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Vince Fontaine and Don Amero earn WCMA nominations

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Vince Fontaine and Don Amero have earned nominations for the Aboriginal Recording of the Year at the 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards. The nominees were announced by the Western Canadian Music Alliance on June 30.

Fontaine’s solo disc is entitled Songs for Turtle Island and it includes eight tracks from the Eagle & Hawk bandleader.

Amero is in the running with his third release, entitled The Long Way Home.

Cris Derksen, Feenix, Colette Trudeau, and Black Rain round out the list of nominees in the Aboriginal category.

In 2011, the WCMAs make their first appearance in Whitehorse, Yukon. The annual awards gala heads to the Yukon Arts Centre on October 23, when winners in all 28 artistic categories will be announced. Industry winners will be named at a brunch on October 22 at The Westmark Hotel.

The awards gala is the pinnacle event of BreakOut West -- held October 20 to 23, 2011. The event features a conference and three-day music festival with 50 showcasing acts in addition to the two awards shows. BreakOut West presents an incredible opportunity for emerging and established artists to be a part of the western Canadian music community. Participating...

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2011 Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards deadline

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, June 30, 2011 (in office)

The Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards is now accepting submissions from Aboriginal and Native American recording artists living in Canada and the USA.

All submissions must be in the office by June 30, 2011. Postmarked submissions will not be accepted.

The entry form is available at:
http://aboriginalpeopleschoice.com/umedia/2011_APCMA_Official_Entry_Form.pdf

Eligibility period: June 30, 2009 – June 30, 2011

The nominees and award winners will be decided by voting on the www.aboriginalpeopleschoice.com website. Industry Voters will select the nominees in the first round of voting in the Industry Categories. Fans will select the nominees and winners in two rounds of voting in the Genre Categories.

The awards will be handed out during two ceremonies in Winnipeg on November 3 and 4, 2011.

Genre Categories
Best Blues CD
Best Country CD
Best Fiddle CD
Best Flute CD
Best Folk/Acoustic CD
Best Francophone CD
Best Gospel CD
Best Hand Drum CD
Best Instrumental CD
Best Inuit CD
Best Peyote CD
Best Pop CD
Best Pow Wow CD – Traditional
Best Pow Wow CD – Contemporary
Best Rap/Hip Hop...

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Aboriginal Artists available for classroom presentations next school year

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Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program (AMP) is launching a new project to support the development of young songwriters and musicians in Manitoba. For the months of September, October, November, December, and January, one senior Aboriginal recording artist will serve as the AMP Mentor in Residence and answer questions about the business side of the music industry, equipment and instruments, recording, performing, songwriting, and musicianship.

The AMP Mentors will also be available for a limited number of classroom presentations at schools in Winnipeg.

The AMP Mentors are:
September, 2011 - Tracy Bone (country)
October, 2011 - Darren Lavallee (fiddle)
November, 2011 - Vince Fontaine (rock)
December, 2011 - Don Amero (folk)
January, 2012 -  Billy Joe Green (blues)

If you would like an AMP Mentor to visit your classroom next school year, please contact Alan Greyeyes and provide the following information by June 29, 2011:

• The AMP Mentor you would like to book for a presentation.
• Your full contact information (name, title, phone, email, school, grade).
• The date(s) and time(s) you would like to book the AMP Mentor for.
• What you would like the...

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Manitoba Music Annual General Meeting | June 28

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Manitoba Music's
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & CELEBRATION
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The Academy, 437 Stradbrook Avenue
Meeting: 6:30pm Party: 7:00pm
Admission: free
Food will be served
All ages are welcome

Come for the meeting, stay for the party.
Eat, drink, and network.
See visuals from the past year’s events.
Hear what's in store for the coming year.
Be a part of the decision-making process.
Meet the board of directors and staff.
Guests are welcome.

For more information, please contact us at 942.8650 or info@manitobamusic.com.

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Heatbag Records and Hood Hop'rz give back

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What do carnival games, cotton candy, and hip-hop have in common? You’ll find all three and more at the Light House Community Club on Saturday May 28, part of the neighbourhood clean-up Day of Caring hosted by Hood Hop’rz and Heatbag Records.

