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Sean Panting Album Release at the Ship 8:30pm December 1st

November 30, 2011

Sean Panting will be celebrating the release of his first album in six years this Thursday, December 1st at the Ship Pub.

There will be an acoustic show starting at 8:30 with an opening set by the one and only Katie Baggs.

At 10:30 the Panting Band (SP: Vocals and Guitar, Don Ellis: Bass and Adam Staple: Drums) will crank up the Rock n Roll.

“Sean Panting is one of the best songwriters, not only in NL, or Canada, but anywhere. It’s been a pleasure watching him grow over the years and Man of the Year is as good as anything he’s ever done – a great distillation of styles and varying sonic attacks. Congratulations Sean on another killer album!” – Mike Campbell The Carlton/Much Music

“For 25 years, Sean Panting has been an original voice in Canadian music whether it’s through his impeccable solo albums or his band collaborations. The wit of Costello, the intensity of Townshend, the straight-ahead rock of Grohl. A musical integrity all his own.” – Russell Bowers host of Daybreak CBC Alberta

“It’s not easy to get older, grow up, and keep the edge you had as a teenager. Sean Panting has made a life in rock and roll, and done it in style.” – Bob Hallett Great Big Sea

“If you don’t like Sean Panting we can’t hang out. There’s more story in two verses of a Panting song than there is in most libraries” – Mark Critch This Hour Has 22 Minutes

Available December 1st at Fred’s Records and online at itunes, Amazon and


Music NL Export Readiness Training Pitching Workshop Thursday, October 27th

October 17, 2011

Music Newfoundland and Labrador is proud to offer its export-ready musicians, managers and company representatives an advanced Export Readiness Training Pitching Workshop on Thursday, October 27th held at the Delta St. John’s Hotel (Bonavista Bay Room) from 10:00 am – 5:00 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), Jonny Stevens (Halifax Pop Explosion, Halifax, NS) and John Clarke (Musician/ Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival).

Pre-registration is required. Open to registered conference delegates. To register, contact or Music NL office at (709) 754-2574 (

Deadline Friday Oct 21st, 2011 at 4:30 PM.


Call for MusicNL Eligible Releases 2010/2011

August 8, 2011

DEADLINE August 31 2011 @ 4:30 PM

*Submissions must include

• Name of the artist or group

• Name of released album

• The album release date

• The album genre

*All releases submitted by email to

*Please include any online profiles the artist or group has such as website, facebook, myspace, sonicbids, etc.


Eligible artists/groups:

• Native of Newfoundland and Labrador or a resident of Newfoundland & Labrador during the eligibility period (June 1, 2010 to August 31, 2011)

• Member(s) – IN GOOD STANDING – of MusicNL

• Released a full-length recording* between JUNE 1, 2010 and AUGUST 31, 2011

*Full length recording:

• Must contain a minimum of six (6) tracks or a minimum length of thirty (30) minutes

• Half (50%) of the tracks must be original (previously unreleased) material

• Must fulfill all legal obligations (i.e. payment of mechanical rights, songwriting credits, etc.)

*Release Date:

• Proof of the date of release may be provided by artist/group through manufacturer’s invoice, retail verification, distributor or record company

Any questions don’t hesitate to contact the MusicNL office below.

Jen Winsor
Communications/Program Officer
186 Duckworth Street
St. John’s, NL
A1C 1G5
Tel: (709) 754-2574
Fax: (709) 754-5758

Cover Me Canada

June 28, 2011

Calling all Canadian Musicians and Groups – Starting June 6th Submit an Audition by Uploading Your Unique Rendition of One of Four Iconic Canadian Songs at

CBC today issued a call for online performance auditions for a major new music series,COVER ME CANADA, airing this fall on CBC-TV. Unsigned musicians and groups are asked to submit their unique versions of the iconic Canadian music we all love at From the audition pool, the most talented unsigned musicians and groups will be selected to compete as finalists on COVER ME CANADA. The finalists will compete live on television, to win the hearts of the nation and the opportunity of a lifetime: a $100,000 cash prize and a recording contract for their first original single to be released by Universal Music Canada.

Ambitious Canadian musicians and groups aged 12 and up who are not signed to a recording contract are invited to submit video performances of their cover versions of one of the following Canadian classics: Sundown (Gordon Lightfoot), Run To You (Bryan Adams), Life is a Highway (Tom Cochrane) and Black Velvet (Alannah Myles).

