Gimli is looking like a good place to be for live music this August long weekend. Islendingadagurinn, or the Icelandic Festival of Manitoba, has announced its free stages lineup for the 126th annual celebration of Icelandic culture and heritage, and there's plenty of homegrown talent stepping up to the mic.
Summer is packed with festivals celebrating live music outdoors across the province, but the festivities don't stop when the weather turns slightly chilly. The Harvest Moon Festival takes over Clearwater September 18-20 for three days of workshops on sustainable living, farmer's market, kid's fun, fair trade fair, food vendors, and a big helping of local music surrounded by the beauty of the Pembina Valley.
The Canadian Country Music Association announced the nominees for one of Canada's hottest music tickets, the Canadian Country Music Awards, and there are some familiar names on the list. Manitoba nominees include The Bros. Landerth, Paquin Entertainment Group, Dauphin's Countryest, and Doc Walker's Stephen Broadhurst.
This August, it’ll be easy to get some local into your lunch at Old Market Square. TD Canada Trust, Manitoba Music, and the Exchange District BIZ are joining forces for the second year to present a series of free lunch hour concerts highlighting Manitoba talent at The Cube stage.
Running noon to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, TD Manitoba Live at The Cube kicks off August 5 with a special hometown performance from expat bluegrass act Jaxon Haldane and his band for a launch event hosted by the folks from QX 104 and FAB 94.3. The series’ diverse lineup runs the genre spectrum, featuring performances from country soul outfit Sol James, Canadiana-infused art rock band Odanah, Latin jazz mainstay Combo Latino, country singer/songwriter Quinton Blair, and R&B/rock crew The Noble Thiefs.