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Champagne Years

Manitoba Music launches its Summer Songwriter Retreat. -

John Norman takes the reigns of UNT. - Thump

Get a taste of Living Hour's debut album. - Beating Lights

The Revival hits the road with a new single. - Exclaim!

Get a taste of new music from Don Amero. - CBC

Carly Dow launches new video and tour. - Exclaim!

Watch the latest video from Carly Dow. - MyToba

Tracy Bone returns as a performer at Gathering of Nations Pow Wow. - Metro

Hear a new track from KEN mode. - NPR

KEN mode talks pro-wrestling. - Fightland

KEN mode is viking's choice. - OPB

Oh My Darling says farewell. - Winnipeg Free Press

Daily inspires through overcoming his struggles. - ShawTV

Greg Rekus takes his tunes to Italy. - Salad Days Mag

The spotlight is on À la Mode. - MyToba

Red Moon Road is an award-winning package. - The Jazz Mann

Chic Gamine is the first to get on the dubRise train. - CW15

New artist platform brings Chic Gamine on as early adapter. - Newswire

Sweet Alibi helps shine the spotlight on Fab Fem Fundraiser. - Sou`Wester

Catch Royal Canoe on Big Blue at Winnipeg Folk Festival. - Winnipeg Free Press

Watch Royal Canoe play "Birthday" live off the floor. - Pop Matters

Leaf Rapids finds inspiration in isolation. - Prairie Dog Mag

Being a hermit pays off for Leaf Rapids. - The Progress

Leaf Rapids' Lucky Stars is ear candy from front to back. - The Morton Report

Leaf Rapids puts a new twist on an old genre. - Revelstoke Mountaineer

Get a taste of new music from Matt Epp. - Exclaim!

Micah Visser throws it back to casettes. - The Projector

Calgary Folk Fest includes The Crooked Brothers in 2015 lineup. - Calgary Herald

The Small Glories heads to the coast. - BC Local News

Mise en Scene talks shop. - Premier Guitar

The Bros. Landreth head to Hillside Festival.  - Indie88

CBC's Q relaunches with Tanya Tagaq as one of the first guests. - Huffington Post

Folk on the Rocks puts Tanya Tagaq on stage. - My Yellowknife Now

Ridley Bent tells stories through his songs across the globe. - Gull Lake Advance

Del Barber gets ready for MerlFest. - Journal Patriot

Champagne Years releases a new video. - Exclaim!

Patt Kusturok helps bring the Prairie Kitchen Party back to the WECC. - MyToba

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CANADIAN SONGWRITER CHALLENGE: Manitoba Music Connects Heavy-Hitters with Local Acts for Co-writing Retreat

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Clockwise from top left: Dondrea Erauw, Chad Richardson, Tyler Tasson, Andy Stochansky

Manitoba Music is gearing up for the latest edition in its songwriter development series with the help of a national songwriters initiative. Slated for July 5-8, the Manitoba Music Summer Songwriter Retreat will combine co-writing opportunities with creative and business mentorship, connecting industry heavy-hitters with emerging Manitoba talent to strengthen their songwriting chops through collaboration. DEADLINE: May 14, 2015

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Record Store Day Hits Winnipeg April 18

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À La Mode

Music fans have a little extra something to look forward to this weekend. April 18 marks the eighth annual Record Store Day, which is celebrated around the world as a day to appreciate independently-owned record stores.

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In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web

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Leaf Rapids

Leaf Rapids' Canadiana Americana. - No Depression

Leaf Rapids is feeling lucky. - Winnipeg Free Press

Get a taste of Leaf Rapids' music. - Elmore Magazine

Leaf Rapids branches out. - Beatroute

Micah Visser discusses his upcoming release. - The Supporting Act + FREE download

The Bros. Landreth will leave you eager to hear more.  - Paste Magazine

The Bros. Landreth heads out on a runaway train. - Confront Magazine

Winnipeg Boyz' Charlie Fettah brings us "Moody Manitoba". - Hip Hop Canada

Lineup revealed for TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. - CBC

Jazz Fest releases its eclectic lineup. - Winnipeg Free Press

Last call for Les Jupes. - Exclaim!

