Aboriginal Music Program


CCMIA Restructures to Meet Current Challenges in the Canadian Music Industry

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The Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA), composed of 10 provincial and territorial music industry associations, announced today, a corporate restructuring designed to more effectively address current issues faced by the Canadian music industry. The restructuring includes the induction of a new executive team.


The members of the CCMIA -- Music Newfoundland and Labrador, Music Nova Scotia, Music Prince Edward Island, Music New Brunswick, Music and Film in Motion (Northern Ontario), Manitoba Music, SaskMusic, Alberta Music, Music B.C. and Music Yukon – together represent more than 5,000 registered members and an additional 3,000 associated members. All are actively engaged in the music industry and include artists, managers, publicists, agents, educators, promoters and other music industry entrepreneurs.


The CCMIA is the national voice for its members and, through its members the thousands of Canadians who contribute to Canada’s artistic and cultural diversity with a positive economic impact on the Canadian economy of hundreds of millions of dollars annually.


Technological advancements have profoundly affected the...

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Manitoba Acts Land Six Nods at Indian Summer Music Awards

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Four Manitoba acts have landed six nominations for the 2010 Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA). The ISMAs are held annually in conjunction with the Indian Summer Festival, the largest Aboriginal festival in North America, which draws close to 70,000 visitors to the Summerfest Grounds on the western shore of Lake Michigan each year. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 11, 2010. 


After picking up two ISMAs last year, rock outfit Eagle & Hawk’s “What If We Could” and “Dance” from its new release The Great Unknown, received nods this year in the Rock and Contemporary Modern Instrumental categories.


Another past winner, Kimberley Dawn’s songs “To See An Angel Cry” and “Built That Way” from her latest release, Built That Way, are nominated in the country and rock categories.


Singer/songwriter Yoza, aka Dennis Meeches, has a nod for the title track from his latest effort, Spirit Horse, in the Spiritual category.


Ashok’s “As Awaken” off Arbor Records release, Being of Enlightenment, landed a nomination in the Native American flute category.



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Aboriginal Artists at the 2010 Brandon Folk, Music and Art Festival

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Métis bass player Marie-Josée Dandeneau will be one of the busiest musicians at the Brandon Folk, Music and Art Festival this weekend. On Sunday she’ll be hosting a workshop at 3:30pm, later taking the stage with Oh My Darling at 6pm and Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year Don Amero (2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards) at 7pm.

The other Aboriginal artists performing in Brandon include Oscar-winning songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie, folk singer Christa Couture, poet Meengan Linklater, author Jordan Wheeler, and members of the Manitoba Aboriginal School of Dance. Visual artists Riel Benn, Carmen Hathaway, and John Steppler will be exhibiting on number of their works throughout the weekend as well.

The performance times and locations for the Indigenous artists are listed below.

Saturday, July 24
• Don Amero in the “Tour Stories” workshop @ 2:30pm on the Second Stage
• Don Amero, Jordan Wheeler, Meengan Linklater in the “Poet Meet Music” workshop @ 3pm on the Main Stage

Saturday, July 24
• Buffy Sainte-Marie, Don Amero @ 1pm on the Main Stage
• Manitoba Aboriginal School of Dance @ 1pm on the Second Stage
• Don Amero in the “Making the Most of It” workshop @ 2:30pm on the...

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Now Taking Submissions for Performance Opportunity: The Big Show

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Now Taking Submissions for Performance Opportunity: The Big Show


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Monday, Thursday 22, 2010

Manitoba Music is planning an afternoon/early evening of live performances at the Scotiabank Stage at The Forks on Sunday, September 12, 2010.

Building on last summer’s Stage 8/29 event, The Big Show will celebrate and promote Manitoba artists and music with a concert featuring five to eight multi-genre acts, including solo artists, bands, and DJs, on the marquee stage at The Forks. The Big Show will coincide with the outdoor downtown celebration, Ciclovia, and will be promoted widely throughout the province on radio and television, including sponsor HOT103. The event will be free and open to the public.

Artists will be compensated for their performance.

Performances must be ‘family-friendly’ in language and content.

To be considered for a showcase, you must:
•  Have released new music within the past two years
•  Be a member of Manitoba Music 

Preference will be given to artist who:
•  Have received recent radio play in Canada
•  Have cultivated a significant local audience and local press
•  Appeal to a wide...

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Aboriginal Songwriters in Residence with Don Amero and Jason Tuesday

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Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program and Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad Inc. are partnering to present the Aboriginal Songwriters in Residence with Don Amero and Jason Tuesday. The residency will run July 22 and 23 and it includes six one-on-one consultation spots at the Manitoba Music Resource Centre along with a Community Jam Session at Ndinawe’s North End Arts Centre from 6pm - 8pm on July 22. Registration is free for Aboriginal youth between 14 and 29 years of age and members of Manitoba Music.

Please contact Alan Greyeyes to register for a one-on-one consultation with Don Amero on July 22 or 23 (alan@manitobamusic.com).

