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Aboriginal Artists at the Festival du Voyageur

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The 2011 Festival Du Voyageur kicks of this Friday on the 18th. Dozens of acts will be performing at different venues and a variety of activities will take place during the annual two week celebration, which marks its 42nd year.

This year Festival du Voyageur will be highlighting several Manitoba Aboriginal acts, including Juno nominated rock group Eagle & Hawk as well as Don Amero, Tracy Bone, the D’Aoust Brothers, Jerry Sereda,  In total there are five Manitoba Aboriginal artists scheduled to entertain what is sure to be large crowds.

Also included are annual participants, internationally known Métis square dancing group the Asham Stompers.

Music happens throughout the day and night at various venues including those at Voyageur Park in St. Boniface. For more information about Festival Du Voyageur visit festivalvoyageur.mb.ca/wp/.

Schedule for Aboriginal Artist performances.

Saturday, February 19
Don Amero – 4.00pm at the Poste Rivière-Rouge
Eagle & Hawk – 7.30pm at the Trading Post (Centre Culturel Franco-Manitoban)

Monday, February 21
The Aboriginal School of Dance - 10:45am 
at the Poste Rivière-Rouge
D'Aoust Brothers - 12:15pm at the Poste...

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Office Closed February 21

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A reminder that the Manitoba Music office will be closed on Monday, February 21 for Louis Riel Day. The office will re-open Tuesday, February 22 at 9 a.m.

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Cancellation of AMP Producer's Forum

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We are sorry to announce that next week's planned Producer's Forum is cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Please refer to the Workshop section of the website for upcoming workshops going on at Manitoba Music.

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Manitoba Acts Earn Two Nominations in the Aboriginal Category at the Juno Awards

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Manitoba Acts have landed two of the five nominations in the Aboriginal Album of the Year category at next month’s Juno Awards. The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced nominees for the 40th annual awards gala early on February 1 in Toronto, as it streamed live on CTV’s website.

Eagle & Hawk, who have been together for over 15 years, had three nominations and on win at the Junos prior to this year’s nominations and this year makes a total of four Juno nominations for the local rock group. The nomination recognizes their work on the 2010 release entitled The Great Unknown. The album has already won the band three awards and 16 nominations, at awards shows including the Indian Summer Music Awards and the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards.

Singer/songwriter Little Hawk aka Troy Westwood earned his second JUNO nomination for his latest release Vigilance. A founding and former member of Eagle & Hawk, Little Hawk’s previous release, Home and Native Land, garnered him a Juno nod in 2008.

The category for Aboriginal Album of the Year sponsored by APTN has been part of the JUNO Awards for 17 years, previously known as Best Music of Aboriginal...

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Now Taking Submissions for a Canadian Aboriginal Artist Showcase in Toronto

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Thursday, February 17, 2011

Manitoba Music is partnering with the Canada Council for the Arts to provide a showcasing and development opportunity for Aboriginal artists from across Canada in Toronto this spring. The project will include a set of workshops and meetings along with a showcase for industry and media on March 24 and 25.

Up to five Aboriginal acts will be invited to participate. Travel and accommodations will be provided for participants who don’t live in Toronto (subject to available funds).

The workshops will help participants further develop their business plans and marketing plans. Time for meetings with industry leaders will be included in the agenda for both days. Manitoba Music will help set up these meetings as much as possible.

The showcase will be held at a downtown Toronto venue on Thursday, March 24 and each act will have at least 30 minutes to perform. Production costs and marketing will be covered by Manitoba Music. Participants will need to invite additional industry leaders with which they want to connect.

Artist selection will be made by a selection committee. Showcase dates and times will be provided to selected...

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Bluebird North | February 8

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They’re brave enough to take to the stage by themselves, facing the mercy of the crowd when they perform. Now four bold musicians will come together to share their experiences and talent at the Bluebird North songwriters’ showcase at The Park Theatre on Tuesday February 8, 2011.

Songwriters Association of Canada and Manitoba Music present...
BLUEBIRD NORTH 
Tuesday, February 8 | 7:30pm 
Park Theatre
$15 at the door, $12 for Manitoba Music, SAC members        
featuring
Don Amero
Bean (aka Dana Kowalsky)
Scott Nolan
James Struthers

All of the performers featured are Manitobans known for their ability to captivate a crowd using their charismatic vocals and instruments. See how they construct a song, mold it, and use their individual style to present it to the public.

