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...
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...
Nic Harcourt will be sharing his insight on today's music industry.
Nic will be interviewed by music maven Ritch Esra.
Open only to registered WCMA delegates on Friday Sept.18th.
Regarded as being the ultimate musical “tastemaker” in music and named the “most influential DJ in America”, NIC HARCOURT has been an innovator as Music Director over last ten years at the influential Los Angeles radio station, KCRW, and as the host of the highly acclaimed music programs, “MORNING BECOMES ECLECTIC” and "SOUNDS ECLECTIC”.
Nic has through the years been an early champion of a full spectrum of artists including COLDPLAY, DIDO, MOBY, DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, MASSIVE ATTACK, SIGUR ROS, INTERPOL, FRANZ FERDINAND, KT TUNSTALL, ARCADE FIRE, DAMIEN RICE, JEM, PETE YORN, DAVID GRAY, THE TING TINGS and NORAH JONES.
Nic’s talents have made him uniquely suited to select innovative music for motion pictures, television and commercials. Nic has worked as a music consultant and/ or music supervisor for such television shows as “90210”, “QUEER AS FOLK”, “LIFE AS WE KNOW IT", "IN JUSTICE", “WHAT ABOUT BRIAN” AND “LOVE MONKEY” (for which he was also a Co-Producer), as well as...
Last week, the WTO released details of a ruling in favour of the United States in a decision that US media companies should not have to go through Chinese state-owned companies in order to access the Chinese market place.
Behind the scenes are many smaller rulings supporting record labels, digital music companies, and movie studios. This ruling also fuels speculation that Apple will launch a Chinese iTunes.
Meanwhile, digital music giant The Orchard has announced a deal with Chinese company ZTEMT to bring music to Chinese wireless users. They are one of many companies trying to exploit China’s massive market of 388 million internet and mobile internet users.
The Chinese government, as expected, has moved to appeal the ruling.
The conference schedule for both Youth Career Day and the main Delegate Conference is up on the WCMA website. New panelists (Farley Flex, Chris Frayer, Gilles Paquin) have been added as well as the announcement of this year's Keynote Interview with Nic Harcourt, hosted by Ritch Esra. There are more panelists and panels added daily so please check the website frequently!
The One-On-One meetings listed in the Delegate Conference schedule are pre-arranged, so delegates need to contact Melissa Kaminsky at 510-7475 ahead of time to arrange any meetings with the industry professionals listed. The WCMAs will be posting the bios for all of the one-on-ones shortly to make it easier for delegates to select who they would like to meet.
City of Kelowna to welcome over 300 music industry delegates, and performances by some of Western Canada’s finest artists.
After much anticipation we are excited to announce that the 2010 Western Canadian Music Awards have been awarded to Kelowna. This is an exciting opportunity as it is the first time Kelowna will host a major music event of its type. The event consists of three main components: a conference, festival and awards show, with all three components open to the public. Mark your calendars for this large scale music event to be held October 14 -17, 2010.
The WCMAs provide participants opportunities to share knowledge of the music industry, enjoy the talents of Western Canadian artists and collectively celebrate great achievements in the industry. The festival will showcase local Kelowna and British Columbian musicians as well as those from the Yukon, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The next big musical acts are consistently invited to play the festival. Over three nights the festival will feature over 70 bands playing in venues across the city, making the WCMAs one of the hottest tickets in town. The weekend will be capped when the hardware is handed...
With a record 46 nominations in 20 categories, artists from Manitoba are poised to dominate the 2009 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA). The nominees for the fourth annual awards gala were announced on August 20 by the Manito Ahbee Festival Inc. at Winnipeg’s McPhillips Street Casino.
The APCMAs features an online voting system, which gives Aboriginal music fans from around the world the chance to vote for their favorite act in each of the 22 categories. The winners will be announced at a nationally-televised award show on November 6 at the MTS Centre and on November 5 at McPhillips Street Casino. The awards are part of the Manito Ahbee festival, now in its fourth year. The final round of online voting for the APCMA is now underway and will come to an end on October 1.
