Aboriginal Music Program

Manitoba Music Performance Opportunity: Canada Day at The Forks

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Attica Riots at Canada Day at The Forks in 2015 (Photo: J.Senft Photography)

Manitoba Music is coordinating live performances on multiple stages including the main stage at The Forks on Canada Day, Friday, July 1, 2016. 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: March 3, 2016

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Manitoba Artists Land Nods for 2016 JUNO Awards

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Don Amero

Manitoba artists are strong contenders for top honours at the 2016 JUNO Awards. Homegrown acts are up for several awards, including five nominations for artists that currently call Manitoba home. The nominees for the 45th annual awards were announced by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) on February 2. Canada’s music awards are headed for Calgary for JUNO Week, March 28 - April 3, 2016. This year's nominees include Don Amero, KEN mode, Curtis Nowosad, and Big Dave McLean.

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AMP CAMP: Manitoba Music and Canada Council Celebrate Eighth Edition of Aboriginal Music Performers Camp

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AMP Camp participant Nelson Little

Nineteen Aboriginal musicians from across Canada will converge on Falcon Trails Resort for the Aboriginal Music Performers (AMP) Camp, which kicks off January 31. 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.

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Call for Submissions: "Under 25" Music Compilation

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Manitoba Music and the ACI Manitoba have teamed up for the latest edition of the Youth Mentorship Program in Music Management. Aimed at youth interested in careers in the music industry, the three-month program provides a dozen students from various southern Manitoba high schools with a chance to expand their knowledge of the industry and develop their own music business skills. The workshops help to develop the students’ practical skills, put to the test with a multi-genre music sampler. The project is now accepting submissions from young Manitoba bands and solo artists. DEADLINE: February 4, 2016

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JANUARY MUSIC MEETING: Manitoba Music Launches Third Annual Music Industry Gathering in Conjunction with Big Fun Festival

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Manitoba Music is heating things up in the middle of winter with its third annual industry gathering, January Music Meeting. Running January 29 to 31 in Winnipeg, the event welcomes some of Canada’s top music industry pros in a conference format that includes group sessions, discussion groups, and one-on-one meetings. Reps from the label, agency, management, festival, publishing, and publicity sides of the industry will converge on Winnipeg to discuss the state of Canada’s independent music industry and provide concrete advice on how to succeed in the constantly evolving music business.

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Call for Submissions: Prairie Winter Songwriter Retreat 2016

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Manitoba Music is teaming up with SaskMusic, Alberta Music, with FortWhyte Alive for the Prairie Winter Songwriter Retreat. This retreat will bring together three songwriters from each province for three days of collaborative songwriting. The co-writing retreat will take place at a secluded lakeside field station and architecturally unique cabins at FortWhyte Alive, February 28 to March 2, 2016. DEADLINE: January 4, 2016

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Call for Submissions: Manitoba Aboriginal Trade Mission to Native American Markets

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Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program is leading a small trade mission to Native American communities in Southern California at the end of February/beginning of March. The project will provide up to five First Nation, Métis, or Inuit music professionals with a chance to connect with tribal leaders, Native American recording artists, talent buyers at Native American casinos, Native American media, and Native American event producers during a three-day tour of the region. DEADLINE: January 14, 2015

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FIND YOUR MUSIC: Manitoba Music Launches Android App, Adds New Features to MB Live Concert-Finding App

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Finding live music in Manitoba just got easier.

Manitoba Music is ready to launch the new Android build of MB Live, its free app that helps music fans find concerts at venues and clubs in Winnipeg and throughout the entire province, powered by Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries. Featuring the most comprehensive and up-to-date live music listings, the Android app builds on the success of Manitoba Music’s iOS app, which was launched in 2014 to celebrate the Year of Music in Manitoba.

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SoundCheck: Manitoba Music Launches Economic Impact Survey of Manitoba's Music Industry

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Manitoba Music is partnering with international consulting firm Nordicity to launch SoundCheck: An Economic Impact Analysis of Manitoba’s Music Industry.

Once completed, SoundCheck will provide data and analysis of the economic impact of the music industry on the provincial and national economies. The results will be made public and will be distributed to key industry stakeholders to demonstrate our industry’s successes, to better understand the challenges and opportunities created by recent changes in the industry, and to support the strategies needed to meet the future of this evolving industry.

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Opportunité de rencontres et de vitrine musicale à : Rame à la rencontre de l’industrie de la musique francophone au Festival du Voyageur 2016

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Manitoba Music, à travers son programme de musique francophone, présente une cinquième édition de l’événement contact, Rame à la rencontre de l’industrie de la musique francophone dans le cadre du Festival du Voyageur 2016. L’objectif de cet événement est de rapprocher des artistes-entrepreneurs francophones de l’Ouest canadien avec des professionnels de l’industrie de la musique francophone. DATE LIMITE DE SOUMISSION : le jeudi 17 décembre 2015

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AMP Camp 2016 participants announced

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Ila Barker, Photo by Sara Bennet

Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts are proud to announce that 19 Aboriginal artists from across Canada have been selected for the 2016 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 January 31st and ends on February 5th.