Les Jupes never stood a chance. - Noisey

Yes We Mystic is in the spotlight. - MyToba

Don Amero has a lot to celebrate. - Winnipeg Free Press

Don Amero launches new album at the WECC. - MyToba

Matt Epp brings his passionate songwriting overseas. - Derwesten

Matt Epp's music takes him around the world. - Dinby

SC Mira and The Revival head to Burning Cow. - Green Bay Press Gazette

Mariachi Ghost has a busy summer ahead. - MyToba

Check out Rayannah's video for "Boxcar Lullabies". - Exclaim!

Rayannah drops new video in time for EP release. - MyToba

Tanya Tagaq's passion transcendeds her body and spirit. - Pop Matters

First edition of CBC's q to feature Tanya Tagaq. - The Record

Watch Finn play "Pyramids" live. - BRBR

Del Barber makes his MerleFest debut. - Mountain Times

Shotgun Jimmie hits the road with Human Music. - Exclaim!

The Noble Thiefs take part in Mile of Music. - Green Bay Press Gazette

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Showcase Opportunity: National Aboriginal Day

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Manitoba Music’s Aboriginal Music Program is producing a showcase for a delegation of music presenters and managers in Winnipeg during the National Aboriginal Day weekend. The showcase is set for June 20, 2015 at the Pyramid Cabaret and up to five First Nation, Métis, or Inuit acts will be selected to perform. DEADLINE: May 20, 2015

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Winnipeg International Jazz Festival Announces 2015 Lineup

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The Lytics

TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival's 2015 lineup announcement heralds the warmer weather and summer is officially on the horizon. Now celebrating its 26th year, Winnipeg’s largest downtown music festival will feature nearly 100 performers taking over various city stages, June 11-21. Drawing thousands of concert goers, the live music spans just about every genre, from jazz standards to R&B, hardbop to hip hop, roots and blues to indie rock and electronic pop, latin jazz, and just about everything in between.

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In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web

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Les Jupes

Manitobans take five nominations in four categories at The Indies. - Exclaim!

Les Jupes return with Some Kind of Family. - Exclaim!

Les Jupes set to release new LP. - Northern Transmissions

There's a story behind Les Jupes' latest album. - Stories Behind the Songs

Les Jupes keeps it in the family. - Indie88

Watch Autumn Still's video for "Bartholomew". - Exclaim!

Autumn Still is in the spotlight. - MyToba

Listen to Sc Mira's "Do Me". - A Music Blog Yea?

Yes We Mystic spring to the road on tour. - Exclaim!

Six Shooter Records' Interstellar Rodeo joins Manitoba's summer festival lineup. - Exclaim!

Six Shooter Records announces Interstellar Rodeo lineup. - Global News

Winnipeg welcomes Interstellar Rodeo. - Metro

Brandon Folk Festival announces 2015 headliners. - Brandon Sun

Get a look at new music from KEN mode. - Punk News

KEN mode will make you feel "Blessed". - Life Is Noise

Re-live KEN mode at SXSW. - Invisible Oranges

Romi Mayes hits the road. - Exclaim!

