J.P. Hoe Gets Ready to Record, Showcase at WCMAs

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Acoustic pop singer/songwriter J.P. Hoe is heading south to record his debut full-length album with a prominent American producer in November. Hoe, who is sometimes compared to Rufus Wainwright and Martin Sexton, garnered much attention for his debut EP The Here In Review released last year. Produced by Easily Amused's Keith MacPherson, "Lady Bliss" has made its way into rotation on Hot 103, Q94 FM, and 92.9 KICK FM.

Hoe will head to Virginia next month to work on a project with David Lowery of seminal folk/rock act Camper Van Beethoven and Crack fame. Lowery has worked with acts like Counting Crows, Joan Osborne and Sparlehorse. Camper Van Beethoven recently played the 2005 Winnipeg Folk Festival in July.

Hoe travels to Vancouver to showcase at the 2005 Western Canadian Music Awards October 20 to 23, along with a dozen other Manitoba acts. Having made an impression on audiences and industry bigwigs alike at showcases at Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast in Toronto and the Midpoint Music Fest in Cincinnati, the WCMA showcase will offer Hoe an opportunity to perform some new material for talent buyers, labels, managers, and music fans from across the country and beyond.

2005 JUNO Awards nominated rock band The Waking Eyes will also showcase at the WCMAs, along with singer/songwriters Greg Gardner, Cara Luft and Jodi King, bluegrass outfit House of Doc, and rock acts The Perms and Tin Foil Phoenix. Five local bands will share an evening on October 21, including The Morning After, Quinzy, The Attics, Blueprint Gallery and The Harlots.

All of the Aboriginal nominees for the WCMA artistic awards will be participating in a showcase title Beyond Words. The showcase will be videotaped for broadcast on APTN and BRAVO as part of the 13-part Beyond Words series that will take viewers behind the scenes and on stage to illustrate the history of Aboriginal artists. Manitoba nominees Billy Joe Green, Kimberley Dawn, and David Boulanger (Burnt Project 1) will perform alongside Red Bull (with C-Weed)and Asani on October 22.

The three-day WCMA music festival including 18 showcasing Manitoba acts. The WCMAs present an incredible opportunity for emerging and established artists to be a part of the western Canadian music community. Participating artists and other music professionals have the chance to meet key industry stakeholders, creating the opportunity for a new wave of exciting industry developments from record deals to international tours.

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