Manitoba Music

News

Festival du Voyageur Celebrates Manitoba Music Night

Posted on

Not sure how good it is for dog-sledding but the balmy weather makes outdoor concerts just a bit nicer. Which is a good thing because February 19 is Manitoba Music Night at Festival du Voyageur...

The inaugural Manitoba Music Night  will feature a concert with singer/songwriter Dominique Reynolds, rock outfit Eagle & Hawk, and Francophone popster Daniel ROA at the Pambian Trading Post. A special $20 package ticket offer is available, which includes park admission, the concert , a traditional French Canadian meal served buffet-style at 5:30pm and 6:30pm, and a guided touring of Voyageur Park. Groups of 10 or more people receive a 10% discount. To get a package or make a group reservation, call 204.237.7692 or email packages@festivalvoyageur.mb.ca.

Manitoba Music Night is just one of many concerts festival-goers can catch during the 2010 celebrations. The 10-day event, which kicked off last week, includes performances by 103 musical acts, many of which hail from Manitoba. The festival has built a reputation for booking diverse acts covering just about every genre imaginable, from traditional fiddle music to Aboriginal hand drum music to R&B and rock bands. This year's...

Read More

Red Road Music Returns to the WECC

Posted on

According to Native American tradition, walking the red road is a metaphor for living within the Creator's guidance - a life of truth, friendship, respect, spirituality, and humanitarianism. The lives of Aboriginal musicians are often connected to the red road, a life path, which ultimately leads to self-discovery and enlightenment.

Red Road Music debuted on the West End Cultural Centre stage in 2007. Featuring performances by up and coming Aboriginal artists Don Amero, Tracy Bone, and JC Campbell, the concert was recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio. Since then, Amero, Bone, and Campbell have gone on to win several awards, play to audiences all over North America, and release critically-acclaimed albums.

Red Road Music returns to the WECC on February 18. Fresh from his recent wins at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, Amero once again takes the stage. He'll be joined by Juno Award-winning Burnt - Project 1 and Nunavut's Lucie Idlout. Wab Kinew will host once again, this time joined by NCI's Melissa Spence. CBC Radio will broadcast the concert at a later date.

This special concert will launch an exciting new initiative, Ab-Originals....

Read More

Manitoba Artists Take Over Memphis

Posted on

Seven Manitoba acts are heading to Memphis, Tennessee to showcase for the folk and roots music industry at the International Folk Alliance Conference. Running February 17-21, the 22nd annual event is the premier professional development conference focused on folk, roots, multicultural, and world music in North America.

This year’s showcasing acts include some of Manitoba’s best up-and-coming as well as established artists, including: singer/songwriters James Keelaghan, Matt Epp, J.P. Hoe, JD Edwards, and Del Barber, as well as duos Last Ditch on the Left, and former Duhks singer Jessee Havey with JD Edwards. Each artist will have three performances during Manitoba Music’s nightly showcases, which includes a late-night songwriter’s jam. Keelaghan and Epp will also play official showcases during the conference.

The showcases at this year’s conference offer artists the chance to perform for audiences that include folk festival buyers, agents, record labels, management, media, and more. Every year, Manitoba Music 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...

Read More

The Forks Kicks off Olympics Celebrations

Posted on

The flame has been lit, the athletes are ready to go, and The Forks is hosting a party to help celebrate the 2010 Olympics.

While the games may be a few time zones away, local fans have a chance to party at a CTV Olympatic celebrate event on February 13. The free community event will include performances by singer/songwriter and fiddler Sierra Noble and rock outfit The Waking Eyes.

Kicking off at 1pm at The Forks, the event was created by Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium. The five-city event features live performances from some of Canada's top musical acts, interactive Olympic- and Paralympic-themed sport zones, entertainment activities, cultural pavilions, hospitality zones, and large video screens showcasing CTV's and RDS's live coverage of the 2010 Winter Games.

