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Winnipeg's Only Urban/Hip-hop Radio Station Hits the Airwaves

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Winnipeg's only urban/hip-hop radio station, STREETZ 104.7 FM, has officially hit the airwaves. Debuting on December 14, the station is set to target Winnipeg’s Aboriginal youth demographic, which makes up the majority of Winnipeg's Aboriginal population, estimated at 80,000-90,000 people. Its presence on the radio will go a long way to helping Winnipeg's urban and hip-hop scenes flourish. The station has made a huge commitment to supporting the scene; Aboriginal hip-hop/urban music will make up 40% of STREETZ' content.

The station's playlists have been offering up something a little different, spinning more underground hip-hop than top 40. The roster of DJs, with ages ranging from 19 to 28, are all hooked into the urban music community. Afternoon Boom host Sadie, for example, is an up-and-coming 19-year-old emcee who released her debut critically-acclaimed EP, Boomboxx Sounds, earlier this year. Click here to find out more about STREETZ' DJs...

Listeners will hear a wide range of music from popular Aboriginal hip-hop acts including Wab Kinew, Team Rezofficial, and Da Skelpa Squad, as well as other Manitoba urban acts like The Lytics and Grand Analog.

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Manitoba Music Newsletter Volume 18 No 4

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The winter issue of the Manitoba Music newsletter is out and in mailboxes. This issue features a profile of Art MacIntyre and Transistor 66 Record Co. as well as profiles on Romi Mayes, The Lytics, and Manitoba Film & Music's Jason Smith. You can also find pictures from the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards in Brandon, new music releases, member updates, Aboriginal Music Program news, funding deadlines, and more.

Click here to download a PDF of the newsletter (4MB).

We're happy to say that the newsletter is now printed on recycled paper.

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Committee Recommends Reversal of Cuts

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Earlier this year, Canadian Heritage announced that the Canadian Musical Diversity fund was being cut, the biggest casuality being the Canada Council Specialized Music Recording Grant. This grant allowed artistically driven projects to get support for making albums. Many jazz, concert music, folk and roots, and experimental artists received funding through this fund. Often, these are projects that don't have the sales projections to justify funding from FACTOR, but were designated by the Canada Council juries as artistically excellent and valuable to the artistic culture of Canada. Heritage Minister James Moore claimed that the cuts were driven by consulations with the music industry.

This week, a committee of Canadian Heritage has recommended reversing the cuts to the Canadian Musical Diversity fund that were planned for April 2010. The MPs of the standing committee on Canadian heritage said they could find no compelling justification for the cut. New Democrat heritage critic Charlie Angus (and musician) has been driving the effort to have the cuts reversed.

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Call for Submissions: Songwriting workshops for Aboriginal Youth

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOON, Friday, January 8, 2010

Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program is planning a series of songwriting workshops for Aboriginal youth and is seeking workshop proposals from Aboriginal songwriters in Manitoba. The workshops will be delivered at the Manitoba Music Resource Centre in Winnipeg, beginning in February and wrapping up in May.


To have your workshop ideas considered, please submit:
• Press kit (with a biography and at least one high resolution digital photo)
• A recent CD   
• 20-word bio
• Contact information: contact name, phone, email, and website
• Workshop outline for a 120-minute group session
• Outline for a 60-minute individual consultation

Submissions will be rejected if incomplete

N.B. – You must be a current Manitoba Music member to be eligible for the workshop series. For more information about Manitoba Music membership, visit manitobamusic.com or contact Rachel Stone (975.5190, rachel@manitobamusic.com).

Submit by NOON, Friday, January 8, 2010 to:
Alan Greyeyes, Aboriginal Music Program Coordinator
Manitoba Music
1-376 Donald Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2J2

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Call for Applications: 2010 Gathering of Nations

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**** DEADLINE: December 31, 2009 ****

The Gathering of Nations is accepting submissions for showcases (non-paid) at Stage 49. If you would like them to consider you, please send in the following:

1. Artist/Act Biography
2. A recent CD with your music
3. Website or YouTube videos

It's also best to include your contact information and a number of high-resolution digital photos.

