When Canada's biggest music celebration rolls into Calgary this weekend, the Manitobans will be ready. The Junos are here.
Three hometown acts will be taking to the stage at this year's JunoFest, a two-night festival of music, including acoustic pop duo Keith and Renee, singer/songwriters Cara Luft and Little Hawk. Little Hawk is up for Aboriginal Recording of the Year for Home and Native Land while Keith and Renee's Keith Macpherson contributed the title track to the Juno-nominated children's album This Is Daniel Cook! Here We Are. Luft herself is no stranger to the Junos, having being part of 2005 Juno-winning trio The Wailin' Jennys (Roots & Traditional Album of the Year - Group).
In addition to the acts showcasing at JunoFest, Shelley Marshall and Damon Mitchell of nominated act Nathan will be on hand for the Juno Gala Dinner and Awards on April 5, where many of this year's awards will be handed out. The roots quartet, whose album Key Principles is up for Roots & Traditional Album of The Year - Group, was nominated for the same award in 2005 for its last album, Jimson Weed. The two other Manitoba acts nominated this year are Christian singer/songwriter Amanda Falk...
The Western Canadian Music Awards will be accepting submission for the 2008 Awards and Festival until May 1, 2008.
Applications for Artistic Awards and Festival Showcases are submitted exclusively through Sonicbids. WCMA and Sonicbids have teamed up to offer a completely online submission process. The WCMAs feel this offers their members maximum exposure and opportunity at minimum cost.
Mailed applications will not be accepted.
Click here for Artist Awards Guidlines
Click here for Festival Guidelines
Click her for Industry Awards Guidelines
Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA) is the primary event hosted by the Western Canadian Music Alliance. Each year the event is held in a different province, on a rotating basis. The 2008 WCMA's will be held in Edmonton, AB, October 16 to October 19, 2008.
The Festival is a multi genre experience. More than 70 of the best acts form the west will perform at the many live venues in Edmonton over three nights.
The Conference offers hands on music and recording workshops as well as innovative seminars and intimate discussions with top music industry professionals.
Remember when you were a kid and your favourite band was playing at the Winnipeg Arena, and everyone in the crowd stood up as soon as the music started? Feverish fans would jump up and start screaming and clapping in the anticipation. Well, I was one of those feverish fans. I didn’t go to a concert if I didn’t really like the band. I waited outside all night long for a New Kids on the Block ticket when I was 13. That was a really big deal. And I remember the night was absolutely freezing. It was all worth it when thousands of teeny boppers like myself jumped up and screamed and danced and clapped throughout the entire show.
Now, I sometimes go to a concert because my company gets free tickets. Going to the Foo Fighters concert on Tuesday really made me excited that the fans would be as feverish and excited as they used to in the good old days. I thought, if any fans would jump out of their seats in mad (and drunken) rock n roll glory, it would be for Dave Grohl.
So, when did everyone get to be really boring and old? Seriously. When did everyone just sit down through an entire concert without the need or even the desire to dance, or cheer wildly from a totally erect...
You may have recently heard from Saskatchewan's Ultimate Power Duo, or the Sask local of the AFM, about the band being turned away at the American border when attempting to travel down for SXSW. According to the band:
"US Homeland Security denied Ultimate Power Duo access to the United States. It is a frustrating story at the very least. Many hours at the border. We are pretty disappointed, SXSW is amazing! But, we will be back next year.......maybe.....yes!"
The band states that although they didn't have a working visa for the US, they followed the AFM's advice and brought with them to the border proof that they were invited to play the conference, that they weren't being paid, and a letter from the AFM backing them up. They still got turned back.
For the musicians, the complicated and pricing process of gaining entry to the US market has long been a source of frustration - for some, to the point that they just won't bother. The AFM continues to press the US congress to lighten the restrictions, even John Kerry is reported to have taken up the case, but they are fighting again post-9-11 increases in security and protectionism that are contrary to the notion of...
