Aboriginal Music Program

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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Aboriginal Musicians from Across Canada Converge on Manitoba for AMP Camp Residency Project

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Cassidy Mann (Photo: Joseph Visser Photography)

Eighteen Aboriginal musicians from across Canada will converge on Falcon Trails Resort for the Aboriginal Music Performers (AMP) Camp, which runs February 9-14, 2014. Hosted by Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts, the week-long residency gives emerging and mid-career Aboriginal recording artists an opportunity to develop their business skills and artistic abilities.

This will be the seventh edition of AMP Camp, which now runs every two years. Past participants -- including 2014 JUNO Award nominee Inez Jasper (who will participate again this year) and past JUNO nominees Don Amero, and Tracy Bone, and CBC’s The 8th Fire composer Cris Derksen -- have gone on to release acclaimed albums, receive multiple music awards and nominations, and make music their full-time job.

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Manitoba Music Performance Opportunity: Canada Day at The Forks

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Manitoba Music is coordinating live performances on multiple stages including the main Scotiabank Stage at The Forks on Canada Day, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. One of Manitoba’s most popular summer destinations, The Forks attracts thousands of visitors on Canada Day. This year’s concerts will celebrate and promote Manitoba artists with multi-genre concerts featuring solo artists, bands, and DJs, on stages around The Forks. This event is free and open to the public. Performances must be ‘family-friendly’ in language and content. We welcome submissions from high energy bands and solo artists in all genres. Artists will be compensated for their performance. DEADLINE: February 13, 2014

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NO BOUNDARIES: Tanya Tagaq Looks Ahead to Collaborations and New Projects

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Tanya Tagaq (Photo: Ivan Otis)

By Julijana Capone

“What it feels like is jumping off a cliff, and just landing wherever you’re going to land,” says Brandon-based throat singer Tanya Tagaq about her improvisational vocal style. “It’s like letting go of time. It’s like letting go of everything that’s holding me mentally or physically or emotionally and just being completely free.”

Tagaq’s emotionally-charged soundscapes are a fury of voice and breaths that can resemble animals, nature sounds, and other noises, simultaneously fusing her bond to The North with her contemporary influences.

Although she was exposed to throat singing while growing up in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, it wasn’t until she moved to Halifax for college that she began to craft her own style. While throat singing traditionally involves performances with two women facing one another, Tagaq’s style of throat singing is done solo.

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NATIVE AMERICAN NORTH: Canadian Aboriginal Artists to Perform at APAP|NYC

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Indian City

Three of Canada’s top Aboriginal recording artists are headed to New York to showcase for industry at global performing arts conference and marketplace, APAP|NYC.

The showcase is part of the Native America North project, which also includes networking and professional development opportunities during the event, running January 10-14. Native America North was created to help First Nation, Inuit, and Métis artists access new markets and connect with presenters around the world. 

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Manitoba Declares 2014 the Year of Music

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Premier Greg Selinger makes the official Year of Music declaration at McPhillips Station

Get ready for an amazing year of music!

With the JUNO Awards and BreakOut West converging on Winnipeg, joining the many stellar festivals and events taking place within our borders, The Province of Manitoba has officially declared 2014 to be the Year of Music.

Premier Greg Selinger made the declaration at a news conference on December 11 at McPhillips Station, welcoming Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries as the presenting sponsor for the year-long celebration of music. 

Year of Music will shine a spotlight on JUNO Week in March, Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards in September, and the BreakOut West music festival and Western Canadian Music Awards in October. It will also help bring even more attention to many of the province’s acclaimed festivals and destination events through new promotional partnerships. 

Manitoba’s music venues, which foster exciting new artists and give fans a place to discover new music, will be able to offer even more live music when Manitoba’s new liquor laws come into effect on January 1. The changes lift a number of restrictions, particularly for small venues and cabarets, which will encourage growth and diversity in the vibrant live music scene.

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Aboriginal artists and industry accessing FACTOR support

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Federal Lights

Six Aboriginal artists and businesses have accessed support from the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR) this year. A total of $87,634 has been invested in tours, marketing campaigns, business travel, business development, and recordings by the Aboriginal music community in Canada.