About STAGE 49" on PowWow Alley @ the Gathering of Nations:
Over the two days of the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, contemporary Native music and entertainment is highlighted featuring Native musicians performing in all genres of music (Rock, Blues, Reggae, Hip Hop, Jam Bands, and more).
-www.gatheringofnations.com/powwow/stage-49.htm

The Gathering of Nations is North America's biggest Native American market. Now in it's 27th year, the annual event draws close to 75,000 people to Albuquerque, New Mexico. The 2010 instalment is set for April 22-24 at the University of New Mexico Athletic Complex.

PLEASE SEND STAGE 49 SUBMISSIONS TO:
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Gathering of Nations-STAGE 49
3301 Coors Bl. NW R300
Albuquerque, New Mexico...

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2010 Manitoba Music Industry Directory

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Manitoba Music is now in production for the 2010 edition of the Manitoba Music Industry Directory.

The 2010 Manitoba Music Industry Directory is a comprehensive industry listing of the businesses, professionals, and musicians who work in Manitoba’s music industry. The total circulation is over 6000, including Manitoba Music’s 700 plus members, media, talent buyers, festivals, venues, local businesses, and nationally/internationally through a variety of music industry trade conferences including North by Northeast (NXNE), Canadian Music Week (CMW), the Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMAs), and other events.

Throughout 2010 this directory will sit on 6000 desks and -- as the only printed directory of its kind -- will be referenced often.

FREE BASIC LISTINGS
Every Manitoba Music member gets one free basic listing in the Directory, including name, email, phone number, website, and primary genre. Music businesses may list up to three additional categories. Please note that due to printing costs, we will no longer accept bio/descriptions for free basic listings.

If your contact info has changed, you can update your listing easily:

ONLINE:
Log in to...

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Don Amero Named Best Male Artist at Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

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Don Amero has added to his already impressive list of accolades this year. The Winnipeg-based singer/songwriter was named Best Male Artist at the 2009 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA). The awards were handed out at a gala event on November 27 at the Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton.

 

This is the second award for Amero this month. Amero, who released his sophomore effort Deepening in early 2009, won Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year at the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards in Ottawa on November 21. He was also nominated Entertainer of the Year, Best Folk/Acoustic CD, and Aboriginal Radio Single of the Year at this year’s Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards in Winnipeg.

 

Amero was in Hamilton for the CAMA celebrations, performing during the gala as well as the Manitoba Aboriginal Artists Showcase at The Studio at Hamilton Place immediately after the show. The showcase was presented by Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program and featured performances by other CAMA nominees from Manitoba, including Gerry McIvor, Wab Kinew, and Lost Priority. Ontario’s popular act Digging Roots and B.C.’s Inez were also on the bill for the...

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Manitoba at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

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Gerry McIvor is set to take the stage at the Gala Dinner for the 11th annual Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA) on November 26 in Hamilton, Ontario. His performance will be one of four opportunities for industry professionals and festival-goers to take in the music being made by Manitoba Aboriginal artists in Hamilton over the weekend.

Don Amero is the next Manitoba act on deck and he’ll perform at the Hamilton Place Theatre during the main event on November 27. This will be followed by the Manitoba Aboriginal Artist Showcase in The Studio at Hamilton Place from 11pm – 12:30am, immediately after the award show. The showcase will begin with a set by Wasagamack-based rockers Lost Priority, and conclude with performances by Gerry McIvor, Wab Kinew, and Don Amero.

Wab Kinew is also scheduled to perform alongside fellow hip hop acts at the Redskin Magazine party in Hamilton’s Corktown Pub on November 27.

Manitoba acts nabbed nine nominations for the 2009 CAMA. Billy Joe Green is in the running for Best Blues Album, Gerry McIvor is up for Best Fiddle Album, Don Amero is nominated for Best Male Artist, Wab Kinew has a chance to take home a second trophy in the Best Rap...

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Canadian Folk Music Awards Coming to Winnipeg in 2010

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2010 is going to be a busy year in Manitoba. The Homecoming celebrations and Cultural Capital 20101 are promising to fill the province with music and festivities throughout the year and now the Canadian Folk Music Awards are getting in on the action. The sixth annual gala event makes its first trip to Winnipeg's Pantages Playhouse on November 20, 2010.

Created in 2005, the CFMAs celebrate and promote Canadian folk music in all its forms and genres. They are the first awards dedicated specifically to celebrating the breadth and depth of folk music in Canada. During their five-year history, Manitoba artists have picked up five awards and 31 nominations, including Don Amero's win for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year and nods for Romi Mayes, Sierra Noble, and Eagle & Hawk at this year’s celebration.

