Posts

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 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

bbno$
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.

Rob Thomson, Music Curator, Full Circle

Rob Thomson has been playing music since 2003, yet music has been a part of his life since he was born. His dad’s a musician, his sister’s a musician, and music has always been in their house. 

As a teenager, Rob didn’t talk much with his dad, and so music became a way for them to connect. “I remember seeing him up on stage, this long-haired, Native dude playing guitar, and realizing, my dad’s pretty cool! I guess it was a natural progression to form a family band.”

Music has always been a way for Rob to connect with his heritage. Music helped him find bits and pieces of his culture, and it showed him that music could help tell a story. Rob believes that the story is growing. “When I started to play music, it was about myself. Then, it was about the people around me and my life experiences. Now that I’m in my 30s, with a daughter, I see now that it’s also about making a better world.”

When Rob first stepped into Full Circle more than ten years ago, it was as a performer. When the Olympics came to town, he had the opportunity to play in the house band at the Roundhouse Community Centre, in Vancouver. He was then asked to take on the role of music curator. He immediately connected with Creative BC to get some funding to do the kind of work he envisioned. “I had all of these ideas I wanted to do, and Creative BC helped make them a reality. I started to organize showcases and workshops, cultural training and outreach, all the while working on building relationships and collaborations. All of these things came together.”

When Rob first started teaching workshops, he wasn’t sure it was for him. “When I first started facilitating, it was the hardest thing I ever did. I was afraid I was inadequate. I was mostly self-taught, and was going into situations I knew nothing about.”

Rob now runs workshops around the province and beyond, providing resources, training, and best practices to Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists. For Rob, this path is one of constant learnings. He is always learning from his mentors who share with him what he did well and what he can do differently.

According to Rob, the best leaders are those who are compassionate and understanding while also holding people accountable. “When I lead a workshop, it’s a big balance of supporting people while also holding them responsible. I want to give people agency and then see what they can do.”

Rob believes the conversation around reconciliation has created a groundswell, as people are becoming more and more aware of Indigenous history and culture. “We are rich with artists and Indigenous music, people just didn’t know about us for many years. Now we have a studio space to create and to gather, and that’s been huge. We are starting to see the next wave in Indigenous music, built on the years and years of work that programmers and artists have done.”

In order to best support Indigenous artists, Rob believes we have to slow down. “We need time to develop healthy relationships, and that doesn’t happen overnight. Music connects all of us together, and can make us stronger. I didn’t realize that the work I do is community-based, that it’s grassroots, but it is. It’s the seed of development and a reflection of what’s going on in the world around us.”

Rob is a curator for Full Circle: First Nations Performance. They are hosting Talking Stick Festival from February 18-29.

$15 Million Dollar B.C. Music Fund Created

Premier Christy Clark and Michael Bublé at the announcement of the creation of the B.C. Music Fund.

Big news for B.C.’s music sector! The provincial government has announced the creation of a $15 million dollar B.C. Music Fund. This fund will help promote and facilitate British Columbia’s music sector across all regions of the province, stimulate more jobs for musicians and those working in the industry, and bring more celebration to the diverse musical talent native to our home province.

“B.C. is one of Canada’s leading centres for music with talented musicians in every corner of the province,” Premier Christy Clark said at the announcement of the B.C. Music Fund, on February 11, 2016. “Our record labels, recording studios, concert venues and music festivals draw people from all over the province, the country and the world. Music develops culture, promotes talent and diversifies our strong and growing economy.”

Creative BC will administer the $15 million dollar fund. It’s anticipated that the fund will touch upon every aspect of music that’s performed, recorded and created in B.C. Examples of how the new Music Fund could be used include creation of new live music venues, bringing musical acts on tour throughout British Columbia, strategic development to grow the music industry, and allowing more musical acts more access to record their work to be enjoyed by national and international listeners.

“You guys know that my story is not unlike many others who have had the privilege of building a career in music. For me, it happened right here in British Columbia,” said Michael Bublé, the Burnaby-born singer who is now known throughout the world. “Thanks to you Premier, people who want to pursue a music career here will be able to do so, and not have to leave home.”

In addition to Bublé, many other musical superstars have emerged from B.C. Sarah McLachlan, Bryan Adams, Carly Rae Jepsen, Nelly Furtado, David Foster, Diana Krall and Art Bergmann are just some of our notable musicians. As well, there are the bands like 54-40, Hedley, The Dave Matthews Band, Spirit of the West, Loverboy, D.O.A. and many others who hail from here.

B.C.’s music industry is an important creative catalyst, from live acts performing in venues to sound engineers working inside one of the 123 recording studios that can be found in our province. B.C. music is also a draw for tourism dollars, with local festivals attracting tens of thousands of visitors per year.

“British Columbia has become a hub for creation and innovation and we are so fortunate to have such a wealth of creative talent here in our province,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour. “Our music industry contributes to the cultural fabric of our province as well as attracting talent to our growing technology and tourism sectors helping to diversify our strong economy.”

We eagerly await to see what new opportunities and music talent emerge from the B.C. Music Fund.