Consultations for local musicians available during Aboriginal Music Week

Aboriginal Music Manitoba

The Music Managers Forum Canada (MMF Canada) is partnering with Aboriginal Music Week to offer business and career consultations with Liam Killeen of Coalition Music during the festival. The consultations are set for Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 and will be open to self-managed artists participating in the festival along with First Nation, Métis, and Inuit music managers in Winnipeg.

“I think a quality manager is on the wish list for almost all artists,” says Aboriginal Music Week chairperson Alan Greyeyes. “We’re excited to be working with MMF Canada to provide a great opportunity for some of the bands to get feedback on their business plans, release strategies, and marketing ideas.”

The consultations will be curated by both organizations and will last 30 minutes each. There will be eight consultation spots available on Aug. 22 at Manitoba Music, beginning at 1 p.m. Killeen will be flying to Winnipeg from Toronto for the festival.

Aboriginal Music Week 2014 is set for Aug. 20 to 24. It will include three big community celebrations, a lunch hour showcase, two big concerts at The Cube, two nightclub concerts, and two of the only networking events for the Aboriginal music community in Canada.

Performances by JUNO Award winners George Leach and Leela Gilday, Anishinabemowin emcee Tall Paul, prehispanico music creator DJ Javier Estrada, country singer Frannie Klein, Métis fiddle legend Darren Lavallee, Diplo-approved music producer Astronomar, funk-rockers Burnt-Project 1, champion drum group Spirit Sands Singers, Apache violinist Laura Ortman, singer songwriter Logan Staats, hip hop duo Mob Bounce, local party legends Primetime Empyre, Opaskwayak Cree Nation’s DJ Miss Vee, cinematic electronic music producer Exquisite Ghost, and The Mosquitoz have been announced for Aboriginal Music Week 2014 to date.

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About Liam Killeen
Liam Killeen got his start in the music industry as the drummer for the Pop-Punk band Not By Choice in 2002. Five months later, the band had a record deal, released their first single Standing All Alone and hit the road for a year and a half. The band won their first MuchMusic Video Award in 2003 for their single Now That You Are Leaving, and also appeared on two editions of MuchMusic’s “Big Shiny Tunes” albums. Not By Choice released two albums, enjoyed two top-ten singles, and toured internationally with Sum 41, Simple Plan, Avril Lavigne, and many other acts.

Liam joined the management team at Coalition Music in early 2009. Adding to the already successful company, fronted by managers Rob Lanni and Eric Lawrence, with a roster that includes Simple Plan, Our Lady Peace, Finger Eleven, Justin Nozuka, and many more.

As the Manager of USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker), Faber Drive (604 / Universal), These Kids Wear Crowns (EMI), and Greig Nori, he strives to find new and exciting opportunities to build the careers of his artists in this ever-changing industry. In addition to his management position, Liam was also a recurring guest on MuchMusic’s ‘Discovered’ where he dished out advice to young artists trying to get a start on their careers, and has been a guest speaker at such conferences as North by Northeast, Canadian Music Week, The East Coast Music Awards, BreakOut West, Music Manitoba, Music and Film in Motion, and many others around the world.

About Aboriginal Music Week

Aboriginal Music Week was launched in 2009 to develop Aboriginal youth as an audience for live music. The festival presents between 25 and 35 First Nation, Métis, Inuit, Native American, and Indigenous bands each year. It is held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and is produced by Aboriginal Music Manitoba.

Aboriginal Music Manitoba would like to acknowledge the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, the SOCAN Foundation, the Province of Manitoba, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council, and the North End Revitalization Initiative for their financial support of Aboriginal Music Week 2014.

Aboriginal Music Manitoba would like to acknowledge TD, APTN, the Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation, Manitoba Public Insurance, NCI FM, Rhythm 104.7 FM, Assiniboine Credit Union, Urban Shaman Gallery, the Year of Music, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, kimiwan ‘zine, Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, and Spence Neighbourhood Association for their support of Aboriginal Music Week 2014.

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