”Manitoba has a strong roots music scene that's had consistent recognition at the CFMAs,” said Winnipeg Host Committee chair, CFMA board member, and Manitoba Music executive director, Sara Stasiuk in a release. “With such a supportive community, it makes sense that this show makes a stop in Winnipeg. The gala event is a high-caliber celebration of folk and roots music in Canada...

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Canadian Folk Music Awards Kick Off in Ottawa

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The folk and roots community descends on Ottawa this weekend for the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Four hometown acts picked up nods for the fifth annual event. Hardware will be handed out at a gala ceremony on November 21 at the Dominion Chalmers Church. The bilingual event will be hosted by the CBC’s Shelagh Rogers and Quebecois musician Benoit Bourque.

The CFMAs kick off the new Nominee Showcase on November 20 at theNational Arts Centre Fourth Stage. The showcase will feature performances by some of this year's nominees as well as winners from the Ontario Council of Folk Festival's 2009 OCFF Songs from the Heart Awards. Manitoba singer/songwriter Don Amero is set to perform while fellow nominee Romi Mayes will be in Ottawa for the festivities.

Fresh from a double win at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards, roots singer/songwriter Mayes and her latest release, Achin in Yer Bones, has picked up a nod for Contemporary Album of the Year.

Amero, a double nominee for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, is up for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year for his work on Deepening.

Other Manitobans up for CFMAs this year are Eagle & Hawk's songwriters -- Vince...

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Hetherman Joins FACTOR Team

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FACTOR is pleased to announce the addition of a new member to the staff, Vice-President, Industry Affairs Brian Hetherman.
 
Prior to being offered the position, Brian tendered his resignation from the FACTOR Board of Directors. Brian was the appointed MMF Representative on the FACTOR Board since 2007.  In accepting the position it was recognized that Brian will require some time to divest himself of current management and label commitments. He is therefore starting with FACTOR part time on December 1st, 2009. April 1, 2010 he will join the FACTOR team full time.
 
The Vice-President, Industry Affairs is an integral senior member of the management team at FACTOR, who will act in concert with the President and CEO as the voice and the face of FACTOR to its many stakeholder groups.
 
In 1990 Brian Hetherman became Sales Representative for MCA Records working closely with retail accounts, he then moved into the position of Marketing & Promotion Representative where he worked with local radio stations to promote MCA's roster of artists. In 1995 he was promoted to the dual role as Director of A & R for MCA/Universal and head of MCA Music Publishing. Brian left...

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Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010 - Staff Announced for 18 Months of Special Events

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Carol Phillips, Executive Director of the Winnipeg Arts Council and Executive Producer of Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010, has today announced two appointments that will guide the production and presentation of this year of extraordinary cultural events in Winnipeg.

Dominic Lloyd leaves his current position as Artistic Director at the West End Cultural Centre, to take on the Project Manager role for Cultural Capital 2010. He brings his extensive experience in putting together special events and festivals, strong financial management skills and excellent knowledge of the local arts community, to the operations and logistics management of the year. Dom says, " It was Winnipeg's reputation as an arts capital that brought me here in 2004, and I view this opportunity as a way to help boost that reputation even more to our own citizens and to people across Canada and around the world." Dom officially begins his new duties December 7, 2009.

Alix Sobler, freelance writer and communications consultant, Winnipeg playwright and theatre professional, will take on the task of Marketing and Communications Coordinator. Formerly Manager of Public Relations and ...

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Manitoba Artists Land 10 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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Manitoba acts have picked up 10 awards at the 2009 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. The winners were announced over two events: APTN First Night at McPhillips Street Station on November 5 and the nationally-televised APCMA gala at the MTS Centre on November 6. Local artists and industry received a record 51 nominations this year.

With three award wins, rock outfit Eagle & Hawk was a big winner once again this year, taking home hardware for Best Group or Duo, Best Producer or Engineer, and Best Rock CD for its latest release, Sirensong. The band has already racked up a number of awards and nominations for Sirensong, including recent wins at the Western Canadian Music Awards, Native American Music Awards, and Indian Summer Music Awards, as well as nods from the upcoming Canadian Folk Music Awards and Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. The Juno-winning band took home four awards at the 2008 APCMAs. 

