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WAMFest Canon Ball celebration of WA original music and gender diversity

Article published by Around The Sound

THE CANON BALL

WAMFest 2018 features a special event, as the team from the Canon Ball take over two stages at The Court Hotel.  In the lead up to the event, Around The Sound spoke to the originators of the Canon Ball, Addison Axe and Vanessa Thornton.

The first Canon Ball happened at Fremantle’s Buffalo Club on 10 March this year.  If asked, I would struggle to think of a gig that I’ve attended where the atmosphere was more welcoming, the sense of unity between bands and audience was greater and the smiles on people’s dials were bigger.  The Canon Ball was a salve for the wounds of a world weary of division — between genders, between cultures, between countries.  It was a uniting experience that left people wanting more.

The Canon Ball is happening again.  This time at WAMFest, over two stages at The Court Hotel on Saturday 3 November.  To let you know what to expect, Around The Sound spoke to Vanessa Thornton (Jebediah, Axe Girl, Tommyhwaks) and Addison Axe (Axe Girl, Tommyhawks), who founded the festival.

“The Canon Ball is an event put on by a collective of like-minded people reflecting all genders and identities.  It’s a celebration of female creativity, a carnival of the arts.  We welcome everyone,” says Thornton.

We’re really lucky that WAM (WA Music Industry Association) have let us run these stages for WAMFest, it’s great to have their support for this.  And The Court is a great venue, the performance spaces and the sound and lighting are just about the best in Perth.

“Yes!  That’s it!” adds Axe. “The Canon Ball puts on events where you can be just whoever you are, learn about other ways of being and have an awesome time while doing it.  We just want people to have a good time, you know, and to see what women can do in the music industry.  Not just the performers, but in all parts of the industry, staging, sound, lighting, security…everything it takes to put on a successful event.  And we want people to see it done in an ethical way, to be part of an event that tries to look after the environment as well as people.”

Thornton agrees, “That’s what we’re all about, having a good time, being good at what we do and doing good things.”

We’re all about goodness.”  Thornton says this last bit with her trademark wicked grin, while Axe just full on laughs.  They revel in their goodness, but they’re not aspiring to sainthood.  The Canon Ball is wicked fun.

“Yup, at the end of the day, we just want people to have fun,” Thornton adds.  “The bands at the Canon Ball, they’re not all women, but there’s at least 50 percent women in the bands, they’re female led.  It’s important to us to have that balance.  This isn’t about the gender divide, it’s about bringing people together and showing how the music industry really is.  There’s always been women in the industry, but we’ve been under represented a lot of the time, particularly on festival line ups.  I suppose, if we’re trying to put anything right, it’s showing that balance, and giving everyone a chance to see the awesome talent that women bring to music.”

“Yes!” Axe adds, “We want to run a festival that shows things how they really are.  That’s all.  We want to showcase all genders, all ways of being and the talent that people often miss out on, because there is still a bias towards males in music.  Not always, and things are changing, but there’s plenty still to be done.”

“And we want people so see the talent, to have a great time. Have we said that yet?” Thornton is smiling again and the partners in crime break into uproarious laughter.  They’re deadly serious, but they also get a giant kick out of what they’re doing with the Canon Ball.

WAMFest 2018 is a showcase of the massive talent that is the WA music industry.  Massive not only in numbers of artists and bands, but in the quality of original music that is generated across the state.  With free events taking place in regional areas as well as across Perth over 2 and 3 November, there’s a lot to take in.  We don’t really like to get all preachy here at Around The Sound, but WAMFest is one event you should take in.

Even it you don’t go to any other live music events this year, make some time for WAMFest.  You will be richly rewarded.

If you only get to one WAMFest event, and you really should go to more, make it the Canon Ball.  Having been to the first one back in March, we guarantee you’ll have a great time.  Here’s the line up:
Belle Harvey
FLOSSY
HUSSY
Intercontinental Sounds
Juliana Areias
Julie Kember
Legs Electric
Leopard Lake
Lucy Peach
Navana
nyanda j.
Racoo
RAKSHA
RTRFM 92.1 Drastic On Plastic DJs

Check out the Canon Ball event page here and get more information on WAMFest 2018 here.

A bit more about the Canon Ball from the organisers
We chose the name The Canon Ball because we want people to have the opportunity to be exposed to artists that are the genuine article, at the peak of their creative powers.  That’s the canon part and, of course, ball, because we want everyone who comes to have the best time, to have a ball.

