Manitoba Music


From strangers to music collaborators in one night.

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Mike Petkau is one man who can not only convince people to talk to strangers, but make music with em. He's the mastermind behind the Record of the Week Club, which happened for 16 weeks in 2008. You take 3 or 4 musicians who had never met before, lock them up in a studio for one night. In that time, they have to get to know each other, write, record and mix one song. And that song would be made available for download the very next morning.

One week it was an indie rock god collaborating with an Inuit throat singer and electronic music producer. Another week it was a DJ with a folk singer and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra member.

In the wrong hands, this idea could have been a disaster.

But not only did it produce 16 amazing songs they've now been combined to form one ultimate album, which is coming out June 18 at the West End Cultural Centre. Tune in this Saturday, June 13, to hear impressions from participating artists like Andrina Turenne of Chic Gamine, Taiko drummer Phoebe Mann and John K. Samson of the Weakerthans. Plus, Mike Petkau will walk us through the recording process and what it was like to witness pretty insane collaboration every Wednesday for 4 months....

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Six-Episode Concert Series Hits the WECC

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Last week we brought you news of the second televised season of the Artist Next Door series. This week, it's another music series that's getting ready to hit the silver screen.

Low Budget Productions in association with Absurd Machine Films and MTS TV, TV On Demand will be showcasing Manitoba talent with a six-episode HD concert series live from the newly renovated West End Cultural Centre. 

The series grew out of a special televised concert two years ago, which was broadcast on Shaw TV, featuring a pairing of D.Rangers and Moses Mayes. The new series, which moves to MTS TV On Demand, will feature two bands per night over three free public concerts, June 15-17.

"There has not been a concert series that focuses on Manitoba talent since the days of 10 O'clock Live and it's follow up show 10:30 Live. I remember watching these shows when I was too young to go to the bars," says producer Johnny Marlow. "It gave me a chance to see bands in their element. I also got to see bands I might never have thought to check out."

The first night will play host to new country crooner Bryce Pallister and  singer/songwriter Cat Jahnke. The next night, you can catch acoustic pop...

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Two More Music Magazines Take Final Bow

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Performing Songwriter has announced that the June 2009 issue will be it's last.

Editor Lydia Hutchinson, who founded the magazine 16 years ago, said that she often wondered what the end would look like. In a letter on the magazine's website she writes:
I’ve talked for years about the beauty of independence. The fact is, it’s not the easiest road to take, but it’s the one with the biggest payoff in life experience, sense of purpose and whatever control life actually allows us. If there’s a train coming down the track we don’t need to have a meeting about what to do, when to do it and then vote on it. We don’t have to wait until the third or fourth car rolls over us, bloodied and barely hanging on, for some decision to come down telling us what to do. We simply step off the rails, fully intact.It's unclear if the magazine will continue to have an online presence like the route that No Depression went after stopping publication last year.

At the same time, Radio and Records, a prominent music industry trade magazine has quit publication and will merge operations with  R+R was bought by the Nielsen/Billboard enterprise back in 2006.

We recently wrote...

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A folk duo with a heckuva lot of heart.

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Meet Caleb Friesen and Karla Adolphe. Performing under the name of Jacob and Lily, they're our featured concert this week on the (204).

Caleb and Karla started playing together in church and discovered they had a lot of musical chemistry. They've been performing as Jacob and Lily for a few years now, and there doesn't seem to be any signs of stopping. But, if you're already tapped into their music, you may have noticed that they haven't been playing the local "folk circuit" much lately. Not to worry. For the last 6 weeks they were touring in Southern Ontario and the Eastern States. And now they're back. They play at the Morden Back 40 Folk Festival this Sunday June 7, as well as the Park Theatre in Winnipeg on June 28.

This is what Jacob and Lily look like on stage. Eyes closed and bit lips are signs of intense passion for music.

AND, of course, there's always a lil' thing called The (204). Tune in this weekend to hear their performance at the Folk Exchange last year. If you can't tune in, check it at the Concerts on Demand site.

Other features on this this week:
- quirky chanteuse Christine Fellows
- rawkers American Flamewhip
- and a Western States prize...

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The Artist Next Door Celebrates Second Season on TV

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Rik Leaf is coming to a community near you and he's bringing cameras. The singer/songwriter/musician is also the producer and host  of The Artist Next Door, a television show that aims to celebrate the unique characteristics of Winnipeg neighbourhoods.