Heatbag Records is a local label owned by Jon-C and Charlie Fettah who are also two of the three members of Winnipeg's Most. The hip-hop act received three awards at this year’s Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. Winnipeg’s Most was also named Best New Band and Best Hip Hop Artist/Group in UPTOWN Magazine's Best of Winnipeg.

There will be ten volunteer groups that will guide kids and parents around the community to help clean up garbage. All garbage bags, gloves and cleaning supplies will be provided. A free breakfast provided as well as an afternoon BBQ. Prizes include a chance to win tickets to a Winnipeg Goldeye's Baseball Game and limo ride.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Bryan at Hood Hop’rz at 204-219-8024 or visit the facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=112539898830010

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Call for Submissions: MusicSkills, Spring Session | Deadline: May 27 | Date range May 30 - June 31

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: MusicSkills, Spring Session

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOON, Friday, May 27, 2011

Manitoba Music is pleased to announce a spring session to its innovative MusicSkills program. This program was developed to educate and train industry workers, entrepreneurs, and artists with the business skills and industry knowledge they need in order to fully reach their potential for success. Taught by today’s top professionals, this exciting program delivers free, intensive and direct training, tailored to meet each individual’s own career goals.

Manitoba Music is now accepting applications for two exciting professional development opportunities:

1. Production for Songwriters
Knowing how to instantly record songs presents songwriters with more co-writing opportunities and placements in film and television. MusicSkills will offer a series of one-on-one mentor sessions for songwriters who want to increase their skills as recording engineers and producers. These sessions will be delivered by established songwriter/producers who will help participants build a working portable studio and learn the recording and production skills to further increase their market...

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Aboriginal Artists and Industry earn Best of Winnipeg titles

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Winnipeg’s Most, Lorenzo, Young Kidd, Heatbag Records, Streetz FM, and Big Will earned top honours in Uptown Magazine’s “Best of Winnipeg” for 2011. The list was published in the May 19 issue of Uptown and it highlights the top three reader’s choices for 98 entertainment related categories.

Winnipeg’s Most lead the way for the Aboriginal music community, nabbing titles for Best New Band, Best New CD, and Best Hip Hop Artist/Group. Heatbag Records was also named Best Record Label and Winnipeg’s Most finished in second place after The Weakerthans for Best Band.

Little Saskatchewan’s country singing hip hop emcee Lorenzo earned the Best New Solo Artist title this year while Sagkeeng’s Young Kidd was named Best Solo Artist.

Streetz FM and Big Will nabbed the Best Radio Station and Best Radio Personality titles, respectively.

In other disciplines, Adam Beach was named Best Actor from the City of Winnipeg while Tina Keeper was the second runner-up for Best Actress. Wab Kinew also came in third for the Best Journalist title and Don Burnstick earned second place for Best Comedian.

Visit http://www.uptownmag.com/best-of-winnipeg/The-Best-of-Winnipeg-2011-122191809.html...

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AMP Camp 2012 Applications Now Available

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Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program is now accepting applications for the 2012 edition of Aboriginal Music Performers Camp (AMP Camp 2012). The five-day artist development project will take place March 4-9, 2012 at the Misty Lake Lodge in Manitoba and applications will be accepted from Aboriginal recording artists until December 2, 2011.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, December 2, 2011

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National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Manitoba - 2011

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Ray St. Germain, Don Amero, Elisapie Isaac, the Joe Maxim Band, Derek Miller, Andrea Menard, Dey & Nite, Burnt-Project 1, Shane Yellowbird, George Leach, A Tribe Called Red, Holly Vee, and Mista Vibes are some of the Aboriginal artists performing during the National Aboriginal Day celebrations in Manitoba this year. As in previous years, the celebrations start earlier in the week and take place in a number of venues throughout Winnipeg.

Aboriginal Music Week has concerts set for June 17 and 18 at the Pyramid Cabaret in Winnipeg. This “Warm-Up Weekend” features bluesman George Leach and JUNO Award winners Burnt-Project 1 on the first night, followed by the Electric Pow Wow with A Tribe Called Red on Saturday night.

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) has full day of festivities planned for June 18. Their Aboriginal Day Live event will feature an artisans market, skate board demos, and their annual summer solstice concert at the Scotiabank Stage in downtown Winnipeg.

