Hometown roots/rock act Twilight Hotel recently scored a nice career boost. The duo, which includes Brandy Zdan and Dave Quanbury, is headed south to work with acclaimed producer/musician Colin Linden.
Twilight Hotel will travel to Nashville, Tennessee in mid-May to record its new album with Linden. Linden, one-third of popular folk act Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, has produced works for big names like Bruce Cockburn, Tom Wilson, and Lucinda Williams. The band will spend time at The Rendering Plant with a host of fine musicians including former Janis Joplin keyboardist Richard Bell.
The duo has been picking up steam in the last year since the release of its critically-acclaimed debut Bethune. With several successful showcases at major industry events like Memphis\' North American Folk Alliance as well as a lot of time logged on the road, Twilight Hotel has been building a solid following, particularly in the U.S.
It\'s been said that there are more people of Icelandic descent living in Manitoba than there are living in Iceland itself. In April, everyone will get a chance to witness some of the incredible art coming out of those Icelandic descendants as well as some fascinating cultural exchanges with today\'s artists from Iceland at the Núna (now) Festival.
Taking place April 22-29 at venues throughout Winnipeg, Núna encompasses all artforms, including dance, visual arts, film, theatre, literature, and a fair amount of music. Music fans will get a chance to catch not only The Weakerthans but frontman John K. Samson solo, as well as several other local artists including Christine Fellows, D.Rangers, and Absent Sound. For details on the music events taking place at Núna, please see the listing below.
THURSDAY, APRIL 26
Times Change(d), 234 Main St., 9 p.m.; $5
Featuring John K. Samson of The Weakerthans, singer/songwriter Christine Fellows, Icelandic singer/songwriter Fabula and Jaxon Haldane of the D.Rangers.
Absent Sound, with Fo!ps and Philia
Ellice Theatre, 587 Ellice Ave., 8 p.m.; $7
Award-winning world music vocal act Madrigaïa will headline the 1st Annual Earth Day Celebration and Fundraiser for JUST Community Market and the Organic Food Council of Manitoba on April 22 at the Pyramid. Also playing are John Weier, The Antigravity Project, and JUST Artists founder Rik Leaf (aka Tribe of One).
JUST Community Market is a newly formed marketing co-operative whose mandate is to promote ethical food producers, businesses and artisans by nurturing creative culture. The Co-op is committed to building harmonious local networks and healthy sustainable communities in the Winnipeg and Manitoba by "bringing people and places together."
Busking acts include Vanessa Kuzina, JD Edwards, and Lois Gillespie. Also taking place will be the 1st Annual JUST Words Poetry Slam, and a seed and used tool exchange. A variety of exhibiters and merchants will also be featured.
Some Manitobans got attention at this year\'s International Songwriting Competition. Nearly 15,000 songs by both professional and amateur songwriters from 88 countries were submitted in 2006 with entries from as far away as Rwanda, Iran, and Uzbekistan. Two Manitobans made it to the finals, resulting in honourable mentions. Two former Manitobans placed.
Bluegrass songwriter Jess Reimer of family outfit The Doug and Jess Band took an honourable mention in the Americana category for her song "Knockin\'." The track appears on the band\'s latest effort, Slave to This World.
UK-born R&B gospel singer Adé got an honourable mention for "Up Up Up." The song, cowritten with Darren Sedor, appears on Adé\'s latest release 49 54, which received two Covenant Award nods for Urban/R&B/Soul Album of the Year and Outstanding Christian Recording last year.
Former Winnipegger Ben Sures placed second in the AAA category for his track "Any Precious Girl." Fellow ex-pat Cam Penner placed third in the Americana category for his song with Tabitha Nordby, "No Stars in the City."
Win or lose, getting to the finals of the International Songwriting Competition can be a big deal. Getting...
We are pleased to announce that there’s a new staffer permanently in the Music Industry Training Coordinator chair at MARIA.
