Things are in high gear for Manitoba Music’s busy fall season of market development events. The not-for-profit, member-driven music industry association will hit seven cities in the next three months, presenting opportunities for several export-ready music entrepreneurs and connecting homegrown talent to influential industry contacts in important music markets in Canada, the U.S., Germany, and Poland.
Things will kick off south of the border with a return to music mecca Nashville for the AmericanaFest. Manitoba Music will combine its exporting power with prairie counterparts SaskMusic and Alberta Music and present events during the massive fest under the BreakOut West banner. The September 22 showcase at East Nashville haunt, The Groove, will feature a Manitoba act already starting to turn heads in the hot Americana market, roots/country outfit Leaf Rapids. The prairie triumvirate will also co-host a networking event with Nashville-based music publishers on September 20 featuring up-and-coming country act Brett Boivin and more. Powerhouse roots duo The Small Glories will make its second AmericanFest stop at a Folk Music Canada showcase on September 23.
Meanwhile, indie rock outfits Mise en Scene and Yes We Mystic will head overseas with Manitoba Music for a return to the Reeperbahn Festival at Hamburg’s Kukuun on September 22 and 23. Yes We Mystic will continue on for Manitoba Music’s sophomore voyage to Poland to develop connections with key music industry companies in Warsaw, hitting the showcase stage on September 26 in addition to several networking opportunities.
Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern will play host to emerging indie darling Begonia, electro pop band VIKINGS, dream pop act Living Hour, and yacht rockers The Middle Coast, who’ll perform for and network with key industry players on October 25, including labels, agents, publishers, supervisors, publicists and more.
On the horizon, Manitoba Music will host influential international delegates in Winnipeg as they make their way across the country for this year’s BreakOut West festival and conference, which takes over Regina October 13-16. Three local acts will have the opportunity to perform for the visiting industry in early October, part of two days of networking, meetings, and individualized mentor opportunities. Manitoba Music will head to Ottawa for showcases at the annual Folk Music Ontario conference, October 20-23, featuring Western Canadian Music Award-nominated Francophone singer/songwriter Jocelyne Baribeau, country artist Kayla Luky, and folk act Raine Hamilton String Trio and more. Manitoba Music will also team up once again with MPR’s The Current for the Manitoba X Minnesota music exchange project in early November. Manitoba Music will also host a showcase and training events in Morden during Manitoba Showcase 2016 in October and the third Montreal edition of Francophone music development project, Rame à la rencontre. Details and performer lineups will be announced prior to each event.
Bringing Manitoba music to new geographic areas and finding new markets to intensify trade activity in existing markets is a key component of Manitoba Music's trade and business development project. Manitoba Music's market development initiatives are also funded by the Province of Manitoba, FACTOR, Manitoba Film & Music, and Manitoba Trade & Investment. Through events like these, Manitoba Music is able to increase the connection between our province’s music industry and the broader national and international industry, which is vital to the career advancement of Manitoba artists and industry professionals.