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Winnipeg Folk Festival Announces New Executive Director

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The board of directors of the Winnipeg Folk Festival is very pleased to announce the appointment of Tamara Kater as its new Executive Director. Board chair Terry Sargeant made the announcement today, following a board decision based on an extensive international search.

As Executive Director, Ms. Kater will be responsible for day-to-day management of the organization, ensuring that operations are aligned with the Festival’s vision, mission and mandate. She will also be involved in establishing and implementing strategic goals and for leading a major resource development program.

She will work closely with Artistic Director Chris Frayer, as well as with the staff and volunteers to ensure that the Winnipeg Folk Festival continues to be the number one festival in the country.

Ms. Kater brings fifteen years experience as a cultural manager to the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Most recently she has been Executive Director of the Ottawa Folk Festival where, in less than two years, she oversaw significant positive change in the governance and management of the organization. She has led the Ottawa Folk Festival in a revenue diversification strategy, which increased earned...

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The Weakerthans Win ECHO Prize

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Winnipeg indie rock poets The Weakerthans and their song “Night Windows” have won The ECHO Songwriting Prize, one of Canada's most prestigious national songwriting prizes, which comes with a $5000 cash prize. The winning song was chosen by music fans through online voting.

The ECHO prize is another in The Weakerthans’ list of accolades for its latest release, Reunion Tour. They picked up the XM Satellite Radio’s Verge Music Awards prize for Artist of the Year late last month, and were recently short listed for the influential Polaris Music Prize. They’re also up for four Western Canadian Music Awards; winners will be announced on October 19 in Edmonton.

This is the second win and third nomination for a Manitoba band in ECHO’s three year history. In 2006, the inaugural ECHO prize went to local political punk outfit Propagandhi and its song "A Speculative Fiction." Last year, Juno-winning roots quartet Nathan and its song “Scarecrow” were nominated.

SOCAN initiated the prize in order to identify developing talent in today's independent music scene. According to SOCAN's website, "the prize honours some of the most innovative, creative and artistic songs created in the...

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CARAS Announces 2008-09 Board of Directors

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The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is pleased to announce its 2008-2009 Board of Directors, and would especially like to welcome and acknowledge the following new members to the Board:

Bruce Allen: President, Bruce Allen Management
Vivian Barclay: General Manager, Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.
Humphrey Kadaner: President, HMV Canada
Julien Paquin: President – Agency Division, Paquin Entertainment
Patti Anne Tarlton: VP Live Entertainment, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.

"The Canadian music industry continues to be shaped and influenced by the degree of energy and enthusiasm invested by those who participate in it. We are privileged to have such a talented and passionate Board from all spectrums of the music industry to steer CARAS' goals in a positive and assertive direction," said Melanie Berry, President of CARAS.

CARAS gratefully acknowledges the commitment of its Board members who continue to proactively impact Canada's music industry and bring forth their expertise, insights and leadership to the CARAS organization.

The Complete List of the 2008-2009 CARAS Board of Directors and Officers:

Chair: Stephen Stohn,...

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Nokia's 'Comes with Music' comes with, well, music

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Nokia has jumped firmly into the mobile music market, making a move against the dominance of Apple's iTunes/iPod. The new service can be purchased with specific new handsets and allows users free access to all the music in their catalogue. They have distribution deals signed with all the majors and many smaller independent distributors.

"In a market where price and selection are so much more important than brand to consumers, Apple cannot count on retaining users when competing with an offering which seems free to the end user," said David MacQueen, an analyst for Strategy Analytics.

For more info: The Economist included the new scheme in a recent discussion of pricing systems in the industry, namely "free;" the Financial Times noted that wireless service providers are calling the plan a "game changer;" and Electricpig explains everything you need to know about how it works.

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Tracy Bone brings home a NAMMY

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Tracy Bone brought home another trophy this weekend for her debut release on Arbor Records, entitled No Lies. The album earned Bone the nod in the Best Country Recording category at the 10th annual Native American Music Awards (NAMMYS), which were awarded at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, New York on October 4. Bone earned top honors in the same category at the Indian Summer Music Awards in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 6.