Brandon-born Sean McManus is returning to the position that he originated back in 2002, when he set up the Resource Centre when MARIA first moved to its present location. Since leaving five years ago to pursue schooling in Toronto, Sean has received a Masters degree in Musicology and Ethnomusicology from York University. He’s also a graduate from the Brandon University School of Music. Sean has taught music and theatre to students from elementary to senior levels, and has worked as a teacher assistant for undergraduate University courses. While living in Brandon, he served as the Executive Director of both the Brandon Folk Festival and the Brandon Jazz Festival. Currently, Sean plays in the self-managed, Manitoba-based folk-pop band the Dust Poets, which has toured across Canada and the United States, and has released three independent recordings including the recent Lovesick Town. Sean is also a freelance designer with several not-for-profit and artist web sites and CD packages in his portfolio. Sean has moved back to Winnipeg with his wife Karla,...
Accomplished fiddler, Sierra Noble will be traveling to France next month to perform at the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Noble, who specializes in traditional Metis fiddle, will perform the Metis Prayer/Warriors Lament at the monument as a part of the historic ceremony on April 9.
The Veterans Affairs Canada website explains that the victory at Vimy demonstrated the passion and skill of the Canadian Corps and created a momentum that carried the troops through the following three months of Allied victories before the end of World War I. The victory at Vimy Ridge is cited on the website as the main reason why Canada earned a separate signature on the Treaty of Versailles.
A number of events are planned to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, including the dedication of the newly restored Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France.
Along with her performance at the ceremony, Noble is also scheduled to perform for the Prime Minister and other dignitaries at an Easter dinner while she’s overseas.
Please visit the Veterans Affairs Canada website for more information about the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the ceremonies...
Grammy-nominated neo-Celtic quintet The Duhks have landed a new vocalist, it was announced today. While lead singer Jessee Havey takes an extended leave, Winnipegger Sarah Dugas will step in front of the mic.
Dugas is a well-known local singer, formerly of funk outfit Rudimental and currently of award-winning world music act Madrigaia. Her brother, percussionist Christian Dugas, was in Duhks frontman\'s Leonard Podolak\'s previous band, Scruj MacDuhk.
Havey will perform one last show with the band at Live Oak March 23-25 in Florida before moving on to pursue other endeavours. Dugas will join the band for the remainder of the summer tour. The Duhks will take some time looking for a permanent replacement .
The Duhks were recently nominated for a Grammy Award. The band\'s latest CD, Migrations, is also up for a 2007 Juno Award.
Manitoba artists are in Austin, Texas this week for North America’s biggest music festival and conference, South by Southwest. It’s a record year for Manitoba music at the annual festival, which runs March 14-18, with 10 hometown acts hitting Texas stages and showcasing in front of some of the music industry’s most influential players.
Local indie label Transistor 66 will have its presence in high gear with rockers American Flamewhip and Hot Live Guys, and bluesman Scott Nolan showcasing. Other local acts with coveted official showcases include indie folk/pop quartet Nathan, Cara Luft, pop outfit Paper Moon, rock buzz band Inward Eye, hip-hop act Grand Analog, and mod-rockers Novillero as well as unofficial showcaser Romi Mayes.
For the 10th year, MARIA and MANITOBA FILM & SOUND are teaming up with SXSW’s Canadian sister conference North by Northeast to host the best industry shingdig of the conference - a BBQ at the Caswell House featuring performances by Nathan, Paper Moon, plus Serena Ryder, and Small Sins.
If you\'re kicking around Texas, here\'s how you can catch some Manitoba music:
WEDNESDAY, March 14
Co-op Bar, 400 E 6th St - 12:00 a.m....
Eight local acts are in Toronto this weekend for Canadian Music Week, one of Canada\'s biggest music festivals and industry conferences.
CMW, which kicks off March 7, is a four-day annual event that encompasses a festival, industry conference, and trade show. This year’s Manitoba contingent includes a diverse roster: roots singer/songwriter Cara Luft, popular hardcore act Comeback Kid, alt.metal act Domenica, funk collective Moses Mayes, alt.country singer/songwriter Romi Mayes, electronic alt.rock band Tele, pop rockers The Details, and blues guitarist Billy Joe Green. Brandon Friesen of 441 Studios, Jack Shapira of Unison Studios and Jarret Hannah of H2 Entertainment will also be joining the mix, along with representatives from MARIA and MANITOBA FILM & SOUND.
