Aboriginal Music Program


Manitoba Music Job Opportunity: Receptionist | Deadline: Nov 18

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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.



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


Assist in the preparation of program materials such as printing and collating of contracts, course materials, marketing materials
Prepare general correspondence and documents
Setup and coordinate meetings and conferences
Prepare facilities for meetings, workshops, and other events

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Manitoba Music Songwriters Showcase | Deadline: Oct 28

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Now Taking Submissions for a Songwriters Showcase

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

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

To be considered for a showcase, you must:

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

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

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

Submissions will be evaluated based on:

Quality of song writing
Track record...

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Live music listings for the Aboriginal festival season in Winnipeg

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

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

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

October 26, 2010

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

October 28, 2010

The Métis Jamboree...

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Manitoba Acts Land 11 Canadian Aboriginal Music Award Nods

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

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

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

Another double nominee, hip hop act...

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Meet and Greet with AUX TV | Nov 3

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

Presentation with refreshments and networking to follow

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

Come hear how you can be involved.

RSVP to sean@manitobamusic.com

Presented by Manitoba Film & Music and Manitoba Music

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Now Taking Submissions for a Toronto Music Industry Showcase

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

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

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

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

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Canadian Music Industry Rep in Europe

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

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

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

Download a detailed one-sheet: Shain Shapiro Info Sheet

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

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Music Skills: Upgrade Your Career

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

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







Music Skills is a training program designed to meet the specific training priorities of the participants.

Areas of training can include:

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

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

Participants with similar interests will be...

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Strong Showing for Manitoba Acts at Aboriginal Music Awards

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

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

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

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

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Eagle and Hawk Bring Home Award from Milwaukee

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

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

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

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

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

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Aboriginal Artists and Industry Accessing Support from FACTOR

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Welcome Aboriginal Music Program Administrator Terilyn Lavallee

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

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

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

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

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

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

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NOON, Thursday, September 23, 2010

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

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

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

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Young Kidd making grown up moves

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, September 17, 2010

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

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

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

Performance spots at one...

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Now Taking Submissions for the Manitoba Aboriginal Artist Guidebook

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Thursday, September 16, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Aboriginal Female Entertainer of the Year
Andrea Menard

Aboriginal Male Entertainer of the Year
Billy Joe Green
Joey Stylez
Shane Yellowbird

Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year
Don Amero
Joey Stylez
Lucie Idlout

Best Aboriginal Music Radio Station/Program
Across Turtle Island
National Aboriginal Music Countdown (NCI fm)

Best Album Cover Design
Blackfoot Confederacy | Hail to the Chiefs
Bonnie Couchie | Feather for an Elephant
Chippewa Travellers | All My Relations: Kina naag dawen daagnak
Don Amero | Deepening
Jason Burnstick | Where The Blood Mixes

Best Blues CD
Curt Young | Edge of Shadow
Digging Roots | We Are
The Pappy Johns Blues Band | Havin’ A Good Time Now

Best Country CD
Darrelyne Bickel | M.I.A
Desiree Dorion | Soul Back Jack
Jerry Sereda | Campground Cowboy
Kimberley Dawn | Built That Way
Shane Yellowbird | It’s About Time

Best Duo or Group
Black Rain
Digging Roots
Eagle & Hawk
Eric & Winston Wuttunee
The Johnnys
Winnipeg’s Most

Best Fiddle CD
Alex Lamoureux | Groove
Jacinthe Trudeau | Jacinthe Trudeau
JJ Lavallee | A Fiddle Bit of This & A Fiddle Bit of That

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Local artists rally for the No Stone Unturned Concert

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Kimberley Dawn is one of 13 Aboriginal artists scheduled to perform at the fourth annual “No Stone Unturned Concert” in Winnipeg on August 20. She’ll be joined by Heatbag Records, Sierra Noble, Wab Kinew, Storm X, Little Hawk, Stu Porteous, Sadie, and Hector Menow along with many others at the O'odena Circle from noon to 10pm.

The first “No Stone Unturned Concert” was organized to help Claudette Osborne’s family raise reward money for her safe return. Since then, event organizer Bernadette Smith has broadened the focus and used the annual event to raise awareness about missing and murdered women along with the horrors of human trafficking.

“As a First Nations woman I believe we all need to pull together to make a difference,” states Kimberley Dawn, a country artists performing at the concert this year. “I will be singing my hit single ‘Spirit of our People’ that evening, which I believe is the song to bring together a nation! WE need to pull together to stop these horrible acts that are being targeted to first nations women. We must all stand together!”

Funds are being raised this year to develop a toolkit, which will identify agencies and resources to help families...

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The role(s) of the Aboriginal music award shows in Canada

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The Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards will be celebrating its fifth year on November 5 in Winnipeg, while the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards have their 12th installment planned for November 26 in Hamilton.

What role (or roles) do these award shows play in the careers of the Aboriginal artists today and is that role (or roles) important?

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Now Taking Submissions for Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF) Showcases

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Now Taking Submissions for Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF) Showcases


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Thursday, August 26, 4pm


Manitoba Music will be presenting showcases at the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals conference in Ottawa, October 14-17, 2010.


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


Manitoba Music will present a sponsored daytime showcase and two late night music-floor showcases. These showcase events offer Manitoba acts a unique opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from the folk and roots community.


Artist selection will be made by a selection committee. Showcase dates and times will be provided to selected artists. Production costs will be covered by Manitoba Music; however artists will be responsible for their own travel...

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Lost Priority and Eagle and Hawk earn WCMA nominations

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Wasagamack, Manitoba’s alt-rockers Lost Priority has earned a nomination in the Aboriginal Recording of the Year category at the 2010 Western Canadian Music Awards. This is the third nomination for the group’s All That We Are album, which was released independently last year.

Eagle & Hawk is also nominated in the Aboriginal category this year. The JUNO Award winning rockers have their ninth release, entitled Into the Great Unknown in the running.

Manitoba-based Arbor Records is up for Independent Record Label of the Year. They have releases by Derek Miller, legendary pow wow drum group Eyabay, Stevie Salas, and Tracy Bone to their credit.

Shane Yellowbird (AB), Leela Gilday (NT), and Wayne Lavallee (BC) round out the nominations for Aboriginal Recording of the Year. Yellowbird is also nominated for Country Recording of the Year, while his manager Louis O’Reilly (SK) is in the running for Manager of the Year.

The awards gala is the pinnacle event of the newly renamed BreakOut West -- held October 21 to 24, 2010 in Kelowna. Formerly known as Western Canadian Music Week, the eighth annual event features a conference and three-day music festival with 50 showcasing acts...

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Welcome Training Coordinator Roland Deschambault

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We're excited to announce a new addition to the Manitoba Music team. New Training Coordinator Roland Deschambault is already hard at work getting ready for the upcoming MusicWorks season and is open for consultations. Prior to joining Manitoba Music, Roland has enjoyed success for 15 years in many positions within the local and national music industries. Previously, he has worked at Paquin Entertainment as an Artist Management Assistant, at Koba Entertainment as Music Supervisor, and has worked with Glen Willows of Burning Circus Management and brother Phil Deschambault in the development of their artists, including Ash Koley. Roland has also been instrumental in the development of Manitoba artists including Bryce Pallister and Heather Longstaffe, and continues to perform as their bassist/vocalist. As a recording and touring musician for 10 years, Roland was bass player, vocalist, co-manager and tour manager for such bands as Vanderveen, Jonah Stone, and Not Going To Vegas.

You can contact Roland for consultations, help, and advice at 975.5188 or roland@manitobamusic.com.

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Applications now available for the 24th Annual NCI Jam

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NCI FM now has application forms available online for the 24th annual NCI Jam. The amateur singing contest is scheduled for Saturday, September 11 at the Centennial Concert Hall in downtown Winnipeg and applications must be submitted by Monday, August 16, 2010.

Interested singers must submit a completed application form, a personal biography, a photo, and a home recording that demonstrates their ability. The selection committee will review these materials and consider the male/female ratio, regional representation, inclusion of new contestants, and type of song when selecting the contestants.

Up to 20 talented singers will be selected to compete in front of the capacity crowd. A jury of Aboriginal people working in the music industry will be in charge of picking the winners at the show.

The prizes up for grabs are:

First Place
• $2500
• Winning song will be played on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown
• NCI Jam trophy

Second Place
• $1500
• Song receives 75 plays on NCI FM
• NCI Jam trophy

Third Place
• $750
• Song receives 25 plays on NCI FM
• NCI Jam trophy

Fourth Place
• $100
• Sydney Castel Honorable Mention Award

Artists who have...

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Music Industry Unites to Fight Online Piracy

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Ten Music Industry Associations Join Balanced Copyright for Canada’s Campaign

REGINA – John-Paul Ellson, Chair of the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA), announced, today, the CCMIA’s joining Balanced Copyright for Canada coalition, a national organization that advocates taking Bill C-32 as a starting point for bringing Canada’s copyright into the digital age. Bernie Finkelstein of Balanced Copyright for Canada’s Advisory Board welcomed CCMIA’s support. The Advisory Board of 14 members includes Roger Mooking, Steven Ellis and Andy Stochansky, among others.


Said John-Paul Ellson, “I’m pleased to announce the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations’ joining Balanced Copyright for Canada and their taking Bill C-32, the Copyright Modernization Act, as a starting point for copyright reform. I’m honoured the CCMIA have designated me to be their representative on the Advisory Board.”


CCMIA represents 10 provincial and territorial music industry associations, including the Yukon and northern Ontario (excluding Quebec). Its membership is composed...

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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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