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Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Curling Bonspiel | Jan 30, 2011

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Few things say “music industry” more than curling. You heard us: curling.

Manitoba Music and Manitoba Film & Music are coming together for the first Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Curling Bonspiel to raise funds and awareness for the new Unison Benevolent Fund. The bonspiel will take place on January 30 at the Grain Exchange Curling Club, offering participants of all skill levels a chance to curl for a cause.

The Unison Fund is a creation of the music industry, for the music industry. In 2011, it will begin to provide emergency financial assistance and crisis management. The long term goal is for the fund to provide counseling services and insurance coverage at group benefit rates. Find out more about the Unison Fund at www.unisonfund.ca.

“Manitoba has a strong and compassionate music community with a long tradition of banding together for a great cause,” says Manitoba Music’s executive director, who also sits on the Unison Benevolent Fund’s board of directors. “The ability to provide critical assistance to our artists and industry in their time of need through an organization like this is long overdue. We’re thrilled to introduce the Unison Fund to Manitoba with such a...

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2011 Manitoba Music Industry Directory

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Manitoba Music is now in production for the 2011 edition of the Manitoba Music Industry Directory.
 
The Manitoba Music Industry Directory is a comprehensive industry listing of the businesses, professionals, and musicians who work in Manitoba’s music industry. The total circulation is 5000, including Manitoba Music’s 700+ members, media, talent buyers, festivals, venues, local businesses, and nationally/internationally through a variety of music industry trade conferences including North by Northeast (NXNE), Canadian Music Week (CMW),  BreakOut West, and other events.
 
Throughout 2011 this directory will sit on 5000 desks and -- as the only printed directory of its kind -- will be referenced often.

Every Manitoba Music member gets one free basic listing in the Directory, including name, email, phone number, website, and primary genre. Music businesses may list up to three additional categories. Please note: Due to printing costs, we no longer accept bio/descriptions for free basic listings.
 
If your contact info has changed, you can update your listing easily:
 
ONLINE:
Log in to manitobamusic.com/login.php (if you’ve forgotten your...

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Four Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for Manitoba Acts

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Three Manitoba acts picked up hardware at this year's Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA) in Hamilton, making 2010 another very strong year for Aboriginal recording artists from Manitoba. The awards were handed out at a gala event on November 25 at the Hamilton Place Theatre.

Eagle & Hawk added two more awards to its already-crowded trophy case, landing Best Album of the Year for its latest release, The Great Unknown, as well as Best Group or Duo. The rock outfit has racked up 15 nominations this year alone, including five CAMA nods, a win at the Indian Summer Music Awards, and nominations for Western Canadian Music Awards, Native American Music Awards, and Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Desiree Dorion's release, Soul Back Jack, earned her the Best Country Album honour at this year's celebration. Dorion was also up for Best Female Artist. The country chanteuse picked up a Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award nomination earlier this year in the Best Country CD category.

Brad Moggie rounded out the Manitoba winners, taking home the Best Fiddle Album award for his release, All Fired Up.

Eagle & Hawk and Dorion were in Hamilton for the festivities, performing for ...

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Manitoba at the 2010 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

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Eagle & Hawk, Desiree Dorion, the Skelpa Squad, and Jesse Green are making their way to Hamilton this weekend for the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA). The 12th annual award show is set for Friday, November 26 at the Hamilton Place Theatre.

Eagle & Hawk and Desiree Dorion are set to perform for the in-house audience on Friday night along with anyone with an internet connection; the award show will be broadcasted online at www.canab.com.

The Skelpa Squad will be performing after the CAMAs are handed out. They’re one of the five acts taking the stage for a Redskin Magazine event at the Corktown Pub in downtown Hamilton on November 26.

Eagle & Hawk earned five nominations at the CAMAs this year for its latest album, entitled The Great Unknown. The Skelpa Squad is up for Best Rap or Hip Hop Album and Best Rap or Hip Hop Music Video. Desiree Dorion has a chance to win Best Female Artist and Best Country Album. Al Desjarlais is nominated for Best Country Album and Brad Moggie is in the running for Best Fiddle Album.

