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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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.
Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program is planning the release of a promotional compilation CD, Manitoba Aboriginal Artists Volume 4, in August of 2009. The CD will be multi-genre, targeted to music industry professionals working with popular and traditional genres (e.g. – rock, punk, pop, roots, hip-hop, pow wow, fiddle, etc.). It will be distributed widely through various music industry festivals and conferences, as well as directly to key players working in the Aboriginal and Native American music communities.
To have your track included for consideration, please submit:
• Press kit (with at least one high resolution digital photo)
• CD with track name (one song only), number, songwriting credit, publishing credit, label credit, studio credit, producer 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 current Manitoba Music member to be included on this CD. For more information about Manitoba Music membership, visit manitobamusic.com...
In February 2009, Manitoba Music and the Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba (ACI Manitoba) launched a new program aimed at Manitoba youth interested in careers in the music industry. Over the span of three months, the Youth Mentorship Program provided a dozen students from various southern Manitoba high schools with a chance to expand their knowledge of the industry and develop their own music business skills.
Students participated in a series of workshops facilitated by local industry professionals covering different aspects of the music business, from touring to releasing records to marketing and publicity. The impressive list of mentors included: Neil Cameron (Private Ear Recording), Amelia Curran (Outside Music), Adam Hannibal (Balanced Records), Grant Johnson (live sound engineer), Todd Jordan (Paquin Entertainment), Dominic Lloyd (West End Cultural Centre), Melissa Martin (Canstar News), Grant Paley (Paquin Entertainment / Moses Mayes), John Paul Peters (Private Ear Recording), and Mandy Wallman (West End Cultural Centre).
The workshops helped to develop the students’ practical skills, put to the test with an ambitious CD compilation project....
From a marketing perspective, free music may already be overdone.
Seth Godin writes: The first time a previously expensive good or service is made free, we’re drawn to it precisely because of the freeness. The fifth time or tenth time, not so much.On value in music and "the new free", Kate at Outlandos Music writes:
Things to think about:
What’s the effectiveness of your free? To lure in new fans? To solidify current fans?
What’s the strategy of your free? Is your free creative? Why do I want it over someone else’s?
What’s the bottom line of your free? To get me to pay for something else? Free can’t be JUST free anymore. And how the hell can you beat free?
So that’s my question: What’s the new free? Thinking that the answer is in fact the opposite of free. The complete opposite. Fucking expensive.
Take the new food for example (thanks Erik!). $5 Kashi anyone? $4 local, farm-raised, cage-free eggs? $8 Pom Wonderful? $5 rice milk? Are we (me included) out of our minds? Perhaps. But clearly, somehow those foodies did it. We’re willing to pay ridiculously high prices for incredible quality. What’s more is we often drive way out of our way to get it...
The winners for the APCMA are selected by Aboriginal music fans who vote for their favorite artists on aboriginalpeopleschoice.com. The voting occurs in two rounds according to the following schedule:
ROUND 1 BEGINS: July 7, 2009
ROUND 1 ENDS: August 13, 2009
NOMINEES ANNOUNCED: August 20, 2009
ROUND 2 BEGINS: August 20, 2009
ROUND 2 ENDS: October 1, 2009
The APCMA have implemented a new voting structure this year and music industry professionals will adjudicate the first round of voting for the following categories:
Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year
Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year
Best Aboriginal Music Radio...
Kevin Kelly has written extensively on find new values to create value in the age of digital media reproduction. In a recent essay on his blog The Technium, he explores the value of things that can't be digitally reproduced, and therefore maintain their value in a file-sharing, free music environment.
When copies are super abundant, they become worthless. When copies are super abundant, stuff which can't be copied becomes scarce and valuable.
These eight things are better than free. Eight uncopyable values:
Canadian musicians and music industry workers are often met with looks of envy and astonishment when talking to international counterparts about the support that the industry receives from the Canadian government. The UK Government is also heavily invested, financially and culturally, the music industry and this part week has brought a couple of announcements of increased support from the British parliament.
The government has made a commitment to support creative businesses with measures that could provide tax breaks on royalty and other creative industry income. In addition, Chancellor Alistair Darling set aside 10m pounds for the Government's international business development organisation, UK Trade and Investment, which works closely with the BPI and AIM. This at a time when the Canadian Government has cut international assistance for the music industry to the bone, and yet to replace it.
The big announcement is 26million pounds for job creation, mostly in the live music sector through 200 music festivals jobs.
