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Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Second Indigenous Festival

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On National Aboriginal Day, June 21, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra kicks off its second Indigenous Festival. Launched in April last year, the four-night festival is a celebration of different cultures from around the globe. This year's event features music and dance from North America's Aboriginal peoples, as well as traditions from India, China, and South America. The festival explores different elements of music and rhythm with performances and collaborations by a diverse group of artists, both traditional and contemporary. 

The festival opens at the Centennial Concert Hall with Ritual, featuring an Intertribal Grand Entry, arranged by Charles Cozens and sung by Spirit Rising. The evening continues with a performance of Cree composer Andrew Balfour's "Manitou Sky," followed by two works by Chinese-Canadian composer and Erhu master, George Gao. Audiences will be treated to Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" featuring the world premiere dance performance by members of the Contemporary School of Dance and the Manitoba Aboriginal School of Dance, choreographed by Odette Heyn-Penner and Buffy Handel. 

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Aboriginal artists at the 2010 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival

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R&B singer isKwe will be one of four Aboriginal acts taking the stage at this year’s TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. She’ll be joined in the festival lineup by the elegant Elisapie Isaac, singer/songwriter Daniel Roa, and jazz singer Jodie Borlé.

isKwe, who splits her time between Toronto, New York, and Winnipeg, has two free performances set for July 3 and 4 at the newly renovated Old Market Square. Her Saturday concert starts at 7pm and Sunday’s performance begins at 7:20pm.

Elisapie Isaac, a JUNO Award winning artist who was raised in the isolated community of Salluit, Nunavik, will perform twice on June 27. Her first concert is set for a 7pm start on the free stage at the Old Market Square. Fans can catch her later that evening in a smaller and more intimate setting at Aqua Books. Tickets for this performance are $12 in advance and $15 at the door and she’s scheduled to take the stage at 9:30pm.

Jodie Borlé, described as having Ella Fitzgerald’s vocal stylings and Jann Arden’s wit, has one concert on June 27 during this year’s Jazz Fest. She’ll be performing at Le Garage Café in St. Boniface and she’s set for a 9pm start time. Tickets are $12 in advance...

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Canadian Country Music Hall of Honour for Ray St. Germain

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Ray St. Germain will be inducted to the Canadian Country Music Hall of Honour in a special induction ceremony on Friday, September 10th in Edmonton. The announcement was made by the Canadian Country Music Association on June 8 in Toronto.

“We felt it suitable that in 2010 we would honour ten artists who were pioneers and ground-breakers in our rich country music history as there were so many deserving of this induction – and what a list it is!” said Jill Snell-de Cartier, Chair of the Hall of Honour Electors Committee.“These visionaries are all legends and treasured Canadians – each carved their own path and helped pave the road for the incredible talent we see growing in this flourishing market each year.  We look forward to seeing these talented recipients and their families in Edmonton this year at the Hall of Honour ceremony, sure to be this year’s most moving CCMA highlight. Congratulations to one and all on this remarkable achievement.”

Donna & Leroy Anderson, Willie P. Bennett, Marie Bottrell, Eddie Eastman, Don Harron, Fred McKenna, Wayne Rostad, Joyce Smith and Hal & Ginger Willis will also be inducted on September 10th.

Ray is an award winning recording...

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Aboriginal Songwriters in Residence with Digging Roots

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Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program and Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art are partnering to present the Aboriginal Songwriters in Residence with Raven Kanatakta & Shoshona Kish of the JUNO Award winning Digging Roots. The residency will run August 11 and 12 and it includes 10 one-on-one consultation spots at the Manitoba Music Resource Centre along with one evening panel discussion entitled “Roots, Rights, & Revisions with Digging Roots” at the Urban Shaman gallery. Registration is free for Aboriginal youth between 16 and 29 years of age and members of Manitoba Music.

One-on-One Songwriting Consultations or Guitar Lessons
Wednesday, August 11
11am-5pm
Manitoba Music, 1-376 Donald Street, Winnipeg
Free if you register in advance
To register: alan@manitobamusic.com

Five one-hour consultations on songwriting are available from 11am-5pm. Songwriters should bring guitars and printed copies of lyrics. Guitar players can also book one-hour lessons with Raven. These sessions are free for Aboriginal youth between 16 and 29 years of age and members of Manitoba Music. Please register in advance with Alan Greyeyes (alan@manitobamusic.com).