Bone’s label mate Stevie Salas was also victorious on the weekend, winning in the Best Rock Recording category for The Sun & The Earth.

Aboriginal Music Performer Camp (AMP Camp) participant Karen Donaldson-Shepherd won in the Best Folk Recording for Where The Green Grass Grows, which was released with her group The Crow Girls.

Manitoba was represented well at the award show as nominees Tracy Bone, JC Campbell and Vince Fontaine (Eagle and Hawk) made the trip to Niagara Falls. Gloria Spence and Bertha Twin of the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards also attended the show.

Manitoba artists received seven nominations for the NAMMYS this year, with Vince Fontaine and Lawrence Mullhall up for Songwriter of the Year,...

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Manitoba Music Heads to Germany

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Manitoba artists and music industry companies will head over the pond this week to do business at a major music industry conference. Popkomm, which runs October 8-10 in Berlin, attracts top-class international delegates to its innovative conference and trade show, and features exciting new talent in its popular music festival. This year, Manitoba will have its strongest presence yet with a delegation that includes some of the province’s leading industry professionals.

Making the trip to Berlin will be Brandon Friesen of 441 Studios and Arbor Records, Adam Hannibal of Balanced Records, Vince Fontaine of Rising Sun Productions, Ron Lamoureux and Dorina Morelli of cafesonique.com and Roxie Music Group, and Manitoba Music’s new executive director, Sara Stasiuk.

Female-fronted rock outfit Domenica and Balanced’s expat electronic act DJ Brace are set to showcase at the Popkomm Festival, which features more than 400 solo artists, bands and DJs showcasing in over 25 official locations in Berlin. The showcases offer artists a unique opportunity to catch the attention of influential industry reps, including labels, distributors, and talent buyers.

While at Popkomm, the...

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More Discusson on Arts Funding and the Election

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For Canadian Music Week, the Canadian Independent Record Production Assn., the East Coast Music Assn. (ECMA), the Western Canadian Musical Alliance, the check is not in the mail If the Conservatives continue in power.

Nor should members of the Holy Fucks hold their breath waiting for federal government tour funding.

Hundreds of Canadian cultural groups and artists recently learned they would not be receiving federal support in 2010 due to the Conservatives stripping $45.5-million from nearly a dozen arts programs.

Arts funding has emerged as a hot button election issue, particularly after Prime Minister Stephen Harper defended his government’s cuts with American-style, anti-intellectualism rhetoric, arguing that “ordinary people” object to tax dollars being used to fund glitzy galas at arts and cultural events…...Ordinary people understand we have to live within a budget.”

Yet, a July, 2008 report “Valuing Culture: Measuring and Understanding Canada’s Creative Economy” by the Conference Board of Canada indicated that the economic footprint of Canada’s culture sector was $84.6 billion in 2007, or 7.4 per cent of Canada’s total real GDP, including direct,...

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Can my concert ticket buying habits be somehow subsidized?

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Think of those people who buy weird little action figures that they’re way too old to buy but they buy them anyway (you know who you are). Whatever floats your boat!? To be honest, I understand these little plastic men buyers. . . . I can relate to wanting something you know you can’t afford/you know that you don’t "need" but you justify it in any way possible.

Enter concert tickets...

I tried to show some restraint and I didn’t buy Elton John tix. Something died inside of me that day. No worries I of course caved and was jolted back to life when I agreed to let a friend purchase EJ tix off of kijiji for way too much! My persuasive friend and I sent a cheque to a complete stranger in hopes of actually getting the tix in return, in hopes that the tix were actually legit and in hopes that the tix would scan through on the night of the concert. (Does anyone else out there do stupid things like this?). After making plan B (I called it operation distraction) we made our way to the concert. If the tickets didn’t scan I was going to cause a scene by either crying hysterically or by kicking a security guard in the shin while "twist my arm friend" ran through security getting...

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Manitoba Music Welcomes New Executive Director

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Manitoba Music, formerly the Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association (MARIA), is pleased to announce the appointment of a new executive director, Sara Stasiuk.