Get a preview of Romi Mayes' new album. - CBC

The Bros. Landreth was meant to be. - Toronto Star

The Bros. Landreth will steal your heart. - The Dryden Observer

Tanya Tagaq's voice goes global. - NRK Radio

Tanya Tagaq captivates at Big Ears Festival . - Noisey

The Weakerthans are a top pick for Grant Lawrence. - Scout Magazine

Jess Reimer heads west. - Red Deer Express

Jess Reimer tells tales of small towns. - Beatroute

Curtis Nowosad's new album creates dialogue. - Audiophile Audition

Slow Leaves takes to the road. - BC Local News

The prairies inspire Del Barber. - Red Deer Advocate

Panicland have nothing to panic about. - The Herald

Witchpolice keep it weird. - Beatroute

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Five Nods for Manitoba Acts at The Indies

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Clockwise from top left: The Bros. Landreth, Del Barber, Tanya Tagaq, Comeback Kid

Four Manitoba acts have rounded up five nominations at this year’s Independent Music Awards, aka The Indies: Tanya Tagaq, The Bros. Landreth, Del Barber, and Comeback Kid. The awards will be handed out at the Grand Ballroom of Toronto's Sheraton Centre on May 9.

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Interstellar Rodeo Unveils Winnipeg Lineup

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Tanya Tagaq

Close your eyes and imagine soaking up live music and sun without having to wear a jacket... Manitoba's newest music fest is ready to take over The Forks this summer. After establishing itself in Edmonton, Interstellar Rodeo makes its Winnipeg debut August 14-16, boasting a diverse and dynamic lineup that includes over a dozen acts, from Americana to rock to pop to the truly genre-bending. 

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In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web

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Kris Ulrich (Photo: Grant Goss)

It's time to break up the boys club. - The Uniter

Dauphin's Countryfest spills the beans. -

Get a taste of Leaf Rapids. - Exclaim!

Catch up with The Wailin' Jennys. - Huffington Post

Leaf Rapids has stuff going on. - Top 100 Canadian Blog

Real Love Summer Fest gets set up to announce lineup. - Winnipeg Sun

Raine Hamilton speaks out. - The Projector

Kris Ulrich is flawless. - Diamond Deposits

Fred Penner has a lot of heart. - The Guardian

Fred Penner has kind words for Justin Bieber. - CTV Kitchener

Ridley Bent has the song of the day. - The Westerner

Winnipeg Folk Festival a top in Canada. - The Guardian

Matt Epp brings the audience into his world. - Mittel Stand Cafe

Matt Epp brings his passion overseas. - Klamm

Del Barber is one to watch at MerleFest 2015. - Huffington Post

Chic Gamine is good for the soul. - Standard Freeholder

KEN mode previewed new songs at SXSW. - Brooklyn Vegan

The Noble Thiefs say one last goodbye to The Artery. - Gigcity

Curtis Nowosad is refreshing. - The Jazz Breakfast

Dialectics showcases Curtis Nowosad's creative evolution. - New Canadian Music

Tanya Tagaq collaborates. - KRCB

Tanya Tagaq on Six Shooter Records' Interstellar Rodeo Edmonton lineup. - Exclaim!

Tanya Tagaq makes memorie at SXSW. - Exclaim!

Toronto Mayor gives Tanya Tagaq mad props. - The Star

Ottawa brings The Bros. Landreth to Bluesfest. - CTV Ottawa

The Bros. Landreth bring some blues to Ottawa. - Confront Magazine

Don't call The Thrashers metal. - Metro

Murray Pulver brings us up to speed. - CBC Winnipeg

Venues go beyond traditional spaces. - The Uniter

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Why You Should Consider Submitting to Contact Events and How You Should Do It

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From left: Darryl Brunger (Woody Holler and his Orchestra, Daniel Jordan (Red Moon Road)

By Manitoba Music and Deborah Remus

Many artists are familiar with industry conferences and festivals like BreakOut West, North by Northeast, Canadian Music Week, Folk Alliance International, and the music mecca, South by Southwest. Performing arts showcases, often called “contact events”, are another showcasing avenue that may be a little less in the public eye, but can be just as valuable as a way to book shows and tours.

