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New Aboriginal Programming at the CBC

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The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has launched a new website and new radio program to share the stories and culture of Aboriginal people. The new website is dedicated to Aboriginal arts, news, and events in Canada, while the CBC Radio One show, Live by the Drum covers stories and music from Indigenous cultures across the globe.

The new website is located at www.cbc.ca/aboriginal and it brings together the network’s coverage of Aboriginal issues on television, radio and the World Wide Web. The interesting part for the music community is that it includes a spotlight for the arts called the Arts and Cultural Digest. Aboriginal recording artists interested in being featured in this section need only create a New Music Canada profile with music, an interesting bio and a promotional photo.

The CBC is also offering recorded performances in the Concerts on Demand section of www.cbc.ca. You can find music by Tagaq, Eagle and Hawk, JC Campbell, Tracy Bone, Don Amero, Jared Sowan and Sandy Scofield here: www.cbc.ca/radio2/blog/2007/06/22/celebrate_national_aboriginal.html

Live by the Drum has been going to air every Saturday afternoon this summer with host Wabanakwut...

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CALL FOR ARTISTS: NCI FM entertainment for South Indian Lake

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NCI-FM Cares

South Indian Lake Evacuees

How can you help?
July 23, 2007

-Information Sheet-

Artists/Musicians Needed

NCI-FM, Manitoba’s Aboriginal Radio Network is coordinating free concerts, one at each hotel for the evacuees of the South Indian Lake forest fires. Evacuees are staying in five Winnipeg Hotels, Ramada Marlborough, Place Louis Riel, Club Regent Hotel, and the Canad Inn Polo Park, and the Viscount Gort.

NCI-FM is requesting Aboriginal Singers/Musicians to donate their time to entertain the elders, and families of South Indian Lake on the afternoon of Thursday July 26th,or Friday, July 27th. The music sets would be 20 –30 minutes in length, acoustic based, with a small P.A. system. For artists donating their time to this event, on-air mentions. Acknowledgements will be made.

Refreshments

NCI-FM is also requesting donations of bottled water/refreshments for each hotel volunteer table. The bottled water/refreshments will be available, free to South Indian Lake evacuees. For companies donating product or cash, on-air mentions, acknowledgements, will be made on NCI-FM.
Information:

NCI-FM Program Manager
Rosanna Deerchild
204-772-8255...

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CALL FOR ABORIGINAL ARTISTS: Westbrook Inn

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The Westbrook Inn is looking for solo acts and bands of Aboriginal ancestry to perform originals and/or cover tunes at the hottest Aboriginal nightspot in Winnipeg. Interested acts should contact Darryl Sanderson for additional information.

Darryl Sanderson
Promotions, Westbrook Inn - Winnipeg
P: 204.283.4575
E: metis_man@hotmail.com

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: CKUW 93.5 FM spotlight for Aboriginal music

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Are you an artist looking for a spotlight? CKUW 95.9 FM is looking to showcase emerging local Native recording artists, signed and unsigned. Send your demos or albums to be added to the collection and/or jam live in the station's studio. For more information contact the station reps below.

CKUW is a grassroots, volunteer-based campus and community radio station based in Winnipeg. CKUW strives to first and foremost play local music, as well as Canadian and international. We are people driven, and not profit driven, therefore we play music and discuss ideas not found in the mass media.

If you have any questions, or you'd like to book time to jam live and be heard on the airwaves, contact:

Crystal Greene
Aboriginal Issues Editor
CKUW 95.9 FM Winnipeg
(204) 297-9400 (cell/leave message)
(204) 774-6877 or (204) 786-9998
crysgreene@gmail.com

Or send your music to:

Don Bailey
Music Director
CKUW 95.9 FM Winnipeg
Room 4CM11
515 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E9
(204) 774-6877

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MARIA's Rockin' the Greens

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Dust off your clubs! It's time again for MARIA's annual golf tourney, Rockin' the Greens!

Rockin' the Greens 2007Friday, August 31, 2007Wildwood Golf club, 761 North Drive

Rockin' the Green is a fun event for those with golf experience and those who have who may have spent more time on the stage than on the greens. There are18 holes, a putting contest, hole contests, prizes for every team, dinner, and much much more!
Click here to download Rockin' the Greens registration info and forms.

TIMES
Registration: 11:30am-12:45pm
Shotgun start: 1:00pm
Dinner & Prize Presentation: 6pm
Times subject to change.