The Canon Ball showcases women from different cultures, ages and walks of life and welcomes all identities, and genders to join together to rejoice and revel in the arts and creativity.

In a time when the politics of gender have become confusing and excluding of some identities and orientations, we aim to showcase and celebrate the best of female creativity to the whole world.  Come one come all and join us in this celebration.

 

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Perth Royal Show and WAM celebrates Western Australia Music

Hello Perth Royal Show lovers! This year WAM invites you to celebrate WA original music at the Perth Royal Show. If you are coming to the show this Sunday 29 Sept, lunch time (12pm-2pm) I will be there singing with my dear friend and superb guitarist Mark Shanahan the original songs of the Bossa Nova Baby Album. See you there!

Let’s face it. Perth is great! It is time to celebrate it!

In between her USA and Japan tours, Juliana Areias is glad to be back home in Perth, Western Australia, celebrating the amazing original music and unique creative community of Perth.

“The greatest cultural lesson I have learned in America, was how much Americans embrace and celebrate their own culture and the arts, making ordinary life extraordinary. Let’s face it,  Perth has some of the best beaches of this planet, mesmerasing sky, trees, birds, friendly people, clean-safe-traffic free streets, a blessed life style and an amazing creative community exporting world class music, fine-art, films…  No more understatements, please. It is time we celebrate how lucky we are to be able to live and produce culture and arts here.  Perth is not just okay. Perth is great! Perth is wonderful! I love Perth! I am in love with Perth… I have always been… but now, even more than ever!I am so proud of calling Perth home and being part of this diverse and dynamic artistic scene. Let’s face the music and dance.”

In this spirit, after her “welcome back home” performances at the City of Perth’s Winter Festival (25/7) – Winter Sounds, celebrating the original music of Western Australia, produced by WAM ( Western Australia Music) and at the Ellington Jazz Club (28/7); Juliana Areias annouces her participation and support for the “Brazil V Australia Capoeira Fundraiser Gig”  at the Rosemount Hotel on Sunday 26th August 2018 featuring an ecletic line-up  from pop ballades, bossa, samba, capoeira to funk performers:

Renata Fantoches (4pm); Helen Townsend (4.45pm); Constanza Herrero (5.30pm); Belle Harvey & Band (6.15-6.45pm), Capoeira show (7-7.15pm);  Juliana Areias (7.30-8pm – with Joshua de Silva – guitar and Rafael Souza – pandeiro); Randa And The Soul Kingdom (8.15pm-9pm), Brazilian DJ (9-10pm).

“Perth’s great music scene gets together to support a genuine school dedicated to teach kids and adults the art of Capoeira, the Brazilian martial art which is more than a self defence fight, it is the expression of dance, music, culture and resistance created by our African slave ancestors which now is admired all around the world. My kids – now teenagers – were among the first children to learn Capoeira at this school and it is such a pleasure to see every year more people discovering and falling in love with it. Come this Sunday to experienceo a watercolour of sounds and how beautiful, fun and powerful Capoeira is. Facebook event : Brazil V Australia Capoeira Fundraiser Gig” – invites Juliana.

#iloveperth #perthisgreat #capoeira #fundraiser #perthlivemusic #perthmusic #perthmusicscene #school #learning #dance #arts #martialarts #australia #children #kids #familyevent #perthevents #sunday #brazil #brazilvsaustralia

WAM Award – Best World Music Act 2016 – Nominees

Congratulations to all WAM Award nominees! Best World Music Act 2016 –Eastwinds, Grace Barbé, Juliana Areias – Bossa Nova Baby and Soukouss Internationale ! Thank you WAM for this new nomination! See you all at the party on the 4th of November! Wamfest

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WAM SONG OF THE YEAR – Nominees announced

WAM Song of the Year Award nominees are revealed ! Juliana Areias – Bossa Nova Baby scores two nominations! Congratulation to all ‪#‎WAMSOTY‬ nominees! Thank you WAM and all supporters for making it possible! Let’s party and celebrate it at the Awards Party on Saturday April 9th at B-shed – Fremantle! You are invited!
Listen to the 2 chosen songs and tell us your favourite:
Mare Cheia ( Full Tide) by Johannes Dimyadi / Juliana Areias:


Flecha ( Arrow) by Glenn Rogers/ Juliana Areias:


See full list of nominees below and book your tickets for the Award Party here: http://wam.org.au/wam-song-of-the-year-award-2015-nominees…/

WAM SONG OF THE YEAR

#WAMSOTY NOMINEES REVEALED!