Blues man Billy Joe Green picked up hardware for Best Blues CD for his Juno-nominated release, First Law of the Land – If Broken, Return to Maker, which was released by local label, StrongFront Records. Fellow Juno nominee, country pop chanteuse Tracy Bone, won for...

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Music Skills: Upgrade Your Career

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Music Skills: Upgrade Your Career

You’re driven, talented, and passionate about your music career. Now, get the skills you need to take your career to the next level.  

Today, Manitoba Music is excited to launch a new pilot program, Music Skills, that will become an essential part of success for anyone working in the music industry in Manitoba.

Music Skills will educate and train industry workers, entrepreneurs, and artists with the business skills and industry knowledge they need in order to fully reach their potential for success. Taught by today’s top professionals, this exciting program will deliver free, intensive, and direct training, tailored to meet each individuals own career goals.

Music Skills will initially launch three streams: a music management seminar, a video game composition seminar, and a flexible client-driven program for entrepreneurs and employees from across the industry.

MUSIC MANAGEMENT SEMINAR
Clients will receive formal training in the skills needed to become successful in the area of artist management. This will include training in:

•    Music Publishing
•    Music Law
•    Accounting & Bookkeeping
•    Office Management
•  ...

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Now Taking Submissions for November 2009 Manitoba Music Showcase Opportunities

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, October 27, 4pm

Manitoba Music will be presenting two showcases in November for the guest speakers from the MusicWorks professional development workshop series. The series brings experienced industry professional to Manitoba to speak on the most important topics for today’s artists and music industry entrepreneurs. These showcase events offer Manitoba acts a unique opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from outside of Manitoba.

Performers will be selected by the Showcase Committee, which includes Manitoba Music staff and other music industry stakeholders, in consultation with the workshop speakers. Showcase dates and times will be provided to selected artists.

To be considered for a showcase, you must:
- Have a current or upcoming professional release  (demo / EP / full-length)
- Have professional promotional material including a website and print resolution image
- Be export-ready
- Be a Manitoba Music member 





Preference may be given to performers that:
- Have toured or have upcoming tour plans, either regionally, nationally, or...

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Introducing Aboriginal Music Week

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The Manitoba Aboriginal Music Host Committee Inc. is
launching a new music festival next month called Aboriginal Music Week
(AMW09). The 5-day event begins November 3 and includes five evening
concerts, three free lunch hour concerts and three music business
workshops. The artists are Aboriginal and Native American acts from
across North America and the venues include the West End Cultural
Centre, the Pantages Playhouse, Blush Ultraclub, and the Martial Caron
Theatre.

"Aside from our Friday Night 49er at Blush, parents will be able to
bring their kids to all of the Aboriginal Music Week concerts," says
Alan Greyeyes, chairperson for the Manitoba Aboriginal Music Host
Committee Inc. "We'll be introducing new audiences to the innovative
music being made by Aboriginal artists from across the continent-
you'll hear everything from Native hip hop to Indigenously-fused cello
compositions. I'm excited!"

Tickets will range from $2.50 for advance purchases to $10 at the door.

The full festival lineup is available at www.aboriginalmusicweek.ca.

Festival highlights include:

* 11 free MP3s from Aboriginal Music Week acts available for download
at...

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Manitoba Music Showcase - October 24

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Manitoba Music presents...
MANITOBA MUSIC SHOWCASE
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Showtime 9-10:30pm
Blush Ultraclub, 323 Portage Avenue
No Cover before 9pm
with The Lytics, Magnum K.I., Wab Kinew
and projected visuals by PO-MO Project

Manitoba Music presents another exciting showcase of homegrown talent on October 24. Hip-hop acts The Lytics, Magnum K.I., and Wab Kinew will take the stage to perform for music industry heavyweights, Chris McKee (McKee Agency), David "Click" Cox (CLK Creative Works), and Dalton Higgins (Harbourfront Centre). McKee, Cox, and Higgins will be in Winnipeg for a workshop panel at the Manitoba Music Resource Centre earlier on October 24.

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ABOUT THE WORKSHOP

Manitoba Music presents...
Taking it From the Streets to the World: Hip-Hop and Urban Music Panel
Saturday, October 24 | 1pm
Manitoba Music Resource Centre, 1-376 Donald St
$20 for members, $40 for non-members
with
Chris McKee, McKee Agency
David "Click" Cox, CLK Creative Works
Dalton Higgins, Harbourfront Centre

A successful talent buyer, booking agent, and artist manager speak about marketing and artist development for hip...

