My friend, and other half of Team Summer, Graeme Houssin interviewed me about my involvement in the music community as a performer and podcast host. I was oddly nervous to talk about myself but he made me so comfortable and we had a lot of fun. He also has killer writing skills so it all worked out! You can read the four page interview here, on page 14-17! Let me know what you think and be sure to tell Graeme how awesome of a job he did!
The Winnipeg Music Project has an official Patreon page!
After many long showers debates and many more months of planning, we've finally made the move! This is a totally optional way of supporting us and if you're following us on social media and/or listening to the radio show or podcast, THANK YOU! That's wonderful support and you can keep doing just that.
BUT if you feel you want to make another step in supporting the show, and you're financially available, this is the perfect opportunity because you get perks too!
All the details are on the page, and 100% of all patron donations go right back into the show. With exciting plans to release video content, live show performances, and much more, this is a totally amazing opportunity to show support for your favorite local music-makers!
Check out the page and see if it's the right choice for you~! Thanks in advance and I can't wait to get started!
My friends from Colour by Numbers released a new music video and I was lucky enough to participate! These guys are real pros with lighting, camera angles and getting everything done in a day! I had so much fun filming and played the role I was bored to play - bored karaoke host.
Check it out!
After four long and trying years of music, tears, and self discovery, I can finally say that I've graduated with a degree in Music from the University of Manitoba. Now that I'm done, I 'm looking forward to what is in store for me.. Stay tuned ~!
I had the wonderful chance to performed at this year's Brewno's for my friend Broose from Beer for Breakfast! I met such wonderful artists and played in such a supportive and entertaining crowd. Here are some pictures from last night of me singing my little heart out.
Other performers include:
With my interest in 20th century music, Professor Horton and I decided to work on some prepared piano pieces composed by John Cage. I had the opportunity to perform the pieces in a Midday recital for my classmates and it was one of the most terrifying experiences. I avoid performing in front of my classmates as much as possible. Performing classical music confidently isn't exactly my strong point, although I had been working on it throughout the four years of my degree.
Prepared piano is a 20th century style of performance where with objects placed on or between the strings, or some strings retuned, to produce an unusual tonal effect. In the case of the two pieces I played, I needed two separate pianos because the preparations were different for each. Weather stripping, Stove bolts and wood screws were used and before I came on to give a little explanation about the pieces, Professor Horton came onto the stage and set the preparations in front of everyone.
I was so nervous my eyeballs were vibrating. Luckily I made it through the performance and was alarmed by the warm and receptive applause. I was beaming and this is definitely one of my proudest moments of my degree.
Once I was finished many students, mostly composition majors, rushed to the stage to see what the preparations looked like. It was so exciting since prepared piano isn't performance very often
Here is some footage of the live performance.
Participated in New Music Night at the Goodwill through Manitoba Music and had such a wonderful time performing in front of a friends! I can't believe how great the sound is in that place. I finally got to hear and meet Brandon based songwriter Mitchell Mozdzen. He is amazingly talented and I'm going to keep my eye on him~!
Here are some pictures taken from Manitoba Music:
Thanks to my friend Jackie from Living Music Ink, I had the opportunity to sing the National Anthem for a couple of the University of Manitoba Bisons games.
The first time I was so nervous I totally hesitated on one of the lyrics but caught myself and finished strong. Since then it's been a lot easier. Here is me singing for my second attempt.
The adrenaline rush is like nothing I've ever experienced and I hope I get many other opportunities in the future.
With my youth mentorship in it's third month, ACI included Roland and me in their most recent newsletter. It was exciting to be interviewed about the progress we've made as a team. It's a snapshot into the beginning of what we've started and our plans. I've included the link below so you can read the whole thing. Also, I've included some of the video logs (or vlogs) that Roland and I have used as a tool to document our progress every time we get together. You can see were a just a pair of goofballs having a good time.Read More
I feel super lame re-sharing this interview on this page after posting it on the Winnipeg Music Project page, and especially since I just posted an interview of myself as my last blog post, but this is my blog so I can do whatever I want. A few weeks back I was interviewed on my own show, the Winnipeg Music Project, to talk about the show and the recent BreakOut West internship I had done. It was special because it was a LIVE interview and Jared McKetiak, the station manager, asked me funs of exciting questions about myself and music.
I really appreciated having him there with me in the studio because I was incredibly nervous. When I usually pre-record my interviews, I would be able to edit and fix mistakes that might happen during the interview. When you're live you don't really have that opportunity. This is was good and healthy experience for me.
Back In September I was interviewed by my friend Kelly Hughes on his show called The Ivory Tower on CKUW 95.9 FM. We premiered my single "Paralyzed for Life" when it first was re-released in September and promoted the Winnipeg Music Project. It was a really weird experience talking about myself. Something I had done previously on the WitchPolice Radio show (which is how my friendship with their host Sam first came to be).Read More
I've had the really amazing opportunity to join the BreakOut West 2016 Staff in Regina as an intern to learn the behind the scenes of the music industry and meet industry professionals! This is all thanks to ACI Youth Mentorship program I'm currently enrolled in with Roland Deschambault as my mentor. If you follow my on any of my social media you would already know that. (So follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @ashleybieniarz to know these things.)Read More
Crazy things have been happening this year. I entered and PERFORMED in the Uniter Fiver and now I'm in the Manitoban talking about the Winnipeg Music Project. Olivia Michalczuk did such a fantastic job of making my own words make sense when I talked to her about the show.
I don't want to talk to much so you can click on the actual link and read the interview. I just want to say how thankful I am for everyone's support, this is just such a fantastic thing I'm apart of and I can't wait to see where everything goes!
Also, you can pick up copies of the Manitoban today on the University of Manitoba campus and read the interview there!
This is actually crazy, I can't even believe this. I might actually be losing my mind. Yesterday, I was sitting on my couch when I received a notification on my phone that I had an email. An email from the Uniter. An email from the Uniter saying I WAS IN THE TOP FIVE FOR THE UNITER FIVER AND WOULD BE PERFORMING THE IN THE 2016 SHOWCASE.Read More
I did a thing. I entered a song into the 2016 Uniter Fiver contest for a chance to the win the title of "One of the Five local talents to watch in 2016" and a performance opportunity at The GoodWill in January and I need your help by voting!
From Today (December 7th, 2015 to December 21, 2015 until noon) you can vote once. It's a really great opportunity for all of those involved.
Thank you so much for all your support!