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Aboriginal Day 2010 Celebrations in Winnipeg

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Don Amero will be taking the stage for close to 10,000 people at The Forks in downtown Winnipeg on June 20 for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network’s Aboriginal Day Live concert. He’ll be joined by Chantal Kreviazuk, Red Power Squad, Jana Mashonee, Keith Secola, and Tumivut for the nationally televised event.

As in previous years, the celebrations for National Aboriginal Day, start earlier in the week and take place in a number of venues around Winnipeg. The Manito Ahbee Festival has a concert and pow wow planned, while the Casinos of Winnipeg have The Aboriginal Express ready to go. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has two major concerts planned for their first National Event and Heatbag Records have a hip hop talent contest and two nightclub shows scheduled.

As an added bonus for fans of Aboriginal music, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra has a great week of programming lined up for their second annual Indigenous Festival, which will run June 21 - 24.

Check the event listings below and please send details for any other concerts or pow wows to Alan Greyeyes (alan@manitobamusic.com).

Wednesday, June 16

Musical Performances for the Truth & Reconciliation...

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Aboriginal Music Week wins Manitoba Tourism Award

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Aboriginal Music Week was honoured with the Manitoba Tourism Award for Aboriginal Tourism on May 26 at a gala event in Winnipeg. The five day music festival brought 21 Aboriginal artists from across the continent to Winnipeg stages for family concerts and a nightclub show in the first week of November (November 3-7).

The Manitoba Tourism Awards is an annual program recognizing excellence in the promotion and delivery of tourism experiences in Manitoba. The Aboriginal Tourism Award recognizes excellence in the delivery of a product or service that demonstrates cultural authenticity and sensitivity to the ecological, cultural and economic integrity of the community.

Aboriginal Music Week was created to open up the Aboriginal concert world to families and youth. Four of the five concerts during Aboriginal Music Week were all ages and the organization distributed 384 free tickets to community organizations throughout the inner city to ensure that low income families could attend the concerts. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Winnipeg, Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg Inc, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Ka Ni Kanichihk, Ndinawe Youth Resource Centre, Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport...

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Hip Hop Producers in Residence, June 16 and 17

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Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program and Streetz FM are partnering to present the Hip Hop Producer in Residence with Stomp and J-Mak of the JUNO Award nominated Team Rezofficial. The residency will run June 16 and 17 at the Manitoba Music Resource Centre in downtown Winnipeg and it includes eight one-on-one consultation spots along with one evening panel discussion about submitting your music to Streetz FM and the business side of the hip hop community in Canada. Registration is free for Aboriginal youth between 16 and 29 years of age and members of Manitoba Music.

One-on-One Consultations: Hip Hop Production
Wednesday, June 16
1pm-5pm
Manitoba Music, 1-376 Donald Street, Winnipeg
Free if you register in advance
To register: alan@manitobamusic.com
 
These consultations will give you an opportunity to get feedback on the samples, instrumentation, and tempo of the beats you’re working on. Please bring beats or songs that you want help with (along with your files on CD and any instruments you would like to incorporate). Four one-hour consultations on hip hop music production are available. These sessions are free for Aboriginal youth between 16 and 29 years of age...

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Jerry Sereda earns an APTN First Tracks Music Video

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Country singer Jerry Sereda was named as one of six Aboriginal artists who will have a music video made through the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network’s (APTN) First Tracks program this year. The announcement was made May 19 by the television network, which has been running this program since 2008.

Sereda is gaining momentum this year. He released an EP entitled Campground Cowboy last June and recently gained the support of Contact Artist Management. Sereda has plans to release a full album in 2010.

AMP Camp alumni Shy-Anne Hovorka and Kristi Lane Sinclair were also named as recipients for 2010. Hovorka earned ten nominations for her debut album, entitled Black Thunderbird and is releasing her second CD this year. Sinclair is currently promoting her first release, entitled I Love You.

APTN’s First Tracks program has produced 15 music videos for Aboriginal artists from across Canada to date. Manitoba artist Sadie received support for her “Boomboxx” single in 2009. Shane Yellowbird, Lucie Idlout, George Leach, Ry Moran, Digging Roots, Kinnie Starr, Leela Gilday, Samian, and Andrea Menard are among the past recipients.

Visit the APTN First Tracks website to view the...