People in British Columbia will have plenty of chances to catch some Manitoba music throughout this year's games. The festivities will include countless concerts, from free outdoor shows to concerts in the Athlete's Village. The list of local acts making their way west include: Doc Walker, Chic Gamine, Inward Eye, Don Amero, Leanne Goose, Romi Mayes, Tracy Bone, Grand Analog, Wab Kinew, JC...

Read More

Manitoba Acts Up for The Indies

Posted on

The nominees for the Independent Music Awards are out and there are some Manitoba names on this year's list. The 10th annual awards, better known as "The Indies," will take place on March 13 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel during the 2010 Canadian Music Week festivities in Toronto.

Bands up for hardware this year include country rock superstars Doc Walker for Favourite Country Artist/Group, hardcore heroes Propagandhi and Comeback Kid for Favourite Punk/Hardcore Artist/Group, and hip-hop outfit Grand Analog for Favourite Urban Artist/Group. A couple of expats are also up for awards, including pop chanteuse Chantal Kreviazuk and Brandon-born violinist James Ehnes for Favourite Pop Artist/Group and Favourite Classical Artist/Group, respectively.

Presented by Canadian Music Week and Galaxie, The Indies promote and honour achievements of Canadian and international artists in the independent music sector. The show will be broadcast live to air on XM Satellite Radio's The Verge and recorded for future broadcast on Galaxie.

One of Canada's biggest music industry conferences, Canadian Music Week runs March 10-14. CMW's massive music festival takes over downtown Toronto...

Read More

The Afterbeat Does Super Bowl

Posted on

If you tune in to Super Bowl XLIV on February 7, you might catch a few Manitoba faces. Ska/punk outfit The Afterbeat can be seen in a commercial that airs during the football event, one of the most coveted ad spots around. The 10-year-old Winnipeg-based band recently flew down to Los Angeles to film a Budweiser commercial.

During the 30-second spot, the band appears on stage playing to a dancefloor so packed and moving that the waitress can't get through. The band slows the music down long enough for the waitress and a pitcher of Budweiser to get through the crowd.

The remarkable thing about the spot is that not only does the band appear in the commercial but its music does, too. The Afterbeat plays its track "Rude Boy" in the spot, giving countless viewers a chance to connect the band to its music. That bit of extra recognition can make all the difference for an independent band try to reach new markets, as Feist found out after she was featured in an iPod commercial.

Local audiences are buzzing about the change to see some hometown boys on TV. Afterbeat guitarist Mike Reis has been popping up on CBC talking about the experience. The band, meanwhile, has been...

Read More

Manitoba Music Package at Festival du Voyageur

Posted on

Wanna party like a Voyageur? Take-in the Manitoba Music night at Voyageur Park on Friday, February 19 with this special all-inclusive package.

Manitoba Music Package
$20 per person + taxes

Package includes:
-  Admission to Voyageur Park
-  Manitoba Music night in Poste Pambian tent
-  Traditional French Canadian Meal (served buffet style)
-  Guided tour of Voyageur Park *optional

Dinner served between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm only

Show starts at 7:00 pm

Groups of 10+ people receive a 10% discount.

To purchase your package or make a group reservation call 204.237.7692 or email us at packages@festivalvoyageur.mb.ca

Space is limited so call today!

Read More

The Western Canadian Music Alliance Announces BreakOut West 2010

Posted on

The Western Canadian Music Alliance has announced the dates for BreakOut West 2010. Formerly known as The Western Canadian Music Awards weekend, the newly named BreakOut West will maintain and build on all of the elements and events that have made the past seven years such an overwhelming success, including:

- A re-visioned conference focusing on current industry trends and one-on-one experiences.
 

-  A two showcase per band festival maximizing our artists' exposure and opportunity.
 

- The Industry Awards Brunch and of course the Western Canadian Music Awards themselves, celebrating another year of excellence.

Join us at the inaugural BreakOut West in beautiful Kelowna, B.C., October 21st to 24th 2010.

