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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Aboriginal Music Week 2013: The week in review

Posted by Alan Greyeyes
October 2, 2013

 Aboriginal Music Week 2013 audienceAboriginal Music Week 2013 was really fun. We moved to August, we produced our first outdoor concerts, we enhanced our networking reception, new sponsors and partners joined the team, we added a fashion show to the festival, we hosted our first press conference, we presented artists from Mexico and Australia for the first time, and attendance grew by 1,478 people.

The move from November to August was definitely the biggest change and it worked out pretty well. Our partnership with Picnic in the Park on an outdoor concert netted the best results as close of 4,000 people took in the entertainment and activities on August 17. Our nightclub concerts on Friday and Saturday of the festival took the biggest hits, as attendance fell from approximately 380 people per night in years past to 159 on August 16 and 205 on August 17.

"My favorite part of Aboriginal Music Week was definitely the people," says Rheana Worme from Saskatoon. "There were so many talented Aboriginal people involved in the events and it made me proud to attend and meet some of them. The photographers, organizers, and of course the musicians were all so humble and thoughtful of their fans, friends and family. That it made it easy to have fun and enjoy yourself."

We also changed our youth engagement strategy a little this year. Instead of sending free tickets to Aboriginal organizations, we produced free outdoor concerts in multiple neighbourhoods so that families and youth could walk to the venues. It worked really well on the weekend, but the week day concerts didn't draw the crowds that we were hoping for and we're going to engage more partners next year to increase attendance.

Our festival sampler CD for Aboriginal Music Week 2013 was a big hit. We produced 2,000 copies that we distributed for free. A bulk of them went out to Aboriginal and Native American radio stations, while the rest were given away for free at a number of events in Winnipeg during this summer.

"Listening to all the artists on the Aboriginal Music Week 2013 CD has not only satisfied my need for great ear candy, but has also reminded me of how talented and unique our Aboriginal brothers and sisters truly are," says Lady Angela from CFWE FM radio in Alberta.

Festival highlights:

• Close to 4,000 people took in the entertainment at the AMW Stage presented by TD at Picnic in the Park on Saturday, August 17.

Norman Chief Memorial Dancers at Picnic in the Park

• Rain threatened to shut down the Spence Neighbourhood Block Party presented by the Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation on Sunday, August 18, but almost 500 people came out for the concert and free BBQ once everything was moved into the gym of the Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre (the sun came out shortly after everything was set up inside).

• Foodfare donated half of the food order for the free community BBQ at the Spence Neighbourhood Block Party presented by the Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation on Sunday, August 18.

• The festival produce it's first fashion show and APTN National News aired a story about it on August 20. Shayne Watson Designs and Turquoise Soul presented beautiful pieces at the Saturday Night 49er presented by Streetz FM on Saturday, August 17.


• Kim Wheeler ran our publicity campaign as a volunteer this year and had a number of the artists in back to back interviews before and during the festival. 14 media outlets also published or aired 23 stories about the festival and the bands (view the stories).

• The photo booth at the Digging Roots, Saturday Night 49er, and Derek Miller concerts was very popular and the photo galleries provide a glimpse of all the fun that the audiences and bands had during the festival this year.

• George Leach and Leela Gilday delivered 10 workshops to youth in Winnipeg at the Turtle Island Neighbourhood Centre, the North End Arts Centre at Ndinawemaaganag Endaawaad, Ka Ni Kanichihk, the McGregor Neighbourhood Site, and the Manito Ahbee Festival's Youth Gathering.

Leela Gilday

• Nick Sherman stole some hearts during his performance at the Pyramid Cabaret on Sunday, August 18. He also earned the most "likes" on the festival's Instagram profile afterwards.

• Open Mic presented by Grassroots News was a huge success, with guest performers hitting the stage non-stop from 9pm to 2am. APTN National News also aired a story about the event on August 22.

• The Indian Family Centre hosted a free BBQ during the Kristi Lane Sinclair presented by NCI FM concert on Monday, August 19. The concert was held on Selkirk Avenue in Winnipeg's north end, which is a neighbourhood that doesn't see a lot of live music.

• 33 Aboriginal radio stations in Canada and 11 Native American radio stations in the USA received 12 copies of the Aboriginal Music Week 2013 festival sampler CD so they could add the songs to their playlists and give away CDs to listeners.

• 29 blog posts were published on the aboriginalmusicweek.ca website earning a total of 2,798 "Likes" this year. The blog posts were used to draw attention to the festival and the accomplishments of Aboriginal artists year round.

• Aboriginal Music Week 2013 ended on August 22 with a sold out "secret show" featuring one of Canada's most recognizable DJ crews. 

Aboriginal Music Week 2014 is set for Wednesday, August 20 to Sunday, August 24 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The festival will include a number of outdoor stages, networking events for artists, nightclub concerts, and workshops for youth.

The Call for Submissions for Aboriginal Music Week 2014 is available online for any artists or bands who are interested in performance spots. The submission deadline is November 6, 2013.

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Call for Submissions: Aboriginal Music Week 2014

Posted by Alan Greyeyes
August 28, 2013

Digging RootsSUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Aboriginal Music Manitoba will be producing the sixth annual Aboriginal Music Week in Winnipeg next summer (exact dates to be confirmed) and the organization is currently accepting applications from First Nation, Inuit, Métis, Native American, and Indigenous recording artists for performance spots.

The 2014 festival schedule will include outdoor concerts, nightclub concerts, networking receptions, and collaborative exchanges in Winnipeg. Artists will receive performance fees for concerts but travel funds are limited.

To be considered for a performance spot, you must:
• Have a current or upcoming professional release (EP / full-length)
• Have at least two professional print resolution photographs
• Have a professional website
• Have a music video on YouTube or a quality video of yourself performing on YouTube
• Be willing to participate in an open mic during the festival
• Be willing to provide at least one song for the free download page on the festival website
• Accept the festival's radius clause for the city of Winnipeg (four months before the festival and one month after the festival)
• Have the ability to book your own flights (the festival may be able to pay a flight buyout, but we won't be handling any of the bookings)
• Be a nice person

NOTE: The radius clause does not apply to artists or bands that live in Winnipeg

Please submit the following in ONE email to alan@ammb.ca with download links to all files (NOTE: submissions that require multiple emails to deliver files will not be accepted):
• One-page biography
• A stage plot and tech rider for the performance that you would like us to book (complete our template and send us a list of the backline models you need if you don't already have a stage plot and tech rider)
• Two print resolution digital photos (minimum of 2mb in size or larger)
• A link for us to download your current or upcoming professional release (EP / full-length)
• Your website address
• Links to your video(s) on YouTube
• Your contact information (full name, mailing address, phone number, email, website)
• Contact information for your booking agent or the band member that handles booking (full name, mailing address, phone number, email, website)

Please send submissions in ONE email message to:
Subject Line: "Aboriginal Music Week 2013 submission"

Please feel free to contact alan@ammb.ca for more information about our Call for Submissions.

Please visit aboriginalmusicweek.ca for more information about the festival.

Incomplete submissions will not be considered (simply sending us a link to your Sonicbids profile or website will be considered an incomplete submission).

Submission that require multiple messages to deliver files will not be accepted.

Please upload all files to a download page on your own website or use a free service like DropBox to host everything.

George Leach

Leela Gilday

Norman Chief Memorial Dancers

DJ Kiss

Indian City

DJ Shub

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