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Dee Erin Band

The Pas, Manitoba, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

The Pas, Manitoba, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Manitoba's Dee Erin Band gets WCMA nomination"

Manitoba's Dee Erin Band from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation has been nominated for aboriginal recording of the year at the Western Canadian Music Awards.

The band, made up of a mix of people that came from other bands, joined forces three years ago and has since released an album, Broken Road, and embarked on a Canadian tour.

"I am so pumped, so excited," lead vocalist Darren Bignell told CBC's Radio Noon on Wednesday, after finding out the band got the nod from a Twitter announcement.

Bignell said the band writes about things that everyone can relate to — life and love — since the band has a wide age range. Bignell said he, at 46 years old, is old enough to be Kenneth Henderson's dad.

"Aside from trying to write songs, we always share stories, like interpersonal stories, like what we've gone through and are going through, and where we'd like to be," he said.

"A lot of our songs we've lived, they're all about being in relationships, loving people and being part of a family. That's basically what all of our songs are about."

Bignell uses the song Turn it Up as an example, "It's a driving song and you can picture it — you're driving away from a relationship, that ultimately doesn't work out in the end."

Connecting with the community

Between the six members of the band, some have chosen to give back to the Opaskwayak Cree Nation by giving guitar lessons at the youth centre. Bignell said it is astounding how much talent the community has to offer.

The band finds it important to connect with the community's young people — their responsibility, even.

"To look them in the eye and show them it's possible, to make that connection, it fills your heart," Bignell said.

"We did it, we've done it and you can do it also."

27 nods to Manitobans

The Western Canadian Music Awards have 27 nominations pegged on Manitoba artists and industry members.

There are some repeat names on the list, with Tanya Tagaq getting four nominations, including World Recording of the Year for her album Anamism.

CBC's Up to Speed host Ismaila Alfa is also nominated for Urban Album of the Year.

This year's awards will be held in Victoria, B.C., Sept. 17-20. - Janet Stewart

"BreakOut West Unveils 2015 Festival Lineup"

With the nominees for the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards already announced, it’s time to reveal the performers for the BreakOut West Music Festival. The showcases will run alongside Rifflandia Festival at venues across Victoria, September 17-20, 2015.

Over 60 of Western Canada's best up-and-coming acts are set to perform at the two-night festival, including Manitoba WCMA nominees Dee Erin Band and Ridley Bent, as well as Attica Riots, Iskwé, Sc Mira, The Noble Thiefs, The Treble, and Yes We Mystic.

For those hitting Victoria for the festivities, a wristband for all shows can be purchased at, as all BreakOut West showcases this year will be included in Rifflandia's weekend pass.

Full delegate registration to attend BreakOut West's Conference also includes the Festival showcases and access to Rifflandia shows, and is available now at Tickets to the Western Canadian Music Awards Gala are included in the full delegate package, however tickets to the Awards Gala may be purchased separately through the BreakOut Wests site.

The 3th annual Western Canadian Music Awards Gala, which is slated for September 20 at Victoria's McPherson Playhouse, will feature performances from several of this year's nominees, including Tanya Tagaq, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Jesse Roper, The Wet Secrets, Annette, Sarah MacDougall, and 2015 Hall of Fame inductees NoMeansNo (unplugged). CBC Radio 3's Grant Lawrence will once again host the event.

BreakOut West's 2015 Conference also kicks off early bird registration today until August 10, full information on registering is located at Featuring several artist-to-industry meeting sessions with everything from talent buyers to international agents and managers, over 70 active industry buyers and mover-shakers will arrive in Victoria to participate in the conference. Group discussions, panels, and round table sessions will be held, allowing participants to consult with industry professionals and expand upon their music industry skills. Topics range from planning tours to social media and branding critiques, funding and revenue streams, and music supervisor pitching. The conference will also continue to feature the one-on-one mentoring sessions, a "Welcome to BreakOut West" intro session for all newcomers, and our busy end-of-day networking mixers.

Follow along at #BOW2015 for the play-by-play of all the most exciting shows, panels and awards from the event.

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- See more at:,article/6469/breakout-west-unveils-2015-festival-lineup#sthash.aCUZ9sfp.dpuf - Manitoba Music


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Dee Erin Band is a multi nominated Indigenous Alternative Rock band based out of Manitoba, Canada. Their sound resembles that of a modern Bon Jovi that has high range vocal ability with big guitars but with an original flavour. The group's live performance engages with all walks of life and leaves you feeling musically satisfied!

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