Archive for October, 2010

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Music NL Export Readiness Training Pitching Workshop October 30th!

October 8, 2010

Music Newfoundland and Labrador is proud to offer its export-ready musicians, managers and company representatives an advanced Export Readiness Training Pitching Workshop on Saturday, October 30th held at the Delta St. John’s (Salon G) from 10:30 am – 5:30 pm.

Learn the skill sets and tools to forward your career in the business of music!

This full-day advanced Export Readiness Training Pitching Workshop, facilitated by internationally-acclaimed pitching consultant Jan Miller, is designed for export-ready artists, managers and companies who wish to perfect their presentation and one-on-one pitching techniques while developing relationships with music industry buyers.

Learn the components to strengthen your personal communication styles and adapt pitches for conversational, one-on-one business meetings. Participants will take part in an interactive, two-hour session focusing on the elements essential to conducting an effective business meeting through observing live, one-on-one pitch conversations in action. Guest Speakers: Shelley Nordstrom (ECMA Export Manager, Halifax, NS), Val Denn (Val Denn Agency, TX), Jonny Stevens (Halifax Pop Explosion, Halifax, NS).

I would like to thank you for the wealth of knowledge you provided during the export readiness training workshop. I feel very enlightened and excited to discover another avenue to direct my music. I took some great notes and the insight and materials provided will better prepare me for one-on-one meetings in the future”.

Patrick Molloy, Recording Artist

Pre-registration is required $25 and includes a light lunch.  To register, contact MusicNL at (709) 754-2574 (www.musicnl.ca).

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Canadian Folk Music Awards Announce Nominees for 2010 including NL’s The Once, Amelia Curran

October 8, 2010

The Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs) is pleased to announce the nominees for its 2010 awards gala. Artists from Atlantic Canada to British Columbia are contenders for the SIXTH ANNUAL CFMAs, which will be held at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre in Winnipeg on Saturday, November 20th to celebrate excellence in the Canadian folk music scene today. Tickets for the event are $36.75 will be available on Friday, October 8 at 10:00 am at the Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store, 211 Bannatyne Ave.(at Albert Street), (204) 231-1377 or through www.ticketmaster.ca. For more information please visit www.folkawards.ca or www.prixfolk.ca .

Created in 2005 to bring greater exposure to the treasure trove of Canadian folk music, the CFMAs, now in its sixth year, honours outstanding achievements in 19 categories.

Nominated this year in a leading four categories is Toronto’s own Klezmer/East European folk band Beyond The Pale, who have earned recognition in the Instrumental Group, World Group and Ensemble of the Year awards as well as the Pushing the Boundaries Award for innovation. Following closely are a handful of artists with three nominations each: captivating Newfoundland-born songstress Amelia Curran; also from The Rock are fresh new buzz band The Once; Nova Scotia’s eclectic musical storyteller Lennie Gallant; high-energy Québecois traditionalists Le Vent Du Nord; literary Toronto songsmith Justin Rutledge (whose album producer Hawksley Workman is also nominated for The Early Widows); and Vancouver deep-gospel vocal trio, The Sojourners.

Along with Newfoundlanders The Once, are the fresh new sounds from Jack Marks, Jadea Kelly, Jay Aymar and Peter Katz, all nominated for the New/Emerging Artist of the Year Award. It should also be mentioned that legendary fiddler/composer/producer and philosopher Oliver Schroer (who sadly passed away in 2008), is being honoured posthumously with a nomination in the Pushing the Boundaries category and in turn with his group Stewed Tomatoes, who are in the running for Instrumental Group of the Year.

The gala awards ceremonies should prove to be an evening of stellar entertainment, hosted by CBC Radio on-air personality Shelagh Rogers and Juno Award-winning veteran entertainer Benoit Bourque. Performing at the gala is a wide-ranging set of some of Canada’s top folk acts, including Bourque himself; longtime folkie and multi-instrumentalist David Essig; blues and African guitar-slinger Madagascar Slim; multiple 2010 CFMA nominees, The Once; hot Halifax fingerpicker Don Ross; Blackie & The Rodeo Kings mainstay Stephen Fearing; dynamic vocalist and superb songwriter Annabelle Chvostek; driving acoustic bluegrass band Shearwater and seasoned activist/folksinger Heather Bishop.

Please stay tuned for more information about the workshops, nominee showcase performances and special events that will run from Friday, November 19 – Sunday, November 21 as part of the CFMAs extravaganza.

MORE ABOUT CFMAs

The mission of the Canadian Folk Music Awards is to celebrate and promote Canadian Folk Music in all its forms. Until their creation in 2005, there existed no awards to celebrate the breadth and depth of folk music in Canada. Awards such as the Junos, East Coast Music Awards or the Western Canada Music Awards include a few categories that apply to folk and roots music, but without as broad a view of the genre. The judging process is similar to that of the two-stage elimination model used by the Junos via a randomly selected jury drawn from the folk music community.

