Manitoba Music


Manitoba Music Radio: New Adds

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There are new tracks being added to the streaming Manitoba Music Radio every week. Click here to listen.

1. Jodie Borle - "My Favourite Things" - special holiday music
2. Quinzy - "Feast" - special holiday music
3. Jaylene Johnson - "Winter Wish" - special holiday music
4. Cat Jahnke - "What Child Is This" - special holiday music
5. Bonafide - "Love in Da Streets"
6. Alana Levandoski - "Hello"
7. Quinzy - "Fell in Love with the Enemy"
8. Paper Moon - "What Are You Going to do With Me?"
9. Paul Bergman - "Crow Scarecrow"
10. The Perms - "Give Me all Your Lovin'"
11. Anthem Red - "King Cans"
12. Ian LaRue & The Condor - "Sanguine Cursive"
13. Mahogany Frog - "Loveset"
14. Rik Leaf - "What We've Been Waiting For"

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Two Simplistic Songs Both Sound Simplistic

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Coldplay is the target of a law suit by Joe Satriani on a plagiarism charge that claims that Chris Martin and friend's Frida Kahlo inspired anthem "Viva La Vida" is a copy of the melody and chords from Joe Satriani's 2004 space ode "If I Could Fly."

The suit comes after much discussion and comparison among fans about the similarity of the songs, and a Grammy nomination for Coldplay.

Coldplay denies the charge. According to the Guardian:
"With the greatest possible respect to Joe Satriani," they said in a statement, "if there are any similarities between our two pieces of music, they are entirely coincidental, and just as surprising to us as to him."

Of course, by dubbing the similarities "coincidental", Coldplay do not just deny that they pinched Satriani's riffs – they deny the possibility that even subconscious riff-jacking occurred. Or in other words, Chris Martin has never listened to a Joe Satriani track in his life.

Nevertheless, "Joe Satriani is a great musician," Coldplay said.

The guitarist was recently interviewed about the lawsuit, describing to Music Radar the moment he first heard Viva La Vida. It was as if "a dagger went right through my heart,"...

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Declines in CD Sales hits Indie Distributor

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Distribution Fusion 3, a 25 year old Canadian independent distributor with a deep catalogue of jazz, blues, world and comedy recordings has filed for bankruptcy protection.

Billboard magazine reports that the company has reduced it's staff from over 50 to 13. Six positions were just recently cut. The company has 30 days to try to restructure. In the meantime, they have stopped selling and shipping recordings.

The troubles are reported to be the result of a confluence of events that include fewer record stores, smaller retail catalogue sections, lacklustre CD sales, and a distressed dollar.

Company founder Jim West  also owns Justin Time Records and has been an important figure in Canadian music industry development, serving as chair of FACTOR, CIRPA and CARAS over the years.

UPDATE: It's worth adding a note here about the collapse of one of the UK's most important independent distributors Pinnacle Entertainment. The company, which handled distro for around 400 indie labels in Britain, declared bankruptcy on Dec. 3.
The main problem facing labels is the prospect of not getting paid for the sales which Pinnacle have already conducted on their behalf. This will...

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Blame It On Floor Thirteen

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If you're a gamer, you might find some Floor Thirteen under your tree this holiday season...

The band licensed its song, “Blame It On Me,” to major video game company EA Games in August. Since then, EA Games has placed the song in top selling game franchise, Need For Speed. The game is expected to be played by millions across 30 different countries.

The same track also appears in the latest in the popular franchise, The Sims. The Sims 4 is schedule for release in February 2009. If it’s anything like past Sims games, millions of people will forgo sleep to concentrate on the highly-addictive simulation game.

Click here to listen to "Blame It On Me" by Floor Thirteen.

Since the summer release of its debut full length, Mmmm!, the band has been turning up in more than just games. In September, “Blame It On Me” popped up on George Stroumboulopoulos’ The Strombo Show. The next month, the band headed to the U.K. to showcase for major industry bigwigs in London’s MUSEXPO Europe, along with fellow Manitoba band, Domenica. Floor Thirteen was also the featured artist on internationally syndicated import radio show, Passport Approved, which airs all over the U.S. and has a...

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CBGB Reborn

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CBGB, the legendary New York City launching pad for the likes of The Ramones, Blondie, and Talking Heads is making a return... ish. Friends and family of founder Hilly Kristal are behind bunch of things under the institution's name, including an exhibit in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame (the disgusting urinal is my favourite), a travelling exhibit with the Warped Tour, an interactive website,  a clothing line, and a potential new venue in Las Vegas. READ MORE...

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204 Not Stirred

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CBC Radio One's weekly Manitoba-focused arts and culture show finally has a name that reflects what it's about (or at least where it's about)... The 204.