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Now taking submissions for the Manitoba Aboriginal Artist showcase during the Canadian Aboriginal Festival

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Friday, October 16, 2009

Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program is producing the Manitoba Aboriginal Artist Showcase during the Canadian Aboriginal Festival in Hamilton. The event will be held on Friday, November 27 from 11:00 pm – 12:30 am at The Studio in Hamilton Place. This event is an excellent opportunity for acts to showcase in front of Aboriginal business leaders, community leaders and media representatives.

To be considered for a showcase, you must:
• Have a current release
• Be export-ready
• Have financial capacity to undertake travel and accommodations in Hamilton (Market Access Program Support is available, but will not cover full costs)
• Be a Manitoba Music member

Submit:
• One (1) copy of your current release
• One (1) copy of a current video (if available)
• One (1) copy of your press kit (include location of electronic press kit, if available)
• One (1) copy of a letter explaining how this showcase would fit with your band's overall development plan

Submissions will be evaluated based on:
• Music
• Track record
• Strength of team
• Export readiness

Submit by 4pm CST October 16, 2009 to:
Alan...

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Now taking submissions for 2010 Manitoba Music Promotional CD

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOON, Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Manitoba Music is planning the release of manitobamusic.com - vol. 6, a promotional compilation CD in January of 2010. It will be multi-genre, targeted to music industry professionals working with popular genres (e.g. – rock, punk, pop, roots, hip-hop, etc.). The CD will be distributed widely through various music industry festivals and conferences, as well as directly to key players in the industry. Manitoba Music gets these CDs into the hands of managers, labels, agents, festivals, publishers, campus and club buyers, radio programmers, publicists, music journalists, as well as many others who can help your career.

 

To have your track included for consideration, please submit ALL of the following:
·            Press kit
·            CD with track name, number, songwriting and publishing credit, and track length clearly indicated
·            20-word bio
·            Contact information: contact name, phone, email, and website
·            Completed Grant of Rights form
·            Submissions will be rejected if incomplete

N.B. - You must be a...

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Juno-winning rockers bring home a NAMMY

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Eagle & Hawk brought home another trophy this weekend for their latest released, entitled Sirensong. The album earned the group the hardware in the Best Rock Recording category at the 11th annual Native American Music Awards (NAMMYS). The winners were announced on October 3 at the Seneca Niagara Hotel & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.

Sirensong has already brought in several nominations, including the Western Canadian Music Awards, the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, and the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. It also earned the group a trophy from the Indian Summer Music Awards on September 12.

Manitoba artists received five nominations for the NAMMYS this year. Eagle & Hawk lead the way with two nods for Group of the Year and for Best Rock Recording. Country crooner Ray St. Germain was up for Best Country Recording for his latest release, Life Ain’t Hard. Team Rezofficial, which has members in Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia, was nominated for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Recording for The World & Everything in It. Pop/rock singer Leanne Goose was up for Best Pop Recording for her effort, Anywhere. 

Manitoba-based Aboriginal music label Arbor Records had three...

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AMP Camp 2010 Applications Now Available

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Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program is now accepting applications for the 2010 edition of Aboriginal Music Performers Camp (AMP Camp 2010). The five-day artist development project will take place March 21-26, 2010 at the Misty Lake Lodge in Manitoba and applications will be accepted from Aboriginal recording artists until December 4, 2009.

AMP Camp 2010 is made possible by a working partnership between Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program and the Music Section of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Aboriginal recording artists from all parts of Canada are encouraged to apply. We have five spots available for artists from Manitoba and 15 available for artists from other parts of Canada.

The AMP Camp 2010 application form can be downloaded from www.aboriginalmusic.ca and it includes more information about the project.

The AMP Camp 2010 application form:
www.manitobamusic.com/files/File/AMP-Camp-2010-application.pdf

Each day of AMP Camp begins with workshops on business topics. In the past, these discussions have included:
• Tour planning;
• Marketing campaigns;
• Business development;
• Funding and juries; and,
• Submitting music to radio...

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Manitoba Lands Nine Canadian Aboriginal Music Award Nods

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Eight Manitoba artists and industry professionals have netted nine nominations at the 2009 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA). CAMA, now celebrating its eleventh year, is held in conjunction with the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, which runs November 27-29, 2009 in Hamilton, Ontario. The awards will be handed out at a gala event on November 27 at the Hamilton Place Theatre.

