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

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The Pepetrators' Jay Nowicki (Photo: Mike Latschislaw)

Deuxième Rame à la rencontre au Festival du Voyageur. - Ici Radio-Canada

Ezi Margolis puts pen to the paper. - The Uniter

Del Barber helps set the mood at a Fortunate weekend. - CBC

Del Barber heads east. - The Chronicle Herald

Your love for Stocatta will stay. - Sleeping Bag Studios + FREE download

The Lytics set to take off on a Great Escape. - NME

Ashes and Dreams serves some delicious alternative music. - Music Canada

Ashes and Dreams talks about inspiration. - Lyreka

Rayannah celebreates CD release at the WECC. -

Fan-funded album release for Romi Mayes set for WECC. - MyToba

Romi Mayes' fans help launch CD. - Winnipeg Free Press

Tanya Tagaq lends her voice. - Classicalite

If you haven't yet, listen to Tanya Tagaq ASAP. - Much Music

Tanya Tagaq is a highlight of the north. - A Luxury Travel Blog

Camerata Nova takes audience on a trip through time. - Winnipeg Free Press

Ruth Moody takes on vocals for a friend. - Press People

The Bros. Landreth are going places. - Pollstar

The Bros. Landreth mix a little north with south. - Folk Alley

Sierra Noble de-stresses. - Interlake Today

Fred Penner is a must-see at this year's JUNO events. - Indie 88

Festival du Voyageur heats things up. - Winnipeg Free Press

The cold doesn't deter folks from Festival du Voyageur. - Global News BC

Festival du Voyageur a success. - ici radio canada

The Perpetrators get the mid-winter blues. - The Province

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Performance Opportunity: Manitoba Live at The Cube

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The Exchange District BIZ and Manitoba Music are partnering once again to present a series of noon hour concerts at The Cube stage in Old Market Square. The series will celebrate Manitoba artists over the month of August in the setting of Winnipeg’s historic and bustling Exchange District. All events are free and open to the public. DEADLINE: March 20, 2015

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Manitoba Music Intern Opportunity: Music Industry Research Intern

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Manitoba Music is seeking an organized, personable, detail-oriented, and self-motivated individual to assist our staff in music industry research such as collecting vital information on the activities of Manitoba artists and companies, updating international music industry information, and creating web and social media content. DEADLINE: March 5, 2015

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Curling for a Cause: Sponsors Announced, City Launches Video for Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel

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JP Hoe, Andrina Turenne, Donna Evans, and Jenna Khan in one of this year's curling videos

As the local music community readies its brooms to rock the house, City Winnipeg's Wheeler in the Morning has produced and launched a fun new series of curling videos to highlight the Manitoba Music Rocks Charity Bonspiel in support of the Kevin Walters Memorial Fund. 

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

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Curtis Nowosad (Photo: Rachel Boese)

Manitoba Music welcomes Anthony Augustine on board. - ChrisD

Curtis Nowosad follows up with Dialectics. - Jazz News 

Keith and Renee's Feel Good Thing makes waves. - Winnipeg Free Press

Ruth Moody pays a visit to Australia. - The Music

Australia stumbles upon Ruth Moody. - The AU Review

Mobina Galore fills the void. - Stylus

Autumn Still grows from challenges. - Global News

Autumn Still plays a tune out in the cold. - Cold City Acoustic

Get to know Bleed American, track by track. - The Permanent Rain Press

Festival du Voyageur carries tradition. - Winnipeg Free Press

It wouldn't be Festival du Voyageur without cold weather. - CBC

Del Barber and more set to play JUNOfest. - 900 CHML

Fred Penner among the JUNO Songwriters' Circle performers. - Globe Advisor

The Bros. Landreth pack the venues. - Y108

The New Wild finds big sound in minimal set up. - Stylus

Leaf Rapids takes the stage at the WECC. - MyToba

The Perpetrators give our neighbours the blues. - CBC

Tanya Tagaq speaks up. - The Star Pheonix

Dirty Catfish Brass Band talks about the ups and downs of the scene. - The Uniter

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

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Manitoba Music On Ice ready to warm up The Forks. - MyToba

Performer list unveiled for Manitoba Music On Ice. - ChrisD. Ca

Lace up those skates at glide to Manitoba Music On Ice. - Winnipeg Sun

Rame à la rencontre returns to Festival du Voyageur. -

Festival du Voyageur kicks off its 46th winter. - Winnipeg Free Press

The Cootie Club  hopes to be small bridge gender gap on and off Winnipeg's stages - CBC Manitoba

ATLAAS at The Cootie Club is one of the weekend's top picks. - CBC Manitoba

Manitoba musicians flock south for Folk Alliance. -

Red Moon Road among the Manitobans heading to Kansas City. - 7309 CKDM + Loft Sessions

Ghost Twin's first single is brilliant, ominous. - Silent Shout

Ash Koley is back. - CTV Winnipeg

Carly Dow and Logan McKillop share musical inspiration. - The Uniter

Carly Dow and more bring Tuesdays alive at Times Change(d) . - Winnipeg Sun

The Bros. Landreth are calm and collected. - Nashville Gab

FINN hangout around the campfire (...sorta). - Campfire WPG

There's a Mariachi Ghost in the house... - The Uniter

Del Barber's in come good company. - Folk Alley

Royal Canoe conjures up strange, smoky visions of the modern world. - Eleven PDX

Tanya Tagaq finds harmony. - The Independent

Ruth Moody finds inspiration in new places. - New Zealand Herald

Fred Penner stirs up memories. - Moose Jaw Times Herald

West End Cultural Centre switches it up. - Winnipeg Free Press

Grand Analog offers up a taste of its upcoming album. - The Crag and Canyon

Sierra Noble to headline 2015 Pan Am Games Aboriginal Pavilion. - NationTalk

Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards become the Indigenous Music Awards. - Winnipeg Free Press

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Call for Submissions: Manitoba Music Winter Songwriter Retreat

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Manitoba Music and FortWhyte Alive are teaming up to present the Manitoba Music Winter Songwriter Retreat 2015. The three-day 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, 2015. DEADLINE: March 5, 2015

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Manitoba Acts Head to Kansas City for International Folk Alliance

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Clockwise from top left: The Small Glories, Red Moon Road, Leaf Rapids, Sweet Alibi

Manitoba is bringing a little prairie weather to the "Show-Me-State" next week. Four local acts are gearing up to showcase at the Folk Alliance International Conference (FAI), the premier professional development conference focused on folk, roots, multicultural, and world music in North America. The 27th annual event runs February 19-22 in Kansas City, Missouri.

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