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A Provincial Perspective - News from Across Canada

Music Industry Associations across Canada are busy developing professional development and promotional activities for their members. There are 10 provincial and territorial music industry associations representing thousands of members who are active in the music industry from coast to coast, including artists, managers, publicists, agents, educators, promoters and other music industry entrepreneurs.

Here is a snapshot of some of their recent news:

The Alberta Music Awards are back!

On November 5, 2011 four individuals will be feted at the Art Gallery of Alberta in Edmonton at the first provincial awards in Alberta in a decade.

When they joined the Western Canadian Music Alliance in 2001, Alberta Music put their own annual awards show on hold but this year they are reinstating the time-honoured tradition. Past ceremonies honoured individuals including Jann Arden, Tommy Banks, David Foster, Ian Tyson, Holger Petersen, Dick Damron, The Emeralds, Hank Smith, Joni Mitchell, The Stampeders, and Wilf Carter.

In its new form, the Alberta Music Awards will acknowledge the success of four most deserved individuals in the categories of:
  • Emerging Artist/Group – Winner announced the evening of the Awards Show,
  • Industry Builder – Maryanne Gibson,
  • Heritage – Hal Yerxa, and
  • Hall of Fame/ Lifetime Achievement – Country Superstar Paul Brandt.
The evening will consist of a Champagne Reception, Awards Ceremony, and will wrap with an Industry After Party celebration. Tickets are available for purchase through www.amia.ca or by calling 1-800-465-3117.

Alberta Music also welcomed four new members to its Board of Directors at their AGM last week:
  • Aimee Hill (All Access Entertainment)
  • Candice Elder (Cantos Music Foundation)
  • Jinting Zhao (PopFizz Productions), and
  • Nik Kozub (Shout Out Out Out Out, Normals Welcome Records, along with many other music endeavors)

Meanwhile, a bit further East, Manitoba Music is once again getting ready for a showcase of Manitoba artists at a great venue.

On October 11, five acclaimed Manitoba roots and folk acts are poised to take over New York, long recognized as the major hotbed of the folk music scene in North America. Legendary NYC venue The Living Room will play host to an exciting concert featuring ethereal singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ruth Moody (of Billboard-topping trio The Wailin' Jennys), Juno Award-winning soul/roots quintet Chic Gamine, celebrated singer/songwriter Del Barber, all-female old time bluegrass quartet Oh My Darling, and acoustic troubadour JP Hoe.

Chic Gamine, photo courtesy Manitoba Music.

"Manitoba has a well-deserved global reputation for its roots and folk artists. We're excited to be making our first trip to this fantastic city and introducing the New York music scene to these incredibly talented artists, all of whom are very active on the international stage," said Sara Stasiuk, executive director of Manitoba Music, the concert's presenter.

The New York showcase is an initiative of Manitoba Music's Market Development Program, which is funded by the Government of Canada and Province of Manitoba through the Canada-Manitoba Economic Partnership Agreement, and by FACTOR with the support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters.

For more info about the bands, Manitoba Music, please visit www.manitobamusic.com.

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