For more information about the CAMA, please visit www.canab.com

2010 CANADIAN ABORIGINAL MUSIC AWARDS – MANITOBA NOMINEES
BEST ALBUM OF THE...

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Manitoba Music Office Closure | Nov 29-Dec 3

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The Manitoba Music office will be shutting down for some renovations November 29 - December 6. We will re-open at 9am on December 7. We look forward to showing off the new space next month. Stay tuned!

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FACTOR Approvals for Aboriginal Artists & Industry – November 2010

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The Metis Fiddle Quartet, Shane Koyczan, and Colette Trudeau are the latest group of Aboriginal artists to receive support from the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR) for their upcoming projects.

FACTOR has invested in projects for 12 Aboriginal artists, three organizations, and one record label this year for a total contribution of $207,127. This is great support and there are a number of upcoming deadlines that Aboriginal artists and industry should take note of.

FACTOR is dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian independent recording industry. Support is available for recording demos, recording albums, touring, marketing, showcasing, delivering conferences, and a number of other music-related activities.

Please visit www.factor.ca for more information about FACTOR and the support that is available.

The FACTOR approvals for Aboriginal artists and industry for November, 2010 are:

Direct Board - Sound Recording
Black Hen Music Inc. (applicant), Shane Koyczan (artist) $14,620
RockSTAR Music Corp. (applicant), Colette Trudeau (artist) $32,000

Independent Artists Recording
Metis Fiddler...

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Segweh Brings Home a Native American Music Award

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Rock outfit Segweh brought home a Native American Music Award (NAMMY) this weekend for its self-titled debut. The album earned the group the hardware in the Best Rock Recording category. The winners were announced on November 12 at the Seneca Niagara Hotel & Casino in Niagara Falls, New York. 

A relative newcomer to the music scene, Segweh also earned a nomination for Debut Duo or Group of the Year. 

Manitoba recording acts landed a total of six nominations at the 12th annual celebration of Aboriginal music and culture. Eagle & Hawk received three nods for The Great Unknown, including Best Rock Recording, Songwriter of the Year, and Song/Single of the Year for “What If We Could.” Canadian Folk Music Award-winning artist, Don Amero, contributed to the multi-artist Colour of My Life album, which was up for Best Compilation Recording.

The NAMMYS feature a diverse group of over 125 nominees with origins as far as Alaska and Hawaii and New Zealand in 25 categories. The NAMMYS is a leading membership-based association composed of artists, music industry professionals, and other professionals dedicated to promoting and preserving Aboriginal music through the United States...

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Aboriginal Music Week 2010: The Festival in Review

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Aboriginal Music Week 2010 was fantastic! The festival was produced by Aboriginal Music Manitoba Inc. and they had great crowds out for all eight of their concerts.
 
Here’s what people had to say about the festival this year:
 
“It's great to see Aboriginal artists and people strive to succeed at their dreams. All of the events were so inspiring and just packed with great people doing great things!”
- Kat Stone
 
"It makes me proud to see our amazing Indigenous artists perform and to see the pride on the faces of our Elders and Youth at the events. Aboriginal Music Week is an empowering staple in our Canadian arts scene and I hope to see it for many years to come".
- Shaneen Robinson
 
“Aboriginal Music Week is ultimately an industry builder. It builds artist confidence and also connects Aboriginal musicians to the fans, to new venues, and even other performance opportunities. The caliber of Aboriginal talent really deserves the spotlight that the event offers. It just ended and I already can't wait for next year's showcase.”
- Dave McLeod
 
"I don't know what you would call what Tanya Tagag, Jason Burnstick and Kinnie Starr did on stage at the Friday Night 49er...

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Call for Submissions: Aboriginal Music Week 2011

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, January 14, 2011
Aboriginal Music Manitoba will be producing the third annual Aboriginal Music Week in Winnipeg from October 28 - November 5, 2011 and the organization is currently accepting applications from Aboriginal and Native American recording artists for performance spots.

The 2011 festival schedule will include several evening paid performance opportunities in venues throughout downtown Winnipeg.

