Aboriginal Music Program


ABORIGINAL ICON: an APTN singing contest

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The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network is hosting a singing contest for Aboriginal people on their weekly news magazine, Contact.  The contest is called "Aboriginal Icon" and they are accepting submissions as we speak.

On April 4th APTN is pleased to announce a special edition of Contact: Aboriginal Icon

If you are between the ages of 18-28 and think you have the talent to wow our judges, please send in audition tape along with your name, age, phone, number, and address to:
339 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg MB
R3B 2C3
Attn: Contact - Aboriginal Icon

The deadline for admission is March 23rd, 4 pm eastern standard time and don't forget to self-identify if you are First Nations, Inuk, or Metis.

The top three contestants will be contacted by telephone and flown to Winnipeg to perform Live across the nation on Contact April 4th 2007.

Audience members can send an email or call in to vote for their favorite finalist.

The Grand Prize winner will have their song professionally recorded in studio with Strong Front Productions and will be flown to Toronto to compete in the final auditions for Canadian Idol. Prizes will also be awarded to the second and third prize...

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AMP Camp 2007: The Week in Review

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AMP Camp is a one-week professional and artistic development project that gives emerging to 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 MARIA's Aboriginal Music Program and the Music Section of the Canada Council for the Arts.

The week started off with the group meeting for the first time on Sunday afternoon. Participants from across the country joined their Manitoban counterparts and a number of the instructors at the MARIA office in Winnipeg before boarding a charter bus to the Misty Lake Lodge (one hour north of the city). The schedule for the evening was light with formal introductions, an orientation session and time to get settled. With no karaoke to kick things off in the lounge this year, the group gravitated towards one of the cabins, later dubbing it “Alberta House,” since, for some odd reason; all the participants from Alberta had been assigned rooms in the furthest reaches of the resort.

On Monday morning, the workshops began and everyone was required to evaluate their own business skills and...

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FACTOR Jury Accreditation

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In efforts to ensure that the best and most qualified people are adjudicating submissions, FACTOR has recently instituted a Juror Accreditation process. Not only will this assure us and others that everyone involved with the juries has been recently screened, it will also allow a formal way for potential jurors to express their interest in participating.

Juries are held from coast to coast to coast three times a year, as a part of the approval process for the following FACTOR programs:

• Juried Sound Recording Program
• Demo Program
• Marketing & Promotion for Non-FACTOR Supported Sound Recordings

Click HERE for the Juror Accreditation form in PDF or HERE for the form as a Word doc, and please submit it to:

Sara Stasiuk
1-376 Donald Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2J2

Or email the completed form to: info@manitobamusic.com

For more information please call Sara Stasiuk at 975.0147 or email sara@manitobamusic.com

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MARIA Employment Opportunity: Music Industry Training Coordinator

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Contract: Full-time

Since 1987, the Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association (MARIA) has promoted the work of Manitoba artists and has provided professional development services to help music industry workers succeed as cultural entrepreneurs. Through its programs and services, MARIA helps people in the music industry find their community and build sustainable careers.

Music Industry Training Coordinator
MARIA is seeking an experienced and dynamic individual to fill the position of Training Coordinator. The Training Coordinator will deliver training events aimed at artists and other music industry professionals; develop training resources for the Manitoba Music Industry Resource Centre; assist in the development of on-line training programs; consult with artists in all aspects of their career and professional development; and oversee the administration of the Resource Centre.
The Training Coordinator will have a excellent knowledge of the music and sound recording industry, excellent organizational and administrative skills, excellent oral and written communication...

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STAR CATCHER: Brandon Finalists

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 Winnipeg, MB / February 7 2007: Star Catcher —Manitoba Aboriginal Talent Search 2007 presented by The Manito Ahbee Festival and the Red River Ex, held its first round of competitions at the Brandon Winterfest this past weekend.

The Amphitheatre in the keystone Centre opened its doors to hundreds of onlookers eager to experience the sounds of the C-weed band and be the first to congratulate the top three (3) finalists.

The talent search attracted 14 contestants from various communities: Gator Beaulieu, Shaun Roulette, Nikketa Campbell, James Shuttleworth,Crystal Hansen, Josh Witford, Wambdi Chante Hanska, Ken Boulette, Mary Mahler, Richard Mckay, Roxy Flett, Joe Mckay Jr., Edward Genaille and Lisa Stevenson.

