Category Archives: Updates

CMA Nominees – Breakout West

Jazz Artist of the Year

Al Muirhead

Pop Artist of the Year

Jocelyn Alice

Producer of the Year

Russell BroomRebecca Lappa/David Bradford/JP Maurice/The Static Shift   

Audio Engineering Award

Russell Broom - JP Maurice, Amy Metcalfe, Chixdiggit 

Spencer Cheyne - Jocelyn Alice, Ruben Young, Hello Moth, Al Muirhead 

2017 Hall of Fame Inductee

Paul Brandt

* Please note that that the Canadian Federation of Musicians is in labour dispute with the WCMAs. AFM members are restricted from performing for the awards until an agreement is reached.

 

CMA Nominees – 2017 CCMA Awards

Dean Brody

Fans' Choice - Cast your vote now

Album of the Year (Beautiful Freakshow)

Single of the Year ("Time")

Songwriter of the Year ("Time")

Video of the Year ("Time")

Country Music Program or Special of the Year (Coors Banquet One Horse Town)

*Bass Player of the Year

Chris Byrne

Lisa Dodd

Justin Kudding

*Drummer of the Year

Ben Bradley

*Fiddle & Specialty Instrument Player of the Year

Denis Dufresne - Banjo

*Guitar Player of the Year

Matty McKay

*Keyboard Player of the Year

Mike Little

*Steel Guitar Player of the Year

Mitch Jay

*Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Inductee

Paul Brandt

Congratulations and good luck to all!!!

 

CMA NOMINEES – 2017 YYC MUSIC AWARDS

COUNTRY RECORDING OF THE YEAR

JJ Shiplett – Something to Believe In

INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR

Kodi Hutchinson – JazzYYC, Producer, Radio Host & Director

Mike Little – Legion Lounge Studio, Producer, Musician & Mentor

JAZZ RECORDING OF THE YEAR

Al Muirhead – Northern Adventures – The Canada Sessions Vol. 1

Johnny Summers – When It’s Christmas Time

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

JJ Shiplett – Something to Believe In

Matt Blais – Set Me Free

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR

JJ Shiplett – Darling, Let’s Go Out Tonight

Matt Blais – Set Me Free

ROOTS/ FOLK RECORDING OF THE YEAR

JJ Shiplett – Something to Believe In

Matt Blais – Set Me Free

SINGER/ SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

JJ Shiplett – Something to Believe In

Matt Blais – Set Me Free

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

JJ Shiplett – Something to Believe In

Executive Committee Member, Tricia Edwards will be presenting the Industry Person of the Year Award. Congratulations and good luck to all!!!

P2 Visa Processing Update

Regular Processing: Submit your P2 package to CFM at least 75 calendar days prior to first performance. US Immigration reports a processing backlog for Regular Processing

Premium Processing: Submit your P2 package to CFM at least 30 days prior to first performance.

NOTE: When you submit a P2 application; you do so at your own risk. AFM does not have control over the decisions U.S. Immigration makes on their processing times. Therefore, USCIS processing times may increase/decrease at any time, without notice. The AFM’s suggested processing timelines are based on an internal weekly, observance of the average turnaround time from submission of application to receipt of approval.

 

Red Deer Symphony Auditions

The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra

Claude Lapalme, Music Director

Announces the following vacancies for the 2017-2018 season.

 Principal Trombone

Local Audition for this position is scheduled in Red Deer as follows:

September 18, 2017 (exact time TBD)

2017-2018 wages and conditions are as follows:

Principal Trombone – 15 guaranteed services: $141.96 per service. 9.5% EPW will be submitted to Musicians' Pension Fund of Canada on your behalf for all services.

Interested applicants should e-mail or mail a one-page resume to:

Dean O’Brien, Personnel Manager

3127 Breen Crescent NW, Calgary, AB T2L 1S6

Phone: (403) 284-5686

E-mail: mailto:rdsymph3@telus.net

Section First Violin

Local Audition for this position is scheduled in Red Deer as follows:

September 18, 2017 (exact time TBD)

2017-2018 wages and conditions are as follows:

Section First Violin – 23 guaranteed services: $118.30 per service. 9.5% EPW will be submitted to Musicians' Pension Fund of Canada on your behalf for all services.

Interested applicants should e-mail or mail a one-page resume to:

Dale Dickau, Executive Assistant

3827 39 St, Red Deer, AB T4N 0Y6

Phone: (403) 340-2948 • Fax: (403) 309-4612

e-mail: mailto:reddeersymphony2@telus.net

An audition list and location will be provided ONLY upon receipt of resume.

 

         

 

 

Red Deer Symphony Orchestra Music Librarian Job Posting

The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra is seeking a casual, contracted Music Librarian for the 2017-18 Season. The music librarian will oversee and prepare all music required for 7 to 10 concerts. This includes marking bowings, renting music and returning rentals, organizing, distributing and filing in the music library. The average number of musicians per service is approximately 30 and the time commitment will vary according to the program of each concert. The RDSO music library is located in Red Deer, Alberta.