To be considered for a performance spot, you must:
• Have a current or upcoming professional release (EP / full-length)
• Have at least two professional print resolution photographs
• Have a professional website
• Have a music video on YouTube or a quality video of yourself performing on YouTube

Please submit the following in person or by mail:
• One-page biography in Microsoft Word format (.doc) on CD
• Two print resolution digital photos on CD
• A performance history with dates, venues, city/community and venue capacity for the last 12 months in Microsoft Word format (.doc) on CD
• One copy of your current professional release on CD
• Your website address
• Links to your video(s) on YouTube
• Your contact information (full...

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Call for Submissions: 2011 JUNO Awards - Aboriginal Album of the Year

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 12, 2010

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2011 JUNO Awards.


All submissions must be entered online at: https://junosubmissions.ca.



About the Aboriginal Album of the Year (sponsored by Aboriginal Peoples Television Network)

Eligible music styles include all traditional Aboriginal music: Iroquois, Social Pow Wow Drum (e.g. Sioux, Assiniboine, Cree, Ojibway & Blackfoot, etc.); all Hand Drums (e.g. Inuit, Dene, Cree, Mic Mak, West Coast, etc.); Inuit Throat Singing; Traditional Flutes; Metis, Cree & Mic Mac Fiddling. In addition, fusions of all genres of contemporary music that incorporate the above and/or reflect the unique Aboriginal experience in Canada, by virtue of words or music.
 
To be eligible for this category, at least 50% of an album (listening time) must fit the genre.
 
There are no sales qualifications for this category.

About the JUNO Awards’ Celebration

The Awards’ celebration dubbed JUNO Week will take place March 21-27, 2011, culminating in the live CTV broadcast of THE JUNO AWARDS, Sunday, March 27 from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

ELIGIBILITY PERIOD: September 1, 2009 to November 12,...

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Manitoba Artists Land Six Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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Manitoba acts picked up six awards at the 2010 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. The winners were announced over two events: RBC Ohshkii Awards Night at Fort Garry Place's Grand Ballroom on November 4 and the nationally-televised APCMA gala at the MTS Centre on November 5. Local artists and industry received 26 nominations this year. 

Hip hop act Winnipeg's Most – rappers Jon-C, Brooklyn, and Charlie Fettah – walked away with three awards at this year’s celebrations. The trio was named Best Duo or Group and Best New Artist while its debut self-titled release on local label, Heatbag Records, won for Best Rap/Hip Hop. 

JJ Lavallee and his latest release, A Fiddle Bit of This & A Fiddle Bit of That, tied with Sudbury's Jacinthe Trudeau for Best Fiddle CD. 

Rock outfit Eagle & Hawk picked up another honour for its new album, The Great Unknown, which was named Best Rock CD. The Great Unknown has racked up 15 award nods this year, including the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, Western Canadian Music Awards, Native American Music Awards, and Canadian Folk Music Awards, and a win at the Indian Summer Music Awards. 

NCI FM's locally-produced National Aboriginal Music...

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Five Awards for Manitobans at the First Night of the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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Winnipeg's Most, Eagle & Hawk, JJ Lavallee, and NCI FM picked up five awards at the first round of the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards on November 4. Hardware was handed out at the invite-only event, dubbed RBC Ohshkii Awards Night, at Fort Garry Place's Grand Ballroom, by hosts Ray St. Germain and Lisa Meeches. 

Hip hop act Winnipeg's Most -- aka Jon-C, Brooklyn, and Charlie Fettah -- landed awards for Best Duo or Group and Best Rap/Hip Hop CD for its debut self-titled release on local label, Heatbag Records. 

JJ Lavallee and his latest release, A Fiddle Bit of This & A Fiddle Bit of That, tied with Sudbury's Jacinthe Trudeau for Best Fiddle CD. 

Rock outfit Eagle & Hawk picked up another honour for its new album, The Great Unknown, which was named Best Rock CD. The Great Unknown has racked up 15 award nods this year, including the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, Western Canadian Music Awards, Native American Music Awards, and Canadian Folk Music Awards, and a win in the Contemporary Modern Instrumental category at the Indian Summer Music Awards. 