At the same time, the British government is paying some due to the grass roots and to musicians themselves, with an inovative, youth-targetted rehearsal...
The eleventh annual Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards gala will be staged at the Hamilton Place Theatre on Friday, November 27.
All submissions must be post dated June 30, 2009.
The Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards' mission is to acknowledge and honour the keepers, teachers, promoters, creators and performers of Aboriginal music; to continue to develop and promote the diversity of all Aboriginal music and celebrate the excellence of Aboriginal music and to recognize the unique vision of Aboriginal musicians and encourage this rich cultural voice.
ELIGIBILITY PERIOD: January 1, 2008 - May 30, 2009
On May 13, the music community is coming together to help Manitoba flood victims. The MTS Centre will host Rise Again 2009: The Red Cross Manitoba Flood Relief Concert, featuring performances by a diverse group of artists including another expat, Tom Cochrane, R&B singer Deborah Cox, former INXS frontman JD Fortune, funk act Bet.e, roots quartet Nathan, country acts One More Girl and Beverley Mahood, funk fusion outfit Moses Mayes, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and East Coast Celtic band The Barra MacNeils.
The event is being spearheaded by a familiar former Manitoban, internationally-acclaimed musician and actor Tom Jackson.
"I currently live in Alberta,” Jackson said in a recent media release, “and as much as I think Alberta is wonderful, my heart is in Manitoba: my history is in Manitoba. As I have been blessed with the gift to help others, I feel a pride and responsibility to help my family and friends—literally and figuratively—when the need calls."
The concert is presented by Enbridge Pipelines Inc. with the support of the Province of Manitoba, the City of Winnipeg, as well as Paquin Entertainment, APTN, CBC Manitoba, CBC Radio Two, Epic, Long & McQuade, MTS...
Last May, we wrote about EMI Music's appointment of former Google CIO Douglas Merrill as head of digital strategy. Then in March of this year, Merrill moved on with a claim from EMI that digital was becoming central to all of their operations, rather than it's own stand alone department.
Now, the numbers coming out of EMI's year of digital confusion seem to indicate that profits are up significantly (£163 million over 2008's £51 million) and digital is to thank. The numbers show that while physical sales were down 10%, digital sales have moved in to represent 35% of the company's income, up from 20% last year.
Their digital activity in the last year has included a number of quirky licensing deals including a deal with The Fairmont Hotel chain, music-themed scratch-off lottery games, and a music Visa card.
In fact, the real secret to increased profits at EMI may well be the strong British Pound (against the US dollar) and internal cost cutting (such as letting go their head of digital strategy?).
Manitoba Music and the Winnipeg Folk Festival present
OPEN MIC NIGHTS at THE FOLK EXCHANGE
with Daniel ROA
Friday, May 29, 2009 | 7pm
Winnipeg Folk Festival and Manitoba Music are happy to announce the next Open Mic Night @ The Folk Exchange. The exciting line-up of guest hosts continues this month with Daniel ROA.
On Open Mic Nights, musicians and music-lovers unite to share songs, inspiration and just plain old good times in the casual, intimate atmosphere of the Winnipeg Folk Festival’s Folk Exchange venue, located at 211 Bannatyne Avenue (behind the Festival Music Store @ Albert Street).
Bring your instrument and take your turn on the Folk Exchange stage–or just come to listen (non-players will be charged a $2 cover).
Call the Festival at (204) 231-0096 for more information.
The Songwriters Association of Canada has announced it will stage its first local Bluebird North event in Winnipeg on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at the Park Theatre (698 Osborne Street). Showtime is 7:30pm.
Bluebird North: Where Writers Sing and Tell is a musical showcase that brings together Canada’s most inspiring songwriters during an intimate and interactive evening. The audience will hear each performer share their songs and stories in an acoustic, informal environment.
"It’s an insider’s look at what inspired their original songs, straight from the artist’s mouth," explains event producer, Chris Burke-Gaffney (CBG Artist Development/Vatikan Records). Burke-Gaffney is working closely with his S.A.C. colleagues to organize the Winnipeg evening, keeping it consistent with Bluebird North events in other cities like Vancouver, Ottawa and St. John’s.
Bluebird North is based on Nashville's famed Bluebird Café, which opened in 1982. The venue is well-known for helping launch the careers of Garth Brooks, Ashley Cleveland and Pam Tillis.
Hosted by veteran radio host, Howard Mandshein (92 CITI FM, 101.5 UMFM), this year’s Bluebird North at the Park Theatre will...