Posts Tagged ‘St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador’

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Krystin Pellerin talks about the up coming Ladies of Republic of Doyle event

October 26, 2011

For reservations book online at www.rca.nf.ca or call the Hall 753-4531

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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 gerald@musicnl.ca

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

AWARDS NOMINATION CRITERIA 2010/2011

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
MusicNL
186 Duckworth Street
St. John’s, NL
A1C 1G5
Tel: (709) 754-2574
Fax: (709) 754-5758
www.musicnl.ca
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WRECKHOUSE JAZZ & BLUES TO ANNOUNCE LINEUP FOR 2011 WIJBF

June 1, 2011

St. John’s, NL – May 31st, 2011 – As the summer is fast approaching, Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues (WJB) is preparing to announce the artist lineup for the 10th annual Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival (WIJBF). Executive Director Liz Dunbar will be releasing the highly anticipated lineup on Wednesday, June 8th at 10:30am at the Rocket Bakery on Water Street. She is extremely excited to reveal to the public all of the details regarding this year’s festival taking place from July 13th – 16th as once again downtown St. John’s will be flooded with the rhythms and sounds of different styles of music from all across the globe.

In what is sure to be the most exciting year yet for the festival, Wreckhouse Jazz and Blues gives the people of St. John’s a unique opportunity to experience music and culture from all around the world during 4 jam packed days of concerts, workshops, and events. Since the festival began in 2001 it has grown exponentially in size and numbers, having an increase in audience of almost 400% in previous years. In this milestone year, the WIJBF promises to be the biggest event on the St. John’s Arts and Entertainment scene in 2011!

This year’s festival is sure to have a wider variety of international music than ever before, adding to the musical diversity in St. John’s. Featuring over 100 internationally acclaimed artists and the best talent Newfoundland has to offer, the 10th annual Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival is sure to be one to remember.

Come join WJB on June 8th at 10:30am at the Rocket Bakery for some fantastic live entertainment as the exciting lineup for the 2011 Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival is announced, running from July 13th – 16th in downtown St. John’s.

To keep up to date with the latest festival details, check out WJB on our website,  facebook, twitter, myspace, and wordpress.

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For more information please contact:
Ben Waring at 709-739-7734
ben@wreckhousejazzandblues.com

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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

and

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.

Questions?

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: roz@cfm820.ca

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The Importance of Early Musical Involvement: A Retrospective

May 31, 2011
Santa Teresa High School  Jazz Band

Image by San Jose Library via Flickr

Article by: Devin Grant

Music. For many of us, imagining a world without it is unthinkable, almost tantamount to losing a part of ourselves. But while music is now so clearly a part of our lives in one way or another, it’s important to remember the gifts that it has given us along the way, and the benefits that it can bestow early in life. Finding myself working with music for the summer has made me think back on all of the ways that music has affected my life to this point, and being thankful for that past I feel the need to share these benefits, in the hope that young (potential) musicians can experience the same friendly, supportive helping hand that music has granted me.

Academic Benefits

In this section I aim to speak not from personal experience (that would be a tad pompous) but from the much more persuasive statistics. Many studies have shown a strong correlation between participation in music and academic success, particularly in mathematics. The links aren’t hard to find; it doesn’t take much effort to connect rhythms and fractions, mathematical formulae can be (and have been) written to mimic melodies, and the complexities of a skilled composition are mirrored in the many facets of a complicated equation. However, the academic benefits are not limited simply to mathematics; one study conducted in Southern California showed that students involved in musical extra-curricula’s such as band or choir on average had a GPA over half a point higher than their non-musical counterparts. Some studies have gone as far as to say that music majors have the highest SAT scores in all areas (as a math major I find that hard to believe, but we’ll leave it to the experts). Regardless, it is undeniable that music positively impacts academic success and it’s not hard to see why. Between building analytical skills from reading and understanding musical scores, to the work ethic gained by the necessity of regular practice, music teaches children many important skills for academia.

Social Benefits

While a somewhat obvious benefit, this certainly merits mention considering its importance. Anyone who has been involved in musical groups can tell you that it is practically unavoidable that you will make new friends through music. Many of my friendships started and matured through music, resulting in some of my very closest friends, as well as having friends living all across the country. They say that an important part of a friendship is having common interests, and when meeting through music this first requirement is already met. Regular practices as well as performances and other occasions provide the perfect grounds to foster a new friendship. Speaking from personal experience, music offers a venue for many otherwise shy, introverted people to break out of their shell. Whether it be playing solos, belting out a spectacular note, or simply performing as part of a group, music allows these people to make themselves heard in a venue where they can feel accepted and comfortable with themselves.

