Manitoba Music


Street Musician To Debut CD

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If you've spent any time at River and Osborne, you've heard Eric the Great. You might not know that's his name but you've  probably seen him playing his guitar outside the liquor mart and rocking the Johnny Cash. You might not expect the friendly street musician to be the newest Manitoban to release a CD but he is. Apparently, he's spent the last month in secluded rehearsal. Head to the Pyramid Cabaret on November 26 to see him with full band. Inside! Click here to check out the event on Facebook.

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Meet the Trumpolin

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John Racaru wants to introduce you to the Trumpolin. The Romanian-born,  Winnipeg-based violinist and composer will debut the newly-invented instrument as part of his Musica Special Concert Series this weekend. The instrument, which has a patent pending, appears to be a fascinating combination of a trumpet and a violin. I can't possibly imagine how this sounds but I'm going to assume that it's awesome. Racaru says the instrument, which he made himself by hand, isn't absolute new but the system of producing the sound is.

You can find out for yourself at the "Holidays with Bach, Brahms & Bossa Nova" on November 28 at the  Winnipeg Art Gallery. The show starts at 8pm and features Racaru, the WSO's Patricia Anne Evans, Cary Denby, Laurelle Froese, and Edvany da Silva, with choreography and dancing courtesy of  Paula Blair and Hellen Lemoullec-Mancini. And the Trumpolin. 

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Jazz Winnipeg's Nu Sounds Series

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Nu Sounds, Jazz Winnipeg's popular concert series, returns this month with six shows featuring some of the best artists and composers from Manitoba's jazz community at the Park Theatre.

Brazilian guitarist Marco Castillo kicks things off on November 29 with his quartet, which also includes bassist extraordinair Gilles Fournier, percussionist Scott Senior, and keyboardist Marc Arnould. Castillo is shaking things up a bit by playing a mix of jazz standards and pop songs played in Brazilian rhythms.

Audiences can also catch upcoming performances from pianist Will Bonness in March, and vocalist Amber Epp and her group, Amber Epp In Rhythm in April. Bonness and Epp both have brand new CDs launched on November 23 at a packed double CD release party at the West End Cultural Centre.  

This season's hottest ticket may be the May 16 show, a first-time collaboration between four of Winnipeg's top female jazz composers: Janice Finlay, Michelle Grégoire, Lianne Fournier, and Danielle Baert. Collaborate... Create... Compose! will feature new music from each as well as a piece "inspired by and incorporating a communal collection of musical elements contributed by the individual...

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Where Did Chantal Kreviazuk Leave Her Mittens? CBC Knows.

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Want to know what Oh Susanna thinks of Tofino, BC? Tune in to CBC Radio 2 today at 2:30pm to find out. That's when the station will reveal the final 13 songs in its Great Canadian Song Quest.

The concept was simple: listeners across the country were able to vote online for their favourite provincial locations and corresponding artists who would then be tasked to write a song about the chosen spot in four weeks.

Manitoba had a chance to be represented by Juno-winning roots acts Nathan, Chic Gamine, The Duhks, expat Joel Kroeker, or Winnipeg-born pop superstar, Chantal Kreviazuk. Voters chose Kreviazuk, who will debut "In Waskada Somewhere," which immortalizes the small southwestern Manitoba town of, well, Waskada. Click here to listen to a clip.

The project features a nice wide variety of Canadian records artists, including Hawksley Workman, Martha Wainwright, The Deep Dark Woods, Joel Plaskett, and Lucie Idlout. It also highlights a nice wide variety of Canadian locations, none of which I've been to. 

All the artists will be on Radio 2 Drive this week with host Rich Terfry talking about the songs that inspired them.

Does anyone about the "Canadian songbook"...

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Canadian Folk Music Awards Coming to Winnipeg in 2010

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2010 is going to be a busy year in Manitoba. The Homecoming celebrations and Cultural Capital 20101 are promising to fill the province with music and festivities throughout the year and now the Canadian Folk Music Awards are getting in on the action. The sixth annual gala event makes its first trip to Winnipeg's Pantages Playhouse on November 20, 2010.