Next week, Leaf will be in Wolseley doing a live taping for MTS TV Winnipeg On Demand, which broadcasts the show. Wolseley residents are invited to attend the taping, which will feature world percussionist Scott Senior with Brazilian guitarist Marco Castillo, singer/songwriter/fiddler Sierra Noble, Taiko Drum Performer Phoebe Man, visual artist Diana Thorneycroft, and poet Jan Guenther Braun.

Now in its second season, the series was born out of producers Leaf and Derek Eidse's experience with the North End Artist Collective. “We live in an area of the city with lots of artists but no art galleries or live music venues, so a group of North End artists and residents have been organizing house concerts in neighbourhoods around the area for almost three years. The events have been so successful we just thought we’d expand the idea to discover the talented, passionate artists that live in other neighbourhoods around Winnipeg,"...

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This Summer, Have Your Street Dog with a Side of Music

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This summer, you could sit at your desk with your sandwich and check your Twitter or you could head outside for lunch and catch some local talent. The Downtown BIZ’s free Out to Lunch outdoor concert series, which kicks off June 3 with singer/songwriter Ingrid Gatin, offers a summer's worth of live music. The series, now celebrating its 17th year, runs every Wednesday at noon until September 2 at a variety of downtown locations.

In addition to rock, pop, jazz, funk, indie, roots, and country, this year's series will expand to include a couple of special performances, including Strike! The Musical and a special presentation of the can-can by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet to kick off their 70th Anniversary.

Shows are held mainly at Air Canada Park, as well as some special concerts at the Workers Compensation Board, Memorial Park, Edmonton Street (shutdown between Portage & Graham) and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s plaza.

CONCERT LISTINGS (rain site in brackets):
June 3 @ Air Canada Park - Ingrid Gatin (Portage Place)
June 10 @ Air Canada Park - Paper Moon (MTS Centre, Mn Fl)
June 17 @ Memorial Park - Marco Castillo Trio (Portage Place)
June 24 @ Workers Compensation on...

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It's festival season!

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With June just around the corner, Wab's decided to come up with his very own guide to summer festival season here in Manitoba. From Morden's Back 40 Festival, to Gimli's Islendingadagurinn, it's an hour of great Manitoba acts like The Other Brothers, Alana Levandoski, and The Nowosad Price Quintet... all performers you can catch live this summer!

Just a few of the festivities we'll be chattin' about on The (204):


One Sunday afternoon in Morden Manitoba, three friends sat on a porch and thought:"how fun would it be to have a folk festival around here?" Most people would just nod their heads and pour themselves another lemonade. But not Linda Hiebert, James Friesen and Wes Hamm. For over 20 years, their vision of "keeping home-made music alive" has been going strong as the Back 40 festival. That's happening next weekend if you want to check it out.

Lots of great performers will be at this year's Back 40 including Sue Foley, Jacob and Lily and the Other Brothers. AND - we have tickets to give away for the festival so tune in!


National Aboriginal Day is celebrated every June 21st. Not only is that also the...

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Winnipeg Arts Council Announces Nominees

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Several Manitoba musicians are vying for this year's Winnipeg Arts Council Awards. Nominated by their peers, nominees include 30 artists, arts administrators, and patrons in all disciplines, including dance, film, music, and visual arts. The winners will be announced at the 2009 Mayor's Luncheon for the Arts on June 11.

Emerging artists up for the On the Rise award including sought-after bassist Marie-Josée Dandeneau, singer/songwriter Sheena Grobb, and Francophone singer/songwriter Daniel ROA.

The Making a Mark award, which honours established professional artists who've received critical recognition for excellence, features a list of nominees including The Weakerthans' John K. Samson, Nathan's Keri Latimer, and Musica Speciale's artistic director John Racaru.

Former West End Cultural Centre exective director Nan Colledge and artist Rik Leaf are up for the Making a Difference award for their contributions to the growth and development of the arts in Winnipeg.

The Winnipeg Free Press is up for the Arts Champion award for its work supporting local arts scene.

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Students Launch Compilation of Independent Manitoba Music

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In February 2009, Manitoba Music and the Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba (ACI Manitoba) launched a new program aimed at Manitoba youth interested in careers in the music industry. Over the span of three months, the Youth Mentorship Program provided a dozen students from various southern Manitoba high schools with a chance to expand their knowledge of the industry and develop their own music business skills.