CMW also includes multiple awards shows, including the Canadian Independent Music Awards, also known as The Indies. Juno-winning folk darlings The Wailin’ Jennys stand to bring home a trophy for Favourite Folk/Roots Artist/Group or Duo of the Year. The Indies take place on March 7.
Here\'s how you can catch some Manitoba music at CMW:
651 Queen St. West
416 504 0744...
Local indie label Smallman Records has just announced two new signings; Vancouver’s Daggermouth and Winnipeg’s own Sick City.
Smallman will release Daggermouth’s latest effort, Turf Wars, on March 13.
Sick City fans will have to wait until the summer for the band’s full-length debut which will be released on Trustkill Records outside of Canada. The band is heading into Atlanta’s Tree Sound Studio in March with producers Kenneth Mount & Zach Odom (Cartel, Jimmy Eat World).
Sick City recently played on the Taste of Chaos and Warped Tour, headlined a WCMA showcase, and just returned home from a successful tour with It Dies Today and headliners Papa Roach. January’s Alternative Press hailed the band as one of the “Hometown Heroes” for 2007 as well as one of the next 100 Bands You Need To Know.
The new signings come hot on the heels of the release of popular hardcore act Comeback Kid\'s latest release, Broadcasting, on Smallman\'s label.
Smallman is also home to Ghosts of Modern Man, Moneen, Selfmademan, Our Mercury, Sylvie, The Reason and more. The label also handles management duties for Sick City, The Reason, and Comeback...
Canada’s most prestigious awards show to take place in one of Canada’s fastest
Calgary, Alberta (February 21, 2007) - The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) along with broadcast partner CTV, have confirmed that the city of Calgary will host The 2008 JUNO Awards. The announcement was made today at a Calgary media conference with CARAS President Melanie Berry and Deputy Mayor Joe Ceci. The JUNO Awards will visit Alberta for its second time after Edmonton in 2004. All of the JUNO Awards\' exciting events will take place over a three-day celebration of Canadian music in Calgary beginning April 4, 2008 and culminating in The 2008 JUNO Awards broadcast on CTV on Sunday, April 6, 2008.
“There is an extraordinary energy in Calgary right now and we are thrilled that the 2008 JUNO Awards will be part of this renaissance happening in the West,” said Melanie Berry, CARAS President. “Every year, since taking the show on the road, the JUNO Awards have been showcasing the vibrancy of each host city and connecting with fans locally, regionally and across the country.”
“Calgary will be CTV’s seventh stop on a cross-country road trip that has...
Five Manitoba acts are heading to Memphis, Tennessee this week to showcase to the folk and roots music industry at the North American Folk Alliance Conference (NAFA). The annual event, now in its 19th year, is the premier professional development conference focused on folk, roots, multicultural and world music in North America and runs February 21 through 25, 2007.
Showcasing acts include some of Manitoba’s best up-and-coming as well as established artists, including award-winning world music a capella septet Madrigaïa, bluegrass outfit The Doug & Jess Band, roots/rock duo Twilight Hotel, eclectic act the Dust Poets, and singer/songwriter Nathan Rogers.
Each artist has a series of showcases at this year’s conference offering them the chance to perform for audiences that include folk festival buyers, agents, record labels, management, media, and more. Every year, MARIA provides the framework for these artists to gain further exposure to the movers and shakers in the folk and roots community through networking opportunities at the Manitoba booth in the massive tradeshow hall.
“Folk Alliance has historically offered up impressive opportunities for Manitoba acts,” says...
In efforts to ensure that the best and most qualified people are adjudicating submissions, FACTOR has recently instituted a Juror Accreditation process. Not only will this assure us and others that everyone involved with the juries has been recently screened, it will also allow a formal way for potential jurors to express their interest in participating.
Juries are held from coast to coast to coast three times a year, as a part of the approval process for the following FACTOR programs:
• Juried Sound Recording Program
• Demo Program
• Marketing & Promotion for Non-FACTOR Supported Sound Recordings
Click HERE for the Juror Accreditation form in PDF or HERE for the form as a Word doc, and please submit it to:
1-376 Donald Street
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Position: MUSIC INDUSTRY TRAINING COORDINATOR
Since 1987, the Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association (MARIA) has promoted the work of Manitoba artists and has provided professional development services to help music industry workers succeed as cultural entrepreneurs. Through its programs and services, MARIA helps people in the music industry find their community and build sustainable careers.
