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AMP SESSIONS Rescued by Dragonflyz

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Rescued By Dragonflyz filming at Beside Studios

Our new AMP Sessions video series continues this week with a blistering entry from rock outfit Rescued by Dragonflyz. 

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Call for Submissions: Market Builder Residency for Aboriginal Artists and Industry

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Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts are partnering to produce a new project called the Market Builder Residency for Aboriginal Artists and Industry. The residency will provide eight export-ready artists and up to five mid-career industry professionals (managers, agents, publicists, publishers, or label representatives) from across Canada with a week of networking and development opportunities in Toronto. The residency will run February 9-13, 2015 and each day will consist of round table discussions, self-directed mentor sessions, networking dinners, and meetings with established labels, music media, and managers. Please note that all conversations will be held in English. DEADLINE: November 20, 2014

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Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program Celebrates A Decade

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The C-Weed Band

Manitoba Music is celebrating the 10th anniversary of one of its most acclaimed initiatives, the Aboriginal Music Program (AMP).

The Pyramid Cabaret is set to host the birthday party on June 21, National Aboriginal Day, featuring an open mic hosted by The C-Weed Band along with appearances by Eagle & Hawk, Joe Maxim Band, Ali Fontaine, Winnipeg Boyz, and many more. Kicking off at 9 p.m. with emcee Miss Melissa of NCI FM, the event is free for Manitoba Music members and $10 at the door.

Since its launch in 2004, the Aboriginal Music Program has delivered groundbreaking projects and services to help First Nation, Métis, and Inuit people develop sustainable careers in Manitoba’s music industry. It remains the first and only program dedicated to Aboriginal musicians and industry in North America. Made possible through the support of the Government of Canada, the Province of Manitoba, FACTOR, and Manitoba Film & Music, the program is a driving force behind a vibrant Aboriginal music community in Manitoba. 

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Aboriginal Musicians from Across Canada Converge on Manitoba for AMP Camp Residency Project

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Cassidy Mann (Photo: Joseph Visser Photography)

Eighteen Aboriginal musicians from across Canada will converge on Falcon Trails Resort for the Aboriginal Music Performers (AMP) Camp, which runs February 9-14, 2014. Hosted by Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts, the week-long residency gives emerging and mid-career Aboriginal recording artists an opportunity to develop their business skills and artistic abilities.

This will be the seventh edition of AMP Camp, which now runs every two years. Past participants -- including 2014 JUNO Award nominee Inez Jasper (who will participate again this year) and past JUNO nominees Don Amero, and Tracy Bone, and CBC’s The 8th Fire composer Cris Derksen -- have gone on to release acclaimed albums, receive multiple music awards and nominations, and make music their full-time job.

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NATIVE AMERICAN NORTH: Canadian Aboriginal Artists to Perform at APAP|NYC

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Indian City

Three of Canada’s top Aboriginal recording artists are headed to New York to showcase for industry at global performing arts conference and marketplace, APAP|NYC.

The showcase is part of the Native America North project, which also includes networking and professional development opportunities during the event, running January 10-14. Native America North was created to help First Nation, Inuit, and Métis artists access new markets and connect with presenters around the world. 

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NATIVE AMERICA NORTH: Canadian Aboriginal Artists to Perform at Mundial Montreal

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Tanya Tagaq

Three of Canada’s top Aboriginal recording artists are headed to Quebec to showcase for industry at world music conference and festival, Mundial Montreal. The showcases are part of the Native America North project, which also includes networking and professional development opportunities during the event, running November 19-22. The project is made possible by a partnership between Manitoba Music, through its Aboriginal Music Program, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Manitoba Music Hosts Aboriginal Music Presenters Summit in Winnipeg

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Indian City

Manitoba Music is bringing together some of Canada's most experienced music presenters for a unique event aimed at increasing opportunities for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis musicians from Manitoba. The Aboriginal Music Presenters Summit will include a day of panel discussions and mentor sessions at the Manitoba Music office on September 20, as well two showcases of local talent at The Cube in Old Market Square. 

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Don Amero and Desiree Dorion Land ISMA Nods

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Two Manitoba singer/songwriters have landed nominations for this year's Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA). Don Amero and Desiree Dorion each earned nods for songs off their latest albums, dominating the country category. 

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Showcase Opportunity: Native America North in New York City

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Manitoba Music is partnering with the Canada Council for the Arts to present another edition of Native America North, a showcase of Canadian Aboriginal artists in New York City during the Association of Performing Arts Presenters conference, January 10 - 14, 2014. Up to three Aboriginal acts from across Canada who perform any genre of music will be invited to participate. Submission deadline is August 14.

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Showcase Opportunity: Native America North – Mundial Montreal

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Manitoba Music is partnering with the Canada Council for the Arts to present Native America North, a showcase of Canadian Aboriginal artists, at Mundial Montreal, November 19-22, 2013. Up to three Aboriginal acts from across Canada who perform folk, blues, roots, or traditional fusion music will be invited to participate. Submission deadline is June 26.

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Showcase Opportunity: Manitoba Aboriginal Artists – Winnipeg Showcase | Deadline: June 26

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Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program will be presenting showcases in Winnipeg for guest speakers from our upcoming Aboriginal Music Summit (September 20, 2013). Delegate details will be available shortly at manitobamusic.com/workshops. This showcase offers Aboriginal artists and groups a unique opportunity to perform for and network with influential music industry professionals from outside Manitoba. Submission deadlines is June 26.

