As recording technology becomes more accessible, there are many options available to a new artist seeking to get their songs out there.
To get your band noticed amongst the sea of sounds, you need eye-catching music videos, album art and merchandise, even in the iTunes age.
CKUW 95.9 FM, the University of Winnipeg’s campus and community radio station, is the place to volunteer if you adore radio.
Every January since 2009, the Uniter has been putting the spotlight on local artists to watch (2008 profiled Canadians to watch, but included late locals the Liptonians). We thought we’d take a look back at the past picks and see what they’re up to.
Having not even compiled a proper 2013 mix (yet), this music nerd is now quickly thrust into anticipating what is coming out in 2014. Here’s a look at five artists with releases slated for the first few months of the year, as well as a short list of artists who have planned releases.
Winnipeg technical punk rock band Asado digitally released Equipped to Fail in May 2013, followed by a physical release in December, after spending two years putting the album together.
After releasing Animator in 2012 through Paper Bag Records and seeing it long-listed for the Polaris Music Prize the following year, Montreal experimental indie band The Luyas is starting to think about taking its next step.
When listening to such singers as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, with their powerful yet velvety singing voices, it might make you momentarily wish you had the ability to sing like that.
Boys just want to have fun.
Renowned horn soloist and conductor James Sommerville is coming to Winnipeg for one night of discussion and another evening of fantastic music.
Having never seen Shad perform a set, I didn’t know quite what to expect from the 31 year-old Juno Award-winning emcee when he took the stage at Union Sound Hall.
Toronto punk band PUP just released its debut self-titled album on October 8 through Royal Mountain Records, and its sophomore disc is right around the corner.
“(It’s) a bit like a recital,” Chic Gamine co-vocalist Alexa Dirks says of playing in her hometown of Winnipeg. “It’s mostly our family and friends, so I feel like we can have fun and make mistakes in front of them.”
Consistency and honesty are difficult to maintain in a fickle hip hop industry. More often than not (or than we’d like to think) artists fall out of favour, disappear after a one-and-done, or simply struggle to stay relevant amidst changing tastes and attitudes.
Laughter? Nope, it’s music.
Back in September, blues guitarist and singer/songwriter Little Miss Higgins released Bison Ranch Recording Sessions, an album compiled right here in Manitoba with local roots band The F-Holes.
This month Winnipeg electro dance-pop trio Hana Lulu releases its debut EP Keepsake and embarks on its first tour which includes stops in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa.
Winnipeg music vet Darryl Reilly (Subcity, the Afterbeat) and Zimbabwe-born vocalist Noma Sibanda first formed Guerrillas of Soul in 2010. After playing a few gigs as a democratic five piece, things fell apart but the duo kept going.
It’s always a treat to witness veteran musicians perform, and to see artists squeeze passion out of tracks they’ve been performing for decades. To spectators, it never gets old.
When someone says family band, the mind immediately jumps to something of the Partridge persuasion, the Carpenters, or Dr. Fünke’s 100% Natural Good-Time Family Band Solution. It’s no gimmick, but rather a way of life with local musician Sandy Taronno.