Read More

Manitoba Film & Music Celebrates Second Annual Showcase Event

Posted on

Manitoba Film & Music is hosting its second annual Manitoba Film & Music Showcase on January 31 at the Centennial Concert Hall. The free public event boasts 13 Manitoba recording acts spanning just about every genre, as well as film and television entertainment. Last year’s inaugural event filled the Concert Hall with audiences eager to witness great local talent. This year’s showcase is sure to do the same.

Sunday’s show features performances by a variety of acclaimed and award-winning artists, including rock poets The Weakerthans, roots quartet Nathan, singer/songwriter J.P. Hoe, bluesman Billy Joe Green, roots darling Romi Mayes, pop rock band Quinzy, rock legend Harlequin, Francophone singer/songwriter Daniel ROA, rock outfit Domenica, indie popsters Paper Moon, children’s performer Fred Penner, hip-hop act Grand Analog, and music project Record of the Week Club with Mike Petkau. CBC host and rapper Wab Kinew will once again share hosting duting with Manitoba Film & Music staff.

Manitoba Film & Music supports the development, production, and marketing of Manitoba's music and film industries through grants, loans, equity investments, and recoupable advances. Funded by...

Read More

MusicWorks Winter 2010 Workshop Series

Posted on

Manitoba Music is gearing up for exciting winter season of professional development workshops for the music industry. Hosted in the Manitoba Music Resource Centre, MusicWorks presents experienced music industry veterans, hot new trend setters, and tastemakers speaking on the most important topics for today’s artists and music industry entrepreneurs.
 
This season, MusicWorks will focus on timely topics like music conference preparation, effective live performance, publicity and release planning, breaking into the UK market, tax preparation, and more. The series brings to Winnipeg some of the most influential music professionals from across Canada and beyond, including: CBC Radio 3 host Grant Lawrence, Andres Mendoza from Cuto Marketing, Six Shooter Records’ Helen Britton and Emily Smart, and Bobby Kimberley from The Musebox.
 
Manitoba Music will also welcome acclaimed singer/songwriter David Francey as the latest instructor in its Songwriter in Residence program. Since its launch in 2006, the program has offered local songwriters the opportunity to connect with and learn from a number of celebrated songwriters, including Tom Wilson, Hawksley Workman, Emm...

Read More

Upcoming Benefit Concerts in Support of Haitian Relief Efforts

Posted on

It’s been 10 days since the devastating earthquake that rumbled through Haiti, leaving one of the poorest countries in the world in a state of emergency. In true Manitoba fashion, local musicians are showing their support by organizing benefit concerts for Haiti.

On January 25, the Haiti Relief Fundraiser happened at The Lo Pub. Over 20 local hip-hop artists and DJs, including Nestor Wynrush, Mike B., Fenom, and Wab Kinew took to the stage. All proceeds went to Oxfam.


Also on the 25th, Calvary Temple hosted a Worship Concert. Christian pop singer Amanda Falk and singer/worship leader Kristjana Hale were on hand. The evening also had a silent auction, and live Skype talks with people working in Haiti.

The Pyramid Cabaret has its own Open House for Haiti benefit on January 28. Singer/songwriter JD Edwards, indie roots singer Ingrid Gatin, roots rockers The Dusty Roads Band, folk country band A History of Night, and folk roots group The Sweet Alibi unite for an evening of music, with all proceeds from door sales going to the Canadian Red Cross’s Haiti initiative. Admission is $10.

Also on January 28,  Eagle & Hawk,  Sierra Noble, Ray St. Germain, and Billy Joe Green...

Read More

Now Taking Submissions for MUSEXPO Showcase Opportunity

Posted on

Now Taking Submissions for MUSEXPO Showcase Opportunity

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Monday, February 1, 2010
 
Manitoba Music and MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC are planning a series of high-level showcase and networking events at MUSEXPO in Los Angeles between April 25 and 29, 2010. 
 