Auditions are open now until July 8 at All acts selected to be finalists on COVER ME CANADA must be able to perform live with their own accompaniment and vocals and are encouraged to demonstrate this ability in their audition videos. COVER ME CANADA is looking for Canada’s best unsigned musicians or groups covering Canada’s definitive songs.

“CBC is providing a platform for the best emerging musicians from across the country to cover Canada’s greatest songs, and a chance for Canadians to rediscover the songs that we love and feel proud to call our own,” said Kirstine Stewart, executive vice-president, English Services, CBC. “COVER ME CANADA is the opportunity of a lifetime for aspiring Canadian artists. We look forward to showcasing the brightest musical talent Canada has to offer.”

“The bar is set very high for COVER ME CANADA,” says Ivan Schneeberg, co-president of Temple Street Productions, producers of COVER ME CANADA. “In order to make the cut, music artists and performers have to make the songs we all know and love entirely their own. We’re excited to see the results.”

The host and judges for COVER ME CANADA will be announced in the coming weeks. Artists, producers and the biggest names in Canadian music will be part of the excitement, with competitors getting to perform some of the greatest songs in the Canadian songbook.COVER ME CANADA is produced by Temple Street Productions based on a format co-created by 11 Entertainment and CBC.

For more information, including a full list of rules and regulations, visit:

On the web:

On twitter:  @cbccoverme


Sponsor or the Week – Cox & Palmer

June 21, 2011

SPONSOR OF THE WEEK: July 21, 2011

The 2011 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 Cox & Palmer.

Cox & Palmer has been an integral part of Atlantic Canada’s business community for over a century.  Their clients look to them for legal advice during growth and prosperity, as well as in challenging economic times.  To retain their clients’ trust Cox & Palmer focuses on what matters to their clients – understanding their business.  They advise clients in many sectors including construction, energy and natural resources, insurance, financial services, public institutions, and fisheries and marine.  Their lawyers are both professional and personable. This enables their belief that a strong relationship between law firm and client is the best way to get results.

Cox & Palmer supports the arts all across Newfoundland and Labrador.  They are presenting Opera on the Avalon’s Dido and Aeneas from June 16-19 at the LSPU Hall. The firm also welcomes local and international musicians to the Masonic Temple stage during the 10th Annual Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Festival July 13-16.  Cox & Palmer will also be a major sponsor of The Messiah by the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, The St. John’s International Women’s Film and Video Festival, and the Resource Centre for the Arts. Special awards for emerging artists will then be announced later this year at the Sparks Literary Festival and St. Michael’s Print Shop.

WJB would like to acknowledge and express gratitude for the contributions of Cox & Palmer, the Sponsor of the Week!


Music’s Effects on The Brain and Learning

June 16, 2011

Image by flyzipper via Flickr

By Jonathan Hicks

“If you get in music in school you’ll make more friends and it’ll make you smarter!” Most of us have heard that at some point in our lives haven’t we? But is it really true? Will music actually make you smarter? Does it actually have an effect on how your brain works?

The simple answer is yes, it does have an effect on the brain. Studies show that even from a young age listening to and being involved with music will result in a child having a higher IQ than a child who is not exposed to music on a regular basis. Although this may seem far-fetched, in reality it is quite truthful. Even at a young age learning music makes a child use a great amount of brain power. Learning how to read rhythms and pitches is not an easy task for a young child and putting the two together to read both at the same time is even harder! If you think about the amount of thought and brain power a 5 or 6 year old child has to use in order to learn their first piano piece (or learning to play with TWO hands) you will surely agree that this has to make them smarter in the long run. At such a young age, learning to make your brain tell your fingers what do while reading notes off a page is a great feat. In fact The New York Times states that a significant amount of study on a particular musical instrument can cause an enlargement of the Cerebral Cortex (a part of the brain “associated with higher brain Function”).

It is also quite true that music has a profound effect one’s memory. If you think about it quite simply you will realize the memory capacity needed to be a successful musician is not by any means small. A musician is forced to remember an extensive number of things in order to be able to even play music properly; everything from note names and durations, fingerings, dynamics and tempo markings. Even then a musician is sometimes required to memorize full pieces of music for specific performances. In a case such as this the musician has to memorize all the aspects previously listed in an exact way pertaining to the piece they are required to play.