The Canadian Country Music Association is thrilled to announce the appointment of acclaimed country trio Doc Walker as Honourary Chairs for Country Music Week 2008, taking place in Winnipeg from September 5-8, 2008.
During today’s announcement, Doc Walker, the popular Manitoba group who were the recipient of the Album of the Year at the 2007 Canadian Country Music Awards made their home town proud with a stellar performance in anticipation of this year’s Country Music Week.
The Honourable Andrew Swan, Minister responsible for Manitoba Lotteries, was also on hand at today’s announcement to present Carmen Celestini, Executive Director of the Canadian Country Music Association and Kevin Walters, Co-Chair of the Winnipeg Host Committee with a cheque in support of the 2008 Country Music Week.
Manitoba Lotteries Corporation and the Casinos of Winnipeg have come on board as a major partner of Country Music Week 2008. The Casinos of Winnipeg have been a great venue for touring Canadian country musicians over the years and will continue to support the industry for years to come.
“Manitoba Lotteries and the Casinos of Winnipeg are extremely excited to participate as the...
Apple Inc. is reportedly negotiating with record labels over a deal that would offer free access to unlimited music for iPod and iPhoners, according to The Financial Times (via CNN, actually -- thanks to Natasha Kaminsky for the heads up.).
What the CNN article says is:
Apple Inc. is negotiating with record labels over a deal to give iPhone and iPod customers free access to the entire iTunes music library if they pay extra for the devices.
To me, if you pay a fee, it does not equal "free." But whatever. CNN is reporting that The Financial Times is reporting that "unnamed music industry sources" are reporting that no one's sure what Apple would pay the labels for unlimited access to their massive vaults. Any deal would, naturally, hinge on that figure.
No one's reporting which record labels. (Personally, I would be thrilled with negotiations between Apple and Northside Records, North America's premier source for Scandinavian music.)
As well, there's no indication of the fee might get passed along to consumers. I'm also not certain what this means for people who already own iPods and iPhones. Thankfully, no one's iPod will last long enough for it to matter....
A friend of mine passed this along to me. It is a commentary from well known music contrarian Bob Lefsetz. Being someone who just got back from SXSW , I found it not only interesting but very telling as to the future and state of the music business.
Read on and give some thoughts on Bob's comments!
Can an unsigned band get noticed? And, do we even bother to use that
term anymore, "unsigned". Do you want to get signed?
I mean what are the chances that the cognoscenti are going to care about
your band when R.E.M. and even Van Morrison are shilling for attention.
Oh, it makes you feel good, to rent a U-Haul, sleep four to a room and
perform a set no one cares about. The same way it makes you feel good
to send a CD to me! It's amazing what people will do to make themselves
feel good, make them believe they're making progress.
The new music business isn't at SXSW. Why should it be?
Think about it. If Yahoo and Google sprung up out of nowhere, what
makes you think the powers-that-be in the music industry are going to
rule in the future?
So you're gonna make a deal with a major, a 360 deal, because that's all
they want. You're gonna put...
Right now, I have a ticket to the upcoming Celine Dion concert on reserve at Ticketmaster... but only for the next two minutes and 15 seconds.
Don't worry -- I'm not going to buy the thing. It's all yours, dude.
I just wanted to see what it would cost me to watch the Vegas diva howl her way through a bunch of songs inspired by sunken ships, because I personally turn to Gordon Lightfoot, 3 Inches of Blood or The Tragically Hip when I'm feeling a little nautical.
Shipwrecks aside, it turns out I can see Dion for no less than $195, plus $14 convenience fee (which is a misnomer if I've ever seen one).
I'm sure the Baby Boomers will be out in full force on Oct. 27 and 28, and I'm sure they're only too willing to swipe their Visa Platinum cards in hopes of seeing the diva's lower lip quiver like that of a sleeping horse as she really nails the high notes.
For my part, I draw the line at $100 -- and there are a paltry few bands for whom I would drop that much coin.
I love live music as much as the next person, but a bill is just a foolish amount of money to pay for a concert unless Jesus Christ himself is playing lead guitar for Slayer. I'd drop a hun to see that go...
