Aboriginal Music Program

Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Music Showcase in Winnipeg

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Manitoba Music will be presenting a showcase in Winnipeg for guest speakers from our upcoming Understanding A&R panel (November 22, 2014). These showcases offer artists a unique opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from outside Manitoba. DEADLINE: November 3, 2014

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Manitoba Artists Earn Five Native American Music Award Nominations

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Rhonda Head

Three Aboriginal recording acts from Manitoba have landed five nominations for this year's Native American Music Awards (NAMA). The 15th annual awards gala takes place November 14 at the Seneca Allegany Casino in Niagara Falls, New York and streamed live on fnx.org with a television broadcast to follow on FNX-TV and New York PBS Stations on November 27.  

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Indigenous artists at BreakOut West

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IsKwé photo by Megan Wilson

IsKwé, Desiree Dorion, Federal Lights, Cassidy Mann, and marijosée are part of the unofficial Indigenous artist delegation that's set to showcase at the BreakOut West Music Festival in Winnipeg this weekend. The festival kicks on October 2 and over 70 of Western Canada’s finest performers will be showcasing for over 350 music industry leaders and delegates from all over the world.

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Manitoba Artists Land 10 Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominations

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Indian City

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. 

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Tanya Tagaq's Animism Wins the 2014 Polaris Music Prize

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Tanya Tagaq

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.

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Manitoba Artists Pick Up Six Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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Best New Artist winner Leonard Sumner

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. 

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Rhonda Head, Indian City, Tracy Bone Pick Up U.S. Music Awards

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From left: Rhonda Head, Indian City, Tracy Bone

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. 

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FACTOR funded Aboriginal artists and industry

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Tanya Tagaq

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.

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Manitoba Music Launches 2014 Fall/Winter Season of MusicWorks

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DIY Series touring workshop, Oct 2013

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.  

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Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Music at Manitoba Showcase 2014

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Manitoba Music is presenting a showcase at the Royal Oak Inn in Brandon on October 24 during the Manitoba Arts Networks’ Manitoba Showcase 2014. This event is an excellent opportunity to network with and perform for delegates from arts organizations across the province as well as visiting music industry professionals. DEADLINE: September 11, 2014

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Aboriginal Music Week Celebrates Music Without Borders

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The summer of music festivals continues with the sixth annual edition of Aboriginal Music Week. Running August 20-24 in various Winnipeg venues, this year's fest will feature a number of free and tickets shows as well as community celebrations, workshops, film events, and industry networking. 

AMW will play host to a number of touring acts, including first visits from emcee Tall Paul, violinist Laura Ortman, music producer Astronomar, and hip hop duo Mob Bounce, and guitarist Logan Staats. JUNO Award winners George Leach and Leela Gilday are both set to return, along with pop singer Inez Jasper, prehispanico music creator DJ Javier Estrada, and more

Homegrown talent also plays a big part on the bill this year, including performances from award-winning rock outfit Eagle & Hawk, Métis fiddlers Darren Lavallee and Melissa St. Goddard, trip hop singer and 2014 Western Canadian Music Award nominee Iskwé, funk-rockers Burnt-Project 1, champion drum group Spirit Sands Singers, rockers The Mosquitoz, country chanteuse Frannie Klein.

 

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Market Development Opportunity: Manitoba Music in Nashville

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We are now accepting submissions of interest from artists and artist representatives to participate in an industry networking event in Nashville, TN, September 16, 2014. This is an opportunity to network with Nashville-based music publishers, agents, promoters, songwriters, and more. There may be limited opportunities for a short showcase performance. Participants in this event should be export ready with a strong rationale and existing activities/contacts in Nashville. DEADLINE: August 21, 2014

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Aboriginal Music Week

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The summer of music festivals continues with the sixth annual edition of Aboriginal Music Week. Running August 20-24 in various Winnipeg venues, this year's fest will feature a number of free and tickets shows as well as community celebrations, workshops, film events, industry networking, and more. 