WA’s premier song competition, and one of Australia’s biggest, we’re excited to reveal the WAM Song Of The Year 2015 nominees in 16 categories covering all genres. Vying for a share in $40,000 worth in prizes, leading the nominations pack is Joni In The Moon with four nods. Also scoring multiple nominations are Brayden Sibbald, ChaosDivine, Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group, Eastwinds, Figurehead, Intenso,Juliana Areias, Karanina, Katie J White, Madi Henry, Nerve Quakes, Safe Sex,Scalphunter, Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, TERA and Valentine. For the full list of nominees…

The rest of the nominations pool features an inspiring mix of songs from both established acts and new discoveries, with the winners to be revealed at an epic publicWAM Song Of The Year Awards Party on Saturday 9 April. After an amazing debut last year, the sunset-starting soiree will return to Fremantle’s B-Shed warehouse for one last time, where the winners are to be announced. A diverse showcasing of artists will keep the good vibes running, with guest MCs also to be announced soon. Presale tickets are $25+BF available via Oztix.com.au (available here) or at Oztix outlets from9am (AWST) Friday 11 March. Capacity is strictly limited and this event is likely to sell-out.

#WAMSOTY proudly acknowledges the generous support provided by our:

Major Partners: APRA AMCOS, Audiofly, City of Fremantle
Associate Partners: Fremantle Ports, Patrick
Grand Prize Sponsors: Alberts, Perfect Pitch Publishing, RØDE Microphones, Berklee Online, Firestarter Distribution, Sonic Lolly, Diskbank
Category Sponsors: Cool Perth Nights | Mojos Bar, Country Music Club of Boyup Brook, Nannup Music Festival, Perth Jazz Society / The Ellington, Sunset Events
Studio Sponsors: Artisan, Blackbird Sound Studio, Crank Recording, Debaser Studios, Fremantle Recording Studios, GibSONICS / Belltones Studio, Poons Head, Shanghai Twang, Sonic Lolly, Soundbaker, Sovereign Studios, Sumo Sound Studios, Tone City Recording Studio, Rada Studios, Underground Studios

Full list of partners here and studio sponsors here

FULL LIST OF NOMINEES:

WORLD
Sponsored by Fremantle Ports I Studio sponsor Artisan
Alon Shimon Shai-Kaspi Roni Levi
Eastwinds Blame Lulu Peanuts – Metsahällilaul
Eastwinds Chakwe
Juliana Areias Mare Cheia (Full Tide)
Juliana Areias Flecha (Arrow)

BLUES/ROOTS
Sponsored by Sunset Events I Studio sponsor Poons Head
Jordan McRobbie
 The Ascension
Karin Page Lonely Night
Katie J White River
Katie J White Warrior
Tracey Barnett Listen To The Earth

COUNTRY
Sponsored by Country Music Club of Boyup Brook I Studio sponsorSoundbaker
David Mercy Wonders Never Cease
Fred Ryan It Must Have Been Good
Helen Townsend Streets Of Glory
Lynn Hazelton Melita Station
Pete Byfield Ashes

ELECTRONIC
Sponsored by City of Fremantle I Studio sponsor Tone City
Joni In The Moon Tarantella
Joni In The Moon War and Porn
Lilt Don’t Tell Me
Mining Tax Footy
Tobacco Rat Trenchtown 2020

EXPERIMENTAL
Sponsored by Patrick I Studio sponsor Blackbird Studios
Intenso China
Intenso 5 Days, 11 Hours, 7 Mins
Safe Sex Cut You
Tangled Thoughts of Leaving Shaking Off Futility
Usurper of Modern Medicine Be Ready

FOLK
Sponsored by Sonic Lolly I Studio sponsor Shanghai Twang
Chad Blondel Homme
Galloping Foxleys My Love Affair With Archer
Lucy Peach Be So Good
Mitchell Martin Hold On
Riley Pearce Brave

HEAVY/METAL
Sponsored by Firestarter I Studio sponsor Sovereign Studios
Chaos Divine Badge Of Honour
Chaos Divine Landmines
Förstöra One Last Stand
Scalphunter Bleeding Out
Tangled Thoughts of Leaving The Albanian Sleepover – Part One