Stasiuk has been with Manitoba Music since 2002, most recently as Programs and Operations Manager, and has been a key factor in every aspect of Manitoba Music’s achievements. Among Stasiuk’s many duties, she has managed the creation, development and implementation of the successful Manitoba Music and Motion Pictures (M3P) Development Project. She has been active in developing Manitoba’s presence at prominent national and international music industry conferences and marketing the Manitoba music industry across the country and beyond.

Stasiuk has been acting as executive director since Sam Baardman went on an extended leave in January 2008. Baardman announced his permanent departure after nearly eight years with Manitoba Music at its Annual General Meeting in June. Baardman has been instrumental in strengthening the 21-year-old association and diversifying its services and capacity as a strong voice for the Manitoba music industry. He has also been a force for change and cohesion in the national industry....

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Manitoba Music Radio: New Adds - September 2008

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There are new tracks being added to the streaming Manitoba Music Radio every week. Click here to listen. Check out the 15 great new songs added in September...

Record of the Week Club featuring Patrick Keenan, Ian LaRue, and Jeff Peters – “Waiting for Debates”
Skender Sefa – “Willoughby’s Welcome Home/John Dowland”
Novillero – “A Little Tradition”
J.P. Hoe – “Are You Feeling Better Now”
Doc Walker – “Annabelle”
Blue Sky Addicts – “End of the Beginnings”
The Morning After – “Your Love I Won’t Do”
The Honeybuckets – “How To Win Friends”
Oh My Darling – “Rustabout”
Julie Marinelli – “Campfire Eyes”
Floor Thirteen – “Let It Go”
The Monty Yanks – “Amazed”
Phil Deschambault featuring Ash Koley – ‘Leave the Rest for Dead”
The Liptonians – “Write Your Name in the Sand”
Doug Edmond - "Walking Down That Road"

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Brandon to Host 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards

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The Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA) are coming back to Manitoba in 2009. The Western Canadian Music Alliance, which produces the annual event, has named the City of Brandon as its 2009 host. The seventh annual WCMAs will take place next fall. Manitoba played host to the WCMAs last in 2006 in Winnipeg.

“We’re thrilled by the announcement that Brandon will host the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards,” says Manitoba Music’s Interim Executive Director, Sara Stasiuk, who also sits on the WCMA board of directors. “Brandon is home to a vibrant music community and has produced world-class talent in all facets of the industry, from award-winning artists to internationally-respected industry professionals. We would like to congratulate Brandon First, the Brandon host committee, and all those who worked hard to bring the WCMAs back to Manitoba. It’s a fantastic choice.”

"Beyond having all the necessary physical resources to host the WCMAs, Brandon First and the Brandon host committee have brought to the table incredible enthusiasm and attention to detail,” says WCMA Executive Director Rick Fenton in a media release. “We look forward to working with the City of Brandon to...

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Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards Announce Hosts and Performers

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Manito Ahbee: A Festival For All Nations announced today their Hosts for two nights of awards given out during this year’s celebrations in Winnipeg. Lorne Cardinal and Andrea Menard will Co-Host the televised portion of the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA’s) at MTS Centre. Don Kelly and Elaine Bomberry will Co-Host the APTN First Night Awards at McPhillips Street Station.

The APCMA’s are given out over two nights – Thursday, November 6th at McPhillips Street Station and Friday, November 7th at MTS Centre. These two spectacular evenings will feature performances by some of the best Aboriginal recording artists across North America. The Friday night portion at MTS Centre will be broadcast live on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) and Bell Express Vu.

Lisa Meeches, Chair of the Board of Governors for Manito Ahbee Festival Inc. believes the choice of Hosts couldn’t be better: “On each of our two awards nights at this year’s Manito Ahbee Festival, the audiences will certainly be in for a treat. When it comes to Lorne Cardinal, who is a fantastic actor and television director, and Andrea Menard, a gifted singer and songwriter, they each reflect in...