Created in 2005, the CFMAs celebrate and promote Canadian folk music in all its forms and genres. They are the first awards dedicated specifically to celebrating the breadth and depth of folk music in Canada. During their five-year history, Manitoba artists have picked up five awards and 31 nominations, including Don Amero's win for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year and nods for Romi Mayes, Sierra Noble, and Eagle & Hawk at this year’s celebration.

”Manitoba has a strong roots music scene that's had consistent recognition at the CFMAs,” said Winnipeg Host Committee chair, CFMA board member, and Manitoba Music executive director, Sara Stasiuk in a release. “With such a supportive community, it makes sense that this show makes a stop in Winnipeg. The gala event is a high-caliber celebration of folk and roots music in Canada...

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Winnipeg Tied With Austin for Music

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Martin Prosperity Insights, which is led by the fascinating Richard Florida, has recently come out with an interesting study of the music industry. The piece begins with a bit about how technological advances have meant that bulk of music business costs are incurred by "creative work" rather than manufacturing and distribution. It goes on to explore the differences between the Canadian and U.S. music industries and measure the per capita concentration of music industry in Canadian and U.S. cities.

On a per capita basis, Canada’s music industry dramatically outperforms the US when it comes to the presence of music business establishments (this category includes record labels, distributors, recording studios, and music publishers). Canada has 5.9 recording industry establishments per 100,000 residents, about five times the US figure of 1.2.

Winnipeg is tied with Austin, Texas with a location quotient of 1.43 and sits just below the midway point on the 15-city graph, which is topped most dramatically by Nashville. Locations quotients aside, the U.S. industry still makes millions more than the Canadian industry. Also, I have used the term "location quotient" for the first...

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Canadian Folk Music Awards Kick Off in Ottawa

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The folk and roots community descends on Ottawa this weekend for the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Four hometown acts picked up nods for the fifth annual event. Hardware will be handed out at a gala ceremony on November 21 at the Dominion Chalmers Church. The bilingual event will be hosted by the CBC’s Shelagh Rogers and Quebecois musician Benoit Bourque.

The CFMAs kick off the new Nominee Showcase on November 20 at theNational Arts Centre Fourth Stage. The showcase will feature performances by some of this year's nominees as well as winners from the Ontario Council of Folk Festival's 2009 OCFF Songs from the Heart Awards. Manitoba singer/songwriter Don Amero is set to perform while fellow nominee Romi Mayes will be in Ottawa for the festivities.

Fresh from a double win at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards, roots singer/songwriter Mayes and her latest release, Achin in Yer Bones, has picked up a nod for Contemporary Album of the Year.

Amero, a double nominee for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, is up for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year for his work on Deepening.

Other Manitobans up for CFMAs this year are Eagle & Hawk's songwriters -- Vince...

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Manitoba Music Employment Opportunity: Program Coordinator

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Manitoba Music is looking for a personable, flexible, detail-oriented multi-tasker to join our team as Program Coordinator. Working closely with Manitoba Music’s Program Manager, the Program Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the delivery of Manitoba Music’s programs.

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

The responsibilities of the Program Coordinator are as follows:

Program Coordination

Coordinate and provide administrative support for Manitoba Music’s business development and exporting marketing programs.
Administer Market Access Program contracts on an ongoing basis.
Maintain program databases.
Develop program materials such as guidelines, forms, and marketing...

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Hetherman Joins FACTOR Team

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FACTOR is pleased to announce the addition of a new member to the staff, Vice-President, Industry Affairs Brian Hetherman.
Prior to being offered the position, Brian tendered his resignation from the FACTOR Board of Directors. Brian was the appointed MMF Representative on the FACTOR Board since 2007.  In accepting the position it was recognized that Brian will require some time to divest himself of current management and label commitments. He is therefore starting with FACTOR part time on December 1st, 2009. April 1, 2010 he will join the FACTOR team full time.
The Vice-President, Industry Affairs is an integral senior member of the management team at FACTOR, who will act in concert with the President and CEO as the voice and the face of FACTOR to its many stakeholder groups.
In 1990 Brian Hetherman became Sales Representative for MCA Records working closely with retail accounts, he then moved into the position of Marketing & Promotion Representative where he worked with local radio stations to promote MCA's roster of artists. In 1995 he was promoted to the dual role as Director of A & R for MCA/Universal and head of MCA Music Publishing. Brian left...

