The RAS Report: April 2017

Monday May 1 is Music Monday! Thousands of students across Canada will sing together in the world’s largest single event dedicated to raising awareness for music education. Concerts are taking place in cities and towns across the country, so we hope you will get out and enjoy a Music Monday event near you. You can tweet with us, too! #MMC2C2C www.musicmakesus.ca

The 21st Vision Quest Conference & Trade Show takes place May 16-18 in Winnipeg. Entrepreneurs, industry and business leaders, community organizations, innovators, and youth, will come together for this premiere Aboriginal business, community and economic development conference. Keynote presentations by Adam Beach and Kyle Nobess, entertainment by Don Burnstick, two full days of workshops, pre-conference courses, and more. www.vqconference.com

More than 90 exhibitors will be on display at Vision Quest’s Trade Show, representing business suppliers, service providers, hospitality groups, career opportunities, economic organizations, educational institutions, information services, and a wide selection of artists and artisans. FREE PUBLIC ADMISSION on May 17 and May 18.

Vision Quest is hosting a FREE PUBLIC LECTURE on May 17 called Ice Roads & Cargo Airships: Stage of the Technologies and Opportunities for the North. It’s a topic of growing interest to remote fly-in communities, and the presentation will include the latest research and development by an expert in the field. 

Dauphin’s Countryfest is coming up June 29-July 2, with a stellar superstar line-up. Canada’s longest running country music festival is featuring performances by Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Johnny Reid, Manitoba’s own Doc Walker, and many more. Visit Countryfest online for all the details. www.countryfest.ca

The National Aboriginal Music Countdown relaunched this week as the Indigenous Music Countdown! This terrific radio program features the Top 40 music by Indigenous artists from across Canada, the US, and around the world. Tune in each week on Aboriginal radio stations across Canada, and also SiriusXM.

An early melt this year means an early start to the rowing season in Winnipeg! Programs are up-and-running at the Winnipeg Rowing Club with a full schedule of learn-to-rows, a community rowing challenge, recreational sessions, competitive rowing, and more. Visit www.winnipegrowingclub.ca for all the details!

Shout out to Macdonald Youth Services (MYS) who held a ribbon cutting in March to celebrate the grand opening of their new therapeutic centre in Winnipeg. Established in 1929, MYS helps children, youth, adults, and families through six key programs: walk-in shelter, foster care, counseling, group homes, mobile crisis teams, and work/life skills. www.mys.ca

midnight shine

So many awesome things are happening with Northern Ontario rockers Midnight Shine that they now need their own section!

The band just came off a very successful Canadian Music Week, where they performed five shows in five days – including the Hard Rock Café and the legendary Horseshoe Tavern.

They got great press, too, including a (surprise!) concert review by thereviewsarein.com and photos in Spill Magazine. Frontman Adrian Sutherland also spent time in the CBC Toronto studio with Nana aba Duncan for this wonderful interview that ran on Fresh Air. Thank you Nana aba!

Midnight Shine has been getting significant airplay for their new single, too. It’s called Sister Love, and this week it was chosen as #4 on the “Top 11 songs you need to hear” by music journalist Alan Cross.

It’s also been getting some love from 102.1 The Edge in Toronto, 94.9 The Rock in Toronto, Rock 106 in Lethbridge, CFMF 103.1 in Quebec, CKGN in Hearst, CBC Radio, and many more. It’s a great song, and if you haven’t heard it yet, check it out HERE!

If you’ve never seen the band perform, check out these terrific videos shot at CMW:

James Bay
Hopeless Romantic

The band will be heading out on tour for the first time this summer, and are especially excited to play the Main Stage at RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa on July 16.

If you’d like to book them to perform at your festival or event, contact Midnight Shine’s booking agent Ralph James at United Talent Agency. Find his contact details HERE.