The Manito Ahbee Festival is hosting a one-day pow wow at the Red River Exhibition Park on June 21. This will be followed by a concert featuring Shane Yellowbird and Don Amero staring at...

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FACTOR Approvals for Aboriginal Artists & Industry – March 2011

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Sadie, Elisapie Isaac, Shayne Koyczan, Jerry Sereda, and Mike Denney’s MDM Recordings are the latest group of Aboriginal artists and industry to receive support from the Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings (FACTOR).

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 in March 2011:

Domestic & International Business Development
MDM Recordings Inc. $900
MDM Recordings Inc. $675

Domestic Showcase
MDM Recordings Inc. (applicant), Jerry Sereda (artist) $2,000
MDM Recordings Inc. (applicant), for 5 other artists $10,000

Emerging Artist Program
MDM Recordings Inc. (applicant), for a non-Aboriginal artist $37,500

International Showcase
Avalanche Productions (applicant), for Elisapie Isaac (artist) $3,816

Marketing & Promotion – DBS
Black Hen Music Inc....

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Three Awards for Manitoba Acts at This Year's North American Indigenous Image Awards

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Three Manitoba artists have picked up hardware at this year's North American Indigenous Image Awards (NAIIA). The awards gala, which took place on April 29 in Albuquerque, honours the accomplishments of Indigenous artists working in film, print, comedy, photography, and music. This year's winners include Desiree Dorion, Jerry Sereda, and Eagle & Hawk.

Dorion, who had two nods for her debut Soul Back Jack album,  won for Outstanding Country Album.

Eagle & Hawk picked up an award for Outstanding Rock Metal Album with its latest effort, The Great Unknown.

Sereda continues to gain momentum this year, winning Outstanding Music Video for “I Ain’t Learned Nothing Yet”.

Manitoba acts earned six NAIIA nominations this year. Past award winners include Tracy Bone and Team Rezofficial.

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8 Eh-mazing Nights of Music Set for Winnipeg

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The second annual “8 Days in May, Eh!” Music Festival hits Winnipeg this week. Organized by Dustin Harder, a Métis guitarist and front man to the Dusty Roads Band, the festival runs May, 4 -7 and 11-14 at a variety of local venues, including the Windsor Hotel, The Academy, The Regal Beagle, and Le Garage Café.

The performers include 19 local acts, such as Desiree Dorion, Little Hawk, J.C. Campbell, Tracy Bone, Lorenzo, and Harder himself. Due to last year’s success, the festival has decided to expand to include out of province artist with the likes of, Cris Derksen, J.J. Cook and Kristi Lane Sinclair.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 and are available at Into The Music @ 245 McDermot Avenue.

For more information please contact Dustin Harder at 204-619-1839 or by email at 8daysinmayeh@gmail.com

The schedule of events:

Wednesday, May 4
Tracy Bone Band / JC Campbell / JJ Lavallee @ The Windsor Hotel

Thursday, May 5
The Detonators / BlueNoise / Carjackmatt / Dustin Harder (acoustic) @ The Windsor Hotel

Friday, May 6
Sonia Eidse Band / Little Hawk / Desiree Dorion / The Dusty Roads Band @ The Windsor Hotel

Saturday, May 7
Segweh / Billy Joe Green...

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Call for Submissions: Manitoba Music at Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany | Deadline: May 12

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Manitoba Music at Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg, Germany



SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Thursday, May 12, 2011


 


Manitoba Music, in partnership with CIMA is presenting a showcase of Manitoba artists at the Canadian Blast at the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany, September 22-24, 2011. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase for European and international music industry. Germany is an important market for Canadian artists touring in Europe and the Reeperbahn Festival is emerging as one of the most exciting festivals and conferences in the region. Manitoba Music will work directly with each selected artist to identify members of the industry they are interested in inviting.


 


The showcase will be a daytime event aimed at industry professionals. The showcase takes place as part of the Reeperbahn Campus (September 22-24), which participating artists and artist managers would be encouraged to attend.

 
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 international opportunities)
Have financial ...