Rapper and CBC Radio host Wab Kinew leads with two nominations, including Best Rap or Hip-Hop Album for Live by the Drum and Best Rap or Hip-Hop Music Video for “Last Word.” Kinew is up for the same categories at this year’s Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, which are open to public voting.

Bluesman Billy Joe Green is up for Best Blues Album for his Juno and APCMA-nominated release, First Law of the Land. Fellow APCMA nominees Don Amero and Ashock have nods for Best Male Artist and Best Traditional Flute Album, respectively. Gerry McIvor is up for Best Fiddle Album. 

Two Winnipeg-based television productions, both of which aired on APTN, have received nods for Best Television Program or Special Promotion Aboriginal Music: Lisa Meeches’ production of the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music...

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Manitoba Artists and Industry Win 16 WCMAs in Brandon

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When the Western Canadian Music Awards pack up and get ready to spend 2010 in Kelowna, they will leave behind 16 awards. The 2009 WCMAs, hosted September 17-20 in Brandon, culminated in the gala awards show at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium on September 20. Nine Manitoba artists won 10 awards, two industry professionals brought home hardware, and four local luminaries were honoured with special awards. This is Manitoba’s strongest showing in the seven-year history of the awards.

 

Roots singer/songwriter Romi Mayes was a double winner again this year, capturing the awards for Roots Solo Recording of the Year and Songwriter of the Year for her latest release, Achin In Yer Bones. Mayes won both awards in 2007 for her previous recording, Sweet Somethin’ Steady.

 

Country rock trio Doc Walker won for Country Recording of the Year with Beautiful Life, which also swept the 2008 Canadian Country Music Awards. Rock outfit Eagle & Hawk also continued a winning streak with its latest recording, Sirensong. The album, which recently won two Indian Summer Music Awards in Milwaukee, was named Aboriginal Recording of the Year. ...

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Manitoba Music Newsletter Vol18No3

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The fall issue of the Manitoba Music newsletter is out and in mailboxes. This issue features the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards as well as profiles on WCMA nominees Chic Gamine, Billy Joe Green, and Daniel ROA. You can also find pictures from Stage 8/29, new music releases, member updates, Aboriginal Music Program news, funding deadlines, and more.

Click here to download a PDF of the newsletter (4MB).

We're happy to say that the newsletter is now printed on recycled paper.

 

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Western Canadian Music Awards Take Over Brandon

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The gear is plugged in, the lights are up, the beer is cold, and the musicians are on their way to Brandon, Manitoba. The Wheat City is playing host to the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards, which kick off on September 17. Now celebrating its seventh year, WCMA includes a popular two-night music festival, an industry conference, youth career day, and two awards shows. And an awful lot of great music...

The fun starts at 6pm on the 17th when downtown Brandon will be transformed into the Rock The Block party with performances by The Sheepdogs, Library Voices, Mariannas Trench, State of Shock, and Default. Audiences can catch local showcasing act Boats at the official WCMA after party at The Roadhouse.

This year's WCMA Festival, which runs September 18 and 19 across seven Brandon venues, offers up over 70 chances to hear music from some of the best acts western Canada has to offer, including more than 20 artists and bands from Manitoba. This year's home team features several nominees for the 2009 WCMAs, including Scott Nolan, Oh My Darling, Daniel ROA, Romi Mayes, JP Hoe, and Billy Joe Green.

Manitoba artists and industry have 41 chances to pick up hardware at the 2009...

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Eagle & Hawk Wins at Indian Summer Music Awards

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Sirensong has earned Manitoba’s Eagle & Hawk some new hardware. The Juno-winning rock act picked up two awards for its latest recording at the 2009 Indian Summer Music Awards, in the Alternative Rock and Classic Rock categories. Winners were announced at the September 12 awards show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Sirensong has already earned Eagle & Hawk several nominations, including the Western Canadian Music Awards, Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, and the Native American Music Awards.

Eagle & Hawk was on hand to accept the award and also performed at the festival.

The Indian Summer Music Awards ran alongside the 23rd Annual Indian Summer Festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan’s waterfront September 11-13. The festival is marketed as the largest American Indian cultural event in the North America and reportedly draws close to 70,000 people each year.