FEES
Entry Fee: $60 per person
(Includes golf, dinner, t-shirt)
Mulligans: 3 for $5

ADDITIONAL FEES
Wildewood offers golf club and pull
cart rentals. Arrangements can be
made at the golf course. Please
note that rental costs are in
addition to your registration fee.
Golf Clubs - $10
Pull Carts - $5

TOURNAMENT FORMAT
18 Holes - Texas Scramble Style

PRIZE DONATIONS...
To make this a fun and exciting event, prizes are being collected. All prize donors will be listed in the winter issue of the MARIA newsletter.

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Prodiggy wins first place at the Star Catcher Finals

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Cross Lake, Manitoba’s outcast heavy metal band, Prodiggy, crunched their way into a nationally televised performance slot during the 2007 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards (APCMA) when they won first place at the Star Catcher talent search finale during the Red River Ex’s National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Winnipeg last week. The boys beat out 11 other amateur talents competing in the first installment of this Aboriginal artist development project.

The other acts vying for this top spot were Roxy Flett, Richard McKay, Shaun T Roulette and Rude Mood, Ken Boulette, Alyssa Nepinak, Wambde Chante Hanska, Mary Mahler, Tiffany Ducharme, Melissa Galvin, Jerry Sereda, and Evan Reeve. Galvin and Sereda finished in second and third, respectively, earning a performance slot during the APCMA First Night Gala on November 1 for second place and a performance slot during the Manito Ahbee MusicFest from November 1-3 for third.

Each of the 12 contestants qualified for the finale during one of the three Star Catcher shows. A total of 40 aspiring singers and bands competed at the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council Winter Tribal Days in Brandon, the Hollow Water First Nation, and the...

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Manitoba Aboriginal Artists vol. 3

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Manitoba Aboriginal Artists – Volume 3
Compilation CD

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOON, THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2007

MARIA’s Aboriginal Music Program is currently accepting submissions for Manitoba Aboriginal Artists - vol. 3, a promotional compilation CD, which will be released in August of 2007. The CD will used to promote the music being made by Aboriginal recording artists living in Manitoba and all genres are eligible. Once complete, the CD will be distributed widely through various music industry festivals and conferences, as well as directly to key players in the music industry and Aboriginal community.

The tracks that will be included on the CD will be selected by a jury of Aboriginal people working in Manitoba’s music industry. Their decisions will be based on recording quality, song quality and the market readiness of the individual, group or duo.

To have your track included for consideration, please submit:
• Press kit (digital or printed with a biography, an 8 x 10 inch photograph and touring history at the very least);
• CD with track name, number, songwriting and publishing credit, and track length clearly indicated;
• 20-word bio...

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 2007 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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 The submission deadline for the 2007 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards is June 30, 2007.

This year the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards will be open to both Canadian and American recording artists of First Nation/Native American, Metis and Inuit ancestry. The show will be held at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Friday, November 2 and the winners will be decided by fan votes on the APCMA website: www.aboriginalpeopleschoice.com

DEADLINE: June 30, 2007
ELIGIBILTY: Released between June 30, 2005 and June 30, 2007
INFORMATION:
TOLL FREE: 1.866.449.0251
E: info@manitoahbee.com
Web: www.aboriginalpeopleschoice.com

AWARD SHOW: November 2, 2007
LOCATION: MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

The following are dates to remember for the 2007 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards:

Artist Submission Deadline - June 30th
Online Voting Begins - July 9th
First Round of voting closes - July 30th
Nominees Announced - August 2nd
Final Round of voting begins - August 2nd
Final Round of voting ends - October 15th

The entry form can be downloaded here:
www.aboriginalpeopleschoice.com/cim/dbf/2007_apcma_submission_form.pdf

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 2007 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

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The submission deadline for the 2007 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards is June 30, 2007.

The ninth annual CAMA will honour the premiere musical artists of the Canadian Aboriginal communities. The gala awards show will be held on Friday, November 16th, 2007 at the John Bassett Theatre in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

DEADLINE: June 30, 2007
ELIGIBILTY: Released between January 1, 2006 and May 30, 2007
INFORMATION:
 P: 519.751.0040
 E: info@canab.com
 Web: www.canab.com

AWARD SHOW: November 16, 2007
LOCATION: John Bassett Theatre, Toronto

The entry form can be downloaded here:
www.canab.com/pdfs/music_awards/2007/2007cama_entry.pdf

This year the CAMAs have 26 categories, including a new category - Best Traditional Flute Album and 3 special honor awards.