MUSEXPO is one of North America’s most important music business conferences and offers only a limited number of exclusive showcasing opportunities. It is attended by some of the highest profile and most powerful people in music and entertainment, including heads of A&R, film and television music supervision, online and traditional video gaming, telecommunications, and more. Some of this year’s confirmed speakers and delegates include: Harvey Goldsmith (Founder, Harvey Goldsmith Presents), Steve Schnur (Worldwide Head of Music & Marketing, EA Games), Craig Kallman (Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records Group), Ron Fair (Chairman, Geffen Records), Kevin Wall (Founder/CEO, Control Room & Live Earth), Big Jon Platt (President, N. American Creative, EMI Publishing), Alex Patsavas (Founder/Music Supervisor, Chop Shop Music), and Rob Spaulding (President, Fontana Distribution). For more...

Read More

Manitoba Music Heads to Cannes for 44th Annual MIDEM Conference

Posted on

Representatives from the Manitoba music community will be in Cannes, France next week to attend MIDEM, the world’s biggest music business conference. Ten local industry professionals will head overseas from January 23-27.

MIDEM allows the opportunity for members of our local music industry to expand their presence across the globe, as the conference hosts over 10,000 international music industry bigwigs. Artists, labels and record companies attend the conference to wheel, deal, and get exposed to the hottest, newest music through trade shows, networking events, and live music showcases.

This year, the diverse Manitoba delegation of labels and industry professionals attending MIDEM includes: Aboriginal production company Rising Sun Productions’ Vince Fontaine, Aboriginal label Arbor Records’ founder Brandon Friesen, Ukrainian folk label Olesia Records’ owner Alexis Kochan, Songs4Media.com creators Chris Burke-Gaffney and Jewls Dengl, electronic record label Balanced Records’ co-founder Adam Hannibal, David Kennedy from Manitoba Trade and Investment, Sean McManus from Manitoba Music, and Manitoba Film & Music’s Jason Smith and Carole Vivier. Attendance is funded in part...

Read More

Red Road Music II

Posted on

The West End Cultural Centre
with Manitoba Music, NCI-FM and CBC Radio present…

RED ROAD MUSIC II:
Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Featuring Lucie Idlout
with special guests Don Amero and Burnt Project 1

Hosted by Wab Kinew (CBC Radio) & Melissa Spence (NCI-FM)

According to Native American tradition, walking the red road is a metaphor for living within the Creator's guidance - a life of truth, friendship, respect, spirituality, and humanitarianism. The lives of Aboriginal musicians are often connected to the red road, a life path, which ultimately leads to self-discovery and enlightenment.

Lucie Idlout may come from Nunavut but she has managed to burst out of the typical Aboriginal music stereotypes. This rocker calls Toronto home and recently contributed to the Great Canadian Song Quest for CBC Radio 2.

Hometown sensation Don Amero has been tearing up the award shows with his recent wins at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. His album Deepening has produced two number one hits on the Top 30 Aboriginal music charts.

Juno-award winning Burnt Project 1 has been around the Winnipeg music scene since 2001 and is...

Read More

Times Change(d) Turns Nine

Posted on

Someone’s having a birthday party and you’re invited.

Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club turns nine this year, and to celebrate, it’s having a four-night-long party. The bash kicks off on January 14 with blues rockers The Perpetrators and alternative folk rocker Scott Nolan. Nashville folk/bluegrass singer Tom House and Winnipeg country/bluegrass band the D. Rangers, and eclectic roots group Mayor Matt Allen and the Little Buddies take the stage on January 15. January 16 has two sets by House: a solo one at 7pm, the other at 10pm with the D. Rangers. Jaxon Haldane of Jackpine and Les Jupes will also play. On Sunday night the Whisky Awards will be handed out with the help of Big Dave McLean and friends.

The venerable Winnipeg institution is often considered one of the best places to catch roots and blues in Winnipeg. Acts such as folk rockers Elliott BROOD, Winnipeg darling Romi Mayes, folk songstress Amelia Curran, and country rocker Dustin Bentall have all played at Times Change(d) in the past.

The venue, which opened in 2001, has established a loyal fanbase amongst music fans and musicians alike. On the horizon are gigs from The Dusty Roads Band, The Wind-Ups,...