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OCFF Announces 2008 Estelle Klein Award Winner

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The Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF) has awarded this year’s Estelle Klein Award to Bernie Finkelstein, a pioneer in Canadian music. The award will be presented at the 22nd annual OCFF conference in Ottawa from October 23-26, 2008. The annual award is named after Estelle Klein, a long-time advocate of Canadian Folk music and one of the early founders of the Folk festival scene in this country. Each year, the OCFF honours the work of an individual who has made significant contributions to Ontario’s Folk music community

This year’s winner, Bernie Finkelstein, founded Canada’s first independent record company, True North Records, in 1968. Over the years, the label became one of the country’s largest record companies, with recordings by Bruce Cockburn, Murray McLauchlan, Stephen Fearing, Carole Pope & Rough Trade, Randy Bachman, The Rheostatics, Lynn Miles, Lenny Breau, Lighthouse and Lorraine Segato, to name only a few. With over 400 releases, 40 Juno Awards and 39 gold and platinum records to its credit, True North is a Canadian success story. Currently, the label has licensing ventures with UK-based Cooking Vinyl, Denver-based Sci-Fidelity, New York-based Plump...

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Open Mic Nights @ The Folk Exchange

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Manitoba Music and the Winnipeg Folk Festival present
OPEN MIC NIGHTS at THE FOLK EXCHANGE
with Keri Latimer of Nathan
Friday, September 26 | 7pm

After a nice long summer break, the Winnipeg Folk Festival and Manitoba Music are happy to announce the return of Open Mic Nights @ The Folk Exchange. The exciting line-up of guest hosts -- which has included Karla Adolphe, J.P. Hoe, Don Amero, and Rob Wrigley -- continues this month with singer/songwriter Keri Latimer of Juno-winning roots quartet, Nathan.

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). Call the Festival at (204) 231-0096 for more information.

UPCOMING OPEN MICS:
Friday, October 24 - host TBA
Friday, November 28 - hosted by Twilight Hotel

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Manitoba Artists Land 13 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award Nods

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Seven Manitoba artists have netted 13 nominations at the 2008 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA) making 2008 another strong year for homegrown talent. The CAMAs, now celebrating their tenth year, are held in conjunction with the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, which runs November 28-30, 2008 in Toronto. The awards will be handed out at the Rogers Centre on November 28.

Juno-winning rock outfit Eagle & Hawk leads the Manitoba nominees with five nods for its latest release, Sirensong, including Best Album of the Year, Best Group or Duo, Best Rock Album, Best Song Single, and Best Songwriter.

Fiddler Darren Lavallee continues his string of award nominations, including Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, with a nomination for Best Fiddle Album and Best Instrumental Album for Le Métis. Country legend Ray St. Germain is up for Best Aboriginal Music Radio Program Promoting Aboriginal Music for his NCI FM show, The Métis Hour. Wab Kinew, host of CBC’s Shaken Not Stirred, is up for Best Rap or Hip-Hop Video for “If This Was Right,” which features Manitoba singer/songwriter Dominique Reynolds. Rocker Leanne Goose, who splits her time between Winnipeg and Northwest...

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Schmusic - September 18

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FACTOR and Manitoba Music present
SCHMUSIC
Thursday, September 18 | 4-7pm
at Precursor Productions, 218 Marion Street
Refreshments provided.

If you're interested in hosting a Schmusic event, please contact Danielle Strueby, danielle@manitobamusic.com.

Network, party, schmooze, play with Manitoba Music!

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Reality TV Killed the Video Show

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MTV's flagship music video request show "Total Request Live," or TRL, will come to an end this November after 10 years on the air. Executive producer Dave Sirulnick told USA Today:
We want to close this era of TRL in a big celebratory way, and 10 is a great number. And 10 is the number that TRL counted down every single day for 10 years, and we hit this 10th (anniversary) and we thought, 'You know what? This feels like the right time and let's celebrate it and let's reward it. And let's let it have a little bit of a rest for a minute.' Let it catch its breath! Been working hard — for 10 years!Yeah, he said that series of half sentences, and yes, US Today printed it. Anyway, this is being reported as the final nail in the coffin for actual music videos on MTV, making way for the station to become a fully fledged reality TV haven. Lots of comments here.

The upside? Well, with so many avenues to distribute music videos online these days, there are more than ever, and especially more indie music videos than ever.

Also, while MTV might not be playing music videos, their reality shows place more independent music per episode than a show playing full length videos. So some...

