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National Aboriginal Achievement Awards and more!

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The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards (NAAA) were established to encourage and celebrate excellence in the Aboriginal community. The Awards recognize the outstanding career achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, in diverse occupations. This year, the awards are being held March 6 in Winnipeg. Although the awards aren't about strictly music, Manitoba certainly has plenty of success in that department to brag about.

This week on the show, Wab has a couple special guests. Eagle and Hawk will be playing at the NAAA; so we thought Vince Fontaine and Jay Bodner of the group could come in ahead of time for an intimate studio session. There's also going to be exclusive concert material from this past Manito Ahbee showcase, including sets from Leanne Goose and Donny Parenteau.

And later in the show...

New music from Winnipegger-turned-German horse master, Old Seed (aka Craig Bjerring). For about a year, Craig spent a year on a horse ranch in Germany. Just to regroup - no music, just horses. But the troubadour is back at the music making. This month, he's played Rome, Frankfurt, Paris, and now, the great metropolis of Winnipeg. Craig sent us some of the new...

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The New CBC Radio 2

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The music programming at CBC Radio 2 will sound significantly different when the fall schedule starts today then it did before the summer schedule kicked in. The classical music programming has been trimmed back, and in it's place are new programs that promise to feature eclectic, primarily Canadian, independent and alternative artists.

Two new programs in specific, Radio 2 Morning and Radio 2 Drive (seemingly named by the department of the obvious), hosted by Tom Allen and Rich Terfry (aka Buck 65), will feature acts such as Stars, Sloane, Wilco, the Bicycles, Al Green and Ron Sexsmith. While providing a welcome outlet for successful but not commercial-radio artists, the changes have drawn significant protests from the classical music community. The national broadcaster has also launch four online music streams: classical, jazz, canadian composers, and canadian songwriters.

The Globe previews Drive, and the National Post has a running blog with commentary from Adam McDowell on his reaction to the first day of the new programs.

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CBC Radio 2 (still) not a Commercial Radio Format

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In an article in the Globe and Mail this weekend, Robert Everett-Green challenges the notion that a CBC Radio 2 with less classical music is by default more commercial. As someone who craves to hear more independent Canadian music on the national network, I found much of his argument to be extremely cogent. There's a whole galaxy of significant non-classical Canadian musicians who get no airplay on private radio in Canada. Commercial stations aren't investing any time in the music of distinctive performers such as the New Pornographers, Chad VanGaalen, the Telepathic Butterflies, Final Fantasy, Wolf Parade or Kyrie Kristmanson. All of these people would suit the new prime-time evening program, Canada Live; on the late-evening show, The Signal; and probably on the forthcoming drive-home show hosted by rapper Buck 65.The CBC has taken a lot of flack from the classical music community and classical music fans for shifting gears at the network. R.E.G. does a nice job of explaining that light classical music has little or nothing to with Canadian cultural heritage or diversity. Clearly, patrons of the light classics should be looking to stations like Toronto's Classical 96.3FM....

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CTV Wins Music Licensing Deal in Overtime

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A high profile music licensing deal has captured Canadians' attention in the past several days. The story weaves together Canada's national broadcaster, Canada's "national game," and a ubiquitous melodic cultural artifact, and in an era of free music and rampant digital reproduction, has put the business of song licensing on the national stage... or ice.

I'm sure you've heard the gist of this story, but just in case. The writer of the Hockey Night in Canada theme song, Dolores Claman, a Canadian jingle writer who now lives in London, England, retained the ownership and copyright of the song and has licensed it the CBC since 1968. Her and the song's publisher, Copyright Music & Visuals, have been upset with the CBC recently for their alleged use of the song in ways that went beyond the license agreement, and there is an unsettled court battle over this. It seems that when the license came up for renewal this year, the bad blood over the lawsuit hampered negotiations. CBC wanted to get more use from the song, but didn't want to pay the cost of an outright 'all uses in perpetuity' deal.

This is where it gets really interesting. Last Friday, after the CBC announced the that...

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