Please apply with cover letter, resume, and remuneration expectations to: info@rdso.ca. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

 

Cello Camps with Morag Northey

Cello Camps with Morag Northey - July 3 – July 14     Registration Deadline June 15th

Seven Cello Camps: EarlyBird Technique, Young, Intermediate & Senior Solo & Chamber Ensemble and Evening Adult Cello Choir!

Dear Cellists, Teachers, Students and Families: 

Morag Northey celebrates her thirteenth year of providing magical summer learning experiences for cellists of all ages and stages where musician’s abilities develop at exciting rates in the highly motivating atmosphere created by working with like-minded peers in a positive, instructional, relaxed, fun and creative setting.  Given the chance to focus and receive constant pedagogical support, learning new or polishing former solo pieces, complimented by a varied range of ensemble repertoire, is exciting!

"My aim is to inspire students through healthy result-oriented learning that moves their playing forward with ease.  Friendships are built and strengthened while attending rehearsals, masterclasses, theory sessions, daily nature excursions, mind-focusing and stretching exercises and sharing delicious meals prepared by families with vibrant round table conversation and smiles!”

Please check out my website link at: http://moragnorthey.com/cello-string-camps to find a description of all the classes and further details! 

Come sing through your instrument as you discover, express, and collaborate with friends to move brilliantly forward on your cello journey!  

August 14 – 18th Registration Deadline June 15th.

Check out Morag’s Cello Camps in Wells B.C. at the Island Mountain Arts Summer School in the neatest little Art-Hub Mining town of Wells B.C  I will teach a cello camp intensive IMA’s morning session with an afternoon of ‘Singer SongWriting with your Cello and Harp’ co-teaching with harpist  Caroline Mackay.  Please see details at the with the click of this link!

 http://support-imarts.com/2017-harp-school/

 

 

Musicians in Labour Dispute with WCMA

 CFM Initiates Action Against Western Canadian Music Alliance

Musicians in Labour Dispute with WCMA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto, ON May 30, 2017 - Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM, the Canadian National office of the AFM) has entered into a labour dispute with the Western Canadian Music Alliance (WCMA), which has offices in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The WCMA operates the Breakout West Festival, an event which features an industry conference, presentation of the Western Canadian Music Awards and live performances of musicians in various public venues.

The WCMA is refusing to bargain a successor agreement with the CFM, "Without a collective agreement in place, the musicians are not guaranteed reasonable fees. In addition, there would be no pension, and no language to prevent the WCMA or broadcasters from recording and exploiting the performances, anywhere and in perpetuity," said Alan Willaert, Vice-President from Canada, American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada. "Despite receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in government grants and corporate sponsors, they have stated that musicians should not consider Breakout West a gig; they should consider it a 'networking opportunity'. Where is all that money going? Musicians have to pay the rent, like everyone else."

Numerous attempts have been made by the CFM to reach out to the WCMA representatives, who were served with a Notice to Bargain, but, they continue to stonewall. Therefore, as a last resort, the WCMA has been placed on the AFM's International Unfair List, naming them as an entity that refuses to negotiate a fair and equitable agreement for performances in association with this year's Breakout West Festival in Edmonton, Alberta. This has the effect of prohibiting members from accepting engagements from any organization so designated.

The Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM) is the Canadian National office of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM). The CFM provides vital resources to Canadian musicians at all stages of their careers, on any platform, from live concert to recorded performance, broadcast and film scoring. The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) is comprised of 200 local offices across the United States and Canada, collectively representing a membership of approximately 80,000 professional musicians across the United States and Canada. The AFM/CFM has been representing the interests of U.S. and Canadian musicians for 120 years, as the representative of professional musicians in a broad range of collective bargaining and legislative actions.

For more information please visit us at www.cfmusicians.org ׀ CFM on twitter׀ CFM on Facebook.

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Grant Writing Workshop – Lethbridge

Lethbridge artists: if you’re interested in applying for AFA Individual Project funding, have questions about the GATE Online Application system, or are seeking tips about grant application writing, we invite you our AFA Grant Writing Workshop.

Soar Presents a Grant Writing Workshop with David Folk and Jason Flammia of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. The workshop applies to all individual project grants from any discipline, and will include an hour where participants can ask questions related to the visual arts and music grant streams.

  • When: June 20, 2017 from 6-9
  • Where: Theatre Gallery, Lethbridge Public Library, Downtown Location

This workshop is free, but space is limited. Please register by contacting Jason Flammia.

Register now

Jason Flammia, Arts Development Consultant

T: 780-415-0297

E: jason.flammia@gov.ab.ca

David Folk, Arts Development Consultant

T: 780-415-0288

E: david.folk@gov.ab.ca