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Vince Fontaine and Jacquie Black
Ariel Posen
Birthday Cake Media
Don Amero
Eagle and Hawk
Fresh IE
Indian City
Into the Music
NCI FM - Manitoba
Raine Hamilton
Rhonda Head
Rising Sun Productions Inc.
Steve Bell
The Bros. Landreth
The Weakerthans
Vince Fontaine
Vince Fontaine
William Prince
Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra

Remembering Vince Fontaine and Jacquie Black

A very heavy time of tremendous loss this week, with the passing of Vince Fontaine and Jacquie Black, who have both made such important contributions to the music community.

Vince Fontaine was an important leader in the music community and had an incredible impact on so many. He’s been a mentor, champion, challenger, tireless supporter of Indigenous artists, and an amazing musician/composer/producer with trailblazing acts like Eagle & Hawk and Indian City. We are deeply grateful for his many years of guidance as a foundational member of the Indigenous Music Development Program Steering Committee and as a past member of our Board of Directors, and for the many years of participation in our projects. We are so grateful for his dedication to making the music industry a better place, for opening doors, challenging systems, and elevating Indigenous voices, and for his many many songs and heartfelt performances. This is a tremendous loss. We send much love out to his family, friends, and vast music family. There will be a celebration of Vince's life this Sunday January 16, 1-3PM at Oodena Celebration Circle (The Forks). There is a fundraiser for his family via GoFundMe. Thank you, Vince. 
We're very saddened to hear of Jacquie Black's passing. Jacquie has done so much to support and elevate the voices of Indigenous artists and make the music industry a better space, including her important worth with the Indigenous Music Awards. We are grateful to have had a chance to work with her. Sending love and light to her family, friends, and all she's touched. Her family has shared a fundraiser via GoFundMe. Thank you, Jacquie.

Winnipeg Free Press Indigenous Musician A Connecting Force In Music Scene 

CBC Music Community Mourns Death Of Jacquie Black, Longtime Manager Of Indigenous Music Awards

Virgin Radio 103.1 Vince Fontaine Remembered For His Music, Impact On Indigenous Community 

Winnipeg Free Press Succession of Celebrity Deaths Stuns Indigenous World

CTV News Vince Fontaine, Founder Of Juno-Award-Winning Band Eagle & Hawk, Has Died 

CBC Vince Fontaine, 'True Visionary' And Juno Award-Winning Manitoba Musician, Dies At 60

Global News Manitoba Music Icon Vince Fontaine Dies At 60 

Winnipeg Sun Tributes Pour In After Passing Of Indigenous Musician Vince Fontaine

Toronto Star ‘He Was A Champion Of Indigenous Artists’: Community Mourns First Nations Musician 

CHVN 95.1 FM Beloved Winnipeg musician Vince Fontaine Dies

CFWE FM Vince Fontaine, Founder Of Juno-Award-Winning Band Eagle & Hawk, Dies 


Check out this week's edition of Signal Boost roundup for the latest music headlines and media coverage amplifying the music community in Manitoba. 

The Uniter Courage Can Move A Mountain l Raine Hamilton

The Uniter A Record High l Into the MusicBirthday Cake MediaBegoniaThe Bros. Landreth

The North Bay Business Journal BottleRock Napa Valley 2022 Lineup Announced l William Prince

Cobourg Now Live Music Returns To Westben l William Prince Escales En Chanson De Petite-Vallée : « Une Microcommunauté D’Auteurs-Compositeurs-Interprètes Que Tu Ne Retrouves Nulle Part Ailleurs » l Rayannah

Brooklyn Vegan Notable Releases Of The Week (1/7) l The Weakerthans

Stylus Magazine Artist Interview :: Memorypond l Memorypond

CHVN 95.1 FM Letting God Silence The Storms In Life - Fresh IE Releases New Single l Fresh IE

Classic 107 Making Space For Others To Make Music - A Conversation With New Virtuosi Concerts Artistic Director Jennifer Thiessen l Jennifer Thiessen

Live For Live Music John Mayer Taps Isaiah Sharkey, Celisse, Eric Krasno, More For PRS SE Silver Sky Demo l Ariel Posen

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