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Record Store Day 2014

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Jelly B & The Kmart Shoppers

The weather has warmed up just in time for you to wander Winnipeg in search of some great deals on music. Saturday, April 19 is 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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The Bros. Landreth live at JUNOfest (Photo: CARAS/J.Senft Photography)

Stream the first track from Tanya Tagaq's new album, Animism. - RPM

Del Barber turns geography into poetry on Prairieography. - Boston Globe

Del Barber puts a piece of home into his music. - American Songwriter

How do you say "Del Barber" in German? -

Listen to KEN mode perform a live session. - BBC Radio 1

KEN mode's illustrator, Randy Ortiz, talks tshirts and more. - Brooklyn Vegan

KEN mode to play Hopscotch in September. News & Observer

Steve Bell performs for Agape Table's Easter meal. - CBC News

Find out about Grand Analog's love of brunch and more. - Myspace

Imaginary Cities and Royal Canoe get wings. - Exclaim!

Red Bull bus hits Winnipeg. -

Video premiere from Royal Canoe. - Popmatters

Royal Canoe debuts new video for "Button Fumbla". - Smashpipe

Watch Royal Canoe's "Button Fumbla". - Indie 88

Thumbs up for Royal Canoe's opening set for Bombay Bicycle Club. - Phoenix New Times

Watch Royal Canoe perform "Bathubs" in Studio Q. - CBC

Royal Canoe among the many artists announced for Festival d'été de Quebec. - Indie 88

The F-holes defy categorization. - Prairie Dog Mag

Ain't no mountain high for Sweet Alibi. - Red Deer Advocate

Sweet sounds from Sweet Alibi. - Kamloops This Week

The Bros. Landreth are a Gateway band. - Exclaim!

Shotgun Jimmie promotes new SappyFest coffee table book. - Exclaim!

Winnipeg Folk Festival unveils new tshirt designs. - CBC News

Record Store Day is like Christmas for music fans. - Winnipeg Free Press

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

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Ridley Bent

Winnipeg Jazz Fest announces lineup. - CTV Winnipeg

The Noble Thiefs and Moses Mayes among the many locals to play Jazz Fest. -

Winnipeg Jazz Fest unveils 2014 lineup. - CBC News

25 years of Dauphin's Country Fest celebrated in documentary. - Brandon Sun

The Perpetrators announced as part of Kitchener Blues Fest. - The Record

Ridley Bent is all in on Wildcard. - CBC News

JD and the Sunshine Band gives a voice to those in need. - Winnipeg Free Press

What started small for JD and the Sunshine Band grew to a full CD release. - CBC News

CD release is just the beginning for JD and the Sunshine Band. - Stylus

Fred Penner honoured for making a difference. - Winnipeg Free Press

Mama Cutsworth mixes it up. - The Manitoban

Royal Canoe added to Bonnaroo. - Consequence of Sound

Festival d'été de Québec lineup includes Royal Canoe. - Exclaim!

See SXSW through the eyes of Royal Canoe. - Winnipeg Free Press

Royal Canoe head to the coast as part of Vancouver Jazz Fest. - Montreal Gazette

Doc Walker and The Bros. Landreth take the stage at Harbourfest. - Kenora Daily

Get into the studio with The Bros. Landreth. - Royal Studio

Naysa shows us what a Troubled Heart sounds like. - Stylus

Chic Gamine put a little soul into Burbany Blues Fest. - Burnaby Now

Playing music was a natural decision for Cara Luft. - LF Press

Cara Luft and JD Edwards team up. - The Record

It's easy to get lost in Sebastian Owl's new album. - Stylus

Kevin Roy and Carey Buss hit the airwaves. - Stitcher

Luminato Festival lineup includes Tanya Tagaq. - Exclaim!