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Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010 - Staff Announced for 18 Months of Special Events

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Carol Phillips, Executive Director of the Winnipeg Arts Council and Executive Producer of Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010, has today announced two appointments that will guide the production and presentation of this year of extraordinary cultural events in Winnipeg.

Dominic Lloyd leaves his current position as Artistic Director at the West End Cultural Centre, to take on the Project Manager role for Cultural Capital 2010. He brings his extensive experience in putting together special events and festivals, strong financial management skills and excellent knowledge of the local arts community, to the operations and logistics management of the year. Dom says, " It was Winnipeg's reputation as an arts capital that brought me here in 2004, and I view this opportunity as a way to help boost that reputation even more to our own citizens and to people across Canada and around the world." Dom officially begins his new duties December 7, 2009.

Alix Sobler, freelance writer and communications consultant, Winnipeg playwright and theatre professional, will take on the task of Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Formerly Manager of Public Relations and ...

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Manitoba Artists Land 10 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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Manitoba acts have picked up 10 awards at the 2009 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. The winners were announced over two events: APTN First Night at McPhillips Street Station on November 5 and the nationally-televised APCMA gala at the MTS Centre on November 6. Local artists and industry received a record 51 nominations this year.

With three award wins, rock outfit Eagle & Hawk was a big winner once again this year, taking home hardware for Best Group or Duo, Best Producer or Engineer, and Best Rock CD for its latest release, Sirensong. The band has already racked up a number of awards and nominations for Sirensong, including recent wins at the Western Canadian Music Awards, Native American Music Awards, and Indian Summer Music Awards, as well as nods from the upcoming Canadian Folk Music Awards and Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. The Juno-winning band took home four awards at the 2008 APCMAs. 

Blues man Billy Joe Green picked up hardware for Best Blues CD for his Juno-nominated release, First Law of the Land – If Broken, Return to Maker, which was released by local label, StrongFront Records. Fellow Juno nominee, country pop chanteuse Tracy Bone, won for...

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Music Skills: Upgrade Your Career

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Music Skills: Upgrade Your Career

You’re driven, talented, and passionate about your music career. Now, get the skills you need to take your career to the next level.  

Today, Manitoba Music is excited to launch a new pilot program, Music Skills, that will become an essential part of success for anyone working in the music industry in Manitoba.

Music Skills will educate and train industry workers, entrepreneurs, and artists with the business skills and industry knowledge they need in order to fully reach their potential for success. Taught by today’s top professionals, this exciting program will deliver free, intensive, and direct training, tailored to meet each individuals own career goals.

Music Skills will initially launch three streams: a music management seminar, a video game composition seminar, and a flexible client-driven program for entrepreneurs and employees from across the industry.

Clients will receive formal training in the skills needed to become successful in the area of artist management. This will include training in:

•    Music Publishing
•    Music Law
•    Accounting & Bookkeeping
•    Office Management
•  ...

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Aboriginal Music Week Hits Manitoba Venues

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The inaugural Aboriginal Music Week (AMW09) kicks on November 3 with five nights of music featuring some of the best and most innovative Aboriginal and Native American acts from across North America. The new festival, which during Manito Ahbee: A Festival For All Nations, includes five evening concerts and three free lunch hour concerts at various Winnipeg venues.

The AMW09 line-up hits just about every genre imaginable, from country to pop to urban. Performers include Nashville-based country superstar Crystal Shawanda, Los Angeles indie pop outfit The Bastard Fairies, Saskatchewan hip-hopper Joey Stylez, Calgary alt.rockers Ghostkeeper, Latin soul artist Quetzal Guerrero from Arizona, Toronto roots/rockers Digging Roots, and Inuit electronica producer DJ Madeskimo. Manitoba acts taking the stage include rapper Wab Kinew, country chanteuse Tracy Bone, songwriter/emcee Sadie, teenage country newcomer Darrelyne Bickel, and singer/songwriters Don Amero, Evan Reeve, and Sonia Eidse.

For those looking to get a little something for their iPods, AMW09 is offering up 11 free mp3s from this year's performers, available for free download from


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Fall Brings Plenty of New Manitoba Music

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For those out buying new boots and scarves to prepare for the coming winter, there are a few other things that can keep you warm this season: new music releases. Manitoba acts will launch over 30 new music releases this fall, including nearly a dozen titles coming out in November. Most of the CDs will be available at their respective release parties as well as online and in several local retailers. You can also find out about more new music in the New Music Releases section, listen to it in the streaming radio, download it from The Loudspeaker, and check out more concerts in the Live Music Calendar.