Read More

Live at the West End Returns

Posted on

Live at the West End returns with two shows on January 11 and 12. Just like last year, the shows will be recorded for air on MTS TV Winnipeg On Demand sometime before the end of the year. The series grew out of a special televised concert in 2007, which was broadcast on Shaw TV.

The spirit of having two artists of different genres share a stage adds to the appeal of the live shows. This time around, Live at the West End features a new roster.  Blues rocker JD Edwards, and singer/songwriter Patrick Keenan grace the stage on the 11. Acclaimed soprano Julie Biggs, and celtic rockers the Dust Rhinos perform on the 12. Both nights promise to be a rollicking good time.

If the format sticks from last year, then each episode will feature the artists’ full performance and an interview. The shows will then be made available as an MTS Freeview in its Winnipeg On Demand section. Last year’s performances are still available to watch, featuring J.P. Hoe (and a cooking lesson), Dr. Rage & the Uppercuts, Cat Jahnke, and more.

Stayed tuned for the new episodes later this year.

Doors for each show open at 7:15pm, and admission is free. Bring your outside voices.

The CBC...

Read More

2nd Annual Manitoba Film & Music Showcase - January 31, 2010

Posted on

2nd ANNUAL
MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC SHOWCASE
brought to you by Rogers
*FREE PUBLIC EVENT*
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2010
2:00PM – 4:30PM
DOORS OPEN AT 1:00PM
CENTENNIAL CONCERT HALL
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA

MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC is hosting the 2nd Annual Manitoba Film & Music Showcase, brought to you by Rogers.  It’s a FREE public event filled with multiple genres of music, film and television entertainment, including local music acts, The Weakerthans, Grand Analog, Romi Mayes, Fred Penner, Nathan, JP Hoe, Harlequin, Billy Joe Green, Quinzy, Daniel ROA, Domenica, Paper Moon, and Record of the Week Club with Mike Petkau.  The showcase will feature an up close and personal interview with director Gary Yates (High Life, Seven Times Lucky); screenings of the animated short Runaway (directed by Cordell Barker in conjunction with the National Film Board of Canada), Cubicle Land, (Original Pictures), Live at the West End (Low Budget Productions); spotlights on Farpoint Films, Frantic Films, the National Screen Institute - Canada and the National Film Board of Canada and a live aerial silks performance from filmmaker/aerial artist, Talia Pura, whose short film, Aerial Artistry has...

Read More

Windsor Hotel May Become Parking Lot

Posted on

The Winnipeg Free Press reports the possible demolition of one of Winnipeg’s oldest music venues, the Windsor Hotel. According to their source, the building may be replaced by a parking lot sometime in the near future.


The Windsor has seen a plethora of blues acts grace its stage since it opened in the 1970s, and continues to be a favourite place for blues jams. Its destruction could be a terrible loss to the local music scene and to Winnipeg’s history. The owners of the Windsor applied to be put on Winnipeg’s heritage conservation list, but were denied status in 2005. This leaves the Windsor unprotected from a new owner’s decision to level the 107-year-old building.

According to the Free Press, an offer was made to buy the old hotel and bar by Boyd Newton, the co-owner of the Royal George in Transcona, and three partners, including former Windsor owner Rick Penner, but they were turned down.

There is already a “Save the Windsor” Facebook group and online petition. For those who want to brave the cold and show their support for the Winnipeg institution, a rally is scheduled for January 9 at 2pm outside the Windsor.

UPDATE: The Free Press reported on January 7...

Read More

Olympic Torch Relay Makes Its Way to Manitoba

Posted on

The 2010 Vancouver Olympic Torch Relay is blazing its way across Manitoba. It hits Winnipeg on January 5, making its first appearance in Transcona around 4:30pm and continuing on through Elmwood, and St. Boniface. The Relay will then travel downtown to The Forks, where a welcoming party awaits.