Music Industry Training Coordinator
MARIA is seeking an experienced and dynamic individual to fill the position of Training Coordinator. The Training Coordinator will deliver training events aimed at artists and other music industry professionals; develop training resources for the Manitoba Music Industry Resource Centre; assist in the development of on-line training programs; consult with artists in all aspects of their career and professional development; and oversee the administration of the Resource Centre.
The Training Coordinator will have a excellent knowledge of the music and sound recording industry, excellent organizational and administrative skills, excellent oral and written communication...
Four hometown artists have been nominated for the 2007 JUNO Awards, The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced on February 6, making this another strong year for the Manitoba music industry. The 36th Annual Juno Awards will take place on April 2nd in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and will be broadcast nationwide live on CTV.
Internationally-acclaimed Celtic fusion quintet The Duhks is up for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year (Group) for Migrations, its second release on U.S. label Sugar Hill Records. The Duhks brought home a Juno in this category last year. The Duhks also have a nod from the Grammy Awards - which take place on February 11 - for Best Country Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocal.
Another past winner of the Roots and Traditional Album of the Year (Group) is also up for the trophy again this year, showing once again that Manitoba roots go deep. Folk trio The Wailin’ Jennys and its sophomore release Firecracker on B.C.’s Jericho Beach Music has received a career-second, after picking up a Juno in 2005 for its debut 40 Days. Firecracker’s Toronto-based producer David Travers-Smith is up for Recording Engineer of the Year for his...
NOW TAKING SUBMISSIONS FOR A MUSEXPO SHOWCASE OPPORTUNITY
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Friday, February 9, 2007
MARIA and MANITOBA FILM & SOUND are planning an exclusive showcase of Manitoba music at MUSEXPO in Los Angeles between April 29 and May 2, 2007.
MUSEXPO is a music industry conference with extremely limited showcasing opportunities. The audience is captive and includes some of the highest profile and most powerful people in music and entertainment, including heads of A&R, film and television music supervisors, online and traditional video gaming, telecommunications, and more. Some of the confirmed speakers and delegates include Emmy-Award winner Larry King (CNN), Mike Walsh (Head of Music, Xfm), Rob Stevenson (Executive VP, A&R Island Def Jam Music Group), David Pakman (CEO eMUSIC), J Scavo (GM, MySpace Records), Chris Barton (Strategic Partnership Development Manager, Google), Andy Karp (Head of A&R, Atlantic Records), Steve Schnur (Worldwide Executive, Music & Audio, Electronic Arts), George Ergatoudis (Head of Music BBC Radio 1), and Jay Faires (President of Music, Lionsgate Entertainment), Alex Patsavas (Music Supervisor, The OC, Grey’s Anatomy, Rescue...
Winnipeg-based singer/songwriter J.P. Hoe is looking forward to the end of winter way more than you are but it\'s probably not for the reason you think. Hoe is hitting the road and heading cross-country with Canadian superstar Jann Arden this spring, starting in the Maritimes.
In a brief release on his MySpace page, Hoe asserts about the opening act gig: "It will be a slight change of venues then what I\'m used to (read that line very dryly), and playing the MTS Center in my hometown of Winnipeg is the \'coup de gras.\'"
Hoe\'s catchy tunes should feel right at home in theatres and arenas with Jann Arden, who\'s known for blending pop, folk, country and rock together into a popular package. Like Arden, Hoe is also known for his wickedly humourous on-stage banter.
Over the past four years, Hoe has toured the U.S. and Canada relentlessly, including high profile venues in Nashville, New York, and Austin. His latest release The Live Beta Project, has received heavy rotation on both commercial and independent radio.
Check out Hoe\'s track "Lady Bliss" in MARIA\'s streaming radio HERE.
On January 25, 2007 in Cannes, France the Board of the IMMF (International Music Managers Forum) announced the members of it\'s Executive Council for 2007/8. Brian Hetherman, President of the Music Managers Forum Canada was elected Vice Chairman, responsible for the Americas.