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The 2009 JUNO Awards to be Broadcast at Vancouverís General Motors Place

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The stage is set for Canada’s biggest musical event!
The 38th Annual JUNO Awards will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia in just seven short months. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS), along with broadcast partner CTV, today announced that Vancouver’s General Motors Place, home of the Vancouver Canucks as well as a major concert venue and Olympic venue, will be the setting for the CTV broadcast of Canada’s premier music awards show. Broadcast in High-Definition and 5.1 Surround Sound, The 2009 JUNO Awards air Sunday, March 29, 2009 on CTV.

“General Motors Place is one of the most spectacular and accessible venues in Vancouver, right in the heart of the city’s cultural and entertainment district,” said Melanie Berry, CARAS President. “We’re thrilled to bring the JUNO Awards experience - complete with the excitement of Juno Weekend Events, celebrations and fanfare - to a world-renowned city and exceptional venue.”

“Just under one year before this venue hosts the Gold Medal hockey match at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, General Motors Place comes alive with the celebration of our other favourite national pastime, great music,”...

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Tracy Bone picks up an Indian Summer Music Award

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No Lies has earned Manitoba’s Tracy Bone yet another trophy as the 2007 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award winner for Best Female Artist added an Indian Summer Music Award (ISMA) to her list of accolades. Bone picked up the nod in the Country category while her Arbor Records label mates Stevie Salas and Sandy Scofield brought home the hardware for the Alternative Rock and Folk categories, respectively.

No Lies is the multi-award winning chanteuse’s debut album and it was released by Arbor Records earlier this year. The album features “Games,” which was named the NCI FM Single of the Year in 2006, along with a great duet with her partner in crime J.C. Campbell, entitled “No Lies.” The album was produced by Phil Deschambault at 441 Studios in Winnipeg.

The ISMA ran alongside the 22nd Annual Indian Summer Festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan’s waterfront. The festival is marketed as the largest American Indian cultural event in the North America and reportedly draws close to 70,000 people each year. The festival took place September 5-7, with the awards ceremony on September 6.

For more information about the ISMA, please visit: www.indiansummer.org....

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Doc Walker Sweeps the Canadian Country Music Awards

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Doc Walker may have summed up this year’s Canadian Country Music Awards perfectly in its latest album title: Beautiful Life. The hometown heroes swept the 2008 awards in front of an ecstatic crowd at the MTS Centre on September 8, winning five major awards and 10 trophies in total. Viewers across the country tuning in to CBC’s nationally-televised broadcast witnessed a humble trio, who were also this year’s Honourary Chairs of Country Music Week, accepting their awards before standing ovations.

The Portage la Prairie band – Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw, and Murray Pulver --was named Group of the Year and picked up the Fans’ Choice Award. Their fifth release, Beautiful Life, won for Album of the Year, while the title track won for Single of the Year and Video of the Year. Doc Walker also landed three trophies at a gala event on September 7, winning for Songwriter for the Year, Guitar Player of the Year for Pulver, and Bass Player of the Year for back-up band member Brent Pearen. The band’s team also got some attention at an industry brunch on September 6: docwalker.ca was named Website of the Year and Beautiful Life won for Album Design of the Year.

The band, which...

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Farewell One Great City

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Today, Winnipeg bids farewell to its slogan, "One Great City." Mayor Sam Katz unveiled the new slogan, "Heart of the Continent."

Will this impact The Weakerthans' beloved song, "One Great City?" The band's songwriter and lead vocalist, John K. Samson, made his own suggestions for a new slogan back in July but I haven't managed to uncover any indications that The Weakerthans might change their song title.

Mind you, people in Texas and Seattle might not get the title's reference, but they sure do sing along.  

 

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Heart Doesn't Heart Republicans

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The Republican National Convention will leave several lasting memories in the hearts and minds of Americans and anyone else able to tune into inspirational biographical videos and endless speeches. Yes, I will forever remember where I was when Alaskan Governer and VP hopeful Sarah "Barracuda" Palin joked that the difference between hockey moms and pitbulls was "lipstick."

I will also remember the revulsion I felt last night when I heard Heart's timeless song, "Barracuda," playing while Palin was on the RNC stage. Her nickname is "Barracuda." From when she played basketball. Whatever.