From 5pm onwards, The Forks will host a variety of roving performers and displays. Mainstage festivities will take over at 5:45pm to showcase the range of world class talent from Manitoba. After an official welcome, award-winning country chanteuse Tracy Bone kicks off the evening performances. Juno-winning roots ensemble Chic Gamine plays next, adding their unique blend of genres and vocals, followed by hip-hop act Brakada. The night concludes with a performance from country music powerhouse Doc Walker. The performances will be broken up by speeches and video presentations as well as a performance by the Norman Chief Memorial Dancers. The Torch Bearer is expected to arrive close to 7pm.

This is only the beginning of the exposure Manitoba acts will receive during the 2010 Olympics. Inward Eye, Eagle & Hawk, Nathan, Romi Mayes, Wab Kinew, Gathering of Flies, Quinzy, JC Campbell,...

Read More

Happy Holidays from Manitoba Music

Posted on

We've got some great holidays songs by Manitoba artists streaming in the Manitoba Music radio. Click here to listen. Happy holidays from Manitoba Music!

 
ARTIST - SONG
Quinzy - "This Is Not a Circle"
J.P. Hoe - "The Shopping Mall Santa"
The Liptonians - "When We Moved Indoors"
Nathan - "Favorite Things"
Oldfolks Home - "We Won't Cry at Christmas Time"
House Of Doc - "Coventry Carol"
Jodi King - "Listen to the Angels"
Paper Moon - "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
Jaylene Johnson - "Winter Wish"
Jodie Borlé - "I'll Be Home For Christmas"
Flo - "The Christmas Song"
The Shouting Ground - "Feliz Navidad"
WHY - "Can't Every Day Be Like Christmas"
Don Amero & Jason Gordon - "All I Need for Christmas"
Keith & Renee - "Winter Wonderland"
The Details - "Strings & Ribbons"
Please note that the Manitoba Music office will be closed until January 4.

Read More

The West End Cultural Centre Gets A New Artistic Director

Posted on

There's about to be a new guy behind the artistic vision of one of Manitoba's most acclaimed music venues. The West End Cultural Centre has announced the appointment of new artistic director Mike Petkau, who will start his new job on January 4.

Petkau is no stranger to Manitoba's music scene. As a producer, mixer, and recording engineer, he has worked with Paper Moon, Twilight Hotel, Mahogany Frog, Todd Hunter, and Ian La Rue, among others. Petkau did the sound design and co-wrote the score for Cattle Call, which won Best Experimental Film at South by Southwest, and showcased at the Sundance and Toronto International Film Festivals.

Last year, Petkau launched his groundbreaking community-building recording project, the Record of the Week Club, which was nominated for Pop Recording of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awardss, where he was also nominated for Recording Engineer of the Year.

Petkau also co-produced live productions of the Dark Side of the Moon for the Winnipeg Fringe Festival and The Last Waltz for the WECC.

He is currently a member of Winnipeg bands The Liptonians, who picked up a 2008 WCMA for Outstanding Pop Recording, and Les...

Read More

Winnipeg's Only Urban/Hip-hop Radio Station Hits the Airwaves

Posted on

Winnipeg's only urban/hip-hop radio station, STREETZ 104.7 FM, has officially hit the airwaves. Debuting on December 14, the station is set to target Winnipeg’s Aboriginal youth demographic, which makes up the majority of Winnipeg's Aboriginal population, estimated at 80,000-90,000 people. Its presence on the radio will go a long way to helping Winnipeg's urban and hip-hop scenes flourish. The station has made a huge commitment to supporting the scene; Aboriginal hip-hop/urban music will make up 40% of STREETZ' content.

The station's playlists have been offering up something a little different, spinning more underground hip-hop than top 40. The roster of DJs, with ages ranging from 19 to 28, are all hooked into the urban music community. Afternoon Boom host Sadie, for example, is an up-and-coming 19-year-old emcee who released her debut critically-acclaimed EP, Boomboxx Sounds, earlier this year. Click here to find out more about STREETZ' DJs...

Listeners will hear a wide range of music from popular Aboriginal hip-hop acts including Wab Kinew, Team Rezofficial, and Da Skelpa Squad, as well as other Manitoba urban acts like The Lytics and Grand Analog.