NCI FM's National Aboriginal Music Countdown, hosted by Melissa Spence, was named Best Aboriginal Music Radio...

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Manitoba Music Job Opportunity: Receptionist | Deadline: Nov 18

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PURPOSE
Reporting to the Executive Director and Association and Communications Manager, the Receptionist is responsible for providing administrative and clerical services and support in order to ensure the association’s effective and efficient operations.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Reception


Work at the reception area answering phones, screening and directing calls, and answering basic inquiries from the public and clients
Take and relay messages
Perform general clerical duties to include but not limited to: photocopying, faxing, mailing, and filing
Maintain office systems (phone, copier, calendar, filing, etc.)
Greet clients and visitors
Direct clients and visitors to correct destination
Ensure knowledge of staff movements in and out of office
Receive and sort mail and deliveries
Tidy and maintain common spaces

Administrative


Assist in the preparation of program materials such as printing and collating of contracts, course materials, marketing materials
Prepare general correspondence and documents
Setup and coordinate meetings and conferences
Prepare facilities for meetings, workshops, and other events
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Manitoba Music Songwriters Showcase | Deadline: Oct 28

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Now Taking Submissions for a Songwriters Showcase

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Thursday, October 28, 2010

Manitoba Music is presenting a showcase of Manitoba songwriters in conjunction with the Music Supervision workshop on November 13, 2010. This event is an excellent opportunity to showcase in front of top names from Toronto and LA in music supervision, licensing, and publishing. Music placements in television, film, and advertising have become a significant source of revenue and an important marketing angle for songwriters, and this showcase will help artists create opportunities in this area.

To be considered for a showcase, you must:


Be available to perform solo on November 13, 2010
Have songs commercially recorded and available for licensing
Be a Manitoba Music member

Submit by email to showcases@manitobamusic.com the following:


“Songwriter Showcase” in the subject line
A link to a MySpace or other page where your music can be heard
A rationale for how this showcase fits your development plan (200 words)

Submissions will be evaluated based on:


Quality of song writing
Track record...

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Live music listings for the Aboriginal festival season in Winnipeg

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The week of October 28 to November 7 is going to be a busy one for the Aboriginal Music Community. With more than 20 events going on throughout the week there will plenty to take in. Although the Annual Manito Ahbee Festival and the 2nd Annual Aboriginal Music Week run in sync with one another, they are separate festivals, allowing the public to take in dozens of local and national aboriginal artists and dancers.

The week’s events for both festivals as well as others, will be taking place at a number of venues throughout the city of Winnipeg. Desiree Dorion’s CD Release Party at the Park Theater begins the week of festivities, and Métis Jamboree Presented by Travel Manitoba at the Skyview Ballroom that kicks off Aboriginal Music week on October 29.  

Check the listings below for all the events that will be taking place throughout the week and please send details for any other concerts or powwows to Terilyn Lavallée (terilyn@manitobamusic.com)

October 26, 2010

Tribe of One w/ Aboriginal School of Dance
Tuesday, October 26 |7:00pm
The Park Theatre, Winnipeg
Tickets $20 ($15 for children under 10)

October 28, 2010

The Métis Jamboree...

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Manitoba Acts Land 11 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award Nods

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Five Manitoba recording artists have netted 11 nominations at the 2010 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA). The 12th annual awards are held in conjunction with the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, which runs November 26-28, 2010 in Hamilton, Ontario. The hardware will be handed out at a gala event on November 26 at the Hamilton Place Theatre. 

Rock outfit Eagle & Hawk has landed an impressive five nods for its latest release, The Great Unknown. The band is up for Best Album of the Year, Best Group or Duo, Best Rock Album, Best Songwriter, and Best Producer Engineer. The Great Unknown has racked up 15 award nods this year, including the CAMAs, Western Canadian Music Awards, Native American Music Awards, Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, and Canadian Folk Music awards, and a win in the Contemporary Modern Instrumental category at the Indian Summer Music Awards. 

Country chanteuse Desiree Dorion is a double nominee this year, picking up nods for Best Female Artist and Best Country Album for her new album, Soul Back Jack. Dorion is also up for the upcoming Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards in the Best Country CD category.

