Apple announced Tuesday, at the MacWorld Expo, changes to the iTunes store that many though were inevitable: the end of digital locks known as DRM. The technology restricted consumers' ability to copy music to multiple devices and was viewed by major record labels as a way to protect copyright and reduce elligal file sharing.
Apple has been a hold out on the DRM approach to music sales - several other companies, including Amazon and Rhapsody, had already negotiated DRM-free deals with the majors.
As part of the changes, Apple has also announced that labels will be able to set a price point for track sales at $0.69, or $1.29, in addition to the usual $0.99 price that Apple has ardently stuck to over the past few years.
The North American Indigenous Image Awards is a new award show that is set to launch at the Isleta Casino and Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 23, 2009. This is the Thursday of the Gathering of Nations weekend.
They are now accepting submissions for the following music categories:
* Best Hip Hop/Rap Song
* Best Hip Hop/Rap Album
* Best Rock/Metal/Punk Song
* Best Rock/Metal/Punk Album
* Best Country Album
* Best Powwow Album
* Best Blues/Jazz Album
* Best Flutist Album
* Best Music Video
MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC SHOWCASE
*FREE PUBLIC EVENT*
THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2009
7:00PM – 9:00PM
DOORS OPEN AT 6:30PM
CENTENNIAL CONCERT HALL
CELEBRATING MANITOBA MUSIC AND FILM ON STAGE WITH OVER A DOZEN LIVE LOCAL FILM AND MUSIC PERFORMANCES!
MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC (formerly MANITOBA FILM & SOUND) is hosting the first ever Manitoba Film & Music Showcase, a FREE public event filled with multiple genres of music, film and television entertainment, including musical performances by local acts, Eagle & Hawk, Fresh I.E, The Waking Eyes, Ray St. Germain, Bryce Pallister, Twilight Hotel, Inward Eye, Dominique Reynolds, Steve Bell, Heather Bishop, Alana Levandoski and Flo as well as screenings, excerpts and commentary from local films and filmmakers including Cattle Call (which screened at Toronto International Film Festival and will be screened at upcoming 2009 Sundance Film Festival, written, directed and produced by Mike Maryniuk and Matthew Rankin), Dumb Angel, (written and directed by Deco Dawson), Norma Bailey, Lisa Meeches and Guy Maddin, featuring a dynamic live excerpt of Maddin’s critically acclaimed, My Winnipeg (which Time Magazine ranked in it’s top 3 films...
Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program is pleased to announce the list of invited artists for AMP Camp 2009. A total of 40 strong applications were received, making the adjudication process both interesting and difficult.
AMP Camp is made possible by a partnership between Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program and the Music Section of the Canada Council for the Arts. The project provides the participants with the opportunity to develop their understanding of the music industry along with their ability to succeed in it. Each day of the five-day retreat includes close to 12-hours of professional development workshops on business topics and creative development labs to help the artists develop their music.
AMP Camp will be held in Gimli, Manitoba from March 1-6, 2009. The participants will benefit from the experience and expertise of a faculty of established artists and music industry professionals. This year's faculty includes Juno nominated recording artist Kinnie Starr (www.kinniestarr.com), Order of Canada recipient Heather Bishop (www.heatherbishop.com), world renowned percussionist Sal Ferreras (www.salferreras.com), world class dobro player Doug Cox...
There are new tracks being added to the streaming Manitoba Music Radio every week. Click here to listen.
1. Jodie Borle - "My Favourite Things" - special holiday music
2. Quinzy - "Feast" - special holiday music
3. Jaylene Johnson - "Winter Wish" - special holiday music
4. Cat Jahnke - "What Child Is This" - special holiday music
5. Bonafide - "Love in Da Streets"
6. Alana Levandoski - "Hello"
7. Quinzy - "Fell in Love with the Enemy"
8. Paper Moon - "What Are You Going to do With Me?"
9. Paul Bergman - "Crow Scarecrow"
10. The Perms - "Give Me all Your Lovin'"
11. Anthem Red - "King Cans"
12. Ian LaRue & The Condor - "Sanguine Cursive"
13. Mahogany Frog - "Loveset"
14. Rik Leaf - "What We've Been Waiting For"
Coldplay is the target of a law suit by Joe Satriani on a plagiarism charge that claims that Chris Martin and friend's Frida Kahlo inspired anthem "Viva La Vida" is a copy of the melody and chords from Joe Satriani's 2004 space ode "If I Could Fly."
