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...
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Manitoba Aboriginal Artists – Volume 3
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...
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
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 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
AWARD SHOW: November 16, 2007
LOCATION: John Bassett Theatre, Toronto
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
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
MARIA's Annual General Meeting & CelebrationWednesday, June 20, 2007King's Head Pub, 120 King Street - 2nd floorMeeting: 6:30pm Party: 7:00pm
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!
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: email@example.com
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.
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)
Art Napoleon ((AMP Camp 2006)
Jared Sowan (AMP Camp 2007)
Shakti Hayes (AMP Camp 2007)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or in hard copy at the MARIA office)
• Submissions will be rejected if incomplete
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...
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.
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,...
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...
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...
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.
Some of my favourite singers to sing along with are...
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.
DATE: Tuesday, March 27, 2007
TIME: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
PLACE: MARIA Office, 1-376 Donald Street
If you are interested in attending please RSVP to Alan Greyeyes, Aboriginal Music Program Coordinator. RSVP DEADLINE: Monday, March 26, 2007
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.
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.
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...
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...
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:
1-376 Donald Street
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2J2
Position: MUSIC INDUSTRY TRAINING COORDINATOR
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...