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The Record of the Week Club

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

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

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

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

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

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Juno Awards Weekend Event Update

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

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

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

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

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

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Juno Awards Weekend Event Update

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

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

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

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

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

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Strong Local Presence at Toronto’s Canadian Music Week

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

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

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

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

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One Ultimately Liveable City

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



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

Click here to read the full article.

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

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

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

They are [drum roll]:

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

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

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

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Stimulating the Stimulators

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

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

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



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

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Music Community Mourns Rob Hoskin

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

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The Clockwise Witness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WHAT IS 2+2?
Lighthouse (Amon Tobin)

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

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

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

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN...

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Arbor Live Hits the Small Screen

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

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

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

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

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National Aboriginal Achievement Awards and more!

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

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

And later in the show...

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

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JunoFest Performers Announced

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

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

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

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

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If I Was an Album

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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JunoFest Rolls Out Its Musical Line-Up

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

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

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

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

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2009 Juno Weekend Events

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

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

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

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

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

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Walking in Memphis (is not something the locals do)

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

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

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

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Western Canadian Music Awards Submissions Now Open

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Deadline: April 19

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

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

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

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

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The Warm Days of the Winnipeg Folk Festival on The (204)

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Last week, Wab brought you Jaxon Haldane, Winnipeg bluegrass musician, in to the studio for a heartfelt studio session in honour of the late great Willie P. Bennet. Jaxon was one of the head organizers of last year's tribute concert to Willie P. Bennett at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. This week, Wab is bringing that concert to your ears.

Tune in for a huge team of talented roots musicians playing their hearts out for Willie P.

Our stellar lineup of musicians includes:

Russell Decarle of Prairie Oyster
Chris Whiteley
Tom Fodey
Aaron Goss
Pat Temple
Keri Latimer, Shelley Marshall and Damon Mitchell of Nathan
Washboard Hank
Andrew Neville
Chris Saywell
Ashley Roch
Joel Tichkosky and
Don Zeuff
and Jaxon Haldane

Plus, music from singer/songwriter Don Amero, blues woman Kat Kennedy and jazz group The Chess Club.

Related links:
Willie P. Bennett concert on Concerts on Demand
Willie P. Bennett obituary

Check out The (204) Saturdays, 5 p.m. on CBC Radio One 89.3 FM and 990 AM.

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Mess with Texas

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The Roots Music Report has tabulated its five-year music tracking process and has released the results: Texas is a great place to be an independent musician.

The RMR announced today the "top 10 states that produce and support independent music" with Texas at number 1. Many of the other named states wouldn't be much of a surprise if you think about their music scenes: North Carolina, Louisiana, New York. I'll admit that Michigan was a puzzler, but then again, someone from Detroit would probably say that about Manitoba. Anyhow, here's the top 10 according the RMR:

#1 Texas
#2 California
#3 Tennessee
#4 New York
#5 Illinois
#6 Michigan
#7 Mississippi
#8 Louisiana
#9 North Carolina
#10 Pennsylvania

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Memphis Bound

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Nine Manitoba acts are heading to Memphis, Tennessee next week to showcase to the folk and roots music industry at the International Folk Alliance Conference. The annual event, now in its 21st year, is the premier professional development conference focused on folk, roots, multicultural and world music in North America and runs February 18 through 22, 2009.

Showcasing acts include some of Manitoba’s best up-and-coming as well as established artists, including Juno Award-winning outfit The Duhks and Western Canadian Music Award-winning singer/songwriter Romi Mayes. Singer/songwriters Alana Levandoski, Lindsay Jane, Matt Epp, J.P. Hoe, and Kerri Woelke will also showcase throughout the event, as will duo Jacob & Lily and band Jackpine.

Manitoba has built a reputation for its strong roots scene, dominating folk and roots categories at the Juno Awards and touring to sold-out halls throughout North American, Europe, Australia, and beyond. This year’s Juno nominations feature three Manitoba acts: Folk Alliance veterans Twilight Hotel and The Duhks, and new group Chic Gamine.

The showcases at this year’s conference offer artists the chance to perform for audiences that...

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Will Call Window May Close on Ticketmaster / Live Nation Merger

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The announcement this week of a Ticketmaster / Live Nation merger made official what has been speculation for some time. But the move will not be a smooth one, and is already facing challenges, from official anti-trust concerns to chatter from the concert buying public.

Live Nation runs their own ticket service, which competes directly with Ticketmaster and is an attempt to cash in on the service fee bonanza. It's reported that they would keep that service running even after a proposed merger, a strange move, but one that is probably in place to try and mitigate the anti-trust concerns.

Meanwhile, the embattled concert ticket behemoth Ticketmaster is already facing class action suits for it ridiculously high ticket fees and its ticket reselling site TicketsNow which sells tickets at a huge markup from their original price.