Students participated in a series of workshops facilitated by local industry professionals covering different aspects of the music business, from touring to releasing records to marketing and publicity. The impressive list of mentors included: Neil Cameron (Private Ear Recording), Amelia Curran (Outside Music), Adam Hannibal (Balanced Records), Grant Johnson (live sound engineer), Todd Jordan (Paquin Entertainment), Dominic Lloyd (West End Cultural Centre), Melissa Martin (Canstar News), Grant Paley (Paquin Entertainment / Moses Mayes), John Paul Peters (Private Ear Recording), and Mandy Wallman (West End Cultural Centre).

The workshops helped to develop the students’ practical skills, put to the test with an ambitious CD compilation project....

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Annual General Meeting - June 25

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you are invited...

Manitoba Music's
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The Lo Pub, 330 Kennedy Street
(HI Downtowner Hostel Winnipeg)
Meeting: 6:30pm Party: 7:00pm
Admission: free
Food will be served

Come for the meeting, stay for the party.
Eat, drink, and network.
See visuals from the past year’s events.
Hear what's in store for the coming year.
Be a part of the decision-making process.
Meet the board of directors and staff.
Guests are welcome.

For more information, please contact us at 942.8650 or

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Master Blaster Jammin'

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Since his debut in 1963, Stevie Wonder has been blowing people's minds with his talent and musical influence. Whether you like Funk, Jazz, Rock, Hip Hop... it's hard not to notice where Wonder's been.

Next Saturday, May 30, three Winnipeg bands will play the music of Stevie Wonder in tribute: The Lindsey White Band, Mas Headspace and FloSoul. Part time lover, Wab Kinew, willl be playing something from local RandB songstress Flo to get you warmed up.

Also on the show this week:
Wab talks to Nathan Terin, a Winnipeg man that has a passion for helping troubled youth. Since his teenaged cousin took his own life six years ago, Nathan has been organizing the annual Kids Help Phone fundraising concert series. Many local bands will be rallying together at the end of May to support the cause.

And some new music from ska band The SubCity Dwellers. You'll hear the ultra-fresh song called "Jerk Chicken Boogaloo." Sounds good, doesn't it? The band is releasing a 7" record with The Farrell Bros and the Magnificent 7s at the NEW West End Cultural Centre. That's happening Thursday, May 28.

The SubCity Dwellers are pumped about releasing actual vinyl!

Plus, a double header...

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Paste Looks for Donations to Help Save Magazine

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Paste Magazine has launched "Campaign to Save Paste" in an attempt to save the music magazine and web site from extinction. As an independent company, Paste has struggled for the past nine months as the recession has put a squeeze on advertising dollars.

The last nine months have been bad, but last month was a new low for the magazine, with cash coming in unexpectedly reaching an all-time low, and turning a tough situation into a short-term crisis. The magazine has cut costs and believes it has a long term plan to succeed, but is need of cash to bridge the gap. Instead of closing it's doors, Paste has, in the spirit of independent music, gone to the fans looking for additional short term support.

The magazine has the support of over 70 artists who have offered rare and exclusive mp3s for those who donate. I would tend to agree with Drive By Truckers Patterson Hood that “Paste may be the last great American music magazine left.” I wasn't too concerned when entertainment gossip rag Blender bit the dust this year, but I would certainly be sorry to see Paste go.

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Tom Cochrane was right... life really IS a highway.

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Tom Cochrane. Deborah Cox. The Barra MacNeils. Nathan. Moses Mayes.

You're probably asking yourself: What's up with the hodge podge of Canadian music talent?

The answer: they were all part of a big concert this week called "Rise Again 2009," raising funds for victims from this spring's Manitoba flooding.

This past Wednesday, Team (204) was out recording "Rise Again 2009," the big concert raising funds for Manitoba flood victims. The evening was pulled together by Tom Jackson and some of his close friends and went down at the MTC Centre.

Lasting 4 hours, the concert was a potpourri of Canadian music... TOM COCHRANE rocked out with our very own CHRISTIAN and SARAH DUGAS, DEBORAH COX blasted our minds with her wicked awesome voice, THE BARRA MACNEILS had a surprising amount of energy for a group that's been around for over 20 years...

...and our local talent was second to none:

NATHAN was eloquent and lovely.
MOSES MAYES made people sweat.

Listen to:
The (204) with Wabanakwut Kinew
Saturdays 5-6 p.m. on CBC Radio 1

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Spring Brings New Crop of Music Releases

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It might not feel much like spring right now but the new crop of new music releases is a good indication that winter is over (maybe). There are over a dozen releases from Manitoba artists this month, from metal to roots to hip-hop to alt.pop. Some of the CDs have already made it to a shelf or interweb near you. You can catch the rest at the plethora of release parties coming up at venues throughout Winnipeg...