Personal Benefits

This is perhaps one of the more overlooked benefits granted by musical involvement. As mentioned in the previous section, music offers a place where people can begin to express themselves socially and break out of their shell. What comes with this opportunity is a means to grow as a person, especially where confidence is involved. I for one was very unconfident throughout my elementary and junior high school years, until jazz band, choir, and musical theatre performances gave me a chance to push myself into roles that I had never seen myself filling up to that point, making solo performances and even resulting in performing a 60’s love song in a white tuxedo (anyone who knows me well remembers this event, whether fondly or not is a point of contention). It’s hard to find a medium other than music that allows someone to push and improve themselves as much as music does. Of course emotionally, music has always been an incredibly important mode of self-expression, whether one is performing, composing, or simply listening. The connection between music and the human psyche is one of the strongest there is, and having music as a part of one’s life is truly a gift at a time filled with emotional turmoil. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but often the way to your own heart is through your ears.

Despite everything written above, the effect music can have on a young person truly can’t be expressed in words. Those of us who have lived it know how it feels, and we can only hope that many more of future generations will experience it for themselves. My message to today’s youth: play early, and play often.

Related Articles:

http://www.childrensmusicworkshop.com/advocacy/studentdevelopment.html (Children’s Music Workshop)

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Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Announces new Chair

May 30, 2011

May 30, 2011, St. John’s, NL – The Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council (NLAC) is pleased to announce that Tom Gordon has been elected as its new Chair.

Gordon is a professor of music at Memorial University. From 2000 to 2010 he served as the director of the School of Music there. A music historian by training, Gordon remains a pianist at heart and is frequently heard at the piano as an accompanist to singers. His performances have been broadcast by both the French and English networks of CBC in concerts from the “Music at Memorial” (St. John’s) and “Musique chez nous” (Sherbrooke, Québec) recital series. Gordon’s musicological research has focused on early modernism: Stravinsky and on the French avant-garde of the early twentieth century. A more recent research interest has centred on Moravian music in the Inuit communities of coastal Labrador.

Prior to adopting Newfoundland and Labrador as his home, Gordon held teaching and administrative positions at Bishop’s University and the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University). He was for a time, director of Centennial Theatre in Lennoxville Québec and co-founder and artistic director of Sherbrooke’s new music collective, Ensemble Musica Nova.

“Newfoundland and Labrador’s creative vitality is arguably its most important natural resource,” says Gordon. “I look forward to working with artists, communities and government to assure that this wellspring of creativity continues to bring distinction to the province and enrichment to its people.”

Gordon was first appointed to the NLAC as a music representative in 2008.

The co-vice chairs of the NLAC are Derek Norman (film representative) and Randall Maggs (writing representative).

Media enquiries:

Janet McDonald
Communications Officer
Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council
(709) 726-2212
jmcdonald@nf.aibn.com
www.nlac.nf.ca
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Canadian Federation of Musicians’ Member Services workshop Moved to Evening, May 12th

May 11, 2011

The Canadian Federation of Musicians’ Member Services workshop originally scheduled for 10 AM – 3 PM on Thursday, May 12th will now be held in a shorter format from 7-8 PM. This FREE workshop will be held at the Gower Street United Church Hall in St. John’s. This valuable session is open to all performers and working musicians. They will provide coffee, tea and baked goods for those who attend.

The workshop will explain your rights as a performer, songwriter or composer, how to use contracts to protect yourself when you perform, tour or record and details of services provided to musicians by the Canadian Federation of Musicians, services which include the musicians’ national pension plan, insurance services, co-funding for free admission public and educational concerts, touring support, visas for US performances and information services for both members and non-members.

A number of musicians were interested in the workshop but told us they would have difficulty attending on a weekday during the daytime. So they decided to reschedule and compress the event so more musicians can benefit from the session.

This event is FREE but pre-registration is recommended. Register by calling 709-722-8005 or by emailing info@cfm820.ca.

The Members Concert will still go ahead as planned in the Gower Street United Church Hall immediately following the workshop.

If you attend the 7-8 PM workshop you are welcome to stay for the concert which is also free of charge for anyone at the workshop.

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