The Republican organizers could've piped in songs about Alaska, songs by Pitbull, or even songs written by people who wear glasses. But they chose the obvious.

Ann and Nancy Wilson, who are the heart of Heart, didn't much appreciate it, though. Ann Wilson released a statement saying that the band "did not and would not" giver permission for the Republicans to use their '70s classic. Read more about the Wilson sisters' response.

They're not the only ones: John Mellencamp and Jackson Browne have both asked the McCain campaign to stop using their songs.

Meanwhile, Democratic...

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Winnipeg Gears Up to Host Country Music Week

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Winnipeg is gearing up to host the annual Country Music Week, one of Canada’s most popular big ticket music events. Some of this country’s biggest names will hit stages throughout Winnipeg September 5-8, including hometown favourite and Honourary Chairs of Country Music Week 2008, Doc Walker. The Canadian Country Music Awards, which attracts top country music industry names from around the world, close Country Music Week on September 8.

Winnipeg music legend Randy Bachman has recently been added to the list of performers for the awards gala which will take over downtown Winnipeg’s MTS Centre. Other performers at the gala include: Dierks Bentley, Emerson Drive, Johnny Reid, as well as George Canyon, Kellie Pickler, and Gord Bamford. The nationally-televised awards show will be hosted by country superstar Terri Clark.

Manitoba artists and industry professionals are poised to bring home an unprecedented 19 awards at the 2008 CCMAs. Doc Walker dominates this year’s nominations with nods for six artistic awards and six industry awards at this year’s CCMAs, including: Group of the Year, Fan’s Choice Award, Single of the Year, Songwriters of the Year, Video of the Year, and...

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The New CBC Radio 2

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The music programming at CBC Radio 2 will sound significantly different when the fall schedule starts today then it did before the summer schedule kicked in. The classical music programming has been trimmed back, and in it's place are new programs that promise to feature eclectic, primarily Canadian, independent and alternative artists.

Two new programs in specific, Radio 2 Morning and Radio 2 Drive (seemingly named by the department of the obvious), hosted by Tom Allen and Rich Terfry (aka Buck 65), will feature acts such as Stars, Sloane, Wilco, the Bicycles, Al Green and Ron Sexsmith. While providing a welcome outlet for successful but not commercial-radio artists, the changes have drawn significant protests from the classical music community. The national broadcaster has also launch four online music streams: classical, jazz, canadian composers, and canadian songwriters.

The Globe previews Drive, and the National Post has a running blog with commentary from Adam McDowell on his reaction to the first day of the new programs.

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The Weakerthans Up for ECHO Songwriting Prize

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Winnipeg indie rock poets The Weakerthans are up for one of Canada's most prestigious national songwriting prizes: The ECHO Songwriting Prize. The award-winning act's song "Night Windows," off its latest Epitaph release, Reunion Tour, stands against songs from Veda Hille, Wintersleep, Sandro Perri, and Socalled.

SOCAN initiated the prize in order to identify developing talent in today's independent music scene. According to SOCAN's website, "the prize honours some of the most innovative, creative and artistic songs created in the past year by emerging songwriters in Canada." A panel of industry experts -- including Winnipeg Free Press staffer and The Tab editor Jill Wilson -- whittled the finalists down to the top five and now the public can make the final decision through online voting. Winning songwriters will receive a $5000 cash prize.

Manitoba artists have a strong track record with the three-year ECHO prize. In 2006, the inaugural ECHO prize went to local political punk outfit Propagandhi and its song "A Speculative Fiction." Last year, Juno-winning Winnipeg-based roots quartet Nathan and its song “Scarecrow” were nominated.

The ECHO prize is another in The...

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Conference Board Recognizes Value of Culture

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A Conference Board of Canada report entitled Valuing Culture: Measuring and Understanding Canada’s Creative Economy examines the culture sector as a cornerstone of the creative economy. The report was released in July, just prior to the federal government's recent funding cuts to the cultural industries. The CBC reported on the report today (reportedly).

Highlights from the report include: Arts and culture industries play a vital role in attracting people, business, and investment, and in distinguishing Canada as a dynamic and exciting place to live and work.