JAZZ
Sponsored by The Ellington Jazz Club & Perth Jazz Society I Studio sponsor Crank Recording
Abbey | Foster | Falle At Long Last
Ben Matthews The Process
Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group Pius Bartosik
Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group Guapeo
MFG Requiem

OUTSTANDING INDIGENOUS
Sponsored by APRA AMCOS I Studio sponsor Underground Studios
Beni Bjah Survivors
Doreen Pensio and Band Changes
Jake & The Cowboys She Said
Selekt Few On Country
TERA Belly Of The Beast

OUTSTANDING REGIONAL
Sponsored by Nannup Music Festival I Studio sponsor Sonic Lolly
Brayden Sibbald Restless
Brayden Sibbald Maybe I Was Small
FINGERS Mitchell Cullen Didge It
Kris Nelson Favourite Regret
Valentine Vampire

POP
Sponsored by Cool Perth Nights | Mojos Bar I Studio sponsorArtisan
Bri Clark Shiver
Joni In The Moon Tarantella
Joni In The Moon War And Porn
The Tommyhawks Hollow
Valentine Vampire

PUNK/HARDCORE
Sponsored by CCA Productions I Studio sponsor Sumo Sound
Blindspot You’re So Phoney
Foam Four Men Enter A Room
Nerve Quakes Meliorism
Nerve Quakes Monarch
Scalphunter Best Of Me

ROCK
Sponsored by Audiofly I Studio sponsor Debaser Studios
Pat Chow Bad Thoughts
Ragdoll Rewind Your Mind
Rag n’ Bone Death Rattle Waltz
The Methamphetaqueens Girl That I’m Into
The High Learys Letters To Alice

SCHOOLS 14 & UNDER
Sponsored by Perfect Pitch I Studio sponsor GibSONICS / Belltones Studio
Karanina Make A Wish
Karanina New Summer
Madi Henry Stronger
Madi Henry Monster
tRuth Doubt

SCHOOLS 1517
Sponsored by Diskbank I Studio sponsor Rada Studios
Charlotte Viney With You
Figurehead Blind
Figurehead No Sleep
Michael Waller As Time Goes By
Puzzle Winter

URBAN/HIP HOP
Sponsored by Alberts I Studio sponsor Fremantle Records
Bluntfield and Billy Harris The Dark Crystal
Marksman Lloyd Pause (Feat. Coin Banks & Nic Di Lena) (Prod. Sable)
Safe Sex Soup
TERA Belly Of The Beast
The Brow The Mantra

 

 

Nomination News – WA Music Awards – WAMis – Best World Music Act 2015 nominee

WAM_2015_AWARDS_POSTER-723x1024 Juliana Areias Bossa Nova Baby Nominee Best World Music ActThe nominees for the 2015 WAMi Awards have been announced.
Juliana Areias – Bossa Nova Baby has been nominated for West Australian Best World Music Act 2015 – WAMis Awards. Congrats to all fellow nominees Grace Barbé Afro-Kreol, Gina Williams & Guy House , Daniel Susnjar Afro Peruvian Jazz, and Eduardo Cossio Quartet!

Listen to Juliana Areias – Bossa Nova Baby Album now.

WA MUSIC AWARDS @ JACK RABBIT SLIM’S

THURSDAY 5 November  II  Major Media Partner TheMusic.com.au

The WA Music Awards (known affectionately as the WAMis) play a vital role in recognising the achievements and output of the WA music and industry talent in the year that was. Debuting at Perth’s freshest late night hot spot Jack Rabbit Slim’s in Northbridge, this year’s coveted ‘WAMi’s’ will be handed out during an evening peppered with performances from some of WA’s most exciting talents.

FEATURING: Jacob Diamond, Joni In The Moon, Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse and Tomás Ford, plus special guests.

Due to the venue’s limited capacity, #WAMAwards tickets will be available strictly by invite to nominated acts and WA Music Conference ticket holders, who’ll be able to celebrate in style at the WA music industry event of the year.

WAM Festival is presented by Alcohol.Think Again. Proudly supported by the City of Perth & Lotterywest. All partners here.

BEST WORLD MUSIC ACT

Presented by Lotterywest

Daniel Susnjar Afro Peruvian Jazz

Eduardo Cossio Quartet

Grace Barbé

Juliana Areias

Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse