardman went on an extended leave in January 2008. Baardman announced his permanent departure after nearly eight years with Manitoba Music at its Annual General Meeting in June. Baardman has been instrumental in strengthening the 21-year-old association and diversifying its services and capacity as a strong voice for the Manitoba music industry. He has also been a force for change and cohesion in the national industry....

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Manitoba Music Radio: New Adds - September 2008

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There are new tracks being added to the streaming Manitoba Music Radio every week. Click here to listen. Check out the 15 great new songs added in September...

Record of the Week Club featuring Patrick Keenan, Ian LaRue, and Jeff Peters – “Waiting for Debates”
Skender Sefa – “Willoughby’s Welcome Home/John Dowland”
Novillero – “A Little Tradition”
J.P. Hoe – “Are You Feeling Better Now”
Doc Walker – “Annabelle”
Blue Sky Addicts – “End of the Beginnings”
The Morning After – “Your Love I Won’t Do”
The Honeybuckets – “How To Win Friends”
Oh My Darling – “Rustabout”
Julie Marinelli – “Campfire Eyes”
Floor Thirteen – “Let It Go”
The Monty Yanks – “Amazed”
Phil Deschambault featuring Ash Koley – ‘Leave the Rest for Dead”
The Liptonians – “Write Your Name in the Sand”
Doug Edmond - "Walking Down That Road"

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Brandon to Host 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards

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The Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA) are coming back to Manitoba in 2009. The Western Canadian Music Alliance, which produces the annual event, has named the City of Brandon as its 2009 host. The seventh annual WCMAs will take place next fall. Manitoba played host to the WCMAs last in 2006 in Winnipeg.

“We’re thrilled by the announcement that Brandon will host the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards,” says Manitoba Music’s Interim Executive Director, Sara Stasiuk, who also sits on the WCMA board of directors. “Brandon is home to a vibrant music community and has produced world-class talent in all facets of the industry, from award-winning artists to internationally-respected industry professionals. We would like to congratulate Brandon First, the Brandon host committee, and all those who worked hard to bring the WCMAs back to Manitoba. It’s a fantastic choice.”

"Beyond having all the necessary physical resources to host the WCMAs, Brandon First and the Brandon host committee have brought to the table incredible enthusiasm and attention to detail,” says WCMA Executive Director Rick Fenton in a media release. “We look forward to working with the City of Brandon to...

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Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards Announce Hosts and Performers

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Manito Ahbee: A Festival For All Nations announced today their Hosts for two nights of awards given out during this year’s celebrations in Winnipeg. Lorne Cardinal and Andrea Menard will Co-Host the televised portion of the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA’s) at MTS Centre. Don Kelly and Elaine Bomberry will Co-Host the APTN First Night Awards at McPhillips Street Station.

The APCMA’s are given out over two nights – Thursday, November 6th at McPhillips Street Station and Friday, November 7th at MTS Centre. These two spectacular evenings will feature performances by some of the best Aboriginal recording artists across North America. The Friday night portion at MTS Centre will be broadcast live on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) and Bell Express Vu.

Lisa Meeches, Chair of the Board of Governors for Manito Ahbee Festival Inc. believes the choice of Hosts couldn’t be better: “On each of our two awards nights at this year’s Manito Ahbee Festival, the audiences will certainly be in for a treat. When it comes to Lorne Cardinal, who is a fantastic actor and television director, and Andrea Menard, a gifted singer and songwriter, they each reflect in...

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OCFF Announces 2008 Estelle Klein Award Winner

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The Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF) has awarded this year’s Estelle Klein Award to Bernie Finkelstein, a pioneer in Canadian music. The award will be presented at the 22nd annual OCFF conference in Ottawa from October 23-26, 2008. The annual award is named after Estelle Klein, a long-time advocate of Canadian Folk music and one of the early founders of the Folk festival scene in this country. Each year, the OCFF honours the work of an individual who has made significant contributions to Ontario’s Folk music community

This year’s winner, Bernie Finkelstein, founded Canada’s first independent record company, True North Records, in 1968. Over the years, the label became one of the country’s largest record companies, with recordings by Bruce Cockburn, Murray McLauchlan, Stephen Fearing, Carole Pope & Rough Trade, Randy Bachman, The Rheostatics, Lynn Miles, Lenny Breau, Lighthouse and Lorraine Segato, to name only a few. With over 400 releases, 40 Juno Awards and 39 gold and platinum records to its credit, True North is a Canadian success story. Currently, the label has licensing ventures with UK-based Cooking Vinyl, Denver-based Sci-Fidelity, New York-based Plump...

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Open Mic Nights @ The Folk Exchange

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Manitoba Music and the Winnipeg Folk Festival present
OPEN MIC NIGHTS at THE FOLK EXCHANGE
with Keri Latimer of Nathan
Friday, September 26 | 7pm

After a nice long summer break, the Winnipeg Folk Festival and Manitoba Music are happy to announce the return of Open Mic Nights @ The Folk Exchange. The exciting line-up of guest hosts -- which has included Karla Adolphe, J.P. Hoe, Don Amero, and Rob Wrigley -- continues this month with singer/songwriter Keri Latimer of Juno-winning roots quartet, Nathan.

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.

UPCOMING OPEN MICS:
Friday, October 24 - host TBA
Friday, November 28 - hosted by Twilight Hotel

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