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Festival du Voyageur

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St. Boniface is about to get a little crowded. Throngs of fans head to Winnipeg's Francophone centre every February for Festival du Voyageur's 10 days and nights of winter revelrie. But the 40-year-old institution is about more than just trading posts, dog sleds, and beard-growing contests; it's also a busy music festival.

The festival has built a reputation for booking diverse acts covering just about every genre imaginable. This year's festival, which runs February 13-22, features performances by more than 70 performers playing everything from traditional fiddle music to Aboriginal hand drum music to R&B and rock bands. Music happens throughout the day and night at various venues including those at Voyegeur Park in St. Boniface.

Music fans can catch sets by the likes of Juno-nominated soul roots quintet Chic Gamine, Juno-winning roots act Nathan, French Canadian folk act Deuxieme Take, country rock outfit C-Weed, alt.pop singer Daniel ROA, pop singer/songwriter Dominique Reynolds, fiddler and singer/songwriter Sierra Noble, Celtic rockers Dust Rhinos, new age rock trio Kraink, kids duo Lulu et le Matou, bluegrass act Oh My Darling, Metis fiddlers Ryan D'Aoust and...

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Jaxon Haldane - live studio session this week on The (204)

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You've heard of Neil Young and Fred Eaglesmith, but what about Willie P. Bennett?

Willie P. Bennett was an influential Canadian folk musician, but most people haven't heard of him. He's what you'd call a "musician's musician." He had a special connection to several Winnipeg musicians as a mentor, including the boys from locals The D. Rangers. Frontman Jaxon Haldane is coming in to the (204) studios to pay tribute to Willie with an exclusive studio session featuring some of Willie's famous tunes.

Willie P. Bennet was an influential Canadian folk musician, but most people haven't heard of him. He's what you'd call a "musician's musician." He had a special connection to several Winnipeg musicians as a mentor, including the boys from locals The D. Rangers. Frontman Jaxon Haldane is coming in to the (204) studios to pay tribute to Willie with an exclusive studio session featuring some of Willie's famous tunes.

Last summer, shortly after Willie passed away from heart problems, Jaxon helped organize a large tribute to Willie at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. The show was a hit. That concert was recorded by CBC Radio and is airing nationally on Monday, February 16th on Canada...

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Call for Submissions: Manitoba Music Showcase in Toronto

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Now Taking Submissions for a Toronto Showcase Opportunity

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Thursday, February 26, 2009

Manitoba Music and MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC are teaming up with Manitoba Homecoming 2010 to present an exciting showcase of three or four Manitoba artists at the Rivoli on Toronto's Queen Street West on Thursday, April 16, 2009. This event is an excellent opportunity for acts to showcase in front of top names in the Toronto-based music industry. We will work with each selected act to help get the people they need (label reps, agents, managers, etc.) in the audience.

To be considered for a showcase, you must:
• Have a current release
• Be export-ready
• 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:
• One (1) copy of your current release
• One (1) copy of a current video (if available)
• One (1) copy of your press kit (include location of electronic press kit, if available)
• One (1) copy of a letter explaining how this showcase would fit with your band's overall development plan

Submissions will...

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The (204)

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3 Best Roots acts, 3 Best Aboriginal acts, 1 Best Instrumental... and a partridge in a pear tree.

Phew! Talk about ultimate Manitoba domination! We're taking over the world!!!
Ahem.
Congratulations to all of our Manitoba Juno nominees announced this week.

This week, we take a look at some of the musicians on the nomination list for this year's Juno awards - including Twilight Hotel, Chic Gamine, Tracy Bone and DJ Brace. [See complete list is below]

Plus, an interview with German brother and sister punk rock act, Die Roten Punkte, who brought down the house at last year's Fringe Festival. They're coming back to Winnipeg next week, and we've got their song "Ich Bin Nicht Ein Roboter (I Am A Lion)" to get you in the mood for the insanity.

And - it's the 10th anniversary of CKUW 95.9fm being on the airwaves. Previously a closed-circuit radio station at the University of Winnipeg, CKUW has now grown in to a strong community station. This week is their annual pledge drive and they're kicking it all off with a special concert from Novillero and Oldfolks home. The night is the launch of a really unique Winnipeg project - an album called "CKUW Uncovered". It features local...

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10 Key Facts About Artists in Canada

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Hill Strategies Research as released a new report revealing "10 key facts about the working lives of artists in Canada." Since I failed grade 11 math, you can assume that the researchers prepared the summary pasted below. I recommend checking out executive summary, which is a fascinating read filled with numbers and % symbols and explanations of the 10 points below.