Tanya Tagaq set to shine at Luminato. - Examiner

The prairies are calling Del Barber's name. - CMT Edge

Cities compete for title of biggest The Wailin' Jennys fan. - Herald Net

Dane Bjornson could be YTV's next star. -

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Call for Submissions: Loft Sessions Promotional Videos

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Filming Royal Canoe's Loft Session

Manitoba Music is producing a second round of videos in its Loft Sessions series. The live performance videos feature staged performances of new music by export-ready Manitoba artists to be used for online promotion. The videos will be distributed online by Manitoba Music and used in promoting showcases 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 24, 2014

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Winnipeg International Jazz Festival Unveils 25th Anniversary Lineup

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Erin Propp & Larry Roy

Well, it's officially spring and the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival's 2014 lineup announcement is here to melt the rest of the snow. 

Now celebrating its 25th birthday, Winnipeg’s largest downtown music festival will feature nearly 100 performers taking over various city stages, June 12-22. 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.

"Since this is our 25th anniversary, we definitely wanted our lineup to reflect our history. We achieved that with legends like Ellis Marsalis and Arturo Sandoval," said executive producer Paul Nolin in a release. "At the same time — in the spirit of jazz and the festival itself — we've got a healthy dose of new, cutting edge artists as well."

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

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Mama Cutsworth

The 2014 JUNOS Awards a success. - Winnipeg Sun

Mama Cutsworth breaks barriers. - Noisey

Mama Cutsworth's dance party a top pick for this week. - CBC

Ridley Bent raises the bets with Wildcard. - Winnipeg Free Press

Wake up with a tune from Ridley Bent. - BT Winnipeg

Chris Bennett is unstoppable. - CBC News

Greg Rekus announced as part of The Fest. - Exclaim!

Greg Rekus brings his quirky acoustic punk to Liberation Drenthe. - Ter Apeler Courant

Being a touring musician = a lot of work, passion, and dedication. - Winnipeg Free Press

Meet the artists defining Winnipeg's music scene right now. - Huffington Post

Desiree Dorion among the Aboriginal musicians at this year's JUNOS. - CBC News

Erin Propp and Larry Roy have had a serendipitous couple of years. - Metro News

Erin Propp and Larry Roy talk about graffti and music. - CBC Player

Del Barber's roots show on Prairieography. - No Depression

Matt Epp and Little Miss Higgins take the high chairs at JUNO Songwriters' Circle. - Stylus

Go for a ride with Royal Canoe. - National Post

Royal Canoe are one to watch at Osheaga. - CanCulture

Royal Canoe announced as part of Vancouver Jazz Fest. - Exclaim!

Vancouver Jazz Fest brings Royal Canoe to the West Coast. - Vancouver Sun

Royal Canoe among the many artists announced for Sled Island Music Fest. - Exclaim!

Sled Island Music Fest lineup includes Royal Canoe. - FFWD Weekly

Royal Canoe paddle ride the waves to Sled Island Music Fest. - Calgary Herald

Royal Canoe has come a long way from high school. - CBC News

Royal Canoe is set to get the blues in Ottawa. - Ottawa Magazine

Ottawa Bluesfest lineup includes Royal Canoe. - CBC News

Royal Canoe among the many artists announced for Ottawa Bluesfest. - Exclaim!

Manitoba Rocks! rocks Manitoba. - Winnipeg Free Press

Have violin, will travel. - Metro Winnipeg

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James Ehnes, Mike Downes Bring Home the JUNOS

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James Ehnes (Photo: Benjamin Ealovega)

Two Manitoba-born artists brought home hardware at the JUNO Awards Dinner & Gala on March 29. Internationally-acclaimed Brandon-raised violinist James Ehnes was the sole double-winner at the exclusive, non-television event, held at Winnipeg's Convention Centre. A first time nominee this year, Winnipeg-raised Mike Downes won Traditional Jazz Album of the Year for Ripple Effect

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Random Questions with... JUNO Nominee Royal Canoe's Bucky Driedger

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Royal Canoe (Photo: Delf Gravert)

Indie pop/rock troupe Royal Canoe dropped its debut LP, Today We’re Believers, in 2013, following a series of EPs, including Extended Play and Purple & Gold. The group has been drawing an endless stream of buzz for its inventive, avant sound, landing on best-of lists from The New York Times to Consequence of Sound and securing opening slots with Alt-J and Bombay Bicycle Club. The band was also named a top band to see at this year’s SXSW by Spin Magazine, and was recently added to Osheaga’s impressive summer bill. It’s the first JUNO nomination for the six-piece, and guitarist Bucky Driedger will apparently be wear a sequined... well... we don't want to spoil it...