Paper Moon - Only During Thunderstorms | May 1

Blair Hordeski - Cold Cold Heart | May 4

Still Village - Still Village | May 2

Romi Mayes - Achin' In Yer Bones @ Pyramid Cabaret | May 14

The Playing Cards - Underwater @ Crescent Fort Rouge United Church | May 15

Crisis Jane - Don't Flatter Yourself @ Park Theatre | May 17

Grant Davidson - Tired Limbs for Ashes @ Times Change(d) | May 21

Codename: The Sharks! @ The Lo Pub | May 22

Transit Collective Compilation CD @ Park Theatre | May 24

Nestor Wynrush - Trinnipeg!78 @ Pyramid Cabaret | May 27

Grand Analog - Metropolis Is Burning @ Pyramid Cabaret | May 27

Dust Poets - World At Large @ Park Theatre | May 28

Heather Bishop - My Face is a Map of My Time Here @ Westminster...

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Call for Submissions: Aboriginal Artists Volume 4

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOON, Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program is planning the release of a promotional compilation CD, Manitoba Aboriginal Artists Volume 4, in August of 2009. The CD will be multi-genre, targeted to music industry professionals working with popular and traditional genres (e.g. – rock, punk, pop, roots, hip-hop, pow wow, fiddle, etc.). It will be distributed widely through various music industry festivals and conferences, as well as directly to key players working in the Aboriginal and Native American music communities.

To have your track included for consideration, please submit:
• Press kit (with at least one high resolution digital photo)
• CD with track name (one song only), number, songwriting credit, publishing credit, label credit, studio credit, producer credit and track length clearly indicated
• 20-word bio
• Contact information: contact name, phone, email, and website
• Completed Grant of Rights form

Submissions will be rejected if incomplete

N.B. – You must be a current Manitoba Music member to be included on this CD. For more information about Manitoba Music membership, visit

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iLike Launches App for Artists

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Just about every musician out there likely spends 8 million hours updating the dozen or so websites they now need to have to be competitive in today's music market.

iLike is introducing new features to help its more than 300,000 musician users connect with fans more easily. Musicians will now be able to integrate with Twitter, YouTube, and MySpace as well as create and distribute their own custom iPhone apps. You can catch all the details at

Last summer, ArtistData launched its web service to help artists manage, publish and promote their info all over the interweb. Since its launch, ArtistData has grown to include Facebook, MySpace, Sonicbids, Twitter, and 14 more supported sites.

Personally, I'd like a robot.

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Manitoba Music and ACI Manitoba Launch Youth Mentorship Program

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In February 2009, Manitoba Music and the Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba (ACI Manitoba) launched a new program aimed at Manitoba youth interested in careers in the music industry. Over the span of three months, the Youth Mentorship Program provided a dozen students from various southern Manitoba high schools with a chance to expand their knowledge of the industry and develop their own music business skills.

Students participated in a series of workshops facilitated by local industry professionals covering different aspects of the music business, from touring to releasing records to marketing and publicity. The impressive list of mentors included: Neil Cameron (Private Ear Recording), Amelia Curran (Outside Music), Adam Hannibal (Balanced Records), Grant Johnson (live sound engineer), Todd Jordan (Paquin Entertainment), Dominic Lloyd (West End Cultural Centre), Melissa Martin (Canstar News), Grant Paley (Paquin Entertainment / Moses Mayes), John Paul Peters (Private Ear Recording), and Mandy Wallman (West End Cultural Centre).

The workshops helped to develop the students’ practical skills, put to the test with an ambitious CD compilation project....

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Fan Videos Nothing to Giraffe About

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I recently came across an adorable little amateur stop motion animation video. Made by someone named Amy, the narrative follows a stuffed giraffe navigating the perilous world of Amy's bedroom. The giraffe encounters a dangerous string thingee, an heroic elephant, and a frightening yet helpful pile of socks. The soundtrack? Christine Fellows' "What Makes the Cherry Red" off her acclaimed 2007 release, Nevertheless. Click here to watch the video.

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The New Free (or Free is So Done)

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From a marketing perspective, free music may already be overdone.

Seth Godin writes: The first time a previously expensive good or service is made free, we’re drawn to it precisely because of the freeness. The fifth time or tenth time, not so much.On value in music and "the new free", Kate at Outlandos Music writes:
Things to think about:

What’s the effectiveness of your free? To lure in new fans? To solidify current fans?
What’s the strategy of your free? Is your free creative? Why do I want it over someone else’s?
What’s the bottom line of your free? To get me to pay for something else? Free can’t be JUST free anymore. And how the hell can you beat free?