Austin is hot. SXSW is insane. Someone sent me a text yesterday saying, "Sara get over here, you're missing some great bands!" No kidding. That's the thing, you're always missing great bands whether you are or aren't at SXSW.
After an evening involving REM (my favourite band EVER!), I left my hotel room Thursday morning at around 10am so I could catch the keynote talk with Lou Reed. It was more like a fly on the wall observation of a conversation he was having with his producer, Hal Willner. It was fantastic to be thrust into his world. He wasn't entirely lucid and certainly wasn't performing for us. He was just chatting with his buddy about such things as the making of Berlin in 1972, what it was like to sit for Andy Warhol's "Screen Tests" and being an artist from deep in the city playing rock and roll without the proficiency of a southern bluesman. He cited some current favourite artists like Holy Fuck and Dr. Dog. It was neat to catch a glimpse of his genius mind, and it was funny as he really didn't give a shit about any of us, he was just chatting randomly.
Next was out to the SOCAN/ASCAP Boat, where we sailed down Town Lake for an hour on board with Canadians. A...
There are many reasons why I absolutely love living here. This town is fascinating. But I also say that with just a hint of sarcasm, because we all know that living in Winnipeg can also be the most frustrating of experiences -- particularly for those who have travelled and seen how other cities function. We come back home and look around and shake our heads. Its incredible what isolation will do for a city, making it oblivious to the many great ideas and movements in city-building over the past 25 years.
Did you know that Henry Wilson, the same man who designed Toronto's subway system, was hired to plan out a subway for Winnipeg in 1959? His thorough report identified the growing trends in automobile use throughout North American cities and forsaw the problems created by auto-dependant sprawl: inner city decay, increased crime, vacant downtown streets, people choosing to live where they must drive instead of walk or bike, decrease in central property values and the prolifieration of downtown surface parking. Time has proven all of these correct, as well as several others: pollution, and a culture of individualistic isolationism -- documented each day by highways...
Six Manitoba acts are heading south and making Texas home for a few days in March during the prestigious South By Southwest (SXSW). In 2008, Manitoba will enjoy one of its strongest showings at the premier event, sending some of its best acts to showcase in front of some of the most influential industry professionals in the business.
Now in its 20th year, SXSW - which runs March 12-16 in Austin – is one of the world’s biggest music festivals and conferences, featuring over 1300 acts from across the globe performing in every imaginable genre.
This year’s list of local showcasing acts includes rock acts The Weakerthans and The Details, hip-hop act Grand Analog, avante-folk act Christine Fellows, blues rockers The Perpetrators, and singer/songwriter Lindsay Jane. Manitoba acts will have the opportunity perform for some of the industry's top names as well as rabid audiences in several Austin venues.
For the tenth year, MARIA and MANITOBA FILM & SOUND joins forces with North By Northeast in presenting the hottest party at SXSW at the Caswell House - a gorgeous mansion in Austin, where industry and artists gather to eat barbecue, play music, and schmooze.
The RCMP have shut down an alleged music piracy ring, perhaps the biggest in Canadian history, in Winnipeg today following a year-long investigation by the
Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA). Police have filed criminal charges against four people from Audiomaxxx.com Ltd. and seized more than 200,000 music CDs and DVDs.
A breaking story can be found on CRIA's website:
Audiomaxxx's alleged piracy affects not just famous artists, but also new
and independent artists - largely in the reggae, soca and hip-hop community -
who are struggling to build careers. For example, Vancouver's Utopia Records,
one of the many independent labels to voice concerns, has seen new artist
albums appear on the Audiomaxxx website on the day an album is released in
stores or even before the legitimate launch date.
"The harm done by music piracy is especially troubling when it undermines
a promising artist's burgeoning career," Henderson said. "We will continue to
work with police and lawmakers to give these artists, and the organizations
behind them, the opportunity to succeed."
UPDATE: CRIA has retracted its previous news release and...
The population of Toronto increases this week when Canadian Music Week, one of Canada's biggest music festivals and conferences, takes over. CMW runs March 5-8 and features over 500 showcasing bands over four nights at 44 live music venues.