Like its predecessor, Shaken Not Stirred, The 204 is hosted by recent CAMA and APCMA nominee Wabanakwut Kinew. Kinew's video for "If This Was Right" with singer/songwriter Dominique Reynolds. Click here to watch the video. The show is also produced by Sarah Michaelson, a.k.a. DJ and frequent Solidaze collaborator Mama Cutsworth. 

As an aside... when we changed our name from "MARIA" to "Manitoba Music" a few months ago, we had to rename our quarterly printed newsletter because "MARIATalk" didn't work anymore. In a member-voted survey,"The 204" almost won. Another popular pick was "Stanley." (We ended up not really naming it at all.) Click here to download the fall newsletter (6.5 MB).

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2009 Manitoba Music Industry Directory

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The 2009 Manitoba Music Industry Directory is a comprehensive industry listing of the businesses, professionals, and musicians who work in Manitoba's music industry. The total circulation is over 6000, distributed to Manitoba Music's 700 plus members, media, talent buyers, festivals, venues, local businesses, and nationally/internationally through a variety of music industry trade conferences including North by Northeast (NXNE), Canadian Music Week (CMW), the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMAs), and other events.

Throughout 2009, this directory will sit on 6000 desks and -- as the only printed directory of its kind -- will be referenced often.

Every Manitoba Music member gets one free listing in the Directory, including name, email, phone number, website, and 30-word bio/description. If your contact info or bio has changed, you can update your listing easily:

ONLINE: Log in to (if you've forgotten your password, there's a reminder function), click on "Edit My Information" and update the info uder the "Public" tab. Please remember to update the "directory bio" and keep it under 31 words!

EMAIL: You can email updates to...

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Guns N' Pepper

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Guns N' Roses is not happy with a recent Dr. Pepper promotion offering everyone in America a free can of soda provided the band release its much-delaying album before 2009. Chinese Democracy came out and Dr. Pepper made good. However, demand for the coupon for free soda was so high that the company's website crashed, fans turned on GNR and now lawyers are involved. Read more...

A special thank you to Wikipedia for informing me that Rose' given name is William Bruce Rose, Jr.

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Farewell Odetta

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Legendary folk singer and human rights activist Odetta died today at the age of 77. The influential artist inspired countless people throughout her lifetime and career, notably Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez. Click to watch classic footage Odetta performing at the Newport Festival.

I had the chance to interview her over the phone for Uptown Magazine nearly a decade ago. I'd grown up with her music and met her when I was about four years old. It felt a bit weird just calling her at home. She was a formidable interviewee, so I brought up my childhood anecdote about meeting her (apparently, I have her a vehement anti-smoking lecture) hoping to impress her with my reverential memory. Didn't work. Then again, she had other things to remember, like being named "The Queen of American folk music" by Martin Luther King, Jr.

She was an incredible performer and will definitely be missed. Click to watch a Odetta performing in 2005 of "House of the Rising Sun."

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The Mother of All Hearings

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The Copyright Board’s hearing dealing with performing and reproduction rights in songs and sound recordings in Canada by commercial radio stations kicks off in Ottawa Dec. 2 .

The Canadian Assn. of Broadcasters is at bat first at the two week hearing. Afterwards, SOCAN (performing rights in songs), CMRRA-SODRAC Inc., (reproduction rights in songs), AVLA-SOPROQ (reproduction rights in recordings) and NRCC and ARTISTI (performing rights in recordings) will each have their turn at the plate.

This “Super Hearing” is a landmark. It is the first time Canadian-based music labels have sought broadcast mechanicals from broadcasters, making it one of most important proceeding ever for broadcasters, record labels, music publishers, songwriters, and artists alike.

While this is the first time the federal Board has consolidated all radio-related tariffs into a single proceeding, the individual tariffs filed by the collectives are what is being considered, and the result will be a series of decisions, certifying each individual tariff on terms to be set by the Board.

The individual tariffs, and the businesses of the collectives, have not, however, been merged, and each...

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Manitoba Artists Land Three Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

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Manitoba artists picked up some hardware at this year’s Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards in Toronto: Eagle & Hawk and Ray St. Germain brought home a combined three awards from the gala, which took place on November 28 at the Rogers Centre. The CAMAs, now celebrating their tenth year, are held in conjunction with the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, which ran November 28-30.

Rock outfit Eagle & Hawk won for Best Group or Duo and Best Rock Album for its album, Sirensong. These latest wins continue an impressive string of awards this year that includes four Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards last month, for Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year, Best Group or Duo, Best Songwriter, and Best Rock CD.