Here's a look at a few CD release shows coming up in the next month...


Matt Epp - Safe or Free (Independent)
November 3 @ Pyramid Cabaret with The Lytics

The Crooked Brothers - Deathbed Pillowtalk (Independent)
November 5 @ West End Cultural Centre with Keri Latimer and The Magnificent 7's

Red Riot - She's A Killer (Independent)
November 6 @ Dylan's Pub on Pembina with AM Glory, Davinport, and Seconds From Disaster

Quinzy - Self-Defense (Independent)
November 7 @ Academy Food Drinks Music

Bill Klysh (Independent)
November 9 @ West End Cultural Centre...

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Now Taking Submissions for November 2009 Manitoba Music Showcase Opportunities

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, October 27, 4pm

Manitoba Music will be presenting two showcases in November for the guest speakers from the MusicWorks professional development workshop series. The series brings experienced industry professional to Manitoba to speak 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 from outside of Manitoba.

Performers will be selected by the Showcase Committee, which includes Manitoba Music staff and other music industry stakeholders, in consultation with the workshop speakers. Showcase dates and times will be provided to selected artists.

To be considered for a showcase, you must:
- Have a current or upcoming professional release  (demo / EP / full-length)
- Have professional promotional material including a website and print resolution image
- Be export-ready
- Be a Manitoba Music member 

Preference may be given to performers that:
- Have toured or have upcoming tour plans, either regionally, nationally, or...

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Manitoba Music Showcase - October 24

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Manitoba Music presents...
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Showtime 9-10:30pm
Blush Ultraclub, 323 Portage Avenue
No Cover before 9pm
with The Lytics, Magnum K.I., Wab Kinew
and projected visuals by PO-MO Project

Manitoba Music presents another exciting showcase of homegrown talent on October 24. Hip-hop acts The Lytics, Magnum K.I., and Wab Kinew will take the stage to perform for music industry heavyweights, Chris McKee (McKee Agency), David "Click" Cox (CLK Creative Works), and Dalton Higgins (Harbourfront Centre). McKee, Cox, and Higgins will be in Winnipeg for a workshop panel at the Manitoba Music Resource Centre earlier on October 24.



Manitoba Music presents...
Taking it From the Streets to the World: Hip-Hop and Urban Music Panel
Saturday, October 24 | 1pm
Manitoba Music Resource Centre, 1-376 Donald St
$20 for members, $40 for non-members
Chris McKee, McKee Agency
David "Click" Cox, CLK Creative Works
Dalton Higgins, Harbourfront Centre

A successful talent buyer, booking agent, and artist manager speak about marketing and artist development for hip...

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Jason Smith Named Manitoba Film & Music's New Manager, Music Programs

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Jason Smith has just been announced as MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC's new Manager, Music Programs. He replaces Barbara Sedun, who recently took the position of Senior VP of EMI Music Publishing Canada in Toronto.

Smith brings with him over two decades of music industry experience. He has spent the last 14 years as co-owner and operator of successful local label, Smallman Records. Smith has also been production manager with Paquin Entertainment; production manager of Edgefest; has done concert production work for The Union and Live Nation concerts, MuchMusic and the Music West Festival; and fronted and managed local punk mainstay 12 Eyes.

“We are so thrilled with Jason’s decision to join MFM as Manager, Music Programs,” acknowledged Carole Vivier, CEO of MFM, in a release. “Jason brings with him over 20 years experience in every facet of the music industry: as a musician, production manager, concert promoter, agent, manager and most recently co-owner of record label, Smallman Records since 1996. Jason is passionate about growing Manitoba’s music talent pool and possesses an entrepreneurial spirit that includes cutting edge knowledge of the ins and outs of what’s involved in the...

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The Great Canadian Song Quest

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CBC Radio 2 wants to know who your favourite Canadian artists and locations are. The national public broadcaster launched the Great Canadian Song Quest, a national competition that will ultimately offer up 13 original songs about 13 Canadian spots selected by public vote. Sixty-five artists, five from each province and territory, are vying for the chance to immortalize Canada's favourite places in song.