Brian Hetherman is also the President of Cerberus Artist Management and Curve Music in Toronto. An industry veteran in Canada, Hetherman formerly worked as Director of A&R for Universal Music Canada and MCA Music Publishing, and was the Executive Director of the Radio StarMaker Fund before launching his management company and record label.
“This is not only a great honour for myself, but is a huge sign of confidence in the MMF Canada and the work we have done over the last 7 plus years" says Hetherman. "It will help take the contacts and ties that we have gained throughout the international management community to new levels and will create a direct benefit to all of our Canadian members."
Michael McMartin, the Executive Director of the IMMF, remarked that Hetherman\'s election was a result of the input that he had given to the IMMF over the past years as an IMMF Council member. "In our role as...
Plenty of Manitobans have skipped out on the cold winter to spend a week in Cannes, France. Before you resent them, though, they are working. They’re there for the 41st edition of MIDEM, the world’s biggest music market and conference with over 10,000 international delegates. Music industry bigwigs from across the globe converge in Cannes every January to wheel, deal, network, and see the hottest, newest music.
Manitoba and Canada in general have a strong presence with this year being no exception. Representatives from Smallman Records, Arbor Records, Balanced Records, C12 Records, and Rising Sun Productions have all made their way to France along with folks from MARIA and Manitoba Film & Sound. And if the Manitoban delegation wants to get a good night’s sleep, it might want to skip out on MIDEM’s non-stop tradeshow and impressive concerts.
Manitoba-based cafesonique.com, the world\'s first and only 3D global virtual music community, also had a strong presence at MIDEM with one of three Canadian stands at the tradeshow. cafesonique.com also hosted a successful showcase featuring up-and-coming Winnipeg chanteuse Katelyn Dawn as well as several international artists....
Juno-winning roots trio The Wailin\' Jennys spent some time in the capital of country music back in October, tapping into a lucrative new market with a recording for CMT. Their performance on CMT\'s Studio 330 Sessions in Nashville is now available online, include live renditions of four of their songs and a few brief interview clips. Past Studio 330 Sessions performers include Dwight Yoakam, Kathleen Edwards, The Road Hammers, Rhonda Vincent, and fellow Manitoba roots act The Duhks.
The CMT performance is an important step for The Jennys, who have spent much of the last two years touring tirelessly throughout the U.S., introducing their brand of melodic folk/pop to very receptive audiences not only through live shows but also regular appearances on Garrison Keillor\'s heralded NPR show A Prairie Home Companion. Thirty-one weeks and counting in the top 10 on Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums chart serves to show that American listeners are definitely embracing the band.
Check out The Jennys Studio 330 Sessions performance HERE.
With over 160 albums released, 34 trophies awarded, 126 nominations, and countless concerts, showcases, festivals, and more, 2006 was a busy year for Manitoba music. MARIA takes a step back to look at what happened, who did what, and what caught on fire in the past 12 months.
The year kicked off in January with the nominations for the 2006 Indie Awards in Toront. Three local acts, James Ehnes, roots singer/songwriter Alana Levandoski and hardcore act Comeback Kid, were up for four awards. Times Change(d) High & Lonesome Club celebrated its fifth anniversary while representatives from six local labels flew to Cannes, France for MIDEM, the world’s biggest music market. Eagle & Hawk also became Manitoba first band to officially showcase at MIDEM.
In February, two local songwriters – Keri Latimer and Cat Jahnke - battled it out against competitors from around the globe for the top spot at the International Songwriting Competition, both making it to the finals. Several Manitoba artists made it to the semi-final round, including Cara Luft (formerly of The Wailin\' Jennys), Ruth Moody (of The Wailin’ Jennys), Robert Reimer, Scott Nolan, Abelardo Sarao (Project Overdrive) and...
Two Manitoba acts picked up trophies at the second annual Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA), held in Edmonton on December 10 at a gala hosted by Connie Kaldor and Gilles Garand.