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Random Questions with... JUNO Nominee Manitoba Chamber Orchestra's Vicki Young

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The Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (MCO), led by musical director Anne Mason, teamed up with Toronto-based soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian for its latest JUNO-nominated collaboration. Also nominated for a JUNO in 2005 for its recording with world-renowned opera singer Measha Brueggergosman, the MCO previously toured with Bayrakdarian in 2008, performing at major North American centres including a stint at New York’s Carnegie Hall, which resulted in three curtain calls. MCO's Vicki Young took a few minutes to answer our random Q+A...

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Random Questions with... JUNO Nominee KEN mode's Jesse Matthewson

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KEN mode (Photo: Curran Faris)

Noise rock trio KEN mode received a barrage of critical attention in 2013, landing on year-end lists galore and a spot on the Polaris Music Prize long list. Plus, the group has been virtually owning the metal/hard category since it was first introduced at The 2012 JUNO Awards; the band won the first ever award in the category for its album, Venerable, band now, Entrench, its fifth full-length and second JUNO entry in three years, is up for another one. Where was KEN mode's first gig? Find out...

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Manitoba Rocks: WSO Collaborates with Local Bands for Exciting Concert during JUNO Week

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Top: Imaginary Cities with the WSO on Canada Day (Photo: J.Senft Photography) Bottom: Royal Canoe (Photo: Delf Gravert)

The Centennial Concert Hall is ready to rock for JUNO Week

The venerable Winnipeg institution, which is most often home to great orchestral works and ballets, will be taken over by Manitoba Rocks, a special event featuring four of Manitoba's most buzzed about rock and pop outfits for in unique collaboration with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Running in association with JUNOfest, March 28-30, audiences have three chances to take in the spectacle. 

Taking the stage will be a diverse collection of homegrown talent, including soul/pop outfit Imaginary Cities, hip hop act The Lytics, JUNO-winning roots quintet Nathan Music Co., and 2014 JUNO nominee Royal Canoe. 

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Random Questions with... JUNO Nominee James Ehnes

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James Ehnes (Photo: Benjamin Ealovega)

Brandon-born James Ehnes has made a name for himself on the international classical circuit as a virtuosic violinist. His catalogue of work, which includes over 30 recordings, has received many prestigious awards, such as a Grammy Award, a Gramophone Classical Music Award (also referred to as the Oscar’s of classical music) and seven JUNO Awards. He's up for two more JUNOS this year. Find out what concert changed his life...

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Random Questions with... JUNO Nominee Erin Propp

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Erin Propp and Larry Roy (Photo: Pauline Boldt)

The winning-combo of singer/songwriter Erin Propp and veteran Canadian jazz guitarist, Larry Roy released Courage, My Love and have been riding a wave of critical acclaim ever since. The duo won Best Jazz Album of the Year at the 2013 Western Canadian Music Awards, and picked up their first JUNO nod for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. The question is... if Propp had a superpower, what would be? 

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Five Manitoba Bands Land Nods for The Indies

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Clock from top left: KEN mode, Grand Analog, Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five, Royal Canoe, Mise en Scene

Nominations for the Independent Music Awards, better known as The Indies, are out and there are some familiar Manitoba names on the list. 2014 JUNO Award nominees KEN Mode, Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five, and Royal Canoe landed nods from the 14th annual awards, along with Grand Analog and Mise en Scene. The hardware will be handed out at Toronto's Kool Haus on May 10.