Manitoba's contenders include three of this province's award-winning roots acts, recent Juno-winners Chic Gamine, The Duhks, and Nathan. Expats Joel Kroeker, who currently makes his home in Vancouver, and Chantal Kreviazuk, who splits her time between L.A. and Toronto, are also up for Manitoba. Winnipeg-based singer/songwriter Leanne Goose is competing in her birthplace, the Northwest Territories

The shortlisted locations include Winnipeg, Lac du Bonnet, Waskada, The Forks, and Flin Flon. CBC recently posted some stats on who's leading in the votes and Winnipeg has taken the lead with The Forks and Flin Flon taking the second and third spots.

Other shortlisted acts from across the country include Hawskley Workman, Amelia Curran, Joel Plaskett, Malajube, and Oh Susanna....

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Local Roots Acts Head to Ottawa for OCFF

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Nine Manitoba roots acts are travelling east to showcase at the influential Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Conference in Ottawa. OCFF will host a strong line-up of Manitoba acts at its 23rd annual conference, which runs October 15-18.

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

Manitoba Music will once again host its annual “Manitoba at OCFF” showcase featuring all of this year’s hometown artists on October 16 and October 17. This year’s performers include family fiddle quintet The Gaudry Boys, children’s music act Mr Mark, and singer/songwriters Keri Latimer (Nathan), Matt Epp, JP Hoe, JD Edwards, Karla Adolphe (Jacob and Lily), Keith Dyck, and Heather Bishop. Bishop also has...

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Send + Receive Celebrates 11 Years of Sound

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For those looking to experience something a little different, send + receive: a festival of sound kicks off on October 13. Now in its eleventh year, the internationally-respected media arts festival runs at various venues until October 17 and features performances, workshops, artist talks, and more.

This year's line-up continues send + receive's tradition of bringing some of the world's most acclaimed audio artists to Winnipeg, including: Ancipate Records' Ezekiel Honig, world renowned Spanish sound artist Francisco Lopez, Canadian percussionist Jeffrey Allport, USO Project + Selfish from Italy, Dutch electronic artist Machinefabriek, Winnipeg's own Ken Gregory, and many others. Live performances will take place at Urban Shaman Gallery and the University of Winnipeg’s Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall.

The festival is also set to launch its long-awaited 10th Anniversary audio + video DVD set, featuring select performances from the past decade years of send + receive’s history, extensive liner notes by festival founder Steve Bates, and a feature-length documentary about the festival by Winnipeg filmmaker/writer Caelum Vatnsdal.

Click here to see send + receive v.11's complete...

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Now taking submissions for 2010 Manitoba Music Promotional CD

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOON, Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Manitoba Music is planning the release of - vol. 6, a promotional compilation CD in January of 2010. It will be multi-genre, targeted to music industry professionals working with popular genres (e.g. – rock, punk, pop, roots, hip-hop, etc.). The CD will be distributed widely through various music industry festivals and conferences, as well as directly to key players in the industry. Manitoba Music gets these CDs into the hands of managers, labels, agents, festivals, publishers, campus and club buyers, radio programmers, publicists, music journalists, as well as many others who can help your career.


To have your track included for consideration, please submit ALL of the following:
·            Press kit
·            CD with track name, number, songwriting and publishing credit, and track length clearly indicated
·            20-word bio
·            Contact information: contact name, phone, email, and website
·            Completed Grant of Rights form
·            Submissions will be rejected if incomplete

N.B. - You must be a...

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POP! Et Cetera Festival

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Winnipeg has a new music festival to celebrate this month.... the inaugural POP! Et Cetera kicked off on October 7. Coordinated by local DJ and promotor Mike B. of Better Swimmers, POP! is offering up a dozen nightly concerts at The Lo Pub and Pyramid Cabaret, including hometown favourites and out-of-towners.

This year's line-up features local acts LeBeato, The Lytics, Get Famous!, Oldfolks Home, We Eat Meat, Jicah, Not Animals, and the Goodform crew (Mikey MMMuscles/Mike B., Rob Vilar, Jamall Knight), as well as expat Vitaminsforyou.

Other bands making their way in for POP! include Shout Out Out Out Out, Library Voices, Young Galaxy, Bend Sinister, In-Flight Safety, Peter Project, Gravity Wave, Minto, Oromocto Diamond, and more.