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MusicWorks: Upcoming Season Call for Input

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Each year, Manitoba Music takes the summer off from its workshop series to regroup, refocus, and plan the upcoming season (and maybe take in a few rays of sunshine at some summer festivals). The planning for next season is currently underway, and we’ve got some great events in the works. When fall hits, we’ll be right back into covering all the usual topics (touring, publishing, management, marketing, funding, etc.), as well as current hot topics based on the state of the today’s music industry – all presented by experienced artists, entrepreneurs, and music industry professionals.

Before we finalize the season, however, we want to hear from you. Manitoba Music members are invited to send workshop suggestions to training@manitobamusic.com for consideration in the upcoming fall/winter session. We can’t guarantee to have room for all of them, but we’ll do our best to put any great ideas into action where possible.

Deadline: June 4, 2010



To see a list of past workshops (which will give you a good idea as to the topics we will most likely repeat), click here.

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Manitoba Music Board of Directors Position | Deadline: May 21

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There will be one position on Manitoba Music’s Board of Directors to fill at this year’s Annual General Meeting. 

While all expressions of interest will be considered, the Board has identified the following areas as priority for the position:




Professional financial or accounting designation, or experience and demonstrated related skill in the area


If you have interest in being considered for the position, please send your bio and/or resume to Ginette Lavack Walters, Chair of the Board Governance and Development Committee, at board@manitobamusic.com by 4pm Friday, May 21.

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Call For Submissions - The Plaza at the Forks Performance Series | Deadline: May 14

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Now taking submissions for The Plaza at the Forks performance series

SUBMISSION DEADLINE (EXTENDED): 4pm, Friday, May 21, 2010

Manitoba Music is presenting a series of performances at The Plaza at the Forks, Winnipeg’s premier skateboard facility. The performances will take place Saturday afternoons in June, July, and August.

We are looking for bands and DJs who would like to be considered as a performer in this series. To be considered, please email a link to a website, epk, or myspace page that contains photos of the artist and streaming music.

N.B. - You must be a Manitoba Music member to be considered for inclusion. For more information about Manitoba Music membership, visit manitobamusic.com or contact Rachel Stone (975.5190, rachel@manitobamusic.com).

Submit by 4pm, May 21, 2010 to:
Ruben Ramalheiro, Program Coordinator
Manitoba Music
ruben@manitobamusic.com

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Introducing The Eight Days in May, Eh! Festival

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Sonia Eidse, Evan Reeve, Dustin Harder, Rodney Contois, and Lorenzo are some of the Aboriginal artists performing in the “Eight Days in May, Eh!” festival this month in Winnipeg. The performances have been put together by Harder, a local Métis guitar slinger and front man of The Dusty Roads Band.

The shows began on May 2 with sets by six acts at J Fox’s, followed by a longer concert at The Academy on the 5th. Each show starts at 8pm and the rest of the schedule includes Ragpickers on May 6, Le Garage on May 7, The Yellow Dog Tavern on May 8, Le Garage on May 10, The Academy on May 12, and La Salle Hotel on May 15.

The May 6 concert is open to families and youth. It will also be streamed online, so anyone with an internet connection will be able to check out the performances.

The schedule:

May 2 @ J Fox’s (414 Academy Road)
8:00 pm -Rodney Contois
8:30 pm - Evan Reeve
9:15 pm - A History of Night/Dusty Roads Band
10:15 pm - Sonia Eidse
10:45 pm - Sweet Alibi
11:45 pm - Talisman Blues Band

May 5th @ The Academy (437 Stradbrook Avenue)
8:00 pm - Rodney Contois
8:30 pm - Evan Reeve
9:15 pm - A History of Night
10:00 pm - Thom Lake
10:40 pm - Sonia...

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Survey of Interest: Showcase in Australia

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Manitoba Music is looking for artists who would be interested in showcasing at One Movement in Perth Australia, October 6-10, 2010. If you would like to be considered, please send an email to sean@manitobamusic.com with “Australia” in the subject by May 11. This is a survey of interest only, there is no guaranty of inclusion or support for this event. 

The successful One Movement for Music and One Movement MUSEXPO Asia Pacific events which launched in Perth, Australia last year, will again take place this year from October 6 - 10 in Western Australia. The event which attracted hundreds of Asia Pacific and worldwide delegates and the crème de la crème of emerging global talent is expected to raise the bar even higher in its second year. Visit www.onemovementmusic.com for more information.

 

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Call for Submissions: The Contenderz

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DEADLINE: Thursday, May 13, 2010

THE CONTENDERZ is a hip hop contest for new and emerging Aboriginal MCs. The organizers include senior Aboriginal hip hop artists and industry professionals who want to support the development of the next generation.

Up to 15 MCs will be invited to perform one song for a live audience at the Garrick Theatre in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Saturday, June 19, 2010.

A panel of judes will score and rank each performance and three MCs will be crowned THE CONTENDERZ at this event. Joey Stylez, Heatbag Records and a third headliner will also perform, drawing additional attention to the event.

Contestant Eligibility Criteria:
• Individual MCs of Aboriginal ancestry
• 14-24 years old
• Has not released a full-length album with more than eight songs for sale in stores or from the stage at performances
• Is able to perform two radio friendly songs (no swearing, no racial comments, no sexual references, etc.) with original beats and original lyrics

Please complete all...

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Government of Canada and Province of Manitoba Announce the Manitoba Music Industry Development Project

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Over the past few years, we have been working hard through industry consultations, external research, and liaising with our government partners to craft a strategy for providing support to the critical areas of need in our industry. The result is an exciting slate of programs that implements a multi-year strategy to grow the Manitoba music industry: the Manitoba Music Industry Development Project. Officially announced on April 6, this new project is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of Manitoba through the Canada-Manitoba Economic Partnership Agreement. Click here to read the official media release.


The music industry plays a key role in the economic, cultural, and social life of our province. Musicians, artist managers, record producers, agents, record labels, publicists, promoters, and everyone working in our industry contribute tremendously to the quality of life in our communities; providing a vibrant social environment, a considerable employment base, economic returns, and an honest reflection of our regional and cultural identity. Our governments have shown great understanding of the importance of the knowledge-based industries with this investment...

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AMP Camp wraps up its fifth year

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The fifth installment of the Aboriginal Music Performers Camp (AMP Camp) went off without a hitch! It ran March 21-26 at the Misty Lake Lodge, located one hour north of Winnipeg in Manitoba’s Interlake region. All told, 19 artists accessed 52 hours of information and feedback from a faculty with 157 years of combined music industry experience.

Manitoba Music members Leonard Sumner (Lorenzo), Meghan Meisters (isKwe), Trisha North (Sadie), Dustin Harder (The Dusty Roads Band), Rodney Contois, Sonia Eidse, and Evan Reeve were joined by Jasmine Netsena, Cris Derksen, Janet Rogers, Brandy McCallum, Ron Harris (Ostwelve), Kristi Lane Sinclair, Becky Thomas, Teresa Bear, John J Cook, Cathleen Lesperance, Tyler Bear (Crown P), and Bonnie Couchie for the week long residency.

The workshops were led by a faculty of established artists and industry professionals. The participants benefited from the experience and expertise of music maven Kinnie Starr, JUNO Award winning songwriter Leela Gilday, dobro master Doug Cox, percussionist and music educator Sal Ferreras, industry trail blazer Heather Bishop, marketing consultant Andres Mendoza, hip hop booking agent Chris McKee, radio...

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Manitoba Music Launches Two New Programs

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Manitoba Music is excited to announce the creation of two new programs: Music Industry Internship Program and the Strategic Consulting Program.
 
The Music Industry Internship Program will support a paid internship at an established and recognized music company in Manitoba. The purpose of the Music Internship Program is to support the creation of sustainable jobs in Manitoba’s music industry, to mentor new workers in the music industry, and to provide human resource assistance to Manitoba companies with a shortage of skilled labour. Applicant companies may apply for up to 75% of the wages for a paid Internship, to a maximum of $15,000. The program is intended to fund one intern for a one year term, commencing between April 1, 2010 and June 1, 2010. Contributions will be in the form of a grant. Deadline: April 15
 
The purpose of the Strategic Consulting Program is to support Manitoba music industry companies in the engagement of business development consultants with the goal of increasing company capacity, accelerating company growth, and/or strengthening the company’s business model. Applicant companies may apply for up to 75% of consulting fees, to a maximum...

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Important changes to the Market Access Programs

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New guidelines and application forms for the Market Access and Corporate Annual Business Travel Programs are now available. They are in effect for the 2010-11 fiscal year. Please ensure you are using the new forms for all events and projects after March 31, 2010.
 