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

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Greek Riots (Photo: Ginaya Jesmer Photography)

Manitoba Music brought the great white north to SXSW. - Stylus

Lyrics run deep for Matt Epp and The Lytics. - Winnipeg Free Press

Marco Castillo is transported home with his third album. - CBC Scene

Del Barber's prairie roots run deep. - CBC News

Del Barber gives details on recording Prairieography. - BT Winnipeg

Mise en Scene and Royal Canoe make appearances on this SXSW mixtape. - MTV FORA

JUNO Week kicks off with performance series from We Speak Music. -

Random act of JUNO strikes again with Sons of York. -

Francophones represented during JUNO Week at Scène Manitobaine. - Winnipeg Free Press

KEN mode, Royal Canoe, and Mahogany Frog talk about JUNO nominations. - BT Winnipeg

Mahogany Frog doesn't need words to get a JUNO nomination. - Canstar

Winnipeg Folk Festival brings emerging acts together with legends. - Winnipeg Free Press

Dust Rhinos will never have St. Patrick's Day off again. - Winnipeg Free Press

Naysa shares its Troubled Heart. - The Uniter

Naysa sounds like the way spring smells. - Stylus

Distances hits hard with Boulders. - The Uniter

Season five of Home Routes comes to a close in Thompson. - Thompson Citizen

Watch Finn perform at The Uniter Fiver. - The Uniter

Greek Riots were a riot at The Uniter Fiver. - The Uniter

See part of Hearing Trees performance from The Uniter Fiver. - The Uniter

Royal Canoe and Leonard Sumner to play Regina Folk Festival. - Exclaim!

Sweet Alibi is a pick of the weekly. - CBC Ottawa

Get dancing at Park Theatre with Indicator IndicatorLost Weekend. - CBC Scene

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Random Questions with... JUNO Nominee Mahogany Frog's Scott Ellenberger

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Mahogany Frog (Photo: Delf Gravert)

Formed in 1998, Mahogany Frog, the proggy instrumental outfit known for its vast, multi-layered exploration of sounds, has called SENNA, its sixth LP and second on the Moon June Records label, its heaviest and most challenging record to date. This is the first JUNO nomination for the group, which was recently the subject of music documentary Alors, t’as soif de quoi? and picked up a Western Canadian Music Award in the fall. Find out what song Scott Ellenberger would like played at his funeral...

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Random Questions with... Matt Epp

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Matt Epp (Photo: Patricia Lara)

Singer/songwriter Matt Epp’s co-write with The 2014 JUNO Awards Broadcast co-host Serena Ryder helped to earn her well-deserved JUNO nod for Songwriter of the Year. The song "When You Know" appears on Epp’s latest album, Learning to Lose Control. Epp will share his songs and stories at the JUNO Songwriters' Circle on March 30. And what he intends to wear to the awards show might be a bit of a surprise...

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Random Questions with... JUNO Nominee Marie-Claude

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Kid-at-heart Marie-Claude McDonald (aka Francophone chanteuse Marie-Claude) will vie for Children’s Album of the Year for her debut effort as a family entertainer, Mon coffret à surprise, which also picked up a Western Canadian Music Award nod in 2013 for Children’s Recording of the Year. Find out what concert changed her life...

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Random Questions with... JUNO Nominee Little Miss Higgins

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Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five (Credit: Andy P Stanislav)

Saskatchewan transplant Little Miss Higgins and her band, The Winnipeg Five landed a JUNO nod for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year for Manitoba-made Bison Ranch Recording Sessions. In the second in our series of JUNO nominee profiles, find out front woman Jolene Higgins' most embarrassing moment on stage and more...

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Random Questions with... JUNO Nominee Desiree Dorion

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Desiree Dorion

When The 2014 JUNO Awards take over Winnipeg for a week of music and festivities, March 24-30, there will be plenty of chances to see and hear some great local talent. Many of this year's homegrown JUNO Award nominees took some time from their busy schedules to answer our random questions; stay tuned for a new profile every day leading up to the JUNOS!

Dauphin-raised Aboriginal Album of the Year nominee Desiree Dorion is our first profile... find out who her dream duet would be with and what she thinks of being nominated for Canada's music awards...

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Winnipeg Folk Festival Announces 2014 Festival Line-Up

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Last year's Manitoba artists workshop

After a punishing winter that doesn't seem to have quite finished with us yet, trust the Winnipeg Folk Festival to bring some much-needed warmth and sunshine.

The Winnipeg Folk Festival announced the lineup for its 41st annual event, which will take over Birds Hill Park July 9-13. Audiences will have five nights and three days for musical discovery, including a diverse line-up of internationally-acclaimed Manitoba talent.