Another double nominee, hip hop act...

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Meet and Greet with AUX TV | Nov 3

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Meet Raja Khanna, founder/president of AUX
Wednesday, November 3 | 4 PM
Manitoba Music, 1-376 Donald Street

Presentation with refreshments and networking to follow

AUX is what’s next in music television. Raw, authentic and intimate, AUX is the emerging and diverging music channel. Digging deep into music culture and uncovering some of the best artists from indie rock to hip hop, this is real music television. 

Come hear how you can be involved.

RSVP to sean@manitobamusic.com

Presented by Manitoba Film & Music and Manitoba Music

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Now Taking Submissions for a Toronto Music Industry Showcase

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Thursday, October 14, 2010

Manitoba Music is presenting a showcase of Manitoba artists in Toronto the week of November 22 – 26, 2010. This event is an excellent opportunity to showcase in front of top names in the Toronto-based music industry. Toronto is home to some of North America’s most important music industry professionals and this showcase will target agents, labels, publishers, music supervisors, program directors and more. Manitoba Music will work directly with each selected artist to identify members of industry who they are interested in inviting.

To be considered for a showcase, you must:
•    Have a current or upcoming release (demo / EP / full-length)
•    Be export-ready (prepared to capitalize on opportunities in Canada and internationally)
•    Have financial capacity to undertake travel and accommodations in Toronto (Market Access Program Support is available, but will not cover full costs)
•    Be a Manitoba Music member

Submit by email to showcases@manitobamusic.com the following:
•    “Toronto Showcase” in the subject line
•    A link to a MySpace or other page where your music can be heard
•    A rationale for...

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Canadian Music Industry Rep in Europe

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Shain Shapiro is a Canadian expat living in London, UK and is the European consultant for the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA). As the CIMA representative, Shain coordinates European showcasing opportunities for Canadian artists including the various ‘Canadian Blast’ events and consults with labels and artists on European market development and touring.

Shain can help artists develop marketing plans and strategies for international activities, pitch projects and companies to agents, publicists, distributors, publishers and promoters across Europe, and assist with the logistics of touring and doing business overseas. He is an accredited sponsor for UK visas and can advise on foreign taxes.

Any Manitoba artist or company wanting to increase their activities in Europe and the UK should contact Shain to see how he might be able to help.

Download a detailed one-sheet: Shain Shapiro Info Sheet

For more information, visit www.Canadianblast.com, contact Sean McManus at Manitoba Music, sean@manitobamusic.com, or contact Shain directly at shain@cimamusic.ca.

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Music Skills: Upgrade Your Career

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Manitoba Music is pleased to announce Music Skills 2010-11. Designed to train music industry workers, entrepreneurs, and artists, this exciting program provides participants with the business skills and industry knowledge they need to fully reach their potential for success.

Music Skills offers direct and tailored training, from business basics to industry insights, to help each individual meet their own career objectives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT IS IT?
Music Skills is a training program designed to meet the specific training priorities of the participants.

Areas of training can include:


Bookkeeping & Finances
Grant & Marketing Plan Writing
Project Management   
Label Management
Publicity and Marketing   
Publishing and Licensing
Artist Management   
Composition and Production

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Applicants fill out and submit the application form. The selection is based on the experience and the goals of the applicant. The selected participants meet with the Music Skills coordinator to determine the best training options to help them meet their career goals.

Participants with similar interests will be...

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Strong Showing for Manitoba Acts at Aboriginal Music Awards

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Aboriginal recording acts from Manitoba had a strong showing this week at two American music awards. Two acts picked up hardware at the 2010 Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMAs) while three acts landed six nominations for Native American Music Awards (NAMMYs).

The ISMAs, which exist to promote and honour the best of Native American Indian music, were handed out at a gala celebration on September 11 during the Indian Summer Festival in Milkwaukee, WI. Country rocker Kimberley Dawn came away victorious, earning the Rock Category ISMA for her new CD, Built That Way. Juno-winning rock outfit Eagle & Hawk won in the Contemporary & Modern Instrumental category with its latest release, The Great Unknown.

