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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.

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

"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

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Manitoba Music Showcase - October 24

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Manitoba Music presents...
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.



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
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

• 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:

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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:

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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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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WCMA Announces Keynote Interview, Nic Harcourt

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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’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...

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WTO Ruling Could Help Open Lucrative Chinese Media Market

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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.

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WCMA Updates

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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.

The WCMAs are still accepting registration forms for Youth Career Day, which is FREE to sign up for! The registration forms are available at http://www.westerncanadianmusicawards.ca/conference

Interested participants only have until September 1st to take advantage of Advance Delegate Registration ($250).  After September 1st the cost of delegate passes is $275 and remains...

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Western Canadian Music Awards and festival set to descend upon Kelowna in 2010

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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...

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Manitoba Artists Land 46 Nods for 2009 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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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...

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Western Canadian Music Awards Delegate Registration

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The 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards weekend is just a month away!

Hotels are filling up quickly so now’s the time to register as a delegate if you haven’t already done so.

The 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards will be held September 18-20. Hosted at the Keystone Center and the Canad Inns Hotel in Brandon Manitoba.

The WCMA’s will feature an Industry Conference, Music Festival, Industry Brunch as well as the Western Canadian Music Awards Gala.

To purchase a full delegate pass (which will allow you access to all the events) please complete and submit the registration form available at http://www.westerncanadianmusicawards.ca/conference

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...

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Music community lends support with an H1N1 Fundraiser in Winnipeg

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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

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)
7. The...

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Five Year Commitment to Canada Music Fund Announced

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"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...

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: August 7, 2009 at 3:00pm

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.

Application forms are available here:

Printed application forms can also be picked up at the NCI FM offices in Winnipeg (1507 Inkster Blvd.) and Thompson (76 Severn Cres.)Office.

The NCI Jam contestants will be announced on August 18.

It’s free to submit an application to compete in the NCI Jam, but all contestants must...

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Will Mobile Streaming Audio Kill the Ipod?

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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.

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