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Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Music at Folk Music Ontario

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We are now taking submissions from artists interested in participating in Manitoba Music showcases at the Folk Music Ontario conference (formerly OCFF) in Toronto, October 16-19, 2014. This is an opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from the Canadian and international folk, roots, and traditional music community. The conference includes speakers and seminars, performer showcases, and jam sessions. Approximately 800 delegates attend the conference, including artistic directors, presenters, and provincial, national, and international industry organizations. DEADLINE: August 21, 2014

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Call for Submissions: Promotional Video Series for Aboriginal Artists

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Manitoba Music is creating a series of live performance videos of First Nation, Métis, or Inuit artists to be used for online promotion. The series will feature staged performances of new music by Aboriginal members of Manitoba Music. The videos will be distributed online by Manitoba Music and used in promoting showcases and events. They will be targeted to music fans, industry professionals, and media and can be used by the artists for marketing purposes. DEADLINE: September 2, 2014

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Tanya Tagaq's Animism Makes Polaris Short List

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Tanya Tagaq

After much anticipation, the prestigious Polaris Music Prize released this year's short list and Brandon-based Inuit throat singer and composer Tanya Tagaq's acclaimed album Animism is one of the top 10 Canadian albums of the year.

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Remembering Kevin Walters

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Kevin Walters

Our music community has suffered an incredible loss with the passing of Kevin Walters.

Kevin has been a legend in Manitoba’s music scene for decades. A concert promoter, manager, industry worker, mover and shaker, super connector, Kevin knew everyone and everyone knew him. He used that power to help people build their careers, to reach new heights, and to, in turn, connect with others.

Kevin has been everywhere. Once upon a time, he was a DJ, managed Night Moves, was a booking agent with the Hungry I Agency, formed his own artist management and production company Twin Productions, took a gig as merchandising manager for Barenaked Ladies, and had a long career at the manager of sound recording programs at Manitoba Film & Music.

Throughout his time with MFM, Kevin had a massive impact on the lives of all of us in Manitoba’s music community, helping to foster careers and mentor developing entrepreneurs, sharing his wealth of knowledge and expertise. For many, Kevin was the first industry person they met as they embarked on their careers. He helped countless artists make groundbreaking albums, play for audiences across the world, touch the lives of their audiences, and realize their dreams.

Kevin was the guy behind the scenes making things happen. He helmed the 2006 Grey Cup Festival, helped to bring the Canadian Country Music Awards to Winnipeg, was a primary founder of the Prairie Music Awards that became the Western Canadian Music Awards and BreakOut West, launched the Winnipeg BBQ & Blues Festival, organized Manitoba Homecoming 2010 and Culture Days, booked talent at the Red River Ex, and was an integral part in bringing The JUNO Awards to Winnipeg not once but twice. If there was a major live music event, Kevin was probably involved and you could usually catch a glimpse of him smiling and greeting the countless people he knew in any room.

We have been incredibly lucky to have Kevin as part of Manitoba Music’s board of directors for over a decade. He took on the role of president in 2012 and continued his tenure until his passing. During his time with us, he has helped Manitoba Music immeasurably; he’s been an instrumental part of our growth and development into an internationally-respected music organization.

He has supported us, challenged us, listened to us, led us, and mentored all of us. We are all better for knowing him. He had a smile for everyone, a calm centre in any storm, impeccable judgment, and a generosity that made it easy to work with him.  He has always been a ubiquitous presence in Manitoba’s community, loved and respected by all who worked with him, knew him, or even just heard of him. He made so many friends here at home, across the country, and beyond.

Words can’t express this loss to our community. His absence leaves a void. We have all been fortunate in the time we’ve shared with Kevin and celebrate his life, his accomplishments, and his incredible spirit. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends, and all who knew him. We will all miss him so much.

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Tanya Tagaq Lands Polaris Nod

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Tanya Tagaq

The Polaris Music Prize ended months of debate and speculation with the announcement of this year's long list of top Canadian albums and Brandon-based Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq's acclaimed album Animism is among the prestigious names. 

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Manitoba Artists Land 14 Nods for the 2014 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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Indian City

Manitoba artists have netted 14 nominations for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) this year. The nominees were announced at a press conference on June 19 at Portage Place. The winners will be revealed at the ninth annual gala awards show at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on September 12, 2014 and the invite-only Ohshkii Awards Night at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on September 11. Nominees include Indian City, Leonard Sumner, Desiree Dorion, and Winnipeg Boyz. 

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National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Manitoba

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Photo by Red Works Studio

APTN, Manitoba Music, the North End Community Helpers Network, Club Regent Casino, and many other organizations are presenting Aboriginal artists during their National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Manitoba. We've put together a list of events that commemorate the day along with a number of other performances by Aboriginal artists set for the week.

