ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Roman Clarke takes gospel harmony, modern R&B, and the oblivious charm of the 1970’s and rolls it all into a genre that is becoming of his inherently nostalgic generation. The young Manitoban’s songs come across with a sort of cheekiness and energy that only someone of such youth could create. This flavour of song that Roman has decided to offer up to his community doesn’t usually surface in the musical landscape of rural Manitoba. Read the The Exchange's profile on Roman

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Alpha Toshineza is a versatile artist: graphic designer, film director and french speaking rapper. He is also the founder of record label Jazz Inuit. He was born and raised in Luxembourg (Europe). He started his career in the early 90s. He was in different groups before going solo and performed under the name Gospel Emcee. Between 2003 and 2013, he released different projects (2 albums, many EPs), collaborated with hip hop artists and producers like Kev Brown and Oddisee, and performed in different countries across Europe (Germany, Belgium, France, Latvia, opening act for De La Soul) and Canada (Toronto, Winnipeg). In 2014, Alpha moved to Manitoba and started collaborating with local recording artists like Kelly Bado, Justin Lacroix and many more. In February 2017, he finally released his latest album ""Jazz Inuit"" which was critically acclaimed by the French-Canadian media. After being part of 2 major TV shows (Planète BRBR and Balade à Toronto), he was finally nominated for "Francophone Artist of the Year" at the Western Canadian Music Awards. His music (clearly influenced by 90s boombap), his unique poetry and his stage presence make him an ambassador for French-Manitoban hip hop. Read The Exchange's profile on Alpha

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Put simply, Jérémie & The Delicious Hounds are new-age fosterers of soul music. They are, however, bringing it with a twist. The band is from the old French quarter of St Boniface, Winnipeg, and are cementing their identity as bi-lingual artists. Jérémie Brémault’s smooth, smoky voice, and earnest stage presence wrings that authentic soul sound into the group’s wide-ranging style. They call it the “delicious sound” – say it fast enough and you’ll hear where these crafty musicians get their name.

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Winnipeg guitarist James Roth and American vocalist Courtney Devon began writing almost two years ago. They formed Amadians with drummer Kyle Fox just over a year ago. They're looking forward to recording this summer with a release of their first single in he fall.

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