This year, Manitoba is sending five bands to showcase for A&R reps, industry folks, and audiences. Hitting the stages are indie pop/rockers The Details, rock outfit The Nods, hip-hop act Grand Analog, rock trio Inward Eye, and roots act Andrew Neville & The Poor Choices.
In addition to the music fest, CMW features a variety of awards shows including the 8th annual Independent Music Awards, The Indies, which five hometown acts are up for. This year's nominees include punk poets The Weakerthans, country rock trio Doc Walker, hardcore heroes Comeback Kid, Grand Analog, and world music duo Compadres (featuring Winnipeg-based singer/songwriter James Keelaghan). The awards will be handed out on Saturday, March 8. Also up for a trophy is rock act Live On Arrival with a nod from the Canadian Radio Music Awards. Paquin Entertertainment got one and Dauphin radio man Bruce Leperre of CKDM got two nods from the Canadian Music Industry Awards,...
The extent to which commercial radio stations in Canada expose the music of emerging Canadian artists has been a hot topic of discussion for over a decade, most extensively during the two most recent reviews of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Commercial Radio policy.
In 2006, as a result of its commercial radio policy review, the federal regulator announced that radio licensees would now be asked to make specific commitments to provide airplay for and to promote emerging Canadian artists.
However, the Commission declined to define “an emerging Canadian artist.” As well, no timeline was set for the introduction of the category.
However, the CRTC had concluded that Canada’s commercial radio broadcasters should make commitments to broadcast selections by emerging Canadian artists and to promote such artists in their applications for new licenses, license renewals and transfers of ownership or control of radio stations. The Commission might then decide to impose these as conditions of license following the public process.
In their 2007 report on overhauling the regulatory framework for Canadian broadcasting services, Laurence...
A new weekly series of music films that aims to enlighten as much as entertain, BIG SMASH! MUSIC SCENE traverses broad musical terrain: baroque pop, country, metal, punk, soul & funk, folk and outsider music – all for a discounted admission of $5. Although in some cases premieres of popular films may hold over for longer runs, the series will focus on niche artists and the work of independent directors, with one-night-only screenings. Series curated by Kier-La Janisse with promotional assistance from MARIA, CKUW 95.9FM and Into The Music.
13 Mar 2008, 9:30 PM - JOE STRUMMER: THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN
Filmmaker Julien Temple (THE GREAT ROCK N’ ROLL SWINDLE) chronicles the transformation of a self-described "mouthy little git" into an anti-establishment icon known to the world as Joe Strummer. In his latest documentary, Temple uncovers the myth behind the frontman of the seminal punk band the Clash. Through previously unearthed interviews with Strummer himself and recollections of those who knew him best, Temple reveals a complex man who used his music as a bullhorn for his conscience--as well as a means to educate others about the injustices of the world. The film includes...
Norwegian hacker DVD Jon has broken the link between iTunes and the iPod. His new software will allow users to copy music and videos purchased in iTunes to other devices like mobile phones, reports the Times Online.
"In doing so, the software breaks the copy protection - known as 'digital rights management' or DRM - that is built into all music that is bought from iTunes. Music bought from iTunes can be played only on the iPod."
DJD Jon -- a.k.a. 22-year-old Jon Lech Johansen -- and his company, DoubleTwist, has previously released software enabling iPod owners to play music bought from sources other than iTunes.
DoubleTwist maintains that its software is legal "because it only allowed a user who has already purchased music to copy it." The company's ceo and co-founder, Monique Farantzos, claims that they're simply helping friends sending things to each other. Apple disagrees and lawyers are already involved, indicating possible copyright infringement.
In other news, my third-hand iPod's battery works for approximately 10 seconds.
Researchers believe that music distribution via mobile devices is the way of the future. Back in Janurary, CISAC released a study stating that by 2010, mobile will exceed internet for content delivery.
