Six acclaimed Manitoba-based artists have landed 10 Canadian Folk Music Award nods, shining a spotlight on the strength and musical diversity of our province's music community. The nominees -- which include Tanya Tagaq, Del Barber, The Bros. Landreth, Fred Penner, Vince Fontaine and Indian City, and Sweet Alibi -- were announced on September 24.
After an astonishing live performance that earned her a standing ovation at its gala, Tanya Tagaq won the prestigious Polaris Music Prize for her groundbreaking album, Animism. Released on Six Shooter Records, the album has received no shortage of rave reviews and coverage from national and international media for the acclaimed, Cambridge Bay-raised, Brandon-based Inuit throat singer and composer.
Manitoba artists have picked up six Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) this year. Winnipeg Boyz, Indian City, Leonard Sumner, Jason Lepine, and Nelson Little all earned hardware at a nationally-televised gala at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on September 12 and the invite-only Ohshkii Awards Night at the Winnipeg Art Gallery the night before.
Three Manitoba artists have landed music awards recently, including honours at Wisconsin's Indian Summer Music Awards and California's West Coast American Indian Awards. Rock outfit Indian City, classical singer Rhonda Head, and country chanteuse Tracy Bone have all picked up hardware.
11 Aboriginal artists, two Aboriginal organizations, and one Aboriginal-owned business have accessed support from the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR) in the past nine months. A total of $260,097.70 has been invested in live performance, demos, business travel, business development, industry events, and recordings by the Aboriginal music community in Canada.
Manitoba Music is gearing up for an exciting new season of professional development workshops and training opportunities for the music industry. Kicking off September 11 at Manitoba Music's Resource Centre, MusicWorks presents experienced music industry pros, trend setters, and tastemakers speaking on the most important topics for today’s artists and music industry entrepreneurs.
This year, Manitoba Music continues its popular MusicWorks segment, the DIY Series, for the second year. This stream of workshops offers developing artists and industry, as well as veterans looking to update their skills, the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the music business. The series starts with the music business fundamentals that everyone needs to master – radio play, bio writing, social media, touring, and copyright -- and ends with planning a release, showing how each of these pieces fit together to create a cohesive strategy.
MusicWorks will also host some of the most influential music professionals from across Canada and beyond for the Industry Series. These workshops will feature an in-depth focus on timely topics, including artist management, touring, conference and showcasing, understanding A&R, and more. This season, Manitoba Music will also take the workshops and networking to Brandon, as part of the Manitoba Arts Network's Manitoba Showcase 2014.