2010 CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES


TRADITIONAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR /

ALBUM DE L’ANNÉE – TRADITIONNEL

David Francey and Mike Ford – Seaway

Le Vent Du Nord – La part du feu

The Foggy Hogtown Boys – Scotch and Sofa

The Once – The Once

The Sojourners – The Sojourners

CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR /

ALBUM DE L’ANNÉE – CONTEMPORAIN

Amelia Curran – Hunter, Hunter

Dala – Girls from the North Country

Lennie Gallant – If We Had A Fire

Old Man Luedecke – My Hands Are On Fire And Other Love Songs

John Wort Hannam – Queen’s Hotel

CHILDREN’S ALBUM OF THE YEAR /

ALBUM DE L’ANNÉE – JEUNESSE

Andrew Queen – Too Tall

Kathy Reid Naiman –Sing the Cold Winter Away

The Kerplunks – Number 3

Madame Diva – Madame Diva

Peter Lenton – Proud Like a Mountain

TRADITIONAL SINGER OF THE YEAR /

MEILLEUR CHANTEUR – TRADITIONNEL

Emma Beaton and Nic Gareiss  – Emma Beaton and Nic Gareiss

Rebecca Barclay – Cinnabar

Rik Barron –  Never So Far

Woody Holler and his Orchestra – Western Skies

Yves Lambert –  Bal à l’Huile

CONTEMPORARY SINGER OF THE YEAR /

ALBUM DE L’ANNÉE – CHANTEUR CONTEMPORAIN

James Keelaghan – House of Cards

Justin Rutledge – The Early Widows

Lynn Miles – Black Flowers Volume 1 & 2

Nathan Rogers – The Gauntlet

Rose Cousins – The Send Off

INSTRUMENTAL SOLO ARTIST OF THE YEAR /

ALBUM DE L’ANNÉE – INSTRUMENTISTE – SOLO

Brad Keller – House On Fire

Colin Grant –  Fun For The Whole Family

Sahra Featherstone – Born of a Summer’s Day

Samantha Robichaud – Collected

Wendell Ferguson – Ménage a Moi

INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR /

ALBUM DE L’ANNÉE – INSTRUMENTISTES – GROUPE

Beyond the Pale – Postcards

Duo Duval  Boulanger – Pièces sur Pièces

Daniel Koulack and Karrnnel- Fiddle & Banjo

Oliver Schroer & Stewed Tomatoes – Freedom Row

Sokoun Trio – Zanneh

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR /

GROUPE VOCAL DE L’ANNÉE

Dala – Girls From The North County

The Marigolds – That’s The State I’m In

The Once – The Once

The Sojourners – The Sojourners

The Wailin’ Jennys – Live At The Mauch Chunk Opera House

ENSEMBLE OF THE YEAR /

GROUPE DE L’ANNÉE

Beyond the Pale – Postcards

Le Vent Du Nord – La Part Du Feu

Les Tireux d’Roches – Cé qu’essé ?

Nicolas Pellerin et les Grands Hurleurs – Nicolas Pellerin et les Grands Hurleurs

The Sojourners –  The Sojourners

SOLO ARTIST OF THE YEAR /

ARTISTE DE L’ANNÉE – SOLO

Amelia Curran – Hunter, Hunter

David Myles – Turn Time Off

Justin Rutledge – The Early Widows

Matt Anderson – Live From The Phoenix Theatre

Old Man Luedecke –  My Hands Are On Fire And Other Love Songs

ENGLISH SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR /

AUTEUR-COMPOSITEUR DE L’ANNÉE – ANGLOPHONE

Amelia Curran – Hunter, Hunter

Chris MacLean – Feet Be Still

Ian Tamblyn – Gyre

Justin Rutledge – The Early Widows

Lennie Gallant – If We Had a Fire

FRENCH SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR /

AUTEUR-COMPOSITEUR DE L’ANNÉE – FRANCOPHONE

David Jalbert – Le Journal

Francis D’Octobre – Ma bête fragile

Frederick Gary Comeau – Effeuiller les vertiges

Geneviève Toupin – Geneviève Toupin

Lennie Gallant – Le coeur hante

ABORIGINAL SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR /

AUTEUR-COMPOSITEUR DE L’ANNÉE – AUTOCHTONE

Asani – Listen

Brenda MacIntrye – Medicine Song

Eagle and Hawk – The Great Unknown

Tom Racine – Three Mile Junction

Wayne Lavallee – Trail of Tears

WORLD ARTIST OF THE YEAR – SOLO /

ARTISTE DE L’ANNÉE – MUSIQUE DU MONDE – SOLO

Briga – Diaspora

Dominic Mancuso – Comfortably Mine

Élage Diouf – Aksil

Jeff Bien – Songs of Forgiveness and Prayer

Jocelyn Pettit – Jocelyn Pettit

WORLD ARTIST OF THE YEAR – GROUP /

ARTISTE DE L’ANNÉE – MUSIQUE DU MONDE – GROUPE

Beyond the Pale –  Postcards

Le Vent Du Nord – La Part Du Feu

Roberto Lopez Project – Soy Panamericano

Sokoun Trio – Zanneh

Apadooraï – Kinda Roots

NEW/EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR /

ARTISTE DE L’ANNÉE – RELÈVE

Jack Marks – Two of Everything

Jadea Kelly – Eastbound Platform

Jay Aymar – Halfway Home

Peter Katz – First of the Last to Know

The Once – The Once

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR /

RÉALISATEUR DE L’ANNÉE

David Gillis  – To Make it Make Sense (Ariana Gillis)