"My first...

Read More

Manitoba Music Newsletter Volume 18 No 4

Posted on

The winter issue of the Manitoba Music newsletter is out and in mailboxes. This issue features a profile of Art MacIntyre and Transistor 66 Record Co. as well as profiles on Romi Mayes, The Lytics, and Manitoba Film & Music's Jason Smith. You can also find pictures from the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards in Brandon, new music releases, member updates, Aboriginal Music Program news, funding deadlines, and more.

Click here to download a PDF of the newsletter (4MB).

We're happy to say that the newsletter is now printed on recycled paper.

Read More

Ash Koley To Play Lilith Fair

Posted on

Lilith Fair is back and Ash Koley is one of the first 40 acts to be announced. The quirky pop duo, which is co-managed by Burning Circus Management's Glen Willows (Inward Eye, Sons of York) and Nettwerk's Terry McBride, features songwriter/producer Phil Deschambault and Winnipeg-born, Toronto-based singer/songwriter Ash Koley.

Koley and Deschambault have been collaborating since 2004, hitting mainstream radio with "Mary the Inventor," which was also featured in Paris Hilton vehicle, The Hottie and the Nottie. More recently, their track "Don't Let Your Feet Touch Ground" landed on hit show, So You Think You Can Dance. Meanwhile, Ash Koley has been active on YouTube, posting 18 videos including their behind-the-scenes bathroom series.

Last month, the duo released White, the first in a series of four three-song digital EPs. The limited edition EPs feature songs from original sessions, before they're  completed and produced for the duo's album, which is slated for a spring release on Nettwerk/Sony.

Lilith Fair will start its tour this summer, heading to a number of cities including Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. Expat Chantal Kreviazuk is also on the Lilith...

Read More

Committee Recommends Reversal of Cuts

Posted on

Earlier this year, Canadian Heritage announced that the Canadian Musical Diversity fund was being cut, the biggest casuality being the Canada Council Specialized Music Recording Grant. This grant allowed artistically driven projects to get support for making albums. Many jazz, concert music, folk and roots, and experimental artists received funding through this fund. Often, these are projects that don't have the sales projections to justify funding from FACTOR, but were designated by the Canada Council juries as artistically excellent and valuable to the artistic culture of Canada. Heritage Minister James Moore claimed that the cuts were driven by consulations with the music industry.

This week, a committee of Canadian Heritage has recommended reversing the cuts to the Canadian Musical Diversity fund that were planned for April 2010. The MPs of the standing committee on Canadian heritage said they could find no compelling justification for the cut. New Democrat heritage critic Charlie Angus (and musician) has been driving the effort to have the cuts reversed.

Read More

Art Has Significant Impact on Winnipeg's Economy

Posted on

Winnipeg has an international reputation for its arts scene. Now its got some more numbers to back it up. The Winnipeg Arts Council has just released its new economic impact report, Ticket to the Future, that shows that the performing arts have a significant impact on the city's economy.

The Winnipeg Free Press' headline, "Arts double the draw of pro sports in city," is one indication of the 42-page study's content. The brief article goes on to summarize a few of the study's findings:

The Winnipeg Arts Council's new Economic Impact Reports, released Tuesday, shows that the city's arts and creative industries contribute $1 billion to the economy and employ 6.3 per cent of the labour force, or 25,000 people.
Some more findings from WAC's release:



Each year, city residents volunteer almost 1.6 million hours of their time to local non-profit arts organizations, equivalent to nearly 800 full-time positions.
Cultural activities are the third most popular activity for tourists visiting Winnipeg, ahead of both sightseeing and outdoor sports and activities. The report estimates that tourists spent about $85 million in 2007 while enjoying arts and...

Read More

New Arts and Cultural Industries Economic Impact Study

Posted on

Ticket to the Future, Phase 1:
New Economic Impact Report Shows Arts and Creative Industries Contribute Significantly to Winnipeg’s Economy
Winnipeg, Manitoba—December 8, 2009: Art = Commerce. At least that is what a new study commissioned by the Winnipeg Arts Council shows.  The arts and creative industries account for $1 billion in economic activity in Winnipeg and employ about 25,000 people; that’s 6.3% of the city’s labour force or nearly enough people to fill Canad Inns Stadium. 