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Call for Submissions: Promotional Video Series for Aboriginal Artists

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Manitoba Music is producing a second round of videos in its AMP Sessions video series. The videos will feature live performances of new music by First Nation, Métis, or Inuit members of Manitoba Music. The videos will be distributed online by Manitoba Music and used in promoting showcases, trade show booths, and events. They will be targeted to music fans, industry professionals, and media and can be used by the artists for marketing purposes. DEADLINE: April 23, 2015

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In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web

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Lindsey White

Manitoba Music teams up with FortWhyte Alive for Songwriter Retreat. - 730 CKDM

Mid-Ocean School of Media Arts celebrates 20 years. - The Manitoban

Solhounds will leave you wanting more. - The Uniter + FREE download

Curtis Nowosad cuts to the chase. - Ottawa Citizen

Curtis Nowosad brings it home with Dialectics. - The Uniter

Lindsey White one of Manitoba's Future 40. - Metro

Lindsey White and inspires Manitoba's future generation. - CBC Manitoba

Romi Mayes gives us The Devil On Both Shoulders. - Exclaim!

Get the first look at Jess Reimer's new video. - AUX TV

Yes We Mystic gears up to release Vestige. - Exclaim!

Mama Cutsworth makes memories. - Spectator Tribune

Sweet Alibi gets found by the Searchlight. - CBC

Comparisons are complimentary for SC Mira. - The Uniter

Slow Leaves spreads songs across Canada. - Camrose Canadian

Mise en Scene gives us an "Endless Summer". - BRBR

Keri Latimer's song takes her to the finals. - Steamfeed

JD and the Sunshine Band stand by their van. - Winnipeg Sun

Lindsey White makes the top nine. - Metro

Roger Roger bring balance. - MyToba

Carly Dow’s music will leave you charmed and haunted. - MyToba

The Thrashers covers a lot of ground on new LP. - The Uniter

The spotlight is on DJ Stop. - DJ Mag Canada

Jon-C sticks to his guns. - Hip Hop Canada

Get to know Leaf Rapid's Devin Latimer. - The Uniter

Conduct brings some energy. - Jukebox DC

And a special little JUNO roundup...

Tanya Tagaq and The Bros. Landreth bring home some trophies. - Billboard

Tanya Tagaq takes home a JUNO. - Voir

Tanya Tagaq talks about her JUNO win. - JUNOTV

Fred Penner puts another JUNO in his collection. - Mix 94.9

The Bros. Landreth bask in JUNO glory. - JUNOTV

Fred Penner plays for the juniors at the JUNOS. - The Gate

Plus a little bit of SXSW...

Check out The Bros. Landreth at SXSW. - Pollstar

Catch The Bros. Landreth at SXSW. - CBS News

Don't miss one of the nine shows The Bros. Landreth have at SXSW. - Washington Post

The Bros. Landreth is a must see at SXSW. - The Telegram

The Bros. Landreth goes well with food. - Paste Magazine

Tanya Tagaq is a top pick at SXSW. - Austin Chronicle

Tanya Tagaq stands out at SXSW. - NPR

Tanya Tagaq represents at SXSW. - Huffington Post

Watching Tanya Tagaq is like being taken on a journey. - Austin Chronicle

KEN mode is all over SXSW. - Invisible Oranges

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Manitoba Music and FortWhyte Alive Launch Winter Songwriter Retreat

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Clockwise from top left: Adam Hanney, Ariane Jean, Bobby Desjarlais, Dominique Lemoine, Jeff Bruce, Jordan St.Cyr, Quinton Blair, Raine Hamilton, Stefanie Blondal Johnson

Manitoba Music and FortWhyte Alive are teaming up this month to present the Manitoba Music Winter Songwriter Retreat. The co-writing retreat will bring nine emerging songwriters together to strengthen their songwriting chops through collaboration at a secluded lakeside field station and architecturally unique cabins at FortWhyte Alive, March 29-31.