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Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Music in Toronto

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Manitoba Music is presenting a showcase in Toronto on November 18, 2014. This showcase is an opportunity to perform for and network with key Toronto music industry professionals including labels, agents, publishers, supervisors, publicists and more. DEADLINE: June 12, 2014

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Showcase Opportunity: Midwest Market Development Tour

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Manitoba Music is presenting showcases and networking sessions this fall in Minneapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago, November 3-7, 2014. This showcase is an opportunity to perform for and network with key music industry professionals from across the Northern Midwest including labels, agents, promoters, buyers, publicists and more. DEADLINE: June 12, 2014

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Showcase Opportunity: M for Montreal

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We are now accepting submissions from artists and bands interested in participating in M for Montreal, November 19-22, 2014. This is an opportunity to perform for and network with influential Canadian and international music industry professionals. DEADLINE: June 12, 2014

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Showcase Opportunity: BOW International Program

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Manitoba Music, in partnership with BreakOut West and other western music industry associations, will coordinate showcases and networking activities with international industry delegates in advance of the BreakOut West festival and conference in Winnipeg (October 2-5, 2014). DEADLINE: June 12, 2014

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Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program Celebrates A Decade

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The C-Weed Band

Manitoba Music is celebrating the 10th anniversary of one of its most acclaimed initiatives, the Aboriginal Music Program (AMP).

The Pyramid Cabaret is set to host the birthday party on June 21, National Aboriginal Day, featuring an open mic hosted by The C-Weed Band along with appearances by Eagle & Hawk, Joe Maxim Band, Ali Fontaine, Winnipeg Boyz, and many more. Kicking off at 9 p.m. with emcee Miss Melissa of NCI FM, the event is free for Manitoba Music members and $10 at the door.

Since its launch in 2004, the Aboriginal Music Program has delivered groundbreaking projects and services to help First Nation, Métis, and Inuit people develop sustainable careers in Manitoba’s music industry. It remains the first and only program dedicated to Aboriginal musicians and industry in North America. Made possible through the support of the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba, FACTOR, and Manitoba Film & Music, the program is a driving force behind a vibrant Aboriginal music community in Manitoba. 

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Call for Submissions: Loft Sessions Promotional Videos

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Filming Royal Canoe's Loft Session

Manitoba Music is producing a second round of videos in its Loft Sessions series. The live performance videos feature staged performances of new music by export-ready Manitoba artists to be used for online promotion. The videos will be distributed online by Manitoba Music and used in promoting showcases and events. They will be targeted to music fans, industry professionals, and media and can be used by the artists for marketing purposes. DEADLINE: April 24, 2014

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Aboriginal events and performances set for JUNO Week in Winnipeg

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Desiree Dorion

Desiree Dorion, Leonard Sumner, Winnipeg Boyz, Federal Lights, Cassidy Mann, Sierra Noble, marijosée, Inez Jasper, A Tribe Called Red, George Leach, and Amanda Rheaume will be taking the stage during the JUNO Week events in Winnipeg.

Dorion, A Tribe Called Red, Jasper, Leach, Rheaume, and Nathan Cunningham are also in the running for trophies at the JUNO Awards. The winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner on Saturday, March 29 and the televised award show on Sunday, March 30.

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Call for Submissions: Aboriginal Artist CDs and One-sheets for the Reservation Economic Summit

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Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program (AMP) will be distributing marketing materials for First Nation, Métis, and Inuit members at the 2014 Reservation Economic Summit trade show in Las Vegas, March 17 – 21. There will only be enough display space for up to six CDs and 20 one-sheets from AMP participants.

The main goal of the trade show booth is to encourage Native American community leaders to book Aboriginal artists from Manitoba for live performances in their communities. All CDs and one-sheets will be given away for free to conference delegates who have the ability to present music in their communities. Volume 6 of the Manitoba Aboriginal Artists compilation CD and the second edition of the Manitoba Aboriginal Artist Guidebook will also be distributed at the trade show.

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Manitoba Music Announces Return of Aboriginal Music Mentors Program

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Patti Lamoureux

Manitoba Music is bringing back its popular mentor program for Aboriginal artists this spring. Run through its Aboriginal Music Program (AMP), “AMP Mentors” was launched to engage new and emerging First Nation, Inuit, and Métis songwriters and musicians in Manitoba.

The diverse group of experienced mentors includes fiddle champion Patti Lamoureux, blues legend Billy Joe Green, hip hop producer Tim “2oolman” Hill, rock veteran Calvin Nepinak, classical vocalist Rhonda Head, and publicist Kim Wheeler.

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