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BC Creators nominated for 2020 Prism Prize Awards

The 2020 edition of the annual show celebrating the best of Canadian music videos and their creators will take place on Thursday, July 23 at 5:00 PM PST on PrismPrize.com and the @PrismPrize FacebookTwitter and YouTube channels.

Following the cancellation of the 2020 Prism Prize Grand Prize screening and awards presentation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prism Prize decided to keep all previously announced Top 20 artists in the running for the Grand Prize. A jury of over 120 Canadian creative arts professionals voted to determine the winner who will be awarded $20,000, increased from $15,000 thanks to a contribution from Stingray. Each of the runners-up listed in the Top 20 will receive a $500 cash prize courtesy of Slaight Music and RBCxMusic. The Audience Award will also be announced, a fan-voted prize awarded to a video from the Top 20.

Along with the Grand Prize and Audience Award winners, the Prism Prize will recognize several Special Award recipients in the upcoming virtual show including a new honour, the Willie Dunn Award. This is named after the groundbreaking Canadian singer-songwriter, film director and politician William “Willie” Dunn, whose 10-minute film for The Ballad of Crowfoot is often cited as “the first Canadian music video.” The award is presented to a Canadian trailblazer who has demonstrated excellence within the music video production community. The recipient is asked to select an emerging Canadian music video creative to receive a $5,000 cash grant. The Willie Dunn Award’s mandate is to encourage the professional development of diverse creators within the Canadian music video industry.

The recipient of the Willie Dunn Award will be announced alongside honourees for the Special Achievement Award (Presented by Slaight Music, established to recognize an exceptional contribution to music video art on the world stage), the Hi-Fidelity Award (Supported by FACTOR, established to recognize recording artists who utilize music video in innovative ways), and the Lipsett Award (Sponsored by iHeart Radio, established to celebrate a unique approach to music video art) in the lead-up to the July 23rd show.

Below is a list of the British Columbia artists who are among the Top 20.


Debby Friday, Fatal

Directors: Debby Friday & Ryan Ermacora


Said the Whale, Record Shop

Director: Johnny Jansen

 

Sam Tudor, Joseph in the Bathroom
Director: Lucas Hrubizna

 

Jordan Klassen, Virtuous Circle
Director: Farhad Ghaderi

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SoundON Brings British Columbians Together to Show Resilience and Celebrate the Power of Live Music

SoundON is a province-wide campaign and resilience fund to help bring British Columbia’s music community back together and provide desperately needed support to those connected to the sector – artists, presenters, production staff and venues. The first project of its kind in Canada, it is the ultimate in community and collaboration as it brings together industry members from across the province with one common goal – to bring the province’s vibrant music industry back to life.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the once effervescent music industry in BC,” says Lindsay MacPherson, Executive Director at Music BC. “It is a pain that has been felt by so many, especially those working in arts and culture. A group of leaders from across the industry have come together to collaborate on a way to bring back life to the sector. We have everyone from city officials, promoters, presenters, venues, production, and artists working on the project. Our aim is to be highly collaborative, in an unprecedented way, to bring our beloved industry back.”

The music industry in BC was among the first sectors to be closed due to COVID and will be among the last to reopen, a scenario that is predicted to create devastating consequences for the industry. Without immediate action, more than 90% of Canadian independent music venues are anticipated to permanently close within the next six months.

Tonye Aganaba by Lindsey Blane Creative

SoundON will fund and stream uniquely curated content through the lens of festivals and presenters. With the help of public funding, corporate sponsors, and individual donors, SoundON aims to put economic flow back into the industry. This will allow people to return to work as soon as possible – while sparking hope for those affected by the pandemic. The website also provides music lovers worldwide a whole new way to discover music in BC. Amazing shows from across our province will be featured, all on one free website.

SoundON is produced by a volunteer collective from the music sector, who are passionate about making a difference. It is a fluid, multifaceted project that will be rolled out in several stages. The first stages, announcing today, invite presenters from across BC to apply to curate shows that will be streamed on SoundON.ca beginning July.

An anticipated 100 shows will be produced to showcase the incredible diversity of British Columbia’s music community. While shows will be free to watch on SoundON.ca, donations will be encouraged to help fund the project through its ongoing phases.

“This is a tale of resiliency and one we’re excited to share with British Columbia,” says Eduardo Ottoni, Producer of SoundON. “Music and gathering are at the heart of every vibrant culture, and something that gives joy to so many people. The pandemic has not only had a devastating economic impact, but an emotional one. Our aim is to be a beacon of resilience during the pandemic and beyond.”

SoundOn is presented in part with initial funding from Creative BC, the Province of British Columbia, several corporate sponsors, and private funders.

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British Columbia 2020 JUNO Award Winners

Yesterday evening, the 2020 JUNO Awards took place in a new form, through an hour-and-a-half-long pre-recorded special, delivering a night of celebration for Canada’s music industry and fans, featuring performances from Alessia Cara, iskwē, Neon Dreams, and The Dead South.

See the list of British Columbia talent that were awarded this year below.

 

JACK RICHARDSON PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
Ben Kaplan
“Brittle Bones Nicky” BRITTLE BONES NICKY – Rare Americans Independent
“It’s Alright” (co-producer Ryan Guldemond) DANCE AND CRY – Mother Mother Universal

 

 

RECORDING ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
“Dividido (feat. Silvana Estrada)” SUBLIME – Alex Cuba Caracol*Fontana North

 

 

DANCE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Love Me
Felix Cartal & Lights
Physical Presents*Fontana North

 

ADULT CONTEMPORARY ALBUM OF THE YEAR 
Shine A Light
Bryan Adams
Universal

 

 

CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR: SOLO OR CHAMBER
Angela Schwarzkopf
Redshift
Detach Record Label

View the full list of B.C. nominees.