Country legend Ray St. Germain won for Best Aboriginal Music Radio Program Promoting Aboriginal Music for his NCI FM show, The Métis Hour.

Artists on Manitoba-based Aboriginal music label Arbor Records also did well at this year’s awards, including wins by rocker Stevie Salas for Best International Album and Derek Miller for Best Original Score in Aboriginal/Indigenous Theatre, Dance or Film/Video Production.

Several Manitoba acts were in Toronto for the festivities,...

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Tracking Success Showcase

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Manitoba Music presents
Friday, December 5 | 10pm
Academy Food Drinks Music, 437 Stradbrook Avenue
$7 at the door
Floor Thirteen
J.P. Hoe
Paper Moon
Scott Hinkson

Manitoba Music (formerly MARIA) will present another exciting showcase of homegrown indie talent on December 5. Rock outfit Floor Thirteen, singer/songwriter J.P. Hoe, indie pop darlings Paper Moon, and rocker Scott Hinkson will take over the stage at The Academy to showcase for the panelists from Manitoba Music’s upcoming Tracking Success workshop: Sam DeAngelis (MapleMusic Recordings, Toronto), Ron Harwood (EMI Music Canada, Edmonton), Oscar Furtato (Tandem Tracks, Victoria).

Throughout the year, Manitoba Music produces special showcases of local talent for the guest speakers from the MusicWorks professional development workshop series. The series presents experienced music industry veterans and hot new trend setters speaking on the most important topics for today’s artists and music industry entrepreneurs. These showcase events offer Manitoba acts a unique opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals.
This year’s...

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Job Opportunity: Office Administrator - Manitoba Music

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Manitoba Music is looking for a personable, flexible, detail-oriented multi-tasker to join our team as Office Administrator.

Reporting to the Executive Director and Association and Communications Manager, the Office Administrator is responsible for providing administrative, financial, and clerical services and support in order to ensure effective and efficient operations.

Manitoba Music (formerly MARIA) is a member-based, not-for-profit industry association representing over 700 members in all facets of the music industry. Through our programs and services, we provide information, education, communication, advocacy, industry development, and networking opportunities to nurture, develop and promote the growth and sustainability of the Manitoba music industry. We think music is fun. For more information, please visit

• Financial and bookkeeping, including: reporting, accounts payable/receivable, bank reconciliation, and cheque preparation
• Preparing program materials such as printing and collating of contracts, course materials, marketing materials
• Assisting with marketing...

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Blender's Top 33

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You know the holidays are just around the corner when you start seeing year-end best-of lists. Music mag, Blender, has released its 33 Best Albums of 2008, featuring a pretty wide variety of artists and genres....

1. Lil' Wayne - Tha Carter III
2. Girl Talk - Feed The Animals
3. TV On The Radio - Dear Science
4. Metallica - Death Magnetic
5. Hot Chip - Made In The Dark
6. Robyn - Robyn
7. Of Montreal - Skeletal Lamping
8. Randy Newman - Harps & Angels
9. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
10. Fall Out Boy - Folie A Deux
11. Death Cab For Cutie - Narrow Stairs
12. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
13. Al Green - Lay It Down
14. Jenny Lewis - Acid Tongue
15. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
16. Be Your Own Pet - Get Awkward
17. Conor Oberst - Conor Oberst
18. Ponytail - Ice Cream Spiritual
19. Katy Perry - One Of The Boys
20. Wale - Mixtape About Nothing
21. Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part I: Fourth World War
22. Coldplay - Viva La Vida
23. The Cool Kids - Bake Sale
24. The Roots - Rising Down
25. Santogold - Santogold
26. Usher - Here I Stand
27. Mariah Carey - E=MC2
28. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Real Emotional Trash...

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Manitoba Songwriter Signs with Publishing Giant

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Award-winning songwriter/producer Phil Deschambault has signed a deal with one of the most prominent music publishing companies around today: EMI Music Publishing Canada. Deschambault frequently collaborates with vocalist Ash Koley, and has composed work for local, national, and international film, television, and commercials. Check out Deschambault's work with Koley in the Manitoba Music Radio and the video gallery.

“I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to join EMI Publishing Canada and am very excited about what the future holds,” said Deschambault in a media release.

“Phil is one of the most talented songwriter/producers we have come across in a long time and we are thrilled he signed with us,” said Mike McCarty the release, president of EMI Publishing Canada, and a renowned developer of talent. “We look forward to helping him achieve international success.”

EMI Music Publishing owns one of the largest catalogs of songs in the world, containing more than a million contemporary and classic titles. It has an impressive and established roster of songwriters and the company has won, and continues to win, more industry accolades and publisher of the...

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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:

++ 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
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,

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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...



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

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


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,, 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 

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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.


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