The study, known as Ticket to the Future, was conducted by PRA Inc. (Prairie Research Associates). PRA Inc. surveyed 115 non-profit arts organizations and found that in addition to all the revenue generated by patrons to cultural events and institutions, the organizations contribute directly to the economy themselves by spending a total of $66 million annually, the vast majority of it in Winnipeg. These organizations plan and implement 6,300 events in the city each year, offering a wide range of programming to encourage young and culturally diverse audiences to participate in the arts.  

The study also looked at attendance statistics, which show that local non-profit arts...

Read More

New Music Promotion Site: Google Street View

Posted on

If you're a band, you're probably on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, Last.FM, New Music Canada, Wikipedia, and Sonicbids. But are you on Google Street View?

Fear Salesman is. The band's interpid frontman, Nate Heagy, took advantage of the roaming Google car during its visit to Saskatoon by camping out on a street corner with a guitar and a banner sporting his band's name. And now, you can find him promoting Fear Salesman if you happen to search that exact location. Click here to read CBC's story and interview with Heagy.

I can be found promoting the balancing of microwaves on top of fire hydrants on Google Street View. Alas, I neglected to place a banner nearby so my efforts remain a mystery to anyone who might happen across the image. 

Read More

Manitoba Film & Music Showcase

Posted on

2nd ANNUAL
MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC SHOWCASE
brought to you by Rogers
*FREE PUBLIC EVENT*
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31, 2010
2:00PM – 4:30PM
DOORS OPEN AT 1:00PM
CENTENNIAL CONCERT HALL
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA

MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC is hosting the 2nd Annual Manitoba Film & Music Showcase, brought to you by Rogers.  It’s a FREE public event filled with multiple genres of music, film and television entertainment, including local music acts, The Weakerthans, Grand Analog, Romi Mayes, Fred Penner, Nathan, JP Hoe, Harlequin, Billy Joe Green, Quinzy, Daniel ROA, Domenica, Paper Moon, and Record of the Week Club with Mike Petkau.  The showcase will feature an up close and personal interview with director Gary Yates (High Life, Seven Times Lucky); screenings of the animated short Runaway (directed by Cordell Barker in conjunction with the National Film Board of Canada), Cubicle Land, (Original Pictures), Live at the West End (Low Budget Productions); spotlights on Farpoint Films, Frantic Films, the National Screen Institute - Canada and the National Film Board of Canada and a live aerial silks performance from filmmaker/aerial artist, Talia Pura, whose short film, Aerial Artistry has...

Read More

Manitoba Artists Get Into the Holiday Spirit

Posted on

Now that there's finally some snow flying around, the ubiquitous holiday tunes make a bit more sense. If you'd enjoy those happy winter favourites performed by some talented Manitoba artists, HOT 103 can help you with that.

The radio station has released HOT 103 presents The 12 Days of Winnipeg Christmas, an 18-track CD featuring both original tunes and classic Christmas songs peformed by local artists. The list includes Paper Moon, Keith and Renee, The Details, The Shouting Ground, J.P. Hoe, Don Amero & Jason Gordon, Quinzy, Jodi King, Jaylene Johnson, as well as some guest appearances by Sierra Noble and Troy Westwood. HOT 103 will be selling the CD at One Big Day for Christmas at the Safeway on Ness Avenue by Polo Park in Madison Square for just $10, in support of the Christmas Cheer Board and the Winnipeg Humane Society. After that, the CD will be available at HOT 103 Studios.

You can hear a sprinkling of tracks from HOT 103's compilation streaming in the Manitoba Music Radio. We'll be adding more holiday tunes throughout the month, so stay tuned. Santa will also be in charge of The Loudspeaker offering up a new sonic Christmas cookie every Thursday in December....

Read More

<< 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 >>