The purpose of the Market Access Program is to support Manitoba artists and music industry professionals in attending and enhancing their presence at professionally organized music industry conferences and showcases, in significantly enhancing their access to new markets, and in developing new business relationships through purposely organized showcases.
 
Important changes to the Market Access Program:


The Approved Events list has been eliminated. Applicants are required to provide a strong rationale for their participation in the market development event.
Eligible funding for the Market Access Program has increased to 75% of expenses to a maximum of $2000 for domestic events $3000 for international events.
Artist applications now allow for artist fees, increased per diems, and admin fees.
Industry applications now allows for increased per diems and admin...

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AMP Camp 2010 begins!

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Twenty Aboriginal musicians from across Canada will converge at Gimli’s Misty Lake Lodge for the fifth installment of AMP Camp, which runs March 21-26, 2010. Hosted by Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program (AMP), the week-long professional and artistic development residency project gives Aboriginal recording artists a chance to develop their understanding of the music industry along with their ability to succeed in it.

2010 will mark the fifth year for AMP Camp. Past participants, including 2009 JUNO Award nominee Tracy Bone and 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award winner Don Amero, have gone on release acclaimed albums, receive multiple music awards and nominations, and make music their full-time job.

Made possible by a partnership between Manitoba Music and the Music Section of the Canada Council for the Arts, the five-day retreat includes close to 12 hours of professional development workshops each day. Workshops focus on both music business topics and creative development labs.

This year's faculty includes many established artists and music industry professionals, including: JUNO Award-winning songwriter Leela Gilday, marketing expert Andres Mendoza, JUNO...

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Festival du Voyageur Celebrates Manitoba Music Night

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Not sure how good it is for dog-sledding but the balmy weather makes outdoor concerts just a bit nicer. Which is a good thing because February 19 is Manitoba Music Night at Festival du Voyageur...

The inaugural Manitoba Music Night  will feature a concert with singer/songwriter Dominique Reynolds, rock outfit Eagle & Hawk, and Francophone popster Daniel ROA at the Pambian Trading Post. A special $20 package ticket offer is available, which includes park admission, the concert , a traditional French Canadian meal served buffet-style at 5:30pm and 6:30pm, and a guided touring of Voyageur Park. Groups of 10 or more people receive a 10% discount. To get a package or make a group reservation, call 204.237.7692 or email packages@festivalvoyageur.mb.ca.

Manitoba Music Night is just one of many concerts festival-goers can catch during the 2010 celebrations. The 10-day event, which kicked off last week, includes performances by 103 musical acts, many of which hail from Manitoba. The festival has built a reputation for booking diverse acts covering just about every genre imaginable, from traditional fiddle music to Aboriginal hand drum music to R&B and rock bands. This year's...

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Red Road Music Returns to the WECC

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According to Native American tradition, walking the red road is a metaphor for living within the Creator's guidance - a life of truth, friendship, respect, spirituality, and humanitarianism. The lives of Aboriginal musicians are often connected to the red road, a life path, which ultimately leads to self-discovery and enlightenment.

Red Road Music debuted on the West End Cultural Centre stage in 2007. Featuring performances by up and coming Aboriginal artists Don Amero, Tracy Bone, and JC Campbell, the concert was recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio. Since then, Amero, Bone, and Campbell have gone on to win several awards, play to audiences all over North America, and release critically-acclaimed albums.

Red Road Music returns to the WECC on February 18. Fresh from his recent wins at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, Amero once again takes the stage. He'll be joined by Juno Award-winning Burnt - Project 1 and Nunavut's Lucie Idlout. Wab Kinew will host once again, this time joined by NCI's Melissa Spence. CBC Radio will broadcast the concert at a later date.

This special concert will launch an exciting new initiative, Ab-Originals....

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Aboriginal Music during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games

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There are a number of Aboriginal music performances that you can catch in and around Vancouver during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
 
Here are some of them:
 
February 11
Black Arm Band, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra @ The Orpheum Theatre | 8pm
 
February 12
M’Girl @ Stage Two, Robson Square Concourse | 12pm
The Four Host First Nations Drummers, Smoky Valley Drummers, Kaiva, Cris Derksen, M'Girl @ The Plaza at the 2010 Aboriginal Pavilion | 2pm
Buffy Sainte-Marie @ The Dome at the 2010 Aboriginal Pavilion | 930pm
 