A new study by Jupiter Research finds that demand for mobile subscription-based services will surge in the next few years, outstripping pay by track services by 2012. According to the author: Music rental services such as those offered by Omnifone are incredibly 'sticky,' in that once consumers have taken the time and effort to build up an extensive playlist, they will be increasingly reluctant to unsubscribe from that service and from the operator, thereby providing a significant boost to ARPU levels.
No Depression published it's first issues in 1995, the same year that Emmy Lou Harris released her Daniel Lanois produced popular reinvention album Wrecking Ball, and Wilco released their first record AM. The name came from the first Uncle Tupelo record and the magazine was the un-official home of contemporary alt-country music, a term that they begrudgingly embraced.
As of this year's summer issue, the magazine will be no more. This was truly an artist friendly and independent publication, and it will be sad to see it go.
There is an interesting letter on their website about the current struggles of niche print publications, and specifically the struggles of music publications, related to the troubles in the music distribution business and shrinking advertising budgets of record labels.
New NBC drama Lipstick Jungle is putting on some Manitoba music for the second week in a row. Last week, singer/songwriter Jaylene Johnson's song "Boomerang" could be heard. This week, viewers can tune in to the show and catch The Details' "A National Anthem," which appears on the quartet's debut album Draw a Distance. Draw a Border.
This isn't the first bit of good news for The Details. The band's album recently debuted at #107 in the CMJ Top 200, which should garner some nice attention south of the border. And south of the border is exactly where The Details are headed; they'll hit Austin, Texas for South by Southwest next month with a showcase on March 12. Shortly before that, the band will be in Toronto for a March 6 showcase at Canadian Music Week.
Hopefully this won't tire the young band out too much because it's headed across the country for a spring touring in April and May. Winnipeg fans can catch The Details at the West End Cultural Centre with Mike Trike and Toronto's The Coast on April 12.
Meanwhile, catch The Details on Lipstick Jungle on February 28 on NBC.
Maxim magazine has been busted (pardon the vague pun) for printing reviews of CDs its writers haven't actually heard, according to the Music Industry News Network.
Maxim's review of the Black Crowes' latest album was done before advance copies of the CD were made available and would've been based on just one song. Says Mi2N:
Incredulously, the magazine gave the album a two and a half star rating--although neither the writer nor the editor could have heard more than one song (the single "Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution").
When approached for an explanation, the magazine described the review as "an educated guess preview." Huh?
...In an email correspondence, Maxim went on to state: 'Of course, we always prefer to (sic) hearing music, but sometimes there are big albums that we don't want to ignore that aren't available to hear, which is what happened with the Crowes. It's either an educated guess preview or no coverage at all, so in this case we chose the former.'"
I've certainly heard of reviewers not listening to every song in its entirety (which is a good argument for killing meandering intros), but I've never heard of a reviewer not actually listening to...
The New York Times recently explored a new trend among trendy freelancers and artsy entrepreneurs. "Co-working" is based on the simple idea that even independent workers would don't mind having a little office camaraderie. With laptops, wi-fi, and cell phones, workers congregate in an office or shared workspace, either renting a desk or camping out on whatever free space is available.
Co-working offers freelancers the chance to bounce ideas off one another, benefit from the incubator effect of an office environment, and have daily social interactions as they work.
The New York Times highlighted several different versions of the practice, including The Hat Factory and Citizen Space in San Fransisco. Other structured co-working outfits exist in Manhattan, Denver, Paris, and Toronto. Certainly the Manitoba Music Industry Resource Centre in our office has some of the same appeal. Plus, Dawn will catch you up on the latest celebrity gossip.
When singer/songwriter Alana Levandoski starts recording the follow-up to her acclaimed debut, Unsettled Down, she'll be doing it with someone who knows a thing or two. U.K.-based producer Ken Nelson is joining Levandoski at a church in Kelwood, Manitoba -- Levandoski's home town -- to do some recording on her sophomore effort before heading to Liverpool, England for sessions at the world-class Parr Street Studios.