A Cappella world music septet Madrigaïa was named Best Vocal Group in a category shared with fellow Manitobans The Wailin’ Jennys. Madrigaïa’s nominated sophomore release, Pléiades, also got nods for Best World Group and the Pushing the Boundaries award. The band’s release also currently up for Traditional Release of the Year at the Folk Alliance Awards in Memphis after having won Best World-Fusion Album at fifth annual Independent Music Awards.
Juno-winning singer/songwriter James Keelaghan won Best Singer – Traditional for his work on A Few Simple Verses. Keelaghan was also nominated for a CFMA for Best Album – Traditional and currently nominated for a Folk Alliance Award for Traditional Artist of the Year.
Five hometown acts were nominated for 10 awards at the CFMAs, including three nods for Juno-winning roots trio The Wailin’ Jennys and nominations for singer/songwriters Romi Mayes and Don Freed.
The Duhks got their Christmas present early this year. The neo folk-rock quintet is up for a Grammy, one of the most prestigious music awards available. The 29th annual Grammy Awards will take place on February 11, 2007.
The Duhks are up for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal, sharing the category with superstars including The Dixie Chicks and Rascal Flatts. The category recognizes the best in established duos or groups with vocals, singles or tracks only. The Duhks track "Heaven\'s My Home" of their latest release Migrations gets the nod.
This isn\'t the first Grammy experience for the group, which picked up a back door Grammy in 2005 for a song it contributed to Beautiful Dreamer, a multi-artist compilation of Stephen Foster covers.
The Duhks won the 2006 JUNO Award for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year (Group) for its self-titled release, its debut on American roots label Sugar Hill Records, which also release Migrations.
Manitoba has a strong recent history with the Grammy Awards. Christian rapper Fresh I.E. has been nominated for Best Rock Gospel Album for two consecutive years, in 2004 and 2005 for Red Letterz and Truth Is Fallin\'...
The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) today announced Winnipeg as host city for the 2008 Canadian Country Music Week and Awards, to be held September 5-8, 2008. This marks the third time Winnipeg will host Canada’s largest country music event.
The Chair of the CCMA, Heather Ostertag, officially announced the awarding of Country Music Week 2008 to the City of Winnipeg, acknowledging that more than two decades had passed since the event was last held in that city (1986). Ostertag added, “The CCMA is very pleased to return to Winnipeg and the Board of Directors invites both the community and our industry to join in and help make this a wonderful celebration and a wonderful opportunity for Canada\'s talent.”
Music is integrated into the fabric of Winnipeg and Manitoba, and shapes the heartland of Canada’s musical tradition. Artists such as Neil Young, Doc Walker, The Guess Who, and countless others launched their careers here.
“Manitoba has always been a great place for music and artists,” said Premier Gary Doer. “We were proud to host the JUNO Awards last year and just this year we hosted the Western Canadian Music Awards and the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music...
New dates and new ideas mark an exciting direction for the 2007 COOL Jazz Winnipeg Festival.
Running June 22nd – July 2nd, the festival moves from its traditional mid-June start and will incorporate the Canada Day weekend in 11 days of live music in downtown Winnipeg. Plans for the 2007 festival are now underway and music fans can expect a stellar line-up of the best local, national and international performers.
New in 2007 is the Wrap-up Weekend on the TD Canada Trust Stage in Old Market Square, which marks the most significant change to the festival format. The wildly popular four days of programming move from the beginning of the festival to the Canada Day weekend. Music fans can celebrate the long weekend downtown with free music in the Exchange District, June 29th – July 2nd.
Executive Producer Paul Nolin shifted the dates in part to take advantage of the touring schedules of visiting artists across Canada and the northern U.S.
“We’ve aligned our dates with most other Canadian festivals and a few key U.S. festivals,” said Nolin. “The change is already paying off. We’ve confirmed four marquis acts for 2007.”
Manitoba artists have brought home three 2006 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA) from the eighth annual gala celebration in Toronto. The CAMAs, held in conjunction with the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, were held on November 24 at the John Basset Theatre.
Juno-winning rock act Eagle & Hawk, which led this year\'s nominations with four nods, won Best Group or Duo for Life Is..., which was also up for a 2006 Western Canadian Music Award. Norway House-based sextet Highway 373 took home Best Rock Album for No Limits in a category shared with Eagle & Hawk. Cliff Maytwayashing\'s Skiffle Fiddle won Best Fiddle Album, beating out fellow Manitoban, teenage fiddler Harv Settee Jr.