Congratulations to all the performers who put on a great show and the winners:
Roxy Flett - 1st Place
Shaun Roulette - 2nd Place
Richard Mckay - 3rd Place

1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners at these competitions are awarded a cash prize as well as a one song recording and will move onto the finals to be held at the red river Ex on National Aboriginal day, June 21,2007.

The next Star Catcher Talent Search will take place on March 3, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. in...

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AMP Camp 2007 Begins Next Week

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The Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association’s Aboriginal Music Program and the Music Section of the Canada Council for the Arts are pleased to announce the beginning of AMP Camp 2007. This week-long residency for emerging and mid-career Aboriginal recording artists from across Canada will be held at the Misty Lake Lodge in Gimli, Manitoba from February 11-16, 2007.

“This year's AMP Camp will provide participants with practical and useful information as well as a support network of friends and artists that they can carry with them throughout their careers,” says Sam Baardman, Executive Director of MARIA. “Manitoba’s Aboriginal artists come from an extremely talented pool of musicians and songwriters and this retreat will bring some of the best from across Canada into an intensive and dynamic environment of learning, collaboration and mentorship.”

The residency will include professional and artistic development workshops on songwriting, performance skills, image, studio techniques, touring, pitching and packaging, best business practices and sound checking strategies, among other topics.

The instructors include Juno nominated artist Kinnie Starr, Order of Canada...

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 2007 Native American Music Awards

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The submission deadline for the Native American Music Awards is next week.  In order to submit, you first have to become one of their members.  The details:

DEADLINE: February 15, 2007

2007 Membership Application (Click on Link-PDF file)

2007 Nomination Submission Form (Click on Link -PDF file)

The Ninth Annual Native American Music Awards is tentatively scheduled for September 15, 2007

Each year the annual Awards show program features over one dozen mesmerizing and dynamic performances by some of today’s leading Native American artists along with awards presentations in over 30 categories including; Lifetime Achievement and Hall of Fame.

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MUSEXPO Showcase Opportunity

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Friday, February 9, 2007

MARIA and MANITOBA FILM & SOUND are planning an exclusive showcase of Manitoba music at MUSEXPO in Los Angeles between April 29 and May 2, 2007.

MUSEXPO is a music industry conference with extremely limited showcasing opportunities. The audience is captive and includes some of the highest profile and most powerful people in music and entertainment, including heads of A&R, film and television music supervisors, online and traditional video gaming, telecommunications, and more. Some of the confirmed speakers and delegates include Emmy-Award winner Larry King (CNN), Mike Walsh (Head of Music, Xfm), Rob Stevenson (Executive VP, A&R Island Def Jam Music Group), David Pakman (CEO eMUSIC), J Scavo (GM, MySpace Records), Chris Barton (Strategic Partnership Development Manager, Google), Andy Karp (Head of A&R, Atlantic Records), Steve Schnur (Worldwide Executive, Music & Audio, Electronic Arts), George Ergatoudis (Head of Music BBC Radio 1), and Jay Faires (President of Music, Lionsgate Entertainment), Alex Patsavas (Music Supervisor, The OC, Grey’s Anatomy, Rescue...

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AMP Camp 2007 Participant and Instructor Profiles

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The AMP Camp 2007 Participant and Instructor Profiles are now available for download in PDF format.

The instructors include Juno nominated artist Kinnie Starr, Order of Canada recipient Heather Bishop, Canadian Aboriginal Music Award winner Sherryl Sewepagaham (Asani), Breach of Trust front man Marty Ballentyne, and Aboriginal music legends Errol Ranville, Billy Joe Green, Curtis Jonnie (Shingoose), Ray St. Germain and Vince Fontaine to name a few.

The regional breakdown of the participants includes three artists from British Columbia, two from the Northwest Territories, five from Alberta, two from Saskatchewan, seven from Manitoba, three from Ontario and two from Quebec.

AMP Camp 2007 is a one-week professional and artistic development project that will give emerging to 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 the Aboriginal Music Program of MARIA and the Music Section of the Canada Council for the Arts.

AMP Camp will be held at the Misty Lake Lodge from February 11-16, 2007.

The Aboriginal Music...

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Traditional Knowledge Rights Information Sessions

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The National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition, in partnership with
Urban Shaman Gallery present an information session on Traditional
Knowledge (TK) rights with Dr. Greg Young-Ing.

Greg will be presenting two workshops at the Urban Shaman Gallery. On
Wednesday February 7th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for artists working
in all genres and on Thursday February 8th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
for the general public, to speak about Traditional Knowledge (mis)Use
and Protection based on his research and involvement in the CRA IPC
activities outlined below. Both workshops are FREE but
pre-registration is required.

Greg Young-Ing is Chair of The Creator's Rights Alliance Indigenous
Peoples Caucus (CRA IPC) and is directly involved in discussions on
Traditional Knowledge (TK) rights for Indigenous artists and
communities at the national and international level. He recently
completed his PhD at University of British Columbia on "Intellectual
Property Rights, Legislated Protection, Sui Generis Models and Ethical
Access in the Transformation of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge".

The Creator's Rights Alliance (CRA) / L'Alliance pour les droits des
créateurs (ADC) is...

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Star Catcher Makes First Stop in Brandon

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Amateur singers from the Aboriginal community in Manitoba will get a chance to shine on the Star Catcher stage this weekend in Brandon. This first instalment of the talent development project is being hosted by the organizers of the Brandon Winter Tribal Days and already has 11 hopefuls signed up to compete for $850 in prize money.

TIME: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
PLACE: The Amphitheatre at the Keystone Centre, Brandon, Manitoba
COST TO WATCH: Included with your Winter Tribal Days admission
CONTESTANT FEE: $50 per entry
REGISTRATION: On-site until 2:00 pm

The Manitoba Aboriginal Music Host Committee, organizer of the Manito Ahbee Festival and the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, is responsible for producing the Star Catcher project. With an untapped wealth of Aboriginal talent throughout the province, the committee has offered to produce Star Catcher contests for 4 other communities before a final showdown at the Red River Ex on National Aboriginal Day this year.

“This is not your typical talent search,” states Lisa Meeches, chair of the Manitoba Aboriginal Music Host Committee. “Star Catcher provides winners with an abundance of...

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New website for ThinkNDN Radio

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The ThinkNDN Radio folks have relaunched their website. Now you can find all your west coast Aboriginal community news, events and photos in a shinny and well-designed package at www.thinkndn.ca

Join the ThinkNDN Team as they bring an hour of Entertainment & News, every week to the Vancouver Aboriginal Community! The Show will be offers a line-up of Traditional & Contemporary Singers, Instrumentalists, Hip-Hop Artists, Spoken word Artists, Poets, Filmmakers, Entrepreneurs, Drummers, Craftspeople, Storytellers, Elders, Activists, Community Leaders, Role Models and other Interesting People! We encourage ALL Peoples to come on air to Share Your Talents! Speak Your Mind!

ThinkNDN Radio is produced by Suzette Amaya, with rotating Hosts Shelby Desjarlais, D.W. Robinson, Theresa Point , Sean Wei Mah, and Shane Zwack.

N8V BEATZ with Suzette Amaya tha first Monday of each month, playin’ the latest in Aboriginal Hip Hop in North American, informing listeners about Live Shows and Hot Urban Topics such as Fashion, Media & Arts, Film , Promoting Independent Artists.

VANCITY VIBEZ with Theresa Point every Second Monday – News & Entertainment from the Coast...

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Star Catcher hits Brandon: Calling All Emerging Aboriginal Singers

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Manito Ahbee has launched a provincial talent search called Star Catcher. Winners at the various locations across Manitoba will compete in the finals on National Aboriginal Day, June 21 at the Red River Ex in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Star Catcher is scheduled to start at the Winter Tribal Days in Brandon, Manitoba on January 27, 2007. Other locations and dates to be announced.  

For more information and for Star Catcher registration forms, please contact the Manito Ahbee office.
P: (204) 956 1849
E: info@manitoahbee.com
W: www.manitoahbee.com

All completed registration forms must be mailed or dropped off at the Manito Ahbee office.
Manito Ahbee Office
Lower Level, 376 Donald Street
Winnipeg, MB     R3B 2J2

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Aboriginal Roundtable Discussion: Getting Your Song on the Radio

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This month’s Aboriginal Roundtable Discussion is entitled GETTING YOUR SONG ON THE RADIO.  Our guest speaker will be Dave McLeod from NCI FM and the discussion will cover song quality, what to send and how to find the right folks to send your music to.

DATE: Tuesday, January 23, 2007
TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
PLACE: MARIA Office, 1-376 Donald Street
COST: Free
INFO: alan@manitobamusic.com

If you are interested in attending please RSVP to Alan Greyeyes, Aboriginal Music Program Coordinator. RSVP DEADLINE: Monday, January 22, 2007
TEL: 204.975.0284
E: alan@manitobamusic.com

The Aboriginal Roundtable Discussions are one of the many things that the Aboriginal Music Program of the Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association does to help Aboriginal people build careers in Manitoba’s music industry. 

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2006: The Year in Review

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 A lot happened in Manitoba’s Aboriginal music community this year- we launched a new festival, produced one of the best music award shows on the continent, brought home a number of trophies and partnered with the Canada Council to spread our development opportunities across the country. As the year comes to a close, the Aboriginal Music Program takes some time to reflect on what happened, who won what and where we all went.

By the middle of January, plans for the Manito Ahbee Festival were in full swing and Errol Ranville, Aboriginal Music Program Director, was pulled away from his MARIA duties to shape the new event and lead what would become an army of managers and administrators dedicated to the launch of this new Aboriginal music flagship. Around the same time, the submission process for AMP Camp was coming to an end and the Aboriginal Music Program was set to announce the participants for this week long artistic and professional develop project for emerging and mid-career Aboriginal recording artist from all part of Canada. By the end of the month, “the year of Eagle & Hawk” was begging and the group flew to Cannes, France, becoming the first Manitoban act to showcase...

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AMP Camp 2007 Participants

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AMP Camp 2007 is going to be amp-tastic. Last year, the project was graced by the likes of multiple Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award nominee Tracy Bone, Western Canadian Music Award nominee Art Napoleon and Kuujjuaq’s greatest export, Edward Snowball. This year, the group promises to be just as great.

The participants for AMP Camp 2007 are:
Emil Starlight (AB)
Robert Thomson (BC)
Shakti Hayes (BC)
Jay Gilday (AB)
Jared Sowan (AB)
Gail Obediah (ON)
Renae Morriseau (BC)
Raine Morin (SK)
Taqralik Partridge (QC)
Leanne Goose (NT)
Gillian Thomson (BC)
Kiera Kolson (NT)
Skeena Reese (BC)
Anthony Martin (ON)
Madeleine Allakariallak (MB)
Don Amero (MB)
Gerry McIvor (MB)
Melissa Galvin (MB)
Shirli Ewanchuk (MB)
Wanda Wilson (MB)
Lucien Spence (MB)
Rayne DeLaronde (MB)

AMP Camp 2007 is a one-week professional and artistic development project that will give emerging to 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 will be held at the Misty Lake Lodge from February 11 – 16, 2006 and includes workshops on songwriting, image, performance skills,...

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The Heart of the Country

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The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) today announced Winnipeg as host city for the 2008 Canadian Country Music Week and Awards, to be held September 5-8, 2008. This marks the third time Winnipeg will host Canada’s largest country music event.

The Chair of the CCMA, Heather Ostertag, officially announced the awarding of Country Music Week 2008 to the City of Winnipeg, acknowledging that more than two decades had passed since the event was last held in that city (1986). Ostertag added, “The CCMA is very pleased to return to Winnipeg and the Board of Directors invites both the community and our industry to join in and help make this a wonderful celebration and a wonderful opportunity for Canada's talent.”

Music is integrated into the fabric of Winnipeg and Manitoba, and shapes the heartland of Canada’s musical tradition. Artists such as Neil Young, Doc Walker, The Guess Who, and countless others launched their careers here.

“Manitoba has always been a great place for music and artists,” said Premier Gary Doer. “We were proud to host the JUNO Awards last year and just this year we hosted the Western Canadian Music Awards and the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music...

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Manitoba Acts Nab Three Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

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Manitoba artists have brought home three 2006 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA) from the eighth annual gala celebration in Toronto. The CAMAs, held in conjunction with the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, were held on November 24 at the John Basset Theatre.

Juno-winning rock act Eagle & Hawk, which led this year's nominations with four nods, won Best Group or Duo for Life Is..., which was also up for a 2006 Western Canadian Music Award. Norway House-based sextet Highway 373 took home Best Rock Album for No Limits in a category shared with Eagle & Hawk. Cliff Maytwayashing's Skiffle Fiddle won Best Fiddle Album, beating out fellow Manitoban, teenage fiddler Harv Settee Jr.

