Manitoba Music will present a showcase in Winnipeg in partnership with the Big Fun Festival and in conjunction with the January Music Meeting (January 29-31, 2016). The third annual January Music Meeting (JMM) will host some of Canada’s top independent music industry professionals including label reps, agents, managers, and publicists. Presented as part of the Big Fun Festival, this showcase will offer artists an opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from outside Manitoba as well as local music fans. Artists will be expected to register for the JMM workshops. DEADLINE: October 22, 2015
Manitoba Music is presenting a showcase at The Good Will Saturday on November 28. As a musical companion to our Understanding A&R: Demo Derby, Manitoba bands will have an opportunity to perform for and network with key music industry professionals. DEADLINE: October 22, 2015
This week's AMP Sessions video series feature's a new one from Ali Fontaine, an Anishinaabe singer/songwriter from Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba. In 2011, she was named Best New Artist and earned the title for Best Country CD at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. Two years later, she picked up the Native America Music Award for Best County Recording. Fontaine is currently working on her third album and has her eyes set on a 2016 release date.
After a stellar run in Victoria for the year's BreakOut West, the envelopes were opened for the 13th annual Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA) on September 20, celebrating the accomplishments of some of Western Canada's best and brightest.
Manitoba talent was well-represented at this year's Indigenous Music Awards, which changed their name from the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards earlier this year. The hardware was handed out on September 11 at the 10th annual gala awards show at the MTS Centre and the invite-only Ohshkii Awards. Winners included Hellnback, NCI FM's National Aboriginal Music Countdown, and Jason Burnstick.
Manitoba Music is now accepting applications for the eight edition of Aboriginal Music Performers (AMP) Camp. Hosted by Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts, the week-long residency gives mid-career Aboriginal recording artists an opportunity to develop their business skills and artistic abilities. Running January 31 to February 5, 2016 at Falcon Trails Resort in southern Manitoba, AMP Camp will invite 20 Canadian artists from the pool of applicants to participate. DEADLINE: October 20, 2015.