We're introducing a new regular feature to the Manitoba Music news... CBC's Prairie Playlist. Ismaila Alfa, host of SCENE on air, brings the Prairie Playlist to Up To Speed, CBC Radio One, every weekday between 3 and 3:30 p.m. Every Friday, you can check right here to see who's on the week's list of great local talent. This week's 10 songs from 10 artists is after the jump...
There will be lots of Manitoba talent on stage as Canada's music industry converges on the nation's capital for this year's JUNO festivities. The annual celebration, taking place in Ottawa, encompasses several events, including a music festival, hockey game, autograph signings, songwriters circle, and the awards themselves.
JUNOFest runs March 30-April 1 in various Ottawa venues, showcasing top Canadian talent and several of this year's award nominees. Aboriginal rock band Bruthers of Different Muthers (BODM) and noisecore outfit KEN Mode, both nominated for JUNOs this year, will hit Café Dekcuf on March 30 and 31, respectively. Balanced Records' Kasm and Seed Organization will be at The Mercury Lounge on March 31 with fellow label act Flying Down Thunder and Rise Ashen, who are nominated this year.
Manitoba artists will have plenty of chances to pick up hardware when the 2012 JUNO Awards are handed out in Ottawa next month. The nominees for the 41st annual awards were announced by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) in Toronto early on February 7, streamed live on CTV’s website.
This year’s Manitoba nominees include JUNO alums, first time nominees, and some familiar expats, and span the genres from roots to metal to Aboriginal music.
Roots trio The Wailin' Jennys picked up their third JUNO nomination for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year for Bright Morning Stars (True North/Universal); they won the category in 2005 for their debut, 40 Days. They won a Western Canadian Music Award for Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year and their producers, David Travers-Smith and Mark Howard, picked up the Canadian Folk Music Award for Producer of the Year for their work on Bright Morning Stars. The Toronto-based Travers-Smith also landed a Juno nod for Recording Engineer of the Year for his work on Bright Morning Stars song, “All the Stars”.
Portage la Prairie’s country rock favourites Doc Walker got a nod for Country Album of the Year for 16 & 1, their latest release on Open Road/Universal. The hard-touring trio picked up four Canadian Country Music Award nominations in September. This is Doc Walker’s sixth JUNO nomination; they won in 2009 for their album, Beautiful Life.
Noisecore outfit KEN Mode landed a nod in the new Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year category for Venerable (Profound Lore/Sonic Unyon/F>A>B). The band, which is currently on tour in Europe, was at the top of critics’ best-of lists and got attention from the likes of American tastemaker music site, Stereogum.
Rock act Bruthers of Different Muthers, or BODM, picked up a nod for Aboriginal Album of the Year for Speakers of Tomorrow. The nomination follows a win at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards in November for Best Rock CD. Also up for an award in the Aboriginal category is One Nation, by Ottawa’s Rise Ashen and Flying Down Thunder, which was released Winnipeg label Balanced Records.
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.
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A quick look at the City of Edmonton's website leads me to believe that it lacks a snappy, pride-swelling civic slogan. Regardless, my first trip to this city is going well. The 2008 Western Canadian Music Awards are well underway and the venues are packed with the usual blend of visiting industry folks (including the international delegates, like five L.A.-based music supervisors), showcasing artists, and music fans alike.
After spending an inordinate amount of time attempting to figure out my alarm clock, it was off to the Velvet Underground on 102nd Street for a fantastic set by Twilight Hotel. I've been watching this duo for years and I can safely say that the pair's relentless tour schedule has paid off: they are flawless. Total American gothic '50s rock 'n' roll show. Brandy (Zdan) and Dave (Quanbury) sat down for all but one of their songs ("Viva la Vinyl"), which could've sucked the energy right out of the room, but they held their crowd and just plain rocked. And also rolled.
Next it was up the stairs to the Starlite Room for a blistering set by blue rockers The Perpetrators. Hard to believe that much rich sound comes from just three guys. Former drummer Scotty...
Roots duo Twilight Hotel is gearing up to launch its sophomore release, Highway Prayer, on January 29 (the Winnipeg CD release party will take place on February 29 at the West End Cultural Centre). They'll be heading to Memphis next month for this year's Folk Alliance Conference where they'll showcase and await the results from the Folk Alliance Awards (they're up for the Emerging Artist trophy). Get your free mp3 of the title track from The Loudspeaker on manitobamusic.com until January 24! You can also catch Twilight Hotel at the Regal Beagle on Friday, January 18.