So that’s my question: What’s the new free? Thinking that the answer is in fact the opposite of free. The complete opposite. Fucking expensive.

Take the new food for example (thanks Erik!). $5 Kashi anyone? $4 local, farm-raised, cage-free eggs? $8 Pom Wonderful? $5 rice milk? Are we (me included) out of our minds? Perhaps. But clearly, somehow those foodies did it. We’re willing to pay ridiculously high prices for incredible quality. What’s more is we often drive way out of our way to get it...

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Eight Uncopyable Values

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Kevin Kelly has written extensively on find new values to create value in the age of digital media reproduction. In a recent essay on his blog The Technium, he explores the value of things that can't be digitally reproduced, and therefore maintain their value in a file-sharing, free music environment.

When copies are super abundant, they become worthless. When copies are super abundant, stuff which can't be copied becomes scarce and valuable.

These eight things are better than free. Eight uncopyable values:


Read the full essay Better Than Free.

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UK Gov Turns Music Industry Support Up To 11

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Canadian musicians and music industry workers are often met with looks of envy and astonishment when talking to international counterparts about the support that the industry receives from the Canadian government. The UK Government is also heavily invested, financially and culturally, the music industry and this part week has brought a couple of announcements of increased support from the British parliament.

The government has made a commitment to support creative businesses with measures that could provide tax breaks on royalty and other creative industry income. In addition, Chancellor Alistair Darling set aside 10m pounds for the Government's international business development organisation, UK Trade and Investment, which works closely with the BPI and AIM. This at a time when the Canadian Government has cut international assistance for the music industry to the bone, and yet to replace it.

The big announcement is 26million pounds for job creation, mostly in the live music sector through 200 music festivals jobs.

At the same time, the British government is paying some due to the grass roots and to musicians themselves, with an inovative, youth-targetted rehearsal...

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Music Community Comes Together for Flood Relief

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On May 13, the music community is coming together to help Manitoba flood victims. The MTS Centre will host Rise Again 2009: The Red Cross Manitoba Flood Relief Concert, featuring performances by a diverse group of artists including another expat, Tom Cochrane, R&B singer Deborah Cox, former INXS frontman JD Fortune, funk act Bet.e, roots quartet Nathan, country acts One More Girl and Beverley Mahood, funk fusion outfit Moses Mayes, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and East Coast Celtic band The Barra MacNeils.

The event is being spearheaded by a familiar former Manitoban, internationally-acclaimed musician and actor Tom Jackson.

"I currently live in Alberta,” Jackson said in a recent media release, “and as much as I think Alberta is wonderful, my heart is in Manitoba: my history is in Manitoba. As I have been blessed with the gift to help others, I feel a pride and responsibility to help my family and friends—literally and figuratively—when the need calls."

The concert is presented by Enbridge Pipelines Inc. with the support of the Province of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, as well as Paquin Entertainment, APTN, CBC Manitoba, CBC Radio Two, Epic, Long & McQuade, MTS...

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EMI Digital Non-Strategy Might be Working?

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Last May, we wrote about EMI Music's appointment of former Google CIO Douglas Merrill as head of digital strategy. Then in March of this year, Merrill moved on with a claim from EMI that digital was becoming central to all of their operations, rather than it's own stand alone department.

Now, the numbers coming out of EMI's year of digital confusion seem to indicate that profits are up significantly (£163 million over 2008's £51 million) and digital is to thank. The numbers show that while physical sales were down 10%, digital sales have moved in to represent 35% of the company's income, up from 20% last year.

Their digital activity in the last year has included a number of quirky licensing deals including a deal with The Fairmont Hotel chain, music-themed scratch-off lottery games, and a music Visa card.

In fact, the real secret to increased profits at EMI may well be the strong British Pound (against the US dollar) and internal cost cutting (such as letting go their head of digital strategy?).

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Open Mic @ The Folk Exchange - May 29

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Manitoba Music and the Winnipeg Folk Festival present
with Daniel ROA
Friday, May 29, 2009 | 7pm

Winnipeg Folk Festival and Manitoba Music are happy to announce the next Open Mic Night @ The Folk Exchange. The exciting line-up of guest hosts continues this month with Daniel ROA.

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.

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Mommy raised ya, but Romi Mayes'd ya...