Leading this year’s nominees with six nods each are Dauphin country band the Chris Barker Band, including Best Country CD, Best Rock CD, Best Group or Duo, Best New Artist, Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year, and Best Album Cover Design for Six String Highway. Winnipeg rap outfit
Da Skelpa Squad
is up for five awards, this year for Best Rap or Hip-Hop CD, Best Group or Duo, Best Producer or...
Nominees, please note the price for nominees to register is $200. Please clearly mark "Nominee" on your form to obtain the discount.
Festival performers, please note that solo performers who were selected for this year’s festival will receive one (1) performers delegate pass, which will allow access into the festival and conference for the weekend.
Bands selected to play the festival will receive two (2) interchangeable performers delegate passes, which will also allow access into the festival and conference for the...
Nathan, Don Amero, and Darren Lavallee with the Norman Chief Memorial Dancers will perform at a fundraiser for First Nations in Manitoba affected by the Swine Flu. The event is set for Friday, August 21 at the West End Cultural Centre from 8pm-11pm and has been organized by volunteers Wabanakwut Kinew and Alan Greyeyes.
Tickets are $20 and available at the door along with locations around Winnipeg. All profits will be donated to the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs who will be purchasing H1N1 medical kits for First Nations households throughout Manitoba.
DATE: Friday, August 21, 2009
PLACE: West End Cultural Centre, 586 Ellice Avenue
TIME: 715pm – 11pm
TICKETS: $20 at the door
ADVANCED TICKETS CAN BE PRUCHASED AT:
1. The Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, 227 Portage Avenue (at the front desk)
2. Prairie Architects, 200-141 Bannatyne Avenue (ask for Destiny Seymour)
3. Manitoba Music, 1-376 Donald Street (ask for Alan Greyeyes)
4. NCI FM, 1507 Inkster Boulevard (at the front desk)
5. The Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce, 203-350 Portage Avenue (at the front desk)
6. The Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store, 211 Bannatyne Avenue (at the sales counter)
"We should be proud of what we as Canadians have created. It is unique, it is distinct and it is working." Heather Ostertag, President & CEO of FACTOR said today, in response to an announcement made in Montreal by the Department of Heritage.
The Honorable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced that the Government of Canada is further ensuring stability for the arts by renewing the Canada Music Fund for a five year term.
Minister Moore emphasized that the government is changing the structure of the Canada Music Fund.
"The music industry generates billions of dollars' worth of economic activity every year. Our Government is proud to offer greater stability in these uncertain economic times by stabilizing resources dedicated to Canadian music, while helping maintain thousands of jobs," said Minister Moore.
Information with specific details on these changes will be provided at a later date.
Heather Ostertag, also stated, "We are fortunate to have strong leadership and vision from our current government which recognizes the importance of supporting sustainable business models and believes in the cultural component and...
NCI FM is now accepting applications for the 23rd Annual NCI Jam. This year’s talent contest will be held at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg on Saturday, September 19.
A total of 20 amateur singers from across NCI country will have the chance to perform in front of a packed house in downtown Winnipeg. A group of judges will score each of the contestants and NCI FM will tabulate the results to determine the winners. The prizes are:
First Place: $2,500
Second Place: $1,500
Third Place: $750
The Sydney Castel Honourable Mention Award for Fourth Place: $100
The first place winner’s song will also be added to the National Aboriginal Top 30 Countdown, while second place will receive 75 plays on NCI FM and third place will get 25.
Spotify is not available in Canada, but in countries where is it licensed to operate, it's turning a lot of heads and gaining a lot of fans.
The service offers streaming audio of music that the user picks from a huge catalogue of (mostly) major label releases. Spotify isn't so much about discovery or social networking, like other streaming audio services. It's more like a library of music that users can access at any time, not to download and own, but to listen to.