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Call for Submissions: Manitoba Music Folk/Roots/Americana Showcase in New York City | Deadline: May 12

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Manitoba Music Folk/Roots/Americana Showcase in New York City

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Thursday, May 12, 2011
 
Manitoba Music is presenting a showcase of Manitoba folk, roots, and Americana artists at the Living Room in New York City. The showcase will take place between October 4 and 12, 2011. Confirmation of the date will be made after reviewing submissions.
 
This is an excellent opportunity to showcase for New York based music industry including influential folk and roots radio, labels, agents, and buyers. New York is the largest concentration of music industry personnel in the world and was the birthplace of contemporary folk music. Manitoba Music will work directly with each selected artist to identify members of the industry they are interested in inviting.
 
The showcase will be an evening event aimed at industry professionals but open to public. The showcase will take place at the venerable Living Room club in Manhattan.
 
To be considered for a showcase, you must:

Market yourself within the folk/roots/Americana genres
Have a current or upcoming release (demo / EP / full-length)
Be export-ready (prepared to...

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Aboriginal artists at Prairie Scene

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Desiree Dorion, Wab Kinew, Daniel ROA, and Ryan D’Aoust are four of the Aboriginal artists that audiences in Ottawa will have a chance to see during the National Arts Centre’s Prairie Scene. The festival runs April 26 - May 8 in the Nation’s capital and more than 500 artists from Manitoba and Saskatchewan will take part.

Dauphin’s Desiree Dorion is scheduled for an April 28 performance at the Elmdale House Tavern. She’ll be appearing alongside Saskatchewan’s Code Prevost and tickets are just $10.

Composer Andre Balfour’s Camerata Nova takes the stage at the Rideau Chapel in the National Gallery of Canada on April 29. The performance starts at noon and tickets are $8.

Francophone singer/songwriter Daniel ROA joins the festival for a concert with fellow Manitoban Nadia Gaudet at the National Arts Centre on April 29. Tickets are $20 and the show starts at 7:30pm.

The masters of Métis fiddle take the stage at the Auditorium in the Library and Archive Canada building on April 30. Saskatchewan’s John Arcand and Donny Parenteau are joined by Norway House’s Ryan D’Aoust and Matthew Contois from the Misipawistik Cree Nation. The show starts at 7pm and tickets are only...

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Performance Opportunity at the Gimli Film Festival | Deadline: May 9

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Submission Deadline:  4:00 PM CST Monday, May 9
 
The Gimli Film Festival, in partnership with Manitoba Music, is presenting Music at the Movies, a performance opportunity for five emerging Manitoba bands or solo artists to showcase their talent prior to each evening’s Beach Movie. This event is free and open to the public. Last year over 500 people gathered each evening to watch a movie on the 35- foot screen set on the shore of Lake Winnipeg.
 
Performances must be ‘family-friendly’ in language and content. We welcome submissions from emerging Manitoba bands or solo artists with full-band accompaniment who are prepared to perform a one-hour set for a large outdoor audience.

Artists will be compensated for their performance.

To be considered for a performance, you must:


Have new music (demo, EP, full-length)
Be available to perform on one of the evenings between Wednesday, July 20 and Sunday, July 24
Be a member of Manitoba Music


Preference will be given to artists who:


Appeal to a wide audience
Have cultivated a local audience and local press


...

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Manitoba Artists Earn Six Nominations at the North American Indigenous Image Awards

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Desiree Dorion, Jerry Sereda, Eagle & Hawk, and Segweh have earned nominations from the North American Indigenous Image Awards (NAIIA) this year. Now in its third year, the NAIIA honour the accomplishments of Indigenous artists working in film, print, comedy, photography, and music.

Desiree Dorion has two nods for her Soul Back Jack album. The CD is nominated for Outstanding Country Album, while the title track is up for Outstanding Album Single. Eagle & Hawk also has two nominations. The Great Unknown is in the running for Outstanding Rock Metal Album and “What if We Could” is up for Outstanding Album Single.

Country singer Jerry Sereda continues to gain momentum this year. His video for “I Ain’t Learned Nothing Yet” is nominated for Outstanding Music Video.

Segweh has earned their second nomination in the US for their debut release. They picked up a trophy from the Native American Music Awards in November and their self-titled CD is in the running for Outstanding Rock Metal Album at the NAIIA.