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Over the years, Winnipeg's Romi Mayes has shared the stage with roots heavyweights like Ricky Skaggs, Iris Dement, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, Corb Lund... the list goes on. But this week on the (204), Romi keeps it simple in a concert we recorded at the Park Theatre. The very talented and humble Chris Carmichael joined her for the show, and Jaxon Haldane from the D.Rangers popped in too.

Plus, Wab's got a studio session from roots duo Twilight Hotel. They're playing the Times Change(d) Friday May 15 before packin' up and hitting the road until late June. Joanna Miller, Sky Onnoson and perhaps Scott Nolan will show up to play with the duo on the 15th, so make sure you don't have anything to do the next morning. The folks at the Times know how to have fun.

Plus, new music from the newest voice in the Christian Hip Hop scene, Sadie. As well as some old faves from Matt Epp, Nathan, and Athavale.

Listen to:
The (204) with Wabanakwut Kinew
Saturdays 5-6 p.m. on CBC Radio 1

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Bluebird North: Where Writers Sing and Tell

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The Songwriters Association of Canada has announced it will stage its first local Bluebird North event in Winnipeg on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at the Park Theatre (698 Osborne Street). Showtime is 7:30pm.

Bluebird North: Where Writers Sing and Tell is a musical showcase that brings together Canada’s most inspiring songwriters during an intimate and interactive evening. The audience will hear each performer share their songs and stories in an acoustic, informal environment.

"It’s an insider’s look at what inspired their original songs, straight from the artist’s mouth," explains event producer, Chris Burke-Gaffney (CBG Artist Development/Vatikan Records). Burke-Gaffney is working closely with his S.A.C. colleagues to organize the Winnipeg evening, keeping it consistent with Bluebird North events in other cities like Vancouver, Ottawa and St. John’s.

Bluebird North is based on Nashville's famed Bluebird Café, which opened in 1982. The venue is well-known for helping launch the careers of Garth Brooks, Ashley Cleveland and Pam Tillis.

Hosted by veteran radio host, Howard Mandshein (92 CITI FM, 101.5 UMFM), this year’s Bluebird North at the Park Theatre will...

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It's a Wild World

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I remember watching a fun show on MuchMusic called "Too Close For Comfort" eight million years ago. The show played videos of songs that sounded a little too similar to another and then the host would analyze. I might be making this up. But if the show did exist and was on today, Coldplay would've landed on it. Again.

A few months ago, guitar legend Joe Satriani sued the British outfit, claiming that the title track of the band's latest release, Viva La Vida, ripped off the melody and chords from his song, "If I Could Fly."

Now Cat Stevens, er Yusuf Islam,  is crying foul over the very same song, saying that it sounds an awful lot like his 1973 song, "Foreigner Suite." Apparently, Stevens isn't looking for money. He just wants credit. You be the judge.

As an aside, I named my family cat Cat Stevens when I was about four years old.

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Canada Joins the Copyright Blacklist

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Canada can now say hello Russia and China as it joins them on Washington's copyright blacklist. According to an article in the Globe & Mail, Obama's administration has officially deemed Canada a place where people roam free on the interweb and violate intellectual property without much interference from the powers that be. The move has been celebrated by the folks at the International Intellectual Property Alliance.

No other advanced Western democracy is on the list and Canada is regarded as a lawless hub for bootleg movies, ripped-off software and pirated chips that bypass copyright protections. - SOURCE: Paul Koring, "Canada placed on copyright blacklist"

So what do you think about Canada joining the blacklist? What should the Canadian government do? Does it matter to you?

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WHY Song in Upcoming Film Trailer

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Local rock band WHY has lent their music to a new film trailer for the upcoming film South Pole Quest. The film features Ray Zahab, founder of Impossible2Possible, as he embarks on his quest to run across the South Pole. Impossible2Possible is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to inspiring, educating and equipping a generation to achieve both environmental and human sustainability. They host adventures, such as South Pole Quest, in hopes of inspiring and educating young people to help protect the planet. Click here to watch the trailer.

WHY is a strong advocate for many anti-poverty organizations as well as AIDS awareness organizations including Make Poverty History, The Global Fund, (RED) and Level Ground Trading Ltd among several others. When they released The Lazarus Effect in 2005, proceeds went to supporting OXFAM, an organization dedicated to fighting poverty and social injustice around the world.

Zahab has started incorporating more of WHY’s music in several other Impossible2Possible film projects. Turns out he’s actually the guy who ran across the Sahara Desert in Matt Damon’s film Running the Sahara.

The band's new song, “We Started Out...

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