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Manitoba Artists Triumphant at the 2015 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards

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The Bros. Landreth accept their award at the 2015 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards

The envelopes were opened, the names were read, and Manitobans are heading home with five JUNO Awards. The glittery 2015 JUNO Gala Dinner & Awards, which took place at the Hamilton Convention on March 14, handed out hardware to music legend Fred Penner, groundbreaking throat singer Tanya Tagaq, country blues outfit The Bros. Landreth, artist Roberta Hansen and photographer Mike Latchislaw, and Brandon-born violin virtuoso James Ehnes. 

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In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web

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LuLu et le Matou

Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel brings in $4,400 for Kevin Walters Memorial Fund. -

JUNO Songwriters' Circle puts Fred Penner front stage. - CBC

Fred Penner and LuLu et le Matou play the junior JUNOS. - Flamborough Review

The Prairies could help Del Barber win a JUNO. - CBC

Tanya Tagaq set to present at The JUNO Awards. - The Hamilton Spectator

Tanya Tagaq merges art and music. - Blog TO

Don't miss Tanya Tagaq at SXSW. - Rolling Stone

The Bros. Landreth have some questions to answer. - Lithium Magazine

You must see The Bros. Landreth at SXSW. - Rolling Stone

Oh how The Bros. Landreth have grown. - Relix

Catch KEN mode at SXSW. - Brooklyn Vegan

KEN mode is set to launch new album and tour. - Circuit Sweet

KEN mode heats things up at SXSW. - Metal Injection

Busy is all Curtis Nowosad knows. - Winnipeg Free Press + FREE download

Little Miss Higgins throws a mean baby show. - Winnipeg Sun

Matt Epp is Canadian folk at its best. - Lokal Kompass

Watched Ruth Moody live. - The Music Show

Slow Leaves is not looking back. - Beatroute

Slow Leaves heads across Canada. - Exclaim!

Chic Gamine is bending genres. - Beatroute

The Wailin' Jennys stay close with their fans. - Daily Times

Until Red heads west. BC Local News

Solhounds leave people wanting more. - The Uniter

Chris from Propagandhi rates his records. - Noisey

Karl Stobbe lands JUNO nod. - Winnipeg Free Press

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Manitoba Acts Head to Hamilton for JUNO Festivities

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Del Barber sharing the stage with The Bros. Landreth at Americana Music Fest

It seems like just yesterday, the JUNOS were taking over Winnipeg... but it's really been a whole year and now Canada's awards show is landing in Hamilton. Those making the trip have plenty of chances to catch some Manitoba music at the festivities, including two-day music fest JUNOfest, charity hockey game JUNOcup, Junior JUNOS kids show, the JUNO Songwriters' Circle, and the big ticket itself, JUNO Awards telecast. 

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CURLING FOR A CAUSE: Manitoba Music Community Raises $4,400 for Kevin Walters Memorial Fund

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Curlers in action at the 2015 Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel (Photo: J.Senft Photography)

Manitoba’s music scene has rocked the house for charity. Over 140 curlers joined event organizers Manitoba Music and Manitoba Film & Music at the 2015 Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel at the Granite Curling Club on February 28. The sold out event brought the province's vibrant music community together to raise over $4,400 for the Kevin Walters Memorial Fund.

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In The News: Manitoba Music News Stories from Around the Web

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Dirty Catfish Brass Band

Aboriginal Music Program goes to Vegas. - 730 CKDM

Manitoba Music takes some friends to SXSW. -

JP Hoe takes on SXSW. - One News Page

JP Hoe embraces his Icelandic ancestry. - MBL

Del Barber comes home. - 730 CKDM

Prairieography lands Del Barber a JUNO nod. - Metro

Del Barber opens doors. - Winnipeg Sun

KEN mode heads to SXSW. - KEYJ

The Good Will has a good rep. - Chatelaine

Mama Cutsworth inspires. - The Uniter

Dirty Catfish Brass Band and Dr. Hotbottom team up. - MyToba

Steve Bell has some devoted fans. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Wailin' Jennys hit the road. - Pagosa Daily Post