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NATIVE AMERICA NORTH: Canadian Aboriginal Artists to Perform at Mundial Montreal

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Tanya Tagaq

Three of Canada’s top Aboriginal recording artists are headed to Quebec to showcase for industry at world music conference and festival, Mundial Montreal. The showcases are part of the Native America North project, which also includes networking and professional development opportunities during the event, running November 19-22. The project is made possible by a partnership between Manitoba Music, through its Aboriginal Music Program, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Music at Big Fun Festival / January Music Meeting

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Manitoba Music will be presenting a showcase in Winnipeg in partnership with the Big Fun Festival for guest speakers from our upcoming January Music Meeting workshops (January 24-26, 2014). The January Music Meeting will host several of Canada’s top independent music industry professionals including representatives from labels, agencies, management companies, and publicity firms. Presented as part of the Big Fun Festival, this showcase will offer artists a unique opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from outside Manitoba. Submission deadline is November 7, 2013.

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AMP Camp 2014 participants announced

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AMP Camp participant photos

Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts are proud to announce that 20 Aboriginal artists from across Canada have been selected for the 2014 edition of the Aboriginal Music Performers Camp (AMP Camp). The week-long residency will include more than 50 hours of professional and artistic development sessions at the Falcon Trails Resort in Manitoba. The project begins on February 9th and ends on the 14th.

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Don Amero wins at the Western Canadian Music Awards

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Don Amero

Don Amero's latest album, Heart On My Sleeve, has earned him the hardware for Aboriginal Recording of the Year at the 2013 Western Canadian Music Awards. The winners in 21 artistic categories were announced at a Gala Awards Show in Calgary, Alberta on October 6.

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Aboriginal artists at BreakOut West

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Leonard Sumner (Photo: Red Works Studio)

Leonard Sumner, Don Amero, and Marijosée are three of the seven Aboriginal artists set to showcase at BreakOut West in Calgary this weekend. The showcases run Ocotber 3 to 6 and they provide each artist with an opportunity to connect with industry leaders attending the annual conference or music award show.

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Manitoba Artists Earn Canadian Folk Music Award Nods

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Indian City performing for Aboriginal Music Live at The Cube, Sep 20

Manitoba artists have a few chances to hear their names called when the hardware is handed out at the Canadian Folk Music Awards next month. Four homegrown acts -- Don Amero, Vince Fontaine, Ruth Moody, and Madame Diva -- landed nominations this year. The envelopes will be opened at the University of Calgary's University Theatre on November 10 at a gala hosted by CBC's Shelagh Rogers and musician Benoit Bourque.  

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Manitoba Music Hosts Aboriginal Music Presenters Summit in Winnipeg

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Indian City

Manitoba Music is bringing together some of Canada's most experienced music presenters for a unique event aimed at increasing opportunities for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis musicians from Manitoba. The Aboriginal Music Presenters Summit will include a day of panel discussions and mentor sessions at the Manitoba Music office on September 20, as well two showcases of local talent at The Cube in Old Market Square. 

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Manitoba Music Launches Fall/Winter Season of MusicWorks, Introduces New DIY Workshop Series

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We're pleased to announce the new fall/winter season of MusicWorks, our professional development workshops for the music industry. Kicking off September 11, MusicWorks presents experienced music industry pros, hot new trend setters, and tastemakers speaking on the most important topics for today’s artists and music industry entrepreneurs. Once again, we will host some of the most influential music professionals from across Canada and beyond for the Industry Panel Series. We're also launching a new MusicWorks segment: the DIY Series, which offers emerging artists and entrepreneurs, as well as veterans looking to update their skills, the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of the music business. 

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Manitobans Win Five Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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Ali Fontaine accepts her APCMA (Photo: Manitoba Film & Music)

Manitoba talent picked up five Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) this year. Hardware went to Don Amero, Ali Fontaine, Ray St. Germain, Jade Turner, and NCI FM's National Aboriginal Music Countdown. The winners were revealed at a nationally-televised gala at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on August 18 and the invite-only Ohshkii Awards Night at the Winnipeg Art Gallery the night before. 

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Don Amero and Desiree Dorion Land ISMA Nods

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Two Manitoba singer/songwriters have landed nominations for this year's Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA). Don Amero and Desiree Dorion each earned nods for songs off their latest albums, dominating the country category. 