Please contact Niki Little, Ndinawe’s Art Program Coordinator to register for the Community Jam Session on July 22 (art@ndinawe.ca).

Workshop Descriptions

The Community Jam Session with Don Amero & Jason Tuesday
Thursday, July 22
Ndinawe’s North End Arts Centre, 472 Selkirk Avenue, Winnipeg
Free if you register in advance
To register: art@ndinawe.ca

Don Amero and Jason Tuesday will lead a two-hour jam session for Aboriginal youth at Ndinawe’s North End Arts Centre. Please bring an instrument, a song you want help finishing, or...

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Manitoba Music Employment Opportunity: Aboriginal Music Program Administrator

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Reporting to the Aboriginal Music Program Coordinator, the Aboriginal Music Program Administrator is responsible for providing administrative and clerical support to the Aboriginal Music Program to ensure the program’s effective and efficient operations.



Prepare and distribute program materials such as printing and collating of contracts, course materials, and marketing materials.
Assist with marketing initiatives and research requirements on an as-needed basis.
Assist in preparation of funding applications and reporting.
Prepare general correspondence and reports.
Perform general clerical duties to include but not limited to: photocopying, faxing, mailing, and filing.
Prepare facilities for meetings, workshops, and other events.
Setup and assist in the coordination of meetings and conferences.
Record and distribute minutes, notes, and action items during meetings.
Maintain program and project files.
Maintain a comprehensive Aboriginal music community database with up to date contact information for Aboriginal artists, industry, media, festivals in Canada and the United...

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Indigenous Artists at the 2010 Winnipeg Folk Festival

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Oka, Kinnie Starr, Ghostkeeper, Pura Fé, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and storyteller Michael Kusugak, round out the Indigenous artists performing at the Winnipeg Folk Festival this year. Starr and Oka have entertained audiences at the annual event in previous years, while Ghostkeeper, Pura Fé, Youngblood Hart, and Kusugak will be hitting the stages at Bird Hill Park for the first time.

Most of the artists have their own concerts on daytime stages along with collaboration spots in the themed workshops. Oka, a three piece Australian act who features dance infused Didgeridoo tracks, was a big hit at the 2009 festival and they sold out of CDs in the hours following their “One Nation Under a Groove” workshop appearance. This year they’ve got three workshop performances lined up throughout the weekend, along with a prime time concert on the Big Blue @ Night stage.

The Winnipeg Folk Festival’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee has plans to host a traditional welcoming ceremony for the Indigenous artists, international acts, staff and volunteers this year. Elder Dave Courchene Jr. will lead the ceremony and the festival cooks will prepare a feast for the group backstage. The ceremony and...

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Farewell Scott Honsberger

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At the end of June, we will say goodbye to our Training Coordinator, Scott Honsberger. Scott has brought an invaluable perspective to his position, coordinating workshops and other professional development initiatives. Scott is still very much committed to representing, promoting, and helping our members and industry until the end of his term. We would like to thank Scott for his hard work and enthusiasm. We will miss him and wish him all the best.


Consultations, help, and career advice will be available throughout the summer. Please contact us at training@manitobamusic.com, 942-8650 or drop by the Resource Centre for more information.


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Manitoba Music Employment Opportunity: Training Coordinator

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The Training Coordinator is responsible for developing and administering the delivery of Manitoba Music’s professional development initiatives.



The Training Coordinator reports to the Program Manager and is responsible to the Executive Director, to Manitoba Music’s Board of Directors, and to its membership.



The responsibilities of the Training Coordinator are as follows:

Program Coordination

Work with the Program Manager to identify professional development needs and develop appropriate training delivery plans.
Coordinate and administer all logistics for Manitoba Music’s professional development workshop series and related training programs.
Develop learning objectives and support instructors in workshop preparation.
Develop materials such as guidelines, forms, communications, and marketing.
Assist Program Manager in preparing monthly and quarterly cost reports.
Administer and analyse program evaluations.
Compile industry data and professional development program success stories.
Other related...

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Truth and Reconciliation Commission National Event

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The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada hosts its first national event at The Forks in Winnipeg, June 16-19. The historic event is an opportunity for all people to learn more about the experiences and impacts of residential schools, meet survivors, and celebrate Aboriginal culture. 

Arts and entertainment programming during the four-day event encompasses the traditional and the contemporary in every artistic medium including music, dance, visual art, film, literature, and more. Highlights include an Inuit showcase of Drum dancing and Throat singing, Metis Jamboree, Pow Wow, film screenings, storytelling, and readings. 

Two big concerts at the Scotiabank Stage should draw a lot of attention, with musical performances by the legendary Buffy Sainte-Marie, hip-hop act Joey Stylez, country/rock veterans Blue Rodeo, Juno-winning vocal quintet Chic Gamine, three-time Juno-winning Inuit singer/songwriter Susan Aglukark, renowned country artist Ray St. Germain, and more. 

Here's your quick guide to music at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission National Event: 



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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
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
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

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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

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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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