Three-time Grammy Award winner Nelson is best known for his work with Gomez and Coldplay, as well as Badly Drawn Boy, Echo & The Bunnymen, Kings Of Convenience, and Snow Patrol.
Leading up to the recording, Levandoski has been co-writing with American country/roots songwriters Rebecca Lynn Howard, Quinn Loggins, Sam Ashworth, James LeBlanc, Rachel Thibodeau, and Gary Nichols. She also co-wrote with Sylvia Tyson, Colin Cripps, and Simon Wilcox in Canada.
Levandoski's first recording was released by indie roots giant Rounder Records in Canada in 2005 and in Europe in 2006. Since then, she's spent a fair amount of time in Europe, including a 2006 tour with Dar Williams, Lynn Miles, and Caroline Herring, and Jess Klein, opening slots for Elana James Trio...
Is $5 a month too much to legalize downloading? According to a few of my friends, yup it sure is.
We've been following the Songwriters Association of Canada proposal for ISPs to charge a few bucks in exchange for legal downloading, thus solving the problem that people have been arguing about since P2P reared its head. If the Federal government approves the proposal, it would mean there's no more need for iTunes and Limewire would no longer be a secret shame that families brush under the carpet.
Except lots of people think it isn't fair.
"Why should I have to pay more because other people download?" One of my friends asked. "I don't download illegally. Why should I be punished for the actions of others?"
I pointed out that we pay a little tariff when we buy blank CDs for this very reason, but my friend insisted that she should not have to pay for something she doesn't use. Fair enough, but I surveyed my bills and pondered some monetary aspects of my life...
My cell phone provider has a mandatory 911 access fee although I've never dialed 911 on my cell phone.
A ticket agency charged me a fee to cover the cost of postage despite the fact that I...
I don’t suspect this will be a blog so much as a general set of scenarios and questions that I wish to have answered by the music community cause I truly and honestly am perplexed by something that has been eating away at me during some live concerts. So here goes.
You’re at a live concert in a small or large venue.
Let’s pretend it’s the West End Cultural Centre, only as an example, cause it can also happen at the Burt.
The band that is playing has at least four musicians, including a vocalist.
The band takes the stage.
The singer starts to sing and you cannot understand one of the words the singer is singing.
You can’t understand why you can hear so much freaking guitar and bass, but not the vocalist.
You stare up at the sound booth in utter confusion at the fact that the vocals aren’t the main feature of the band’s sound.
You wonder if you’re the only person in the room who is just a little confused as to why other instruments are blaring throughout the room, and the vocals are completely lost in the wash.
You wonder if the band did a sound check.
You wonder if the singer knows he can’t be...
Four Manitoba acts are escaping the frigid February temperatures this week. They're headed to balmy Memphis, Tennessee -- where it's current 11C -- this week to showcase for the folk and roots music industry at the North American Folk Alliance Conference (NAFA). The annual event, now in its 20th year, is the premier professional development conference focused on folk, roots, multicultural and world music in North America and runs February 20 through 24, 2008.
Showcasing acts include some of Manitoba’s best up-and-coming as well as established artists, including roots duo Twilight Hotel, eclectic act the Dust Poets, fiddler Sierra Noble, and singer/songwriter Cara Luft.
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.
In addition to the conference, the third annual Folk Alliance Awards will...
The Manitoba Music podcast is back -- and bringing you some hot news and tunes to combat the province's deep freeze. Host Melissa Martin gets the scoop on how Manitoba made itself known at MIDEM, learns what it's like to take over the province's numero uno music funding position, and spins some new tracks from Scott Nolan, The Nods, DJ Hunnicutt, and more.
MARIA and the Winnipeg Folk Festival present
OPEN MIC NIGHTS at THE FOLK EXCHANGE
Starting February 29, 2008 | 7pm
The Winnipeg Folk Festival is happy to announce the return of Open Mic Nights @ The Folk Exchange (formerly called Folk Club @ The Folk Exchange), this year presented along with MARIA and featuring guest hosts from MARIA’s roster of Manitoba musicians.