A Statistical Profile of Artists in Canada
Based on the 2006 Census

This report shows that there are 140,000 artists in Canada who spent more time at their art than at any other occupation in May 2006. The number of artists is slightly larger than the number of Canadians directly employed in the automotive industry (135,000).

The report reveals 10 key facts about the working lives of artists in Canada.

1. The average earnings of artists are very low.
2. A typical artist in Canada earns less than half the typical earnings of all Canadian workers.
3. Artists’ earnings decreased, even before the current recession.
4. There are more female than male artists, yet women artists earn much less than men.
5. Aboriginal and visible minority artists have particularly low earnings.
6. Economic...

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Manitoba Acts Net 11 Juno Nods

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Manitoba artists and industry have 11 chances to bring home statues at the 2009 JUNO Awards in Vancouver this March. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced nominees early on February 3, naming several homegrown acts as well as a few expats in the process, making this one of the strongest showings for Manitoba music in recent Juno history.

Three Manitoba bands are strong contenders for the top prize in the Roots & Traditional Album of the Year (Group) category this year, solidifying Manitoba’s reputation in the roots genre. This year’s contenders include soulful roots music outfit Chic Gamine for its self-titled debut, genre-defying roots act The Duhks for Fast Paced World, and Americana duo Twilight Hotel for Highway Prayer. Manitoba roots acts have dominated the Junos in recent years, picking up awards in the Roots & Traditional Album of the Year (Group) three times in the last four years. Nathan won the award last year while The Duhks and The Wailin’ Jennys won in 2006 and 2005, respectively.

"We're absolutely thrilled and honored to be nominated for a 2009 Juno Award alongside some of Manitoba Music's finest," says Chic Gamine's...

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Your City / Your Song

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The Winnipeg Free Press has unveiled the winner and finalists for its My City / My Song contest. JD Edwards' song "Easter Breeze" topped the list of 102 entries.

Sierra Noble and Scott Nolan took the runner-up spots while The Liptonians, Don Amero, Ken Pinchin, Annette Brown, Jason Gordon, and a team trio of Arun Chaturvedi, Darrelyne Bickle, and Chris Burke-Gaffney walked away with honourable mentions.

The Free Press launched the contest in December. The judging panel included producer Jack Shapira (Unison Studios), singer/songwriter Jaylene Johnson, Free Press writer Melissa Martin, CBC Radio host Wab Kinew, and The Harlots' Charles Garinger.

Edwards wins studio time at Unison Studios with Shapira, airplay on CBC Radio's Information Radio, and a CD prize package from Warner Music Canada.

You can see the list of finalists at the Free Press website and listen to the Top 10 tracks. 

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In For Lunch Concert Series Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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Downtowners are invited to enjoy free lunchtime concerts on Fridays, as the In for Lunch concert series returns to the city centre on Friday, January 30 at noon with the band Twilight Hotel at Portage Place.

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s tenth annual In for Lunch concert series runs on Fridays from noon to 1:00 p.m. until March 27. Concerts are located at Portage Place shopping centre, with new locations at the University of Winnipeg’s Riddell Atrium and the big series wind-up at the historic VIA Rail Union Station.

The eclectic entertainment features a variety of music by local performers. All are welcome to bring their lunch and beat the winter blahs to the beat of great tunes. Tables and chairs provided.

January 30 - Twilight Hotel @ Portage Place,
February 6 - Kerri Woelke @ Portage Place
February 13 - Groovy Moustache @ Portage Place
February 20 - JD Edwards Band @ Portage Place
February 27 - Oh My Darling @ Portage Place
March 6 - Flo @ U of W – Riddell Atrium
March 13 - Don Amero @ Portage Place
March 20 - Patrick Keenan @ Portage Place
March 27 - Paper Moon @ VIA Rail Union Station

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Call for Submissions: Red River Exhibition performance opportunity

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Thursday, February 19, 2009

Manitoba Music is planning a night of music at the Red River Exhibition between June 12-June 21, 2009.

The Red River Exhibition attracts an average 200,000 visitors over the 10-day, family-focused event. Manitoba Music will be programming an evening of music running  4pm to midnight (date TBD). Set lengths will be approximately 45 minutes long; bands will be compensated for their performance. This is a great opportunity for bands to get in front of a variety of people and gain some exposure.

To be considered for a showcase, you must:
• Have a current release
• Be a member of Manitoba Music

Submit:
• One (1) copy of your press kit (include location of electronic press kit, if available)
• One (1) copy of any other promotional material you want included

Submissions will be evaluated based on:
• Music
• Track record

Final decision will rest with Red River Exhibition.

Submit by 4pm CST February 19, 2009 to:

Danielle Strueby, Marketing Coordinator
Manitoba Music
1-376 Donald Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2J2

For more info, please contact Danielle,...

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