Aboriginal Music Program


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
261 Richmond Street West

Jerry Sereda @ The MDM Recordings Country Showcase
Friday, March 11, 2011
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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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

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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Now Taking Submissions for a Canadian Aboriginal Artist Showcase in Toronto

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Thursday, February 17, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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Bluebird North | February 8

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

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

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

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

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

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Community Consultation for the Aboriginal Music Program

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

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

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

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

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Call for Submissions: Stage 49 at the Gathering of Nations

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SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, January 21, 2011

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

To be considered for a showcase, you must:
• Have a current or upcoming release (demo / EP / full-length)
• Be export-ready (prepared to capitalize on opportunities in the US)
• Have financial capacity to undertake travel and accommodations in Las Vegas (Market Access Program Support is available, but will not cover full costs)
• Be a member of Manitoba Music OR be willing to become a member of Manitoba Music if you are invited to participate. For more information about Manitoba Music membership, visit manitobamusic.com or contact Rachel Stone (975.5190, rachel@manitobamusic.com). NOTE: If you are accepted, you must become a member of Manitoba Music by Monday, January 31.

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Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Curling Bonspiel | Jan 30, 2011

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

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

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

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

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2011 Manitoba Music Industry Directory

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

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

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Four Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for Manitoba Acts

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

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

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

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

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

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Manitoba at the 2010 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards

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

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

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

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

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


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Manitoba Music Office Closure | Nov 29-Dec 3

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

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FACTOR Approvals for Aboriginal Artists & Industry – November 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

Independent Artists Recording
Metis Fiddler...

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Segweh Brings Home a Native American Music Award

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

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

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

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

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Aboriginal Music Week 2010: The Festival in Review

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

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