Winnipeg Folk Festival announces lineup stacked with locals. - Winnipeg Free Press

Winnipeg Folk Fest announces 2015 lineup. - CBC

Locals set to take the stage at Winnipeg Folk Fest. - Winnipeg Sun

Folk Fest unveils 2015 lineup. -

The 2015 Folk Fest lineup is here. - MyToba

The Mariachi Ghost starts off the day with energy. - CTV

Cootie Club breaks down barriers. - The Uniter

Jess Reimer knows a thing or two about heartache and tears. - The Record

Jess Reimer hits the road. - MyToba

The Catamounts set the sound for summer. - The Uniter

Those Guys take the stage. - MyToba

Tanya Tagaq set to perform at Luminato. - CTV

Luminato puts Tanya Tagaq on stage with 1000 others. - The Globe and Mail

Tanya Tagaq plays well with others. - Metro

The crowd is captivated with Tanya Tagaq. - Straight

Tanya Tagaq takes us on an epic musical voyage. - Courier Islander

Apocolypsis blends Tanya Tagaq's voice with the arts. - 570 News

Tanya Tagaq and 1000 others perform together at Luminato. - Toronto Star

Tanya Tagaq takes to the stage with 1000 others. - BlogTO

Tanya Tagaq lights up Calgary at the Indspire Awards. - Money News

Bad Bon Kilbi Festival brings Tanya Tagaq's throat singing overseas. - Derbund

Beatox teams up with U of M jazz students. - The Manitoban

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Winnipeg Folk Festival Unveils 2015 Line-Up

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Standing ovation for Chic Gamine at Winnipeg Folk Festival 2014

Whenever the Winnipeg Folk Festival announces its lineup, the weather always seems to get a little nicer. So big thanks to the venerable organization for bringing some much-needed warmth and laying out the first blueprint for the summer. The 42nd annual festival, which will take over Birds Hill Park July 9-12, will offer audiences four nights and three days of musical discovery, including a stellar line-up of celebrated Manitoba talent.

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International Songwriting Competition Announces Semi-Finalists

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Steve Bell

Manitoba songwriters have landed 11 spots on the International Songwriting Competition's list of semi-finalists, including nods for Matt Epp, Seanster and the Monsters' Sean Hogan, Don Amero, Steve Bell, and more. Winners will be announced at the end of April, with prizes including over $25,000 in cash, merchandise, and services.

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Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program Heads to Las Vegas for Economic Summit

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Manitoba Music's Aboriginal Music Program (AMP) is headed to the "entertainment capital of the world" to connect with some of North America's major players in the U.S.-based Indigenous music scene. AMP will hit Las Vegas March 9-12 for the Reservation Economic Summit, which plays host to tribal leaders, talent buyers, media, representatives from Native American casinos, and business leaders from across America.

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Manitoba Music & Winnipeg Folk Festival to Launch New Open Mic Nights at Maw's Eatery, March 17

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Raine Hamilton

After a little winter break, Manitoba Music and the Winnipeg Folk Festival are excited to announce that their popular open mic night will return this month in a new location. The free monthly evenings will move to popular new Exchange District haunt, Maw's Eatery, on the third Tuesday of every month. Singer/songwriter Raine Hamilton will host the first of the new iteration of open mic nights on March 17.

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Manitoba Treks South for Massive Austin Music Fest

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Clockwise from top left: Mise en Scene, The Bros. Landreth, JP Hoe, Del Barber

Over 8,000 babies are given the name “Austin” every year, but there is only one Manitoba. And after what this singular prairie province has in store for SXSW, you’ll be noticing a lot more Manitobas south of the border. Nestled at the heart of the continent, Manitoba is home to an internationally-recognized arts scene and some of the most talented and intrepid musicians around. This month, they’re taking it on the road; tossing toques and mittens and heading due south for the massive Texas music fest.

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