To launch the festival, Better Swimmers compiled a seven-song sampler EP, which can be downloaded for free from the festival's website.

Mike B. intended for the festival to start small with just a weekend of events but this year's festival, well, exploded. The intention for next year it to expand to more venues, include more bands, all-ages shows, workshops, and more. 

Check out the complete line-up for this year's event here....

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Four Nominations for Manitoba Acts at Canadian Folk Music Awards

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Four hometown acts have been nominated for hardware at the fifth annual Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA). The CFMAs will be handed out at a gala ceremony on November 21 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec. The bilingual event will be hosted by the CBC’s Shelagh Rogers and Quebecois musician Benoit Bourque.

Fresh from a double win at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards, roots singer/songwriter Romi Mayes and her latest release, Achin in Yer Bones, has picked up a nod for Contemporary Album of the Year.

Acclaimed for her fiddle work, Sierra Noble, has been nominated for Young Performer of the Year for her singer/songwriter debut, for Possibilities. Noble recently picked up three Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award nods Possibilities.

Singer/songwriter Don Amero, a double nominee for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, is up for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year for his work on Deepening.

Eagle & Hawk’s songwriters -- Vince Fontaine, Jay Bodner, and Chris Burke-Gaffney -- are also up for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year for Sirensong. The band has already racked up a number of awards and nominations for Sirensong,...

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Eagle & Hawk Brings Home a NAMMY

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Rock outfit Eagle & Hawk brought home another trophy this weekend for its latest release, Sirensong. The album earned the group the hardware in the Best Rock Recording category at the 11th annual Native American Music Awards (NAMMYS). The winners were announced on October 3 at the Seneca Niagara Hotel & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.

Sirensong has already brought in several nominations, including the Western Canadian Music Awards, the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, and the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. It also earned the group a trophy from the Indian Summer Music Awards on September 12.

Manitoba artists received five nominations for the NAMMYS this year. Eagle & Hawk lead the way with two nods for Group of the Year and for Best Rock Recording. Country crooner Ray St. Germain was up for Best Country Recording for his latest release, Life Ain’t Hard. Team Rezofficial, which has members in Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia, was nominated for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Recording for The World & Everything in It. Pop/rock singer Leanne Goose was up for Best Pop Recording for her effort, Anywhere.
Manitoba-based Aboriginal music label Arbor Records had...

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Music, MTS, Movies, and Montreal

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Music-loving MTS TV customers have something new to tune into starting October 1. MTS Winnipeg on Demand has launched free programming focused on the local music scene, offering plenty of chances to catch Manitoba acts on Manitoba stages. All you have to do is find the "VOD" button on your remote. (It's on the right, a little above the middle.)

The highly-anticipated Live at the West End will no doubt be a popular option. The six-part series features performances by a diverse group of Manitoba acts, including country act Bryce Pallister, singer/songwriter Cat Jahnke, Francophone singer/songwriter Daniel ROA, acoustic pop troubadour JP Hoe, rock outfit Telepathic Butterflies, and blues rockers Dr. Rage & The Uppercuts. Filmed at the West End Cultural Centre in June in HD and produced by Johnny Marlow in association with Absurd Machine Films and MTS Winnipeg On Demand, the series grew out of a special televised concert two years ago, which was broadcast on Shaw TV.

"There has not been a concert series that focuses on Manitoba talent since the days of 10 O'clock Live and it's follow up show 10:30 Live. I remember watching these shows when I was too young to go to the bars,"...

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Manitoba Lands Nine Canadian Aboriginal Music Award Nods

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Eight Manitoba artists and industry professionals have netted nine nominations at the 2009 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA). CAMA, now celebrating its eleventh year, is held in conjunction with the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, which runs November 27-29, 2009 in Hamilton, Ontario. The awards will be handed out at a gala event on November 27 at the Hamilton Place Theatre.

Rapper and CBC Radio host Wab Kinew leads with two nominations, including Best Rap or Hip-Hop Album for Live by the Drum and Best Rap or Hip-Hop Music Video for “Last Word.” Kinew is up for the same categories at this year’s Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, which are open to public voting.