The suit comes after much discussion and comparison among fans about the similarity of the songs, and a Grammy nomination for Coldplay.
Coldplay denies the charge. According to the Guardian:
"With the greatest possible respect to Joe Satriani," they said in a statement, "if there are any similarities between our two pieces of music, they are entirely coincidental, and just as surprising to us as to him."
Of course, by dubbing the similarities "coincidental", Coldplay do not just deny that they pinched Satriani's riffs – they deny the possibility that even subconscious riff-jacking occurred. Or in other words, Chris Martin has never listened to a Joe Satriani track in his life.
Nevertheless, "Joe Satriani is a great musician," Coldplay said.
The guitarist was recently interviewed about the lawsuit, describing to Music Radar the moment he first heard Viva La Vida. It was as if "a dagger went right through my heart,"...
Distribution Fusion 3, a 25 year old Canadian independent distributor with a deep catalogue of jazz, blues, world and comedy recordings has filed for bankruptcy protection.
Billboard magazine reports that the company has reduced it's staff from over 50 to 13. Six positions were just recently cut. The company has 30 days to try to restructure. In the meantime, they have stopped selling and shipping recordings.
The troubles are reported to be the result of a confluence of events that include fewer record stores, smaller retail catalogue sections, lacklustre CD sales, and a distressed dollar.
Company founder Jim West also owns Justin Time Records and has been an important figure in Canadian music industry development, serving as chair of FACTOR, CIRPA and CARAS over the years.
UPDATE: It's worth adding a note here about the collapse of one of the UK's most important independent distributors Pinnacle Entertainment. The company, which handled distro for around 400 indie labels in Britain, declared bankruptcy on Dec. 3.
The main problem facing labels is the prospect of not getting paid for the sales which Pinnacle have already conducted on their behalf. This will...
The 2009 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, distributed to 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 2009, this directory will sit on 6000 desks and -- as the only printed directory of its kind -- will be referenced often.
Every Manitoba Music member gets one free listing in the Directory, including name, email, phone number, website, and 30-word bio/description. If your contact info or bio has changed, you can update your listing easily:
ONLINE: Log in to manitobamusic.com (if you've forgotten your password, there's a reminder function), click on "Edit My Information" and update the info uder the "Public" tab. Please remember to update the "directory bio" and keep it under 31 words!
Manitoba artists picked up some hardware at this year’s Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards in Toronto: Eagle & Hawk and Ray St. Germain brought home a combined three awards from the gala, which took place on November 28 at the Rogers Centre. The CAMAs, now celebrating their tenth year, are held in conjunction with the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, which ran November 28-30.
Rock outfit Eagle & Hawk won for Best Group or Duo and Best Rock Album for its album, Sirensong. These latest wins continue an impressive string of awards this year that includes four Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards last month, for Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year, Best Group or Duo, Best Songwriter, and Best Rock CD.
Country legend Ray St. Germain won for Best Aboriginal Music Radio Program Promoting Aboriginal Music for his NCI FM show, The Métis Hour.
Artists on Manitoba-based Aboriginal music label Arbor Records also did well at this year’s awards, including wins by rocker Stevie Salas for Best International Album and Derek Miller for Best Original Score in Aboriginal/Indigenous Theatre, Dance or Film/Video Production.
Several Manitoba acts were in Toronto for the festivities,...
Manitoba Music presents
TRACKING SUCCESS SHOWCASE
Friday, December 5 | 10pm
Academy Food Drinks Music, 437 Stradbrook Avenue
$7 at the door
Manitoba Music (formerly MARIA) will present another exciting showcase of homegrown indie talent on December 5. Rock outfit Floor Thirteen, singer/songwriter J.P. Hoe, indie pop darlings Paper Moon, and rocker Scott Hinkson will take over the stage at The Academy to showcase for the panelists from Manitoba Music’s upcoming Tracking Success workshop: Sam DeAngelis (MapleMusic Recordings, Toronto), Ron Harwood (EMI Music Canada, Edmonton), Oscar Furtato (Tandem Tracks, Victoria).