"This has been an incredible year for Aboriginal music in Manitoba and Canada as a whole," says Sam Baardman, Executive Director of MARIA. "In 2007 alone, Manitoba artists have brought home 17 awards from the inaugural Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards in Winnipeg earlier this month, the Indian Summer Music Awards in Milwaukee, the Native American Music Awards in Florida, the Junos, and now the CAMAs. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners and all the artists who've traveled to...

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Market Access Program News

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Because of the unprecedented success of Manitobans accessing opportunities in new markets this year, the budget for Market Access funding has been fully allocated. As a result, until further notice, the Market Access Program will only be accepting applications for approved events. For the remainder of this fiscal year, those events include:

MIDEM deadline December 22
North American Folk Alliance deadline February 1
Canadian Music Week deadline February 14
SXSW deadline February 21
JUNOS deadline March 8

Applications and guidelines are available in the MARIA Resource Centre and online here. For more information, please contact:

Dawn Bourbonnais
Programs and Operations Assistant
P: 204.975.5189
E: dawn@manitobamusic.com


Sara Stasiuk
Programs and Operations Managers
P: 204.975.0147
E: sara@manitobamusic.com 

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Bands Head To Toronto for Aboriginal Music Festival

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Manitoba Aboriginal artists are ready to show national audiences and industry the strength of the local music industry this week in Toronto. A delegation of 12 local solo artists and bands, will attend and showcase at the annual Canadian Aboriginal Festival (CANAB) at Toronto's Rogers Centre (SkyDome). CANAB, which runs November 24 to 26, features a daytime music festival called Music Café, trade show, and giant pow wow, as well as the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA), for which Manitoba artists have received an eight nominations.

Groups Eagle & Hawk, Sierra Noble, Rayne Delaronde, Don Amero, Gerry McIvor, Highway 373, Dead Indians, Team Rezofficial, Little Hawk, Harv Settee Jr., and Meghan Meisters are all planning to attend and perform. Settee, Noble, and Eagle & Hawk are slated to perform at the CAMAs gala. MARIA’s Aboriginal Music Program will host the Manitoba Music Reception on November 25, with performances by several of this year’s nominees and other Manitoba artists.


Best Group or Duo
Eagle & Hawk – Life Is...

Best Rock Album
Eagle & Hawk – Life Is...
Highway 373 – No Limits


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Bursaries Available for Aboriginal Students to Attend the ANDPVA MusicFest 2006 in Toronto

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PSA- TORONTO -- The Association for Native Development in the Performing and Visual Arts (ANDPVA) today announced that applications are being accepted for up to 20 bursaries to attend the ANDPVA MusicFest in Toronto, November 24-25, 2006, at the Holiday Inn on King. The bursaries will give preference to student applicants.

ANDPVA provides opportunities for people working, studying and/or pursuing careers in the arts with an opportunity to showcase work, establish professional relationships, attend development workshops, gain mentors and collaborate with one another.

Bursary Funding was made available by Baagwating Community Association. The Musicfest bursaries will cover some travel, festival registration and meals. Bursary recipients must attend the Musicfest and afterwards submit a short written report on their experience. Preference will be given to applicants who are students. Preference will also be given to independent label artists, songwriters or producers.

Applications must be submitted to ANDPVA by Thursday November 23, 2006:
-Cover letter, introducing the applicants and why s/he should be considered;
-A resume focused on applicant's media ambitions, career...

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ThinkNDN 102.7 FM Wants Your News

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ThinkNDN 102.7 FM in Vancouver is interested in your Aboriginal music news.  I fyou got a new CD or if your touring the west coast, shoot them an email and let them know all the details.


ThinkNDN 102.7fm
Mondays 8 to 9pm


Join the ThinkNDN Team as they bring an hour of Entertainment & News, every week to the Vancouver Aboriginal Community! The Show will be offers a line-up of Traditional & Contemporary Singers, Instrumentalists, Hip-Hop Artists, Spoken word Artists, Poets, Filmmakers, Entrepreneurs, Drummers, Craftspeople, Storytellers, Elders, Activists, Community Leaders, Role Models and other Interesting People! We encourage ALL Peoples to come on air to Share Your Talents! Speak Your Mind!

