Aboriginal Music Manitoba's Annual General Meeting | July 17, 2014

Posted by Alan Greyeyes
June 2, 2014

Aboriginal Music Manitoba's
Thursday, July 17, 2014
The King's Head Pub, 120 King Street

Meeting: 6:00pm
Admission: free with RSVP

Snacks will be served
RSVP Required

Please RSVP to alan@ammb.ca.


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New partnership for Aboriginal Music Week, JUNO Award winner to headline

Posted by Alan Greyeyes
May 28, 2014

George LeachAboriginal Music Manitoba (AMM) is excited to be partnering with the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre (Ma Mawi) on a free community celebration during Aboriginal Music Week 2014 (August 20 - 24).

The event will be held at the Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre in Winnipeg's north end on Thursday, August 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and JUNO Award winning blues rocker George Leach will be the concert headliner. A free BBQ and music workshops for youth are also planned for the celebration.

"Our partnership with Ma Mawi will give families in the north end a chance to walk to one of the biggest concerts that we have planned for Aboriginal Music Week this year,” says Alan Greyeyes, AMM chairperson. "I'm also excited to see how the kids at Tuttle Island react when they see George Leach perform. He spent a couple days doing workshops with them during our festival last year and I don't think they actually knew how great he is."

Aboriginal Music Week 2014 is set for August 20 - 24. It will include three big community celebrations, three outdoor concerts, two nightclub concerts, and two of the only networking events for the Aboriginal music community in Canada. The first group of performers will be announced on June 11, with the full festival lineup going public on June 25. 

About George Leach (Facebook | SoundCloud | Website)
George Leach is a JUNO Award winning blues and rock recording artist from the Stl'atl'imx Nation. He quickly became a fan favourite after the release of his debut album Just Where I'm At in 2000. His follow up album, Surrender, is the result of 13 years of living, learning, trial, error, falling and getting up, winning and losing, breaking up, making up, and writing through it all. The album’s 11 tracks offer ample proof that the time was well spent.

About Aboriginal Music Week
Aboriginal Music Week was launched in 2009 to develop Aboriginal youth as an audience for live music. The festival presents between 25 and 35 First Nation, Métis, Inuit, Native American, and Indigenous bands each year. It is held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and is produced by Aboriginal Music Manitoba.

Aboriginal Music Manitoba would like to acknowledge the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, the SOCAN Foundation, the Province of Manitoba, the Manitoba Arts Council, and the Winnipeg Arts Council for their financial support of Aboriginal Music Week 2014.

Aboriginal Music Manitoba would like to acknowledge the Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation, Manitoba Public Insurance, the Year of Music, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and Kimiwan Zine for their support of Aboriginal Music Week 2014.

Visit aboriginalmusicweek.ca for more information about the festival.

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2014 JUNO Awards calling for Rap Recording submissions

Posted by Press Release
October 7, 2013

2014 JUNO SubmissionsToronto, ON (October 4, 2013) - The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced that the 2014 JUNO Awards is now accepting submissions in the category of Rap Recording of the Year. The 2014 festivities will be hosted in Winnipeg, MB, with JUNO Week running from March 24th - March 30th. The 43rd Annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast on CTV on Sunday March 30th, 2014.

Collectively, the Rap Advisory Committee continues to make strides in developing outreach to rap artists across the country, both English and Francophone, to increase the number of submissions in this category. As a result of these concentrated efforts, the number of submissions received by CARAS in the category of Rap Recording of the Year has been steadily rising since the category was established in 1990. By partnering with radio shows, online magazines and DJs across the country, the committee hopes to continue to raise awareness throughout the community about the submissions and judging process, specifically for rap artists.

The Rap Advisory Committee includes seasoned label representative and Co-Chair, Jay Devonish (eOne Entertainment), and accepting the role of Co-chair this year is Kyle Kraft of Battle Axe/ Krafty Entertainment. As the founder of artist career development company Krafty Entertainment, and a founding partner of music publishing company Battle Axe Music, Kyle has also been involved in running a successful independent record label and in the booking and promotion of over 1,000 concerts. He currently focuses primarily on guiding artists’ careers, while lending his expertise to several initiatives supporting artists and the musical community. His predecessor, David "Click" Cox (Stylus Awards), will remain on the committee as a contributor. Other committee members include: Alan Greyeyes (Manitoba Music), Darryl Rodway (Urbnet), Dice B (CINQ 102.3FM), Don Smooth (K103FM), Greg Baptiste (Bell Media), Jay Swing (Donnelly Group/NationOfMillions.ca), Jesse Plunkett (HipHopCanada.com), Jody Laraya (Universal Music Canada), Marlon Wilson, (Music for Mavericks/Politic Live), Melissa "DJ MelBoogie" Langley (DJ/Publicist), Rez (CityOnMyBack.com), and RS Smooth (DJ/Radio Host).

The JUNO Awards have been proven to be an excellent networking vehicle, not only for artists who win, but also for nominees and/or participants in various JUNO Awards events.

2013 Rap nominee, JD Era, had this to say about his JUNO nomination: "Being nominated for a JUNO Award is a huge accomplishment in Canadian music. Regardless of the genre, its something that's recognized worldwide and should be celebrated. My nomination last year opened numerous doors for my career and its something I'm very proud of." Other previous nominees include Checkmate, Choclair, Classified, Concise, D-Sisive, DL Incognito, Drake, Dubmatique, Eternia, k-os, Kardinal Offishall, Sans Pression, Shad, Sweatshop Union, and Swollen Members.

2014 JUNO Awards Submissions:

Submission can be made online at http://junosubmissions.ca.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to be considered for nomination, a submission’s release date must fall between September 1, 2012 and November 13, 2013.

PLEASE NOTE: Both ALBUMS and SINGLES are eligible for nomination. If you released a big single but didn’t release a full-length album, you could still be nominated. Last year’s winner, Classified, won the Rap Recording of the Year for his single “Inner Ninja” featuring David Myles.

Early Bird Submission Deadline Date is 5:00 p.m. EST on October 23rd, 2013.

The Final Submission Deadline is 5:00 p.m. EST on November 13, 2013.

Submission Fees and Deadlines:

CARAS offers an early bird submission fee to those who submit between October 1, 2013 and October 23, 2013. CARAS members receive a reduced submission fee applicable for both the early bird deadline as well as the final deadline. If you are eligible to submit, you are eligible for membership. Please visit www.carasonline.ca/members for more membership information.

The submission fee can be paid online with a credit card or by cheque.

October 1 – 23, 2013 (Early Bird Deadline)

$35 for CARAS Members

$60 for non-members

October 24 – November 13, 2013 (Final Deadline)

$70 for CARAS Members

$90 for non-members

January 7, 2014 (Deadline for Album and International Album of the Year)

$70 for CARAS Members

$90 for non-members

How it works:

340 Judges – Each year, judges are recruited for each of the 36 adjudicated categories to judge the material that is submitted. These individuals are responsible for listening to each of the submissions and voting for the best product in the genre. The judges change each year and are spread out in different facets of the music industry and different regions throughout Canada.

50 Nominating & Voting Committee Members – The Nominating & Voting Committee is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the JUNO Awards. It is their responsibility to monitor any changes within the industry as it relates to the awards. The committee brings any necessary changes to the attention of the Board of Directors.

190+ Music Advisory Committee Members - Each category has an associated advisory committee that is responsible for ensuring that each of the submissions in their specific genre meets the required qualifications for the JUNO Awards.


Melissa Langley
MelBoogie Media

For more information on CARAS and the JUNO Awards, contact:
Adrienne Kakoullis
Holmes Creative Communications
(416) 628-5610

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