Throughout the year, Manitoba Music produces special showcases of local talent for the guest speakers from the MusicWorks professional development workshop series. The series presents experienced music industry veterans and hot new trend setters speaking 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.
Manitoba Music is looking for a personable, flexible, detail-oriented multi-tasker to join our team as Office Administrator.
Reporting to the Executive Director and Association and Communications Manager, the Office Administrator is responsible for providing administrative, financial, and clerical services and support in order to ensure effective and efficient operations.
ABOUT MANITOBA MUSIC
Manitoba Music (formerly MARIA) is a member-based, not-for-profit industry association representing over 700 members in all facets of the music industry. Through our programs and services, we provide information, education, communication, advocacy, industry development, and networking opportunities to nurture, develop and promote the growth and sustainability of the Manitoba music industry. We think music is fun. For more information, please visit www.manitobamusic.com.
• Financial and bookkeeping, including: reporting, accounts payable/receivable, bank reconciliation, and cheque preparation
• Preparing program materials such as printing and collating of contracts, course materials, marketing materials
• Assisting with marketing...
Manitoba Aboriginal artists took home eight statues at the third annual Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA). The hardware was handed out at a nationally-televised gala at the MTS Centre on November 7 and at a celebration on November 6 at McPhillips Street Station in Winnipeg. This year, Manitoba artists were nominated for 30 awards in 20 different categories.
Juno-winning rock act Eagle & Hawk was the big winner at this year’s APCMAs, picking up four awards including Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year, Best Group or Duo, Best Songwriter, and Best Rock CD for its album, Red Road Stories.
Three other Manitoba artists brought home awards, including J.C. Campbell and his StrongFront Records debut, Lazy James, which won for Best Blues CD. Darren Lavallee and his latest release on Sunshine Records, Le Métis, picked up Best Fiddle CD. Little Hawk won Best Folk CD for his sophomore effort, Home and Native Land.
Producer Brandon Friesen shared the Best Producer/Engineer award with Derek Miller for their work on Miller’s latest release on Friesen’s Arbor Records, The Dirty Looks. Miller also won Best Album Cover Design for graphic work by Darren Johnston. Fellow...
This Halloween marks the start of this year’s 10 day Manito Ahbee Festival, with a strong line-up of Manitoba Aboriginal artists performing around the city in celebration of Aboriginal Arts and Culture. The festival runs until Sunday, November 9, 2008 and leads up to the anticipated Aboriginal Music People’s Choice Awards (APCMA). Last year’s festival attendance cleared over 20,000 people, who attended numerous concerts around the city, participated in an educational conference, shopped at the Indigenous Marketplace and Trade show, experienced the Métis Celebration, and enjoyed a spectacular two-day Pow-Wow.
The nationally televised world class Aboriginal People's Choice Awards will be held at the MTS Centre and will showcase a spectacular diversity of Aboriginal music in all genres, including Aboriginal entertainer of the Year and Best Pow-Wow CD (Contemporary and Traditional), Best Rock CD, and Single of the Year. This year's APCMA's will be hosted by Lorne Cardinal and Andrea Menard with performances by Crystal Shawanda, Brule, Ed Peekeekoot, Eagle & Hawk, Donny Parenteau, The Johnnys, Shy Anne Hovorka, Slidin' Clyde Roulette, Wab Kinew and Dominique Reynolds. Last year’s...
Tracy Bone earned western Canada’s stamp of approval this weekend in Edmonton as she was awarded a Western Canadian Music Award for her debut disc entitled No Lies. The Arbor Records’ release has earned the country singer a Native American Music Award, Indian Summer Music Award, Canadian Aboriginal Music Award and Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award to date.
The Western Canadian Music Awards included two award shows, a music conference and a music festival. The award shows were split into artistic and industry categories with the artistic trophies handed out at a gala event on October 19 at the Myer Horowitz Theatre on the University of Alberta campus and the industry awards at a brunch on October 18.
