The 2018 Juno Award Nominations have just been announced and we are happy to congratulate Kid Koala on his nomination for Electronic Music Album of The Year for Music To Draw To: Satellite, and Esmerine (Jean-Sébastien Denis, Ian Ilavsky, Guy L'Heureux) on their nomination for Album Artwork of the Year!
There comes a point in every artist’s career when they reach their maximum capacity for emails and logistics, and consider adding other members to their team: managers, publicists, booking agents. With a massive undersupply of these types of roles in any given city, artists are often faced with the tough task of selling themselves, and not the other way around. How does one find the right people to add to your team, and what does it take to convince them to work with you? Ryhna Thompson, along with a panel of six other industry professionals will be discussing these questions on February 9th at 2:30pm at the Metcalfe Hotel (123 Metcalfe).
The winner of Best Game Audio was Floor Kids, developed by MERJ Media from Canada. Floor Kids is a break dance battle game that rewards musicality, originality and style. It can be played in solo freestyle mode or in two player battles.
"We didn't even know about the Canadian National Brass Project (CNBP) until last July, when a tuba-playing colleague tipped us off to its existence. Comprising first chairs from the brass sections of 15 North American orchestras, the all-Canadian CNBP was founded in 2015 and its members get together briefly each summer to give concerts. If you're among the lucky few who have heard a CNBP performance, then you'll already know what we discovered upon hitting play on the group's debut, self-titled album: this is an awesome, mind-blowing ensemble!" - CBC Radio 2
Envisions president and founder Ryhna Thompson is currently travelling with a delegation from the Canadian International Music Association on a business mission to San Francisco, which includes attendance at the San Francisco MusicTech Summit.
Mechanics Of Dominion is perhaps Esmerine's most dynamic and narratively-informed work, tracing an arc through Neo-Classical, Minimalist, Modern Contemporary, Folk, Baroque, Jazz and Rock idioms to invoke lamentation, meditation, resolve, resistance and hope. It is a requiem for our intractably suffering planet and a paean to the inscrutable, essential dignity of indigenous ethics and the natural world, and to modern human frailty and ingenuity.
In a premiere of new work, On Me, commissioned by The Music Center On Location and set entirely to the music of Tim Hecker, Jacob Jonas The Company blends contemporary ballet with breakdance and acrobatics to explore the idiom, “to carry the weight of the world on one’s shoulders.”