Manitoba Takes Over Toronto for Canadian Music Week
Music from Manitoba is set to break new ground at Canadian Music Week (CMW) this month. One of Canada’s biggest music industry festivals, CMW takes over Toronto venues April 18-23. Fifteen homegrown acts are booked to play the festival, which offers the chance to perform for and connect with music fans, industry, and media from across Canada and the world.
The 35th CMW features hundreds showcasing bands at more than 30 live music venues in downtown Toronto. Manitoba’s lineup includes hip hop heroes 3PEAT, music legend Fred Penner, electronic duo Ghost Twin, indie rock band Hearing Trees, country singer/songwriters Kayla Luky and Kendra Kay, pop/soul outfit Lanikai, epic prog rock trio Moon Tan, indie folk act Okay Mann, alt pop quintet Paisley, indie pop band Sc Mira, singer/songwriters Shotgun Jimmie and Slow Leaves, alt-rock five-piece The Treble, and synthpop act Viva Non.
Head to manitobamusic.com/cmw for all the showcase details and to check out music and video from all this year's showcasing acts.
Publicist and artist manager RoseAnna Schick of RAS Creative, who works with Attawapiskat-based rock outfit Midnight Shine will also be in Toronto offering one-on-one advice to artists in this year's Mentor’s Café.
In addition to the thwack of showcases, CMW is also home to a number of awards shows celebrating Canadian talent in the artistic, live music, and broadcast communities.
Rock poet John K. Samson picked up a nod for The Indies in the Singer/songwriter Artist of the Year category, along with two nominations for A Tribe Called Red, which features Winnipeg-based artist 2oolman.
The second annual Live Music Industry Awards will hand out hardware to members of the Canadian music and live industries at a celebratory brunch on May 7. Up for hardware this year are the Winnipeg Folk Festival -- a triple nominee this year, Interstellar Rodeo, and The Park Theatre.
The Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards, which honour pioneers and builders of the Canadian music industry, will be held on May 5. This year’s nominees include: Paquin Artist Agency, Club Regent Casino, MTS Centre, Burton Cummings Theatre, Kiss 102.3, and 92.1 CITI.
SINGER-SONGWRITER ARTIST/GROUP OF THE YEAR
John K. Samson (Anti-)
Live Music Awards
FAMILY PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
Winnipeg Folk Festival (Winner in 2016)
SMALL FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR (6,000 AND UNDER)
Interstellar Rodeo (Winner in 2016)
MEDIUM FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR (6,001 – 15,000)
Winnipeg Folk Festival
GREEN OPERATIONS FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR
Winnipeg Folk Festival
BEST TEAMWORK IN A SMALL CLUB (LESS THAN 300 CAPACITY)
The Park Theatre
Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards
Paquin Artists Agency
MAJOR FACILITY OVER 8000
Club Regent Casino
PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE OVER 1500
Burton Cummings Theatre for the Performing Arts
STATION OF THE YEAR AC
Kiss 102.3 – Winnipeg
STATION OF THE YEAR ROCK
92.1 CITI – Winnipeg