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Farewell to Donna Evans

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It’s with sadness that we announce that Donna Evans will be leaving Manitoba Music at the end of this week to head up accounting and rentals for Prairie Theatre Exchange. Donna joined our team in 2009. Over the years, she took on more and more responsibilities, including member services, coordinating the annual Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel, producing our ongoing New Music Night and Open Mic series, and putting together many of our outreach activities. She has also continued developing her skills in accounting and admin, undertaking financial and operational duties during her time with us.

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Seven Tips for DIY Canadian Touring with Steven Himmelfarb

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By Tony Hinds

When emerging as a newbie musician, the notion of DIY touring can seem terribly daunting. You mean I literally have to do it myself? An artist's mindset does not always lend itself well to the world of business, which can lead to many needless mistakes out on the road. Some mistakes can even be made long before the tour has begun, casting the inevitability of doom onto your entire trip.

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Call for Submissions: Manitoba Music Los Angeles Business Mixer

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Manitoba Music will present a business mixer and showcase in Los Angeles, February 8-10, 2016. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with key players in the L.A. based music and film industries in an intimate environment. Showcasing artists should plan additional activities in Los Angeles such as meetings, songwriting, or recording. Companies wanting to participate in the business mixer should contact Anthony Augustine at their earliest convenience. DEADLINE: November 19, 2015

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Call for Submissions: Manitoba Music Promotional Videos (Loft Sessions)

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Manitoba Music is producing another 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: November 19, 2015

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AMP SESSIONS Chuck Copenace

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Chuck Copenace and his crew at the AMP Sessions shoot at Bedside Studios

After a solid decade as a side musician and collaborator, Ojibway jazz musician Chuck Copenace is stepping front and center. With a growing repertoire of original compositions and a 2016 album release set, Copenace plans to dedicate a good chunk of his touring schedule to concerts on First Nation reservations and Native American communities with the goal of encouraging Indigenous youth to take up and master instrumental music. Check out his new tune "Appetites" in this week's AMP Sessions...

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Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Music at Big Fun Festival (January Music Meeting)

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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

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AMP SESSIONS Ali Fontaine

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Ali Fontaine and Ila Barker at the AMP Sessions shoot at Bedside Studios

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.

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Manitoba Talent Picks Up Indigenous Music Awards

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Hellnback

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.

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Call for Submissions: AMP Camp 2016

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AMP Camp 2014

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.

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AMP SESSIONS Dee Erin Band

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Dee Erin Band at the AMP Sessions shoot at Bedside Studios

This week's AMP Sessions video series feature's a new one from Dee Erin Band, produced and directed by Chris Gaudry. The Dee Erin Band is a Opaskwayak Cree Nation-based rock group that has racked up nominations at the Western Canadian Music Awards and Indigenous Music Awards for its debut album, entitled Broken Road. The group's lead single, "Away From Here", is climbing the charts at the National Aboriginal Music Countdown and is available for purchase on iTunes.

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Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Music at Manitoba Showcase 2015

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Manitoba Music is presenting an industry showcase during the Manitoba Arts Networks’ Manitoba Showcase 2015 event in Flin Flon on October 23. This 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 22, 2015

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AMP Sessions Video Series Returns

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William Prince at the AMP Sessions shoot at Bedside Studios

Our AMP Sessions video series is back this week with a new one from William Prince, produced and directed by Chris Gaudry. Prince is storytelling singer/songwriter from Peguis First Nation who sidesteps clichés to provoke thought and facilitate discovery. His baritone vocals pay tribute to his late father and his genuine delivery acknowledges the hundreds of hours he's spent on stage. Prince's debut album, produced by long time collaborator Scott Nolan, is set for a November release and the lead single "The Carny" can be purchased on iTunes after September 15.

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Composing Conversations: isKwé Sings Out About Community, Culture and Finds Freedom in the Process

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isKwé

Manitoba Music has teamed up with Fresh Radio for a new monthly spotlight on local music, dubbed Manitoba Fresh to introduce audiences to a stellar slate of buzzworthy local artists emerging on the Canadian music scene. Featuring on-air segments and online performances via Fresh Radio, and in-depth band profiles right here on manitobamusic.com, Manitoba Fresh returns this month with a feature on isKwé. Tune in to 99.1 Fresh Radio and stay tuned for so much more...

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Opportunité de partage, de réseautage et d’épanouissement au Camp de développement professionnel pour les artistes-entrepreneurs francophones de l’Ouest canadien

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Camp PMF 2014

Manitoba Music, à travers son programme de musique francophone, présente une deuxième édition du Camp de développement professionnel pour les artistes-entrepreneurs francophones de l’Ouest canadien au lac Falcon (MB) du 22 au 27 novembre 2015. DATE LIMITE DE SOUMISSION : le 17 septembre 2015

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Aboriginal Music Week Unites Music and Community in 7th Annual Celebration

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The summer of music festivals continues with the seventh annual edition of Aboriginal Music Week, which kicks off its run on August 18 and takes over various Winnipeg venues until August 22. With a strong focus on community and a big contingent of Manitoba-based artists, this year's fest will feature a number of free and tickets shows as well as community celebrations, workshops, industry networking, and more. 

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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 M for Montreal, November 18-21, 2015. This is an opportunity to perform for and network with influential Canadian and international music industry professionals. DEADLINE: July 30, 2015

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