February 13
Cris Derksen @ Aboriginal Artisan Village Main Stage | 3pm
George Leach @ Surrey House Stage | 530pm
Sheila Maracle @ Aboriginal Artisan Village Main Stage | 6pm
Elisapie Isaac @ Maison du Quebec | 630pm
Kaiva @ Canada’s Northern House | 7pm
Sister Says, Inez @ The Dome at the 2010 Aboriginal Pavilion | 930pm
 
February 14
Asham Stompers @ Aboriginal Artisan Village Main Stage | 11am
Yinka Dene Drum Group @ Stage One, GE Plaza | 1230pm
Beatrice Deer @ Maison du Quebec | 245pm
Asani @ Alberta Plaza | 5pm
Kaiva @ Aboriginal Artisan Village Main Stage | 6pm
Children of...

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Manitoba Music Package at Festival du Voyageur

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Wanna party like a Voyageur? Take-in the Manitoba Music night at Voyageur Park on Friday, February 19 with this special all-inclusive package.

Manitoba Music Package
$20 per person + taxes

Package includes:
-  Admission to Voyageur Park
-  Manitoba Music night in Poste Pambian tent
-  Traditional French Canadian Meal (served buffet style)
-  Guided tour of Voyageur Park *optional

Dinner served between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm only

Show starts at 7:00 pm

Groups of 10+ people receive a 10% discount.

To purchase your package or make a group reservation call 204.237.7692 or email us at packages@festivalvoyageur.mb.ca

Space is limited so call today!

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The Western Canadian Music Alliance Announces BreakOut West 2010

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The Western Canadian Music Alliance has announced the dates for BreakOut West 2010. Formerly known as The Western Canadian Music Awards weekend, the newly named BreakOut West will maintain and build on all of the elements and events that have made the past seven years such an overwhelming success, including:

- A re-visioned conference focusing on current industry trends and one-on-one experiences.
 

-  A two showcase per band festival maximizing our artists' exposure and opportunity.
 

- The Industry Awards Brunch and of course the Western Canadian Music Awards themselves, celebrating another year of excellence.

Join us at the inaugural BreakOut West in beautiful Kelowna, B.C., October 21st to 24th 2010.

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Manitoba Film and Music Celebrates Second Annual Showcase Event

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Manitoba Film & Music is hosting its second annual Manitoba Film & Music Showcase on January 31 at the Centennial Concert Hall. The free public event boasts 13 Manitoba recording acts spanning just about every genre, as well as film and television entertainment. Last year’s inaugural event filled the Concert Hall with audiences eager to witness great local talent. This year’s showcase is sure to do the same.

Sunday’s show features performances by a variety of acclaimed and award-winning artists, including rock poets The Weakerthans, roots quartet Nathan, singer/songwriter J.P. Hoe, bluesman Billy Joe Green, roots darling Romi Mayes, pop rock band Quinzy, rock legend Harlequin, Francophone singer/songwriter Daniel ROA, rock outfit Domenica, indie popsters Paper Moon, children’s performer Fred Penner, hip-hop act Grand Analog, and music project Record of the Week Club with Mike Petkau. CBC host and rapper Wab Kinew will once again share hosting duting with Manitoba Film & Music staff.

Manitoba Film & Music supports the development, production, and marketing of Manitoba's music and film industries through grants, loans, equity investments, and recoupable advances. Funded by...

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Aboriginal Nations for Haiti Benefit Concert

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Ray St. Germain, Billy Joe Green, Eagle & Hawk, Sierra Noble, Tracy Bone, JC Campbell, Kimberly Dawn, Darren Lavallee, Oliver Boulette, Classic Country, Rayne DeLaronde, Sterling and Yvette Ranville, and the Norman Chief Memorial Dancers are all set to take the stage Friday, January 29 at the Centennial Concert Hall in support of UNICEF relief efforts in Haiti. The 3-hour fundraiser has been organized by the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF), Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO), the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) and media partner NCI FM. The group hopes to raise $100,000.

With the facility and convenience charges, tickets are $20 each and availble at Ticketmast or the door.

The concert will be heard live on NCI FM.

For more information please call:
Shaneen Robinson
Communications Officer
Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO)
srobinson@mkonorth.com
(204) 794-7498

Or

Frank Coyle
Director of Communications
Manitoba Métis Federation Inc. (MMF)
fcoyle@mmf.mb.ca
(204) 586-8474 ext. 374
 

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MusicWorks Winter 2010 Workshop Series

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Manitoba Music is gearing up for exciting winter season of professional development workshops for the music industry. Hosted in the Manitoba Music Resource Centre, MusicWorks presents experienced music industry veterans, hot new trend setters, and tastemakers speaking on the most important topics for today’s artists and music industry entrepreneurs.
 