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Ali Fontaine Brings Home a Native American Music Award

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Up-and-coming country songstress Ali Fontaine picked up a Native American Music Award (NAMA) over the weekend. Fontaine, who was also up for Songwriter of the Year and Best Female Artist, won for Best Country Recording for her self-titled album. A double winner at the APCMAs in 2011, she has six nominations already for her first recording.  

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Call for Submissions: Manitoba Aboriginal Artists, Volume 6 | Deadline: May 29

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Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program will release a new promotional music sampler in August 2013. This multi-genre collection will represent new Manitoba releases by export-ready artists of Aboriginal ancestry, and will be targeted to music industry professionals and media in all areas of popular music. The compilation will be distributed digitally and as a CD to industry professionals and journalists including at music industry conferences and in support of Manitoba Aboriginal Artist export trade missions. Submission deadline is 4pm, Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Click "read more" for complete details.

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Manitoba Aboriginal Artists Land Two Nods for 2013 JUNO Awards

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Aboriginal recording artists from Manitoba continue to rack up the accolades, landing two nominations for the 2013 JUNO Awards. The nominees for the 42nd annual awards were announced by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) in Toronto early on February 19, streamed live on CTV’s website. This year's nominees include Don Amero and Burnt Project 1.

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Six Native American Music Award Nominations for Manitoba Acts

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Three Aboriginal recording acts from Manitoba have landed six nominations for this year's Native American Music Awards (NAMA). After being postponed due to Superstorm Sandy, the 14th annual awards gala is scheduled for May 10 at the Seneca Niagara Events Centre in Niagara Falls, New York.

Legendary country rock outfit C-Weed, which includes Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards Lifetime Achievement winner Errol Ranville, is up for Best Country Recording for its release, Forever. The band recently landed a nod for Best Group or Duo at the APCMAs.

Indian City has added two more to its already-impressive list of accolades. The rock supergroup, which features Eagle & Hawk's Vince Fontaine and singer/songwriter Don Amero among others, has picked up more than a dozen nominations and four awards, including wins at the Western Canadian Music Awards, Indian Summer Music Awards, and APCMAs.

Up-and-coming country songstress Ali Fontaine picked up three nods for her self-titled debut recording, including Best Country Recording, Songwriter of the Year, and Best Female Artist. Fontaine, a double winner at the APCMAs in 2011, has six nominations already for her first recording.  

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Native America North Showcase in New York

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Three of Canada’s top Aboriginal recording artists are headed to New York City to showcase for industry at global performing arts marketplace and conference, APAP|NYC 2013. The showcase, dubbed Native America North, features roots, folk, and pop interpretations of Anishinabe, Mohawk, Inuit, and Métis culture at the National Museum of the American Indian on January 12. The project is made possible by a partnership between Manitoba Music through its Aboriginal Music Program and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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Native America North: Five Local Aboriginal Acts Perform for Influential Industry Presenters at the Pyramid, March 24

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Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program will be taking over the Pyramid Cabaret on March 24 for a showcase of emerging Aboriginal artists, dubbed the Native America North Showcase. The event -- which features sets by country singer/songwriter Jerry Sereda and Desiree Dorion, new country duo D’Aoust Brothers, singer/songwriters and rapper Lorenzo, and teenage pop singer Savannah Rae Boyko -- offers the performers an opportunity to connect with the industry tastemakers and continue to build on their success. CBC Music, the event's media sponsor, will be on hand to host the event.

The five acts will perform for the influential panelists in town for the Aboriginal Music Live presenters panel on March 22 at Manitoba Music. Visiting speakers include Patti Shaughnessy of Ode'min Giizis Festival, Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Association’s Adele Boychuk, Sky Bridges of APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live, and Shawn Termin of the National Museum of the American Indian in New York.

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Aboriginal Musicians from Across Canada Converge on Manitoba for AMP Camp Residency Project

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Nineteen Aboriginal musicians from across Canada will converge on Falcon Trails Resort for this year's installment of the Aboriginal Music Program (AMP) Camp, which runs March 4-9, 2012. Hosted by Manitoba Music and the Canada Council for the Arts, the week-long residency gives emerging and mid-career Aboriginal recording artists an opportunity to develop their business skills and artistic abilities. 2012 will mark the sixth year for AMP Camp. Past participants, including JUNO Award nominee Tracy Bone, Canadian Folk Music Award winner Don Amero, and CBC’s The 8th Fire composer Cris Derksen, have gone on to release acclaimed albums, receive multiple music awards and nominations, and make music their full-time job.

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Manitoba Aboriginal Artists To Showcase in Toronto

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Manitoba Music is gearing up to take over legendary Toronto music venue The Rivoli on November 17 for an event showcasing Aboriginal artists. The event, produced through Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program, includes two Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (CAMA) nominees, Vince Fontaine and Ali Fontaine, as well as buzz-worthy up-and-comers Lorenzo and Cassidy Mann. The CAMAs will be handed out on November 18 at Toronto's Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

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Darren Lavallee - AMP Mentor in Residence for October

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Darren Lavallee is the Aboriginal Music Program's (AMP) Mentor in Residence for the month of October. Starting on Monday, October 3, he will be available for one-on-one career consultations, phone and email questions, fiddle lessons, and songwriting feedback at the Manitoba Music Resource Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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