Eagle & Hawk has been quite successful at the ISMAs – the band’s previous album, Sirensong, won top honours in the Alternative Rock and Classic Rock categories in 2009, and the group is a regular on the Indian Summer Festival stages each year.

Eagle & Hawk has also received three NAMMY nods for The Great Unknown, including Best Rock Recording, Songwriter of the Year, and Song/Single of the Year for “What If We Could.” Recent Canadian Folk Music Award-winning artist, Don Amero,...

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Eagle and Hawk Bring Home Award from Milwaukee

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The Great Unknown has earned Eagle & Hawk another trophy from the Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA) in Milwaukee. The winners for each of the 14 categories were announced at a ceremony on September 11 during the Indian Summer Festival and the JUNO Award winning rockers brought home the hardware from the Contemporary & Modern Instrumental Category.

Country rocker Kimberley Dawn also came away victorious, earning the Rock Category ISMA for her new CD entitled Built That Way.

Eagle & Hawk have been quite successful at the ISMA- Sirensong won top honours in the Alternative Rock and Classic Rock categories in 2009 and the group is a regular on the Indian Summer Festival stages each year.

The ISMA exist solely to recognize, promote, and honor the best of Native American Indian music. The competition is open to both established and emerging artists and entries are judged by a panel of professionals from the music and entertainment industries.

For a complete list of 2010 ISMA winners, please visit: http://www.indiansummer.org.

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Aboriginal Artists and Industry Accessing Support from FACTOR

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Kimberley Dawn, Don Amero, Jade Turner, Shane Yellowbird, Elisapie Isaac, and Ghostkeeper are some of the Aboriginal artists who have been approved for support from the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR) in 2010. The Manito Ahbee Festival Inc, Manitoba Aboriginal Music Host Committee Inc, Indian Art-I-Crafts of Ontario, and Arbor Records Ltd are the Aboriginal industry stakeholders who also received approvals thus far.

FACTOR is dedicated to providing assistance toward the growth and development of the Canadian independent recording industry. Support is available for recording demos, recording albums, touring, marketing, showcasing, delivering conferences, and a number of other music-related activities.

Please visit www.factor.ca for more information about FACTOR and the support that is available.

The FACTOR approvals for Aboriginal artists and industry for January 1 to September 9, 2010 are:

Collective Initiatives Support
Indian Art - I - Crafts of Ontario $40,000
Manito Ahbee Festival Inc. $15,000
Manitoba Aboriginal Music Host Committee Inc. $10,000

Domestic Showcase
Flemish Eye Records (applicant), Ghostkeeper (artist)...

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Welcome Aboriginal Music Program Administrator Terilyn Lavallee

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Manitoba Music is excited to announce the addition of Terilyn Lavallee to our team. Terilyn will be joining the Aboriginal Music Program and helping out with program communications, event production, and administration.

Terilyn grew up in St. Eustache and graduated from St. Paul’s Collegiate in Elie two years ago. She’s currently in her third year of university, studying to become a teacher.

Another interesting note: Terilyn is a big fan of fiddle music and can do the Red River Jig.

You can reach Terilyn for more information about the Aboriginal Music Program and upcoming projects or workshops at Terilyn@manitobamusic.com.

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Now taking submissions for the 2011 Manitoba Music Promotional CD and Download Card

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Now taking submissions for the 2011 Manitoba Music Promotional CD and Download Card






SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOON, Thursday, September 23, 2010

Manitoba Music is planning the release of a new promotional compilation CD and download card in January, 2011. This multi-genre recording will represent the best of new Manitoba releases, and will be targeted to music industry professionals in all areas of popular music (rock, punk, pop, roots, country, hip-hop, urban, etc.).

The CD will be distributed widely at music industry conferences and in support of Manitoba Music export trade missions. As well, the CD will be sent directly to key music industry executives including managers, labels, agents, festivals, publishers, buyers, radio programmers, publicists, music journalists, and many others who can help your career. Download cards will also be distributed at Manitoba Music events and activities.

To have your track included for consideration, please submit ALL of the following:
•    Mastered CD with selected track name and number clearly indicated
•    The following information:
     o    Artist name, song title, songwriting...