On Open Mic Nights, musicians and music-lovers unite to share songs, inspiration and just plain old good times in the casual, intimate atmosphere of the Winnipeg Folk Festival’s Folk Exchange venue, located at 211 Bannatyne Avenue (behind the Festival Music Store @ Albert Street).
Bring your instrument and take your turn on the Folk Exchange stage–or just come to listen (non-players will be charged a $2 cover).
The first Open Mic on February 29 will be hosted by the fabulous banjo man Rob Wrigley of Manitoba bluegrass sensations Stonypoint.
Each MARIA and Winnipeg Folk Festival Open Mic Night will start at 7 pm.
Call the Festival at (204) 231-0096 for more information.
Here are the special guests for the rest of the open mic season. More details about the rest of the Open Mic series...
Flip through the pages of the February issue of Spin magazine and you'll catch Winnipeg-based artist Christine Fellows. Fellows' latest release, the stunningly self-produced Nevertheless, got four stars in Josh Modell's review which said "...slyly unpredictable, rarely self-serious, and unabashedly tuneful." You can now check out Spin's February issue digitally, including Fellows' review.
The news is courtesy of intrepid Uptown Magazine editor and workshop moderator John Kendle, who mentioned it while introducing Six Shooter Records VP Helen Britton, who is currently speaking on the INDIE is IN workshop panel a few feat away. She's joined by Arts & Crafts' promotions manager David Tysowski and former Maple Music Recordings general manager Kim Cooke. (I am trying to type very quietly so as not to disturb the 30+ workshop attendees.)
Fellows has been busy composing the music for Struck, an upcoming work by Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers artistic director Brent Lott which runs March 6-8 at the WCD Studio/Theatre. Shortly afterwards, she'll head south for a March 15 showcase at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.
She also helped launch the new Subconscious City...
Jaylene Johnson is back on TV. Or rather, her music is. The Winnipeg-based singer/songwriter -- who had two songs heard in 2005 hit drama Joan of Arcadia -- has two songs placed in new NBC show Lipstick Jungle, which stars Brooke Shields.
While on a six-week writing trip in January, Johnson spent two days in Los Angeles, performing a showcase for NBC/Universal that directly resulted in the placement of "Grow" in Lipstick Jungle. You can hear "Grow" on Johnson's MySpace page.
The other featured track, a jazz song called "Boomerang," was written with Arun Chaturvedi and features piano work by Jonathan Alexiuk. "My friend at NBC had my publisher [of Casablanc Media Publishing] and I in her office and played us the clip from the show," wrote Johnson in a recent e-newsletter. "It was surreal, to be sure. The characters were eating dinner and the dinner music was none other than that song." You can hear the track on Chaturvedi's MySpace page.
Johnson, a former flight attendant who began her music career only five years ago, is no stranger to success. She has won international and national songwriting awards, including the Gospel Music Association’s Best Contemporary...
A new weekly series of music films that aims to enlighten as much as entertain, BIG SMASH! MUSIC SCENE traverses broad musical terrain: baroque pop, country, metal, punk, soul & funk, folk and outsider music – all for a discounted admission of $5. Although in some cases premieres of popular films may hold over for longer runs, the series will focus on niche artists and the work of independent directors, with one-night-only screenings. Series curated by Kier-La Janisse with promotional assistance from MARIA and Into The Music.
BIG SMASH! MUSIC SCENE
every Thursday at the CINEMATHEQUE
100 Arthur St. (in the Artspace Building) www.winnipegfilmgroup.com
Here are the upcoming events:
Thurs. March 13 - 9:30pm
JOE STRUMMER: THE FUTURE IS UNWRITTEN
Dir. Julien Temple UK 2007 / 123min. / 35mm / Music Documentary
Filmmaker Julien Temple (THE GREAT ROCK N’ ROLL SWINDLE) chronicles the transformation of a self-described "mouthy little git" into an anti-establishment icon known to the world as Joe Strummer. In his latest documentary, Temple uncovers the myth behind the frontman of the seminal punk band the Clash. Through previously unearthed interviews with Strummer...