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Tara Bradbury
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Lots to take in during MusicNL conference

Liam Killeen

What is it that makes Newfoundland and Labrador musicians so unique? Long winters, according to one Toronto music manager. “I believe that long winters produce, in addition to the best hockey players, the best songwriters,” Liam Killeen says, laughing.

Killeen is the former drummer of Canadian pop-punk band Not By Choice. After releasing a couple of records, earning two Top 10 singles and touring internationally with Avril Lavigne and Simple Plan, Killeen now works with Toronto-based Coalition Entertainment, managing artists like Faber Drive, These Kids Wear Crowns and Rex Goudie.

He’ll be in St. John’s next week for MusicNL week, participating in a Music Managers Forum with four other artists managers: Bob Hallett of Garrison Hill Entertainment, Heather Gibson and Joel Baskin. Local musicians will have the opportunity to sit down with them all at once.

“It’s a chance for us big city folk to go out and see what the rest of the country is all about,” Killeen says. “Newfoundland has some incredible up-and-coming talent, and sometimes it’s hard to be heard, so far out, through the rest of the country.”

MusicNL week begins Monday, offering local musicians workshops and panels on topics like how to find funding, ownership and licensing, and getting music onto television, film and game soundtracks.

The Telegram will host a media, marketing and promotion panel, giving artists insight into how to successfully promote their work to the media.

Another event will let musicians and music supervisors meet, speed-dating style.

“A bunch of music supervisors will sit around the room and then people will hop from table to table to try and pitch their music, one-on-one,” MusicNL’s Jen Winsor explained.

Once again this year, MusicNL has put a push on public events, and for the first time, has made most of them free. Acoustic showcases will be held at the Rocket Room, above Rocket Bakery, on Friday and Saturday night from 8-10 p.m., featuring Matthew Hornell, Joanna Barker, Matthew Hare, Ian Foster, Terry Penney, Steve Maloney, Ashley Fayth and Duane Andrews. Electric showcases will follow at the Rock House, with performers like Long Distance Runners, Danika Drover, Chris Kirby, Repartee, RocketRocketShip, Baytown, The Thymes, The Navigators, Sean Panting, Andrew O’Brien and the Searchers, At Ships End and Monsterbator. There’s no admission cost, but donations will be accepted for CAPE Benefit Fund, an emergency fund to help musicians and music industry people in need due to illness or other hardship.

“This year, because it’s our 20th anniversary and we’re in St. John’s, we decided to put the showcases in a bar and they’re going to be free to the public. For us, it’s more about wanting people to be there. We figure if we put a charge on the door, yes, we’d probably make a few dollars and that would be great, but it’s more about the exposure for the artists and that’s the main point of this year’s showcases for us.”

There’ll be an open mic night, a night of Roots music held at The Ship in collaboration with the Folk Arts Society, and a gospel showcase at the Majestic Theatre. One of the most popular events is proving to be A Night with HeavyWeather: Justin Davis of video production company will screen some of its latest videos, and host performances by some of the artists captured by HeavyWeather, including East of Empire, Hear/Say, Sherry Ryan, Andrew James O’Brien and others. Tickets are $12 in advance at Fred’s Records and the MusicNL office, and $15 at the door.

For the second year, there will also be the Statoil MusicNL NewFound Talent Contest, where musicians aged 19 and under are invited to perform for a panel of judges in a talent contest. This year, the stakes have been increased: first prize includes a two-song demo production presented by Dipole Productions and Groove Den Studios, a $150 gift certificate from Long and McQuade and Fred’s Records, and the opportunity to perform at the industry awards brunch and in the lobby at the closing gala and awards show.

“The performing opportunities that come with that are priceless,” Winsor said. “The biggest one would be the music industry awards brunch: 200-plus industry people will be in the room, kind of like the who’s who of the Newfoundland and Labrador music industry, and these kids get to perform for all of them.”

Closing the week will be the CBC/MusicNL Songwriters Circle, which will be divided into two distinct parts this year: first will be performances by 2012 award nominees Sean Panting, Katie Baggs, Terry Penney and Ian Foster, and second will be “The Girls Do Ron,” a tribute to the music of Ron Hynes with Maureen Ennis, Liz Solo, Jenny Gear and Amelia Curran.

The awards gala will happen at the St. John’s Convention Centre next Sunday at 8 p.m., with artists like The Navigators, Dana Parsons, Mark Bragg and the Butchers, Repartee, At Ships End, Dan Bursey and more taking the stage. The lifetime achievement award will be presented to the family of Peter Narvaez, guitarist, folklorist and a man considered to be one of this province’s fathers of the blues who passed away earlier this year after a fight with cancer.

Tickets for the awards gala are $30 and are available at the Mile One Centre box office or online at www.mileonecentre.com. The Telegram is giving away six pairs of gala tickets, visit our Facebook page for your chance to win.