The idea of streaming music, rather than buying it, downloading, and storing it, is becoming more and more popular, as broadband becomes faster and more ubiquitous. But the real jump in streaming audio comes when it becomes more accessible on personal devices like cell phones. And that's where Spotify is right now.
The Swedish music company plans to launch an iPhone app very soon. The big question is whether Apple will turn down the app's application, because it poses too much competition to the iTunes store.
GO ONLINE AND VOTE!
Help choose the winners of the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards
Are you a member of your province’s music industry association? If so, you are entitled to vote for this year’s Western Canadian Music Awards.
Music industry association members are qualified to vote in 14 artistic award categories, ranging from Independent Album of the Year to Blues Recording of the Year. Your ballot will be instrumental in choosing the winners of the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards, which will be handed out in Brandon, Manitoba on Sept. 20, 2009.
Members of western Canada’s five music industry associations: Alberta Music, Manitoba Music, Music BC, Music Yukon and SaskMusic
How it’s done
Eligible members will receive ballot instructions via email - Subject: 2009 WCMA Voting
Deadline to vote is Friday August 14, 2009.
If you haven’t received your email voting form, you may want to check your junk mail folder. Some of our members have found their WCMA ballot in their junk mail. Eligible voters will be provided with a username and password - allowing you to cast your vote for each of the WCMA categories electronically.
Manitoba Music presents...
Saturday, August 29, 2009 | 4-9pm
Scotiabank Stage at The Forks
Novillero, DJ Bmac, The Afterbeat, DJ Dlo, LeBeato, DJ Mike B., Solidaze, DJ Penny Lane, Alana Levandoski, and more to be announced
On August 29, 2009, Manitoba Music will say farewell to summer by taking over The Forks’ Scotiabank Stage for one last musical extravaganza, dubbed Stage 8/29.
The concert’s formula is simple: five DJs, five bands, five hours. But into that brisk format, Manitoba Music has packed some of the most explosive performers from the keystone province. Stage 8/29 will feature turntable sets by DJs Mike B., Penny Lane, Dlo, Bmac, and Solidaze, as well as blistering live performances from ska kings The Afterbeat, electronic pioneers LeBeato, and rockers Novillero. The complete line-up will be announced August 17.
To bring visual life to the vibrant sounds, there will also be live art demonstrations by a crew from progressive downtown art studio The Graffiti Gallery.
Manitoba Music executive director Sara Stasiuk believes that Stage 8/29 will help foster a new generation of local-culture fans. “We’re thrilled to present this...
The first round of online voting for this year’s Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) began on July 10 and 47 Manitobans have 136 chances to earn nominations for the fourth edition of the Winnipeg-based show.
Sierra Noble is in the running for eight nominations, Billy Joe Green and Don Amero have chances in seven categories, and Eagle & Hawk have submissions for five awards.
The voting structure for the APCMA is different this year as industry professionals will adjudicate round 1 for the Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year, Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year, Best Aboriginal Music Radio Station/Program, Best Album Cover Design, Best International Artist, Best Music Video, Best New Artist, Best Producer/Engineer, and Best Television Program/Promotion of Aboriginal Music categories. Fans registered on aboriginalpeopleschoice.com will be able to vote in these categories in the second round.
Voting is easy- just register for an account at the aboriginalpeopleschoice.com website and submit your vote in each of the categories.
The Manitobans in the running this year are:
Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year
Billy Joe Green
Eagle & Hawk
Eagle & Hawk, Leanne Goose, Ray St. Germain and Team Rezofficial are in the running for the 2009 Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA). The nominees for the September 12 award show were announced this weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Eagle & Hawk has two nominations for Sirensong in the Alternative Rock and Classic Rock categories, while Leanne Goose’s Anywhere is up for Classic Rock, Life Ain’t Hard by Ray St. Germain is in the running for the Country album of the year, and Team Rezofficial’s The World and Everything In It is nominated in the Hip Hop category.
Tumivut is up against its Arbor Records label-mates Team Rezofficial in the Hip Hop category and AMP Camp 2009 participant Inez is in the running for Pop album of the year for Singsoulgirl.
The ISMA are one part of the Indian Summer Festival, which is held in Milwaukee each September. The festival includes a competition pow wow, traders market and multiple concert stages. Eagle & Hawk and the Asham Stompers are set to perform at this years event.
Canada Council for the Arts welcomes today’s announcement that the Government of Canada has renewed for five more years the $25 million in annual funding scheduled to sunset at the end of the current fiscal year. This represents total funding of $125 million over the next five years. Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages James Moore made the announcement in Vancouver, and Canada Council Director and CEO Robert Sirman was there to hear the good news.
“This funding confirmation couldn’t come at a better time,”
said Mr. Sirman. “It gives the Council a solid base for planning the implementation of the third year of its Strategic Plan 2008-11, and helps stabilize the arts sector during a particularly challenging economic period.”
Today’s announcement recognizes the important role of the arts in Canada and the value which the Council’s support of professional arts practice brings to all Canadians. According to Statistics Canada, there are approximately 600,000 cultural workers in Canada of whom over 140,000 are practising artists. Further, a study by the Conference Board of Canada reported that the economic impact of the culture sector was $46 billion. A...
Submissions are now being accepted for the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA).
All submissions must be in the CFMA office by July 3.
About the Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year category
This award recognizes the lyrical and melodic excellence of a recording of original songs written in an Aboriginal language OR by an Aboriginal artist writing in English, French or an Aboriginal language. In the case of collaborations, at least half of the songwriters involved must be Canadian.
The fifth annual CFMA gala will take place on Saturday, November 21 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization theatre. The awards ceremony and live music (by select nominated artists) will be followed by a reception at Gatineau City Hall, directly across the street from the Museum.
ELIGIBILITY PERIOD: June 15, 2008 and June 14, 2009
The Winnipeg Folk Festival has a great lineup of Indigenous acts this year. The list includes six Manitobans, one group from Ontario and visiting acts from New Zealand and Australia.
Manitobans Don Amero and Dominique Reynolds will be performing throughout the weekend, while Sonia Eidse and Evan Reeve are a part of the Young Performers Program on Friday. The Summer Bear Dance Troupe and The Puppet Folk also have performances in the Family Area during the weekend.
Ontario-based roots/reggae rockers Digging Roots have a busy schedule with a concert on Friday afternoon and workshops on Saturday and Sunday.
Hailing from New Zealand, the Celtic/Maori/Pacific fusion trio, Pacific Curls have one workshop on Friday, two workshops on Saturday and a concert and workshop on Sunday.
Australia’s feel good roots/reggae/dub/jazz/electronica group, Oka will be holding down a workshop along side Digging Roots and Pacific Curls on Saturday afternoon, followed by a set on the Big Blue @ Night stage at 7pm.
The set time and locations for the Indigenous acts at the 2009 Winnipeg Folk Festival are:
Friday, July 10
Sonia Eidse in the Young Performers Program @ Shady Grove,...
Performing Songwriter has announced that the June 2009 issue will be it's last.
Editor Lydia Hutchinson, who founded the magazine 16 years ago, said that she often wondered what the end would look like. In a letter on the magazine's website she writes:
I’ve talked for years about the beauty of independence. The fact is, it’s not the easiest road to take, but it’s the one with the biggest payoff in life experience, sense of purpose and whatever control life actually allows us. If there’s a train coming down the track we don’t need to have a meeting about what to do, when to do it and then vote on it. We don’t have to wait until the third or fourth car rolls over us, bloodied and barely hanging on, for some decision to come down telling us what to do. We simply step off the rails, fully intact.It's unclear if the magazine will continue to have an online presence like the route that No Depression went after stopping publication last year.
At the same time, Radio and Records, a prominent music industry trade magazine has quit publication and will merge operations with Billboard.biz. R+R was bought by the Nielsen/Billboard enterprise back in 2006.