ThinkNDN Radio is produced by Suzette Amaya, with rotating Hosts (Shelby Desjarlais, D.W. Robinson, Christie Charles, Theresa Point, Sean Wei Mah, Shane Zwack and Stanley Amaya – Technical Operator) and Special Guests each week. Check ThinkNDN out @ http://thinkndn.tripod.com or www.myspace.com/thinkndn


ThinkNDN Website REVAMPED thanx to...

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Manitoba Acts Win 10 Awards at Inaugural APCMAs

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Manitoban artists brought home 10 awards from the inaugural Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, held over two nights at the Winnipeg Convention Centre and the MTS Centre, respectively.

Country singer/songwriter and Canadian Aboriginal Music Award-winner Hank Horton picked up two trophies for Best Songwriter and Best Country CD. Juno-winning rock outfit Eagle & Hawk also won two awards, for Best Group or Duo and Best Rock CD. Another double winner was J.J. Lavallee & The Freebird Band, winning Best Fiddle CD and Best Instrumental CD.

Other winners include Tracy Bone for Best Album Design, Dezmond Mentuck and D.J. St. Germain for Best Producer / Engineer, Billy Joe Green for Best Blues CD, and teenage fiddler Sierra Noble for Best Aboriginal Music by Non-Aboriginal Artist.

The stunning, nationally-televised gala event took place at the MTS Centre on November 3, opened by a traditional grand-entry ceremony with hundreds of dancers in traditional dress and a large group of drummers. Over 4,000 people took in performances by 11 APCMA nominees, including homegrown talents Tracy Bone, J.C. Campbell, and Eagle & Hawk.

Winners were selected by a global community of...

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Manito Ahbee Begins

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Manito Ahbee is here and there’s a tremendous amount of music from almost every genre and a variety of events. Music fans will be able to catch some of this year’s Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, from here in Manitoba and beyond, performing at several downtown venues. Here’s a guide to the music events for the weekend (local acts in bold). For information on the other great events taking place during Manito Ahbee, please visit www.manitoahbee.com.

Thursday, November 2


Regal Beagle, 331 Smith Street
10:00 PM - $5
Shane Yellowbird
Wayne Lavallee

Windsor Hotel, 187 Garry Street
10:00 PM - $5
South ThunderBird
Digging Roots

Pony Corral Downtown, 444 St. Mary Avenue
10:00 PM - $5
J.C. Campbell
Tracy Bone
Derek Miller

Friday, November 3

MTS Centre
6:00 PM
The Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards honour the best in Aboriginal music on Friday, November 3 at the MTS Centre in downtown Winnipeg. This spectacular gala event will feature performances by the best Aboriginal recording artists from across the continent, playing unforgettable music for fans...

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Aboriginal Nominees Receive Tribute at the WCMA

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The five nominees in the Outstanding Aboriginal Recording category of the Western Canadian Music Awards will be celebrated and showcased at the “Aboriginal Nominee Honouring Ceremony” on Thursday, November 19 at the Garrick Conference and Event Centre (330 Garry Street) in Winnipeg. The show will be open to the public, with tickets available for $12.50 at Ticketmaster.

The Aboriginal Nominee Honouring Ceremony is presented by the Arrowhead Development Corporation, the economic development arm of the Long Plain First Nation Government. The event has been organized by the Manitoba Aboriginal Music Host Committee Inc. and the Western Canadian Music Alliance with the support of the Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association’s Aboriginal Music Program. Native Communications Inc. has made a significant contribution to the event by way of radio advertisements on NCI FM, which reaches Aboriginal people throughout the entire province.

“We’re doing this because the WCMA are in Winnipeg this year and we feel that it’s important to include Aboriginal recording artists in all big music events in Manitoba,” explains Errol Ranville, Executive Producer for the Manitoba Aboriginal...

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Credence Francois Fundraiser

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Billy Joe Green, Lucien Spence, Rayne DeLaronde, Charlie McIvor and Venus Mantrap will be taking the stage in support the Francois family on Sunday, October 15, 2006. The fundraiser, which will help the family pay for any additional costs associated with their 43-day-old daughter Credence’s heart surgery, will be held at the Pyramid Cabaret in Winnipeg. “We put together the show to help us cover the cost of making the trip to Edmonton next week,” explains Frederick Francois, Credendence’s father. “The Variety Heart Foundation has provided some great support, but we still need to be prepared to pay for the things they can’t cover.”