A full schedule of MusicNL week events and performances, as well as a list of this year’s award nominees, is available online at www.musicnl.ca.


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Schedule of events

What’s going on?

There’s a full week of events celebrating MusicNL’s 20th anniversary. You can find the full list at musicnl.ca, but you start your planning here.


Monday, Oct. 8

MusicNL/FACTOR Open Mic Night

8-11 p.m. — The Ship Pub

Hosted by Neil Conway

Free Admission


Tuesday, Oct. 9

NewFound Talent Contest

7-9:30 p.m. — The Masonic Temple Theatre Free Admission


Wednesday, Oct. 10

A Night of Roots Music

9 p.m.-midnight — The Ship Pub

Admission $5

Performances by Duane Andrews and Darren Boobie Browne, Jenny Gear and Sandy Morris and more.

Donations for the CAPE Benefit Fund also accepted.


Thursday, Oct. 11

A Night with HeavyWeather

9 p.m.-midnight — The Ship

$12 in advance at Fred’s Records and MusicNL office. $15 at the door

Join Justin Davis from www.heavyweather.ca for a night of new video screenings and performances from some of the site’s featured artists.


Friday, Oct. 12

Registration Opens

2 p.m. — Delta Hotel Lobby


Music Managers Round Table

3-5 p.m. — Delta Hotel Salon E

Pre-Registration Required. Contact jen@musicnl.ca


Meet and Greet

7-8 p.m. — Rocket Room

Performance by Evry7th


MusicNL Acoustic Showcases

8-10 p.m. — Rocket Room

Admission Free. Donations accepted for CAPE Benefit Fund.


MusicNL Electric showcases

10:15 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. — Rockhouse, George Street

Donations accepted for CAPE Benefit Fund.


Saturday, Oct. 13

Where to get the Money.

10-11:15 a.m. — Salon D, Delta Hotel St. John’s

Panelists: Donna Roberts (NLAC), Allison Outhit (FACTOR). Moderator: Jen Winsor (MusicNL)


MusicNL 2012 Industry Awards Brunch

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Salon A, Delta Hotel


Music Placements from L.A. to NL

1:15-2:30 p.m. — Salon D, Delta Hotel St. John’s

Panelists: John Bissell (Mothlight Music), Lysandra Woods (Third Side Music), Andrea Higgins (Arpix Media Inc), Steven Vincent (Disney Channel), Chad Richardson (Ole Music Publishing). Moderator: Adam Lewis (Planetary Group)


Local Film, Television and Gaming Placement

2:45-4 p.m. — Salon D, Delta Hotel

Panelists: Wayne Warren (WGW Productions), Shelley Nordstorm (ECMA), David Hayman (Supersonic Creative), Doug Rappaport (Best Boy Productions). Moderator: Denis Parker (MusicNL)


Get to Know SOCAN

4:15-5:30 p.m. — Salon D

Pre registration required. Contact jen@musicnl.ca


Gospel Showcases

7:30-9:30 p.m. — Majestic Theatre

$10 tickets available at the door


MusicNL Acoustic Showcases

8-10 p.m. — Rocket Bakery

Admission Free


MusicNL Electric Showcases

10:30 a.m. — 3 p.m. — Rockhouse

Admission Free. Donations accepted for CAPE Benefit Fund.


Sunday, Oct. 14

Media, Marketing and Promotion

10-11:15 a.m. — Salon D, Delta Hotel St. John’s

Panelists: Tara Bradbury (The Telegram), James Keast (Exclaim! Magazine), Donald Coady (Dc Design House), Jud Haynes (MightyPop), Moderator: Ken Simmons (The Telegram)


Music and Film One-on-Ones

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Brownsdale Room, Delta Hotel St. John’s

Pre-Registration Required. Contact jen@musicnl.ca


CBC/MusicNL Songwriters Circles

2-4:30 p.m. — LSPU Hall

Tickets $25 available at LSPU Hall Box Office (709) 753-4531 or online at http://www.rca.nf.ca/

Circle one featuring performances by MusicNL 2012 Nominees Sean Panting, Katie Baggs, Terry Penney and Ian Foster

Circle two Features ‘The Girls Do Ron’: A tribute to the music of Ron Hynes with Maureen Ennis, Liz Solo, Jenny Gear and Amelia Curran

Free admission with MusicNL Week delegate pass.



5-6 p.m. — St. John’s — Salon D, Delta Hotel

MusicNL members are welcome to join the MusicNL Board of Directors for the 2012 Annual General Meeting


20th Annual MusicNL Awards Gala

8-10:30 p.m. — St. John’s Convention Centre, New Gower Street

Hosted by: Paddy Daley and Krissy Holmes

— Source: MusicNL

Organizations: Coalition Entertainment, CAPE Benefit Fund, Roots The Ship Folk Arts Society Majestic Theatre CBC Convention Centre

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Toronto, Rock House

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