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Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Music at OCFF

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Manitoba Music is looking for artists interested in participating in Manitoba Music showcases at the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals conference in Mississauga, Ontario, October 17-20, 2013. 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. Submission deadline is August 8.

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Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Music in Toronto and New York/Brooklyn

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Manitoba Music is presenting showcases this fall in Toronto on November 26, and in New York City and Brooklyn November 28-29. These showcases are opportunities to perform for and network with key Toronto and New York music industry professionals, including labels, publishers, music supervisors, program directors and more. Artists can indicate which showcase they are submitting for and should create unique rationales for the Toronto or the New York City/Brooklyn showcase. Manitoba Music will work directly with each selected artist to identify members of the industry they wish to invite. The showcases will be early evening events aimed at industry professionals and will also be open to public. Submission deadline is August 8.

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Showcase Opportunity: Native America North in New York City

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Manitoba Music is partnering with the Canada Council for the Arts to present another edition of Native America North, a showcase of Canadian Aboriginal artists in New York City during the Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference, January 10 - 14, 2014. Up to three Aboriginal acts from across Canada who perform any genre of music will be invited to participate. Submission deadline is August 14.

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Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Music in Nashville

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We are now accepting submissions from artists and artist representatives interested in participating in a Manitoba Music showcase at the Americana Music Conference and/or in an industry networking event in Nashville, TN, September 16-22, 2013. These are opportunities to perform for and network with influential American and international music industry professionals. Submission deadline is July 15.

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Manitoba Nets 24 Nods for 2013 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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Manitoba talent has netted 24 nominations for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) this year. The nominees were announced at a press conference on June 27 at Air Canada Park. The winners will be revealed at the eighth annual gala awards show at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on August 18, 2013 and the invite-only Ohshkii Awards Night at the Winnipeg Art Gallery on August 17. 

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Manitoba Music Announces New Board of Directors 2013-14

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Manitoba Music announced its new Board of Directors for 2013-14 and celebrated another busy and exciting year at its Annual General Meeting on June 25. The event, which took place at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café, followed an exciting funding announcement from the Government of Canada earlier that day which outlined its multi-year support for Manitoba Music’s trade and business development programming.

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Government of Canada Supports Manitoba Music Industry Growth

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Over the past few years, Manitoba Music has been working hard through industry consultations, external research, and liaising with our government partners to craft a strategy for providing support to the key areas of need in our dynamic industry. The result is an exciting slate of programs that implements a multi-year strategy to grow the Manitoba music industry: the Manitoba Music Industry Trade and Business Development Project. Officially announced on June 25, this new project is funded in part by the Government of Canada through Western Economic Diversification Canada. Click here to read the official media release.

The music industry plays a key role in the economic, cultural, and social life of our province. Musicians, artist managers, record producers, agents, record labels, publicists, promoters, and everyone working in our industry contribute tremendously to the quality of life in our communities; providing a vibrant social environment, a considerable employment base, economic returns, and an honest reflection of our regional and cultural identity. Our federal government has shown great understanding of the importance of the creative industries with this investment and its ongoing commitment to our sector. We sincerely thank the Government of Canada for making these innovative programs possible.

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Job Posting: Francophone Music Program Coordinator

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Manitoba Music is a member-based, not-for-profit industry association representing 750 members in all facets of the music industry. Through our programs and services, we provide information, education, communication, advocacy, industry development, and networking opportunities to nurture, develop and promote the growth and sustainability of the Manitoba music industry. We are seeking a self-motivated individual with a passion for the Franco-Manitoban music community to join our fast-paced and dynamic team as Francophone Music Program Coordinator. The application deadlines is Monday, July 8.

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Showcase Opportunity: Native America North – Mundial Montreal

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Manitoba Music is partnering with the Canada Council for the Arts to present Native America North, a showcase of Canadian Aboriginal artists, at Mundial Montreal, November 19-22, 2013. Up to three Aboriginal acts from across Canada who perform folk, blues, roots, or traditional fusion music will be invited to participate. Submission deadline is June 26.

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Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Music at M for Montreal

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We are now accepting submissions from artists and bands interested in participating in a Manitoba Music showcase at M for Montreal, November 20-23, 2013. This is an opportunity to perform for and network with influential Canadian and international music industry professional.Submission deadline is June 26.

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