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Manitoba Film & Music Programs Manager, Barbara Sedun Returns to EMI Publishing in Toronto

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It’s with regret that MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC announces the resignation of Barbara Sedun as Manager, Music Programs. Barbara’s last day with MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC will be September 20, 2009. Since Barbara joined the MFM staff from Toronto in December 2007, she has lent support and shared her two decades of experience in the music industry with many Manitoba musicians. While employed at MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC, Barbara was involved in Manitoba’s music scene as a Board member for Manitoba Music and the Western Canadian Music Awards.  
 

It is with warmest personal regards that we wish Barbara every success as she returns to Toronto, where she will assume her new position as head of the EMI Music Publishing Canadian office.

 

MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC CEO, Carole Vivier expressed, “While Barbara brought a broad national scope to the position it’s her absolute love of music and discovering and mentoring creative talent that will always stand out in my mind.  Barbara left EMI Publishing to work at MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC and now it is EMI Publishing that she is going back to as Head of EMI Publishing's Canadian office. Canada is blessed to have someone so ...

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Cancellation of Canada Council Grant Deadlines

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CANCELLATION OF CANADA COUNCIL GRANT DEADLINES:
Grants for Specialized Music Sound Recording, and
Grants for Specialized Music Distribution 

On July 31, 2009, the Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH) announced that, as of April 1, 2010, the $1.3 million administered by the Canada Council for the Arts under the Canadian Musical Diversity Component of the Canada Music Fund on behalf of PCH since 2001 will be reallocated to the redesigned Canada Music Fund. As a result, the Canada Council Grants for Specialized Music Sound Recording and Grants for Specialized Music Distribution programs will no longer exist as of April 1, 2010.  

The Music Section of the Canada Council for the Arts had been administering recording funds on behalf of PCH since the late 1980s. This funding has benefited numerous artists, ensembles and groups and produced many recordings of artistic and cultural significance. The distribution function was added in 2002 and assisted specialized music labels and distributors to promote their catalogues. 

The October 1, 2009, deadline will be the last deadline for the Canada Council Grants for Specialized Music Sound Recording program. All eligibility...

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Five Nods for Manitoba Acts at Native American Music Awards

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Four hometown acts are up for hardware at this year’s Native American Music Awards (NAMMYs). Juno-winning rock outfit Eagle & Hawk, singer/songwriters Leanne Goose and Ray St. Germain, and hip-hop outfit Team Rezofficial are up for five awards at the 11th annual celebrations.

Eagle & Hawk has picked up two nods this year, for Group of the Year and for Best Rock Recording for its album, Sirensong. Country crooner Ray St. Germain is up for Best Country Recording for his latest release, Life Ain’t Hard. Team Rezofficial, which has members in Manitoba, Alberta, and British Columbia, has been nominated for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Recording for The World & Everything in It. Pop/rock singer Leanne Goose is up for Best Pop Recording for her effort, Anywhere.
 

Manitoba-based Aboriginal music label Arbor Records has three out-of-town artists up for trophies this year: Stevie Salas for Best Producer and Best Rock Recording, and Northern Wind for Best Pow Wow Recording.

 

The NAMMYs feature a diverse group of over 125 nominees with origins as far as Alaska and Hawaii and New Zealand in 25 categories. The Native American Music Awards is...

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Teenage Singer Primed to be YTV's Next Star

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YTV is looking for the next big thing to hit music and a teenager from northern Manitoba just might be it. Darrelyne Bickel has made her way into the top six of YTV’s popular youth series, The Next Star. The 15-year-old country/rocker from The Pas was chosen out of 3,000 hopefuls from across the country and is the only contestant from Manitoba.

“It’s a really great experience and I am so happy to have had this opportunity,” says Bickel. “I hope that this competition will take me further in my career. I know that it has already taken me farther than I could have taken myself, and I hope it continues in this direction. If just a few more people like my music, I will be happy. It is all about the music.”

Despite her young age, Bickel has built a name for herself performing throughout Manitoba over the past eight years. She released her debut EP, M.I.A., last December. Featuring six original tracks, the release has solidified the singer/songwriter as one to watch out for. She was encouraged to audition for the show by CBG Artist Development’s Chris Burke-Gaffney, who discovered Chantal Kreviazuk and McMaster & James and runs neuroBurke Studios, where Bickel recorded her EP...

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