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National Aboriginal Day 2007

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 The National Aboriginal Day celebrations keep on growing in Winnipeg. This year, the Manito Ahbee Festival has expanded it’s event at the Red River Ex, the Aboriginal People’s Television Network has added a stage in down town Winnipeg, CBC Radio 2 will be broadcasting the recorded Red Road Music Concert, NCI is hitting up all of the events in town, Strongfront A/V Productions is bringing in acts from New Mexico, the Selkirk Avenue community event is preparing for more guests, and the McPhillips Street Station is opening its doors for another great night of entertainment lead by Ray St. Germain.

To help folks in Winnipeg make the most of their day, we have put together a printable guide to point with the basics for each event.

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY GUIDE TO MUSIC IN WINNIPEG

The events are:

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network
LOCATION: 339 Portage Ave. (in the fountain area beside the APTN office)
TIME: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
LINEUP: Lucie Idlout, Leela Gilday, Donny Parenteau, the C-Weed Band, Dead Indians, the Asham Stompers (jigging), Hoop Dancer Lisa Odjig, and three Star Catcher finalists
COST: Free

The Aboriginal Express Featuring Ray St....

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New compilation CD for NCI FM

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The province’s Aboriginal radio station, NCI FM released their first compilation CD this month with a party on the Red River Princess boat in Winnipeg on June 6. The disc is entitled “Sounds like... NCI” and it features songs by D.L.O, Gabby Taylor, Gerry McIvor, Don Amero, Tracy Bone, Aaron Peters, Chris Beach, Norbert Ducharme, Les Shannacappo and a number of artists from outside the province. The CD is available at the NCI FM offices in Winnipeg and Thompson for $20 and will be available online once the station’s new website is launched in mid July.

"We are extremely proud of the outcome of the ‘Sounds like...NCI’ CD project,” explains David McLeod, General Manager of the station. “We produced the CD for several reasons. Firstly, we wanted to promote independent Aboriginal talent from all across Canada. We also wanted to produce a CD, which highlighted music that is popular on both our request lines and on the National Aboriginal Top #30 Countdown. This CD is truly unique, as nothing is available on the market that compares. I would like to also note that one album cannot do justice to the hundreds of great songs played over the last few years. We will monitor the...

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Manitobamusic.com Podcast

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Manitobamusic.com Podcast 2 - August 2007
Featuring interviews and music from Grand Analog and Burnthe8track, music news, new releases, and music from Jodie Borle, The Duhks, Sights & Sounds, Ann Walton, and Tele.

Manitobamusic.com Podcast 1 - June 2007
Featuring an interview and live music from Twilight Hotel as well as Manitoba music news, new releases, and music from Nathan, The Weakerthans, Paper Moon, Boats, Cara Luft, Solidaze, and Segweh.
Click here to download Manitobamusic.com Podcast 1 file.

Subscribing to the Manitobamusic.com Podcast
Copy and paste the following URL into your podcast software's "add podcast" area (in iTunes, this is found in under Subscribe to Podcast in the Advanced menu): http://www.manitobamusic.com/podcast/mariapodcast.xml

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Red Road Music: Stories and Songs from Native Canada

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Four rising stars in the Aboriginal music community will be joining multi award winning rockers, Eagle and Hawk at the West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg on June 6 for a night of intimate and interactive acoustic songs and stories. The show is entitled Red Road Music and it will begin at 8 pm sharp with a songwriting circle featuring Don Amero, JC Campbell, Tracy Bone and Jared Sowan. This group will take turns performing songs, keeping the show moving quickly through a range of rich vocals, intelligent melodies and great stories.

The second half of the show will feature an acoustic set by Eagle and Hawk, who have plans to perform many of their most memorable songs, including “The Way,” “I See Red,” and a new version of what is probably their biggest hit to date, “Sundancer.”

Red Road Music offers a chance for everyone to take in some of the greatest songs being written in the Aboriginal community. The artists on the bill are fantastic and the striped down format is sure to help both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal audience members connect and appreciate the talent and intelligence of all five acts.

The Red Road Music project was made possible by a partnership...

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APTN Has Five Music Videos Up For Grabs

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The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) has $100,000 to spend on the production of five music videos for Aboriginal recording artists from across Canada; that’s $20,000 a pop. The money will go towards production costs along with travel to Toronto, where all the videos will be shot. In order to be considered for the funding artists need to complete the application form and submit support materials by the June 30, 2007 deadline.