The NAIIA ceremony is set for Friday, April 29 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Albuquerque. Past award winners include Tracy Bone and Team Rezofficial.

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Now taking submissions for Manitoba Aboriginal Artists Volume 5 compilation CD

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOON, Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program is planning the release of a promotional compilation CD, Manitoba Aboriginal Artists Volume 5, in August of 2011. The CD will be multi-genre, targeted to music industry professionals working with popular and traditional genres (e.g. – rock, punk, pop, roots, hip-hop, pow wow, fiddle, etc.). It will be distributed widely through various music industry festivals and conferences, as well as directly to key players working in the Aboriginal and Native American music communities.

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:
      ◦ Artist name, song title, songwriting and publishing credit, and track length
      ◦ Genre classification
      ◦ 20-word bio (for inclusion in CD liner notes)
      ◦ Contact information: contact name, phone, email, and website
      ◦ If applicable, label and publisher contact information
• One high-resolution digital photograph (for inclusion in the CD liner notes)
• Completed Grant of Rights form (available at...

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GRAMMY evolution hits the Native American music category

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The Recording Academy has restructured the GRAMMY Awards and eliminated the category dedicated to honoring Indigenous North American music. All submissions that used to go in to the Best Native American Music Album category will now be grouped with submissions for the Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album and Best Hawaiian Music Album in the newly formed Best Regional Roots Music Album category.

According to the Recording Academy website, “This category is intended to recognize recordings of regionally based traditional music, including but not limited to Hawaiian, Native American, polka, zydeco and Cajun music.”

Please visit www.grammy.com for more information.

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Native America North hits Toronto for JUNOFest

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Eagle & Hawk, Leela Gilday, Digging Roots, Cris Derksen, and Christa Couture are set for two days of workshops and showcasing in Toronto this week during the 40th annual JUNO Award celebrations. The award winning artists are participating in the second installment of the Native America North project, produced by Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts.

The Native America North project supports Aboriginal artists from across Canada by providing them professional development and showcasing opportunities during music industry events. The first group of artists learned about the international markets for music by Indigenous artists and showcased for festival bookers at the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals conference in Ottawa. This second group will connect with managers, agents, publicists, and media in Toronto during the JUNO Award week.

The showcase is set for Thursday, March 24 at The Rivoli (332 Queen Street West) in downtown Toronto. Tickets are $10 for the general public. The doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 7:30pm.

The artists will be taking the stage twice and the set times are:

7:30pm Christa Couture
7:50pm Cris Derksen
8:10pm Eagle &...

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Five Manitoba Acts Showcase in Las Vegas for Reservation Economic Summit

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Five Manitoba acts are headed for the wild Nevada desert this week. Award-winning singer/songwriter Don Amero, decorated rock outfit Eagle & Hawk, country chanteuse Desiree Dorion, teenage pop singer Savannah Rae Boyko, and R&B singer isKwe are set to showcase for Native American community leaders at the Manitoba Aboriginal artist showcase during the Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas on March 16. 

Produced through Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program in partnership with SAY Magazine, the event brings together the local artists with important tribal leaders, business people, and festivals. The performance and networking opportunities help the artists from Manitoba connect with influential talent buyers to develop more touring and gigging opportunities for across the U.S.

Now celebrationg its 25th year, the Reservation Economic Summit draws hundreds of American Indian and Indigenous entrepreneurs, tribal economic and business development decision-makers, tribal leaders, government and corporate executives and buyers seeking Aboriginal suppliers and contractors.

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Manitoba Music Industry Showcase: Los Angeles Showcase

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Thursday, March 17, 2010 

Manitoba Music is presenting a showcase of Manitoba artists in Los Angeles on May 5, 2011.This event is an excellent opportunity to showcase in front of top names in the L.A.-based music and film industries. Los Angeles is home to some of North America’s most important music industry professionals and this showcase will target labels, publishers, music supervisors, program directors and more. Manitoba Music will work directly with each selected artist to identify members of the industry they are interested in inviting. 

The showcase in L.A. will be a daytime event aimed at industry professionals. The showcase takes place adjacent to the MUSEXPO Conference (May 1-4), which participating artists or artist managers would be encouraged to attend.

