Let the countdown begin. Canada’s music awards are returning to the centre of the country and Manitoba’s music industry is ready. The JUNO Awards will take over Winnipeg in 2014, bringing with them JUNO Week celebrations, March 24-30, The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and broadcast partner CTV announced on October 4.
This will be the second time the JUNOS have landed in Winnipeg. In 2005, the festivities flooded venues across the city for JUNOFest; shut down Portage Avenue for a street party; and packed the MTS Centre with music fans, a veritable who’s who of industry, and marquee talent. Hometown roots darlings The Wailin’ Jennys, one of 10 nominated acts from Manitoba that year, were the pride of the province, winning their first of two JUNOS.
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The Red River will flow into Ontario for two days this month when 11 emerging folk and roots artists from Manitoba hit the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF) conference in Mississauga. Manitoba Music is presenting three chances to catch the artists live at the 26th annual event, which runs October 11-14.
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Manitoba’s music industry continued its winning streak at the Western Canadian Music Awards this year, picking up 10 awards at the 10th anniversary event, including honours for several first-time nominees. The hardware was handed out at a gala celebration on September 30 in Regina, hosted by CBC Radio 3’s Grant Lawrence, and at an invite-only industry brunch on September 29. Local artists and music companies landed 33 nominations in 19 categories for the annual celebration of music from the western provinces and territories.
Manitoba artists have a dozen chances to pick up hardware at this year's Covenant Awards. The awards, which celebrate best in Canadian Christian music, will be handed out on November 7 during GMA (Gospel Music Association) Canada Week in Burlington, ON.
Manitoba is gearing up to take over Regina this weekend. Running September 27-30 in various Regina venues, the 2012 BreakOut West Festival will feature showcases by 11 Manitoba acts, including several nominees for this year's Western Canadian Music Awards, which take place on September 30 as part of the BreakOut West festivities.
Take the stage this year: Francophone popster Daniel ROA, roots/country singer/songwriter Don Amero, indie rock act Federal Lights, R&B/soul chanteuse Flo, acclaimed indie soul/pop duo Imaginary Cities, award-winning Aboriginal rock band Indian City, country crooner Jerry Sereda, acoustic pop singer/songwriter JP Hoe, upbeat country duo Keith & Renee, Brazilian-born guitarist Marco Castillo, and bluegrass outfit Oh My Darling.
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On September 21, Manitoba Music is going to be in three places at once.
In Winnipeg, we kick off the new season of Open Mic at The Folk Exchange with host Kayla Luky. Presented with the Winnipeg Folk Festival, open mic nights take over the Exchange District venue the third Friday of the month. Upcoming hosts include Amber Epp (October 19) and The Perpetrators' Jay Nowicki (December 21), with more to be announced. Bring your guitars and your tubas and discover some up-and-coming talent.
In Montreal, we're teaming up with SaskMusic for The Prairie BBQ at Pop Montreal; which is a key event that attracts top music industry names from across the country. The showcase features performances by indie rock outfit Les Jupes, instrumental electronic act Mahogany Frog, and Saskatchewan's Rah Rah and Caves at Parc de la Petite-Italie.
In Hamburg, the second annual Manitoba showcase at Reeperbahn Festival and Campus will feature indie upstarts Cannon Bros. and Juno-nominated singer/songwriter Del Barber in Canada House. The trade mission to Germany also includes a networking event at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin on September 19, in partnership with the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA).
Turn out the lights, sit back, and get ready for a night of Manitoba-made music videos on the big screen… the really big screen.
Manitoba Music is joining forces with IMAX Winnipeg Portage Place and Culture Days Manitoba to present Manitoba Music Videos at IMAX as part of the Nuit Blanche festivities in downtown Winnipeg. Running 6 p.m. to midnight on September 29, the free event features over 40 local music videos in full IMAX sound and vision, plus live music in the licensed lobby bar, and director interviews.
From bricks and mortar, to rock and roots, folk have been engaging with the arts at the West End Cultural Centre for 25 years. Since renovating a former church on 586 Ellice Avenue, the WECC has grown into an arts facility that draws the attention of national and international touring acts, fosters local artist development, and is a hub for community arts initiatives. This year, the 25th Anniversary brings together the strong local music community to celebrate with two days of concerts.
Rock poet and Weakerthans front man John K. Samson is up for one of Canada's most prestigious songwriting honours, the ECHO Songwriting Prize. Samson's song "When I Write My Master's Thesis", off his debut solo effort Provincial, is one of five nominated English songs. The winner, which will be announced on October 19, is decided by public vote.
Two Manitoba acts landed honours at the Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA) in Milkwaukee, Wisconsin over the weekend. Indian City and Don Amero each picked up awards for songs off their latest releases at a gala event on September 8, 2012.
Manitoba Music will be presenting showcases in Winnipeg for guest speakers from our upcoming Music Managers panel (October 20), Case Study Panel (October 27), and Music Licensing Workshop (November 3). Workshop and speaker details are available at manitobamusic.com/workshops. These showcases offer artists a unique opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from outside Manitoba. The submission deadline is 4pm, Thursday, September 13. Click the "read more" for details...
Montreal will get a little taste of the prairies this fall when Manitoba Music teams up with SaskMusic to present The Prairie BBQ at Pop Montreal. The September 21 showcase at Parc de la Petite-Italie will feature performances by Manitoba bands Les Jupes and Mahogany Frog along with Saskatchewan’s Rah Rah and Caves. This will be Manitoba Music’s first trip to the music festival.
The marquee is blinking and music fans gravitate towards The Park Theatre Café this week in celebration of the Winnipeg venue’s 7th Anniversary. The intimate performance space is a cultural hub, hosting many theatre productions, video screenings, and memorable concerts and events that showcased local bands and touring acts. The anniversary week kicks off on September 5 with acoustic popster JP Hoe and Montreal’s Krief. Roots compatriots Romi Mayes and Jay Nowicki take over on September 6. The Weber Brothers hit the stage the following night, and funk collective Moses Mayes closes the party on September 8.
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Manitoba Music is heading across the ocean for a trade mission to one of Europe’s biggest music markets: Germany. The Manitoba delegation will be hitting Hamburg in September for a series of networking and business events and a prominent showcase with acclaimed local indie acts, Del Barber and Cannon Bros.
Building on the success of Manitoba Music’s German trade mission last year, and a long history of successful export marketing events at MIDEM in France, this mission will continue the focus on high-level networking an
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