The list of homegrown music acts hitting festival stages features emerging act The Bros. Landreth, acclaimed singer/songwriters JP Hoe, Cara Luft, and Ruth Moody, soul/pop darlings Chic Gamine, 2014 JUNO nominees Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five, and roots trio Sweet Alibi. The always-stellar local children's acts include another 2014 JUNO nominee, Marie-Claude, plus favouries Aaron Burnett and Mr. Mark. The Bros. Landreth and Chic Gamine are both slated for the Main Stage, on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. 

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

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Yes We Mystic and the Random Act of JUNO (Photo: Griffin Sokal)

Del Barber puts the prairies on the map with his new album. - Stylus + FREE download

Del BarberSweet AlibiMariachi Ghost, Kevin Roy, and more make the top 10. - Winnipeg Free Press

ATLAAS grabs a hot cup to go with its Random Act of JUNO. -

Our own Alan Greyeyes shines light on Aboriginal music. - The Manitoban

The Treble is heading to nationals in talent search. - Metro News

Dane Bjornson reaches for the stars. - Winnipeg Free Press

Yes We Mystic surprises UofW students with a Random Act of JUNO. -

Random Act of JUNO takes over the cafeteria. - University of Winnipeg

Camerata Nova gets dramatic. - Winnipeg Free Press

Royal Canoe is an indie biggie. - Indie 88

Royal Canoe is like seeing a ocean family interact around a coral reef. - Ladywood Musician

Royal Canoe is a top band to see at SXSW. - The Leake

Royal Canoe are Montreal bound for Osheaga. - Consequence of Sound

Royal CanoeFred PennerJohn K. Samson among others get artsy. -

Grand Analog has a blast at SXSW. AUXtv

Grand Analog stay slick at SXSW. - Stylus

Ruth Moody knows how to keep busy. - Anchorage Daily News

Lost Weekend "takes off" with this live performance. - BT Winnipeg

Bleed American is in no rush. - The Uniter

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IN CONVERSATION: Canada's Top Record Producers and Engineers Converge on Winnipeg for JUNO Week

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David Travers-Smith

Some of Canada’s top studio engineers and producers are converging on Winnipeg during JUNO Week 2014. This unprecedented gathering of industry pros, In Conversation, offers a rare opportunity for Manitoba’s studio community to connect with the people who have helped shape the sound of contemporary music.

Moderated by Chris Taylor of TKO Lawyers and Last Gang Records and joined by JUNO Award-winning engineer John “Beetle” Bailey (Molly Johnson, Serena Ryder), the panel features 2014 JUNO nominees Brian Howes (Hedley), Ben Kaplan (Mother Mother), David Travers-Smith (Ruth Moody, Jaron Freeman-Fox), Eric Ratz (Monster Truck), Kevin Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, LUX), and Randy Staub (Alice in Chains, Michael Bublé), and Ryan Guldemond (Mother Mother). Find out more about registration

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MANITOBA LIVE: 103.1 Virgin Radio, Manitoba Music Team Up on Contest for Live Music Fans

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To celebrate the launch of the new Manitoba Live app, Manitoba Music has teamed up with 103.1 Virgin Radio for a contest for live music fans, who can enter to win exciting prize packages every week until the end of April, including concert tickets for some of the hottest local venues and much more. Fans can enter now to win exciting prize packages via, including concert tickets for Fefe Dobson and The Neighbourhood, exclusive opportunities to meet superstars like Phillip Phillips, hockey tickets, JUNOfest tickets, and more. Stay tuned to 103.1 Virgin Radio and follow #mblive in coming days and weeks for more info on more fun events and prizes. 

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We Speak Music and We’re JUNO Proud

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The eyes of the country are focusing on Winnipeg as the JUNOS prepare to come to town from March 24-30, 2014. With just over two weeks to go, now is the chance to show everyone that We Speak Music in Manitoba and we’re JUNO proud!

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Welcome New Members to Manitoba Music

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Slow Spirit

February was a short but busy month at the Mantoba Music office, with workshops in the resource centre and new members signing up -- including new artist members in several genres and a hip hop producer on the industry side. Meet them all here!

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