The Conference Board estimates that the economic footprint of Canada’s culture sector was $84.6 billion in 2007, or 7.4 per cent of Canada’s total real GDP, including direct, indirect, and induced contributions. Culture sector employment exceeded 1.1 million jobs in 2007.

Technology is revolutionizing business models in the creative economy, altering the way culture is created and consumed. Consumers are becoming “prosumers” who actively create and customize content.

The “long tail” business model of many niche markets is altering how arts and culture industries sell their products and services.
The culture...

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Big Smash! Music Scene - Fall Schedule

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A 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 Manitoba Music, CKUW 95.9FM and Into The Music.

Upcoming Movies...

Thurs. Sept. 4 – 9:00PM
GET THRASHED: THE STORY OF THRASH METAL
Dir. Rick Ernst | USA 2007 | 100min. | DVCAM | Documentary | 14A
Not recommended for children, coarse language, substance abuse

GET THRASHED traces the rise, fall and impact of thrash metal; from its early years, through its influence on grunge, nu metal and today’s heavy metal scene. It is the story of the heaviest, hardest music of the 80s and early 90s as told by the bands who lived it, the fans and bands that grew up on it, and by the artists that carry the “thrash metal” flag today. Our journey begins in the early 80s, where Metallica...

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Top 10 Indie Music Marketing Tools

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Hypebot has named its Top 10 Indie Music Marketing Tools, including sits like Bandzoogle and ReverbNation. It also lists ArtistData, a new site that allows artists to update 10 websites at once, for free.

1. Bandzoogle
2. Sonicbids
3. CD Baby
4. Nimbit
5. Gydget
6. ReverbNation
7. Tunecore
8. Tubemogul
9. ArtistData
10. Mozes, Band Txt Alerts

Click here to see the whole list, with descriptions.

Hypebot also featured an interesting, although not new, story about how Wikipedia band pages have become more important that MySpace.

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Arts Cuts Savings to Fund Vancouver Olympics

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The Globe and Mail reports this week that the money saved from recent cuts to arts and cultural industries support programs will be used to support the Vancouver Olympics torch relay and Olympic preparedness for Canadian athletes.
More than $40-million in savings the federal government will reap from controversial cuts to arts and culture funding will be redirected to the Vancouver Olympic torch relay and two other programs, exacerbating fears that replacement initiatives are not in the cards.

The Conservative strategy is apparent in a section of the 2008 federal budget that promises to "redirect all savings" from cuts to several Department of Canadian Heritage domains to pay for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic torch relays; the Road to Excellence program, which supports Summer Olympics athletes; and the Action Plan for Official Languages, which promotes bilingualism.

According to the budget, Heritage planned $61.9-million in cuts between February, 2008, and the end of the 2010-2011 fiscal year as part of its ongoing strategic review. Those funds, which include the trimmed arts and culture spending, will instead be used to pay for the $24.5-million torch relays and to...

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Seven Nods for Manitoba Acts at Native American Music Awards

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Four hometown acts are up for trophies at this year’s Native American Music Awards (NAMMYs). Juno-winning rock outfit Eagle & Hawk, singer/songwriters Tracy Bone and J.C. Campbell, and fiddler Ryan D’Aoust are up for six awards at the 10th annual celebrations.

Eagle & Hawk has picked up a nod for Group of the Year for its album, Red Road Stories, while front man Vince Fontaine and collaborator Lawrence Mullhall were nominated for Songwriter of the Year. Blues man J.C. Campbell is up for Best Male Artist. Campbell also shares in a Best Producer nod for his album, Lazy James, with Tracy Bone and DJ St. Germain. Country chanteuse Bone and her debut, No Lies, are up for Best Country Recording and Best Female Artist. Ryan D’Aoust, meanwhile, has a nod for Best Instrumental Recording for his album, York Boats & Legends.

Manitoba-based Aboriginal music label Arbor Records has two out-of-town artists up for trophies this year: Stevie Salas for Artist of the Year and Best Rock Recording, and Sandy Scofield for Best Folk Recording.

The NAMMYs feature a diverse group of over 125 nominees with origins as far as Alaska and Hawaii and New Zealand in 25 categories. The Native...

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