Three Manitoba musicians have been nominated for four 2013 Juno Awards.
Winnipeg singer-songwriter Don Amero has been nominated for aboriginal album of the year for his latest album, Heart on My Sleeve. Amero will have competition in the category, going up against Manitoba’s Burnt Project 1, who picks up their third Juno nomination with The Black List.
Brandon violinist James Ehnes is nominated in two classical music categories for Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto.
The sounds of Christmas will be sung by Winnipeg singer-songwriter Don Ameroduring an upcoming holiday-themed concert.
Don Amero’s “Amero Little Christmas” with special guests Red Moon Road will fill the West End Cultural Centre on Friday, December 14.
“I love the warmth of it all,” Amero said of the Christmas season. “I loved getting Christmas cards and seeing the old scenes on them with people all bundled and carrying presents and a sleigh ride in the background” recollects Don. “The season always brings my family together.”
Tickets to the show are $20 at the door, or $15 in advance through the WECC, Ticketmaster, Music Trader, and Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store.
The headlining acts for Dauphin’s Countryfest were announced Tuesday, setting the stage for some big-name performers for the 24th annual festival, being held June 27-30, 2013.
Econoline Crush will open the four-day festival on Thursday, June 27 performing at the Credit Union Corral.
Dierks Bentley will perform Friday, followed by Emerson Drive, Kip Moore, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer and Kira Isabella. Luke Bryan, Thompson Square, Florida Georgia Line and Don Amero will hold down the entertainment on Saturday, while country star Carrie Underwood and High Valley wrap things up on Sunday.
“We’ve got the hottest new country stars for our fans,” said Eric Irwin, president of Dauphin’s Countryfest. “We make it our goal each year to go out and sign great current acts with the biggest new hits. That’s what makes Countryfest today’s favourite country music festival, and Canada’s longest running country music festival.”
Tickets go on sale Monday, November 19 at 9 a.m. through Countryfest.ca, by calling 1-800-361-7300, or in-person at Dauphin’s Countryfest office (28 2nd Avenue NE in Dauphin).
Winnipeg fans will be able to see Carrie Underwood before Countryfest, as she performs May 15 at MTS Centre.
Winnipeg singer-songwriter Don Amero is releasing his fourth album on October 24.
The indie singer will release Heart On My Sleeve during an interactive evening of songs and stories. “Don Amero: Up Close and International” will be a 90-minute concert live streamed at APTN.ca/webstagepass.
“We’re taking the online streaming model we created for Aboriginal Day Live, and applying it to Don’s CD release,” said Sky Bridges, chief operating officer of APTN. “We’re excited by this innovative initiative — the first of its kind for APTN — and happy to get behind a talented independent artist like Don.
The concert, which begins online at next Wednesday at 8 p.m. CT, will also include the world premiere of the music video for Turn These Grey Skies Blue.
Two Manitoba musical acts won awards at the Indian Summer Music Awards in Milkwaukee, Wisconsin over the weekend.
Singer-songwriter Don Amero landed honours for Best Country Song for “Right Where I Wanna Be” off his release, The Long Way Home.
Two songs from Supernation, the debut album from Eagle & Hawk front man Vince Fontaine’s new project Indian City, earned honours. The album’s title track picked up Best Pop Song while its single, “Stand”, won for Best Rock Song.
The ISMAs are held annually in conjunction with the Indian Summer Festival, the largest Native American festival in North America.
Singer-songwriters Don Amero and Jaylene Johnson will combine their talents for a fundraiser in support of Agape Table next week.
The two will perform in “Amero Little Christmas” with special guests on Friday, December 16 at Ellice Theatre.
The night will feature music, laughter, stories, and songs that will help support Agape in their efforts to provide hot meals in the inner city. Amero will sample tracks from his latest album, Christmastime, featuring holiday hits and his own original tunes.
Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Showtime is 8 p.m.