The final decisions will be made by the APTN programming staff, based on the strength of the application and the talent demonstrated in the music.

If you’re interested in sending in a song, here are a couple of things to consider:
• You don't need to submit a creative treatment for your proposed music video because APTN will assign an executive producer in Toronto for your project if you win;
• If you have already released a music video, APTN will still consider your submissions as they are hoping to come out of the project with five great music videos from five great recording artists or bands; and,
• Once the video is completed, APTN will require the copyright holders of the music to give them the rights to broadcast the video on...

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Strongfront Bossman Profiled by the Business Development Bank

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Jesse Green, owner of local recording upstart, Strongfront Records was recently profiled by the Business Development Bank’s (BDC) Aboriginal Banking department in the Spring issue of it’s Soar publication.

The story explains the growth of the record company along with the video production side of Green’s business. The BDC also makes note of the fact the Strongfront received financial support from the lender; a point that they seem quite proud of.

A graphic design firm, a dog trainer and a role model profile also appear in the publication.

According to the BDC website, the bank “plays a leadership role in delivering financial, investment and consulting services to Canadian small businesses, with a particular focus on the technology and export sectors of the economy.” In other words, they can help you get your small business off the ground.

For more information about Strongfront Records, visit www.strongfront.tv

For more information about the BDC, visit www.bdc.ca

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Star Catcher catches four more stars in Winnipeg

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The Star Catcher amateur singing contest wrapped up its threecommunity tour of Manitoba with a final stop at the Vision Quest Conference in Winnipeg on May 15. The show featured 26 Aboriginal singers and one heavy metal band from Cross Lake. The C-Weed Band backed up each of the performers and headlined the show, playing a number of the hits for the crowd at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

After three hours of performances and a great rendition of the Apple Blossom Special played by the evening’s master of ceremonies, Chief Morris Shannacappo, the contest came to an end with Melissa Galvin grabbing first place, Jerry Sereda taking home second, Evan Reeve coming in third and Cross Lake’s heavy metal band, Prodiggy earning the fourth place spot.

Just like the other two Star Catcher contests, the finalists received a cash prize along with the opportunity to record an original song with a Winnipeg-based recording studio and producer. Three tracks have been completed by Star Catcher finalists to date, with a full album featuring all 12 artists being released for sale by the Manitoba Aboriginal Music Host Committee at the National Aboriginal Day celebrations at the Red River...

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Annual General Meeting & Celebration

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MARIA's Annual General Meeting & CelebrationWednesday, June 20, 2007King's Head Pub, 120 King Street - 2nd floorMeeting: 6:30pm    Party: 7:00pm
Admission: free
Food will be served immediately after the meeting portion.

Please join us for MARIA's Annual General Meeting & Celebration on June 20. Come for the brief meeting, stay for the party. Enjoy memories from the past year of performances, showcases, events, and more. Hear what's in store for the coming year at MARIA. Meet the board of directors and staff. Eat, drink, and network with artists and industry from the Manitoba music scene!

For more information, please contact Rachel at 975.5190 or info@manitobamusic.com.
  

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MARIA Office Closed May 11

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The MARIA staff will be in a day-long meeting on Friday, May 11. The office and resource centre will be closed. We will re-open on Monday, May 14 at 9am.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: APTN funding for music videos

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The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network wants to help 5 Aboriginal recording artists and/or groups from any part of Canada produce music videos for broadcast on their station and they are currently accepting submissions.

The details are included in the GUIDELINES and APPLICATION forms, but the basics are:

DEADLINE: June 30, 2007
AMOUNT: up to $20,000 per artist/group for production costs
FOR: One song on a current CD or a CD that is soon to be released
INFORMATION: Rebecca Morris + Tel: 888.278.8862, ext. 234 + E: rmorris@aptn.ca

Guidelines:
www.aptn.ca/opencall2007/documents/APTN_Open_Call_guidelines.pdf

Application:
www.aptn.ca/opencall2007/documents/APTN_OPEN_CALL_APPLICATION_FORM.pdf

You can also visit the APTN Open Call website for more information:
www.aptn.ca/opencall2007/

Please  feel free to contact the Aboriginal Music Program Coordinator if you live in Manitoba and you need help completing your submission.

Alan Greyeyes
Aboriginal Music Program Coordinator
Tel: 204.975.0284
E: alan@manitobamusic.com

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The Native American Music Awards want your votes

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The Native American Music Awards (NAMMYS) submissions have been posted online and the organizers are interested in hearing who fans around the world think should be nominated in each category. All you need to be able to cast your vote for your favorite Aboriginal/Native American song, artist, group or duo is an email account and a little bit of time.