Credence was bon with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, the same condition that the three-year-old daughter of Calvin Wood went to Edmonton for,  last May after the family held a similar fundraiser at the Pyramid Cabaret.

The American Heart Association states that Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, “...is usually fatal within the first days or months or life unless it's treated” (www.americanheart.org). Treatment for the condition must be handled in phases and the family’s trip to Edmonton next week will be the first of many in the next five...

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Strong Showing for Manitoba at the 2006 CAMA

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Eight Manitoba artists have netted 10 nominations the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA) making 2006 another strong year for homegrown talent. The CAMAs, now in their eighth year, are held in conjunction with the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, which runs November 24-26, 2006 in Toronto. The awards will be handed out at the John Basset Theatre in downtown Toronto on November 24.

Juno-winning rock act Eagle & Hawk leads the nominations with four nods, including Best Group or Duo, Best Rock Album, and Best Album of the Year, and Best Producer/Engineer for Life Is..., which is also up for a 2006 Western Canadian Music Award.

Singer/songwriter Gerry McIvor is up for Best Blues Album for his latest effort, Old Friend. Edward Gamblin gets a nod for Cree Road, up for Best Country Album. Highway 373 is nominated with Eagle & Hawk in the Best Rock Album category for its release, No Limits. Hip-hop outfit Rezofficial is up for Best Rap or Hip-Hop Album for its Rezofficial Music Presents: Lakes Aqui-The Preview. Fiddlers Harv Settee Jr. and Cliff Maytwayashing are both nominated in the Best Fiddle Album category for their albums Nanny’s Dream and Skiffle Fiddle,...

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Now taking submissions for CupFest

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Now taking submissions for CupFest


Grey Cup Festival 2006 and MARIA are co-producing CupFest. CupFest is a two-night, multi-venue music festival occurring in clubs of downtown Winnipeg, and featuring over 30 musical artists. CupFest performers, representing a variety of musical genres, will showcase at a number of venues in Winnipeg on Friday November 17 and Saturday November 18, from 9pm – 2am each night.

CupFest will be marketed towards the music fans of Winnipeg, as well as to over 10,000 football fans who will be in town for the Grey Cup festivities.

To be considered for a performance at CupFest, please submit:
• Press kit, including list of recent performances
• CD

Submit by October 10, 2006 to:
CupFest Selection Panel
1-376 Donald Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2J2

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AMP Camp 2007 Applications Now Available

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MARIA's Aboriginal Music Program is now accepting completed applications forms for AMP Camp 2007, which will be held from February 11-16, 2007.

This one-week residency, presented by the Canada Council for the Arts and MARIA, gives emerging to mid-career Aboriginal recording artists a chance to develop their understanding of the music industry along with their ability to succeed in it. The 30 participants of AMP Camp will be engaged by a faculty of industry professionals in workshops and discussions about songwriting, breaking into the festival circuit, music marketing, business information for recording artists, performance skills and other subjects.

AMP Camp has 15 spots for Aboriginal recording artists from Manitoba and 15 for participants from the rest of Canada. Click here to download a PDF of the application which identifies all the required material. The application deadline for AMP Camp is October 27, 2006 and a registration fee of $250 for all successful applicants is due December 15, 2006.

The first AMP Camp was held in Gimli, Manitoba, from March 19-14, 2006. Faculty members included Heather Bishop, Billie Joe Green, Kinnie Starr, Marty Ballentyne, Vince...

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Job Opportunity at MARIA

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Executive Assistant
Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association (MARIA)
Application deadline: 4pm October 3, 2006

The Manitoba Audio Recording Industry Association is seeking an Executive Assistant. The Executive Assistant will provide support to the Executive Director in all facets of managing this member-based not-for-profit music industry association, including program development, association administration, and providing support to the Board of Directors. Excellent communication skills are required, as is the ability to work flexible hours on occasion. Knowledge of the Manitoba music industry and a driver’s license are assets.

• Assists Executive Director in preparing correspondence and reports involving complex and non-routine matters related to program development and Board activity.
• Assists in preparation of funding applications and reporting.
• Monitors commitments made by Executive Director during meetings and tracks progress of action items.
• Maintains administrative, archival and/or personnel files for organization.
• Provides a wide variety of administrative services as directed by Executive Director, including facility...

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