Bluebird North: Where Writers Sing and Tell is a songwriters' showcase presented by the Songwriters Association of Canada (S.A.C.). Every show features a different line-up of talented Canadian songwriters who take turns sharing songs and stories in an informal, acoustic atmosphere.

In Winnipeg, Bluebird North is produced by Chris Burke-Gaffney for the S.A.C. This event also takes place in...

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Community Consultation for the Aboriginal Music Program

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Saturday, February 5, 2011
12pm-5pm
The Indian & Metis Friendship Centre, 45 Robinson Street, Winnipeg

Manitoba Music is hosting a community consultation to help shape the future of the Aboriginal Music Program. Aboriginal artists working in any and all genres of music are encouraged to attend. The half-day session will begin at 12pm on Saturday, February 5, 2011. It will be held at the Indian and Métis Friendship Centre (45 Robinson Street) in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

This community consultation will be the third and final step in a strategic planning process for Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program. The organization will use the information collected at this session to shape the guiding principles for the program and develop future projects and services.

The Aboriginal Music Program is designed to help Aboriginal people develop sustainable careers in Manitoba’s music industry. The program is a first for Canada’s music industry and was launched April 1, 2004. It utilizes Manitoba Music’s established networks, resources and services as a foundation with which to provide additional support and profile for Aboriginal music industry workers in Manitoba. 

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Call for Submissions: Stage 49 at the Gathering of Nations

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, January 21, 2011

Emergence Productions is now accepting submissions from artists interested in showcasing at the Gathering of Nations’ Stage 49 in Albuquerque, New Mexico this year. There are several performance opportunities available for Native bands and solo artists on April 29 and 30. The organizers define Stage 49 as a courtesy stage and all artists are responsible for their own travel, accommodations, and other expenses. No performance fees are offered.

Performance guidelines:
• Family oriented performances only. Any vulgarity, profanity and/or inappropriate comments and behavior will result in immediate performance interruption/cancellation – no exceptions.
• Absolutely no ICP makeup or resemblence/reference to ICP.

Submit the following by email to emergence_productions@yahoo.com:
• Completed application form (fill in all fields on the form)

DOWNLOAD THE STAGE 49 APPLICATION FORM HERE (PDF).

Packages will also be accepted by mail. Submit the above form along with promotional press kits with music samples (CD) to: 
Gathering of Nations-STAGE 49
3301 Coors Bl. NW R300
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87120

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BILL C-32 CANADIAN COPYRIGHT REFORM BILL

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The following is a message from the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations with regards to Bill C-32:


The CCMIA is formulating its position with respect to the pending reforms to Canada’s Copyright Act. We would like to provide an opportunity for our individual members to provide input into our formalized position. Due to the complexity of the issues and the multitude of opinions however we have found that many of our members are having difficulty in following all of the nuances of the numerous positions. Consequently, what follows is a summary of the major issues written in a manner that clearly and objectively identifies the ongoing debate. We would ask that if you have any questions or comments with respect to these issues that you provide a written response to Manitoba Music prior to January 21st 2011. All responses will be considered in the formulation of the CCMIA position.

Purpose of Copyright Protection
At its core, Copyright protection gives the holders the right to control how their works are used and to receive compensation for such use. As copyright has evolved, this right has been extended to include re-use of works under license by television,...

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NOW TAKING SUBMISSIONS FOR A MANITOBA ABORIGINAL ARTIST SHOWCASE DURING THE RESERVATION ECONOMIC SUMMIT

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program is presenting a showcase of Aboriginal artists from Manitoba during the Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. This event provides an excellent opportunity for Aboriginal artists to connect with decision makers in the Native American business community along with Tribal government leaders and Native American media representatives.

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 the US)
• Have financial capacity to undertake travel and accommodations in Las Vegas (Market Access Program Support is available, but will not cover full costs)
• Be a member of Manitoba Music OR be willing to become a member of Manitoba Music if you are invited to participate. For more information about Manitoba Music membership, visit manitobamusic.com or contact Rachel Stone (975.5190, rachel@manitobamusic.com). NOTE: If you are accepted, you must become a member of Manitoba Music by Monday, January 31.

Submit by email to...

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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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