This season, MusicWorks will focus on timely topics like music conference preparation, effective live performance, publicity and release planning, breaking into the UK market, tax preparation, and more. The series brings to Winnipeg some of the most influential music professionals from across Canada and beyond, including: CBC Radio 3 host Grant Lawrence, Andres Mendoza from Cuto Marketing, Six Shooter Records’ Helen Britton and Emily Smart, and Bobby Kimberley from The Musebox.
 
Manitoba Music will also welcome acclaimed singer/songwriter David Francey as the latest instructor in its Songwriter in Residence program. Since its launch in 2006, the program has offered local songwriters the opportunity to connect with and learn from a number of celebrated songwriters, including Tom Wilson, Hawksley Workman, Emm...

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Now Taking Submissions for MUSEXPO Showcase Opportunity

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Now Taking Submissions for MUSEXPO Showcase Opportunity

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Monday, February 1, 2010
 
Manitoba Music and MANITOBA FILM & MUSIC are planning a series of high-level showcase and networking events at MUSEXPO in Los Angeles between April 25 and 29, 2010. 
 
MUSEXPO is one of North America’s most important music business conferences and offers only a limited number of exclusive showcasing opportunities. It is attended by some of the highest profile and most powerful people in music and entertainment, including heads of A&R, film and television music supervision, online and traditional video gaming, telecommunications, and more. Some of this year’s confirmed speakers and delegates include: Harvey Goldsmith (Founder, Harvey Goldsmith Presents), Steve Schnur (Worldwide Head of Music & Marketing, EA Games), Craig Kallman (Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records Group), Ron Fair (Chairman, Geffen Records), Kevin Wall (Founder/CEO, Control Room & Live Earth), Big Jon Platt (President, N. American Creative, EMI Publishing), Alex Patsavas (Founder/Music Supervisor, Chop Shop Music), and Rob Spaulding (President, Fontana Distribution). For more...

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Music Publishing - A FACTOR Seminar in Toronto

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Music Publishing - A FACTOR Seminar

Toronto, ON - As part of their ongoing Seminar Series, The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR) introduces its 8th seminar! 

FACTOR will be hosting a seminar on music publishing, covering some of the basics for those just starting their music careers.
 
We're excited to bring industry professionals in for this seminar: Cheryl Link (Peermusic), Rodney Murphy (SOCAN), Avi Diamond (MapleMusic), Ron Porter (CMRRA)
 
This interactive two hour Q&A discussion is open to all interested individuals. If you're from outside the FACTOR area (Toronto, ON) and want to be a part of the discussion, simply visit http://www.factorseminars.ca  for a live audio streaming of the seminar.

Topics that will be discussed at this session:
Types of deals & the roles of Publishers/Administrator
Income sources
CMRRA & SOCAN (Mechanicals/Performance)
Licensing & Sync (Film/TV)
Performance Rights Organizations (BMI/ASCAP/PRS etc.)
Miscellaneous (Avenues for success, Modern landscape/digital, Demo reels, Networking,       Showcasing, Song splits, Disputes etc.)

The seminar will be held:
Tuesday February 2nd...

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Red Road Music II

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The West End Cultural Centre
with Manitoba Music, NCI-FM and CBC Radio present…

RED ROAD MUSIC II:
Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Featuring Lucie Idlout
with special guests Don Amero and Burnt Project 1

Hosted by Wab Kinew (CBC Radio) & Melissa Spence (NCI-FM)

According to Native American tradition, walking the red road is a metaphor for living within the Creator's guidance - a life of truth, friendship, respect, spirituality, and humanitarianism. The lives of Aboriginal musicians are often connected to the red road, a life path, which ultimately leads to self-discovery and enlightenment.

Lucie Idlout may come from Nunavut but she has managed to burst out of the typical Aboriginal music stereotypes. This rocker calls Toronto home and recently contributed to the Great Canadian Song Quest for CBC Radio 2.

Hometown sensation Don Amero has been tearing up the award shows with his recent wins at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. His album Deepening has produced two number one hits on the Top 30 Aboriginal music charts.

Juno-award winning Burnt Project 1 has been around the Winnipeg music scene since 2001 and is...

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