Along with memory, music can have a very positive effect on the brain’s ability to have a quick reaction time. This ability is achieved by the daunting, hated task of sight-reading. Sight-reading is an aspect of music education that takes a long time to conquer and which I, along with some of my fellow musicians still struggle with from time to time. Although many musicians find this hard it is an essential skill to have and undoubtedly this skill alone would do wonders for the development of one’s brain. The ability to look at a brand new piece of music and play it right away takes a tremendous amount of concentration and dedication to learning this skill.

Music is also used in the medical world to stimulate the brain. In the case of some Alzheimer patients music can be used to stimulate the brain in order to bring back lost memories. It was also proven that by subjecting Alzheimer patients to music therapy it caused a secretion of the hormone melatonin which helped calm even the patients who were hard to deal with. Jane Vail states that “Music therapy might be a safer and more effective alternative to many psychotropic medications. Like meditation and yoga, it can help us maintain our hormonal and emotional balance, even during periods of stress or disease.”

Personally, after having a very serious brain tumour at the age of ten I was faced with a hard task of getting back to school. Before returning home from Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital both myself and my parents were told that I may not be able to perform well in school and that due to the effects the tumour had left me with, I may not have be able to continue playing drums well because I would not be able to use my motor skills as well as I used to. When I got home I was determined not to lose music from my life so I started to relearn how to play drums. Both my parents and I very strongly believe that if it wasn’t for music I most likely would not have recovered as quickly as I did and I probably would not have had the ability to learn and get back into my routine at school as easily. Basically, if it wasn’t for music I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Music continues to be a very important part of my education as I am completing a Bachelor in Music Degree at MUN’s school of music.

I strongly believe that music is a great learning tool and that by involving children (or anyone) in music we are giving them the opportunity to broaden their minds and their education. Not only will music give a child or adult the opportunity to become smarter and increase their brain function but it also provides an individual with an amazing sense of accomplishment. Believe me when you finish a challenging piece, whether it be a level one piano piece or a piece you are preparing for an audition, you will feel so good about yourself (this is the case no matter if you are 4 years old or 40!). Music is an outstanding, fun way to broaden your horizons, increase your brain function, relieve your stress and have fun while doing it!

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The Nickel Gets Jazzed & the Jazz Festival Gets Framed

June 1, 2011

6th Annual Super 8 Series co-presented by the Nickel Film Festival,

Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival


Canadian Federation of Musicians – Local 820

(Newfoundland and Labrador Musicians’ Association)

During the 2011 Nickel Film Festival, filmmaker Roger Maunder will facilitate a workshop on Super 8 film-making for the festival’s annual film series that brings together filmmakers and musicians. The end result will be a screening of three original films with a live-recorded performance by musicians at the 10th annual Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival, as well as a screening of the film with sound the following year at the Nickel Film Festival.

How it works

Composers are invited to apply to participate in this program. One composer has already been selected. Two more will be chosen by a selection committee of the provincial musicians’ association.

On Tuesday June 17, three filmmakers will be chosen to create Super 8 films.

The three musicians will each be matched with a filmmaker at the workshop facilitated by Roger Maunder on June 21, from 1-3pm. Participating composers must be available to attend this workshop.

Once paired up, the composer and filmmaker collaborate on an idea for a short film. The filmmaker will be supplied with a camera and 3 minutes of Super 8 film for a one-day shoot during the festival. The film is edited in camera. It is then processed and the composer will be given a copy of the film to compose music. The composer will have 24 hours to complete the music and get it ready for a live-recorded performance during the Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Festival. The musical performance will be recorded and then combined with the film. The Nickel Film Festival will screen the result the following year at their festival.

To qualify

To qualify for this project, filmmakers must have had a film screened at a past or the current Nickel Film Festival.

To qualify as a composer, you should have experience composing music for film as well as confidence and ease performing in an improvised manner. You must also be a current member of CFM 820 or a performer at this year’s Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues Festival. A selection committee has been formed by our association’s Executive Board to assess the submissions.

If you wish to apply, please submit a sample of your musical work and your artist bio OR an EPK OR a website address that includes a musical sample + bio.

Deadline for submissions is Monday June 6, 2011.


Should you have any questions, please contact Rozalind MacPhail at the Canadian Federation of Musicians – Local 820:

The office phone number is 709-722-8005 and Roz’s email is:

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