Bluesman Billy Joe Green is up for Best Blues Album for his Juno and APCMA-nominated release, First Law of the Land. Fellow APCMA nominees Don Amero and Ashock have nods for Best Male Artist and Best Traditional Flute Album, respectively. Gerry McIvor is up for Best Fiddle Album. 

Two Winnipeg-based television productions, both of which aired on APTN, have received nods for Best Television Program or Special Promotion Aboriginal Music: Lisa Meeches’ production of the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music...

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Outside Looking In: A Newcomer's Perspective

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Hello all!

I'm thrilled to be a guest blogger for Manitoba Music. My admiration for the industry here runs deep, and I'm hopeful that those in the scene here can gain something useful from my unique perspective as a newcomer to the City of Winnipeg.

Earlier this year, I got an itch that everyone eventually gets: the urge to see more of the world. Determined not to ignore it, I made the tough decision to leave the security of employment, family and friends behind in Toronto, and headed west towards Winnipeg.

What I have found here in the following 5 months has been nothing short of astonishing.

I have met some of the most passionate and talented musicians I have ever met in my life - at work, at shows, at industry events, or just walking down the street.   Sitting here in my apartment, I know that someone, somewhere in Manitoba, is creating great music at this very moment.

What is even more inspiring is seeing musicians expressing themselves creatively through song one minute, and then the next minute, they're talking about the business like a pro.  Long gone are the days when indie musicians were clueless romantics who "just wanted to play."


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Manitoba Artists and Industry Win 16 WCMAs in Brandon

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When the Western Canadian Music Awards pack up and get ready to spend 2010 in Kelowna, they will leave behind 16 awards. The 2009 WCMAs, hosted September 17-20 in Brandon, culminated in the gala awards show at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on September 20. Nine Manitoba artists won 10 awards, two industry professionals brought home hardware, and four local luminaries were honoured with special awards. This is Manitoba’s strongest showing in the seven-year history of the awards.


Roots singer/songwriter Romi Mayes was a double winner again this year, capturing the awards for Roots Solo Recording of the Year and Songwriter of the Year for her latest release, Achin In Yer Bones. Mayes won both awards in 2007 for her previous recording, Sweet Somethin’ Steady.


Country rock trio Doc Walker won for Country Recording of the Year with Beautiful Life, which also swept the 2008 Canadian Country Music Awards. Rock outfit Eagle & Hawk also continued a winning streak with its latest recording, Sirensong. The album, which recently won two Indian Summer Music Awards in Milwaukee, was named Aboriginal Recording of the Year. ...

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Call to Arms: The Story of the Royal Albert

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My earliest memory of the Royal Albert was volunteering for the West End Cultural Centre's fundraising tag day. My friend and I were assigned Winnipeg Square... on a Saturday afternoon. We wandered the empty underground halls with our equally empty WECC-stickered milk cartons. After an hour of nothingness, my friend said "screw this, we're going to The Albert."

No one at The Albert seemed to mind that we did our fundraising there that afternoon. All of the regulars gave us at least a few cents, most gave us significantly more. Someone bought 15-year-old me my first Standard and I vaguely remember a marriage proposal. I was mildly frightened of the bathroom. It was one of those iconic first introductions that I'll never forget.

On October 1, you will have a chance to hear Albert-related stories that are significantly more interesting than mine. Awesomely good. Randy Frykas' one-hour documentary about the legendary venue, Call to Arms: The Story of the Royal Albert, screens at The Albert itself, as well as on MTS TV's Winnipeg On Demand. Watch the trailer here.

Tune into CKUW's 'Peg City Groove today between 5pm and 6pm to hear Frykas talk about the doc.

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Better Swimmers Launches New Music Festival

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Better Swimmers is bringing you something new to hear and see this fall. POP! ET CETERA: A Winnipeg Music Festival is set to run nightly October 7-18 at various venues. So far, the line-up includes Shout Out Out Out Out, Library Voices, Vitaminsforyou, Young Galaxy, Bend Sinister, In-Flight Safety, Peter Project, Gravity Wave, Minto, Oromocto Diamond, as well as awesome locals LeBeato, Get Famous!, Not Animals, Oldfolks Home, We Eat Meat, and the Goodform crew (Mikey MMMuscles/Mike B, Rob Vilar, Jamall Knight). Stay tuned for more details, including venue specifics, as they get announced. But you might as well mark your calendars now.

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