Blue King Brown will be hitting the free stage at Old Market Square in Winnipeg on July 4 at 8:30 pm and July 5 at 7:30pm as a part of the Winnipeg Jazz Festival. The urban roots crew hails from Australia and are fronted by an Indigenous vocalist named Natalie Pa'apa'a.
Mihirangi, a Moari singer from Down Under, will be hitting the free stage at the Old Market Square in WInnipeg, courtesy of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Be sure to check her out over the lunch hour on August 5, 2009.
The National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Manitoba are lead annually by the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, the Manito Ahbee Festival, the Manitoba Metis Federation, the Casinos of Winnipeg and NCI FM. This year is no different and the entertainment begins with gigs at the McPhillips Street Station on June 18, wrapping up four nights later on the Central Park Stage at the Red River Exhibition Grounds.
While hip hop prodigy Joey Stylez, bluesman George Leach, Juno winning rockers Burnt-Project 1, and fiddle master Darren Lavallee are some of the notable performers in Winnipeg this year, Tracy Bone, Eagle & Hawk and Leanne Goose will be performing for audiences outside the province.
The lineup for Winnipeg is:
Thursday, June 18
Mark Morriseau Trio
4pm - 8pm
9pm - 1am
Joker's Lounge, McPhillips St. Station
Burnt-Project 1, Album Fundraiser
10pm - 2am
The Pyramid Cabaret
Burnt-Project 1, FLO, Mark Nabess
9:30pm - 2am
The Windsor Hotel
The Banff Centre is accepting applications for the Indie Band Residency- a unique opportunity for three emerging Canadian art bands to write, rehearse, and record new work in an intensive two-week residency at The Banff Centre. Each band will have a dedicated rehearsal space accessible 24-hour a day, production support to assist in the creation of new material, and several full days with full audio technical support in The Banff Centre’s professionally-equipped recording studios. The studio sessions will be under the guidance of expert faculty producers, and will also include one full day of mixing.
Faculty members, Steve Albini, Tony Berg, Howard Bilerman, and Shawn Everett have been invited to provide inspiration, guidance, and artistic mentorship to musicians in this residency.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 8, 2009
Musicians must be from Canada. For bands of more than two people, at least the majority of band members must be Canadian citizens.
Musicians will be required to pay their own travel to Banff (or find funding for this through the Canada Council, etc.). The Banff Centre will scholarship the cost of their program fee, studio fees, accommodation, and...
The Daily Swarm outlines the promotional timeline leading up the release last week of Eminem's Relapse. Rather than magazine ads and radio promotion, Interscope had Slim Shady making viral videos, leaking info on twitter, and appearing on Family Guy.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & CELEBRATION
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The Lo Pub, 330 Kennedy Street
(HI Downtowner Hostel Winnipeg)
Meeting: 6:30pm Party: 7:00pm
Food will be served
Come for the meeting, stay for the party.
Eat, drink, and network.
See visuals from the past year’s events.
Hear what's in store for the coming year.
Be a part of the decision-making process.
Meet the board of directors and staff.
Guests are welcome.
Paste Magazine has launched "Campaign to Save Paste" in an attempt to save the music magazine and web site from extinction. As an independent company, Paste has struggled for the past nine months as the recession has put a squeeze on advertising dollars.
The last nine months have been bad, but last month was a new low for the magazine, with cash coming in unexpectedly reaching an all-time low, and turning a tough situation into a short-term crisis. The magazine has cut costs and believes it has a long term plan to succeed, but is need of cash to bridge the gap. Instead of closing it's doors, Paste has, in the spirit of independent music, gone to the fans looking for additional short term support.
The magazine has the support of over 70 artists who have offered rare and exclusive mp3s for those who donate. I would tend to agree with Drive By Truckers Patterson Hood that “Paste may be the last great American music magazine left.” I wasn't too concerned when entertainment gossip rag Blender bit the dust this year, but I would certainly be sorry to see Paste go.