Emergence 2020, Mentorship Workshop Series for Young Women & Female-identified Musicians & Singers

Emergence is a series of free interactive mentoring sessions with powerful women performers from a wide range of genres, styles, and cultures running from June 27th to November 28th. The series was created for young women and female-identified musicians and singers to learn, bond with like-minded individuals, and gain support from a panel of highly experienced mentors from a wide variety of backgrounds within the music industry.

 

 

These sessions take place as opportunities for:

  • Networking
  • Getting Gigs
  • Showcasing
  • Funding
  • Promotion
  • Stage Presence
  • Merchandising

Emergence 2020 mentors include Dee Daniels, Jodi Proznick, Mary Ancheta, Shari Ulrich, Mei Han, Dierdre Morgan, and Krystle Dos Santos. Read more about the talented mentors on Emergence’s website.

Emergence BC is administered by the Red Chamber Cultural Society — to assist and promote those who are visible minorities and in marginalized communities achieve their musical aspirations.

Celebrate International Women’s Day at Let’s Hear It!


Mamarudegyal MTHC

On March 7th, Music BC and Cushy Entertainment are hosting a live showcase in celebration of International Women’s Day. The line-up features Turunesh, Mamarudegyal MTHC,  Missy D, DJ Denise and special guest host Tonye. This event is brought to us in part by Music BC’s Let’s Hear It! showcases.


Tonye

The showcase series offers a unique chance for artists to establish a sense of community by connecting with fans and members of the music industry through live performances and meaningful networking experiences. Let’s Hear It! champions the development of emerging artists and encourages inclusion and diversity in BC’s music industry.

 

 


Missy D (bottom left) Turunesh (top right)

Music BC is a non-profit society serving the British Columbia music industry by providing essential information, education, funding, advocacy, showcasing, and networking opportunities. Music BC is dedicated to developing the spirit, growth, and sustainability of the BC music community by supporting artists of all genres and music professionals throughout the industry.

Let’s Hear It! Live is supported by Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia, The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR) and the Government of Canada.

Purchase tickets here.

The B.C. Artists nominated for 2020 JUNO Awards

 

Canada’s West Coast sweeps up multiple JUNO Award nominations for Canada’s biggest night in music.

 

Among the nominees are namesake and rising talent from British Columbia. View the full list of British Columbian nominees below.


Steve Bays

Producer of the Year

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Juno Fan Choice, Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Bryan Adams
Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, Adult Contemporary Album of the Year

Michael Buble
Album of the Year

Black Mountain
Alternative Album of the Year

Ben Kaplan 
Jack Richardson Producer of the Year

Dan Bremnes 
Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year

Ryan Worsley 
Recording Engineer of the Year

Bria Skonberg
Vocal Jazz Album of the Year 

Chor Leoni
Classical Album of the Year: Vocal or Choral

Felix Cartal & Lights
Dance Recording of the Year

Johnny Jansen
Music Video of the Year

April Verch
Traditional Roots Album of the Year

 

The Juno Awards take place in March 2020 in Saskatoon. For the full list of nominees, visit the official JUNO website.

An Interview With Warren Dean Flandez, Musician and Founder of Studio Cloud 30

“We need leaders who are fearless.”– Warren Dean Flandez

Warren Dean Flandez was born in Yellowknife, which he describes as ‘the coldest place on Earth.’ He then went on to live in Edmonton and Vancouver, he remembers the cold, and he also remembers the music.

“There was always music spinning in our household, and it’s been a big part of my life ever since.” When Warren was 15, he was diagnosed with asthma and someone told him to try voice lessons to help improve his lung capacity. He started taking lessons and discovered he loved singing. “My first vocal coach told me I was awful and that I should stop and try something different. It’s horrible that they can do that – break your spirit. I hit a crossroads – do I give up, like so many people do, or say screw it and follow through.”

Warren’s love of music persevered and has continued to hold a powerful place in his life. Upon moving to Vancouver without having many friends, he thinks he could have fallen into depression had it not been for music. “That summer, I joined a choir. Music saved me in a lot of ways.”

Warren started singing professionally. Despite the fact that it is not always smooth sailing in this industry, he couldn’t imagine doing anything else.  “I’ve been dropped, albums have been shelved, it’s been an insane ride. I’ve had so many highs and lows in my career, and I just kept dusting myself off and trying again after every fall.”

That was his inspiration when he launched Studio Cloud 30, a music school for novice and professional musicians. Within four months of launching the school, he had outgrown his space. Eight years later, he has three locations around Greater Vancouver, countless instructors and students, and a message that music is medicine. “People come to us for so many different reasons. They might have dreams of being a pop star or they might be suffering from PTSD, they might be going through a divorce or be on the autism spectrum. We know that music and songwriting can be very therapeutic.”

A few years ago, Warren became a father and thought that he might stop playing music professionally. Instead, he followed his heart and found his way back to the music that first inspired him as a musician.
“My wife inspired me to go back to my gospel roots, and so I did an independent, self-released gospel crossover album. The response was insane!”

As an artist, Warren believes that none of this would have been possible without the support of organizations like Creative BC. “Creative BC has been incredible. The music industry can change like the wind, and Creative BC gives you the flexibility you need. Dates get pushed, the climate changes, you don’t get the producer you wanted – things change. Yet, they are supportive of the journey, not of a singular outcome.”

Warren truly believes that music is for everyone. “My music falls between so many different sounds. There’s a mixed bag of influences, combined with my ethnicity or cultural ambiguity, and it’s been a blessing and a curse. For years, no one got me, but I’m excited to see the music industry coming back to appreciate music from the soul, music you can feel.”