Hawksley Workman – The Early Widows (Justin Rutledge)

Jory Nash – New Blue Day (Jory Nash)

Steve Dawson – Things About Comin’ My Way (Various Artists)

Thom Swift and Charles Austin – Blue Sky Day (Thom Swift)

PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES /

PRIX INNOVATION MUSICALE

Beyond the Pale – Postcards

Daniel Koulack and Karrnnel – Fiddle & Banjo

Mauvais Sort – Droit Devant

Miss Emily Brown – In Technicolor

Oliver Schroer & Stewed Tomatoes – Freedom Row

YOUNG PERFORMER OF THE YEAR /

JEUNE ARTISTE DE L’ANNÉE

Alexandre Boivin-Caron – La Tradition

Jocelyn Pettit – Jocelyn Pettit

Kierah – A Fiddle Affair

Lucas Chaisson – No Loitering

Rachel Davis – Rachel Davis

The 2010 CFMAs gratefully acknowledge the support of SOCAN, The Woods Music and Dance Camp, Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Ottawa Folklore Centre (OFC ), Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF), Penguin Eggs, Fogarty’s Cove, Canada Council, FACTOR (Collective Initiatives), Calgary Folk Music Festival, Calgary Folk Club, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Hugh’s Room, Manitoba Music, Manitoba Film and Music, Manitoba Homecoming 2010, SOCAN Foundation, Big Rock, Public Service Alliance Canada (PSAC), Radio-Canada Winnipeg

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2010 WIJBF Festival Performer Matt Andersen in Europe & Nominated for Music New Brunswick Award

October 7, 2010

2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival Performer Matt Andersen is currently in the middle of a European tour. Check out the video below to see some of his performance from the Loft in Kinloss Scotland.

Matt has also been nominated for a Music New Brunswick award. You can vote for him at http://www.musicnb.org/ . Why not give him a vote and support this wonderful musician.

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The Instigators Annual Halloween Party at the CLB Armory

October 7, 2010

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Using Social Media to Promote Your Music. Part 2 – Where to Begin

October 5, 2010
5 Ways to Cultivate an Active Social Network

Image by Intersection Consulting via Flickr

As covered in part 1 there are numerous forms of social media that can be used in a variety of ways. Each has its own strengths and weakness and it is not always necessary to use all forms, rather concentrate on a few that fit you and your situation best.

It is important that before you begin you have devised a strategy and outlined what you want to achieve. This can be numerous things. Maybe you want to increase your profile in the local area, or promote upcoming events.  Initially focus on one or two of these key goals, making sure not to over complicate your message.

List what resources you have to use to aid your promotion. Do you have band artwork, audio tracks, video and an EPK? If you do not have the later this is your fist priority (see our guide). These various mediums can be used to promote your work.

After setting out your goals and evaluating your resources you able to review the social media options and choose those that best fit your needs.

If you are a beginner it is advisable to begin with Facebook as it allows you to use the most varied amount of promotional materials in the simplest way. Chances are you already have a Facebook account with links to your friends and family. By creating a ‘Like’ page for your music these contacts can help by being advocates for you and your work, spreading the word to their networks. Below is a video that details the advantages of promoting on Facebook and how to go about it.

As a musician it is also important you have a Myspace page. Myspace can act as an online EPK. With the number of musicians and music professionals using this site it is a good idea you have at least a basic presence.

The key thing to remember when starting to promote your music using social media is to be focused. Start using one or two networking sites and build from there. It is better to build and maintain one quality network presence than numerous poorer less maintained ones. As your networks grow it becomes easier to expand into other forms of social media and begin to cross promote with these networks.

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Sponsor of the Week: CBC

October 5, 2010

The 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival would not be possible without the support of our corporate and media sponsors.  To show our appreciation for their support, Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues (WJB) will be showcasing a different sponsor each week.  This week’s sponsor of the week is CBC.

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of this country’s largest cultural institutions. Through the delivery of a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services, CBC-Radio/Canada is available how, where, and when Canadians want it.

As a Media Sponsor, CBC helped promote the artists and events taking place during the 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival.  Television ads featuring the dates of the Festival and an introduction to the key performers were run on CBC leading up to the 2010 WIJBF.  Multiple Festival performers were also featured on CBC Radio in an episode of the Performance Hour, and radio hosts frequently mentioned the events on the air.  Several CBC Radio personalities provided hosting services for concerts during the Festival.

Promoting the Festival and its performers would be a nearly insurmountable challenge for WJB if it weren’t for the support and generosity of media sponsors like CBC.  That’s why WJB is proud to acknowledge CBC as this week’s Sponsor of the Week!  Thank you so much for your dedication and commitment to Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues!

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Photos of Jeanne Rochette Performance at the 2010 WIJBF

October 1, 2010

Jeanne Rochette gave a wonderful performance at the Masonic Temple during the 2010 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival. Here are a small selection of photographs from the night;

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