In December we asked new artists to submit their best songs and you voted on them. The idea is to give a leg up to people new to this business we call show, and to do it with a little ceremony.
It’s not always easy to get your sounds out there, so Manitoba Music is giving the Fiver bands one year memberships. The “winner” (chosen by an industry panel) is on this very cover and will get to record at Collector Studio with Will Grierson and Arthur Antony. Maybe we’ll come up with a few more goodies between press time and the show, who knows.
Come on out to The West End Cultural Centre on January 15 to see The Janzen Boys, Carey J. Buss, Somebody Language and the Way it Feels, autumn still and Mabel’s Flight play an industry showcase. Doors are at 7:15, show at 8pm, $10 at the door, all ages.
There are many contradictions at the heart of Somebody Language, the creative musical brainchild of songwriter and frontman Benjiman Figler. This singer-songwriter project is also a huge, sometimes eight-piece band.
The Janzen Boys have come a long way from after-dinner sing-alongs and silly hallway jingles.
The members of up-and-comers autumn still are a humble group - too humble to even use capital letters in their band name. “We’re not looking to be in-your-face,” vocalist and bassist Bethany Swanson says with a smile.
Carey J. Buss first picked up a guitar at age 12 after hearing his dad’s copy of AC/DC’s Back in Black on a primitive cassette tape. But it was a piece of life-changing advice - “If you can’t find the music you really want to listen to, make it yourself” - that inspired him to dust off his guitar and start writing songs of his own in 2013.
Most of the musicians in Mabel’s Flight are still in their final year of high school, but that isn’t stopping the band from starting to establish itself in Winnipeg’s indie music scene.