Bone won in the Outstanding Aboriginal Recording category while Manitobans brought home seven other awards from the Outstanding Pop Recording, Outstanding Independent Album, Songwriters of the Year, Outstanding Roots Recording (Duo/Group), Outstanding Christian Recording, Video of the Year, and Agency of the Year categories.
Bone had solid competition in the Aboriginal category as Ry Moran, Fara Palmer, McKinley Matters and Sandy Scofield were also in the running....
September 1, 2007 - November 12, 2008
NOTE: Submission to the Aboriginal Album of the Year can now crossover into another genre category. i.e. You may submit to Aboriginal and Blues categories as long as you meet the genre category criteria.
2009 JUNO EVENTS: March 26 – March 29, 2009
WHERE: Vancouver, BC
The Aboriginal Initiatives for the Host Committee for the 2009 JUNO Awards will be hosting an Aboriginal Honouring Celebration and Nominee Showcase in Vancouver during the JUNO weekend. The committee members are Elaine Bomberry, Leela Gilday and Chief Ian Campbell.
Please feel free to email the Aboriginal Music Program Coordinator if you need any help with your submission or you have any questions.
I am in the back room of the Canada Stand at Popkomm Berlin - about 200 meters from the famous 82 year old Berlin Radio Tower. It's just after noon on the final day and the exhibit hall at Messe Berlin is jumping with people from around the world trying to fit in last-minute meetings, make deals, and get industry people to attend the last night of showcasing in clubs around town.
The Canada Stand is a large space that CIRPA coordinates at international events. This allows Canadians can buy in for a small fee so they can have a home-base to house their promo materials, take meetings, and have access to the people and resources they need to make the most of a chaotic event like this. 27 Canadian companies/organisations are a part of this stand - companies like Arts & Crafts, Six Shooter, Mint Records, Canadian Music Week, Sonic Unyon, True North, and Manitobans Arbor, Balanced, and Rising Sun. The public side of the stand has about 25 cafe tables that are constantly populated with people meeting with their long-time European distributors, with potential clients, and with random others who drop by to see what may come of a chance meeting.
UPDATE: Tory platform indicates Harper is willing to re-consider the controversial eligibility requirements for film tax credits found in bill C-10. UPDATE: The Liberals release details of their arts platform: would raise total expenditure on the arts to $530 million over the next five years, Heritage critic Denis Coderre says. UPDATE: Canadian artists have joined together to record a song, titled "You Have a Choice," to mobilize Canadian voters to let their voices be heard in support of strong, concrete action on climate change. The song is sponsored by Avaaz, a new web movement with over 300,000 supporters across Canada.Sept. 24 2008: Support for arts creation and the culture industries has made a splash in the Canadian federal election campaign this week. It's great to see all the parties talking about arts and culture and to have these issues of valuable and value-added support for culture on the table as an election promise.
The Liberals have called for a reversal of recent arts cuts and have pledged to increase funding to the Canada Council and the CBC, according to the Globe and Mail and CBC news.
The NDP also promised to reverse the cuts and announced a tax...
Tracy Bone brought home another trophy this weekend for her debut release on Arbor Records, entitled No Lies. The album earned Bone the nod in the Best Country Recording category at the 10th annual Native American Music Awards (NAMMYS), which were awarded at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel in Niagara Falls, New York on October 4. Bone earned top honors in the same category at the Indian Summer Music Awards in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 6.
Bone’s label mate Stevie Salas was also victorious on the weekend, winning in the Best Rock Recording category for The Sun & The Earth.
Aboriginal Music Performer Camp (AMP Camp) participant Karen Donaldson-Shepherd won in the Best Folk Recording for Where The Green Grass Grows, which was released with her group The Crow Girls.
Manitoba was represented well at the award show as nominees Tracy Bone, JC Campbell and Vince Fontaine (Eagle and Hawk) made the trip to Niagara Falls. Gloria Spence and Bertha Twin of the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards also attended the show.
Manitoba artists received seven nominations for the NAMMYS this year, with Vince Fontaine and Lawrence Mullhall up for Songwriter of the Year,...
Manitoba Music, formerly the Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association (MARIA), is pleased to announce the appointment of a new executive director, Sara Stasiuk.
Stasiuk has been with Manitoba Music since 2002, most recently as Programs and Operations Manager, and has been a key factor in every aspect of Manitoba Music’s achievements. Among Stasiuk’s many duties, she has managed the creation, development and implementation of the successful Manitoba Music and Motion Pictures (M3P) Development Project. She has been active in developing Manitoba’s presence at prominent national and international music industry conferences and marketing the Manitoba music industry across the country and beyond.
Stasiuk has been acting as executive director since Sam Baardman went on an extended leave in January 2008. Baardman announced his permanent departure after nearly eight years with Manitoba Music at its Annual General Meeting in June. Baardman has been instrumental in strengthening the 21-year-old association and diversifying its services and capacity as a strong voice for the Manitoba music industry. He has also been a force for change and cohesion in the national industry....
Manito Ahbee: A Festival For All Nations announced today their Hosts for two nights of awards given out during this year’s celebrations in Winnipeg. Lorne Cardinal and Andrea Menard will Co-Host the televised portion of the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA’s) at MTS Centre. Don Kelly and Elaine Bomberry will Co-Host the APTN First Night Awards at McPhillips Street Station.
The APCMA’s are given out over two nights – Thursday, November 6th at McPhillips Street Station and Friday, November 7th at MTS Centre. These two spectacular evenings will feature performances by some of the best Aboriginal recording artists across North America. The Friday night portion at MTS Centre will be broadcast live on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) and Bell Express Vu.
Lisa Meeches, Chair of the Board of Governors for Manito Ahbee Festival Inc. believes the choice of Hosts couldn’t be better: “On each of our two awards nights at this year’s Manito Ahbee Festival, the audiences will certainly be in for a treat. When it comes to Lorne Cardinal, who is a fantastic actor and television director, and Andrea Menard, a gifted singer and songwriter, they each reflect in...
Manitoba Music and the Winnipeg Folk Festival present
OPEN MIC NIGHTS at THE FOLK EXCHANGE
with Keri Latimer of Nathan
Friday, September 26 | 7pm
After a nice long summer break, the Winnipeg Folk Festival and Manitoba Music are happy to announce the return of Open Mic Nights @ The Folk Exchange. The exciting line-up of guest hosts -- which has included Karla Adolphe, J.P. Hoe, Don Amero, and Rob Wrigley -- continues this month with singer/songwriter Keri Latimer of Juno-winning roots quartet, Nathan.
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.
UPCOMING OPEN MICS:
Friday, October 24 - host TBA
Friday, November 28 - hosted by Twilight Hotel
Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program is now accepting applications for AMP Camp 2009. The latest installment of this music development project for Aboriginal artists from across Canada will take place March 1-6, 2009 at the Misty Lake Lodge in Manitoba.
AMP Camp is a one-week professional and artistic development project that gives emerging and mid-career Aboriginal recording artists a chance to develop their understanding of the music industry along with their ability to succeed in it. The project 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.
Each day of AMP Camp begins with workshops on business topics. In the past, these discussions have included:
• The basics of booking a tour;
• Other ways for artists to make money in the music industry besides selling CDs and performing live;
• What producers, managers, agents, labels and publishers do and how to use them effectively;
• How to get your business together;
• How to make broadcast quality recordings; and,
• Submitting music to radio stations.
The afternoons and evenings at AMP Camp are dedicated to...
Angus Jourdain of Lac La Croix, Ontario took home first place and the cheque for $2,500 at the NCI Jam on September 20. Jourdain wowed the live and radio audiences and the panel of judges with an original song entitled “Warriors.” Along with the honor and cash, Jourdain’s song will receive 100 plays on NCI FM once recorded at the station.
Rounding out the finalists were Chantal Kuegel or Oak Bank in second place, Angel Murray of Hollow Water in third and Keeseekoowenin’s Jeremy Bone in fourth.
The prize payout was:
1st Place - $2,500.00 plus 100 plays on NCI (trophy)
2nd Place - $1,500.00 plus 75 plays on NCI (trophy)
3rd Place - $750.00 plus 25 plays on NCI (trophy)
4th Place - $100.00 Sydney Castel Honourable Mention Award
A total of 25 amateur singers competed at the Centennial Concert Hall for an in-house audience of 2300 people. Each of the contestants were accompanied by an all-star band lead by Clint Dutiaume.