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 international opportunities)
Have financial capacity to undertake travel and accommodations in Los Angeles (Market Access Program Support is available, but will not cover full costs)
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Manitoba Music Showcase Opportunity: Indie Label Showcase

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Thursday, March 24, 2011. 

Manitoba Music will be presenting a showcase for guest speakers from our upcoming Indie Label Panel, to be held at Manitoba Music on April 30. The panel features representatives from independent Canadian labels including Arts & Crafts, Boompa Records, Hidden Pony Records, Last Gang Entertainment, and Profound Lore Records. This showcase event offers Manitoba acts a unique opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from outside of Manitoba.


We welcome submissions from artists of all genres. Preference will be given to artists who perform music appropriate for the visiting speakers. Before submitting, we encouraged applicants to research the speakers’ labels and their rosters

To be considered for a showcase, you must:


Have a current release (demo / EP / full-length)
Be available to perform on the evening of April 29, 2011
Be export-ready (prepared to capitalize on national and international opportunities)
Be a Manitoba Music member 

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


“Indie Label...

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Manitoba Music Performance Opportunity: Canada Day at The Forks

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 4pm CST Thursday, March 24, 2011


Manitoba Music is planning an afternoon/early evening of live performances at the Scotiabank Stage at The Forks on Canada Day -- Friday, July 1, 2011. One of Manitoba’s most popular summer destinations, the Canada Day event attracts thousands of visitors. This year’s event will celebrate and promote Manitoba artists and music with a multi-genre concert featuring four acts, including solo artists, bands, and DJs, on the marquee stage at The Forks. This event is free and open to the public.  

Performances must be ‘family-friendly’ in language and content. We welcome submissions from high energy bands and solo artists with full-band accompaniment, in all genres.  

Artists will be compensated for their performance.  

To be considered for a showcase, you must:


Have a current release (demo / EP / full-length)
Be available to perform on the afternoon and/or evening of July 1, 2011
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
...

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Winnipeg’s Most, Jerry Sereda heading to Canadian Music Week

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Winnipeg’s Most and Jerry Sereda are heading to Toronto for Canadian Music Week this month. The three time Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award winning hip hop group will be participating in the McKee Agency Showcase on March 10, while Sereda is joining fellow country stars at the MDM Recordings Country Showcase on March 11.

Winnipeg’s Most has been gaining national recognition lately. The group recently released a music video for their lead single All That I Know and were the focus of a feature article in Maclean’s Magazine at the beginning of December.

Sereda’s career is also picking up. His second CD is set for a 2011 release on MDM Recordings, he’s working with Contact Artist Management, and his first music video was recently completed by Big Soul Productions for the APTN First Tracks program.

Winnipeg’s Most @ The McKee Agency Showcase
Thursday, March 10, 2011
1045pm
CLUB XS
261 Richmond Street West

Jerry Sereda @ The MDM Recordings Country Showcase
Friday, March 11, 2011
10:10pm
Cadillac Lounge
1296 Queen St. West

Now in its 29th year, Canadian Music Week is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the...

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: APTN FIRST TRACKS 2011

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 21, 2011 by 5:00 pm CT

APTN wants to hear from you! APTN is providing an opportunity for up to 6 emerging Canadian Aboriginal musicians or musical groups to have a music video produced from a song that is featured on a current CD or soon to be released CD. Requests may come from Canadian record companies, record producers, managers or artists. APTN First Tracks supports all genres of music videos in English, French or any Aboriginal language.

Successful projects will be programmed on APTN.

Download the Application form here: http://www.aptn.ca/pages/firsttracks/_documents/APTN%20FIRST%20TRACKS%202011%20APPLICATION%20FORM.pdf

CHECK LIST FOR APTN FIRST TRACKS APPLICATIONS
Before you submit your application please ensure that you have included all the following information: Completed and signed application form

• Two copies of song intended for the video (on CD format). Please clearly indicate the track number on the front of the CD case.
• Lyric sheet of song intended for the video typed on an 8 1/2” x 11” sheet and attached to the application form
• Performer’s biography, promotional material, press clippings.
• Performer’s...

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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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