VOTE HERE: www.votenative.com

Unfortunately your vote won’t be considered when the nominees are decided, but the NAMMY website does state that “a maximum of 30% of the total online votes will be weighed against Advisory membership votes in the final voting stage when voters select one winner for each category.” In other words, you can make a difference.

There are a number of Manitobans and AMP Camp alumni in the running. Be sure to sign up for your e-membership at www.votenative.com and cast your vote for the following artists and groups:

Blues Jazz Recording
Slidin' Clyde Roulette Band - "Let's Take A Ride"
South Thunderbird -  "Tough Go"
Jared Sowan - "Electrically Yours" (AMP Camp 2007)

Debut Artist
Art Napoleon ((AMP Camp 2006)
Jared Sowan (AMP Camp 2007)
Shakti Hayes (AMP Camp 2007)

Debut Duo or...

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Call for Submissions: manitobamusic.com vol. 4

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Now taking submissions for 2007 MARIA Promotional CD

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOON, MONDAY, MAY 7, 2007

MARIA is planning the release of manitobamusic.com - vol. 4, a promotional compilation CD in June of 2007. 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. MARIA 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:
• 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 (also available by emailing dawn@manitobamusic.com, or in hard copy at the MARIA office)
• Submissions will be rejected if incomplete

N.B. - You must be a MARIA member to be...

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THE APCMA’s: Not Just for Canadians Anymore

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After the success of the first Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, the Manitoba Aboriginal  Music Host Committee has decided to expand the show and open the competition up to our cousins from the United States of America.

“The APCMA’s rely on online voting to decide who wins in each category,” explains Executive Producer, Errol Ranville.  “So it’s important for each of the acts to get their fans to vote for them.”

What’s more, Ranville envisions an online Aboriginal music mall where music lovers and talent buyers from all parts of the world can easily find and eventually purchase Aboriginal music from Canada and the US.  This year’s expansion takes Ranville one step further in that direction.

Last year the APCMA show featured a grand entry with close to 500 dancers in full regalia, a hoop dance demonstration, seven-year-old jigging prodigy, “Slick” and live performances by JC Campbell, Tracy Bone, Digging Roots, Shane Yellowbird, Andrea Menard, Eekwol, Derek Miller, Eagle and Hawk and Keith Secola.  Actor Catherine St. Germain and Corner Gas star, Lorne Cardinal held down the host duties for the 2-hour broadcast, which went live to air on the Aboriginal Peoples...

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 2007 Indian Summer Music Awards

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The nomination forms for the 2007 Indian Summer Music Awards are now available. 

The Indian Summer Music Awards seek to honor the best American Indian music that has been commercially released between the period of March 2, 2006 and March 1, 2007.

ISMA DEADLINE: May 1, 2007
ENTRY FEE: $25 USD per category
INFORMATION:
  E: indiansummer@wi.rr.com
  P: 414-727-9749

You can download a PDF copy of the ISMA entry form here:
http://www.indiansummer.org/2007/2007_ISMA_form.pdf

The ISMA Awards will be presented during the Indian Summer Festival held September 7-9 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with the awards ceremony on Friday, September 7, 2007.

CATEGORIES:
Alternative Rock
Blues
Classic Rock
Contemporary Instrumental
Country
Flute
Folk
Native Spirit (non-Indian)
Pop
Rap/Hip Hop
Spiritual
Traditional Drum
Traditional Vocal

For more information about the Indian Summer Music Awards, please visit their website:
http://www.indiansummer.org

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ABORIGINAL ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Music Photography and Your Image

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This month’s Aboriginal Music Roundtable Discussion is entitled MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY AND YOUR IMAGE. The discussion will cover how artists can make their photos speak about their music, the difference between shots taken by professional photographers and your friends, and how to communicate effectively with photographers.

Our guest speaker will be Nadya Kwandibens, an Ojibwe photographer from the Northwest Angle First Nation in Ontario. Her work includes portraiture and music photography for Native people from the southwestern United States to the Canadian prairies and woodlands.

NADYA's ONLINE PRESENCE:
www.nadyakwandibens.net
www.flickr.com/photos/ojibraids
www.myspace.com/_nadya

DETAILS
DATE: Tuesday, April 17, 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, April 16, 2007
TEL: 204.975.0284
E: alan@manitobamusic.com

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New Training Coordinator

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We are pleased to announce that there’s a new staffer permanently in the Music Industry Training Coordinator chair at MARIA.