Aboriginal music legend Shannon Two Feathers was inducted into the Manitoba Aboriginal Music Hall of Fame before the competition and the finalists for the NCI FM Single of the Year performed before Little Hawk’s “The Bottle Drinks From You” was...
After checking out The Tab (a weekly entertainment insert of the Winnipeg Free Press) this morning I felt compelled to tell everyone that Aboriginal artists have a very prominent place within their coverage this week. Mohawk dancer-choreographer Santee Smith is featured on the cover and receives praise within the paper, Don Amero has a great photo in the Concert listings section and Siera Noble receives similar profile alongside the Theatre/Arts listings.
I think the quality of photos is probably a contributing factor, but I also think the quality of the art and performances coming out of the Aboriginal community is improving and making bigger waves throughout the country.
Whatever the reason, I take my hat off to the folks at The Tab.
Seven Manitoba artists have netted 13 nominations at the 2008 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA) making 2008 another strong year for homegrown talent. The CAMAs, now celebrating their tenth year, are held in conjunction with the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, which runs November 28-30, 2008 in Toronto. The awards will be handed out at the Rogers Centre on November 28.
Juno-winning rock outfit Eagle & Hawk leads the Manitoba nominees with five nods for its latest release, Sirensong, including Best Album of the Year, Best Group or Duo, Best Rock Album, Best Song Single, and Best Songwriter.
Fiddler Darren Lavallee continues his string of award nominations, including Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, with a nomination for Best Fiddle Album and Best Instrumental Album for Le Métis. Country legend Ray St. Germain is up for Best Aboriginal Music Radio Program Promoting Aboriginal Music for his NCI FM show, The Métis Hour. Wab Kinew, host of CBC’s Shaken Not Stirred, is up for Best Rap or Hip-Hop Video for “If This Was Right,” which features Manitoba singer/songwriter Dominique Reynolds. Rocker Leanne Goose, who splits her time between Winnipeg and Northwest...
MTV's flagship music video request show "Total Request Live," or TRL, will come to an end this November after 10 years on the air. Executive producer Dave Sirulnick told USA Today:
We want to close this era of TRL in a big celebratory way, and 10 is a great number. And 10 is the number that TRL counted down every single day for 10 years, and we hit this 10th (anniversary) and we thought, 'You know what? This feels like the right time and let's celebrate it and let's reward it. And let's let it have a little bit of a rest for a minute.' Let it catch its breath! Been working hard — for 10 years!Yeah, he said that series of half sentences, and yes, US Today printed it. Anyway, this is being reported as the final nail in the coffin for actual music videos on MTV, making way for the station to become a fully fledged reality TV haven. Lots of comments here.
The upside? Well, with so many avenues to distribute music videos online these days, there are more than ever, and especially more indie music videos than ever.
Also, while MTV might not be playing music videos, their reality shows place more independent music per episode than a show playing full length videos. So some...
The festivities for the 2008 Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA) in Winnipeg were fantastic and Aboriginal artists were all over the events. The week included a Ray St. Germain concert at the Club Regent Casino and Shane Yellowbird at the Palomino Club on Thursday, the Songwriter’s Cafe, festival kick-off party and six Aboriginal venues on Friday, the CCMA FanFest, Industry Brunch, Manitoba Music showcase and five Aboriginal venues on Saturday, the Gala Dinner and Shane Yellowbird at the EMI party on Sunday and the big award show with a performance by Crystal Shawanda at the MTS Centre on Monday.
Ray St. Germain’s show at the Club Regent Casino on Thursday night featured the release of his new CD along with performances by his five children and three of his grandchildren. The show was sold out and the Casino added a second night to meet the demand. Earlier that evening Shane Yellowbird held down a solid set for the CBC at Winnipeg’s legendary Palomino Club.
The Songwriter’s Cafe was hosted by Ray St. Germain on Friday afternoon at the Delta Hotel. The event was well attended and Manitoban songwriter Ashley Robertson and Saskatchewan’s Donny Parenteau joined Ray on...