"This has been an incredible year for Aboriginal music in Manitoba and Canada as a whole," says Sam Baardman, Executive Director of MARIA. "In 2007 alone, Manitoba artists have brought home 17 awards from the inaugural Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards in Winnipeg earlier this month, the Indian Summer Music Awards in Milwaukee, the Native American Music Awards in Florida, the Junos, and now the CAMAs. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners and all the artists who\'ve traveled to...
Because of the unprecedented success of Manitobans accessing opportunities in new markets this year, the budget for Market Access funding has been fully allocated. As a result, until further notice, the Market Access Program will only be accepting applications for approved events. For the remainder of this fiscal year, those events include:
MIDEM deadline December 22
North American Folk Alliance deadline February 1
Canadian Music Week deadline February 14
SXSW deadline February 21
JUNOS deadline March 8
Applications and guidelines are available in the MARIA Resource Centre and online here. For more information, please contact:
Manitoba Aboriginal artists are ready to show national audiences and industry the strength of the local music industry this week in Toronto. A delegation of 12 local solo artists and bands, will attend and showcase at the annual Canadian Aboriginal Festival (CANAB) at Toronto\'s Rogers Centre (SkyDome). CANAB, which runs November 24 to 26, features a daytime music festival called Music Café, trade show, and giant pow wow, as well as the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA), for which Manitoba artists have received an eight nominations.
Groups Eagle & Hawk, Sierra Noble, Rayne Delaronde, Don Amero, Gerry McIvor, Highway 373, Dead Indians, Team Rezofficial, Little Hawk, Harv Settee Jr., and Meghan Meisters are all planning to attend and perform. Settee, Noble, and Eagle & Hawk are slated to perform at the CAMAs gala. MARIA’s Aboriginal Music Program will host the Manitoba Music Reception on November 25, with performances by several of this year’s nominees and other Manitoba artists.
2006 CANADIAN ABORIGINAL MUSIC AWARDS – MANITOBA NOMINEES
Best Group or Duo
Eagle & Hawk – Life Is...
Best Rock Album
Eagle & Hawk – Life Is...
Highway 373 – No Limits...
Grey Cup fever has officially taken over Winnipeg. Regardless of your football appreciation, there are plenty of events happening throughout the city over the weekend, including dozens of concerts.
The Magic ofnthe Prairies concert series features homegrown talent at the Winnipeg Convention Centre and MTS centre November 16-18, including Doc Walker, Easily Amused, The Waking Eyes, Pushing Daisies, Eagle & Hawk and ex-pat Tom Cochrane with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.
A two-night music festival, Cupfest, runs November 17 and 18 and features performances at a variety of venues by the likes of Alverstone, The River City Hum, and Andrew Neville & The Poor Choices. For a full schedule of events plus a listing of other events happening over the weekend, take a tour of MARIA\'s Live Music Calendar.
Manitoban artists brought home 10 awards from the inaugural Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, held over two nights at the Winnipeg Convention Centre and the MTS Centre, respectively.
Country singer/songwriter and Canadian Aboriginal Music Award-winner Hank Horton picked up two trophies for Best Songwriter and Best Country CD. Juno-winning rock outfit Eagle & Hawk also won two awards, for Best Group or Duo and Best Rock CD. Another double winner was J.J. Lavallee & The Freebird Band, winning Best Fiddle CD and Best Instrumental CD.
Other winners include Tracy Bone for Best Album Design, Dezmond Mentuck and D.J. St. Germain for Best Producer / Engineer, Billy Joe Green for Best Blues CD, and teenage fiddler Sierra Noble for Best Aboriginal Music by Non-Aboriginal Artist.
The stunning, nationally-televised gala event took place at the MTS Centre on November 3, opened by a traditional grand-entry ceremony with hundreds of dancers in traditional dress and a large group of drummers. Over 4,000 people took in performances by 11 APCMA nominees, including homegrown talents Tracy Bone, J.C. Campbell, and Eagle & Hawk.