Brandon-born Sean McManus is returning to the position that he originated back in 2002, when he set up the Resource Centre when MARIA first moved to its present location. Since leaving five years ago to pursue schooling in Toronto, Sean has received a Masters degree in Musicology and Ethnomusicology from York University. He’s also a graduate from the Brandon University School of Music. Sean has taught music and theatre to students from elementary to senior levels, and has worked as a teacher assistant for undergraduate University courses. While living in Brandon, he served as the Executive Director of both the Brandon Folk Festival and the Brandon Jazz Festival. Currently, Sean plays in the self-managed, Manitoba-based folk-pop band the Dust Poets, which has toured across Canada and the United States, and has released three independent recordings including the recent Lovesick Town. Sean is also a freelance designer with several not-for-profit and artist web sites and CD packages in his portfolio. Sean has moved back to Winnipeg with his wife Karla,...

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Sierra Noble performing at the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

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 Accomplished fiddler, Sierra Noble will be traveling to France next month to perform at the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Noble, who specializes in traditional Metis fiddle, will perform the Metis Prayer/Warriors Lament at the monument as a part of the historic ceremony on April 9.

The Veterans Affairs Canada website explains that the victory at Vimy demonstrated the passion and skill of the Canadian Corps and created a momentum that carried the troops through the following three months of Allied victories before the end of World War I. The victory at Vimy Ridge is cited on the website as the main reason why Canada earned a separate signature on the Treaty of Versailles.

A number of events are planned to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, including the dedication of the newly restored Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France.

Along with her performance at the ceremony, Noble is also scheduled to perform for the Prime Minister and other dignitaries at an Easter dinner while she’s overseas.

Please visit the Veterans Affairs Canada website for more information about the Battle of Vimy Ridge and the ceremonies...

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The Dead Indians perform for a cause

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By Wab Kinew

Winnipeg hip-hop group Dead Indians will headline an all ages rap concert designed to promote freedom of expression and youth activism. Taking place at the Label Gallery on Friday March 23, the concert will feature excellent music in a safe, alcohol and drug free environment. Also on site will be representatives from the Native Youth Movement who will be on hand to help interested young people connect with grassroots organizers in their local community.

“A lot of our younger fans have been dying to see us, but can’t because we usually perform in night clubs” explains Ryan Genaille, a.k.a. P-nut, a rapper and producer in the group Dead Indians. "All Ages shows are where we got started way back. So we’re taking it back to our roots, which is something we're very excited about.”

As organizers of the event, the group also felt that since the 23rd is the week of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21st), that it made sense to invite community activists to participate. Dead Indians co-founder Kenny Genaille said “it made sense to us, because even though we’re not super-political, we still fight censorship and prejudice all...

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Star Catcher Brings Down the House in Hollow Water

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By Jacquie Black

Another successful Star Catcher competition took place this past weekend in Hollow Water First Nation. On March 3, 2007, the Wanipigow School was packed to the rafters for the 2nd round of competition in the Star Catcher Manitoba Aboriginal Talent Search. Fifteen competitors joined Errol Ranville and the C-Weed band on stage to vie for the top 3 spots and move onto the finals on June 21, 2007 at the Red River Ex.

A wide range of music genres and communities were represented at the show. Trevor Powderhorn was flown in by Perimeter Aviation from Tadoule Lake and Alexander McKay Jr., family it tow, drove all the way from Cross Lake to make it to the stage on time. Congratulations to all the contestants for a great performance and to the winners, Alyssa Nepinak, Wambdi Hanska and Mary Mahler.

Let’s learn a bit about our Hollow Water winners:

Alyssa Nepinak – 1st Place
‘I’m 6 years old and I started singing when I was about four. I’ve always liked singing to my favourite songs being played on the radio. I also like singing with my mom and especially when my dad plays guitar for me.

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ABORIGINAL ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Your website, myspace.com and the digital frontier

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This month’s Aboriginal Music Roundtable Discussion is entitled YOUR WEBSITE, MYSPACE.COM AND THE DIGITAL FRONTIER.  The discussion will cover website development costs, how to improve your existing website, what myspace.com can do for your music, and the future of music online.  Copies of funding applications for developing a website for your music will also be available.

DETAILS
DATE: Tuesday, March 27, 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, March 26, 2007
TEL: 204.975.0284
E: alan@manitobamusic.com

The Aboriginal Music 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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