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Young Kidd making grown up moves

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Streetz FM chart topper, Young Kidd recently appeared on the main page of www.thisizgame.com, the official website of hip hop icon Game. The blog post included a profile on the Winnipeg-based emcee along with a link to a free download of his latest single, entitled “Rider,” which features US-based crooner Kobe on the hook.

The recognition quickly lead to other blog posts, taking the song and Young Kidd’s name to several of the larger hip hop markets in the US.

The track has been posted on the Hear it First, Mz Hip Hop, 321 Hip Hop, and The Sermon’s Domain website to date alongside a number of ofther free offerings featuring notable hip hop artists.

The notoriety is tied to Young Kidd’s recent collaborations with Juice McCain of the Black Wall Street team. The emcees connected online this summer, resulting in a selection of recordings and a well-attended McCain show in Winnipeg last month.

Young Kidd, born Frank Fontaine, is an emcee with five years, two albums, two #1 singles, and one music video to his credit. A member of the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba, his second album, entitled 10x10 was recently voted Best New Local CD by Winnipeg readers of Uptown...

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Now Taking Submissions for Canadian Aboriginal Artist Showcases during the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF)

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, September 17, 2010

Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program plans to support Aboriginal artists from across Canada at the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF) conference in Ottawa this year. The project will include a pre-conference export training session in Ottawa along with marketing support and a set of sponsored showcase opportunities.

Now in its 24th year, the OCFF conference is a key event for Canada’s folk, roots, and traditional music community. The conference includes speakers and seminars, performer showcases, and jam sessions. Approximately 800 delegates attend the conference, including artistic directors, presenters, and provincial, national, and international industry organizations. The conference is set for October 14-17, 2010.

The proposed pre-conference export training session will provide participants with a chance to discuss showcasing strategies with peers and draw new ideas and best practices from qualified instructors. If funding for this component is confirmed, Manitoba Music will deliver the training in Ottawa and provide accommodations to participants for the duration of the session.

Performance spots at one...

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Now Taking Submissions for the Manitoba Aboriginal Artist Guidebook

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Thursday, September 16, 2010

Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program is producing a promotional directory to market Aboriginal artists from Manitoba to talent buyers and industry stakeholders at music industry festivals and conferences this year. The Manitoba Aboriginal Artist Guidebook will include a directory of artists making music in a wide range of genres (rock, country, fiddle, hip hop, pop, pow wow, etc). It will feature artist profiles, contact information for bookings, and a listing of recent releases.

The directory will be distributed widely through various music industry festivals and conferences, as well as directly to key players in the industry. The Aboriginal Music Program will get these booklets into the hands of managers, labels, agents, festivals, radio programmers, publicists, music journalists, as well as many others who can help your career.  

To be considered for the guidebook, you must: 
• Be of First Nation, Inuit, or Métis ancestry
• Live in Manitoba
• Have a current or upcoming professional release (demo / EP / full-length)
• Have professional promotional material (photos, bio, website or MySpace)
• Be a member of...

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Manitoba Acts and Locally Produced Programs Net 26 Nominations at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards

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Manitoba acts and locally produced program have netted 26 nominations for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards this year. The winners will be announced at one of two award shows in downtown Winnipeg on November 4 and 5.

Fans cast votes on the APCMA website to determine who wins in each category, but industry stakeholders were involved in the selection of nominees in the non-genre or “industry” categories during the first round of online voting this year.

Winnipeg’s Most leads the charge with four nominations, while Eagle & Hawk and Don Amero are close behind with three each. Streetz FM favorite, Young Kidd and blues legend Billy Joe Green have two chances to win this year, while 10 other acts and two locally produced radio programs have individual nominations for their work.

The Best Country CD category is chalked full of Manitoba releases this year. Darrelyne Bickel’s M.I.A., Desiree Dorion’s Soul Back Jack, Jerry Sereda’s Campground Cowboy, and Kimberley Dawn’s Built That Way are in the running alongside Shane Yellowbird’s latest disc, meaning that four of the five nominations are for work from the keystone province.

The Best Rap/Hip Hop category worked out...

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